Blues 2023

Find all the key details for the live Blues music events happening at Arlington Arts Centre between September and December 2023.

Image of band on stage mid performance with text over the top. Vocalist playing the harmonica, a guitarist, bassist and a drummer. Text: Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band. Friday 29 September. £14.

Powerful and energetic, a standout act with an ultra confident, no-holds-barred swagger, Gerry Jablonski and the Electric Band have a unique trademark sound and style.

Their raw and crafty stage show takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of dangerous, charming and gutsy music with hooks and melodies that cross genres and age groups.

“an absolutely refreshing and life-affirming experience. The best band you never heard of” 
Classic Rock Magazine

2018 Blues Awards – UK Blues Act of the Year


Headshot of Blue Rock singer-songwriter Danny Bryant. He has a ginger beard with darker hair. Text: Danny Bryant. Saturday 7th October. 8pm. £17.

Described by Planet Rock Radio as a “British Blues Legend” and by Blues patriarch Walter Trout as, “One of the best ever”, Danny Bryant has spent the last 20 years touring the world. With packed out club shows and world-famous festivals in China, the USA, Canada, Europe and all points in between!

Danny’s last five studio albums have all reached the number one spot in the Blues charts across Europe and his latest, Rise, is out on September 29.

“A fantastic guitar player, able to take a Stratocaster and really make it sing” Joe Bonamassa
“One of the best ever” Walter Trout
“An amazing guitarist” Eric Gales
“A national Blues treasure” Classic Rock Magazine

Support: Samuel C Lees


Photo of Blues Rock guitarist Dom Martin on stage mid performance. Text: Dom Martin. Buried In The Hall Tour 2023. Saturday 21 October. £17.50.

Dom Martin is a Belfast born multi-award winning artist, inspired but not constrained by the blues. In 2019 he burst onto the music scene with a unique guitar style and voice, captivating audiences everywhere. BBC Radio 2 Blues Show presenter Cerys Matthews described his work as “Absolutely wonderful stuff”.

Primarily known as a solo acoustic artist, Dom is very capable of holding a large audience on his own with his mesmerising finger picking techniques and strong vocal, he can also be accompanied by a band in larger venues and festivals with a strong repertoire of original material very much in the style of Irish legend Rory Gallagher. He always includes a Gallagher song or two in his set! This unassuming musician is another fine product of the famous Belfast music factory responsible for Sir Van Morrison, Gary Moore, Paul Brady, Brian Kennedy and many more.

Support: Delta Fuse


Mid-shot of band Brave Rival. 3 women in foreground with 2 males behind them in front of a grey background. Text: Brave Rival. Saturday 04 November. Full Price £16. Concessions £14.

Tipped as one of Joe Bonamassa’s “favourite discoveries this year” the future is looking incredibly bright for this young up and coming band. Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an infectious sound that is not to be missed.

Since their inception in the summer of 2019, Brave Rival have gone from strength to strength, featuring in Raw Ramp Magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 Bands To Watch In 2020’ and nominated for ‘Breakthrough Act 2019’ by Get Ready To Rock Radio. In 2021 they were nominated for a UK Blues Award in the‘Best Emerging Artist’.


Photo of 4 men in the back of a campervan. Text: The Cinelli Brothers. Friday 17 November. 8pm. £18.

The Cinelli Brothers have a passion for the music of the 1960’s, an amalgam of blues, rock and soul, and add a twist of contemporary style, making them a rising force on the music scene. Their appeal crosses all manner of boundaries, attracting a significantly younger crowd to their shows as well as pleasing the ears of older fans.

The Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation of passionate musicians sharing in the love of Blues, Soul, R&B and the true authentic sounds that have made the blues a cornerstone of music history.

In 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 the band has been nominated for the UK Blues Awards as “Blues Band Of the Year”. In January 2023, the record “No Country For Bluesmen” was nominated for the UK Blues Awards as “Blues Album Of the Year”.


Mid-shot of male looking down at his guitar. Text: Ben Poole. Wednesday 13 December. £16 Full Price. £14 Concessions. Quote "Truly Astonishing" from Classic Rock Magazine. Quote "So Amazing!" from Beth Hart.

Ben Poole is an internationally applauded, award winning blues, rock and soul guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from the United Kingdom. Nominated as one of the “Best Blues Guitarists in the world” just prior to the 2 year pandemic hiatus alongside names such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa & many more by the USA’s ‘Guitar World Magazine’ Ben Poole is very much at the forefront of the talent rich blues/rock scene on a worldwide scale.

“Definitely one to watch” – Guitarist Magazine
“A really fresh sound and style” – Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)


To see all future Blues gigs listings including 2024, please visit here.