2015 Harvest Blues Trail

2015 Blues Trail

For the 2014 lineup and videos of artists the 2014 archive for the Blues Trail

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HardChargers

Hard ChargesDescribed as “Dirty blues from Belfast”, the band formed in late 2009, with a strong selection of original songs, forming the bulk of the band’s live sets. The HardChargers music is raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest, ranging from down-home washboard/resonator/double bass workouts, to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock, complimenting their original output with unique arrangements of prime cuts by trailblazers such as Son House, Elmore James and Lonnie Mack.

“High-octane and close in pitch to those very early Fleetwood Mac records”… “May even prove to be a collector’s item”… “Suitably manic and certainly one to clear the cobwebs”, describing the original songs as “worthy comparators to the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters covers”
Blues Matters

“If you like your Whiskey straight, and your women crooked, this band is for you!”
Sinister’ Pete Vamos

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Rusty Jacks

rusty jacksDespite their name, there is nothing ‘Rusty’ about these musicians. Rusty Jacks’ take southern blues and rock straight to your heart and soul. They’re a talented outfit whose stage chemistry shines through. Taking influence from American Deep South blues, all aspects of the genre are accurately reflected on their latest record, Holler ‘n’ Howl, in a pure, fresh and original way. Along with their original material, gig goers can also expect to hear the familiar sounds of ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, the Allman Brothers and many more.

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The Ronnie Greer Band

Ronnie GreerOne of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, A superb blues and jazz guitarist, his fingers have added passion and fire to some of the greatest blues bands in the country, including for a time the legendary Jim Daly Blues Band and a host of others. Ronnie never fails to wring the last drop of emotion out of a solo, while still keeping the toes tapping. As a sideman and front man, 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, Phillip Walker and many more. while Greer’s own original composition – ‘Going down to Clarksdale’ is a tribute to his musical heroes, the Mississippi bluesmen, such as Muddy Waters, Magic Sam and Otis Spann who left behind the oppression of their native state to start a new life creating the new fangled, Electric Blues in Chicago clubs such as Kingston Mines. The album includes great sleeve notes from respected Jazz and Blues writer Trevor Hodgett that sum up perfectly Ronnie’s magnificent career. An absolute delight of an album and a must have for local fans of the world’s greatest music

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Clara Rose Band

Clara RoseClara Rose… songstress of rockin’ blues, saviour of rootsy folk and with a voice that can make the hairs stand on the back of your neck… has been writing and performing her original music for 10 years. With acoustic guitar in hand Clara has shared stages with Celtic legends such as: The Horslips, Henry McCullough, The Waterboys, Eleanor McEvoy, John Spillane, Jack L and more recently has been in the studio with blues legend; Don Baker. She is a mesmerising performer whose voice “soars and swoops with the ease of an opera star running through her scales” (Eamon Carr – Dubliner Magazine).Clara holds a Bachelor of Music from N.U.I Maynooth and also spent 2 years in the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance while gaining a Music Therapy Masters from The University of Limerick. She also spends half an hour each day polishing her All Ireland Medal for Sean-Nós singing! Her acclaimed debut album “A Portfolio” features 12 tracks (10 original). The album saw her embark on a nationwide tour with her band as well as achieve national and local radio airplay, TV appearances and critical acclaim.

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The Blues Jam

Blues JamThey are a co-operative of musicians led by the Force of Dez and his Gang. They manage to keep the flame of the Blues going throughout the year when all others seemed to have gone home The Group that holds the Jam together have been working on this project for over 11 year now in McKenna’s The Brewery Bar” We’ve had a lot of fun over the last 11 years, but as someone once said ‘the times are a changing’ so we see that the future is bright. To date musicians from all over Ireland, England, America & Europe have performed at our little Jam, so a Big “Thank You” to all the Jammers, Audience & McKenna’s Brewery Bar for your support. We expect and want guest artists to come join us over the weekend

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Crow Black Chicken

Crow Black Chicken“These guys do the nasty blues like the devil himself was hurting and rock like they’ll skate come judgement day” Ray Wylie Hubbard

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The Revolutionaries

The RevoluntionairesEstablished within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.
Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown, but have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.

