Blues man comes to Broom Hill Festival this weekend

Mike Vernon

MIKE Vernon And The Mighty Combo will be headlining the Broom Hill Festival this weekend.

Run by local music enthusiast Tim Porter, who is also involved with putting on music in pubs around the Shipston-on-Stour area, Shipston Proms, and the Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival, this year’s event takes place on Saturday (18th August) at Broom Hill, near Winderton.

Mike produced albums on the Blue Horizon label for some of the most famous artists in British rock, pop, and blues including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton), Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After, Chicken Shack, Level 42 and more recently local guitarist Laurence Jones. “To be fronting my own R&B outfit has always been a dream but the right moment to make that transition never appeared until now,” says Mike.

Also on the bill are popular local covers band Wired, who are the house band for both Wasps Rugby Club and The Cotswolds Distillery; the Buzzin’ Hornets will be playing some upbeat Texicana Blues, and Mumbo-Jumbo will deliver their mix of close harmony songs. Oliver Darling, guitarist with Imelda May’s band, and Beth Porter, Eliza Carthy’s cellist, both originally from Brailes, will be coming back to Warwickshire to play at the event.

Music starts at 1pm. Early bird tickets are £17 plus booking fee from (key in ‘Broom Hill Festival 2018’). Tickets are £20 on the day. Under 12s and camping tickets are available at the gate. For more information, telephone Tim Porter on 01608 685332.