2012 Harvest Blues Main Stage

Full Lineup

Friday 07 September

Mike and the Mellotones

Key words used in reviews to describe Mike & the Mellotones performances are energetic, tight, powerful, intense, entertaining, original. They reflect the band’s belief that musicianship and showmanship should go hand in hand and that blues needn’t be boring and depressing ‘old folks’ music. These guys are not about rehashing old blues stuff (although they carry a great deal of respect for the original guys). Instead, they are about blowing off the dust by putting on a good show and doing something new and different with the music.


Visit their Website
Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 11.30am Friday Night

Mem Shannon & the Membership

**Due to a tour cancellation, we regret to inform you that Mem Shannon & the Membership will not feature at this years’ festival. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.**

Friday 07 September

The Deadstring Brothers – Detroit

The Deadstring Brothers’ heart beats with pure rock and roll. Simple and shor ’nuff. Built on a the unshakable foundations of blues, rock country, and soul, DSB manages to create something at once totally fresh but totally recognizable. It’s all ragtops and cold beer, seeds and stems, gatefold LPs and foxy girlfriends with tight, flared jeans. You can imagine them walking as a gang down Carnaby street in London in the late 60’s, or tearing up the stage at Cobo Hall in Detroit Rock City or sweating buckets at a Muscle Shoals recording session in the 70’s.

“The Deadstring Brothers do the early-70s Rolling Stones sound as well as anyone, including what’s left of the Glimmer Twins themselves. But they build an identity of their own with their stolen blueprints, turning in flinty, soulful performances that bring infectious vitality to bluesy rockers and boozy honky-tonk.” —Chicago Reader

“The band has that ragged blues-meets-country-rock groove down cold, with plenty of slashing guitar work and a rhythm section that could pulverize concrete. They come charging out of the gate with attitude and energy to spare and a relentless mid-tempo thump that never lets up.” —Harp Magazine

Vist the myspace Website and Facebook
Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 1.30am Friday Night

Saturday 08 September

The Chris O’Leary Band – New York

Blues Blast Best New Artist Debut winner, BMA nominee and VizzTone artist, The Chris O’Leary Band plays American Roots music, steeped in the tradition of Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans.

“Front man Chris O’Leary car­ries the group .….with a huge shout and force of nature har­mon­ica sound… he gen­er­ates author­ity.“ – Griel Mar­cus

“O’Leary, for­merly with Levon Helm’s Barn­burn­ers, is a more than capa­ble singer and Chicago-style har­mon­ica styl­ist; the proof comes in the shuf­fles and jump num­bers he han­dles with suave assur­ance on his debut record­ing. It’s really the slow tempo of Blues is a Woman that draws out his best singing, rem­i­nis­cent of Jimmy With­er­spoon. His Hud­son Valley-based cohorts stir up the all-original mate­r­ial with­out fal­ter­ing. Young gui­tarist Chris Vitarello mer­its notice for his tech­ni­cal pow­ers and imag­i­na­tion, his reach extend­ing to rock­a­billy and swing­ing jazz.“ – Frank-John Hadley, Down­beat Magazine

Vist the ChrisO’Leary Band Website and Facebook
Doors: 9.30pm First On Stage : 11.30pm Saturday Night

Saturday 08 September

Wayne Baker Brooks – Chicargo

Wayne Baker Brooks serves notice of a new powerful force at play in the music world. Combining outstanding song craft, passionate vocals, and a liquid fire guitar style, this talented artist manages to honor his rich blues heritage while effortlessly expanding the boundaries of the genre.

Wayne Baker Brooks website
Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 1.30am Saturday Night

Sunday 09 September

The Tommy Castro Band

Connecting with his audience and sharing his enthusiasm with his fans is something Castro does naturally and effortlessly. With his horn-fueled, blues-rocking, road-tested band behind him, Castro never fails to sweep his audience out of their seats and onto the dance floor. His ability to ignite a raucous good-time party – along with the recent CDs Hard Believer and Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue – Live! – assure that Tommy Castro and his band are in constant demand. Listening to Castro’s recordings and seeing him live, believing is not only easy, it’s a whole lot of fun.

The Tommy Castro Band website Facebook
Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 11.00pm Sunday Night

Sunday 09 September

Larry McCray

Larry McCray is one of a handful of talented young blues performers leading the genre across boundaries and into the new century. McCray’s savage blues-rock guitar and warm, soulful vocals have drawn attention worldwide.

Larry McCray website
Doors: 9.30pm On Stage : 1.00am Sunday Night

Friday, Saturday and

Lazy Lester – Louisiana, Mississippi

performing with John Bruce

Through all of his influences and associations, Lester’s crafted a style as unique as his nickname. He calls it “swamp blues,” and it’s a mixture of blues, swamp pop and classic country. Lester says it’s a “down home” music without the additions and subtractions that other more urban-styled blues has included.

Lazy Lester website
Marquee in the lounge area: Friday & Saturday 10.30pm-11.30pm and Sunday 10pm – 11pm

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. Lazy Lester and John Bruce will entertain you at the bar area until the first main act comes on stage at11:30pm.

Ticket prices 2012: Friday: €20, Saturday: €20, Sunday: €20