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2008 Harvest Blues Trail

The Blues Trail at 8 Pub Venues in Town

Some of the acts performing at the blues trail this year are:

Blues Time Table

The Blues Trail Promo Video 2007 as part of the Harvest Blues Music Festival


King King featuring Alan Nimmo, Glasgow myspace pageAlan Nimmo is regarded as one of the “finest exponents of blues guitar in Europe”, This 4 piece electric blues band are influenced by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Red Devils, Ronnie Earl and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Their passion for blues is obvious every time they take to the stage, do not tamper with your seatbelts


Doctor Brown & The Groovecats, Newcastle, England

Catch these guys if West Coast swing blues lights your candle. These guys are slick, look great, and as tight as a nut.


Tantrum, Lancaster, England www.tantrumrockinblues.co.uk

With an average age of just 20 it’s hard to believe they play with an energy and ability that creates an excitement and maturity that sets them apart from their contemporaries.


Cadillac Kings, England, www.cadillackings.co.uk

Breath-taking West Coast swing, they play music inspired by the sounds & styles of the ‘40s & ‘50s. A mix of mostly original songs with a few well-chosen covers from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Roy Brown & Champion Jack Dupree.


Robin BiBi Band, London, www.robinbibiband.co.uk

Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in this Band’s own feel-good concoction. Above all, the Band’s aim is to give their audience a night to remember.


Arthur Ebeling Band, the Netherlands www.arthurebeling.nl

A catchy mix between rhythm & blues, rock ‘n roll, country-blues – in a jazzy sauce. With Ray Charleshe shares his soul, with Tom Waits his rawness and with Eddie Cochran his rock ‘n roll.


The Ronnie Greer Band, Ireland myspace page

One of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, a superb blues and jazz guitarist, his fingers have added passion and fire to some of the greatest blues bands in the country.Ronnie has shared the stage with some of the big names in the business… Dr. John, Lowell Fulson, Phil Guy, Johnny Mars, Philip Walker & Johnny Dyer…


Gráinne Duffy band, Monaghan grainneduffy.com

Grainne plays the blues like a seasoned relative of BB King or Bonnie Raitt. “Bluesy Americana from Ireland with genuine worldwide potential. She has a husky voice and plays a mean blues guitar.” She is not long back from performing in Glastonbury


Rab “Coolhand” McCullough Band, Belfast

Master blues guitarist, who has been one of the central figures of the Belfast blues scene since the mid-sixties. His irresistible combination of Irish and American blues is helping to redefine contemporary blues music


Hollywood Slim & the Fat Cats, Dublin hollywoodslimandthefatcats.com

Drawing mainly from the West Coast blues style, Slim takes his Little Walter-inspired Mississippi saxophone right over to Chicago, then west to California, wailing up an unholy storm along the way. They swing resolutely throughout while their ace guitarist sets pulses racing with fiery T-Bone Walker/B.B. King-inspired licks.


The Blues Jam, Monaghan myspace page

They run the Blues Jam in Mc Kenna’s Bar on the last Thursday of every month. It’s been running now since 2003. There will be a “House Band” to start things off; you never know who is going to be there. It could be you!! Des will be your host and MC.


Brixton Hill Billies, London myspace page

They play a crossover of country rock and blues and have played in lots of Irish pub venues in London including a support slot for Alabama 3 and Eric Bell.


The Ben Reel band, Monaghan www.benreel.com

A mix of everything that is great in music, a unique soulful, spiritual, groovy sound, described as the middle ground between Rock&Jazz. The have developed a kinda chilled out rootsie Americana westcoast feel.

No festival can be complete without the support from the publican’s venues in town who are the partners in bringing this festival together. Access to any of these venues is free of charge and performance times may vary from venue to venue. Nearly 40 gigs will be played at these venues by the time we head to work on Monday 8th

List of Pubs are:

The Shamrock Bar, The Town Hall suite at the Westenra Hotel, The Squealing Pig Bar & Restaurant, The Anchor Bar, An Poc Fada bar & beer garden, The Brewery Bar, Terry’s Bar & Lounge,Master Deery’s Bar & Restaurant

2008 Harvest Blues Acoustic Room

The Acoustic Venue, The Market House

Doug McLeod


“Now there’s a man who can really play the blues.” – David Honeyboy Edwards

Doug MacLeod (St Louis, MO) is one of the last remaining Bluesmen who learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life, and now continues to carry forward that valuable tradition.

Baton Rouge


It’s simply the Mississippi Delta Blues passion that brings together Mario, Marco & Stefano (Varese, Italy). They play music from The Blues masters, by the likes of Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf, Sleepy john Estes and the great Robert Johnson.

Jack Lawrence & Tony Williamson

tony lawrence


Jack’s style is eclectic, encompassing Americana, blues, bluegrass and “sophisticated folk.” Jack Lawrence (Charlotte, NC) is highly regarded in his most prominent role as the partner to Doc Watson.

Mandolin virtuoso Tony Williamson (Silver City, NC) sure can play, and what he doesn’t know about mandolins, nobody does.

Marc Stone & Christof Waibel





Marc Stone’s (New Orleans) experience playing zydeco in the bands of C.J. Chenier, Dwayne Dopsie and Terrance Simien brings a hard-edged, rhythmic flow that keeps his blues from dragging too much tail.

Christof Weibel (Germany) on piano seems to be his soul mate, there is only one word for what the two of them present the audience: Brilliant!

