2012 Harvest Blues Acoustic Room

All The Artists will appear at the Market House in the Acoustic Room

Afternoon , Evening and Nightime shows, finished by 11pm


Be sure to check out the Harvest Blues Booklet available at the event


Kris Dolimore

chrisdolimoreKris’s guitar skills have always been admired in whichever genre he has played. Now those skills are honed to perfection and they need to be, he has chosen a field where his playing is at its most exposed. A man, a guitar and a voice; no room for error and nowhere to hide. With a largely acoustic repertoire, precision playing is expected and delivered.

During a career in music, spanning more than four decades, Kris Dollimore has graced some of the world’s greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists including The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and Del Amitri. He can also include Johnny Depp, David Bowie and Chrissie Hynde amongst his many admirers.

Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist seven years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Europe. He has released three solo albums to date, all receiving great critical acclaim.

Please visit Kris Dolimores’ website and their Facebook page.
Playing  : Saturday 7th: 1-4pm & 7-10pm and Sunday 8th: 1-4pm & 6-9pm

Kelly Joe Phelps – Vancouver

kelly joeSince his debut album ‘Lead Me On’, came out in 1994, the Pacific Northwest based singer and songwriter has written and performed some of the most compelling slide guitar based music ever recorded. Though he spent his early years playing free jazz, he has never strayed too far from the roots music world that has become his passion. “I’d spent all this time learning improvisational music, but I’d always had an attraction to folk based music forms. So, I was listening to a lot of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and some of the newer people like Leo Kottke and John Fahey. My music is a reflection of all the music I loved and steeped myself in. There’s a space and openness in rural music that makes sense to me.” Playing a lap slide in a style that both evoked the sounds of the ancients and pointed towards new possibilities for the instrument, Kelly Joe’s music seemed to originate in another time as he sang with the voice of an old soul, weary with experience, yet excited with all of the prospects that life brings.

Kelly Joe Phelps plays, sings, and writes the blues. HOLD UP before you lock that in – forget about songs in a twelve bar three chord progression with a two line repeat and answer rhyme structure – though he can certainly do that when he wants to. I’m talking about a feeling, a smoky, lonesome, painful – yet somehow comforting groove that lets you know that you are not alone – even when you’re blue. Play on brother.” – Steve Earle

I first became aware of Kelly Joe Phelps when my daughter (who was 9 or 10 at the time) brought home a cd (‘Lead Me On’) from the Vancouver Folk Festival. “You might like this, Dad” she said. Boy was she right. I’ve heard Kelly Joe mention that he’s been inspired by people like Roscoe Holcomb, Robert Pete Williams, Dock Boggs, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and others. He seems to have absorbed all this (and all kinds of other stuff as well) and come back with something all his own. Sounds like he’s coming from the inside out. The bottom up. He’s not just playing ‘AT’ the music or trying to recreate or imitate something that’s happened in the past. He seems to have tapped into the artery somehow. There’s a lot going on in between and behind the notes. Mystery. He’s been an inspiration to me.” – Bill Frisell

When I heard Kelly Joe the first time, I was amazed how it all made so much sense. His music is a wide world with three hundred and sixty degrees of influence…. Kelly Joe is a musical slight of hand master. He pulls world wide sounds out of his guitar.”  – Tim O’Brien

Please visit Kelly Joe Phelps website and their Facebook page.

Playing  : Friday 6th: 7-10pm, Saturday 7th: 1-4pm &  Sunday 8th: 1-4pm & 6-9pm

Blind Boy Paxton

JerronPaxtonbanjoJerron Paxton comes across not as a young man in his early twenties , but he impresses with incisive understanding and wisdom far beyond his age. “I am a songster. I am not limited to the blues. I sing and play ballads, banjo tunes, fiddle tunes, rags and more.” he told thecountryblues.com. “For me, music is not an academic experiment. I play it the way I feel like it, because it should be an expression of how I see things. I am just learning to have a good time so that the audience can have a good time. Music shouldn’t be forced. It’s upsetting to me that so much music is technique, just skill and not enough feeling. I am happy to play so that the audience feels like I am in their living room. I want people to be enjoying themselves.”

Jerron Paxton masters multiple blues styles and picks like Blind Blake. He feels home in the Piedmont tradition with its ragtime influence. Country blues fans will pick up on Blind Boy Fuller, Gary Davis, but also on the swampy blues of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. He digs deep in the archives of the country blues, from Furry Lewis to Texas Alexander. On the piano he can remind you of Fats Waller, although he cites James P. Johnson and Lucky Robinson as influences.. He is often cited to have said that at the age of fifteen– about the time he started to go blind– that he just didn’t like anything written after 1934. He raised himself on 78s. Sound familiar?

