Dave Rushton is joined, in one of his many guises, by Phil Riddle and Christine Stannard to form Delta Sunrise. They are seasoned exponents of the guitar and will entertain you with their well honed songs and tunes.
Delta Sunrise is a Blues-Rock band. They offer several formulas from the acoustic duo to the electric quintet. The two friends very quickly discovered a common passion for the blues, and, discovering that the other “played a little bit”, it didn’t take them long to understand that it was obvious to put on “something “. Each arriving with his own background as a musician, Delta Sunrise offers a repertoire drawn from the immense diversity of the Blues, and interprets it in its own way. Delta Sunrise performs in duo, but also in trio, quartet, even quintet.
Phil, Christine and Dave are 3 members of a 5 piece band; we have left our bass player (Peter) and new drummer (Paul) at home on this occasion but they are with us in spirit. We have been working together in different combinations for several years now, playing an eclectic mix of blues and gospel music, ranging from the traditional folk / blues end of the spectrum to more contemporary blues with a jazzier feel. Phil and Dave met when they both had jobs to go to and originally performed as a duo in Suffolk and neighbouring counties. As a band our more recent live gigs and festivals, prior to lockdown, were mainly in the South Suffolk and Essex area and we often enjoyed the White Horse at Edwardstone as a base.
Why the blues? The rhythm, the swing, the groove and the fact that blues has influenced so many other styles of music. History counts for something too; at their roots, blues and gospel music are the sound of resilience, striving and survival against the odds – qualities we admire.