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Dana Dixon and the Big Kats

Dana DixonFollowing their 2014 UK tour with legendary USA singer and harp player James Harman, the combined forces of three of the greatest UK blues and roots bands join together again for some special performances at the Harvest Time Blues Festival in Monaghan, Ireland. Female blues harmonica player and singing supremo Dana Dixon and husband Dave on guitar will team up with Martin Vowles on bass (The Wildcards / The Nightporters) and Kev Crowe on drums (The Wildcards / The Nightporters) to perform as Dana Dixon and the Big Kats. Dana and the boys will have your hips shaking from the start with their infectious blend of authentic blues, west coast swing and rockabilly. This is a rare chance to catch this unique partnership. Miss it at your peril……………

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Rosco Levee & Southern Slide – England

Rosco LeveeGuitar drenched, Hammond infused, with hints of the best of 70’s British & American Rocking Blues in a Woodstock meets The Raconteurs kind of way, Rosco Levee & The Southern Slide boil over with flavours of London and the Mississippi. Their debut record “Final Approach to Home” was released to massive critical acclaim in 2012, with the song “Goldrush” nominated for best original song in the British Blues Awards 2013. The album “Get It While You Can” was released  January 2014 and  launched at The Skegness Rock & Blues Festival . The band have been handpicked by mighty Classic Rock mag as one of the HOTTEST to watch in 2014 RLSS have released their first live album, “Live At The Billabong” where they tried to capture lightning in a bottle, the way the band comes together and bounce off each other and the fans intensity they get at their shows… to get all that vibe down live is a big thing. Diffinitly a Jordy show worth “havin’ a go, man”

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Glas (Welsh word for Blue) – Blackwood.South Wales 

Glas‘To capture the vibe and feel of classic blues, rock and roll, country, and r+b in a modern and contemporary way is no mean feat. Step forward GLAS, a three piece band from S Wales. Featuring a combined collective of talent that has seen them share stages with the likes of The Groundhogs, Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers, The Spellkasters, and Gerry Mcavoy’s Band Of Friends , ..Larry miler, GLAS are about to explode onto the blues and rock’n’roll scene with their upcoming new album. Fronted by Dai John on vocals and bass, with the in-the-pocket drums of Huw Hannan, and lead guitar of  James Oliver, the band are one of the hardest working on the scene, with regular festival appearances ( including Tenby Blues and Brecon Jazz), and shows at legendary venues such as London’s 100 Club.

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2015 Acoustic Room at the Market House

Welcome to the Acoustic Room at the Market House

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Davis RoganNew Orleans

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Davis Rogan is an American musician and motion picture actor, writer and consultant. He has worked on Tremé in several capacities. He is the inspiration for the major character Davis McAlary. He was a consultant for the series pilot “Do You Know What it Means”. He was the piano coach to starring cast members Steve Zahn (who plays Davis McAlary) and Michiel Huisman (who plays Sonny) throughout the first season. His music has featured in the show several times. He also plays himself in the show. He returned as a consultant and recurring co-star for the second season in 2011.

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Kris DollimoreCornwall

kris-dollardA man, a guitar and a voice. Performing as a solo artist, with his band and with Del Amitri.

During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris has graced some of the world’s greatest stages and has played with Adam Ant as well as The Godfathers The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders. Before the Godfathers,at the tender age of 16 he was a member of The Major Setback Band . Kris joined Del Amitri in June of 1997.

Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist 11 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans. His guitar skills have always been admired, in whichever genre he has played. With largely an acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered. 

“Kris Dollimore, one of the first division of solo bluesmen”.
Blues Matters
 “If you like your blues authentic, you won’t find better this side of the Mississippi”.
Record Collector
“Bursting with soulful, funky blues and played to perfection”.
Maverick
“Great instrumentals that really show off his picking, but Dollimore has a fine, bluesy voice to match”. 
Rock’n’ Reel

 

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Harrison KennedyLafayette, Hamilton, Canada

harrison1Harrison Kennedy was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, before moving to Detroit to join up with the Chairmen, a group started as part of the new Holland-Dozier-Holland label Invictus/Hot Wax.

In the mid-’70s, Kennedy left the group and struck out on a solo career. Over the years he has been able to pull from styles as varied as Funk, Soul, R&B, Folk, Country, and Gospel. Kennedy has been nominated for four Canadian Juno Awards in the blues category.

For the past decade, his recordings have earned Harrison Kennedy many accolades in the business. No less than B.B. King has hailed him as Canada’s premier blues performer.

Singing and playing the mandolin, the banjo, the guitar and the harmonica in a mostly acoustic setting, his strong poetic writing and full sense of irony largely contribute to the growing success of this very special blues troubadour.

“He restored my faith in the relevance of simply written, keenly observed, well-played songs from a man now at the top of his game.” – Blues & Rhythm Magazine

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Cedric WatsonLafayette, Louisiana 
Resident at the Market House for the weekend

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One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in the past few years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Cedric has been making a name for himself reviving old Creole fiddling styles, injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, and bringing them to an ever-broadening audience. All 3 of his CD releases since going on his own have been Grammy-nominated, an indication of the excitement around his emergence as a band leader.

