2011 Harvest Blues Press Releases

Press release 2011


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The story of the Blues and the history of its people unfolds in the line-up at this year’s festival. Boo Boo Davis from Drew, Mississippi in the heart of the Delta, raised in the richest Cotton land, which attracted some of the best blues players. The sharecroppers sang loudly to help pass the gruelling hours of work.Boo Boo developed his loud, bellowing voice based on the singing he heard in the fields as a young boy.

In the 1920’s, the Blues left the fields and went to Church. Hundreds of different Churches opened up, it was the only place of sanctuary the ‘Blacks’ (African-Americans) had. Within these walls the Blues developed into Gospel, known then as the Devil’s music, but it was God’s music first!

Sharrie Williams unique style of “Rockin’ Gospel Blues” is surrounded by strong and powerful vocals and arrangements, with songs that grab your soul.Sharrie touches souls with her talent and passion for her music, combined with her smoky, sexy and imitable style.

Out of church, heading to the industrial North went over 2 million peoples, the largest migration of people in the world, even today! It was on the streets and clubs of Chicago that the first Electric Blues sound was founded by the great Muddy Waters. The blues had left the church and went to the bars and juke joints. On Saturday, his eldest Son Mud Morganfield from Chicago performs, “he is so similar to his father’s vocal style and energy that it is downright spooky”.

The South-Western states took this electric blues and created the Texas sound. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the blues scene began to flourish, particularly in the clubs of Austin. The diverse style placed particular emphasis on powerful lead guitars, Smokin’ Joe & Bnois King bring their scorching Lone-Star State Blues with their twin frontman line-up to late Saturday night.

Later on in the 1980’s, Jump blues was revived by internationally renowned bands such as Roomful of Blues a swing revival big band. Duke Robillard one of the founder members, creating this new energised sound which was Duke’s calling card, Jump, Swing and blues !! Sunday gives you the chance to catch hisgroovin’ sounds…. B. B. King himself has called Duke “One of the great players, one of God’s guitarists”.

The festival closes with the new generation of Torch- Bearers of the Blues, Michael “Iron Man” Burks stands tall as a major contemporary blues, poised on the brink of major stardom. A fierce flamethrower guitar slinger and an exciting soulful singer, his music has phenomenal firepower. He plays with a decidedly urban, contemporary blues style, and a soul-infused vocal style that suggests some down-home cooking. He is the proof that the blues is alive and well in the skilful hands of this Iron Man.

The Main Artists performing at the Marquee:

Boo Boo Davis,  Mississippi  Friday

“This how Mississippi blues sounds in 2011”. Boo Boo remembers musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Robert Pete Williams dropping by and rehearsing at their house. He developed his loud, bellowing voice based on the singing he heard in his father!s cotton fields as a young boy. In fact, that voice, through the years has demolished many amps and speaker cabinets. The blues helps him to keep his spirit high and survive day-to-day life. It deals with all the basic raw elements of life; good and bad, plain and simple. “Not for the faint hearted, but virtually is a must for lovers of basic Mississippi blues.”

Sharrie Williams & the Wise Guys, Michigan Friday
Sharrie!s unique style of “Rockin! Gospel Blues” is surrounded by strong and powerful vocals and arrangements. Sharrie touches souls with her talent and passion for her music, combined with her smoky, sexy and imitable style. She always leaves her audience calling for more. A galactic vocal force to be reckoned with, a ragging flame of fire that has been sprayed with gasoline, she has a message burning within her soul. “Sharrie Williams is a gifted songwriter who freshens a genre that’s always searching for authentic blues and gospel artists.”

Mud Morganfield, Chicago  Saturday
If you are looking for the real Chicago blues, then you need look no further. Everyone knows that Muddy Waters, Godfather of the Blues, was the founder of the Chicago electric blues sound. There is no one in the world more capable of recreating that than his oldest son, Mud Morganfield. This son and proud heir of the King of Chicago blues is blessed with a big and powerful voice that can manage to convey deep emotional resonance on the slow numbers and good old fashioned testosterone laden strut on those classic shuffles. “A genuine artist who just happens to sound like his Daddy. Mud is a natural performer, at ease and full of fun.”

