Seriously-ill Dr Feelgood legend ‘Wilko’ bows out at Colne blues festival (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Seriously-ill Dr Feelgood legend ‘Wilko’ bows out at Colne blues festival
EMOTIONS were high as the ‘best festival ever’ came to an end in Colne last night.
With glorious bank holiday weather attracting thousands, the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival certainly lived up to its name.
Yesterday the main stage at the Muni was packed as former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson performed with his band – a show most music fans thought they would never see.
For earlier this year Wilko revealed he was suffering from terminal cancer, and quit touring. But he then made a special request to play at Colne one last time and rewarded his fans with a storming performance. Before his hour-long set, the organisers of the Brit-ish Blues Awards made a special presentation honouring him as a British Blues Great.
Wilko said: “I have played Colne several times before and this will probably be my last, but last time, or first time, let’s all have a good time.”
At the end of the set, there were extraordinary scenes as the capacity audience stood, clapped and cheered Wilko’s name for over five minutes after he left the stage.
Earlier in the day, he made an appearance on the British stage to present a limited edition guitar to young Carlisle Band The 45s who have supported him on several dates around the UK. Over the course of the four-day festival some 600 musicians played at 10 different official venues around the town centre, including former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, who brought his Rhythm Kings to the Muni headline on Sunday night.
He also picked up a surprise lifetime achievement accolade at the British Blues Awards, being held at Colne for the first time.
Last night proved to be party night, with leading UK blues bands King King and Paul Lamb and the King Snakes rounding things off in style on the main stage.
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