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Maryport Blues Festival


The Maryport Blues Festival takes place every July when the town opens its doors to world famous blues & jazz musicians. Maryport, a small Cumbrian town on the west coast of the Lake District, comes alive with great blues music & the great characters that make the music!

 

In 2009, Jethro Tull, John Mayall and Eric Burdon were the headliners at Maryport Blues week supported by Ruby Turner and The Blues Band. In all, some 40 bands and 150 individual Blues & Jazz musicians from all over the globe performed on the main stage marquee & in the Maryport pubs and clubs.

 

Thousands of visitors make the pilgimage to this Blues Festival by the Irish sea in Maryport.

 

Located on the Solway estuary, with sweeping views & shoreline walks, Maryport has experienced a maritime history of two thousand years of the sea going back to the

Romans. Marcus Maenius Agrippa commanded the Roman fort here in around 122 AD as a supply base for Hadrian’s Wall.

Later on the Vikings ravished the town. To the north of Maryport evidence of the Vikings can be found at Crosscanonby Church with Viking Hogback grave-cover and a Viking cross-shaft.

At the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066 Maryport was part of Scotland but in the 12 th century became part of England.

 

Maryport, a great blues & jazz festival & a place of great historical interest!

Come & visit soon.

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