Eric Bibb had long been on the Folk by the Oak radar with his honest, powerful, soulful and upbeat blues. A world class act, incredible to see live, we knew his performance would complement our line-up perfectly.
There is no doubting Eric’s status as an acoustic blues legend. Since his first album in 1972 Eric has released 35 further albums and enjoyed a non-stop touring career spanning 5 decades. This has made Eric one of the leading bluesmen of his generation and allowed him to draw together a faithful and multinational ‘tribe’ of musicians with whom he has recorded and performed on stage, including such luminaries as Pops and Mavis Staples, Guy Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Toumani Diabate, and Jerry Douglas.
A progressive preservationist and a fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, Eric Bibb is also an absolute gentleman. It was an honour to welcome him to our festival in 2017.
…what the blues in the new century should be about.- Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd) -