2016 Harvest Blues Trail

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The HardChargers Ireland

The-HardchargersThe Hardchargers do exactly what it says on the tin – deliciously irreverent dirty roots blues. It’s raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest, ranging from aggressive down-home washboard/resonator/acoustic bass workouts, to a provocative blend of Mississippi Delta style Blues and raunchy Texan Roadhouse Rock. “They’re magnificent! All the right things in all the right places, a joyous rumblethump beat, raw and syncopated and doused in the cranky old methods of Clarksdale and Chicago”




Please visit The HardChargers’s on You tube and their Facebook page.

Crow Black Chicken Ireland

crowblackchickenOur 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.




Please visit Crow Black Chicken’s Facebook page.

Clara Rose Monaghan

clara-roseShe’s the songstress of rockin’ blues, saviour of rootsy folk and has a voice that can make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. She has been writing and performing her original music for 10 years. With acoustic guitar in hand Clara has shared stages with Celtic legends such as: The Horslips, the late Henry McCullough, The Waterboys, Eleanor McEvoy, John Spillane, Jack L and more recently has released an album with blues legend; Don Baker. She is a mesmerising performer whose voice “soars and swoops with the ease of an opera star running through her scales” (Eamon Carr – Dubliner Magazine).




Please visit Clara Rose’s website and her Facebook page.

Leo ‘Bud’ Welch – Bruce, Mississippi

lLeo-Bud-WelchLeo is proof to never give up on your dreams. Two years ago, no one outside of Bruce, Mississippi knew Leo “Bud” Welch. Today, he’s recognized as one of the last remaining Mississippi Delta bluesmen. He plays fingerstyle on a bright pink guitar, and he sings with a clear and strong voice, belying his age – which is 84! His audience consisted of family, friends and churches. And in fact it was through the church that he found the name of his latest album. When he told his preacher he was cutting an album of authentic Delta blues music, the man replied, “I don’t prefer no blues.” That must have sounded good enough to Bud. It only takes a few seconds into this album to understand that this cat is the real deal. Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders and Joey Ramone may get the lion’s share of ink for being influential punk rockers, but those dudes can’t hold a candle to Welch, who was ‘punk’ long before birth was ever given to the term in a musical context. Welch does things for himself, they way he wants to – and if you like it, great; if you don’t, that’s just tough.



Please visit Leo ‘Bud’ Welch’s website

Rusty Jacks – Derry, Northern Ireland

rusty-jacksTaking their influences from their love of America’s Deep South Blues and adding their own Irish twist, the lads created a fantastic album, which they are proud of. Covering all aspects of the ‘Southern Blues’ genre, they have produced ten fabulous original songs and added two old classics. Steaming hot guitars, haunting slide guitar, thundering rhythm section, rasping gravelly vocals and a sprinkling of harmonica licks, this album has something for everyone.



Please visit Rusty Jack’s website and their Facebook page.

Gavin Povey Band – Wicklow, Ireland

Gavin-bandHe’s played with everyone from Van to Finbar, from Steve Cropper to Shakin’ Stevens – yep, piano players don’t come much more rock’n’roll than Gavin Povey, who’s bringing his fabulously-named New Orleans fiends The Fabulous Oke-She-Moke-She-Pops to the Harvest Time Blues Festival – Awopbopaloobop-awopbamBOOM!




Please visit Gavin Povey’s website and their Facebook page.

Glas (South Wales)

glasTo capture the vibe and feel of classic blues, rock and roll, country, and R&B in a modern and contemporary way is no mean feat. Step forward GLAS, a three piece band from S Wales. Featuring a combined collective of talent that has seen them share stages with the likes of The Groundhogs, Deke Leonard, Leo ‘Bud’ Welch, Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers, The Spellkasters, and Gerry Mcavoy’s Band Of Friends, John Otway, Larry miller, GLAS have exploded onto the blues and rock ‘n’ roll scene with their upcoming new album. Fronted by Dai John on vocals and bass, with the in-the-pocket drums of Huw Hannan, and lead guitar of James Oliver, the band are one of the busiest in the UK playing many clubs and festivals and their new album set for release its going to be another great year for Glas.



