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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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A welcome win at Maryport Blues Festival battle of the bands

Geordie rockers Eocene battled through Arctic conditions to book their place as one of the support bands for headline act The Quireboys at the 2013 Maryport Blues Festival.

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SNOW BATTLE: Eocene will be one of the support bands for Maryport Blues Festival headliners The Quireboys

 

The four-man band travelled from Newcastle through heavy snow to win the third battle of the bands competition at the Circuit Bar, Workington, on Friday.

They will join 13 Stars and Stealer. who triumphed in the first and second heats.

Eocene include singer and guitarist Leon Fussell, originally from Whitehaven, lead guitarist Jonny Wright, bassist Ben Cleaver and drummer Paul Thompson.

They competed against West Cumbrian bands Hollowpoint and Oven.

Leon, 35, said the band put snow chains on their van to reach Workington.

He added: “We are chuffed to bits. It made the journey from Newcastle all the more worthwhile. That’s how much we wanted to play with The Quireboys.

“One of our primary objectives when we got together was to play at Maryport Blues Festival. Three years of hard work has paid off.”

The bands were judged by Mark Coles and Tony Steel, of the band Slagbank.

The final heat will take place at the Circuit Bar tonight from 7.30pm.

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