Must have ben one of the best line-ups we've seen for some time at the Festival, now in its 14th year with many, many stages and acts to choose from . . .
A favourite with everyone was Dr John and the Lower 911:
And the amazing fingers of Joe Bonamassa:
The wonderful, The Men they Couldn't Hang (that's Chris Spedding on guitar).
Peter Green (yep, he's still doing it!)
The ever-ready John Mayall & band.
Cyril Neville and Galactica.
But my personal favourite was Jeff Beck . . . in somewhat of a renaissance mode . . with Jason Rebello on keys, Rhonda Smith (from Prince) on bass & vocals, and Narada Michael-Walden on drums.
Jeff Beck's hands . . . the most unusual technique, but oh so expressive, all flesh, no pick . . must come from all that work in the garage with hot rods . .
This particular evening, we were treated to an encore with guest Imelda May . . just a terrific and inspiring artist (who was also performing with her band at Blues Fest). In this shot, they were performing a tribute to the recently passed away Les Paul, doing How High the Moon, and featuring Jeff performing on an historic 1954 Gibson Les Paul Oxblood.
More pics from the Byron Bay Blues Fest here. Enjoy.