Please visit Glas’ website and their Facebook page.

Bourbon Swing Jazz Band (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

“The Bourbon Swing Jazz Band, Ireland,s top New Orleans Dixieland Band This band literally transports you to New Orleans for their entire performance, just lay back in your seat if you can and shut your eyes they do the rest,. Their swinging rhythms infectious melodies soulful sounds of the New Orleans delta blues are sure to keep your hands clapping and your toes tapping all night long. These experienced musicians have interpreted the unique New Orleans sound of the early years for todays jazz lovers listening and dancing pleasure, a high calibre line up, not one to be missed.”

“Under the leadership of Bill Cheney (trumpet), the band stays faithful to the tradition of the Delta, drawing upon a substantial repertoire of tunes from the early 20th Century with influences including King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong.”





The Revolutionaires (Newcastle, UK)

revolutonairesEstablished 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. However, they have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Jools Holland and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.”





Please visit The Revolutionaires website and her Facebook page.

Tommy Bentz Band (Wisconsin, USA)

“Original music from the genius of Tommy Bentz and his band. Hailing from River Falls, the quartet fuses together southern rock, folk and jazz creating a sound that is pleasing to the eclectic palette! No matter what your taste may be, this is definitely the show to see!!”
“Tommy Bentz Band The Tommy Bentz band is a tight power trio, with a distinct sound considerably like a blend of Allman Brothers, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. Tommy is a singer/songwriter with a mature blues/rock edge.”



Red House by The Tommy Bentz Band from Tommy Bentz on Vimeo.

Please visit Tommy Bentz Band website and their Facebook page and Vimeo.

Check out previous years acts here>>

or Monaghan Rhythm and Blues promotion videos here>>

2016 Harvest Blues Acoustic Room

Acoustic Room Acts



Shoutin’ Red (Sweden)

Shout”And yeah, sure, she’s a female in the male-dominated blues genre and blah blah. If you want to focus on that aspect, go right ahead. Felicia Nielsen (that’s her real name) is a bad ass, no bullshit, down-home country blues guitarist that can out-pick just about anyone.”
– Daniel Josefsson, festival director Pick Up the Steam

”Shoutin’ Red was the years ”punch in the face”, damn she’ good! If you have the possibility to go and see her play you will hear how the blues sounded a long time ago. What a girl!”
Lennart Isacson, Åmål Blues Fest, Sweden, 2014

Please visit Shoutin’ Red’s website and her Facebook page.

Mitch Woods (San Francisco and New Orleans)

Mitt-Woods“Woods exhibits the knowing spirit of someone who’d grown up listening to New Orleans R&B greats on the radio while living smack dab in the middle of the bayous and canals of the Atchafalaya Basin.” Frank John Hadley – Downbeat

“While most current artists who do New Orleans music focus on either Meters-style funk or modern brass-band sounds, Woods is one of the very few who take it back to the 1950s. Through the power of his vocal and keyboard delivery and his employment of world-class musicians from the city itself, he succeeds brilliantly in keeping the tradition burning brightly.” Living Blues Magazine


Mitch Woods website and his Facebook Page

Cary Morin (Great Falls, Montana)

Cary-MorinThe Americana Blues from the finger-picking styles of Native American, CaryMorin, shines on his third album release, Tiny Town. Cary is a member of the Crow nation, and the son of an Air Force officer dad. He grew up in Billings, Montana before relocating and fine-tuning in guitar skills in northern Colorado. – Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root

“However, there is no denying this album is an authentic ‘what you hear is what you get live’ showcase for Cary and his marvellous playing, varied songwriting, and solid voice can only serve to raise his profile further. I am not sure when he last played in the UK, or indeed if he ever has, but I can imagine him right at home in Acoustic, Folk and Blues venues all over the country.” –Paul Jackson

