THE MARQUEE MAIN STAGE
Venue: THE MARQUEE MAIN STAGE, The Diamond, Monaghan
Friday 4th, Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, September 2020
Midnight Dea Matrona (Northern Ireland)
1:00 am Andy Lindquist & Friends (US)
Midnight Delta Fuse (Northern Ireland)
1:00am Catfish (UK)
10:30pm Crow Black Chicken (IRL)
11:30pm Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers (USA)
‘Hailing from Carryduff and Dundrum, Dea Matrona are a rock trio who formed in 2018, their mutual love of classic rock and bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, sparked a musical chemistry between the three that continues to blossom into their own originals.
Their infectious enthusiasm for churning out hard hitting guitar riffs and soaring harmonies has captured the hearts of audiences across Ireland, which has set the foundation for their extraordinary connection with their fans online with Facebook videos reaching over 560k views. They released a 4 track EP in April called ‘Away From The Tide’ and appeared on UTV Life with Pamela Ballentine to promote it.
They recently played a three day stint at The Cavern Club in Liverpool each to a packed out audience and have also put on headline shows in Whelan’s (Dublin) and in Black Box (Belfast) which sold out. They have played the main stage at Dalriada Festival, Harmony Live and Belfast’s Culture Night. They have supported acts such as Feeder, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Nathan Carter and played in The Waterfront Hall supporting Flash Harry. Don Felder (Eagle’s Guitarist) commented of the group ‘Pretty damn good girls, you got it!’ A video of the girls performing went viral on Twitter which received praise from Irish music legends Imelda May and Jim Corr (The Corrs) as well as boxers Carl Frampton and Michael Conlan
The band consists of sisters Mollie McGinn and Mamie McGinn as well as life long friend Orláith Forsythe. The youthful energy combined with their technical ability beyond their years is what continues to win over audiences and listeners across the country.”
Dea Matrona https://www.facebook.com/
Andy Lindquist & Friends
The North of Ireland has a long tradition of feeling the blues and producing outstanding blues artists. Gary Moore and Van Morrison were both born in Belfast and Rory Gallagher was a true Donegal man. Delta Fuse, the Derry-based 3-piece, follow in this tradition. Five years ago, united by their love of the blues, college students Jack McHale (lead guitar and vocals), Ben Graham (bass guitar) and Sandy Aicken (drums) decided to get it together and start paying their dues and playing old blues in a string of juke joints around the northwest of Ireland, hoping their ability and class would shine through.
With their train building up a head of steam, sold-out shows in The Belfast Empire and at Whelan's (Dublin) helped establish them as favourites on the Irish festival circuit, taking them to the main stages at the Blues, Roots and Brass Festival (Dublin), the Sea Sessions Festival (Bundoran), the Rory Gallagher International Festival (Ballyshannon) and the Harvest Time Blues Festival (Monaghan). To cap it all, this year they received unexpected recognition with their invitation to play the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne, Lancashire.
Back in 2015, though, with the charts full of Adele, Ed Sheerin, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift, it seems strange that a bunch of young students felt compelled to form their own authentic blues band but from a young age, band members were drawn to the sheer, raw honesty of the Delta sound. ‘My father took me to see the Rolling Stones’, Jack recalls, ‘when I was only 9 years old and seeing Keith Richards play the Sympathy For The Devil solo only a few feet away from me, really made up my mind I wanted to start a blues band.’
Their style has been described as ‘brothel blues’, with all the dirt and grime you would expect from old-school R&B, but their influences extend further, through 50s Chicago and 60s psychedelic blues to the smoother, soulful sounds of BB King and Sam Cooke. The band remain immersed, however, in the music of Muddy Waters, Lightning Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Winters and Delta Fuse's biggest influence, John Lee Hooker.
So, what’s happening now? Having finished recording an album with a former associate of John Lee Hooker, Billy Robinson, last month they recorded a session for BBC Radio's Lancashire Bluenotes (with presenter Amy-Rose Atkinson remarking: ‘That was something else entirely, with a voice like melting chocolate’). Their single Blood Red Wine was released on the 26th of August 2019 and is available online through Spotify, Amazon and other streaming and download services.
The album, however, is only available at their gigs so what better motivation do you need to check
out their dates on Facebook and go see them live? Paddy Maguire, Director of Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, recently described them as ‘Young, high-energy, a legend of the future!’, but don’t wait for the future, check them out now!
Delta Fuse https://www.facebook.
International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish have been making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe, winning the UK Blues Award in 2018 as Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. Their album ‘Broken Man’ was nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA, and their new album Burning Bridges has received excellent reviews in the UK and Europe. In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene. They now tour regularly in Europe. Their new album ‘Burning Bridges’ was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press.
Crow Black Chicken
Since forming in 2009, Crow Black Chicken have earned back-pats aplenty for their charming Southern sound, most notably after their performance on the BBC Introductory Stage at Glastonbury in 2011. Their debut album Electric Soup, released in June 2012, typifies this positive energy with 13 tracks of tooth-rattling rhythms and bluesy rock’n roll vibes. Upon the release of Electric Soup, the Tippeary-based trio have won the adoration of many, playing major festivals and countless venues across the country in 2012. With extended invitations to play USA, UK and Europe in Summer 2013, there’s never been a better time to catch Crow Black Chicken live.
“Fans of Cream, Rory Gallagher and all things classic rock will adore this assured debut. Electric Soup is the real deal.” – Hotpress Magazine
“It’s not often these days for a band to lay down a complete track as a ‘take’ but that’s exactly the approach taken by Crow Black Chicken. This is a very honest album with a lot of feel and solid playing throughout and is a strong promise of things to come.” Guitar Techniques.
“The long bearded trio have been described as “an Irish ZZ top” and there’s the inevitable references to fellow countryman Rory Gallagher. However with their debut album Electric Soup the band shows steely intention to throw away comparisons and make their own mark.” Classic Rock Blues Magazine
Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers
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