Cedric Watson has played with some of the great family names in Creole music, including Dexter Ardoin and the Creole Ramblers and Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, and most recently was a featured member of the Pine Leaf Boys. He has played across the United States in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean, where he has a particularly keen interest in connecting Louisiana Creole music to other Creole cultures.

Moving with ease between fiddle and accordion, and adding his strong blues-inflected vocals, Cedric’s creative style and obvious joy in playing make him an engaging and exciting performer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David King – Dublin

 

david-kingDavid King is a Dublin folk and blues singer with an E.P entitled “Dig my Own Hole” (2013) and recently released debut album “Ruirteach Blues” (2015). David’s early influences range from Led Zepplin & Cream to Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. Current influences go back to the blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson and Son House.

The Delta and Chicago blues style’s delivered with his unique blend of Irish Soul offer up original vocal and guitar styles and create a back beat for the stories in his songs. David performs solo and with the support of his road band known as the “Raging River Band”.

 

 

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2015 The Late Night Marquee

The Late Night at the Marquee line-up for 2015

Harvest Times Blues Monaghan Main Stage Lineup
See our ticket page for more information.


 

Leo “Bud” Welch & Dixie Street Sabougla, Mississippi

Leo “Bud” Welch & Dixie StreetAll weekend in the Lounge area
Friday & Saturday: 10.30pm-11.30pm Sunday: 10pm-11pm

Leo “Bud” Welch  is exciting to watch playing both Gospel and Blues.

He released his first record entering his 80’s, although Leo “Bud” Welch has always considered himself a bluesman. The 82-year-old Mississippi singer and guitarist took a long break from the blues—for decades, in fact—while he played gospel music instead. “Blues is what I was born into,” says Welch, who returns to his roots on his upcoming second album, “I Don’t Prefer No Blues,” which includes the song “Girl in the Holler.”

Check him out in the lounge area of the marquee all three nights.

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The Selwyn Birchwood Band Florida

Friday 4th September

 

Selwyn Birchwood BandIn 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. It wasn’t long before Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer offered Birchwood a contract. His debut album, Don’t Call No Ambulance, is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, “Don’t Call No Ambulance” is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.”

 

“Selwyn Birchwood is an indelibly modern and original next-generation bluesman; his tough vocals, guitar and lap steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul, and boogie.”  –Washington Post

 

“A powerhouse player and emotive performer…his band, his material and both his skilled guitaring and soulful vocals are the essences of fully-formed. Birchwood is a major player. Highly recommended.”
–Rolling Stone

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The Nikki Hill Band North Carolina

Friday 4th September

Nikki Hill BandHill and her band have been touring the United States, Europe, and Australia extensively following the independent release of debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’ in April 2013 leaving jaws on the floor along the way. 

Nikki’s unique voice with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past, steers the driving guitar from Matt Hill, and a tight rhythm section provided by Ed Strohsahl (bass) and Joe Meyer (drums, percussion), to create a breath of fresh air with their authentic approach to American roots music..

Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a… ‘whiplash’ moment. Her memorable live performances have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical tastes to their shows. One club advertisement will call Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.

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The Congo Faith Healers  London via Havana

Saturday 5th September

 

The Congo Faith Healers Harvest time Blues Festival Monahan Ireland

Are you ready for some down and dirty savage swamp infested gypsy blues!? The Congo Faith Healers are like nothing you have heard or experienced before. Combining down and dirty swamp infested gypsy blues with wild savage guitar playing, voodoo vocals, latin American drum and trumpet grooves with rockabilly swing double bass and hooks that you will be singing for days, they have one of the most intense and utterly compelling live shows around!

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The Jarekus Singleton Band  Mississippi

Saturday 5th September

 

Jarekus Singleton Harvesttime Blues Festival Monahan IrelandJarekus Singleton melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent.

Jarekus Singleton is making some serious blues noise…blending modern-day blues and emotionally intense soul with melodic, hot-toned lead guitar, funk-seasoned rhythms and hip-hop flavored lyrics” – LIVING BLUES

Jarekus Singleton is one of the most exciting blues guitars to come along in years…..Boundless enthusiasm…..Singleton shoots super-heated notes through the chords with an emotional directness and a musical spirit that’s all his own. – DOWNBEAT

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The Dana Fuchs Band New York

Sunday 6th September

 

Dana Fuchs BandAll Dana Fuchs has to do is sing. All it takes is one note from those celebrated lips and clocks stop, crowds snap to attention, hearts beat like bass drums and neck-hair tingles. It’s often been said that the Florida-born front-woman could sing the phone directory and still hold her listeners spellbound. True enough, but in 2013, when Dana applies that extraordinary voice to the classic songs from her third album Bliss Avenue, you’ll realize that you’re in the presence of once-a-generation greatness.

