in french
 

SEM is a small village located at two thousand seven hundred feet height, in an old glacier “Ariege” valley, in the Pyrenees mountains area, that counts actually twenty-five permanent inhabitants but much more in summer (about two hundred…). Nowadays it counts a greater part of second homes.

During many centuries and, until 1930th, this village was living around and for the iron mine. Now, iron miners and donkeys are just a great memory in the landscape related by a small exhibition in the city hall.

In the past only city, fest and religious celebrations were interesting or concerning most of the people. Life was very hard, mines closed and poor’s families moved to towns, down in the valley and far from the mountains, for an easier life !

17 years ago, some friends (probably after a few drinks !), decided to organize a Blues Festival (what an idea !) in this original place, near the summits of this beautiful country, “Blues in SEM was born !

Many great internationals blues artists came for our pleasure.

You're welcome ! Enjoy music, site and conviviality (beer and food too).
We hope to see you soon, this year maybe, why not !

J.Claude &Yvette Chalifour & Team

 
 


Li'l HENRY
(FR)
GLADYS AMOROS & MICHEL FOIZON
(FR)
JJ. THAMES
(USA)
VICTOR PUERTAS & THE MELLOW TONES
(ESP)
JULIEN BRUNETAUD « TRIO »
(FR)
JAKEZ & THE JACKS
(FR)
Dawn Tyler Watson
(Québec),
Nico "Wayne" Toussaint,
J.B. Boogie,
Matthew Skoller (Chicago),
Jeff Zima,
Lonj,
Marvellous Pig Noise,
Rag Mama Rag,
Philippe Ménard,
et plus récemment Nico Backton,
et Rosebud Blue Sauce,
qui accompagnèrent R.J.Mischo (Arkansas)
Awek,
Back Door,
Texas Sluts,
Malted Milk,
Scratch my back,
Mountain Men,
Bo Weavil,
Nico & the rhythm dudes,
Roll Pignaud & Mathieu Pesqué,
Loretta and the bad kings,
Mister Boogie Woogie,
du Gospel avec Gladys Amoros (chant), Michel Foizon (guitare), Antoine Perrut (contrebasse/saxophone),
Marc André LEGER (Canada)
Big MAMA MONTSE & The Crazy Blues Band (Espagne / avec Victor Puertas à l'harmonica)
Dave HERRERO -lead guitar/lead vocals- & Felix REYES -guitar/vocal- (Chicago USA)
Red Hot Blues Caravan
Golden Swing
Terry Harmonica Bean (USA)
Las Vargas
French Blues Explosion
Sean Carney (USA)
Alexis Evans (FR)
Three Gamberros (FR)
Suitcase Brothers (ESP)
Chino and the Big Bet (ESP)
French Blues All Stars (FR)
Lazy Buddies (FR)
Leon Newars and The Ghost Band (FR)
Richard Ray Farrell Band (USA/SP)
Sandra Hall (USA)
Mathieu Pesque & Hansel Gonzalez (FR/CUBA)
Vicious Steel (FR)
Fred Cruveiller Blues Band (FR)
Mathieu Pesque Quartet (FR)
Mike Greene & Youssef Remadna (FR)
A Contra Blues (SP)