The 15th edition of this 3 day festival is dedicated to “the Blues”, the music that gave birth to Rock n’ Roll. We pay homage to the Blues by keeping the music of its founders alive while showcasing the talents of today’s torch bearers. This music is constantly being re-discovered and this is evident by Golden Globe winning actor Hugh Laurie recording a Blues album which is due out later this year. Our very own Golden Globe nominated actor,Cillian Murphy has been moved by the Blues with his recent discovery of Elmore James’s music (1918-1963), one of the Blues greats. As Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) said of the music: “Blues is the most demanding form of music because it goes deeper, it goes beyond technique, because it’s spiritual, it drains the artist.”
Previous performers at the festival include Bobby Rush, Van Morrison, Honeyboy Edwards, Gary Moore, Philip Walker, Guitar Shorty, Eric Bibb, Johnny Dyer, Peter Green, Earl King, Melvin Taylor, Luther Allison, Byther Smith, Long John Hunter, Phil Guy, William Clarke, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro & Walter Trout.
There are 3 features to this year’s festival. The late night Marquee which will host the main stage, The Market House will host the acoustic acts, and on the Blues Trail 12 great bands perform in 9 venues in Monaghan town.
The doors open in the Marquee at 10pm each night.
One of the acoustic acts will entertain you in the bar area until the main acts comes on stage.
The stage will be rocking until 3am. Tickets cost €20 each night, or €50 for a season ticket.
The Market House: acoustic venue
The ticket price is €12 Friday night and €15 for Saturday and Sunday.
Your ticket can then be used as a 50% concession into the Marquee.
The performers vary from day to day, however they will end at 9pm to facilitate those who wish to check in on the Blues Trail or mosey on down to the Marquee.
The Blues Trail:
No festival can be complete without the support from the seven venues in town who are the partners in bringing this festival together.
Entry to any of these venues is free of charge.
Nearly 40 gigs will be played at these venues by the time we head to work on Monday the 6th.
The Blues Trail bands are Doctor Brown & the Groovecats, Newcastle, The Robin BiBi Band, England, The Smokin’ Hogs, Ipswich, The Deans, Galway, The Jeremy Wallace Band, New Jersey, The Lyndon Anderson Band, Newcastle, B & the Honeyboys, Wexford, The Roy Fulton Band, Northern Ireland, Swinging Blue Cats, Kilkenny, Ronnie Greer Band, Northern Ireland, Parchman Farm, Dublin.
The Headline Artists performing at the Marquee:
Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji,South Dakota
Mato Nanji is a member of South Dakota’s Nakota Nation who grew up on the Yankton Indian Reservation, where his father, Greg Zephier became a spokesperson for Native American rights. They drew critical acclaim in 1997 with their independently released disc titled “Things We Do” and, since then, they’ve grown their following through steady recording and touring. “Early on, there was Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Then later, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Here’s a name to throw in the blues-rock altar: MATO NANJI.” San Francisco Examiner The Chris Bergson Band featuring Bruce Katz, New York
Brooklyn-based guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Bergson creates his own blend of rootsy blues and soul. “Chris Bergson is a serious talent,” proclaims LIVING BLUES noting that “Bergson gives early notice to the listener on the album’s opening cut, ‘Gowanus Heights’, of his prowess as both a performer and songwriter. The Band’s album, Fall Changes, was MOJOs #1 Blues Album of 2008. …these guys could strip down the engine of a soulbluesmobile and put it back together blindfold.” MOJO Watermelon Slim & the Workers, Oklahoma
Slim was born in Boston and raised in North Carolina listening to his maid sing John Lee Hooker and other blues songs around the house. While laid up in a Vietnam hospital bed he taught himself upside-down left-handed slide guitar on a $5 balsawood model using a triangle pick cut from a rusty coffee can top and his Army issued Zippo lighter as the slide. He ended up farming watermelons in Oklahoma – hence his stage name and current home base. ”… grinding, greasy and swampy accompaniment as Slim puts fresh twists on age-old blues themes.” MOJO Magazine 2007 & 2006 #1 Blues Album of the Year “From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.”HARP Magazine Larry Garner & the Norman Beaker Band, Louisiana & England
For a man who came to the blues relatively late in life, Garner wasted no time earning a worldwide reputation as one terrific bluesman. Rooted in the swamp blues tradition indigenous to his Baton Rouge environs and raised in the gospel traditions, Garner still retains a preacher-like gospel meets blues, vocal approach. He notes his playing freed up when he realized how similar blues and gospel are “When I got older, I realized the music don’t care who plays it.” “He is perhaps the most talented blues songwriter alive today, one of the top five bluesmen on the planet” Omar & the Howlers,Austin, Texas
He hails from McComb, Miss., a town with the curious distinction of being home turf for both Bo Diddley and Britney Spears. It’s well established that Omar started playing guitar at seven, took to hanging out in edge-of-town juke joints at 12, joined his first band at 13 – the next youngest player being 50 – and played the sort of music where somebody bustin’ a cap at somebody else was just added percussion. “His in your face vocals and roadhouse guitar playing flow with the power of a bayou at flood stage” “He’s tall, wears cowboy boots and has a deep voice with a Southern accent. However, Omar does not carry a gun” King King featuring Alan Nimmo, Scotland & England
“Softly softly” is not a maxim that King King are familiar with. Their electrifying sound and scorching live shows have generated more of a thunderous roar than a buzz. The last year has seen a frenetic schedule of gigs and festival appearances, so much so, that Glastonbury came calling in 2010, which added plenty of new blood to their burgeoning army of followers.