“… Dana Fuchs offers a virtuoso demonstration of primal blues-rock vocalizing in service to feelings of betrayal, lust and longing … Fuchs often unloads vocally with Plant-ian authority. Yet the nuanced southern soul groove of her slinky, horn-inflected “Summersong” kiss off and her acoustic-based, shimmering soul ballad “keepsake” show a singer-songwriter who can bring home bittersweet reflective musings as credible as she can rage at the heavens. Sonically, she and co-producer/guitarist Jon Diamond let it roar, hot and unyielding across the channels…. Love To Beg is awe inspiring …”

– The Absolute Sound Magazine USA

“To look at, Fuchs is willowy flower-fairy with a head of Titian curls, like a wayward Joss Stone. Her voice, though is juke-joint dirty and illicit, evoking Joplin, Jagger, and a fag butt bobbing in a glass of bourbon …  She’s backed by a superior wingman and co-writer in Jon Diamond, a session veteran and soulful slide guitarist who turns co-writes like “Nothing’s What I Cry For” and “Golden Eyes” into Scorching, muscular grooves. Naturally, the blues police will say she isn’t sufficiently grizzled, road-worn or male enough for serious consideration. Fuchs the lot of ‘em.”

– Classic Rock Magazine UK

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The Chris Bergson Band New York

Sunday 6th September

Chris Bergson BandFour stars – Another bulletin from the New York street poet with a blues soul…the music is as tight as a hangman’s knot.”
MOJO, Blues Album of the Month

“Chris Bergson plays the kind of guitar you can build a house on…its B.B. meets Steve Cropper meets John Schofield.” ROLL Magazine

“Chris Bergson is a serious talent…both jazzy and bluesy with a slight dash of rock and massive amounts of melody, Fall Changes is a treat.” Living Blues

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2014 Harvest Blues Trail

Monaghan Rhythm and Blues Festival 2014

Hosted by 6 of the Best Hostileries (or Pubs to you & Me) in Monaghan Town

no cover charge at all to gain entry

 

Clara Rose – Ireland

 

clara-roseHailing all the way from County Monaghan, Clara Rose has been writing and performing her own brand of blues for 10 years. Following her critically acclaimed debut album “A Portfolio” (2010) and her successful collaborations with blues harmonica legend Don Baker, roots/blues artist Clara Rose has now released a new E.P “Queen of the Late Night Radio”, recorded live with her band. She is now ‘bringing it all back home’ with summer dates in Dublin (The Grand Social), The Limavady Blues Festival, 7 Hills Blues Festival (Armagh), The Electric Picnic AND of course, The Harvest Time Blues in her home county! Her full band sound is powerful, sassy & soulful and promises a live experience not to be missed!

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The Monaghan Blues Jam – Ireland

monaghan blues jamThe Creative Force Of Dez and his Gang who keep the flame of the Blues Going how’s it all going throughout the year. The Group that holds the Jam together have been working on this project for over 10 years now” We’ve had a lot of fun over the last 10 years, but as someone once said ‘the times are a changing’ so we’ll have to see what the future brings. To date musicians from all over Ireland, England, America & Europe have performed at our little Jam, so a BiG “Thank You” to all the Jammers, Audience & McKenna’s Brewery Bar for your support. We will

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Crow Black Chicken – Ireland

crow black chickenOur Very good Friends and one of the Best Blues Rock Bands on the scene are back with us having journeyed through the Austrian Alps to get here. They have embarked on a gruelling tour with their New Album “ Rumble Shake”
Since forming in 2009, Crow Black Chicken have earned back-pats aplenty for their dirty southern blues sound. This power trio of Christy O Hanlon (Vocals, Guitar), Stephen McGrath (Bass) and Gev Barrett (Drums, backing vocals) combine elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov’t mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin to create their greasy no bullshit blues rock sound. 2014 sees the band release their second album “Rumble Shake”. Recorded in Dublin’s famous Westland studios (Bob Dylan, Horslips, Thin Lizzy,), mixed by George Reiff (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard) and featuring guest appearances from some of Irelands best blues musicians including Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.

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The Hardchargers – Ireland

hardchargers“Dirty Blues from Belfast”… Taking Blues/Roots/Rock into exciting mercenary territory from aggressive washboard/resonator driven Roots Music, to provocative raunchy roadhouse style Blues rock. The HardChargers have performed across the island of Ireland since 2009, performing at a stellar list of music & arts festivals, opening for US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Austrailia’s The Beards. A recent Belfast gig prompted the legendary Terri Hooley to describe them as “My kind of fecking band”
“This energetic trio happily gnaw at the roots of delta blues, showing no inhibition.The band provide a punishing sound. Described in their Irish homeland as ‘Dirty Blues from Belfast’ And who are we to argue! The band build a bridge between Delta-influenced acoustic blues and extremely tight rock guitar grooves, using Dobro, washboard and heavy guitar grooves create a unique picture.”