Please visit Blind Boy Paxton website and their Facebook page.
On Stage : Friday 6th: 7-10pm, Saturday 7th: 7-10pm and Sunday 8th: 1-4pm

The Lost Brothers – Ireland

lost-boys-picThe Lost Brothers first met in an old dusty library in Liverpool, England in 2007. From their first encounter, they noticed they had a lot in common. They both come from Ireland (Oisin Leech from Navan, Mark McCausland from Omagh), and having both come from musical families, they had both played in various bands since a young age and had now come to Liverpool to seek a brighter future. The pair shared the same love of music (from the Carter Family to Sam Cooke, Mississippi John Hurt to Dion and the Bellmonts, Phil Spector to the Louvin Brothers, the Impressions to Van Morrison), and before long, were jamming together in the dive bars of Liverpool when not on the road with their bands. The pair were regular faces on the Liverpool music scene and when together, people began to call them, The Lost Brothers…

“Irish duo the Lost Brothers offered exceptional interplay between their acoustic guitars, building from deceptively simple folk structures with tight paired harmonies from their recent The Passing of the Night, while their cover of “Moon River” reinforced their affable Simon & Garfunkel style.” – THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE,DOUG FREEMAN MARCH 15TH 2013

Please visit The lost brothers website and their Facebook page.

2013 Harvest Blues Main Stage

Early bird tickets June 2013

On The main Stage in The late night marquee  Tickets €20(euro) pernight or €50 for all three,
doors open 10.30pm and music until 3am


Be sure to check out the Harvest Blues Booklet available at the event

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The Bernard Allison Group

The Bernard Allison Group

It’s obvious that Bernard has inherited Luther’s knack for igniting audiences; but he’s no clone of his famous father. He is definitely blazing his own path with a style that reflects a unique mix of traditional and modern influences. The Allison torch has been passed, and it’s clear that Bernard takes his role as its bearer very seriously. He’s assumed the challenge of keeping the blues alive and growing – a commitment he renews every time he takes the stage.
Please visit Bernard Allisons website

Playing :Sunday 01:00am until 2:30am

Gráinne Duffy

grainne“Grainne Duffy is a unique talent. She is both raw and powerful, edgy and elegant.  She gained exposure at an early age to such defining influential artists as The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders by raiding her elder sisters record collection and very soon she was developing her own musical tastes. This began when she heard the subtle playing of Peter Green on such songs as ‘Need your Love so Bad’ and ‘Albatross’ which was to pave the way for Grainne to start listening to other guitarists such as B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and of course Rory Gallagher. Such a fascination lead to Grainne picking up the guitar and beginning what was to be just the start of her journey. All the while she had been developing her vocal ability by singing in her local church choir and listening to artists as diverse Aretha Franklin, Linda Rondstat and Bonnie Raitt to name but a few.”

“Her wonderful mix of blues rock and soul in her original material and her treatment of a few carefully selected standards charged with true emotion and feeling can win over any audience and leave them begging for more. With her passion which no one can deny when they hear her sing, with her emotion which no one can ignore when hear her play and with her unique presence which is hard to express in words when you see her perform it is difficult to imagine what the future will have in store for Grainne Duffy. It is not often a rare honest talent like this comes along but when it does it is instantly recognisable and must be appreciated”.

Extract taken from the Lintonfestival.org

Please visit Grainne Duffy’s website and their Facebook page.

Playing : Friday 6th @ 11.30pm – 01.00am

The Nimmo Brothers – Glasgow 

nimmo-brosTHE BAND to be reckoned with on the blues scene. Musically stunning, they never fail to impress audience after audience with their show. So with seventeen years performing together and five successful CD releases behind them, Stevie and Alan Nimmo, The Nimmo Brothers, are back to their roots with the new CD, ‘Brother to Brother’.

Arguably they have written their best songs to date, influenced by “everything we’ve ever listened to over the past 20 years”. Recorded in Austin, Texas, with Jamie Oldaker (Eric Clapton) on drums; Michael Ramos (Robert Plant, John Mellencamp, Paul Simon and Los Lonely Boys) on Hammond organ; Bill Whitbeck (Robert Earl Keen) and Jimmy Pettit (Joe Ely Band) on bass guitar.

From the seventies blues rock sounds of Free and Thin Lizzy to the more modern hard rocking of Nickelback and Thunder, there’s something for every classic rock fan in this latest opus of fine, original material as well as a couple of handpicked covers as a “tip of the hat” to the writers they have respected, admired and learned from over the years.