“A performance that should without doubt put them firmly up with the best on the British Circuit and probably the European circuit too!”Blues Matters
The Acoustic Acts are:
Chris Smither, New Orleans
has recorded a must have collection of albums through the years. His most recent, recorded in only three days, Time Stands Still is his eleventh studio album of a career that now spans over four decades. This record is both pensive and visceral – an album whose songs alternately ponder life’s mysteries and lets them lie undisturbed in others. “Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Smither’s roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin’ Hopkins in Smither’s weathered singing and unhurried picking. So fine” Rolling Stone Kent DuChaine & Leadbessie, Georgia
started in music when his father taught him to play the ukulele at the age of six. In 1979 Kent met up with his beloved and ever faithful Leadbessie, she’s a beat up 1934 National Steel Guitar that wows and astounds audiences when the equally beat up case she travels in is opened. If you get the opportunity to see Kent play live, go and experience it for yourself. You will leave with a smile on your face, and thoughts of realisation that your blues aren’t as blue as another man’s may be. Clarence Bucaro, Ohio & now New York
is a Cleveland, Ohio native, but moved to New Orleans in 2004 after a long two-year haul touring the US and hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. The warm tone of Til’ Spring paired with Bucaro’s love worn lyrics and heartfelt delivery call to mind artists like Jackson Browne and Van Morrison, but never impeding on his uniqueness as an artist. “Cozy songs that hark back to the late 1960’s Van Morrison” New York Times Steven Finn, Manchester & London
began playing in the folk clubs of Northern England when he was seventeen, two years after he picked up a guitar on hearing Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. From the driving rhythm of his amplified two-tone tap shoes, through the raw energy of his bottleneck and explosive harp playing, to the wonderful words delivered with true passion, Steven Finn electrifies audiences. Early 2008 saw Finn release his debut album ‘Houdini’s Blues’, this is an album that searches for truth, where sometimes the vocals scarily resemble that of the late Skip James
Takes place on the“Last Thursday” of “Every Month” in Seamie Mc Kenna’s Bar, Dublin St. Monaghan, and is available to everyone who likes to sing, play or just enjoy the blues. A band, comprising local musicians is always on hand to open the proceedings, & the Jams to date have witnessed everything from first-rate acoustic blues, to young guys cranking it up with classics by Rory Gallagher & Jimmi Hendrix. It’s been running now since 2003. There will be a “House Band” to start things off; you never know who is going to be there. It could be you!! Des will be your host and MC
Parchman Farm – Dublin
The aim of the band was to steer clear of the heavy side of the blues , and to retain the distinctive classic blues style of early Chicago – a formula that has worked well for the band giving the favourable comments from many of the blues artists the band have played with over the years including Phil Guy, Larry Garner, Louisianna Red and Rock Bottom amongst others. With Chicago being the mecca for many blues musicians , Pete and Fran on different occasions had the privilege of guesting with Johnny Drummer in Lee’s Unleaded blues club (South Chicago) and Charlie Love in Kingston Mines and also took to the stage in Rosa’s (West Chicago) with the James Wheeler’s band. Having played all of the major blues and Jazz festivals at home, the band have since made their mark on the International scene, gaining excellent reviews and response from critics and audiences alike when they appeared on the main stage at Lillehammer Blues Festival in Norway, and have also been well received at festival appearances and tours in the Nederlands, Finland and in Britain where the band performed four times, including appearances on the prestigious International stage at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival. The band’s first CD “Nothing But The Blues” gained considerable European airplay and was also featured on the Paul Jones radio show in Britain , guitarist Mick Martin’s Blues Party Show in California, and Don O’s show in Texas, while back home they have opened the launch of the Dublin Guinness Blues festival on several occasions, as backing band to Eugene Hideaway Bridges and Johnny Mars, and also supported Joe Louis Walker and Robben Ford on main festival nights.
Swinging Blue Cats – Kilkenny
Resplendent in Royal Blue 1940’s Zoot Suits the focus is now firmly on Jump, Jive & Swing. The band covers artists such as Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Colin James, Fats Domino, and Cab Calloway.
The band have brought the house down at many prestigious events and venues this year including Boutique Burlesque, Carlsberg Rhythm & Roots Festival, Carrick Water Music Festival, Cirque Du Cabaret, City Of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival (NI), Docklands Maritime Festival, Empire Music Hall – Belfast (NI), Rose Of Tralee – Festival Dome, Foynes Flying Boat Festival, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Hepcats Holiday(UK), Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival(NI), Taste Of Dublin Food Festival, The Button Factory, The Famous Spiegeltent @ Dublin Fringe Festival, The Sugar Club, Warrenpoint Blues On The Bay Festival(NI), Waterford Spraoi Festival as well as numerous weddings, conferences, black tie events etc. Each number has been professionally arranged in a set which covers classics made famous by such legends as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Cab calloway, Jackie Wilson, Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley, Brian Setzer Orchestra etc. The band is firmly focused on delivering the finest in Jump, Jive & Swing!
The Lyndon Anderson Band – Newcastle
When it comes to the blues, The Lyndon Anderson Band have all the bases covered, whether it’s a 1950’s Chess classic, a chunk of 70’s funk, a rocking Texas shuffle, jazz influenced west coast swing or one of their many originals, they play it all with style, authority and taste.
Lyndon is considered by many to be one of the top players on the scene today, his intense playing is unmistakably one of a kind. You know something must be good when you win praise from the likes of Sugar Blue and Paul Jones.
Together with guitarist Davey Dormand, femme fatale bass player Christine Wilson and drummer Neal Wood, they produce their own distinctive brand of blues; described as ” a sure cure for the rhythmically deficient”.
Ronnie Greer Band – Northern Ireland
Irish blues guitar virtuoso Ronnie Greer returns to the festival with his powerhouse band featuring some of the country’s leading musicians.
Ronnie has shared the stage over the years with many distinguished artists including Dr. John, Memphis Slim and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
His distinctive guitar style, blending bebop jazz elements with Chicago blues, and played with an exhilaration and ferocity that is of world class, makes his music unmistakable.
Add to the mix the seriously talented guitarist/vocalist Anthony Toner, keyboard wizard John McCullough and the brilliant rhythm section of Alan Hunter on bass and drummer Colm Fitzpatrick, and you have the recipe for a show which will appeal not only to blues and roots music fans, but indeed to anyone who enjoys great music played with style and conviction.
