Arek Zawiliński is a bluesman, music author, songwriter, vocalist, guitarist using fingerpicking slide and bottelneck techniques. He has performed at festivals in Poland, but also abroad – in France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and … on the streets of Amsterdam.

He recently released a new album “My Shoes Are There”. In Full Blues, he tells more about it.

– The CD starts with a song “White Ceiling”. Virtually all of us have it above the bed. Sometimes I treat it as a screen on which I “display” events, reports from the past day, try to sort them out somehow or forget them. It’s a song with a blues rock riff. In addition to the double bass, drums and guitar, there is also a piano – Zawiliński lists.

Suwałki Blues Festival nearer and nearer. The jubilee edition will be held on July 7-10.

10 open-air concerts on the main stages20 open-air concerts at smaller ones and 5 concerts as part of the Polish Blues Challenge 2023 – qualification for European Blues Challenge 2023.

One of the performers are Rita Engedalen and Reidar Larsen straight from Norway.

Reidar Larsen is a Norwegian blues pianist, singer and composer based in Stavanger. He took piano lessons from the age of seven, and he founded the band in high school. He released his first album in 1974 with the pop-dance band Staccato, and in the years 1978-1980 he was part of a rock group Stavangerensemble. From 1980 to 1983 he performed with the music group Smalhans, which released two albums while Larsen was playing with them. In 1980, Larsen founded Reidar Larsen Blues Quartet. He made his debut as a solo artist with an album “I’m a Bluesman” in 1982.

On the other hand Rita Engedalen is called Norway’s queen of blues and one of the best blues artists in Europe. She made her debut as a blues artist with the recording of an album “Hear My Song” in 2004. Since then, she has recorded five albums under her own name, while also receiving the Spellemannsprisen Award for the album “Heaven Is Not Ready For Me Yet” in 2006. Her music is a style directly inspired by music from the American states of the South. It is solid a mix of American blues, gospel, Norwegian folk music, blues roots music and music from the hills.

He is currently in the process of producing a new solo album to be released on Notodden Blues Festival 2022. He will perform with his regular band members: guitar – Morten Omlidon drums – Eskil Aasland and guitar – Bård Gunnar Moe.

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