The Acoustic Venue will be held in the Market House, in the centre of town.

The cost into the Market House will be €10 on Friday and €12 each on Saturday and Sunday ; your ticket can then be used as a 50% discount into the Marquee that night only. The performance times will vary from day to day, however, they will end at 10pm to facilitate those who wish to head to the Blues Trail or mosey on down to the Marquee.

2008 Programme

2008 Harvest Blues Mainstage

Mainstage -The Headline Acts

Earl Thomas with The Paddy Milner Band, Tennessee/California


Earl Thomas grew up listening to Bobby Blue Bland, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, all the Stax records, the artists and repertoire that he refers to as “the language of our people”

Earl has a downhome sound coupled with a sophisticated delivery that caused legendary producer Jerry Wexler to note, “He’s got the goods.” His songs have been recorded by Etta James, Solomon Burke andScreamin’ Jay Hawkins, Peter Green & Tom Jones

Earl Thomas comes to Monaghan with his 8 piece band of pure Soul that underscores his established ability as a songwriter but, more importantly, as a consummate singer. He’s been wowing audiences on the west coast and on the festival circuit in Europe. He’s performed at top music festivals including the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, has released eleven critically acclaimed cds, and has songs currently in two feature films. With his direct approach that is one part Sam Cooke, one part Otis Redding, one part Al Green and ten parts Earl Thomas.

Earl will be playing on Friday

Paddy Milner’s website and MySpace page

Mitch Woods & the Big Easy Boogie, West Coast & New Orleans
featuring original members of Fats Domino’s band


Featuring some of the original members of the Fats Domino band,Pianist/vocalist Mitch Woods brings together an unsung inner circle of Rock’n’Roll royalty, the original members of the Fats Domino band,Herb Hardesty and the Blue Monday Horns, Jimmy Moliere on guitar and Wendell Brunious on trumpet. The sound is true to the roots of New Orleans R&B. It is vintage rock’ n’ roll and boogieinspired by New Orleans piano greats Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and Little Richard. Performed in Mitch’s joyous entertaining style, it makes you feel like you are not only in the audience but on stage with him having a ball!  This band features the architects of American music, the veritable founding fathers of Rock’n’Roll who laid the musical bedrock at J&M Studios in New Orleans in the early 50s that launched so many stars.

if it’s legitimate roots and Soul music from N’awlins that’s your passion, step right up for here it is,…by Woods and company.” –Blues Wax.

Mitch will be playing on Saturday

Walter Trout & The Radicals, Ocean City/New Jersey


Trout is one of those special players whose tone has an undeniable presence and immediacy… like Eric Clapton”…. “He is a torrential gladitorial guitar player – the kind the term ‘guitar hero’ was coined to describe” L.A. Times,

Walter Trout developed into an ace sideman playing with Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, and Percy Mayfield. Trout often teamed with Hammond B3 wizard Deacon Jones and the apprenticeship continued in the bands of John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thorton and Joe Tex. To label Walter Trout’s music is to limit it. His music speaks to your soul, warms your heart and has your foot tapping. Truly tantalizing sounds on par with those infamous Eric Clapton licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan riffs are testament to Trout’s talent. He brings the Blues to life and invigorates Rock in a manner all too rare these days.

Walter will be playing on Sunday

Supporting the Headline Acts


Elliott & the Untouchables, South Carolina


“This veteran outfit makes all the right moves, navigating swing, jump blues and plain low-down and dirty with grace and chops.” Blues Access
This band, from Columbia, SC, is the “real deal”… authentic, vintage blues. From jumpin’ west coast swing numbers to burnin’ slow blues and nasty slide guitar workouts. The Untouchables’ repertoire is as diverse and powerful as the blues itself.

Elliot & The Untouchables bring with them their new album “Voodoo Stew” a brilliant collection of all-original material that showcases the Untouchables music by branching out from swingin’ jump tunes to some Mississippi swamp blues.

The band will be playing on Friday.


Doug Jay & the Blues Jays, Washington DC & Europe


Inspired by the sounds of the 40s, 50s & 60s, the band performs a unique mix of vintage R&B, Rock’n’Roll, blues and soul music. Doug Jay’s harmonica virtuosity has few equals, ringing the maximum emotion from this tiny instrument in atmospheric performances drawn from the repertoires ofWalter, Muddy Magic Sam, Little Willie John and B.B. King”.Jay is a seasoned harp-blower with old-school veins that run hot his band provides the necessary racket to complement this lowdown blowdown.

Doug will be playing Saturday.

Sherman Robertson, Louisiana/Texas & Blues Move, England


Sherman Robertson is considered a master of Zydeco, hard-swinging Texas electric blues, R&B andswampy Louisiana blues… “I use that driving, road-cooking type zydeco groove, and put blues on top of it,”

“Sherman Robertson’s live shows are the most spellbinding musical experience I’ve ever witnessed sinceLuther Allison. The perfect blend of blues, Soul and Rock delivered with unparalleled passion.”“Sherman deserves to have his name added to the short list of the finest musicians who play electric blues.” . “Some of the best Texas soul-blues anyone could hope for, potent singing and sizzling guitar, he is one of the most important artists in blues.” – Blues Revue  

Sherman will be playing Sunday.


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. A band from the blues trail will entertain you at the bar area until the first main act comes on stage at 11pm.


Ticket prices:

  • €22 each night on Friday and Sunday.
  • €25 on Saturday.
  • Season Tickets will be €55.
  • no hidden charges