The Jeremy Wallace Band – New Jersey, United States
Jeremy Wallace is “Americana with a Bite!” His work has been described as, “a little folk, a tinge of rock, some country and loaded with gritty blues.” Wallace’s dynamic songs and style bring “a fresh voice and attitude to traditional American music.” He has been compared to Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. It is his songwriting that places him in the company of the aforementioned. If we’re lucky, once or twice a decade, an artist with such detailed storytelling and dynamic phrasing, comes along.
“Wallace blends the best of American roots music, with a little bit of folk, some rock, a little country and a healthy dose of gritty blues, all enhanced by the distinctive sound of his resonator guitar.
“Jeremy Wallace’s sharp combination of finely crafted stories, tongue-in-cheek humor, heartbreaking details and blatant honesty has earned him a reputation as one of the finest songwriters on the blues circuit. Eschewing all that is formulaic or predictable, Jeremy’s art is a throwback to the gruff-voiced, irony laced “three minute novels” of his top influences: Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Leon Redbone. The songs are tales of woe and ultimate hope told after hours to the bartender after last call.
For his new collection, She Used to Call Me Honey, Wallace has turned to experimenting with the sonic landscape of his music, pushing the boundaries and expectations of what a singer-songwriter can accomplish in both the studio and as a live performer. Edgy, dangerous and with a greater emphasis on the raw energy of his craft, Wallace has emerged with a stunning album that both diverges from and compliments his previous material. Sharper, with restrained power and vibrant honesty, his new songs capture Wallace’s most personal and creative work to date.
Wallace writes visually crisp and emotionally solid with mortality, life and reality exposed without prevarication or prettying. A keeper of a fine one!” -DR. BLUES REVIEWS – http://www.libluessociety.orgOne of Dylan’s early influences was legendary acoustic musician, Dave Van Ronk. The late Van Ronk says of Jeremy, “He’s one of the most arresting new talents I’ve ever heard. When I hear him I get the feeling I got the first time I heard Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie.”
“A little folk, a tinge of rock, some country and loaded with gritty blues, Jeremy Wallace’s dynamic songs and style bring a fresh voice and attitude to traditional american music.” -THE SOUNDING BOARD CONCERT SERIES – http://www.folknotes.org
he has shared the stage with JOHN HAMMOND, WATERMELON SLIM, MAVIS STAPLES, JOHN GORKA, JANIS IAN, DAN HICKS and HIS HOTLICKS, ROBBIE FULKS, DEL McCOURY, FREEDY JOHNSTON, STEVE FORBERT, GREG BROWN, RICHIE HAVENS, KELLY JOE PHELPS, ODETTA and OLLABELLE.
The Robin BiBi Band – England
The Robin Bibi Band are busy as always having released 2 new albums recently….”SWITCH ON THE LIVE” a new live double album ,which captures the Bands exciting and Dynamic stage show and really Rocks Out…..and “FAST DREAMS COME ALIVE” an Acoustic live album released december 2009 featuring the classic songs of the Late BRIAN “FAST” HOLMES again played with sensitivity and spontaneouseness …..the band are playing prestigeous venues in the uk ..recently supporting Georgie Fame at the Live Room Twickenham and have a busy run of festivals in the summer across the UK, a visit to Atlanta is planned later in the summer …and the band have recently started performing occasional “Couldnt Stand The Weather” celebration shows dedicated to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan….. the band is recieving airplay on local and national radio stations in the UK, Europe and America…
plans are afoot to record a new album that will mark a change of direction whilst still staying faithful to the bands blues roots…watch this space…!!
B & The Honeyboys – Wexford, Ireland
this band is a Blues/Rock/Roots outfit from wexford committed to pushing the boundaries of the blues/roots genre. Formed in early 2006 by Kieran McEvoy (aka K.J. Mac) and Aileen Mythen (B), the line up is completed by Paddy Joyce on bass and Shane Atlas on drums. They have recently been touring Ireland and Europe promoting their debut album to huge critical acclaim. Their songs inject a freshness and vitality into the Blues/Rock/Roots genre and are emerging as one of the leading lights in the Blues Rock revival. Live, B & The Honeyboys pull out all the stops with an energy and passion that has been winning them fans from all corners of the world and are an absolute must for fans of roots music with an original twist.
‘B has an exraordinary Blues/Gospel voice which hits all the right notes with sass and flair and plenty of oomph’.(Limerick Event Guide)‘These guys aren’t playing on the trend for pop songs that harp back to the big band days. They are a big band with the big vocals to pull it off‘. (Limerick Event Guide)
B (aka Aileen Mythen) is a ‘real discovery, her bluesy voice filling your head with pure soul as she gets under the skin of the songs and sings them from the inside out’. (Jackie Hayden -HOTPRESS magazine)
K.J. Mac has a ‘kick ass full on electric guitar style for which the word gritty might have been specially coined’. ‘Further proof that white folk can sing the Blues‘. (Jackie Hayden – HOT PRESS)
The Roy Fulton Band – Northern Ireland
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Roy Fulton has been described by the music media as one of Ireland’s premier blues players and a ‘respected blues artist’. Appearing regularly in guitar magazine adverts and at guitar trade shows across the country for his sponsors, in 2009 Roy played at the Irish Music Show, RDS and the JHS Event 09 including performances with Geoff Whitehorn (Paul Rodgers, The Who). 2010 has shaped up to be another busy year for Roy with his guitar tuition DVD ‘Southern Fried Rock’ continuing to receive favourable magazine reviews and a five page feature in the world-wide magazine, Guitar & Bass. His live performances for this year include playing at Europe’s largest Harley-Davidson store and also supporting legendary blues artist, Robert Cray.
The new ‘Roy Fulton’ Signature guitar being launched by Case Guitars at the London Guitar Show and a return to the festival with his power-trio – the Roy Fulton Band – will bring to close, a productive and exciting 2010 for Roy. Expect a night of blues & rock classics all played with a fire and passion that has to be experienced, at least once, during the festival.