Smokin! Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Texas   Saturday
In the ’80s, he met guitarist/vocalist Bnois King a native of Monroe, LA, and the duo formed Smokin! Joe Kubek Band. With Kubek, a rocking and fierce picker and slider, and King laying down a bed of smooth supporting jazz chords, theysblend into one of the most potent guitar combinations the Southwest had ever produced. Kubek explains the relationship succinctly: “I pull the blues out of him, and he pulls the jazz out of me. Bnois knows so much about jazz it!s amazing.” Their latest offering; Have Blues, Will Travel is regarded by King as “the best record the band has made”. “Kubek and King pump out rocking, kicking blues for those times when the feet just want to start stomping”.

Duke Robillard, Rhode Island     Sunday
Duke!s calling card has always been an energetic mixture of jump, swing and blues that stirs up dance floors, along with an amorously obsessive connection to the music of Texas bluesman T-Bone Walker. “Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality.” The guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio musician, and producer gained long-due recognition in the beginning of the new millennium. “A guitarist!s guitarist, Duke Robillard walks the tightrope between traditionalism and experimentation. He!s a master of many styles who moves forward while maintaining a firm grounding in the past.”

Michael “Iron Man! Burks, Milwaukee      Sunday
With a nickname earned by his hours-long, intensely physical performances, fearsome guitar attack, tough, smoky vocals and the thousands of miles logged behind the wheel of his touring van, Burks is a modern blues hero. Nobody in today!s blues world successfully bridges searing electric guitar blues with unbridled rock & roll energy like Burks. He is a musician with deep roots in the blues tradition. He performs every song he plays with intensity, conviction and soul. “An immensely talented guitarist and singer who will singe the whiskers right off your face.”

The Lounge at the Marquee

Friday,Saturday and Sunday
Red Hot Blues!  Toronto, Canada, and Surrey, England
“This is a boiling broth of music stew, classic Blues show!” This features international renowned blues recording artists: Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, with ace piano player, two time British Blues Award winner – Bob Hall. Braithwaite!s authentic sound led her into the company of Stalwarts Mel Brown, Albert Collins, and John Lee Hooker. Kansas born multi-instrumentalist, Chris Whiteley, appeared on Saturday Night Live and toured and recorded with Blind John Davis, Sonny Land Slim and Leon Redbone.

The Acoustic Acts at the Market House:

Steve James Austin, Texas
He is described as an underground legend in his home state of Texas, Steve is widely recognised as Austin!s prime exponent of acoustic roots/blues music. “The specific excitement of his performances ought to be enough to convince anyone that there is something real, something unrefined, something vital in the hands and throat of a master like James.”
Otis Gibbs, Indiana
He first stepped in the stage at the age of four, when he sang Jimmie Rodgers “Waiting for a Train! at a neighbourhood honky tonk, and has been hooked since. Some people refer to him as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe this man who has slept in hobo jungles, walked with nomadic shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, been strip searched by dirty cops in Detroit, and has an FBI file. “There is an authenticity and dedication in Gibbs’ delivery which is somehow cleansing in its purity.”

Otis Taylor,  Denver, Colorado
“Otis is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time.” Taylor!s music is where he makes his most direct and personal statement about the African-Americans. He addresses the lynching of his greatgrandfather
and the brutal murder of his uncle. Though he discusses these heavyweight issues and others like homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style is light-hearted. “I!m good at dark, but
I!m not a particularly unhappy person. I!d just like to make enough money to buy a Porsche.”

Watermelon Slim, Oklahoma
He was described by Jerry Wexler as a “one-of-a-kind pickin! n singing Okie dynamo.” Slim has been a truck driver, forklift operator, sawmiller, collection agent, funeral officiator and a small time criminal. The latter resulted in him being forced to flee Boston. Now Slim lives in Oklahoma farming watermelons – hence the stage name. “I!ve lived a fuller life than most people could in two. I!ve lived on three continents, and I!ve played music with a bunch of immortal blues players. I!ve fought in a war, and against a war. I!ve seen an awful lot and I!ve done an awful lot.”


