Monaghan Rhythm and Blues Festival
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
The 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!
Playing : Sunday 3-5pm The Westerna Arms Hotel and 9-11pm The Anchor Bar in Mc Kenna’s
Clara Rose’s unique blend of raunchy blues, mesmerising folk and sultry roots are sure to save the soul as her “voice soars and swoops with the ease of an opera star running through her scales”(Dubliner Magazine)
Clara 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 or your money back!
You never know who you might see at a Clara Rose gig… The Horslips, Henry McCullough, The Waterboys, Don Baker… all these Celtic legends have shared the stage with or attended a Clara Rose gig in the past 2 years. She is a mesmerising performer with a voice that can make the hairs stand on the back of your neck.Her acclaimed debut album, “A Portfolio” features 12 original tracks; 10 original, one of which written by her mother Liz Monahan -the songstress from the Drumlins of Monaghan and the other a sensitive reworking of Bob Dylan’s ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’.
Sunday 3-5pm The Shamrock Bar
Chicago blues with a twist. A big bouncy rhythm section with Chicago blues on one side (Ronnie) and funky Little Feat-ish slide on the other (Anthony)
One 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.
Please visit Ronnie Greer website
Sunday 4-6pm The Squealing Pig
“An innovative and energetic power trio who remain true to the spirit of the blues” Blues Revue (US), Oct ‘12
“They’re magnificent! … a joyous rumble-thump beat, raw and syncopated and doused in the cranky old methods of Clarksdale and Chicago.” Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio April 2013)
“A hard working innovative band steeped in the blues/rock tradition” Sunday World (NI), July 8th 2012“Dirty Blues from Belfast”…Formed in late 2009, the band’s intense live sets live up to their name, comprised mostly of raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest original songs, ranging from down-home washboard/ resonator/double bass workouts, to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock, complemented by arrangements of cuts by trailblazers such as Son House and Howlin’ Wolf. The band has performed at a stellar list of music and arts festivals all over the island of Ireland, opened for US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, shared equal billing with Californian Band, The Old Tire Swingers and were amongst a small number of artists chosen to take part in the successful “Backin’ Belfast” initiative, A recent Belfast gig prompted the legendary Terri Hooley to describe the band as “My kind of fecking band”.
The HardChargers released the six track “Bumpin’ and Grindin’” EP in autumn 2011, containing three original songs, garnering critical acclaim and radio play in the process. Here are quotes from reviews of the EP, in the US and UK respectively:
Incognito Music Magazine, (Nov. 2012) “The sound of this band might be described as low-down, but it’s also pretty clean. The three guys in this band sure know what they’re doing with their instruments.”
Blues Matters! Issues 65/68 (2012) “High-octane”…“Suitably manic and certainly one to clear the cobwebs”, describing the original songs as “worthy comparators to the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters covers” , and a live performance as having an “Intensity of punk proportions”
Saturday 9.30pm – 12am The Shamrock Bar and
Sunday 9pm – 11pm The Sqealing Pig
RED HOT COUNTRY ROCKABILLY BOOGIE WITH A TOUCH OF BLUEGRASS, SWAMP BLUES, SWINGY THINGY……”IF IT SOUNDS GOOD “N” WE LIKE IT WE DO IT ! –
Saturday 4-6pm The Brewery Bar in McKenna’s (upstairs) and 9.30pm – 12am The Westerna Arms Hotel
Sunday 9-11pm Terry’s Bar
The 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
Satuday 4-6.30pm The Westerna Arms Hotel and 9.30pm – 12 am The Anchor Bar in Mc Kenna’s
Sunday 4-6pm Terry’s Bar
Since forming in 2009, Crow Black Chicken have earned back-pats aplenty for their charming Southern sound, most notably after their performance on the BBC Introductory Stage at Glastonbury in 2011. Their debut album Electric Soup, released in June 2012, typifies this positive energy with 13 tracks of tooth-rattling rhythms and bluesy rock’n roll vibes. Upon the release of Electric Soup, the Tipperary based trio has won the adoration of many playing all major festivals and venues across the country in 2012. With extended invitations to play USA, UK and Europe in Summer 2013, never has it been the right time to catch Crow Black Chicken live in an intimate surrounding… while you still can.
“Fans of Cream, Rory Gallagher and all things classic rock will adore this assured debut. Electric Soup is the real deal.” – Hotpress Magazine
Saturday 9.30 – 12am The Squealing Pig
Sunday 9.00-11pm The Shamrock Bar
Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces are fast-rising stars on the UK and international music scenes. Robson first came to the attention of the UK national press in 2010 when backing blues legend Muddy Waters’ eldest son Mud Morganfield.