Has played wih or appeared on the same bill as:, Bernie Marsden & Whitesnake, Bonnie Tyler, Gary Barlow (Take That), John Primer (Muddy Waters), Jools Holland, Katrina & the Waves, , Matt Schofield Trio, Peter Sarstedt, Richie Havens, ,Roy Wood, Suzi Quatro, Taste (Rory Gallagher), The Buzzcocks, The Corrs, The Roosters, The Yardbirds, Vanessa Mae,volume swells, soaring bends, melodic mojo, on-the-tip-of-destruction note flurries… …played with fire and respect. Guitar Player (US Magazine)
June 2010 – Supporting legendary blues artist Robert Cray in Belfast
June/July – Due to be featured in Guitar & Bass Magazine – A five page feature and interview.
Oct – Due to appear at the London Guitar Show
Oct – New ‘Roy Fulton’ Signature Guitar due to be launched at the LGS by Case Guitars: www.caseguitars.co.uk
Smokin’ Hogs – Ipswich, East Anglia, England
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Smokin’ Hogs play rocky and punchy blues with a distinctive sound which has its roots in the late 60’s and early 70’s British Rock & Blues era but is still very relevant today. They are an exciting and authentic live act and like to generate energy on stage with an electric and visual stage show.Smokin’ Hogs formed six years ago, and have built up a solid reputation on the music scene playing at various clubs and festivals around the UK and Europe.
The band have released two CD’s entitled “Leavin’ Here” and “Bite The Bullet” which have received good reviews and airplay on BBC radio.The excellent sound and tightness of this band is second to none, with great playing ability all round and a well equipped outfit which I am sure you will enjoy.
“The Smokin’ Hogs had the whole place smoking at The Poc……without breaking a law in sight!” The Northern Standard
“If you’re a fan of heavy, dirty and groove filled chord changes, with a sound that combines elements similar to Seasick Steve and The Blues Brothers, then boy
have I got a treat for your ears. ” Blues In Britain
“Saw the Smokin’ Hogs tear the place up with a mind blowingly, top drawer live set” Bob Stewart – KLFM
The Deans – Athenry, Galway
They are a musical trio from the west of Ireland whose roots are firmly planted in Blues, Country and folk music. They have adapted their influences into a more progressive and diverse rock setting which some fans describe as “crazy music” for its spontaneity.
The Deans consist of Gavin Dean (Guitar, Harmonica and Lead Vocal), Gary Dean (Bass Guitar and Vocals) and Gary Keon (Drums and Vocals). The 3 have a unique companionship between them and boast a very energetic live show. In their 3 year existence as The Deans they have worked with some of the most prestigious rock and guitar legends including Woodstock veteran Henry McCullough (Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, Paul McCartney..s Wings) Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), Johnny Fean (Horslips) as well as Irish traditionalists Sharon Shannon and Liam O’Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers).
2009 saw their first extensive tour of Europe which included 35 shows in 7 countries in the space of 6 weeks. They have just returned from their second European tour of 2009 which took in a performance at the prestigious43rd Montreux Jazz Festival . They played two shows with the legendary Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall, in The Academy in Dublin and proved to be hugely popular. The future looks very bright for this young band who have yet to leave their teens!. They site their main influences as Cream, Bob Dylan, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Taste, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Blind Willie (McTell) (Johnston), The Byrds, JB Lenior, alot of blues and folk as well as Django Reinheart, The Kinks, Ry Cooder and of coures The Beatles.
“There is an explosion happening in the town of Athenry which will soon be heard all over the world and it’s called The Deans. I loved every minute of our time together in the recording studio. I felt quite emotional watching Gavin Dean play the Gibson Les Paul that I used with Joe Cocker at Woodstock, the same guitar I used on “My Love” with Paul McCartney.”_Henry McCullough (Joe Cocker, Wings)
“The Deans are R&B heart and soul, Wonderfully powerful and inventive within the grand old tradition. Go and see them as soon as you get the chance and they will make you feel brand new.”_Mojo,emusic.
“….. a mix of cheap speed and Heineken”_Tommy Tiernan.
“a cross between Peter Green and early Johnny Winter, is was a thrill to record with The Deans. They are a breath of fresh air………..no Hype, no BS, just raw talent”
Doctor Brown and the Groovecats – Newcastle , England
Doctor brown and the groovecats are a “must see” band playing 50s style west coast swing, jump jive, Chicago blues and a bit of rock n roll.over the years they have played a major part in all of the main festivals… colne, Burnley, Dundee, Montrose, Arbroath, Edinburgh, Mary, also at Monaghan, Dublin, and Castlebar in Ireland plus festivals in Holland which involved a month long tour playing at 5 festivals over that period, as well as doing the festivals they have opened shows for some of the biggest names in the blues world the likes of……. Albert Collins, Albert king, Sherman Robertson, big Joe turner, Joe Louis Walker and many many more………
The band was formed many years ago by Doc Brown who at a gig can be seen doing vocals and playing harmonica, guitar and saxophone at different times during the gig this gives the band much more variation within the music that they love to play, the band are as tight a band as you,ve ever come across and always dress for the part ( you wont see this band in scruffy jeans and t.shirts) the band and the music is nothing short of slick the main aim of the band is to have a good time and entertain everyone who comes to see them doc brown can accommodate for every occasion so you may catch them as a solo, duo, trio or the full band and can be seen at many different events festivals, weddings, corporate, private functions or live music venues, the one thing you can see about this band is that they love the music that they have chosen to play covering tracks by people like Jimmie Vaughan little Charlie and the nightcaps, fabulous thunderbirds, Ronnie earl and James Harman they have not gone down the rock/blues road that so many others have gone down.
Remember if your looking for that great night out and want a tight,slick and professional band this is that”must see” band ……sit back and enjoy doctor brown and the groovecats
No festival can be complete without the support from the publican’s venues in town who are the partners in bringing this festival together.
Access to any of these venues is free of charge and performance times may vary from venue to venue. Nearly 40 gigs will be played at these venues by the time we head to work on Monday
Steven began playing in the folk clubs of Northern England when he was seventeen, two years after he picked up a guitar on hearing Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, singing a mixture of self-penned and traditional songs, like Spancill Hill, The January Man and Leadbelly’s Bourgeois Blues.
Around this time I started playing guitar for British Harmonica Champion Dave Aston. Armed with my uncle’s harmonica I began learning tunes by Sonny Terry, Sonny Boy Williamson and Rory McLeod, who I met when we both played at the World Harmonica Championships in Germany. How did they whoop, holler, sing and play at the same time?