Please visit Armadilo Music page website and their Facebook page.

Playing : Saturday 7th @ 01.30am

Moreland & Arbuckle – Wichita, Kansas

Moreland & ArbuckleGuitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle have spent over a decade exploring the edges of American roots music. In the process, Moreland & Arbuckle have forged a relentless and haunting sound that merges Delta blues, folk, rock, traditional country, soul and numerous other echoes and murmurs from an infinitely layered musical narrative that spans more than a century.

Moreland & Arbuckle built on that solid foundation with the August 2011 release of Just A Dream. Featuring a guest appearance by legendary soul guitarist Steve Cropper, the 12-song set is a showcase for Moreland’s dynamic and compelling guitar work and Arbuckle’s emotionally charged vocals and edgy harp.
On July 30, 2013, Moreland & Arbuckle, along with new drummer Kendall Newby, are set to release 7 Cities, their most ambitious work ever. Teamed for the first time with Seattle-based producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, the Sword) and recorded in Stone Gossard’s studio, the album tells the story of Spanish explorer Coronado and his fabled search for the seven cities of gold in the Kansas plains, not far from where the band lives. The sounds of 7 Cities include vintage rock (“Kow Tow”) and twang (“The Devil and Me”), along with a few barnburners (“Tall Boogie,” “Road Blind”) and a surprising version of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” all of it rooted in the spirit of the Delta blues.

“It’s hard to say exactly what we are and what we do,” says Arbuckle. “Blues is definitely at the core, but we’re huge fans of all sorts of American music, and all of that comes through as well. Obviously, there are elements of traditional country in what we do, elements of vintage rock and roll, soul and all that sort of stuff. We always try to stay grounded in that traditional blues center, and at the same time branch out and do as many different things as we can while still keeping it consistent with the sound we’ve developed.”

Please visit Moreland & Arbuckle website and their Facebook page.

Playing : Sunday 8th @ 11pm

Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-DeVilles – Georgia

Hot Rod Walt“Hot Rod Walt” aka Walt Richards, was born in 1966. Lived the first half of his life in the very rural town of Beemerville New Jersey. Moved to North Port Florida in 1989. In 2006,moved to the Atlanta area where the music scene is huge and the southern hospitality is overwhelming. Not only does he play guitar and sing in the Psycho-DeVilles, but works on custom cars and motorcycles. Does hand pinstriping and really just about anything you can imagine on a car or bike.

Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVilles was formed in 2002. They have released 5 CDs… “Out of the garage and onto the street”, “Psycho Cadillac”, “Supercharger”, “Night Prowler” and “Rockabilly Rodeo” which is Hot Rod Walt’s nineth full length Cd overall, having had a few bands in the past as well. He takes pride in recording only original music and has about 200 original songs to his name. And takes pride in playing nothing but Gretsch guitars…….. Nothing else compares. Hot Rod Walt shares the stage with two talented and loyal musicians. Buford T Ogletre Steve “Burnout” Barnett the hard hittin’ punk rock drummer that never runs out of energy.

Together the Psycho-DeVilles perform a super high energy show. Singing songs about hot rod cars and mean women…………….

Please visit Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-DeVilles website and their Facebook page.

Playing : Friday 6th @ 1.30am

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – California

RiverWoodAOne day back in 1970, a 20-year-old Rick Estrin had the opportunity to play harmonica with Muddy Waters and his band at the Sutherland Hotel at 47th and Drexel on Chicago’s South Side. During the break, Muddy called Estrin over, shook his finger in his face, and shouted, “You outta sight, boy! You got that sound, boy! You play like a man, boy!”

Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world today. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. The Associated Press called his harp playing “endlessly impressive.” The great guitarist Robert Lockwood, Jr. (who was schooled by Robert Johnson and who played on most of Little Walter’s Chess recordings) told Estrin, “Little Walter would be very proud of you.” His award-winning original songs have been favorably compared with those of Willie Dixon and the team of Leiber and Stoller. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home.

Please visit Rick Estrin and The Nightcats website and their Facebook page.