At a packed show in central London, The Daily Express praised his “Exquisite harmonica” and The Dirty Aces were described as “Virtuosi”. The Express’s Paul Stewart stated that Robson could “Possibly be the best harmonica player on the blues scene today” and praised Filip Kozlowski’s “Cutting guitar” and lauded the band as a “Great blues combo”.
A track called “The Mighty Incinerator” from the band’s 3 track promo CD was played on BBC Radio 2′s Paul Jones show and was immediately spotted by Chris Evans and played on his Breakfast show the next morning with Evans stating “This is so good”. This is the first time in the Paul Jones show history that a track has been heard by a mainstream radio 2 DJ and chosen spontaneously to be played on their show.
Saturday 9.30 – 12am Terry’s Bar
Sunday 9-11pm The Brewery in McKenna’s (upstairs)
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 Revolutionaries have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene.
They have toured extensively both home and abroad, performing at festivals in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Malta and Dubai.
Highlights include performing at festivals with artistes such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sting, Tom Jones, Hugh Laurie, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Walter Trout, Eric Bibb, Albert Lee, Snake Davis and Dave Edmunds.
The band has recorded five CDs to date containing a collection of Hot Rockin’ R&B tracks. Each CD captures the ‘rawness’ and sheer energy of the band, who like to give their performances a ‘hard-edged’ vibe!
Saturday 9.30 – 12am The Brewery Bar in McKenna’s (Upstairs)
Sunday 9-1pm The Westerna Arms Hotel
All The Artists will appear at the Market House in the Acoustic Room
Afternoon , Evening and Nightime shows, finished by 11pm
Be sure to check out the Harvest Blues Booklet available at the event
Kris’s guitar skills have always been admired in whichever genre he has played. Now those skills are honed to perfection and they need to be, he has chosen a field where his playing is at its most exposed. A man, a guitar and a voice; no room for error and nowhere to hide. With a largely acoustic repertoire, precision playing is expected and delivered.
During a career in music, spanning more than four decades, Kris Dollimore has graced some of the world’s greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists including The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and Del Amitri. He can also include Johnny Depp, David Bowie and Chrissie Hynde amongst his many admirers.
Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist seven years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Europe. He has released three solo albums to date, all receiving great critical acclaim.
Since his debut album ‘Lead Me On’, came out in 1994, the Pacific Northwest based singer and songwriter has written and performed some of the most compelling slide guitar based music ever recorded. Though he spent his early years playing free jazz, he has never strayed too far from the roots music world that has become his passion. “I’d spent all this time learning improvisational music, but I’d always had an attraction to folk based music forms. So, I was listening to a lot of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and some of the newer people like Leo Kottke and John Fahey. My music is a reflection of all the music I loved and steeped myself in. There’s a space and openness in rural music that makes sense to me.” Playing a lap slide in a style that both evoked the sounds of the ancients and pointed towards new possibilities for the instrument, Kelly Joe’s music seemed to originate in another time as he sang with the voice of an old soul, weary with experience, yet excited with all of the prospects that life brings.
“Kelly Joe Phelps plays, sings, and writes the blues. HOLD UP before you lock that in – forget about songs in a twelve bar three chord progression with a two line repeat and answer rhyme structure – though he can certainly do that when he wants to. I’m talking about a feeling, a smoky, lonesome, painful – yet somehow comforting groove that lets you know that you are not alone – even when you’re blue. Play on brother.” – Steve Earle
“I first became aware of Kelly Joe Phelps when my daughter (who was 9 or 10 at the time) brought home a cd (‘Lead Me On’) from the Vancouver Folk Festival. “You might like this, Dad” she said. Boy was she right. I’ve heard Kelly Joe mention that he’s been inspired by people like Roscoe Holcomb, Robert Pete Williams, Dock Boggs, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and others. He seems to have absorbed all this (and all kinds of other stuff as well) and come back with something all his own. Sounds like he’s coming from the inside out. The bottom up. He’s not just playing ‘AT’ the music or trying to recreate or imitate something that’s happened in the past. He seems to have tapped into the artery somehow. There’s a lot going on in between and behind the notes. Mystery. He’s been an inspiration to me.” – Bill Frisell
“When I heard Kelly Joe the first time, I was amazed how it all made so much sense. His music is a wide world with three hundred and sixty degrees of influence…. Kelly Joe is a musical slight of hand master. He pulls world wide sounds out of his guitar.” – Tim O’Brien
Playing : Friday 6th: 7-10pm, Saturday 7th: 1-4pm & Sunday 8th: 1-4pm & 6-9pm
Jerron Paxton comes across not as a young man in his early twenties , but he impresses with incisive understanding and wisdom far beyond his age. “I am a songster. I am not limited to the blues. I sing and play ballads, banjo tunes, fiddle tunes, rags and more.” he told thecountryblues.com. “For me, music is not an academic experiment. I play it the way I feel like it, because it should be an expression of how I see things. I am just learning to have a good time so that the audience can have a good time. Music shouldn’t be forced. It’s upsetting to me that so much music is technique, just skill and not enough feeling. I am happy to play so that the audience feels like I am in their living room. I want people to be enjoying themselves.”