After touring as support with The Beautiful South I formed a band with bodhran player John Joe Kelly (from Flook) and Andrew Dinan on fiddle. We recorded the album ‘Before the flood’ on Small World Records in 1999 and together went on a tour encompassing Ireland, the UK, America and Hong Kong.
From the driving rhythm of his amplified two-tone tap shoes, through the raw energy of his bottleneck and explosive harp playing, to the wonderful words delivered with true passion, Steven Finn electrifies audiences. Described as “one of the best young acoustic blues guitar players on two legs” Steven is also one of only 3 UK artists to be endorsed by Hohner harmonicas. .Early 2008 saw Finn release his debut album ‘Houdini’s Blues’, an album of sparse beauty which was well received by critics and audiences alike.
As a solo performer Steven has supported Martin Carthy, Rory McLeod, Paul Brady, Isaac Guillory, Kathryn Tickell, Lunasa, Capercaille and the Beautiful South.
In 1995 as a member of the Manchester Tara Ceili Band Steven, on guitar, won the grupai cheoil, in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.
“A clean distinct folk sound not straying too far from the roots. Houdini’s Blues is an album that searches for truth, where sometimes the vocals scarily resemble that of the late Skip James.
“He plays beautiful songs, with the blues coursing through their veins. Neat little guitar figures, saucy slide and solo mouth harp pieces” (Blues night)
“Steven Finn is a rare find indeed. Distinctive thought provoking lyrics, haunting far-reaching vocals, beautiful crisp guitar playing and swinging blues harmonica”_ (Union Chapel review)
“In this modern world, it’s not often you find songs so deeply cultivated in the folk and roots tradition. Timeless, yet completely relevant, these are songs you want to listen to again and again”(Bristol folk house)
“This is a very cool album and well worth getting. Poignant lyrics accompanied by great guitar and harmonica. We will be hearing more of the name Steven Finn. A fantastic album”_ (Houdini’s Blues album review, Folk Radio.co.uk)
Chris Smither – New Orleans
Regarded as a master of modern acoustic blues during the 1960s revival, Chris Smither had his beginnings in Miami, Ecuador and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas before his family settled in New Orleans when he was three. Later in his childhood, they packed up once more and moved briefly to Paris, where his older brother bought him a guitar from Spain. Already a fan of the ukulele, he became passionately attached to it and carried over his unique finger-picking style.
Though a frequent listener of his parents’ blues and folk-heavy record collection as a child, Smither’s true inspiration came in the form of Lightnin’ Hopkins’ Blues in My Bottle when a friend played the album for him at the age of 17.After one year in Mexico, Smither returned to New Orleans where he attended Tulane for one year and discovered Mississippi John Hurt’s music through the Blues at Newport 1963 album on Vanguard Records. Hurt and Hopkins would become cornerstone influences on Smither’s own music.
In 1964, Smither flew to New York City two days prior to boarding the SS United States for the five-day transatlantic voyage to Paris . While in New York, he stopped at The Gaslight Cafe to see his hero, Mississippi John Hurt. Since those early times Chris has performed at a “who’s who” list of international blues & Folk Festival , His shows in Ireland and abroad tend to give the audience a sense of entering into a world we have imagined for ourselves , Chris’s lyrics and style of playing bring you ever closer to those who first made us stand up and listen to the blues , learning about the sharecropper life and hardship experienced and witnessed by the first African American blues players.
He has recorded a must have collection of Albums thought the years , but his most recent Recorded in only three days, Time Stands Still is just the eleventh studio album of a career that now spans over four decades. Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert) is both pensive and visceral – an album whose songs alternately ponder life’s mysteries in some moments, and let them lie undisturbed in others. Featuring eight new original compositions and a song apiece from Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, and 1920s country-blues songster Frank Hutchison, Time Stands Still’s immediate, intimate sound is the direct result of one gig, and the challenge it presented.
“This is the most stripped-down record I’ve made in a long time,” Smither explains. “That came about thanks to a trip to the Netherlands.” Invited to perform at the Americana-centric Blue Highways Festival in Utrecht, Smither was told he had to bring a band over with him. “I usually perform solo,” he continues, “but they said ‘We don’t hire solo acts.’” He reached out to producer and guitarist David “Goody” Goodrich, who produced Smither’s last two studio albums. “Goody said, ‘Let’s get you, me, and a drummer,” Smither says. “So I called and asked if a trio would be okay, and the festival agreed. So Goody, the drummer Zak Trojano, and I went there, and we killed them!”
The songs on Time Stands Still are somehow both vivid and mysterious, evoking contemporary culture and circumstance while remaining touchingly timeless. Smither’s concerns – personal and political – are wed to music that, while stripped down in terms of arrangement and presentation, is among his most intricate, melodic, and challenging. The stark settings only serve to throw the album’s themes into higher relief. “I’m still talking about what I think of as nitty-gritty questions…” Smither says, “…essential questions, existential questions.”
BOSTON GLOBE: (Smither) is among the finest acoustic guitarists anywhere in American music (Bonnie Raitt calls him my Eric Clapton), and his songs, while banked in the blues, are as modern as tomorrow’s newspaper. ROLLING STONE: Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Smither’s roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin’ Hopkins in Smither’s weathered singing and unhurried picking. So fine.
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN: Chris Smither is America’s great blues poet, a master acoustic guitarist whose music suggests the power of Son House and a wisdom informed by the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.
Kent DuChaine & Leadbessie – Georgia, United States – Starting Friday in the marquee @ bar lounge area
Kent Duchaine started in music when his father taught him to play the ukulele at the age of six, at thirteen he got his first electric guitar and formed a band with his buddies in his hometown of Wayzata, Minnesota. After reading some liner notes of an Eric Clapton album Kent started researching blues music. He discovered a Robert Johnson album and was astounded and fascinated at the banging sound as the bottle neck knocked against the frets as Johnson slid it up and down the neck of his guitar.
