The Valencian regions 30 year veteran of the blues harmonica – Danny Boy Sanchez

Sunday, 19th of October … 11:00 – 17:30

The 2nd Annual Books n Blues Festival is a celebration of appreciation for literature and blues music hosted by COSTA BLANCA BLUES.

The event opens in the salon room at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada with a LITERARY COFFEE MORNING at 11:00. Featured talks will be given by international authors – Ray Wilcox and Jana Petken as well as dedicated independent book seller Tash Lewis . This part of the festival is free to the public and seats can be reserved by phone – 648 156 066


Ray Wilcox retired to the Costa Blanca in 2005 after a 30 year career in HM Prison Service. His novel ‘Lock-Down Blues’ was published on 31 July 2014.

The story follows the lives of six criminals who find themselves incarcerated in the same prison and the catastrophic events which follow. He is presently writing the sequel.

Jana Petken’s first book, The Guardian of Secrets, a historical family saga and has been awarded red star industry reviews. It is a finalist in two, book of year competitions. It is also receiving offers from film producers in America and is # 10, highest rated historical fiction novel on

Jana’s second book was published in August this year. It is the first part of a two book series, entitled, Mercy Carver, set in the 1860’s. It is also a historical fiction novel with face paced action and dynamic characters.

Tash Lewis started her independent mobile book selling company in November 2013. She not only sells fiction books but also greetings cards, party supplies, and she has a second hand section where all money from these books goes to Cystic Fibrosis Charity.


The festival will then break as the salon is prepared for the Blues Matinee Concert at 14:00 starring the Valencian regions 30 year veteran of the blues harmonica – Danny Boy Sanchez.

Danny Boy has been singing and blowing his harp while sharing the stage with international blues veterans such as John Mayall, Buddy Guy, Rod Piazza, Philip Walker, Lonnie Brooks, Buddy Scott, Big Jack Johnson… to name-drop a few.

According to the award winning blues journalist and broadcaster – Vicente Zumel host of the popular radio show – La Hora del Blues,

"He is one of the Spanish blues harmonica pioneers. He is also a good person, an excellent harp player and a real blues lover."

Danny Boy, who fashioned his stage name after the late blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson, has a giant list of guest appearances at blues festivals. They include the famous Cazorla Blues Festival and Blues Festival Benicassim and Blues Festival Antequera – Málaga – just to name three, but there are many more on the list.

In 1991, he started to teach blues harmonica professionally and helped to inspire and launch other Valencian blues performers such as Alicante-based blues harpist – Juan Jose Alfonso Hernandez.

"Danny Boy is one of the greatest harmonica players in Spain and at a European level. He has that characteristic tone that is "very Chicago". He taught me blues structure, both in theory and in practice. I have to thank him for the patience he has shown me"

In 2007, Danny Boy hooked up with two more Spanish blues harmonica legends to create the “Spanish Blues Harp Attack” CD. Together with Castilian harmonica player Ñaco Goñi and the Sevillian Mingo Balaguer the CD was produced by the Basque record label – Gaztelupeko Hotsak.

On the 19th of October, 2014 – Danny Boy will be bringing his long time guitar slinger friend Kike Pons, another Valenciano.

Kike Pons developed his passion for the blues via British blues-rocker Graham Foster. He went on to join the party band Jam-Ones out of Oliva. Finally, he studied classical and jazz guitar which lead him to the Valencian folk music scene, where he met the traditional blues and Danny Boy.

On drums will be another Valenicano – Alvaro Diez who is very well known in the blues circles in the region.

And finally, COSTA BLANCA BLUES own Tom Poole will be contributing his musical blues style to the mix.

For all details and to reserve seats and buy ticket for the blues concert –

Karla Darocas (Hons.B.A.) DAROCAS MEDIA,, Tel. 648 156 066

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