One of the rising stars of the British Blues scene will be at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Before that, Alex McKown answered a few questions

Alex, you’re no stranger to the festival in Colne. Tell us about your visit when you were 11

I came to perform on the Acoustic Stage in the afternoon and I then attended the main stage in the evening - I can still remember that it was Ruby Turner and Walter Trout.

I had met the MC Chris Powers at a number of gigs and he arranged for me to meet Walter back stage. He spent loads of time with me and encourage me to keep playing and pursue my dream.

At that point you can’t have ever thought you’d be on the main stage just a few years later

It is what I’ve always been working towards - it is very hard to get yourself established on the circuit and it is great that I’ve been asked to do it.

What is it about the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival that’s so special?

It’s been established for so many years and it’s a great atmosphere and the festival really brings the town alive.

Where did your love of the Blues come from?

Since playing the guitar from a young age I always looked up to the Blues players.

How have you developed your own sound?

I’ve developed my own sound by listening to all kinds of music from Blues to soul, rock and funk and not only listening to guitar players.

You’re still only 20. Do you think you’re still developing as an artist?

Yes of course, I don’t think you ever stop developing

For those who haven’t seen you live before, what can we expect when you come to Colne?

I think some people will be surprised and I’m bringing a bigger band and we’re going to give it our all.

There seems to be an increasing number of young blues rock musicians coming through. Why do you think this is?

It’s great music! The music is timeless and it’s important for other young players to put their take on the genre, so this type of music will still thrive - come and listen!

You seem to have become a permanent fixture in the British Blues Awards nominations. You don’t make music for awards but this must be gratifying.

Of course, it’s always good to get recognised.

It’s three years since Go with the Flow was released. Is there a new album in the pipeline?

There are a few things happening and it’s going to be exciting !

What does the rest of the year have in store for you?

More gigs and festivals and keep pushing away.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

I’d love to perform at more great festivals and see people of all ages come to my gigs.

Alex McKown Band play Colne Muni on Sunday, August 27. The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival runs from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27. Details from