POOLE Quay welcomed the fourth instalment of the Poole Blues Festival.

The self-funded event, which is run by musicians Hugh Budden and Tracie Redding with Lord Nelson’s landlady Anna Doyle, welcomed 26 artists played across 21 venues along Poole Quay and further inland towards Market Street.

Hugh, who has been in the music business for 30 years, did a solo gig in The Rope and Anchor at 5pm on Saturday and played as part of his group, Hugh Budden & The Blues Chords at The Stables at 8pm the same evening.

He said: “It’s the fourth one we’ve hosted so it’s been running for three years.

"This year, we’ve had artists coming down from as far as West London and international acts to come and play for us.

“Blues itself is a huge spectrum of music and we have a lot of it on show this weekend, from the black African blues of the 20s up to more contemporary stuff."

Anna Doyle, landlord of the Lord Nelson said: “Steve Darrington, who runs the Swanage Blues Festival, helped us get this event off the ground. We got in touch with Steve and he told me where to start with it. He has been a great help to us."

Friday and Saturday saw artists play small intimate sets in the various pubs and restaurants including The Jolly Sailor, The King Charles and the Blue Boar. On Sunday, the Lord Nelson hosted its Rhythm and Blues Jam where artists and visitors where free to play along as a group.

Hugh said: “Blues is a feeling or a conversation.

"When experienced bands play with each other, it’s like they are having a conversation with each other and each song is another topic.

“In my band, I have four guitarists, four bassists and four drummers. They are all competent musicians, but each person plays slightly differently which adds to the music.”

“Blues is brilliant because, while most music genres have a set structure or formula, blues has a bit more freedom to express.

“The jam is all about having fun, you has less experienced players learning things from the more experienced ones, which is really great to see.”