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Published on : Friday, June 19, 2015
Edinburgh Airport and the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival offered travellers a taste of Chicago blues earlier today in celebration of United Airlines’ new direct route to the Windy City. Two leading Scottish blues musicians, Jed Potts and Sandy Tweeddale delighted passengers by picking up their guitars and performing some numbers at the airport’s new Plaza area.
2015 boasts the Festival’s biggest blues line up to date with a headline concert – Blues From Chicago, sponsored by Edinburgh Airport, plus a programme featuring exciting American blues names making their Scottish debuts.Mud Morganfield and Lurrie Bell are just two of the legendary musicians playing as part of the Blues From Chicago concert at Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Friday 24 July.Earlier this year Jed and Sandy flew to the USA and travelled across the country, listening to well established musicians and a new generation of blues acts.
Their mission was to start making connections for Edinburgh with some of the most exciting blues musicians on the current scene. Three of these will make exclusive appearances at this year’s Festival: Mr Sipp, Brandon Santini and Ben Rice. Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival for the third consecutive year. Summer is a great time to be in Edinburgh and I encourage everyone to experience our amazing city when it’s at its very best. The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is one of the earlier events in the city’s festival calendar and this year looks set to be the best yet.