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The Jessica Foxley Stage Auditions 2013

In memory of my fabulous and much missed sister, Jessica there is a stage held at the Great Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne over the August bank holiday weekend every year honouring her talent as a fantastic singer and musician. AJ and I, my mum Margaret and my dad Paul work with Pendle Leisure Trust to make this bigger and better each year. The idea behind the Jessica Foxley Stage is to give talented young blues artistes that step up that can be so hard to find into the world of professional music, a step up that Jess herself was eager to find. Over its 4 year history the stage has grown to become a major part of the main blues festival with acts from the Jessica Foxley Stage performing on the British, International and Acoustic Stages which people from all over the world come to see. If you want to find out more just check out the website:

We had the honour of being part of the judging panel at this years auditions, held at The ACE Centre. AJ’s only disappointment was that she didn’t get the X-Factor style buzzer she’d requested! To be honest the standard was so amazingly good there would have been no need for it anyway!

Here’s a selection of pics capturing some incredibly talented acts who came from all over the country to strut their stuff for us.

Minor Blues:

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The 45s:

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Half Deaf Clatch:

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Tom Byrne and Friends:

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Rhiain Thornton:Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-017 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-018 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-019


TC and The Money Makers:

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The Midnight Ramble:

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Lily and Ross:Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-032 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-033 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-034 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-035 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-036 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-047 Jessica-Foxley-Stage-Auditions-2013-037


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Unfortunately we missed two bands while we were photographing a christening – Sorry to Bexley Square Blues Band and Brother Duke and The Delta’s, we watched a video of your performances and thought you were fantastic!

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