KEIGHLEY singer-songwriter Ben Blue Waters is back at the Black Bull in Haworth.

A change of management has allowed Ben to return to host his monthly Blues and Roots nights.

The next one will be on Saturday, September 2, with Ben himself starting the proceedings at 8pm with his foot-stomping slide guitar blues.

He will perform blues classics by such artists as Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Son House and Captain Beefheart.

Ben has had a long and varied musical career, playing in many bands of several seven different genres, but for the last years has been a solo act, playing the blues throughout throughout England.

The headline slot will be filled by blues and ragtime masters Gerry Cooper and Phil Snell.

Gerry plays guitar and harmonica while Phil plays guitar, fiddle and mandolin, and between them they cook up an intoxicating brew of intricate, joyful music.

The pair, who continue with solo and band projects, have performed together at a host of clubs, pubs and Northern festivals.

Ben said: “These experienced musicians have known each other for quite a few years, getting together just for fun to work as a duo.

“After a very well-received debut at the 2010 Otley Folk Festival, they decided to work together more seriously and have played clubs, pubs and festivals.

“These have included Otley Folk Club, Topic Folk Club Bradford, Dentdale Festival, Davefest, York Folk Weekend, and Leeds Underground.”

Gerry and Phil both continue their solo and other band projects.

Ben added: “Also playing is Mila Lee, a supremely talented young female guitarist.

“She incorporates elements of jazz, blues and funk into her playing, creating a style that is uniquely her own and is mesmerising to hear.”