In 1970 he opened a show for one his hero’s, the slide guitar genius, Bukka White. From 1972 – 1975 Kent performed in a band with Kim Wilson from the present day “Fabulous Thunderbirds”. The band backed up blues greats such as Fenton Robinson, Boogie Woogie Red, Luther Tucker, Hubert Sumlin and Eddie Burns. The reputation of the band grew and Willie Dixon arranged a recording contract and a concert sharing the bill with Albert Collins, John Lee hooker, Howling Wolf and Margie Evens.
In 1979 Kent met up with his beloved and ever faithful Leadbessie. She’s a beat up 1934 National Steel Guitar that wows and astounds audiences when the equally beat up case she travels in is opened Kent discovered and looked up a legendary blues man with the name of Johnny Shines in 1989. They travelled together for three years and performed over 200 shows together. ! In 1991 the Smithsonian Institute honoured the king of the delta blues, Robert Johnson. Kent and Johnny were specially invited to perform and “Roots Of Rhythm And Blues: A tribute To Robert Johnson Era” was the result. This was recorded by Sony/Columbia and also Grammy nominated.
Since going solo in 1982 and hitting the roads, riding the rails, flying the skies and sailing the seas, Kent and Leadbessie have probably by now clocked up over two million miles together including over 80/81 overseas tours (yup, she’s faithful old girl!). A (small) handful of wives have been picked up and lost along the way and many stories gained of friendships, loves, heartaches and the blues that he communicates to his audiences, most of which, leave folk laughing or scratching their heads in disbelief.
With six albums to his name and fans screaming out for more I think I will not be the only one in expressing how I wish him to be around for many more years to come. If you get the opportunity to see Kent play live, go and experience it for yourself. You will leave with a smile on your face, and thoughts of realisation that your blues aren’t as blue as another man’s may be.
Clarence Bucaro – Ohio and now New York
Clarence Bucaro, a Cleveland Ohio native, moved to New Orleans in 2004 after a long two-year haul touring the US and Europe and hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. He intended to soak up its rich culture and make music with his mentor and collaborator Anders Osborne .Bucaro found himself enmeshed in a relationship. The combination of both his new love and home opened the creative floodgates.From this great combination New Orleans, the new release from Clarence Bucaro on Hyena Records, is a set of 10 timeless songs brought to life by the vocals infused with the flowing spirit of the Big Easy. New Orleans, named after the city where it was written and recorded.Soon thereafter, he would head west to Los Angeles to find new directly before eventually settling a year later in New York City. After the release of his critically acclaimed Til Spring, Bucaro decided to open up the material from the New Orleans sessions, going on to complete it and now share it for release.
The final results are 10 intimate songs that range from the sweet syncopated soul of “Let Me Let Go of You” to the skewed rocker “The Other End”, the pleading gospel tinged “Light in Your Eyes” to the intimate ballads “Matters of the Heart”, “On My Coast” and “Abandoned Mine”. The warm tone of the recording paired with Bucaro’s love worn lyrics and heartfelt delivery call to mind artists like Jackson Browne and Van Morrison, but never impeding on his uniqueness as an artist.Clarence was equally inspired by soul greats like Curtis Mayfield,Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and the great American songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young andJoni Mitchell.
.The roots offspring of Jackson Browne and Ricki Lee Jones” BOSTON PHOENIX“Cozy songs that hark back to the late 1960’s Van Morrison” NEW YORK TIMES
“…inspirational…beautiful.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“…a spirited nod to pure Southern soul, infused with classic keyboards, riveting guitar riffs and a vocal that emotes with the ageless grace of a distinguished veteran.” BLURT
The Acoustic Venue will be held in the Market House, in the centre of town.
The cost in to the Market House will be €12 on Friday and €15 each on Saturday and Sunday ; your ticket can then be used as a 50% discount into the Marquee that night only.
The performance times will vary from day to day, however they will end at 10pm to facilitate those who wish to head to the Blues Trail or mosey on down to the Marquee.
Softly softly” is not a maxim that King King are familiar with. Their electrifying sound and scorching live shows have generated more of a thunderous roar than a buzz. With an almost instant reputation which spread like wildfire through the blues scene and a diary fit to burst, the last year has seen a frenetic schedule of gigs and festival appearances , so much so that Glastonbury has come calling in 2010, which have received outstanding praise and added plenty of new blood to their burgeoning army of followers.
So what’s at the root of all this commotion? Well, aside from seemingly boundless impetus, the band is certainly not lacking in pedigree. Leading the charge is Alan Nimmo , a front man famed almost as much for his contagious energy as his dazzling guitar work. Bringing up the rear we have Lindsay Coulson . Don’t be fooled by the wry smile – beneath his unruffled exterior lurks a powerhouse of punchy, fat bass! Running with the King King ethos that more is always more when it comes to talent sees a dynamic Craig Blundell on drums, recently described as “one of the UK’s most versatile and staggeringly talented players ”. Bennett Holland on the keyboard make up the fierce bluesy foursome- a compelling and highly skilled player, rumour has it that there are no arms beneath Bennett’s sleeves – only more fingers.
With this line-up of top-shelf musicians, King King could only draw their inspiration from the best in the business, ranging from legendary greats such as BB King and Albert Collins to the shining lights of contemporary blues like Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer. Drawing on their combined talent whilst cherry-picking the hottest influences, the band has pushed boundaries to craft a fresh, powerful new angle on blues rock which is as infectious as it is accomplished. There is no doubt that yet again they will be serving up thickly sliced blues – hot and sizzling.
“a performance that should, without a doubt , put them firmly up with the
best on the British Circuit and probably the European circuit too ! blues Matters
“King King set the night on fire as they blazed into the finale with a superb set of one great song after another..a brilliant performance by the whole band” – blues in Britain
“..they pulled all the strings of the Audience who fell into their Tartan-kilted bare -need laps.This is Hunky-chunky Blues/Rock at its best” – the Cumberland times
“Alan Nimmo’s Guitar playing is dazzling , his full-bodied voice passionate…rounding off the first night of Maryport Blues , King King left with a new Crown” the Cumberland times
Larry Garner and The Norman Beaker Band – Louisiana & England – Act on stage 11.30pm
For a man who came to the blues relatively late in life, Garner wasted no time earning a worldwide reputation as one terrific bluesman. Rooted in the swamp blues tradition indigenous to his Baton Rouge environs, he brings a laudable contemporary sensibility and witty composing skills to his craft.
