In the last week of January, for over a decade, the Caribbean Island of Mustique has been the destination for a charity blues festival, founded and organised by Dana and Basil Charles O.B.E. See a special report on the 2005 event.
The festival started as a small event but as Mustique has grown in popularity, as a tourist destination and as a playground for the wealthy, so has the festival.
The funds collected are used to pay for education on the poorer neighbouring island, St Vincent. Dana maintains that the event will continue to be a free festival, raising money through the sale of the Mustique Blues Festival Live CD produced every year.
Blues musicians from all over the world, such as Big Jay McNeely, Earl Green, Big Joe Louis, Mick Jagger, Steve 'Big Man' Clayton and Larry Garner, perform at the festival.
All you have to do is get yourself out to Mustique and turn up at Basil's Bar !! Check his website for more details, reviews and pictures.