The Hardchargers’ Website and Facebook page


The Rockets – Ireland)

The RocketsThe Rockets are a 5 piece band from Dublin with a love of all things Beatles, and in particular 1950’s Rock N Roll and Rockabilly.
If you love Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Elvis and the rest, and in particular if you love your Rock N Roll faster than a Formula One car, and louder than a 747 coming into land, then dont miss the Rockets live on stage

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The Revolutionaires – England

The-Revolutionaires-1Scorching a trail across the live music venues of the land is this sizzlin’ hot 1950’s R&B combo…The Revolutionaires!

Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.
Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown, but have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.
Over the last decade The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene.
They have toured extensively both home and abroad

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The Ronnie Greer Band – Ireland

ronnie greerOne of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, Ronnie Greer is also one of its favourite performers. A superb blues and jazz guitarist, his fingers have added passion and fire to some of the greatest blues bands in the country, including for a time the legendary Jim Daly Blues Band and a host of others.

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.

Ronnie  has been, I confidently assert,the greatest blues guitarist in Ireland,since the 70′s,when he made his name playing in the legendary Jim Daly Blues Band, who often backed the likes of Dr John and Lowell Fulson. So why on earth did he wait until he was sixty-two before recording his studio album  A Lifetime […]  R2 RocknReel Magazine

Ronnie Greer – Vocals and Guitar. Alan Hunter – Bass and Vocals. Colm Fitzpatrick – Drums.Anthony Toner – Vocals and Guitar.

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The Juke Joints – The Netherlands

jukes jointsThis Dutch Blues Rock sensation are known for the full-power gigs, with an exciting mix of rockabilly, rock&roll, Blues & zydeco , They
shared stages with the best that blues has to offer , Kim Wilson Band, Buddy Guy, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, The Paladins, Walter Trout, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers,
The Nighthawks, Jim Shuler, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood , Roomful of Blues, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Joe Bonamassa , Johnny Winter……..
After 26 years, 11 albums and an unimaginable number of blistering shows, the Juke Joints, masters of rock rollin’ blues, have succeeded in stretching their limits with undoubtedly their best and most diverse album so far. A highly diverse album it has become indeed, which is to be released worldwide and which should win The Juke Joints global recognition as one of the most energetic rock rollin’ blues bands around.

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TrickBag – Sweden

trickbagTrickbag are  regarded one of The top European Acts on the Blues scene and is known for being one of the best back-up bands in the business touring with Blues artists such as: James Harman, Kid Ramos, John Németh, Barrelhouse Chuck, Gene Taylor, West Weston etc…
For over 17 years now TRICKBAG has amazed audiences all over Scandinavia, Europe & the US with their Energetic, Explosive Live shows and 5 full-length CDs all containing original songs…
The band has backed numerous Blues artists when touring in Europe, such as: JAMES HARMAN (US), KID RAMOS (US), LYNWOOD SLIM, (US) JOHN NÉMETH (US), BARRELHOUSE CHUCK (US), GENE TAYLOR (US), RJ MISCHO (US), WEST WESTON (UK), “LITTLE GEORGE” SUEREF (UK), EGIDIO “JUKE” INGALA (ITA), KURT CRANDALL (US), etc.
Trickbag has also shared stages with stars like: Kim Wilson, James Harman, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, John Németh, RJ Mischo, Jackie Payne, Barrelhouse Chuck, West Weston, Gene Taylor, Sven Zetterberg, Rick Holmstrom, Kirk Fletcher, Earl Thomas, Little George Sueref, John Primer, Bob Corritore, etc etc…

TrickBags’ facebook page

2014 Acoustic Room at the Market House

The Acoustic Room at The Market House

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Leo Bud Welch

Leo-Bud-Welch2Leo Bud Welch remembers well the day his cousin’s guitar came in the mail. Welch and another, a younger cousin brought the package to their house on a long walk up from the mailbox and were forbidden to play with it while the older cousin was away. But they could not resist and when the guitar’s owner found them with it, he was so impressed with their playing that he gave them free use of the instrument. So began Welch’s self-education with the guitar.

While gospel is his preferred medium these days, Welch does not see the blues as an evil art form, but as merely a reflection of one’s life, the story of one’s experiences. He is glad to talk about his earlier life but proudly notes that he has never had to worry about hangovers since he began singing gospel.