After military service in Korea, Garner put aside his pen and guitar to work at the Dow Chemical plant in Baton Rouge and raise his family. But he never stopped writing. “All the songs that were on my first two albums on JSP were written while I was working at Dow. When I finished making my rounds, I’d sit at my computer and write songs. I had the time to think out whatever ideas that were on my mind from the night before and put them together properly.”
The Baton Rouge guitarist brings his swamp blues tradition with current subjects and problems of everyday life to the people all over the world.He has a reputation as one terrific bluesman. Maybe his roundabout, a diverse route is a part of why he brings such freshness of vision along with a solid all-around grounding as a musician, poet, and storyteller. The combination is certainly paying off.
He’s spent the last decade filling his passport up with stamps from distant lands, recording highly regarded CDs which are already being reissued as his star continues to ascend, and establishing himself as one of the leading songwriting, performing and entertaining voices of the blues. Garner infuses elements of funk, R & B, and tinges of post-Hendrix fretboard madness into the countryish southern Louisiana swamp blues tradition. The result is an emotionally intense but musically understated meld of technical virtuosity and elegance.
Raised in the gospel traditions, Garner still retains a preacher-like gospel meets blues, vocal approach. He notes his playing freed up when he realized how similar blues and gospel are. “When I got older, I realized the music don’t care who plays it. You play the same notes in the church as you play the blues. Only thing is that the blues don’t talk about Jesus savin’ people. The blues is its own religion that can save people.”
West Coast Blues Review
“Is Larry Garner the best Songwriter in Blues today? Yes, easily”
He is perhaps the most talented blues songwriter alive today, one of the top five bluesmen on the planet …Real Blues
If you haven’t discovered the blues brilliance of Larry Garner, then you should jump on this bandwagon. These are blues for today, good to the last note stuff
The Norman Beaker Band
” Guitarist- singer- songwriter- producer, Norman leads a five-piece outfit reckoned to be one of the Britains best and most original blues bands; their legendary live performances played with a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement but also with a lot of humour.
Based in the UK in Stockport, near Manchester, they regularly appear on radio and television, play all over Europe and make records. Currently doubling as Chris Farlowe’s Band, they are on tour in the UK and throughout Europe this year. They have also been chosen by Van Morrison to appear as Special Guests on his current UK tour.
Other artists they have worked with over the years reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Rock and R’n’B and include: Chuck Berry, Graham Bond, Jack Bruce, Lowell Fulson, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, Paul Jones, BB King, Alexis Korner, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Louisiana Red, Fenton Robinson… the list is endless.
Saturday 4th September 2010
Watermelon Slim & The Workers – Oklahoma – Act on stage 11.30pm
At least once in every man’s life, everything seems to come together magically. When the road leading to such times is long and gruelling, the zenith becomes exponentially more rewarding. Bill Homans a.k.a. Watermelon Slim is the extraordinary wheel man behind this redemption story road trip.
“Does anyone in modern pop music have a more intriguing biography than “Watermelon Slim”?” Slim was born in Boston and raised in North Carolina listening to his maid sing John Lee Hooker and other blues songs around the house. His father was a progressive attorney and ex-freedom rider and his brother is now a classical musician. Slim dropped out of Middlebury College to enlist for Vietnam. While laid up in a Vietnam hospital bed he taught himself upside-down left-handed slide guitar on a $5 balsawood model using a triangle pick cut from a rusty coffee can top and his Army issued Zippo lighter as the slide.
Returning home a fervent anti-war activist, Slim first appeared on the music scene with the release of the only known record by a veteran during the Vietnam War. The project was Merry Airbrakes, a 1973 protest tinged LP with tracks Country Joe McDonald later covered.
In the following 30 plus years, Slim has been a truck driver, forklift operator, saw miller (where he lost part of his finger), firewood salesman, collection agent, and even officiated funerals. At times, he got by as a small-time criminal. At one point he was forced to flee Boston where he played peace rallies, sit-ins and rabble roused musically with the likes of Bonnie Raitt.
He ended up farming watermelons in Oklahoma – hence his stage name and current home base. Somewhere in those decades, Slim completed two undergrad degrees in history and journalism. Watermelon Slim has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity He’s one hell of a bottleneck guitarist, and he’s got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him.
“From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” HARP Magazine.
Mojo Magazine 2007 & 2006 #1 Blues Album of the Year
… grinding, greasy and swampy accompaniment as Slim puts fresh twists on age-old blues themes.”
“He’s the best southpaw, slide reso phonic guitarist you’ve ever heard.”
“This truck driver-turned-bluesman is in for the long haul – grab a ride.” 4 stars.” –TR
Omar & The Howlers– Austin Texas – Act on stage 01.30am
Austin, besides being the Texas state capital, is home to much of the best in American roots music. Since the 1970s, ballsy blues players, renegade country pickers, and raw-voiced rockers have mixed & matched their musical styles in Austin’s thriving club scene. And that’s where Kent “Omar” Dykes holds court too. And it’s also where he’s recorded his latest Ruf album, Boogie Man, working with some of his adopted hometown’s most famous songwriters and musicians.
He hails from McComb, Miss., a town with the curious distinction of being home turf for both Bo Diddley and Britney Spears. It’s well established that Omar started playing guitar at seven, took to hanging out in edge-of-town juke joints at 12, joined his first band at 13 – the next youngest player being 50 – and played the sort of music where somebody bustin’ a cap at somebody else was just added percussion.
Omar & The Howlers, with their bone-rattling display of swinging, rocking, rough and tumble blues astonish their audience every time they play a note. They play greasy, old-school blues and R&B, redolent of boogies and shuffles and 12-bar tales of woe. Issuing albums with metronomic regularity they have surfed over the fickle tides of musical fashion.
