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Blues Festival returns with three of Malaga's most established performers

 Richard Ray Farrell returns to the Mijas Blues Festival.
Richard Ray Farrell returns to the Mijas Blues Festival. / SUR
  • The Mijas Blues Festival returns to the open-air auditorium in Mijas Pueblo this Saturday with star attraction Richard Ray Farrell and The Leisure

The Mijas Blues Festival returns to the open-air auditorium in Mijas Pueblo tomorrow (Saturday), and this year's event will present three of the most-celebrated blues performers on the Costa del Sol.

The star attraction will be Richard Ray Farrell and The Leisure. Born in New York in 1955, Richard has not only mastered the art of singing and playing the blues, he has literally lived the blues for best part of his life.

Now based in Malaga, Richard began busking around Europe and during his 40-year career he has worked with many of the true giants of traditional American blues.

As well as delivering his own compositions, Richard performs the music of some of his own favourites, including Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.

Also on the line-up are The Lito Blues Band, Malaga's most established Spanish blues outfit, and Mama Paula. Formed in 1989 by talented guitarist Lito Fernández, The Lito Blues Band has built its reputation by performing hundreds of concerts along the coast, and also with their incalculable appearances at many of Spain's blues festivals.

Mama Paula should need no introduction, as she too has been working on the coast for many years. Prior to coming to Spain, Paula played at venues like The Royal Albert Hall, and she is now considered one of the best live acts on the local music scene.

The festival starts at 9pm and entrance is free, but early arrival is advised due to crowd restriction policies.