Two years ago local live music fan and promoter Graham Pope decided to organise the first Blues & Roots Festival in Uckfield.
The first person that he turned to was Ross McCracken of Yellow Fish Music Group since he needed quality sound equipment and top sound engineers to ensure everything ran smoothly.
Ross quickly agreed to get involved providing equipment and the services of two of his best sound engineers, Rob Francis and Simon Booth.
Before long he had talked a friend and business associate of his, Guy Wrench of Shell-Clad, to supply his very own PA system. In return for their support Graham agreed that during the course of the Festival a raffle and auction would take place to support the Yellow Fish Hutchins Foundation which offers direct support to local charites such as The Chestnut Tree Hospice for children.
In 2013 the first Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival raised £300 for the Foundation but this year’s Festival - again with support from Yellow Fish and Shell-Clad - was an even greater success. This was both from a music point of view and also for the Foundation. Graham was delighted to present Ross and Guy with a cheque for £800.
The 2014 Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival has really put Uckfield on the UK Blues map and the Festival received some great reviews from some of the top Blues magazines.
However as Graham points out: “None of this would have been possible without the support of Yellow Fish Music Group and Shell-Clad.”
To find out more about the work of Yellow Fish Hutchins Foundation visit: www.yfhfoundation.com
Next year’s festival planning is well underway and will take place from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August.
To find out more visit www.uckfieldbluesandroots.co.uk