The Marquee: The doors open in the Marquee at 10pm each night. Red Hot Blues will entertain you in the bar area until the main acts comes on stage at 11.30pm. The stage will be rocking until 3am. Tickets cost 20 euro each night.
The Market House: Acoustic venue: The ticket price is “12 Friday night and “15 for Saturday and Sunday. The performers vary from day to day, however they will end at 10pm 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 5th.
The Blues Trail bands are Dana Dixon Band, Edinburgh, Scotland, Wildcards, South Devon, England, Dr Brown & the Groovecats, Newcastle, Gráinne Duffy Band, Monaghan, Norman Beaker Band, Manchester, England, The Robin BiBi Band, London, England, Ronnie Greer Band, Antrim, Ireland, River Devils, Edinburgh, Scotland, The Roy Fulton Band, Belfast, Blues Jam, Monaghan.

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2011 Harvest Blues Trail

Blues-Pub-TrailGráinne Duff – Monaghan

grainneduffy‘I Know We’re Gonna Be Just Fine’ is the brand new single taken from Gráinne’s forthcoming album which is currently in the final stages of production. This will be the follow-up to her stunning 2008 debut, ‘Out Of The Dark’. Since then Gráinne has become a regular at Jazz & Blues festivals throughout Europe including three nights at Glastonbury hosting the blues sessions on the Acoustic Stage alongside artists like Joan Baez, Suzanne Vega, Sinead O Connor and Seasick Steve.
She was the voice of BBC2’s own promotional video which was recorded in the famous Air Studios under the guidance of Sir George Martin. She was also a featured artist on RTE’s Other Voices.
She plays a mean electric blues guitar, and sings like a long lost relative of Bonnie Raitt, with classic numbers like ‘Rather Go Blind’ and ‘The Thrill has Gone’ in her repertoire. Other influences include Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. “In a world of chick rockers, Duffy is the real deal. Label bosses get your cheque books out sharpish.” Classic Rock Magazine

Frontier Promotions England frontieruk@btconnect.com
James Rollins Northern Ireland James@jamesrollins.co.uk
Nina Hansen Norway nina@headof.no;
Please visit Grainne’s Website for more information or watch her on myspace

Venue: Saturday: The Squealing Pig 4 – 6.30  Sunday:  The Brewery Bar   9 – 11

Roy Fulton

royweb2Last year Roy Fulton played along side living blues legend Robert Cray and his new signature guitar was launched at the London Guitar Show 2011. Roy’s playing style has been compared to many blues greats and his main influences of Rory Gallagher, Roy Buchanan and Eric Clapton are very evident in his playing style. His newly released ‘Bootlegged Blues’ DVD, which captures his band in smoldering hot form, is receiving excellent reviews in several top guitar magazines.

What others say about Roy…

Your playing sounds great… David Grissom (Allman Brothers, Dixie Chicks)  …very nice tone and playing! John Jorgenson (Elton John, Hellecasters)

Please visit website for more information

Venue: Saturday: The Brewery Bar 4 – 6.30 Sunday:  An Poc Fada 2.30 – 5

DOCTOR BROWN AND THE GROOVECATS – Newcastle

Back again by popular demand this is the only band who have been back to Monaghan 3 years in a row if history repeats itself expect every night to be packed to the rafters these guys do the business every time. well-dressed,slick and above all one of the most entertaining bands on the circuit playing a mix of west coast swing,jump jive and Chicago blues doc brown-vocals,guitar,harmonic, saxophone, Tex Boardman-guitar, bull moose Robinson-bass, Philippe Muriel-drums make sure you catch these guy at sometime over the festival .new cd swing time on sale at gigs   View more Videos

Venue: Friday: Westerna Arms Hotel  9.30 – 12  Saturday: Terry’s Bar 9.30- 12 Sunday: Master Deery’s 3.30 – 6and The Anchor Bar 9 – 11

The Dana Dixon Band, Edinburgh – Scotland

diana-DixonFronted by the powerful singer/harmonica player Dana Dixon and featuring the outstanding Blues and Slide Playing playing of guitarist Dave Dixon, the band play a mixture of authentic Texas & Chicago blues, tough R&B and superb original numbers.

