The Blues Trail
… 2018 Blues Trail acts being finalised …
Rob Tognoni (Tasmania, Australia)
Rob ‘Tasmanian Devil’ Tog’s musical journey has been influenced by a diversity of music and as a young man he didn’t discriminate between blues, blues rock or pop…it was all great to his ears, it all seemed to have it’s place. The defining musical moment in Rob’s life was going to see a relatively new band as a teen – AC/DC. Their incredible power with high charged guitars urged Rob to start churning out those simple, basic power chords made famous by this influential band. But something else was developing…more than just the power chords. An emotive blues feel was becoming more evident in his playing. This is the TasMANian Devil’s first visit to Ireland, and sure to be one of the must see gigs of the weekend.
Arsonist Birds (Ireland)
The Arsonist Birds started life in early 2016 when four professional musicians and lifelong friends got together to have fun making music together. This resulted in a Monday night residency in Toale’s Bar in Dundalk giving the guys the opportunity to develop their style and sound as a unique band. Their music is a style of popular alternative music which is a mix of the Blues, Bob Dylan, Thin Lizzy, 10cc, Ian Dury, through a number of forgotten rock classics. They have a unique sound and image that appeals to all age groups from 20 to 100, blending the acoustic guitar to the piano and rock the electric guitar in the style of Jimi Hendrix. With four vocals, these guys cannot be missed.
Blues Jam (Monaghan)
They are a co-operative of musicians led by the force of Dez and his gang. They manage to keep the flame of the Blues going all year round when all others seem to have gone home. The group that holds jam together have been working on this project for over 12 years in McKenna’s ‘Brewery Bar’. They’ve had a lot of fun over the last 12 years. To date, musicians from all over Ireland, England, America, & Europe have performed at their little jam, so a big thanks to all the jammers. We expect, and want guest artists to come join us over the weekend!
Please visit Blues Jams Facebook page.
Clara Rose (Monaghan)
She’s the songstress of rockin’ blues, saviour of rootsy folk and has a voice that can make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. She has been writing and performing her original music for 10 years. With acoustic guitar in hand Clara has shared stages with Celtic legends such as: The Horslips, the late Henry McCullough, The Waterboys, Eleanor McEvoy, John Spillane, Jack L and more recently has released an album with blues legend; Don Baker. She is a mesmerising performer whose voice “soars and swoops with the ease of an opera star running through her scales” (Eamon Carr – Dubliner Magazine).
Rusty Jacks – (Derry, Northern Ireland)
Taking their influences from their love of America’s Deep South Blues and adding their own Irish twist, the lads created a fantastic album, which they are proud of. Covering all aspects of the ‘Southern Blues’ genre, they have produced ten fabulous original songs and added two old classics. Steaming hot guitars, haunting slide guitar, thundering rhythm section, rasping gravelly vocals and a sprinkling of harmonica licks, this album has something for everyone.
Glas (South Wales)
To capture the vibe and feel of classic blues, rock and roll, country, and R&B in a modern and contemporary way is no mean feat. Step forward GLAS, a three piece band from S Wales. Featuring a combined collective of talent that has seen them share stages with the likes of The Groundhogs, Deke Leonard, Leo ‘Bud’ Welch, Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers, The Spellkasters, and Gerry Mcavoy’s Band Of Friends, John Otway, Larry miller, GLAS have exploded onto the blues and rock ‘n’ roll scene with their upcoming new album. Fronted by Dai John on vocals and bass, with the in-the-pocket drums of Huw Hannan, and lead guitar of James Oliver, the band are one of the busiest in the UK playing many clubs and festivals and their new album set for release its going to be another great year for Glas.
Bourbon Swing Jazz Band (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
“The Bourbon Swing Jazz Band, Ireland,s top New Orleans Dixieland Band This band literally transports you to New Orleans for their entire performance, just lay back in your seat if you can and shut your eyes they do the rest,. Their swinging rhythms infectious melodies soulful sounds of the New Orleans delta blues are sure to keep your hands clapping and your toes tapping all night long. These experienced musicians have interpreted the unique New Orleans sound of the early years for todays jazz lovers listening and dancing pleasure, a high calibre line up, not one to be missed.”
“Under the leadership of Bill Cheney (trumpet), the band stays faithful to the tradition of the Delta, drawing upon a substantial repertoire of tunes from the early 20th Century with influences including King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong.”
Ronnie Greer (Ireland)
One of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, A superb blues and jazz guitarist, his fingers have added passion and fire to some of the greatest blues bands in the country, including for a time the legendary Jim Daly Blues Band and a host of others. Ronnie never fails to wring the last drop of emotion out of a solo, while still keeping the toes tapping. As a sideman and front man, Ronnie has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business – including the likes of Dr. John, Lowell Fulson, Phil Guy, Johnny Mars, Phillip Walker and many more.
Tommy Bentz Band (Wisconsin, USA)
“Original music from the genius of Tommy Bentz and his band. Hailing from River Falls, the quartet fuses together southern rock, folk and jazz creating a sound that is pleasing to the eclectic palette! No matter what your taste may be, this is definitely the show to see!!”
“Tommy Bentz Band The Tommy Bentz band is a tight power trio, with a distinct sound considerably like a blend of Allman Brothers, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. Tommy is a singer/songwriter with a mature blues/rock edge.”
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