Good Foxy get big break at Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival

Good Foxy (s)
Good Foxy (s)

A Ribble Valley band is set to make its debut this weekend at a top international festival.

Good Foxy won through nationwide auditions to be chosen to appear live at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne. They will be sharing the limelight with blues legends such as Courtney Pine, Avery Sunshine, Coco Montoya, Davina and the Vagabonds and the The Revolutionaires.

The Clitheroe based band is one of only seven of the UK’s best unsigned Blues artistes to have been selected to play at the festival which was recently named as one of Europe’s best rock and blues festivals for the second year running. Organisers are expecting around 20,000 people to flock to the town during the four day event when Colne is transformed into the “Blues Basin’’ of Britain.

Good Foxy are led by 19-year-old drummer and percussionist Callum Sykora

with George Banks, who is also 19, on guitar and vocals. Freddie Bruhin-Price (20) plays bass and sings vocals. Henry Crabtree (20) plays guitar with Ames Robinson (20) on harmonica and on vocals. They will play as part of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned initiative, a project that was set up in memory of Jessica, a talented musician who tragically died in a car crash at the age of just 21 just as she was on the cusp of a music career. The project was set up by her parents as a lasting legacy which aims to give unsigned musicians the chance to perform live alongside established stars.

Good Foxy formed in 2013 and in the past two years they have gone from strength to strength, recording their first  EP and releasing their first video ‘High Watt’ with over 14,000 views on you tube. They will release their first album at The Grand in Clitheroe on Friday, September 25th.

They have played a series of sell out gigs at top venues and last month supported legendary rock bank Status Quo at Hoghton Tower.

Describing the chance to play the festival Callum said: “It’s a huge honour to be invited to play at the best blues festival in Europe so we’re really proud.

“It means even more now we know about Jessica’s tragic story and we feel privileged to be playing there. What her family have done in her memory is just brilliant.’’

Pendle Leisure Trust, who stage the Colne Festival, were inundated with musicians wanting to audition for the longest-running town-based festival in the country. It’s been going for 26 years and features eight official stages.

Jessica Foxley. (S)

Jessica Foxley. (S)

Organiser Alison Goode said: “The standard of the musicians who applied this year was remarkable. Once again we have found some really talented young people who can showcase themselves and their music at this fantastic event which draws in national and international lovers of blues music. The bands chosen can now write themselves into the legacy.”

It means even more now we know about Jessica’s tragic story and we feel privileged to be playing there. What her family have done in her memory is just brilliant

Callum Sykora