 

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Venue: Friday: Terry’s Bar 9.30 – 12 Saturday: The Westerna Arms Hotel 9.30 – 12 Sunday: Master Deery’s 9 – 11

The Wildcards – South Devon, England

wildcards“The Wildcards are fronted by the explosive Vince Lee, who puts out more energy than Sizewell-B Power Station, they defy pigeon-holing. ‘Rocka-punkabilly-power-swing-blues, devilish, filthy, passionate!’ Throw in a world-class band, and what have you got? Barely restrained insanity and deeply wonderful music” Ashburton Blues Festival, UK

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Venue: Friday: The Squealing Pig 9 – 12 Saturday: An Poc Fada 9.30 – 12.00 Sunday: The Westerna Arms Hotel 2.30 – 5.00 and Terry’s Bar 9 – 11

The River Devils band – Edinburgh, Scotland

riverdevilsThe River Devils are an Edinburgh based Blues/Roots Rock band comprising road-tested veterans of the UK and international blues scene, fronted by widely respected singer, guitarist, and songwriter Sandy Tweeddale.

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Venue: Friday: The Anchor Bar 9 – 12  Saturday: The Westerna Arms Hotel 2 – 4.30 and The Suealing Pig 9.30 – 12 and An Poc Fada 9 – 11

The Norman Beaker – Manchester, England

norman-beakerNorman has been at the forefront of the British Blues scene for the last 3 decades and first came to the public’s attention in the late seventies whilst playing with legendary UK blues giants such as Alexis Korner, Graham Bond and Jack Bruce.
A self-taught guitarist, Norman, learnt to play the guitar at the tender age of seven whilst confined to bed after a serious accident. In 1964, whilst on holiday in Llandudno, Norman entered and won first prize in a holiday camp talent competition, winning an appearance on skiffle king, Lonnie Donegan’s Show. Norman’s early influences were people like Lonnie and Hank Marvin though everyone who heard him play said he sounded like a blues guitarist. Elder brother Malcolm was a keen blues fan and introduced Norman to the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson.

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Venue: Friday: The Brewery Bar 9.30 – 12 Saturday Master Deerys 9.30 – 12 Sunday: The Squealing Pig 9 – 11

The Robin Bibi Band – London, England

robin-BibiThe Robin Bibi Band are one of the most entertaining bands on the S.E. England Blues/Rock circuit…we have released 7 albums since 1997 and will soon be working on no 8…their mission is to entertain , uplift and inspire and keep creating our own personal sound and being… with no compromise!! watch for our occasional Stevie Ray Vaughan celebration shows

Please visit Facebook and Website for more information

Venue: Friday: An Poc Fada 9.30 – 12 Saturday: The Brewery Bar 9.30 – 12 Sunday: Terrys Bar 3.30 – 6 and Westerna Arms Hotel 9 – 11

Ronnie Greer Band – Northern Ireland

67x100Ronnie 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.

Please visit MySpace for more information

Venue: Friday: Master Deery’s 9.30 – 12 Saturday: Terry’s Bar 2 – 4.30 and The Anchor Bar 9.30 – 12 Sunday: The Squealing Pig 2.30 – 5

2011 Harvest Blues Acoustic Room

Steve James – Texas

steve_jamesJames plays a National steel guitar, mandolin, and the banjo, having become fixated, as an adolescent, on blues music. As a teenager in New York City, James listened to his father’s record collection, which included recordings from Lead Belly, Josh White, and Meade “Lux” Lewis. Following relocation to Tennessee, he met both Sam McGee and Furry Lewis. In 1977, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and played along with various musicians including Bo Diddley, John P. Hammond and Dave Van Ronk.

Please visit Steve James website

 On Stage : Friday: 7-10pm Saturday: 2 – 5pm  Sunday: 2 – 5pm

Otis Gibbs – Indiana

112x100Otis Gibbs is a man in search of an honest experience.  Some people refer to him as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe a man who has planted over 7,000 trees, slept in hobo jungles, walked with nomadic shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, been strip-searched by dirty cops in Detroit, and has an FBI file.

Please visit Otis Gibbs website or join him on twitter for more information

On Stage : Friday: 7-10pm Saturday: 7 – 9pm  Sunday: 2 – 5pm

Otis Taylor – Chicago / denver

95x100Blues singer/guitarist/banjoist Otis Taylor is drawing from history’s deep well for his new disc, Clovis People (Telarc), which will be released on May 11. The disc’s title refers to ancient society whose 13,000-year-old remains were found near his home in Boulder, Colo.

Please visit Otis Taylor website or facebook for more information


 On Stage :  Saturday:2 – 5pm and 7 – 9pm and Sunday 7-9pm

Watermelon Slim (solo) – Oklahoma

134x100Watermelon 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.

