2014 Harvest Blues Trail

Monaghan Rhythm and Blues Festival 2014

Hosted by 6 of the Best Hostileries (or Pubs to you & Me) in Monaghan Town

no cover charge at all to gain entry


Clara Rose – Ireland


clara-roseHailing all the way from County Monaghan, Clara Rose has been writing and performing her own brand of blues for 10 years. Following her critically acclaimed debut album “A Portfolio” (2010) and her successful collaborations with blues harmonica legend Don Baker, roots/blues artist Clara Rose has now released a new E.P “Queen of the Late Night Radio”, recorded live with her band. She is now ‘bringing it all back home’ with summer dates in Dublin (The Grand Social), The Limavady Blues Festival, 7 Hills Blues Festival (Armagh), The Electric Picnic AND of course, The Harvest Time Blues in her home county! Her full band sound is powerful, sassy & soulful and promises a live experience not to be missed!

Clara Roses’ Facebook page and Website

The Monaghan Blues Jam – Ireland

monaghan blues jamThe Creative Force Of Dez and his Gang who keep the flame of the Blues Going how’s it all going throughout the year. The Group that holds the Jam together have been working on this project for over 10 years now” We’ve had a lot of fun over the last 10 years, but as someone once said ‘the times are a changing’ so we’ll have to see what the future brings. To date musicians from all over Ireland, England, America & Europe have performed at our little Jam, so a BiG “Thank You” to all the Jammers, Audience & McKenna’s Brewery Bar for your support. We will

The Monaghan Blues Jams’ Facebook page

Crow Black Chicken – Ireland

crow black chickenOur Very good Friends and one of the Best Blues Rock Bands on the scene are back with us having journeyed through the Austrian Alps to get here. They have embarked on a gruelling tour with their New Album “ Rumble Shake”
Since forming in 2009, Crow Black Chicken have earned back-pats aplenty for their dirty southern blues sound. This power trio of Christy O Hanlon (Vocals, Guitar), Stephen McGrath (Bass) and Gev Barrett (Drums, backing vocals) combine elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov’t mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin to create their greasy no bullshit blues rock sound. 2014 sees the band release their second album “Rumble Shake”. Recorded in Dublin’s famous Westland studios (Bob Dylan, Horslips, Thin Lizzy,), mixed by George Reiff (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard) and featuring guest appearances from some of Irelands best blues musicians including Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Crow Black Chickens’ Facebook page

The Hardchargers – Ireland

hardchargers“Dirty Blues from Belfast”… Taking Blues/Roots/Rock into exciting mercenary territory from aggressive washboard/resonator driven Roots Music, to provocative raunchy roadhouse style Blues rock. The HardChargers have performed across the island of Ireland since 2009, performing at a stellar list of music & arts festivals, opening for US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Austrailia’s The Beards. A recent Belfast gig prompted the legendary Terri Hooley to describe them as “My kind of fecking band”
“This energetic trio happily gnaw at the roots of delta blues, showing no inhibition.The band provide a punishing sound. Described in their Irish homeland as ‘Dirty Blues from Belfast’ And who are we to argue! The band build a bridge between Delta-influenced acoustic blues and extremely tight rock guitar grooves, using Dobro, washboard and heavy guitar grooves create a unique picture.”

The Hardchargers’ Website and Facebook page

The Rockets – Ireland)

The RocketsThe Rockets are a 5 piece band from Dublin with a love of all things Beatles, and in particular 1950’s Rock N Roll and Rockabilly.
If you love Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Elvis and the rest, and in particular if you love your Rock N Roll faster than a Formula One car, and louder than a 747 coming into land, then dont miss the Rockets live on stage

The Rockets’ website and Facebook page

The Revolutionaires – England

The-Revolutionaires-1Scorching a trail across the live music venues of the land is this sizzlin’ hot 1950’s R&B combo…The Revolutionaires!

Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.
Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown, but have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.
Over the last decade The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene.
They have toured extensively both home and abroad

Website     Facebook Page

The Ronnie Greer Band – Ireland

ronnie greerOne of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, Ronnie Greer is also one of its favourite performers. 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 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.

Ronnie  has been, I confidently assert,the greatest blues guitarist in Ireland,since the 70′s,when he made his name playing in the legendary Jim Daly Blues Band, who often backed the likes of Dr John and Lowell Fulson. So why on earth did he wait until he was sixty-two before recording his studio album  A Lifetime […]  R2 RocknReel Magazine

Ronnie Greer – Vocals and Guitar. Alan Hunter – Bass and Vocals. Colm Fitzpatrick – Drums.Anthony Toner – Vocals and Guitar.

Ronnie Greer website

The Juke Joints – The Netherlands

jukes jointsThis Dutch Blues Rock sensation are known for the full-power gigs, with an exciting mix of rockabilly, rock&roll, Blues & zydeco , They
shared stages with the best that blues has to offer , Kim Wilson Band, Buddy Guy, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, The Paladins, Walter Trout, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers,
The Nighthawks, Jim Shuler, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood , Roomful of Blues, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Joe Bonamassa , Johnny Winter……..
After 26 years, 11 albums and an unimaginable number of blistering shows, the Juke Joints, masters of rock rollin’ blues, have succeeded in stretching their limits with undoubtedly their best and most diverse album so far. A highly diverse album it has become indeed, which is to be released worldwide and which should win The Juke Joints global recognition as one of the most energetic rock rollin’ blues bands around.

The Juke Joints’ Facebook page

TrickBag – Sweden

trickbagTrickbag are  regarded one of The top European Acts on the Blues scene and is known for being one of the best back-up bands in the business touring with Blues artists such as: James Harman, Kid Ramos, John Németh, Barrelhouse Chuck, Gene Taylor, West Weston etc…
For over 17 years now TRICKBAG has amazed audiences all over Scandinavia, Europe & the US with their Energetic, Explosive Live shows and 5 full-length CDs all containing original songs…
Trickbag has also shared stages with stars like: Kim Wilson, James Harman, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, John Németh, RJ Mischo, Jackie Payne, Barrelhouse Chuck, West Weston, Gene Taylor, Sven Zetterberg, Rick Holmstrom, Kirk Fletcher, Earl Thomas, Little George Sueref, John Primer, Bob Corritore, etc etc…

TrickBags’ facebook page