2019 Acoustic Room 6-8 Sept
61 GHOSTS (US)
MARTIN HARLEY (UK)
JOHN FAIRHURST (UK)
CHRIS TAPLIN (N. IRL)
COLM SKWIRBAT (IRL)
(Schedule TBC )
Friday 6th Sept – 6-9pm
Saturday 7th Sept – 1-4pm
Sunday 8th Sept 1-4pm
Venue: St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Broad Rd., Monaghan Town
61 GHOSTS (Boston & Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA)
61 Ghosts are a duo of guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Joe Mazzari, and drummer/backup vocalist, Dixie Deadwood.
Dixie brought her bare-knuckle style of drumming, Joe Mazzari brought his gutter rock guitar, and gritty vocals that have a New York bite, to create 61 GHOSTS. Nevertheless, the gravity that attracted this unlikely duo, that are based out of the Northeast. 61 GHOSTS draw upon their own personal musical influences. Each had already honed a sound through years on the road.
Joe played with Johnny Thunders (post New York Dolls), fronted a handful of his own original rock bands, and recorded with Jimmy Miller who’d produced the Rolling Stones, Motorhead and Traffic.
Dixie travelled the world with legendary bluesman Leo ‘Bud’ Welch for three years performing between 20-30 festivals worldwide.
“I was happily surprised the first time I heard Dixie play behind Mr. Leo. Dixie has the ear for raw blues,” says bluesman, Cedric Burnside, grandson of the famed hill country blues artist R.L. Burnside.
The duo combine their passion and need to create a style of music all their own one that’s influenced by the urban streets and the restless spirits of the Mississippi Hills.
The 61 GHOSTS duo will be performing a special blues acoustic set for the festival.
Martin Harley (Guildford, UK)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.
The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’, released in February 2017 was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Harley’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.
Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz.
Martin Harley plays a 100 year old Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar) and is “rated the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – Weissenborn Exchange.
Guitarist Magazine says that, “Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” and his performances over the three days of the Harvest Blues Festival are much anticipated.
John Fairhurst (London, UK)
A masterful musician and songwriter, John Fairhurst is recognised as one of the most creative guitarists on the circuit. Drawing inspiration from fingerpicking maestros John Fahey, Bert Jansch and Leo Kottke, blues guitarists Robert Johnson, Bukka White and Mississippi Fred McDowell, African guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Moroccan Gnaoua music, Indian sarod and sitar masters K Sridhar and Ravi Shankar and more recently Christopher Paul Stelling and John Butler.
The London based Wigan native, Fairhurst has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for years. The result is an awe inspiring wall of sound rooted in his northern blues background with a gritty mournful deep-south attitude and a voice to carry it home.
With three independent releases under his belt, he garnered critical acclaim from the offset with The Guardian describing his 2008’s instrumental debut album ‘Joys of Spring’ as “Truly exquisite”.
Described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA, as “one of the top three Resonator Guitar players worldwide,” he is sure to go down well at the festival’s Acoustic Room.
Chris Taplin (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Chris Taplin is a young blues guitar player and singer from Belfast, heavily influenced by the blues masters. Chris started playing the guitar from the young age of 7 after hearing the blues for the first time and never looked back.
Chris has been performing in bars and clubs in the UK and Ireland playing his own style of blues, channelling inspiration from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rory Gallagher as heard in his original acoustic instrumental “Blues Shuffle”. Taplin plays with a very fast speed, a cutting tone, coupled with intricate slide work.
This young artist is one the best up and coming Blues artists around and is on the road to big things!
Colm Skwirbat (Dublin, Ireland)
Born in Dublin in 1997, Colm Skwirbat is carrying on the tradition of the old blues masters of the Mississippi Delta by playing the blues on his father’s homemade cigar-box guitars.
Skwirbat puts his own twist on old blues classics, while still capturing the raw feel and authenticity of the ‘20s and ‘30s bottleneck blues on his 1-string and 4-string guitars. These unusual instruments were built by his father out of otherwise mundane materials, such as a cigar-box, a dog bowl and a broomstick.
The young Dubliner is a bluesman of immense talent. He is a fine guitar player in the old blues masters style. His voice has the velvety feel of Buddy Holly, the rawness of Rory Gallagher and the honesty of Sonny Boy Williamson.
Colm Skwirbat is a rising star of that there is no doubt!
(A workshop on Cigar Box Guitars with his father Jurgen, takes place before the young artist’s performance. More info on festival workshops later).
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