Please visit Watermelon Slim website or Myspace for more information

 On Stage : Friday: 7-10pm Saturday: 2 – 5 pm  Sunday: 7 – 9pm


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 at11:30pm.

Ticket prices 2010: Friday: €20, Saturday: €20, Sunday: €20

2011 Harvest Blues Main Stage

Harvest Blues Main Stage

Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley and Bob Hall

bob-hall diana-BraithwaiteClassic Blues Show!  Featuring internationally renowned blues recording artists: Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley with ace piano player, two-time British Blues Award winner –Bob Hall. 8-time national blues award winners Braithwaite and Whiteley’s album DeltaPhonic recently reached #1 on XM satellite radio, B.B. Kings Bluesville.

America’s Blues Revue Magazine called them “Masters of Old School Blues”. Winner of Chicago’s African-American Women in the Arts Award, Diana Braithwaite’s authentic sound led her into the company of stalwarts Mel Brown, Albert Collins, and John Lee Hooker. Kansas-born multi-instrumentalist, Chris Whiteley, appeared on Saturday Night Live and toured and recorded with Blind John Davis, SonnyLand Slim, and Leon Redbone. Appearing in New York City August 2011.  “Authentic Red Hot Blues!!”
Please visit  Bob HallDiana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley and Braithwaite and Whiteley websites for more information

Doors: 9.30pm On stage Friday & Sat: 10.30 Suday: 10.00pm  Nightly Ticket: €20


Friday 2nd September

Boo Boo Davis – Mississippi

67x100Boo Boo Davis is a survivor and belongs to the last generations of musicians that write and play the blues based on first-hand experience of a hard life in the Mississippi Delta.

Please visit Boo Boo Davis website or facebook for more information

Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 11.30pm  Friday Night Ticket: €20

Friday 2nd September

Sharrie Williams & the wise guys – Michigan

67x100 (1)“Sharrie Williams vibrant, gospel – drenched voice with interesting arrangements and splendid song writing… “Sharrie Williams clear and passionate delivery is absolutely compelling. The urgency, honesty, integrity and rich texture with which Williams belts out her deeply felt blues will surely earn her the respect she deserves among fans and critics alike. Record company executives, are you listening?”

— Leslie Ann Knight,  Blues in Britain

Please visit Sharie Williams website or facebook for more information

Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 1.30pm  Friday Night Ticket: €20

Saturday 3rd September

Mud Morganfield – Chicago

101x100” After instructing the band to “take their time”, his rendition of “King Bee” and “You Can’t Lose What You Never Had” was so similar to his father’s vocal style and energy that it was downright spooky, in the most enjoyable way. “.

Please visit Mud Morganfield website or facebook for more information

Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 11.30pm Saturday Night Ticket: €20

Saturday 3rd September

Smokin’ Joe Kubek featuring Bnois King – Texas

133x100In 1989, Kubek met guitarist/vocalist Bnois King at a Monday night Dallas jam session. The two became fast friends, and melded their seemingly divergent styles—Kubek a rocking and fierce picker and….

Please visit Smokin’ Joe Kubek website or facebook and Myspace for more information

Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 1.30am  Saturday Night Ticket: €20

Sunday 4th September

Duke Robillard – Rhode Island

90x100After playing in various bands and working for Guild guitars, he co-founded Roomful of Blues with pianist Al Copley in 1967. He has also been a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds which included Kim Wilson, replacing Jimmie Vaughan. Also experienced in Jazz, Swing, Rock and Roll and modern electric blues forms, Robillard is generally regarded as a guitar player keeping the blues.

Please visit Duke Robbillard website or facebook for more information

Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 9.30pm Sunday Night Ticket: €20

Sunday 4th September

Michael “Iron man” Burks – Milwaukee

100x100Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Michael “Iron Man” Burks stands tall as a major contemporary blues figure. With a nickname earned by his hours-long, intensely physical performances, fearsome guitar attack, tough, smoky vocals and the thousands of miles logged behind the wheel of his touring van, Burks is a modern blues hero.

Please visit Michael Burks website or facebook for more information

Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 9.30pm Sunday Night Ticket: €20


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 at11:30pm.

Ticket prices 2011: Friday: €20, Saturday: €20, Sunday: €20

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