BLUES band Joshua Blue are preparing for a series of gigs in the town.

The five-strong band will feature at this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival.

But they have also lined up a series of concerts at other venues in and around the town to coincide with the festival.

For singer and guitarist Cliff Campbell and drummer Marc Layton-Bennett (ex-Beggars Bones), it is a return to the festival they have played at four times previously.

They will also appear at Shepley Cricket Club tomorrow night, Sleepers’ Bar in Huddersfield next Thursday and Marsden Conservative Club next Friday, as part of the jazz festival.

On Saturday, October 10, they will appear at The Lockwood and finish their mini-tour of the town at The Railway in Berry Brow on Sunday, October 11.

Marc (pictured right), who has been with the band almost six years, said: “We’ve played the festival for the last four years and it’s a great atmosphere.

“But we wanted to play a few more gigs this time around so we’ve managed to line up some which we’re looking forward to.”

Cliff Campbell is the band’s lead character – he’s the singer and guitarist.

Marc and other band members accompany him on live dates and together, Joshua Blue have become well known on the London blues scene.

Marc added: “We play traditional blues and rock ‘n’ roll music similar to the old time greats like Ben E KIng and Albert King and Jimi Hendrix.

“I’ve been playing for 27 years and I still love it.”

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