Jerron Paxton masters multiple blues styles and picks like Blind Blake. He feels home in the Piedmont tradition with its ragtime influence. Country blues fans will pick up on Blind Boy Fuller, Gary Davis, but also on the swampy blues of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. He digs deep in the archives of the country blues, from Furry Lewis to Texas Alexander. On the piano he can remind you of Fats Waller, although he cites James P. Johnson and Lucky Robinson as influences.. He is often cited to have said that at the age of fifteen– about the time he started to go blind– that he just didn’t like anything written after 1934. He raised himself on 78s. Sound familiar?
The Lost Brothers first met in an old dusty library in Liverpool, England in 2007. From their first encounter, they noticed they had a lot in common. They both come from Ireland (Oisin Leech from Navan, Mark McCausland from Omagh), and having both come from musical families, they had both played in various bands since a young age and had now come to Liverpool to seek a brighter future. The pair shared the same love of music (from the Carter Family to Sam Cooke, Mississippi John Hurt to Dion and the Bellmonts, Phil Spector to the Louvin Brothers, the Impressions to Van Morrison), and before long, were jamming together in the dive bars of Liverpool when not on the road with their bands. The pair were regular faces on the Liverpool music scene and when together, people began to call them, The Lost Brothers…
“Irish duo the Lost Brothers offered exceptional interplay between their acoustic guitars, building from deceptively simple folk structures with tight paired harmonies from their recent The Passing of the Night, while their cover of “Moon River” reinforced their affable Simon & Garfunkel style.” – THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE,DOUG FREEMAN MARCH 15TH 2013
Early bird tickets June 2013
On The main Stage in The late night marquee Tickets €20(euro) pernight or €50 for all three,
doors open 10.30pm and music until 3am
Be sure to check out the Harvest Blues Booklet available at the event
It’s obvious that Bernard has inherited Luther’s knack for igniting audiences; but he’s no clone of his famous father. He is definitely blazing his own path with a style that reflects a unique mix of traditional and modern influences. The Allison torch has been passed, and it’s clear that Bernard takes his role as its bearer very seriously. He’s assumed the challenge of keeping the blues alive and growing – a commitment he renews every time he takes the stage.
Please visit Bernard Allisons website
Playing :Sunday 01:00am until 2:30am
“Grainne Duffy is a unique talent. She is both raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. She gained exposure at an early age to such defining influential artists as The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders by raiding her elder sisters record collection and very soon she was developing her own musical tastes. This began when she heard the subtle playing of Peter Green on such songs as ‘Need your Love so Bad’ and ‘Albatross’ which was to pave the way for Grainne to start listening to other guitarists such as B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and of course Rory Gallagher. Such a fascination lead to Grainne picking up the guitar and beginning what was to be just the start of her journey. All the while she had been developing her vocal ability by singing in her local church choir and listening to artists as diverse Aretha Franklin, Linda Rondstat and Bonnie Raitt to name but a few.”
“Her wonderful mix of blues rock and soul in her original material and her treatment of a few carefully selected standards charged with true emotion and feeling can win over any audience and leave them begging for more. With her passion which no one can deny when they hear her sing, with her emotion which no one can ignore when hear her play and with her unique presence which is hard to express in words when you see her perform it is difficult to imagine what the future will have in store for Grainne Duffy. It is not often a rare honest talent like this comes along but when it does it is instantly recognisable and must be appreciated”.
Extract taken from the Lintonfestival.org
Playing : Friday 6th @ 11.30pm – 01.00am
THE BAND to be reckoned with on the blues scene. Musically stunning, they never fail to impress audience after audience with their show. So with seventeen years performing together and five successful CD releases behind them, Stevie and Alan Nimmo, The Nimmo Brothers, are back to their roots with the new CD, ‘Brother to Brother’.
Arguably they have written their best songs to date, influenced by “everything we’ve ever listened to over the past 20 years”. Recorded in Austin, Texas, with Jamie Oldaker (Eric Clapton) on drums; Michael Ramos (Robert Plant, John Mellencamp, Paul Simon and Los Lonely Boys) on Hammond organ; Bill Whitbeck (Robert Earl Keen) and Jimmy Pettit (Joe Ely Band) on bass guitar.
From the seventies blues rock sounds of Free and Thin Lizzy to the more modern hard rocking of Nickelback and Thunder, there’s something for every classic rock fan in this latest opus of fine, original material as well as a couple of handpicked covers as a “tip of the hat” to the writers they have respected, admired and learned from over the years.
