This act preformed during the 2018 festival

Big Fat Shorty

About Big Fat Shorty

Big Fat Shorty are a five piece blues band that are sure to get your feet tapping. They are fronted by John Ridsdale on lead vocal, who also plays blistering blues harmonica. He is supported by the solid rhythm section of Paul Dunbar on bass and Steve Thomas on drums, who provide the driving back-beat, synonymous with the Big Fat Shorty sound. Geoff Lewis adds the cool playing of piano and keyboards. The line up is completed by Andy Platt on guitar, with his blues riff prowess and bottleneck styles of playing that bring the real power to their sound.

All the members of Big Fat Shorty are established musicians that have played in numerous bands in the area and come with a wide experience of different musical genres. This mix of influences has culminated in the band creating a sound with an edge to it that has been described in some circles as "Industrial Blues", however they prefer to call it "Blues on steroids"!


John Ridsdale: vocals / harmonica
Andy Platt: guitar / backing vocals
Paul Dunbar: bass guitar / backing vocals
Steve Thomas: drums / backing vocals
Dr Geoff Lewis: keyboards

Big Fat Shorty on the web