Piedmont Bluz Website and his Facebook Page

Piedmont Bluz Valerie Turner & Ben Turner (Queens, NY)

Piedmont Bluz Valerie Turner & Ben Turner Monaghan Harvest Blues The Piedmont Bluz acoustic duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African-American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo feel that “there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said” so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

“Just when people think the old country blues of the Mid-Atlantic has faded away, along come the wonderful husband and wife duo of Valerie and Ben Turner who are the heirs to the Piedmont blues tradition. They are known as the duo ‘Piedmont Bluz’ and play the truehearted, authentic country blues with love. It’ll warm your heart. Keep your ears on Piedmont Bluz.” – Frank Matheis

“Hear this duo’s unique approach to the historical repertoire of the region, and it becomes evident that Valerie Turner is one of this important folk blues subgenre’s most eloquent proponents.” Living Blues Magazine

Piedmont Bluz Websiteand their Facebook Page

Lisa Mills (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

Lisa Mills Playing Monaghan Harvest Blues 2016Lisa Mills has remained one of the Gulf Coast’s brightest musical stars. Mills has taken her soulful blues sounds worldwide and has shared the stage and/or studio with artists such as Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Andy Fairweather Low, Junior Wells and Dr. John.

“Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now. The many styles of Southern music (Blues, Gospel and R&B) come through in Mills’ powerful delivery. Her interpretation of Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ is one of the best I’ve heard.” – Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine

“Mills possesses a dynamic vocal range, capable of blowing the doors off in one breath and then captivating the audience in barely a whisper the next as she delivers what only can be described as blue-eyed soul, a perfect mix of Muscle Shoals and Memphis atop a Nashville feel.” – Marty Gunther, Blues Blast Magazine.




Lisa Mills’ website and her Facebook page

Check out previous years acts here>>

or Monaghan Rhythm and Blues promotion videos here>>

2016 The Late Night Marquee

The Late Night Marquee

Music from 10.30pm until 3.00am over 3 Nights with 9 International Acts on stage all for €50

Friday, 11.30pm – 1am


featuring Mitch Woods (San Francisco and New Orleans)  with special guest Gráinne Duffy

Ronnie Greer Harvest Times Blues Monaghan September 2016Ronnie Greer hits Monaghan with one of the finest blues lineups you’ll see. The crème-de-la-crème of the Irish blues scene mixed with an epitome of New Orleans R&B forms this Blues Revue. Ronnie Greer is joined by Scott Flanigan (Hammond organ and piano), Dominic Mullan (drums), Paul Moore (bass), Richie Buckley (tenor saxophone) with a special addition of Mitch Woods on keys. This is a once-off show that is not to be missed!

Hugely influenced by what used to be called ‘modern jazz’: ie classic jazz of the 1950s such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, etc. And of course the blues in all its glorious forms. And the entire works of Steely Dan. And when the mood is right, also partial to the work of the great classical composers – Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, etc.

Ronnie Greer’s website

Mitch Woods

Mitt-Woods“Woods exhibits the knowing spirit of someone who’d grown up listening to New Orleans R&B greats on the radio while living smack dab in the middle of the bayous and canals of the Atchafalaya Basin.” Frank John Hadley – Downbeat

“While most current artists who do New Orleans music focus on either Meters-style funk or modern brass-band sounds, Woods is one of the very few who take it back to the 1950s. Through the power of his vocal and keyboard delivery and his employment of world-class musicians from the city itself, he succeeds brilliantly in keeping the tradition burning brightly.” Living Blues Magazine

Mitch Woods website and his Facebook Page


Friday, 1.30am – 3am

Jordan Patterson Band (Ontario, Canada)

Jordan Patterson at the ahrvest Blues Festival Monaghan

“…True contemporary black blues-upbeat funky tunes and stylish show blues. Jordan Patterson is smokin’!” HMV Music Canada

“…Patterson has a gutsy, impassioned attitude and when he matches his confidence with the right tune, the results are powerful…” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide U.S.A.

