2008 Harvest Blues Mainstage

Mainstage -The Headline Acts

Earl Thomas with The Paddy Milner Band, Tennessee/California


Earl Thomas grew up listening to Bobby Blue Bland, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, all the Stax records, the artists and repertoire that he refers to as “the language of our people”

Earl has a downhome sound coupled with a sophisticated delivery that caused legendary producer Jerry Wexler to note, “He’s got the goods.” His songs have been recorded by Etta James, Solomon Burke andScreamin’ Jay Hawkins, Peter Green & Tom Jones

Earl Thomas comes to Monaghan with his 8 piece band of pure Soul that underscores his established ability as a songwriter but, more importantly, as a consummate singer. He’s been wowing audiences on the west coast and on the festival circuit in Europe. He’s performed at top music festivals including the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, has released eleven critically acclaimed cds, and has songs currently in two feature films. With his direct approach that is one part Sam Cooke, one part Otis Redding, one part Al Green and ten parts Earl Thomas.

Earl will be playing on Friday

Paddy Milner’s website and MySpace page

Mitch Woods & the Big Easy Boogie, West Coast & New Orleans
featuring original members of Fats Domino’s band


Featuring some of the original members of the Fats Domino band,Pianist/vocalist Mitch Woods brings together an unsung inner circle of Rock’n’Roll royalty, the original members of the Fats Domino band,Herb Hardesty and the Blue Monday Horns, Jimmy Moliere on guitar and Wendell Brunious on trumpet. The sound is true to the roots of New Orleans R&B. It is vintage rock’ n’ roll and boogieinspired by New Orleans piano greats Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and Little Richard. Performed in Mitch’s joyous entertaining style, it makes you feel like you are not only in the audience but on stage with him having a ball!  This band features the architects of American music, the veritable founding fathers of Rock’n’Roll who laid the musical bedrock at J&M Studios in New Orleans in the early 50s that launched so many stars.

if it’s legitimate roots and Soul music from N’awlins that’s your passion, step right up for here it is,…by Woods and company.” –Blues Wax.

Mitch will be playing on Saturday

Walter Trout & The Radicals, Ocean City/New Jersey


Trout is one of those special players whose tone has an undeniable presence and immediacy… like Eric Clapton”…. “He is a torrential gladitorial guitar player – the kind the term ‘guitar hero’ was coined to describe” L.A. Times,

Walter Trout developed into an ace sideman playing with Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, and Percy Mayfield. Trout often teamed with Hammond B3 wizard Deacon Jones and the apprenticeship continued in the bands of John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thorton and Joe Tex. To label Walter Trout’s music is to limit it. His music speaks to your soul, warms your heart and has your foot tapping. Truly tantalizing sounds on par with those infamous Eric Clapton licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan riffs are testament to Trout’s talent. He brings the Blues to life and invigorates Rock in a manner all too rare these days.

Walter will be playing on Sunday

Supporting the Headline Acts


Elliott & the Untouchables, South Carolina


“This veteran outfit makes all the right moves, navigating swing, jump blues and plain low-down and dirty with grace and chops.” Blues Access
This band, from Columbia, SC, is the “real deal”… authentic, vintage blues. From jumpin’ west coast swing numbers to burnin’ slow blues and nasty slide guitar workouts. The Untouchables’ repertoire is as diverse and powerful as the blues itself.

Elliot & The Untouchables bring with them their new album “Voodoo Stew” a brilliant collection of all-original material that showcases the Untouchables music by branching out from swingin’ jump tunes to some Mississippi swamp blues.

The band will be playing on Friday.


Doug Jay & the Blues Jays, Washington DC & Europe


Inspired by the sounds of the 40s, 50s & 60s, the band performs a unique mix of vintage R&B, Rock’n’Roll, blues and soul music. Doug Jay’s harmonica virtuosity has few equals, ringing the maximum emotion from this tiny instrument in atmospheric performances drawn from the repertoires ofWalter, Muddy Magic Sam, Little Willie John and B.B. King”.Jay is a seasoned harp-blower with old-school veins that run hot his band provides the necessary racket to complement this lowdown blowdown.

Doug will be playing Saturday.

Sherman Robertson, Louisiana/Texas & Blues Move, England


Sherman Robertson is considered a master of Zydeco, hard-swinging Texas electric blues, R&B andswampy Louisiana blues… “I use that driving, road-cooking type zydeco groove, and put blues on top of it,”

“Sherman Robertson’s live shows are the most spellbinding musical experience I’ve ever witnessed sinceLuther Allison. The perfect blend of blues, Soul and Rock delivered with unparalleled passion.”“Sherman deserves to have his name added to the short list of the finest musicians who play electric blues.” . “Some of the best Texas soul-blues anyone could hope for, potent singing and sizzling guitar, he is one of the most important artists in blues.” – Blues Revue  

Sherman will be playing Sunday.


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 11pm.


Ticket prices:

  • €22 each night on Friday and Sunday.
  • €25 on Saturday.
  • Season Tickets will be €55.
  • no hidden charges