Gráinne Duff – Monaghan
‘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
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Venue: Saturday: The Squealing Pig 4 – 6.30 Sunday: The Brewery Bar 9 – 11
Last 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)
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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
Fronted 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.
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
“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
The 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.
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 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
The 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
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
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.
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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