Leo Buds’ Website  &  Facebook Page


Lil’ Jimmy Reed-

little jimmyLil Jimmy Reed has done opening acts and performed with well-known artists such as, (USA) – Bobby Blue Bland, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Marvin Sease, Shirley Murdock, Clarence Carter, Rafel Neal and Family, Lyn White, Tabby Thomas, The Love Doctor, Billy Soul Bonds, Willie Clayton; (UK) – Otis Grand (2006); (Iceland) –  Andrea of Bluesman; (Denmark)-  Troels Jenson to HpLange; (Sweden) – Sven Zetterberg Bluesband, Harry Banks Buzzers, Paul & The Blue Delivery (Finland) – Pepe Ahqvist and many more would be a much-appreciated reality.
His accomplishments have been recording his own 45 record, and CD’s.  Leon also continues to enjoy playing, and performing for various shows, Blues and Jazz concerts, schools, parties, weddings, promotional events, and many more.  Leon has also entertained many in the political arena including Gov. Don Seigelman or Alabama.  He has also made appearances on the Ann Varmun Morning Show – Dothan, AL.  In 1995, the Alabama Blue Society presented Leon with the Alabama Blue Treasure Award. The Alabama Blues Project is dedicated to helping provide a support for the lesser-known bluesmen and women living and performing regularly in Alabama.  Leon has also played for many of the festivals around the South including the New Orleans Jazz and heritage Festivals, The Tampa Florida Blues Ship and many small and local clubs in Europe and Korea.
Lil Jimmy Reed continues to play as states “it just get better with time!!”.

Lil’ Jimmy Reeds’ Facebook


Doug Mac Leod, St Louis, Missouri

goug mccleodA superb guitarist with a style all of his own, holding his audience in spellbound attention as only the best artists can do. Doug MacLeod’s message is essentially an optimistic one, as shown for example by the feel-good Coming Your Brand New Day, Brand New Eyes. The optimism, however, is balanced in the repertoire by acknowledgement of the less desirable aspects of life and people, and there’s a depth to what he does.

It’s not a music about partying all the time. It’s a music about overcoming,” MacLeod said. “Not everybody gets a good shake in this world. Most of us don’t. And this music talks about how you overcome that. When you’re in the bad times – know that you can overcome. And then when those bad times are gone, this music helps you celebrate that, too.” interview with Terry Mullins.

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“Welcome back Smokin Joe & Bnois King”

You were with us in 2011 in the marquee , can you can get up close and personal to them in The Acoustic Room at the Market House. Kubek and King, who have bSmokin Joeeen playing together for twenty-five years, twin-frontman lineup is unparalleled on the blues scene, with Joe’s flame-throwing guitar work complemented by Bnois’ cool, jazz-inflected playing and soulful vocals. Their incendiary live shows feature two top flight guitarists intuitively locked in with each other, making for a powerful and irresistible combination.Smokin’ Joe Kubek Featuring Bnois King WebsiteFacebook: Smokin’ Joe Kubek


Checkout last years line-up while we gather ourselves together for 2014

For the 2013 lineup and videos of artists Acoustic Room at the Market House lineup

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2014 Main Stage at the Late Night Marquee

Main Stage, @ The Late Night Marquee

 

Marquee-Time-table (1)FRIDAY 5th September

1st Act  Super Chikan & his fighting Cocks  10:30pm – 11:30pm
2nd Act The Gráinne Duffy Band 11:30pm – 1am
3rd Act The Steepwater Band 1:30am – 3am

SATURDAY 6th September

1st Act Smokin’Joe Kubek & Bnois King 10:30pm – 11:30pm
2nd Act The Mud Morganfield Band 11:30pm – 1am
3rd Act JW Jones Band 1:30am – 3am

SUNDAY 7th September

1st Act  Lil’ Jimmy Reed 10pm – 11pm
2nd Act Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils 11pm – 12:30am
3rd Act The Royal Southern Brotherhood 1am – 2:30am


Super Chikan & his Fighting Cocks – in the Lounge Area –  Friday 5th @ 10:30pm – 11:30pm

super-chikan-1James “Super Chikan” Johnson is an American blues musician, based in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He is the nephew of fellow blues musician Big Jack Johnson.  in 1997 he released his debut album, Blues Come Home to Roost, influenced by such musicians as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Chuck Berry. He went on to release What You See (2000), Shoot That Thang (2001), Chikan Supe (2005), and Sum Mo Chikan (2007).

In the Clarksdale area, “Super Chikan” is probably best-known for performing regularly at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero blues club, and for being Freeman’s favorite blues performer.

James Super Chikan Johnson is described by his friends as “the real deal”. “He is a hard working tremendously talented entertainer”.

Bill Luckett co-owner of the Ground Zero blues club.

Super Chikan is just as well known as a true folk artist. Bringing people joy with instruments he, himself hand-crafted in his shop behind his house in Clarksdale.

