Comics-inspired band “Blues Harvest” get a Podcast probing!

Blues Harvest

The latest episode of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast features a great chat with the comics-inspired band Blues Harvest, who will be playing at the festival this year.

Blues Harvest – fronted by comic book artist Nick Brokenshire – are a five-piece band that have built up a cult following through their diverse song choices from the world of movies, TV and a few guilty pleasures along the way.

With set highlights including music from Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more, Blues Harvest is the perfect band to celebrate the sci-fi, comics and fantasy genres.

These “nerd-rockers” have regularly been joined on stage by performers from the Star Wars franchise, including David W Collins (The Force Awakens), Stephen Costantino (Return of the Jedi), Jerome Blake (The Phantom Menace) and Laurie Goode (A New Hope).

The podcast team talk to band members Nick, Andy Lyth and Jess (Bass Windu)- and discuss Nick’s comic work, Andy’s Pop Up Puppet Cinema, what the band is all about and find out which band member knows the most about Star Wars. Don’t miss one of their numbers, either – “Obi Wan Kenobi”!

Reviewed are Gill Hatcher‘s The Beginners Guide to Being Outside and the football book Preston North End: The Rise of the Invincibles by Michael Barrett, who will be at the Festival (And there’s a look at the film Sharknado 5… as it’s so so bad).

Mike also offers a League of Extraordinary Gentleman 101 and Pete has a general ramble on his work and writing a comic.

• Listen to the episode here on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast web site

• Blues Harvest have their own podcast here and you can find out more about them at

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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