The Blues Trail
2018 BLUES TRAIL
LINEUP & VENUES
Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue (UK)
The Revolutionaires (UK)
The Paddy Sherlock Band (France)
Crow Black Chicken (Irl)
Ronnie Greer Band (Irl)
Rusty Jacks (Irl)
Clara Rose Band (Irl)
DD & The Delta Boys (Irl)
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(See Band Bios below)
Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue (Bristol, UK)
‘Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue’ is a powerful, soul injected Blues/R’n’B/Rock’n’Roll band hailing from Bristol UK and lead by Gretsch endorsed guitarist Ruzz Guitar. After taking inspiration from great guitarists such as Wilko Johnson, Brian Setzer, Jim Heath and Jimmie Vaughan, Ruzz has developed his own style which is quickly becoming recognised around the globe. Joining forces with drummer Zachary Evans and bassist Joe Allen from Bristol, they create the unique musical blend that is “Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue”.
Since forming in 2014, the band has gone from strength to strength recording two self-released albums. Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue have opened for artists such as Dr Feelgood, Kirk Fletcher (The Fabulous Thunderbirds/Joe Bonamassa/Solo), The BlockHeads (Ian Dury & The Blockheads), Bill Kirchen and Darrel Higham (Imelda May/Jeff Beck/Solo). The band has played throughout the UK and has had very successful tours of Europe (July 2015) and the US (April 2017).
The Revolutionaires (Durham, UK)
Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, The Revolutionaires power-out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.
Influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B, in particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown, but have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound. Over the last decade The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, performing extensively at festivals in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Malta and Dubai. The Revolutionaires have recorded five CD’s to date containing a collection of Hot Rockin’ R&B tracks. Each CD captures the ‘rawness’ and sheer energy of the band, who like to give their performances a ‘hard-edged’ vibe!
Website: The Revolutionaires and Facebook
The Paddy Sherlock Band (Paris, France)
The one that got away … to Paris! Based in the French capital, Paddy is a prolific original songwriter and dynamic front-man, actor, singer, songwriter, guitarist and trombone hero. Burlesque and bravura served up with a big helping of the funkiest New Orleans second-line grooves you’ve ever heard. From Bunk to Monk through Skunk, Junk, Punk and Funk. Paddy Sherlock has played, recorded and toured with the likes of Linda Hopkins, Wendell Brunius, FFF, Phoenix, Chilly Gonzales, The Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans, Bernard Lavilliers, Black Minou and Liz McComb. He has played mainstage at the biggest festivals worldwide – Glastonbury, Paleofestival, Transmusicale de Rennes, Francofolies, Montreal Jazz fest, Lincon Center NY, Kennedy center Washington DC, and Barbican London. One of his songs (Ooh là là Paddy”), sung with Brisa Roché, was recently used in the soundtrack of Hollywood movie ‘Behaving Badly ‘.
Crow Black Chicken (Ireland)
This top Irish power trio combine elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov’t mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. The band was formed in 2009 in Cork City when lead singer Christy O’Hanlon met the former rhythm section of Clonmel Punk Rock outfit Aural Ammunition, Stephen McGrath ( Bass ) and Gev Barrett ( Drums ). The band immediately jelled and went on to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury 2011. They released their first blues rock & roll album in 2012 with a second album ‘Rumble Shake ‘ debuting at number 12 in the Irish album charts. A first live album ‘Deep South’ was voted as one of the top 5 Live Albums of 2015. The following year, Crow Black Chicken opened for ZZ Top at the Marquee in Cork which brought them face to face with the Texan compatriots whom they often drew so many comparisons.
Glas (South Wales)
To 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 Albert Lee, The Groundhogs, Bill Kirchen, Leo Bud Welch, Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers, The Spellkasters, and Gerry Mcavoy’s Band Of Friends , John Otway, Jason Ricci,Mick Pini, Deke Leonard and Ben Waters. GLAS, fronted by Dai John on vocals and bass, with the drums of Sam Andrews, and lead guitar of James Oliver are one of the hardest working with regular festival appearances across the UK and beyond.
Ronnie Greer Band (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
One of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, Ronnie Greer is also one of its favourite performers. A superb blues and jazz guitarist, his fingers have added passion and fire to some of the greatest blues bands in the country, including the legendary Jim Daly Blues Band. As a sideman and frontman, Ronnie has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business – including the likes of Dr. John, Lowell Fulson, Phil Guy, Johnny Mars and many more. A few years back, Ronnie formed a blues quartet that was the equal of any with Anthony Toner joining the band in mid 2007 with his soulful vocals and West Coast-inspired slide playing, adding a new dimension to the band. The Ronnie Greer Band notched up notable successes with their stint as backing band for the legendary Whitey Johnston when touring Northern Ireland in the spring of 2007.