Playing : Saturday 7th @ 01.30am
Guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle have spent over a decade exploring the edges of American roots music. In the process, Moreland & Arbuckle have forged a relentless and haunting sound that merges Delta blues, folk, rock, traditional country, soul and numerous other echoes and murmurs from an infinitely layered musical narrative that spans more than a century.
Moreland & Arbuckle built on that solid foundation with the August 2011 release of Just A Dream. Featuring a guest appearance by legendary soul guitarist Steve Cropper, the 12-song set is a showcase for Moreland’s dynamic and compelling guitar work and Arbuckle’s emotionally charged vocals and edgy harp.
On July 30, 2013, Moreland & Arbuckle, along with new drummer Kendall Newby, are set to release 7 Cities, their most ambitious work ever. Teamed for the first time with Seattle-based producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, the Sword) and recorded in Stone Gossard’s studio, the album tells the story of Spanish explorer Coronado and his fabled search for the seven cities of gold in the Kansas plains, not far from where the band lives. The sounds of 7 Cities include vintage rock (“Kow Tow”) and twang (“The Devil and Me”), along with a few barnburners (“Tall Boogie,” “Road Blind”) and a surprising version of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” all of it rooted in the spirit of the Delta blues.
“It’s hard to say exactly what we are and what we do,” says Arbuckle. “Blues is definitely at the core, but we’re huge fans of all sorts of American music, and all of that comes through as well. Obviously, there are elements of traditional country in what we do, elements of vintage rock and roll, soul and all that sort of stuff. We always try to stay grounded in that traditional blues center, and at the same time branch out and do as many different things as we can while still keeping it consistent with the sound we’ve developed.”
Playing : Sunday 8th @ 11pm
“Hot Rod Walt” aka Walt Richards, was born in 1966. Lived the first half of his life in the very rural town of Beemerville New Jersey. Moved to North Port Florida in 1989. In 2006,moved to the Atlanta area where the music scene is huge and the southern hospitality is overwhelming. Not only does he play guitar and sing in the Psycho-DeVilles, but works on custom cars and motorcycles. Does hand pinstriping and really just about anything you can imagine on a car or bike.
Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVilles was formed in 2002. They have released 5 CDs… “Out of the garage and onto the street”, “Psycho Cadillac”, “Supercharger”, “Night Prowler” and “Rockabilly Rodeo” which is Hot Rod Walt’s nineth full length Cd overall, having had a few bands in the past as well. He takes pride in recording only original music and has about 200 original songs to his name. And takes pride in playing nothing but Gretsch guitars…….. Nothing else compares. Hot Rod Walt shares the stage with two talented and loyal musicians. Buford T Ogletre Steve “Burnout” Barnett the hard hittin’ punk rock drummer that never runs out of energy.
Together the Psycho-DeVilles perform a super high energy show. Singing songs about hot rod cars and mean women…………….
Playing : Friday 6th @ 1.30am
One day back in 1970, a 20-year-old Rick Estrin had the opportunity to play harmonica with Muddy Waters and his band at the Sutherland Hotel at 47th and Drexel on Chicago’s South Side. During the break, Muddy called Estrin over, shook his finger in his face, and shouted, “You outta sight, boy! You got that sound, boy! You play like a man, boy!”
Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world today. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. The Associated Press called his harp playing “endlessly impressive.” The great guitarist Robert Lockwood, Jr. (who was schooled by Robert Johnson and who played on most of Little Walter’s Chess recordings) told Estrin, “Little Walter would be very proud of you.” His award-winning original songs have been favorably compared with those of Willie Dixon and the team of Leiber and Stoller. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home.
Playing : Saturday 7th @ 11.30pm
Lil 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 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!!”.
Also joined by
Bob Hall & Hilary Blythe, Piano & Bass – england
A veteran of folk festivals from Cambridge to Philadelphia, and blues festivals from San Francisco to The North Sea, Holland, Bob’s lifetime of music and passion for the minutiae of American folk and blues history has left him with a host of stories, some true and some apocryphal, all introduced in his own inimitable style. His partner, Hilary Blythe, joins him throughout, adding her propulsive bass and superb folk-blues and gospel vocals. Their varied show also includes American folk songs played on guitar (Hilary) and mandolin (Bob). Latest album “What Goes Round” on SPV Records.
“his name is synonymous with myth, legend, and greatness.” All Music Guide
“Surely the finest of the British blues and boogie pianists – with a flair for imaginative lyrics.” Blues and Rhythm
“A master of the austere arts of blues and boogie woogie piano” The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings
and our own Gavin Taylor on Drums
Performing : for the 3 Nights ( In the lounge area of the Marquue 10:30pm-11:30pm) except sunday 10:00pm -11:00pm )