Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Lancaster Band Wins Place at UK's Only Bob Dylan Festival


Lancaster band Heroes of She, has been selected to appear in the UK’s only Bob Dylan Festival.

The three day event, which takes place in Manchester over August bank holiday weekend (from Friday 28 August to Sunday 30 August) will see Heroes of She will play the final night on Sunday. The band will perform the Dylan classics ‘Wheels on Fire’ and ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ alongside its own material.

The festival, organised by AcousticFest, is one of only seven Bob Dylan festivals in the world.

"Heroes of She love a challenge," commented Helen Longworth, one of the two vocalists with the group, "and we've enjoyed translating two of our favourite Dylan songs into our unique line-up of Hammond organ, drums and two lead female vocals.

"Think Bob Dylan meets Jimmy Smith and you'll be somewhere near to what we're up to in our cellar here in Lancaster!"

The band is fast gaining a reputation as one to watch. Earlier this year Heroes supported The Charlatan’s Tim Burgess who was guest DJ at Brixton’s Jamm venue, and last year the band became the North West winners in the national Battle of the Bands competition.

"If you ever wanted to know what Thelma and Louise reborn in an explosion of wild Hammond power-groove would sound like, meet Heroes of She," said radio show musician and presenter Tom Robinson said on his BBC 6 Music show.

Bryan Sadler, interviewing the band for Diversity FM radio station, said "What an amazing band. The sheer energy was outstanding."

Headlining the Sunday evening set is Jersey Budd who has just released a CD featuring the vocals of Kasabian’s front man, Tom Meighan.

• Annual Bob Dylan Festival Weekend, M19 Bar, 847 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3PW. Tel: 0161 224 8135. Web: www.m19bar.com

• Tickets for the festival are £4 in advance per night or £10 for a weekend pass and are available from the venue, m19, or from www.skiddle.com

• Heroes of She Official web site: www.myspace.com/heroesofshe

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