Rusty Jacks (Derry, Northern Ireland)
Rusty Jacks are a talented Irish outfit who play ‘Southern blues’. Their first album,‘Movin On’, with original new songs, covered several styles and was widely acclaimed. Taking 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 gravely vocals and a sprinkling of harmonica licks,this album has ‘something for everyone’. Over the years they have played with the likes of Taste, The Ronnie Greer Band,Mamas Boys, Pat McManus, Grainne Duffy, Jim Armstrong and many more.
Clara Rose Band (Monaghan)
Clara Rose, the little Monaghan lady with the powerful voice, described as sounding like “an opera star running through her scales” (Eamon Carr) and yet her music is steeped in blues, roots, folk and a whole lot of soul. After her debut ‘A Portfolio’ (2010), Clara Rose recently released her second album, ‘The Offering’ to international acclaim, “The Irish singer delivers a very impressive performance with this soulful and folky album” (Blues Magazine, The Netherlands).
Her live E.P ‘Queen of the Late Night Radio’ (2012) ignited a collaboration with harmonica player/song writer Don Baker. She appeared on his album ‘My Songs, My Friends’ (2013) this collaboration developed into a nationwide tour and release of their album ‘Baker Rose’ (2016). Clara Rose and her band are set to rock the Harvest Time Blues Festival once again this year, it is a good feeling to ‘come home’ and always a highlight on the gig calendar!
DD & The Delta Boys (Donegal, Ireland)
DD & The Delta Boys is a four piece Rhythm & Blues band who
celebrate the music of blues legends such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Muddy Waters along with contemporary heroes Paul Lamb, Billy Gibson, Eric Clapton and many others. Band founder and front man Dermot Donohue (DD) leads with vocals and blistering harmonica and is solidly backed on guitar by Mark Black. The back beat is tightly bound together by Michael O’Boyce on fretless bass and the stylish drumming of percussionist Ronan McKee. Each of these boys brings with them a love and passion for their instrument and when you put all of that together it cooks up to a damn fine foot-stomping brew that plays easy on the ear and is a thrill to experience live.
Rob Tognoni (Tasmania, Australia)
Rob ‘Tasmanian Devil’ Tog’s musical journey has been influenced by a diversity of music and as a young man he didn’t discriminate between blues, blues rock or pop…it was all great to his ears, it all seemed to have it’s place. The defining musical moment in Rob’s life was going to see a relatively new band as a teen – AC/DC. Their incredible power with high charged guitars urged Rob to start churning out those simple, basic power chords made famous by this influential band. But something else was developing…more than just the power chords. An emotive blues feel was becoming more evident in his playing. This is the TasMANian Devil’s first visit to Ireland, and sure to be one of the must see gigs of the weekend.
Arsonist Birds (Ireland)
The Arsonist Birds started life in early 2016 when four professional musicians and lifelong friends got together to have fun making music together. This resulted in a Monday night residency in Toale’s Bar in Dundalk giving the guys the opportunity to develop their style and sound as a unique band. Their music is a style of popular alternative music which is a mix of the Blues, Bob Dylan, Thin Lizzy, 10cc, Ian Dury, through a number of forgotten rock classics. They have a unique sound and image that appeals to all age groups from 20 to 100, blending the acoustic guitar to the piano and rock the electric guitar in the style of Jimi Hendrix. With four vocals, these guys cannot be missed.
Blues Jam (Monaghan)
They are a co-operative of musicians led by the force of Dez and his gang. They manage to keep the flame of the Blues going all year round when all others seem to have gone home. The group that holds jam together have been working on this project for over 12 years in McKenna’s ‘Brewery Bar’. They’ve had a lot of fun over the last 12 years. To date, musicians from all over Ireland, England, America, & Europe have performed at their little jam, so a big thanks to all the jammers. We expect, and want guest artists to come join us over the weekend!
Please visit Blues Jams Facebook page.
Clara Rose (Monaghan)
She’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).
Rusty Jacks – (Derry, Northern Ireland)
Taking 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.
Glas (South Wales)
To 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.
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.”
Ronnie Greer (Ireland)
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, including for a time the legendary Jim Daly Blues Band and a host of others. Ronnie never fails to wring the last drop of emotion out of a solo, while still keeping the toes tapping. As a sideman and front man, Ronnie has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business – including the likes of Dr. John, Lowell Fulson, Phil Guy, Johnny Mars, Phillip Walker and many more.
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.”
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