Aynsley Lists great reasons to see him at Doncaster Blues Festival

Aynsley Lister.
Aynsley Lister.

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Aynsley Lister is promising something a little different for festival-goers.

While he admits to being heavily blues-influenced, the 38-year-old says he has been concentrating more on his own songs in recent times – although he has promised to ‘throw in a few blues tunes’ on Sunday.

“On this occasion, we have a keyboardist who’s reasonably local, Bennett Holland from Sheffield,” he says.

“We have been working with him on a few tours. He’s local and that’s great.


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“We have been playing some stuff from the latest album, but as it’s a blues festival we will thrown in a few blues tunes as well. It will be a good energetic fun set.”

Aynsley has been playing guitar for three decades, having started at the age of eight.

“I like being out there doing my own thing,” he says.
“I have done it for years as my career. It always be in my blood, I like performing.”

And while Aynsley, from Leicester, has moved away from his blues roots during his career, he has been getting back into it recently.

“The live set we have always done is always predominantly original songs,” he says. “In a set of 14 songs, there’ll be a couple of covers. When I started out it was a lot more bluesy, but I have been working on my songs.

“My stuff is not out and out blues, but a lot more song-based.

“However, over the last year I have been getting a bit more back into blues.”

And he says his festival set will be more ‘bluesy’ to reflect the occasion and, hopefully, win over the audience.

“As it’s a blues festival, it’s what the audience like and I like playing it,” he says.
“It will be really great fun.

“Other acts will be doing a set full of blues, but I’ll keep my set nice and diverse.

“It’s also a short set, Normally I play a good couple of hours in a headline show where, obviously, the people have come to just see you.

“At a festival the audience is not all there just to see you.

“In many ways I sometimes enjoy it more, because a short set is more concentrated, more intense.

“When you do your own gig,you have more leeway and the audience may be more forgiving if you try something new.

“At a festival you want to pick up as many new followers as possible, so you might put things in to influence them.”