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THE MARQUEE MAIN STAGE
Venue: THE MARQUEE MAIN STAGE, The Diamond, Monaghan
With their fresh approach to blues rock music, Wille and the Bandits have been assertively carving a place for themselves in Europe’s music scene, developing a reputation as one of the best live acts around.
The band were listed in the top ten must-see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and were personally invited to perform on the German TV show Rockpalast; a musical institution of global import. Essentially, Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues-rock three piece, much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience and like these bands are pushing at the boundaries of their genre. Wille and the Bandits take their sound way beyond what is expected of such a traditional lineup.
The band combines three talented and committed musicians who come from very different musical backgrounds. Wille’s exquisite slide guitar playing and powerful vocals are given perfect momentum with Andy’s innovative drumming, while virtuoso Matt, with his 6 string bass and double bass, adds a class and polish rarely seen in a Rock act. Throughout a performance the band can be seen playing a range of instruments, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes switching between various guitars, basses and percussion within the same song, giving the audience a complete performance which has seen the popularity of Wille and the Bandits grow at an exceptional rate.
Making their debut at the Harvest Time Blues Festival, and coming off their first US tour, Wille and the Bandits, are a must see!
Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen (Hamburg, Germany)
Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen is an award-winning Blues and Southern Rock band from Hamburg, Germany. The Deadmen are led by Jimmy Cornett, singer, guitarist and imaginative songwriter. Raised in the 1980s, Jimmy liked to be swayed by legends like Richie Havens, John Lee Hooker, Dion, Chuck Berry, Elvis, and Johnny Cash. His first experiences as a musician, saw him play at small clubs and cellar bars and of course on the street, which he feels so particularly connected. A boost to his career came in the early 1990s when he moved to Hamburg. As a member of various formations, but especially as a solo musician, he quickly became known far beyond the city limits. In 2007 he released his solo debut Rhythm Of Hells – Songs Of Angels History in which Cornett set the common story of the Hells Angels to musical legends such as Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams. By 2010, Cornett presented for the first time the cast of his new band, The Deadmen, with lead guitarist Dennis Adamus, drummer Claudia Lippmann and Frank Jäger as double bass player. In 2014, the second album, The Ride, was released and featured the beautiful ballad and new single ‘Guardian Light’. Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen is a high energy live act blending classic blues with fiery blues-rock along with soothing southern rock ballads. The band has headlined festivals across Germany and Europe with flying tours also to America. Jimmy Cornett is a biker enthusiast and his band has performed at big Harley-events. Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen with their boiling-hot brew of racy guitar riffs, gnarly grooves and bluesy-catchy melodies are a must see. In 2017, the band opened for ZZ Top in France. Their Harvest Time Blues gig on Friday, September 6, 2019, will be their first appearance in Ireland. Do not miss! Website: Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen and Facebook
Anthony Gomes (Toronto, Canada)
Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. Gomes’ new record Peace, Love & Loud Guitars, named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and Sound Guardian Magazine, is the culmination of a life spent honouring Blues traditions while never losing sight of his own identity. The Toronto born guitar slinger stands his ground as a creative artist and is eager to push the Blues back into the mainstream. “My goal is to keep the Blues fresh, exciting and even dangerous,” says Gomes. “I want to bring back the thrill longtime Bluesmen created in their day. At the same time, I think it’s very important for the music to grow and evolve.”