Playing : Saturday 7th @ 11.30pm

Little Jimmy reed – Alabama Bluesman

litle jimmyLil Jimmy Reed has done opening acts and performed with well known artists such as, (USA) – Bobby Blue Bland, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Marvin Sease, Shirley Murdock, Clarence Carter, Rafel Neal and Family, Lyn White, Tabby Thomas, The Love Doctor, Billy Soul Bonds, Willie Clayton; (UK) – Otis Grand (2006); (Iceland) –  Andrea og Bluesman; (Denmark)-  Troels Jenson to HpLange; (Sweden) – Sven Zetterberg Bluesband, Harry Banks Buzzers, Paul & The Blue Delivery (Finland) – Pepe Ahqvist and many more would be a much appreciated reality.
His accomplishments have been recording his own 45 record, and CD’s.  Leon also continues to enjoy playing, and performing for various shows, Blues and Jazz concerts, schools, parties, weddings, promotional events, and many more.  Leon has also entertained many in the political arena including Gov. Don Seigelman or Alabama.  He has also made appearances on the Ann Varmun Morning Show – Dothan, AL.  In 1995, the Alabama Blue Society presented Leon with the Alabama Blue Treasure Award. The Alabama Blues Project is dedicated to helping provide a support for the lesser known bluesmen and women living and performing regularly in Alabama.  Leon has also played for many of the festivals around the South including the New Orleans Jazz and heritage Festivals, The Tampa Florida Blues Ship and many small and local clubs in Europe and Korea.
Lil Jimmy Reed continues to play as states “it just get better with time!!”.

Please visit Lil Jimmy Reed website and their Facebook page.

Also joined by
Bob Hall & Hilary Blythe, Piano & Bass – england

Bob HallA veteran of folk festivals from Cambridge to Philadelphia, and blues festivals from San Francisco to The North Sea, Holland, Bob’s lifetime of music and passion for the minutiae of American folk and blues history has left him with a host of stories, some true and some apocryphal, all introduced in his own inimitable style. His partner, Hilary Blythe, joins him throughout, adding her propulsive bass and superb folk-blues and gospel vocals. Their varied show also includes American folk songs played on guitar (Hilary) and mandolin (Bob). Latest album “What Goes Round” on SPV Records.

“his name is synonymous with myth, legend, and greatness.” All Music Guide
“Surely the finest of the British blues and boogie pianists – with a flair for imaginative lyrics.” Blues and Rhythm
“A master of the austere arts of blues and boogie woogie piano” The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings

Please visit Bob Hall & Hilary Blythe website and their Facebook page.

and our own Gavin Taylor on Drums


Performing : for the 3 Nights ( In the lounge area of the Marquue 10:30pm-11:30pm) except sunday 10:00pm -11:00pm )

2013 Monaghan Harvest Blues

Monaghan Rhythm and Blues Festival
Septmeber 6/7/8 2013

Check out the 2nd and final list of acts below

in our 18th Edition of the Festival



Watch great moments
from Last years Festval 2012


2012 Harvest Blues Acoustic Room


Steve James – Texas

Steve JamesJames plays a National steel guitar, mandolin, and the banjo, having become fixated, as an adolescent, on blues music. As a teenager in New York City, James listened to his father’s record collection, which included recordings from Lead Belly, Josh White, and Meade “Lux” Lewis. Following relocation to Tennessee, he met both Sam McGee and Furry Lewis. In 1977, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and played along with various musicians including Bo Diddley, John P. Hammond and Dave Van Ronk.

Please visit Steve James website

**Due to a tour cancellation, we regret to inform you that Brooks Williams will not feature at this years’ festival. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.**

Brooks Williams – Statesboro Georgia USA

Marquise Knox

Marquise is an immediate crowd favorite.  His obvious talent along with his deep knowledge of the Blues and vast respect for his elders made it clear Marquise had something special.

Knox’s debut album MANCHILD was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. The album was recorded when he was 16, in two nights, during an ice storm in a church with the world renowned Michael Burks and his band. There is even a song called Ice Storm on the album. The release received worldwide acclaim, including Living Blues’ Best Debut Artist Award and a Blues Music Award nomination for Best Debut Artist. Marquise then recorded a direct-to-disc album while in town for the next year’s Crossroads.

Marquise recently released his third album, Here I Am, once again recorded at the legendary Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. It features Marquise and his band, with a little help from Wayne Sharp of Michael Burk’s band sitting in on B-3 and piano. Nine originals, and three reverent covers of Marquise’s favorite Muddy Waters tunes.

I think this excerpt from Here I Am’s liner notes says it best. “When you listen to Marquise – 19 years old when he recorded this title – you get the sense that this is what those masters must have sounded like as young men. Marquise’s blues are so transparent and bare. It’s so easy to feel his music as totally legitimate. That’s above all what makes it so appealing. That’s what makes Marquise Knox special. He’s the whole package. A throwback blues master on the rise. Anybody believe in reincarnation?”