Featuring the smoldering guitar attack and gravely, gut bucket vocals of frontman Omar Dykes, he and the Texas-based Howlers have established themselves as an international blues sensation steadily winning over fans and garnering awards from around the globe. They have earned their badge of honour while wowing audiences for over 20 years.
“Omar & the Howlers pack a potent mojo that’s dang near irresistible.””he’s tall, wears cowboy boots and has a deep voice with a Southern accent. However, Omar does not carry a gun”
“his in your face vocals and roadhouse guitar playing flow with the power of a bayou at flood stage,”
“Omar’s guitar slice like a freight train pulling a load of Texas tone and bare-knuckles vibe, and his voice has the kind of delivery that could shatter a beer stein. Omar & the Howlers pack a potent mojo that’s dang near irresistible.” – Guitar Player
Sunday 5th September 2010
Chris Bergson Band, featuring the legendary Bruce Katz – New York – Act on stage 11.00pm
Brooklyn-based guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Chris Bergson creates his own blend of rootsy blues and soul. Bergson has performed with Levon Helm, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Little Sammy Davis, Ollabelle and Larry Campbell as well as jazz legends Annie Ross and Al Foster. The Chris Bergson Band’s new album, Fall Changes (2 Shirts Records), was recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY and features stellar performances from Bergson on guitar and vocals
“Chris Bergson is a serious talent,” proclaims LIVING BLUES noting that “Bergson gives early notice to the listener on the album’s opening cut, ‘Gowanus Heights’, of his prowess as both a performer and songwriter. With a horn section that would do the old Stax crew proud, Bergson lures the listener into his world of blues and doesn’t let up until the final cut.” “This magnificent collection by Chris Bergson, recorded at Levon Helm’s Woodstock studios, follows The Band in drawing intuitively and seamlessly from blues, country, folk, funk, soul and jazz. Bergson has the kind of voice that can be sepia-tinted, whiskey soaked or nicotine stained to fit the requisite style and mood, standing alongside Gregg Allman, Dr John, Van Morrison and Danko / Helm.”
featuring Bruce Katz
“This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I’ve ever heard” –John Hammond
“Bruce Katz is a spectacular talent! He’s a brilliant composer and arranger who uses uncommon and unique musical intelligence to redefine jazz and blues far beyond the pale of the accepted definitions of keyboard competence. Whether on piano or organ, when you hear Bruce Katz you know it’s him, unmistakably and uniquely.”
Bruce is a regular member of Gregg Allman and Friends as well as the John Hammond Quartet. Bruce and his unique and exciting playing is always in demand and he has also performed and/or recorded with Littlle Milton, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, David “Fathead” Newman, Jerry Portnoy, Debbie Davies, Charlie Musselwhite, Bryan Lee, Rick Holmstrom, and Mighty Sam McClain
“Chris Bergson Band’s FALL CHANGES ” * * * *
“Chris Bergson Band’s FALL CHANGES ” * * * *
“Bergson’s stirring voice and glorious guitar command immediate attention.”
– BLUES REVUE
…these guys could strip down the engine of a soul-blues mobile and put it back together blindfold.” – MOJO
“The Chris Bergson Band’s original blend of American Roots music “confidently hits on R&B, Delta blues, funk, and soul…Versatile, inspired playing with vocals to match.”
– GUITAR ONE
“Chris Bergson plays the kind of guitar you can build a house on…it’s B.B. meets Steve Cropper meets John Scofield.”
– ROLL Magazine
Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji – South Dakota – Act on stage 01.00am
Mato Nanji’s always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous – along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group from South Dakota’s Nakota Nation a place among roots rock’s elite.
they drew critical acclaim in 1997 with their independently released disc titled “Things We Do” and, since then, they’ve grown their following through steady recording and touring. INDIGENOUS lays down songs with deep grooves and plenty of passion led by the way-kool bluesy heavy guitar swagger of guitarist Mato Nanji who’s scorching lead guitarwork and soulful deep-pitched vocals are showcased on every tune. Mato calls to mind S.R.V’s masterful guitar attack, reaching similarily combustible levels of intensity while maintaining total command over the instrument. Mato Nanji is no mere S.R.V. wannabe clone but the REAL thing when it comes down to authentic guitar hero status. Fans of awesome guitar-driven blues/rock riffage searching for the next “torch bearer” in the lines of JIMI and S.R.V. should definitely give INDIGENOUS a serious listen.
As many already know, Mato began his journey as an excitable young student of the guitar and heroes like Freddie King, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. “I was young and totally in love with the sound of the guitar,” he says. His enthusiasm and his natural born talent turned him into a budding superstar on the guitar scene. But onChasing the Sun, Mato has balanced his guitar with his other musical strengths, elevating the album on all fronts
The Nakota Nation members grew up on South Dakota‘s Yankton Indian Reservation, where their father, Greg Zephier became a spokesperson for Native American rights. A musician in his own right during the 60s and ’70s, Zephier provided his children with records from blues musicians such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King, and taught them to play their respective instruments. The family started touring together, and soon the children were performing on their own.
“Tunes like the opening “Runaway” and “The Way You Shake,” co-written with his sister Wanbdi, have all the trademarks of classic Indigenous: explosive guitar hooks, inventive solos, and an inexorable sense of rhythm ala Jimmy Reed. The six-minute “Leaving” simmers with the passion of Hendrix’s slow blues, . “Fool Me Again,” one of the disc’s pivotal moments, finds Mato in Robert Cray mode, with a gorgeous guitar motif, some inspired solos, and the record’s most memorable chorus.” – blues revue
“take an awesome “musical ride” with Mato Nanji and his killer band INDIGENOUS. If you dig smokin’ blues/rock guitar and soulful vox backed up by great songs and playing, tune into Sunday night and experience the heavy guitar blues power of Mato Nanji & INDIGENOUS.”- vanguard records
The Main Stage will be held in the Marquee which will be located at the new car park opposite Monaghan Shopping Centre – also known as “Dan McNally’s yard”
The Marquee opens at 9.30pm each night. A band from the blues trail will entertain you at the bar area until the first main act comes on stage at 11:30pm.