EXPECT some of the best blues of all time when Big Boy Bloater, a well known figure on the global blues and roots music scene for his unique and powerful style, makes his way to West Dorset next week.

Bloater has it all; writing, performing, singing and playing and a career that most guitarists would die for, but he continues to push the barriers and is constantly striving to produce bigger and better shows. He is a consummate professional and also a very nice guy.

With his new band Big Boy Bloater and the Limits he is building on his rhythm and blues roots, inventing a new, fresh sound delivered in his unique style. He brings you brand new sounds from his own songbook, a stunning mix of swamp soul, dark blues and twang.

The band is at the Electric Palace in Bridport on July 20 and venue spokeswoman Gabby Rabbitts said: “Bloater has some pretty famous fans, with Jools Holland calling him one of the great blues men of our time and Mark Lamarr hailing him as a phenomenal guitarist. Bloater has played guitar with Paloma Faith and Imeda May, who calls herself ‘a massive fan’ and him ‘a charismatic boy with a big voice’.”

As well as touring all over the world, Big Boy Bloater has made numerous TV and radio appearances.

In March he was a guest on the Jo Whiley show on BBC Radio 2 and last year he recorded a live session and interview on the Jools Holland Radio 2 show and was a live guest on the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC 6Music. Prior to that he recorded three live sessions for Mark Lamarr’s late night Radio 2 show God’s Jukebox and two sessions for the Paul Jones R&B show. Catch Big Boy Bloater and The Limits at The Electric Palace on Friday, July 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now for £10 at Bridport TIC on 01308 424901/£12.50 on the door.