2012 Harvest Blues Trail
Monaghan Harvest Blues Pub Trail Lineup
Pilgrim Blues – Dublin
Born from a passion for playing music that evokes the strongest feelings, Pilgrim Blues are a group of musicians drawn together to play blues and nothing but the blues. With all members having experience in all manner of blues fields both here in Ireland and abroad Pilgrim Blues have developed their own interpretation of the genre. With an eccentric mix of harmonica, slide guitar bass and drums they deliver powerful renditions of blues standards and their own originally crafted blues material putting a fresh stamp on the scene.
The Wildcards, Devon, England
The Wildcards strength lies in the very real, jaw-dropping, intense, high energy live performances given at every show by vocalist and guitarist Vince Lee, guitarist Martin Vowles, bass player Al Wallis and drummer Kevin Crowe.
Crow Black Chicken, Cork, Ireland
Crow Black Chicken have built up a loyal following along the way since their formation in 2009 playing as a Blues band. The Band has since developed their own original style. They are currently recording their debut album which will see them develop even more on their style from the first EP.Their style is a fusion of their musical pasts. With a rhythm section with unlikely roots in Jazz Blues and Punk and Vocals/Guitar from the Blues Folk-Rock tradition, this fusion creates the sound of Crow Black Chicken.
Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces, England
Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces are fast-rising stars on the UK and international music scenes. Robson first came to the attention of the UK national press in 2010 when backing blues legend Muddy Waters’ eldest son Mud Morganfield. At a packed show in central London, The Daily Express praised his “Exquisite harmonica” and The Dirty Aces were described as “Virtuosi”. The Express’s Paul Stewart stated that Robson could “Possibly be the best harmonica player on the blues scene today” and praised Filip Kozlowski’s “Cutting guitar” and lauded the band as a “Great blues combo”. “A track called “The Mighty Incinerator” from the band’s 3 track promo CD was played on BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones show and was immediately spotted by Chris Evans and played on his Breakfast show the next morning with Evans stating “This is so good”. This is the first time in the Paul Jones show history that a track has been heard by a mainstream radio 2 DJ and chosen spontaneously to be played on their show.
The band was formed by Giles Robson and guitarist Filip Kozlowski in 2007 playing together in different bands on the island’s fertile music scene. They were immediately spotted online by Grammy award winning harmonica ace Sugar Blue. “Great harp and guitar, you cats play like you mean it!”. Rave reviews followed. Alan Candy of Luton Today wrote “If you like blues, rock and plenty of originality, look no further than these aces…… Raw and dirty sounds, ace delivery…. Robson happens to sing like a blues hero of mine — the late, great Rory Gallagher. ” Classic Rock magazine predicted the “These boys have aces up their sleeves”. They were chosen by Tom Robinson to have one of their tracks played on the first BBC6 music “Introducing” show.
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The Andre & the J-Tones – Ontario, Canada
A Classic Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Swing, Funk, and Rock band playing The Blues Brothers, The Commitments, Otis Redding, CCR, The Beatles, The Temptations, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave and more. They are energetic with powerful vocals and a funky horn section to match. Andre Bisson is certainly one of the best Rhythm And Blues Singers around. His voice has been compared to the likes of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke and his other skills in arranging, playing guitar, and savvy business knowledge, makes for a very enterprising, well-rounded, and highly sought after Artist.
Instrumentation: Vocals/Guitar, Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Bass, Drums
Gráinne Duffy – Monaghan
‘I Know We’re Gonna Be Just Fine’ is the brand new single taken from Gráinne’s forthcoming album which is currently in the final stages of production. This will be the follow-up to her stunning 2008 debut, ‘Out Of The Dark’. Since then Gráinne has become a regular at Jazz & Blues festivals throughout Europe including three nights at Glastonbury hosting the blues sessions on the Acoustic Stage alongside artists like Joan Baez, Suzanne Vega, Sinead O Connor and Seasick Steve.
She was the voice of BBC2’s own promotional video which was recorded in the famous Air Studios under the guidance of Sir George Martin. She was also a featured artist on RTE’s Other Voices.
She plays a mean electric blues guitar, and sings like a long lost relative of Bonnie Raitt, with classic numbers like ‘Rather Go Blind’ and ‘The Thrill has Gone’ in her repertoire. Other influences include Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. “In a world of chick rockers, Duffy is the real deal. Label bosses get your cheque books out sharpish.” Classic Rock Magazine
The Dana Dixon Band, Edinburgh – Scotland
Fronted by the powerful singer/harmonica player Dana Dixon and featuring the outstanding Blues and Slide Playing playing of guitarist Dave Dixon, the band play a mixture of authentic Texas & Chicago blues, tough R&B and superb original numbers.
The Hard Chargers, Belfast – Ireland
The HardChargers are a breath of fresh air, a trio of experienced musicians playing a powerful combination of Blues and Roots/Rock, ranging from a strong selection of honest original material to creative arrangements of songs by a myriad of inspirations spanning an entire history of acoustic and electric music.
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Ronnie Greer Band – Northern Ireland
Ronnie never fails to wring the last drop of emotion out of a solo, while still keeping the toes tapping. As a sideman and frontman, Ronnie has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business – including the likes of Dr. John, Lowell Fulson, Phil Guy, Johnny Mars and many more.
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