Super Chikans’ Website


Gráinne Duffy Band – Ireland – Friday 5th @ 11:30pm – 1:00am

GrainneWhat a powerhouse of soul and inspiration mixed with desire and passion. She will take you to the most inner depths of your soul that other artists wish they could do with their music. She sets the standards for modern blues and country female vocals. An artist that is true to her music and not afraid of the hard work and commitment it all involves. She is the real deal with a live show that is still as dynamic as ever and her band are a treat not be missed. 2014 alone has seen Grainne play at many of Europe’s leading festivals including Blue Balls Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland, Notodden, Norway, Linton Festival in the U.K., Aosta Festival, Italy and later this year will see Grainne and her band grace the stage in Germany, Svalbard, Holland and beyond.

“Not only does Duffy sound remarkably like the legendary redhead (Bonnie Raitt) with an easy on the ear mix of rock, blues and soul, but she can also play a mean guitar too. She sings with a passion and conviction beyond her years.” R2 Magazine

Grainne Duffy Band website Facebook page


 

The Steepwater Band – Chicago – Friday 5th @ 1:30am – 3:00am

steepwaterFormed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music. The Steepwater Band’s latest album “LIVE & HUMBLE” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Jeff Massey (Vocal, Guitar), Tod Bowers (Bass), Joseph Winters (Drums) and Eric Saylors (Guitar, Backing Vocal) played over 200 shows together on the High & Humble Tour leading up to the night of this amazing show, and is the first TSB recording to feature this newly adorned 4-piece lineup. Critics and fans agree, LIVE & HUMBLE captures TSB’s kinetic energy, and their own brand of Rock n’ Roll improvisation. The record contains over 75 minutes of music, featuring tracks spanning from their previous studio LPs, “Revelation Sunday (2006)”, “Grace and Melody (2008)”, and “Clava (2011), along with a 16 minute version of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” that rips right into Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times” and back again, leaving the listener only wanting more. It is their humble devotion to music, and a commitment to achieving their goals without compromising the integrity of their musical vision that makes The Steepwater Band a rare find.

The Steepwater Band Website, Facebook 

SATURDAY 6th September

1st Act Smokin’Joe Kubek & Bnois King 10:30pm – 11:30pm
2nd Act The Mud Morganfield Band 11:30pm – 1:00am
3rd Act JW Jones Band 1:30am – 3:00am

Smokin Joe & Bnois King – in the lounge area Saturday 6th @ 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Smokin JoeYou were with us in 2011 in the marquee , can you can get up close and personal to them in The Acoustic Room at the Market House. Kubek and King, who have been playing together for twenty-five years, a twin-frontman lineup is unparalleled on the blues scene, with Joe’s flame-throwing guitar work complemented by Bnois’ cool, jazz-inflected playing and soulful vocals. Their incendiary live shows feature two top-flight guitarists intuitively locked in with each other, making for a powerful and irresistible combination.

Smokin’ Joe Kubek Featuring Bnois King Website

Facebook: Smokin’ Joe Kubek


The Mud Morganfield Band – Saturday 6th @ 11:30pm – 1:00am

mudMud Morganfield eldest son of the undisputed king of the Blues Muddy Waters has been delivering his charismatic Chicago blues to audiences around the world. Stunned audiences have noted that he looks and sounds strikingly like his old man, so much so the one of his dad’s former sidemen said “It’s like watching a ghost in the flesh!” Mud, however also has his own very individual mojo working he is  blessed with a big and powerful voice that manages to convey deep emotional resonance and good old fashioned testosterone laden strut on those classic shuffles, He’s also blessed with a natural sense of showmanship. He mixes up the sets with his dad’s classic songs and his own original material. As Mud puts it “I started to sing to show the world that dad left me here.. I’m not Muddy Waters and I’m certainly not trying to be him, when I’m up on stage I always feel pops is there with me. He has shared the stage and gained the respect of many of his Dad’s ex sidemen, Buddy Guy, Kenny Big Eyes Smith, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmie Johnson, Mojo Buford, to name but a few. Micky Moody (Whitesnake) guitar,Ian Jennings Double Bass,Mike Hellier drums,Giles King Harp, Jools Grudgings Piano some of the best Chicago blues I’ve heard in years. Son of a Seventh Son to any lover of the blues. Muddy would not be disappointed in how his legacy is being carried on.” “The resemblance between Mud and his famous father is uncanny, and he’s got the phrasing and delivery down pat . . . this is a fine effort that definitely adds to the Morganfield musical legacy.”

The Mud Morganfield Bands’ Website,  Youtube. movinmusic


JW Jones – Canada – Saturday 6th @ 1:30am – 3:00am

jw-jonesJW-Jones is a Canadian blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, and band leader Constantly on the road, Jones delivers a world-class performance with great tunes and cool arrangements. His shows are high-energy crowd pleasers. Pushing boundaries by creating songs and layering swinging blues, all the while keeping it retro

The Canadian national newspaper Globe and Mail referred to Jones as “one of the country’s top blues guitar stars”.

Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called ‘Guitar Masters Vol. 2’ that put Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, and Carlos Santana among others, which led him to an endorsement deal with Gibson guitars

JW Jones’ Facebook, Website


SUNDAY 7th September

1st Act  Lil’ Jimmy Reed 10:00pm – 11:00pm
2nd Act Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils 11:00pm – 12:30am
3rd Act The Royal Southern Brotherhood 1:00am – 2:30am

Lil’ Jimmy Reed – with Bob Hall, Hilary Blythe & Gavin Taylor – in the lounge area – Sunday 7th  @ 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Lilltle jimmyLil Jimmy Reed has done opening acts and performed with well-known artists such as, (USA) – Bobby Blue Bland, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Marvin Sease, Shirley Murdock, Clarence Carter, Rafel Neal and Family, Lyn White, Tabby Thomas, The Love Doctor, Billy Soul Bonds, Willie Clayton; (UK) – Otis Grand (2006); (Iceland) –  Andrea og Bluesman; (Denmark)-  Troels Jenson to HpLange; (Sweden) – Sven Zetterberg Bluesband, Harry Banks Buzzers, Paul & The Blue Delivery (Finland) – Pepe Ahqvist and many more would be a much-appreciated reality.
His accomplishments have been recording his own 45 records, and CD’s.  Leon also continues to enjoy playing and performing for various shows, Blues and Jazz concerts, schools, parties, weddings, promotional events, and many more.  Leon has also entertained many in the political arena including Gov. Don Seigelman or Alabama.  He has also made appearances on the Ann Varmun Morning Show – Dothan, AL.  In 1995, the Alabama Blue Society presented Leon with the Alabama Blue Treasure Award. The Alabama Blues Project is dedicated to helping provide a support for the lesser-known bluesmen and women living and performing regularly in Alabama.  Leon has also played for many of the festivals around the South including the New Orleans Jazz and heritage Festivals, The Tampa Florida Blues Ship and many small and local clubs in Europe and Korea.
Lil Jimmy Reed continues to play as states “it just get better with time!!”.

Lil’ Jimmy Reeds’ Facebook


Rick Vito – Philadelphia – Sunday 7th @ 11:00pm -12:30am

Rick-Vito-New-Image-2Best known for his blues and slide guitar style, whose influences include Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, B.B. King, Alvino Rey, Les Paul, Mohan Bhatt, George Harrison and Keith Richards.

Rick’s career highlight

Rick Vito’s Website


 

The Royal Southern Brotherhood – Sunday 7th @ 1:00am – 2:30am

Royal SouthernAllman family & Neville Family join forces. These aren’t just families, they’re gods, and with a lineup comprising both the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, The Royal Southern Brotherhood come pre-loaded with expectations. Don’t worry: they can match them. The family tree might be auspicious, but this new band trades on talent, not genealogy. It’s not about rock history: it’s about the here-and-now. The soul of the south. Amplified soul for the new generation
Inspired by: Curtis Mayfield, Grateful Dead, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB KING , Buddy Guy, White Stripes, Allman Brothers, Al Green

Royal Southern Brotherhood Website

Facebook: Cyril Neville,  Mike Zito,  Devon Allman and the Royal Southern Brotherhood

 

2013 Harvest Blues Trail

Monaghan Rhythm and Blues Festival
6/7/8 2013

Hosted by 6 of the Best Hostileries (or Pubs to you & Me) in Monaghan Town no cover charge at all to gain entry

Be sure to check out the Harvest Blues Booklet available at the event

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The Mighty Mojos

mighty mopsThe Mighty Mojos are a musical blast of fresh air! Refreshing and original, they sound like nobody else out there. A blend of rock and blues songs with killer hooks and grooves, catchy riffs, dynamic drums and bass combined with one of the best vocalists you’ll ever hear! It’s a recipe for a great band. That’s why they’re called the MIGHTY MOJOS.

The unbelievably powerful voice is supplied by Alan Ward who hails from Limerick. He’s played in metal bands for years but has finally found the style which suits him best.

Drums are by Hillsborough native David Kennedy who can hammer those snares and toms into total submission! He’s played in many line-ups for years.Bass is supplied by Belfast man Ali McKenzie who lays down a mean groove that’s tight and melodic.
He’s a vastly experienced session player.

Guitars are plucked by Ballymena man David McClean
Who also writes and records the bands material.
He’s got a unique distinctive slide style.The current band has been together for a year rehearsing and honing the songs to get them ready for unleashing to the world. Now its time to listen!

Please visit The Mighty Mojos website and their Facebook page.