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Oodles of cool, blues-associated things going on - something for everyone.

Dont just come to the 10th Dereham Blues Festival ...

Be part of it!

The DBF Community Blues Explosion has generously been supported by Dereham Town Council, the Geoffrey Watling Charity & the Norfolk Blues Society.

The aim is to build on the success of the annual Dereham Blues Festival by introducing community activities with an appeal to a wider age range with greater inclusivity.

Blues music developed from within a community. It sustained the people of that community through the trials and hardships of an oppressed existence with determination and indeed humour, often aimed at the lighter side of life.

The legacy of that music continues to sustain communities in spirit, in soul and in togetherness.

Tickets will be delivered via email within 7 days of purchase. If you have not received your ticket(s) after this time please email us with your name and date of purchase and we will forward them.

Lauren Dove’s Blues and Soul Choir Beginners Workshop

Learn the basics of choral singing, the rhythms and tropes of blues and soul music and the harmonies that make the sound so special. Specially arranged for beginners, this session will guide you gently into the wonderfully enjoyable world of singing in company.

Lauren is a professional voice coach and has run very successful choir workshops in and around the county. She is also part of the very popular local band, Dove and Boweevil.


Saturday 13 July at 10:00am


Church House, Church Street, Dereham


Just £2

An Audience with Mississippi MacDonald

Interviewed by Ross Stewart

In this light hearted informative chat about blues music, local 19 year old rising star Ross Stewart interviews and plays with one of Norfolk Blues Society’s patrons who is currently making waves over the pond

“Mississippi MacDonald represents the next generation of great guitarists who hail from the UK... wholly authentic, he’s earned the right to claim the name” Living Blues, USA


Friday 12 July at 7pm to 8:45pm


Orion Cinema, Dereham Market Place


Just £3.50

The Story of the Blues

Presented by Terry Bunting

Local blues guru and guitar hero Terry Bunting delivers a fascinating take on how, where and why blues music is so enduring and why it still influences contemporary and popular music today


Saturday 13 July at 11am to 12pm


Dereham Baptist Church


Just £3.50

West African Drumming Workshops

Eight one hour opportunities over the Festival weekend to have a go at this uplifting and invigorating experience, led by Unbeatable Energy.

All are welcome - reserve your place by booking below, or take your chance for spaces on the day


Sat 13 & Sun 14 July, 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4pm, subject to availability


Morrisons Car Park


Just £3 (adults) & £2 (Under 12's)

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