MONAGHAN RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL
“HARVEST TIME BLUES”
Monaghan Town, Ireland
3/4/5 September 2010
“The Blues was there when the world was born” John Lee Hooker 1917-2001
22 acts performing 44 gigs over the weekend in 11 venues
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