Please visit Jordan Patterson website and their Facebook page.



Saturday, 11.30pm – 1am

Rick Vito & the Lucky Devils (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) with special guest appearance Gráinne Duffy

Rick Vito and Grainne Duffy Monaghan Harvest Blues SpetmerBe it lead, slide or rhythm, Vito is one of the most accomplished guitarists touring today, delivering a superb blend of R & B, rock, and even swing, well supported by the Lucky Devils and our very own Gráinne Duffy.

In this swinging release, jump blues and slide ace Rick Vito revisits the sounds he heard booming from Rock-ola and Seeburg jukeboxes while growing up on the East Coast. Whether paying tribute to Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Les Paul, B.B. King, or Earl Hooker, Vito has the tone and vibe wired. Distorted P-90 blues licks, snarling bottleneck fills, and jivey, slapback-drenched riffs abound, and Vito sings about Cadillacs, loose women, jail, and gambling-essential rockin’ topics with humor and verve. Plucked on an acoustic, Vito’s snappy Gypsy-jazz lines add a Continental flair to this tone full outing. Streamliner.” –Andy Ellis
Rick Vito & the Lucky Devils website

Gráinne Duffy (Monaghan, Ireland)

grainne“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 hearing 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 Gráinne Duffy’s website and her Facebook page.

Saturday, 1.30am – 3am

Bobby Mack Texas Blues Guitar (Blanco, Texas) 

bobby-mack-5“Mack and his band play rhythm and blues and Texas-style rock which is a searing and at the same time sultry sound of hot Texas winds, steamy nights and smokey South Texas Road Houses.” Dallas Observer

“From Texas blues to Rock n’ Roll, to searing slide guitar, Bobby Mack has joined the ranks of the world’s great guitarists.” Scott Smith, Austin Music Critic

“He definitely possesses a hard Texas attack in his guitar playing that is chock full of bent notes. The Texas guitar blues tradition is in good hands here.” Blues Blast Magazine

Bobby Mack’s website and Facebook page 

Sunday, 11pm – 12.30am

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Monster Mike Welch (Boston, Massachusetts)

surgar ray“Sugar Ray is the real deal. There is nobody better to represent this music”- Kim Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

“Sugar Ray has great tone and phrasing, singing and playing the harp. One of my favourites”- Charlie Musselwhite

“Monster” Mike Welch, one of Boston’s most beloved musicians has been a friend of the Bluetones since he burst onto the Boston blues scene at the age of 13. He was given the name “Monster” by Dan Aykroyd at the original House of Blues in Cambridge, MA

2016 brings Sugar Ray and the Bluetones close to playing their distinctive brand of Blues for 40 years. This year the band is nominated by the Blues Foundation/Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN for Blues Band of the Year, and band members Monster Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci, and Michael “Mudcat” Ward have each received a nomination on their respective instruments. This brings a total of 26 BMA nominations garnered by the Bluetones and its members as well as seven Grammy nominations bestowed on Bluetones members.


Please visit Sugar Ray And The Bluetones website and their Facebook page.

Sunday, 1am – 2.30am

Mingo Fishtrap (Austin, Texas)

mungo-fish“…tight ‘n’ punchy horns, deep rhythms, restless melodies, and emotive singing has garnered Mingo justified respect as a live powerhouse.” – David Lynch

“Sly and the Family Stone and the Neville Brothers
in one.” – www.austin.com

“Mingo Fishtrap has plenty of fresh twists and takes that make their tunes, both on disc and live, much more rewarding than retro or throwback acts.” – www.nashvillescene.com


Please visit Mingo Fishtrap website and their Facebook page.

Check out previous years acts here>>

or Monaghan Rhythm and Blues promotion videos here>>