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“Best in show, Chester and Wrexham Slide Guitar Festival 2004, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017 & 2018*.”

Rob Poole is a singer, guitarist and songwriter based in the Chester badlands straddling North Wales and North West England. He revisits songs from the great blues cannon and he plays  original material.

He explores the blues as a living, evolving music in the spirit of modern greats such as Alvin Youngblood Hart, Otis Taylor, Martin Harley and Tom Doughty.

His influences range from Blind Willie Johnson and Son House, through Hank and Hendrix, to Ry Cooder, Wilko Johnson (no relation to Willie) and Richard Thompson.

He sings of the sacred and the profane (mainly the latter) in a soulful rasp. He has a unique approach to blues guitar that clings to the edges of the genre. He has earned the respect of musicians across several generations and he is in demand as a session player. He has a reputation for wit and for being reliably entertaining.

His music satisfies mind and body. Audiences smile, they cry and sometimes they dance. Mostly, they cry. Rob Poole achieves all of this from a sitting position.

His first solo album, Fear Has Dominion, was released in July 2018. It is available on CD here. It can be purchased at reduced price at gigs. On these occasions, a signature and bespoke comment (choice of ‘sentimental’ or ‘offensive’) can be added at no extra cost.

*Event cancelled due to poor ticket sales 2005-2008, 2010-2011, 2013-15.