He has performed with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa, .38 Special, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Gomes recalled a conversation he had years ago with one of those legends. “B.B. King told me the Blues are like the laws of the land. They need to be amended to the times we live in,” Gomes said. “As an artist, it’s very exciting to think that the Blues can be just as ground-breaking today as it ever was.” Believing that music can inspire the human spirit, Anthony founded the Music Is the Medicine Foundation in 2010. This non-profit organisation is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music. Anthony Gomes has nothing left to prove while leaving all his passion on the table. Nonetheless, he continues striving to not only find the legendary “lost chord,” but the ultimate combinations of words, notes and performance. Looking for an actual 21st Century guitar hero? Here he is. The Harvest Time Blues Festival is delighted to welcome Anthony Gomes and his band for their very first performance in Ireland. High voltage blues is coming to Monaghan Town, Saturday 7th, 2019 – Be there! Website: Anthony Gomes and Facebook
Kenny Neal (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)
If you want to experience the “Real Deal”, take time out to find Kenny Neal. One of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognisant of the region’s venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions. Neal was born on October 14, 1957, in New Orleans. His dad, harpist Raful Neal, was a Baton Rouge blues mainstay whose pals included Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo (the latter gave three-year-old Kenny his first harmonica). At age 13, Neal was playing in his father’s band, and at 17, landed a job playing bass for Buddy Guy. The guitarist recruited some of his talented siblings to form the Neal Brothers Blues Band up in Toronto before returning stateside. In 1987, Kenny Neal cut his debut LP for Florida producer Bob Greenlee, an updated swamp feast initially released by Kingsnake Records as Bio on the Bayou. The following year, Alligator Records signed Neal and reissued the debut under the title Big News from Baton Rouge!! Young Neal was on his way. Neal’s sizzling guitar work, sturdy harp, and gravelly, aged-beyond-his-years vocals served him well, and he cut four albums for Alligator Records between 1989 and 1994. An acclaimed 1991 stint on Broadway in a production of Mule Bone found him performing acoustic versions of Langston Hughes’ poetry set to music by Taj Mahal. In 1998, Neal moved from Alligator to the blues division of the jazz-based Telarc Records, releasing three albums for the label: Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain (1998), What You Got (2000), and One Step Closer (2001).
In the new millennium, Neal recorded sets for a variety of independent labels, including Easy Meeting (a 2003 collaboration with Billy Branch), Double Take (2004, a one-shot return to Alligator), and A Tribute to Slim Harpo and Raful Neal (released in 2005 for True Life Entertainment). Three years later, Neal hooked up with Blind Pig Records and released Let Life Flow in 2008, once again incorporating his gritty Louisiana roots with a sophisticated Chicago/Memphis soul approach. A second Blind Pig release, Hooked on Your Love, appeared two years later in 2010. In 2015, Neal released his first holiday-themed album, I’ll Be Home for Christmas. It was his first album for Cleopatra Records, which also issued his critically acclaimed release, Bloodline in 2016. Kenny’s 2016 release, Bloodline, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and also won two 2017 Blues Music Awards – one for Best Contemporary Blues Album and the other for Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist. Kenny Neal, a true living blues Legend is THE REAL DEAL and more poised than ever to deliver the blues like no one else can! Harvest Times Blues is honoured to have Kenny Neal perform at this year’s festival. On Saturday 8th September will be the legends first show in Ireland in over a decade, and so most definitely, one to savour.
Website: Kenny Neal and Facebook
Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Grainne Duffy is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her roots, soul, blues, country and rock traditions. She is a seasoned artist and has been spending the last number of years touring in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Canada.
Some highlights thus far have included international leading festivals including three performances at Glastonbury. In 2015 Grainne was awarded winner in BM Writers Poll in the categories ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best Solo Artist’ in the UK. Grainne embarked on her 1st ever tour in Australia which included performances on the blues stage at Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland. She was also invited to Mahindra Blues Festival, India and joined Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Shemika Copeland onstage for the festival encore. 2016 and 2017 saw her back in the US recording with producer Justin Stanley and released her eagerly awaited the third album, ‘Where I Belong’.
Dom Martin is a 28 year old Belfast born singer/songwriter who has recently burst onto the UK scene amid high praise from those in the know with the release of his debut EP “Easy Way Out”. With his star ever rising, Martin has recently has been featured in live sessions on BBC Radio 6 Cerys Matthews blues show and BBC Radio 2. Dom Martin is increasing in demand on the Irish circuit, and at major festivals. The artist is currently in Red Box Studios in Belfast to record his debut album and has just completed a debut UK sell out tour (2019). Further UK tours are planned for Autumn 2019 and a European tour in Spring 2020. His influences include the likes of Rory Gallagher, Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Martin is an exceptional acoustic and resonator guitar player, and when you add his powerful yet soul-filled voice, a presence to match, it is little wonder that he is a rising star in the Blues world. Dom Martin will feature on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th at the Marquee Main Stage. He could turn out to be one of the stars of the festival. Website: Dom Martin and Facebook
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