The Blues Trail

2019 BLUES TRAIL 6-8 Sept

24 PESOS feat. Julian Burdock (UK)
WILLE and the BANDITS (UK)
JOHN FAIRHURST BAND (UK)
GRAINNE DUFFY (IRL)
THE REVOLUTIONAIRES (UK)
RONNIE GREER (N.IRL)
CLARA ROSE BAND (IRL)
DELTA FUSE (N.IRL)
THE CATFISH BLUES ORCHESTRA (IRL)
CHRIS TAPLIN BLUES BAND (N.IRL)
DD & THE DELTA BOYS (IRL)

(2019 Band Venues TBC)

24 Pesos feat. Julian Burdock (London, UK)

Top class London based blues band, 24 Pesos, have a unique and energetic take on the Blues with enough grit and energy that always brings the house down every night!

Established in 2008 the band have gigged extensively all over Europe playing many major festivals and club dates at Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Café London, and Paradiso Amsterdam. 24 Pesos songwriter is vocalist and guitarist, Julian Burdock. He has written, performed and recorded with many renowned artists such as Beverley Knight, Jocelyn Brown, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), SEAL, Kim Weston, Luther Alison, Billy Paul, Ronnie Scott’s blues explosion, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley (James Brown), JJ Milteau and Geno Washington.

24 Pesos represented the UK at the European Blues Conference in Berlin, they won the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues competition. They have been Nominated 10 times at the British blues awards and have released 4 critically acclaimed albums The Boogie Worm, Busted Broken and Blue, When the Ship Goes Down, and Do the Right Thing which won the blues and soul awards for most innovative blues album of 2016.

Blackpool Gazette, says that 24 Pesos are “rightfully at the forefront of the UK’s new blues scene. New blues doesn’t get any better.” The London band will be making their first appearance at the Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues Festival.

Website: 24 Pesos and Facebook


Wille and the Bandits (Cornwall, UK)


With their fresh approach to blues rock music, Wille and the Bandits have been assertively carving a place for themselves in Europe’s music scene, developing a reputation as one of the best live acts around.

The band were listed in the top ten must-see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and were personally invited to perform on the German TV show Rockpalast; a musical institution of global import. Essentially, Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues-rock three piece, much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience and like these bands are pushing at the boundaries of their genre. Wille and the Bandits take their sound way beyond what is expected of such a traditional lineup.

The band combines three talented and committed musicians who come from very different musical backgrounds. Wille’s exquisite slide guitar playing and powerful vocals are given perfect momentum with Andy’s innovative drumming, while virtuoso Matt, with his 6 string bass and double bass, adds a class and polish rarely seen in a Rock act. Throughout a performance the band can be seen playing a range of instruments, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes switching between various guitars, basses and percussion within the same song, giving the audience a complete performance which has seen the popularity of Wille and the Bandits grow at an exceptional rate.

Making their debut at the Harvest Time Blues Festival, Wille and the Bandits, are sure to be a big hit!

Website: Wille and the Bandits and Facebook


John Fairhurst Band (London, UK)

John Fairhurst is the rising star of modern British guitar music, 2014’s critically acclaimed full-band debut, “Saltwater” continues to gain rapid momentum following a worldwide publishing deal with London’s Metropolis Studios.

Whether performing solo, armed with his battered national resophonic guitar, tearing it up with his explosive three-piece electric outfit, Fairhurst and his band are becoming widely recognised as one of the most versatile, dynamic and powerful music acts around. John Fairhurst and his band have received rapturous receptions with the main stage shows at numerous UK Festivals including Glastonbury with their explosion of textures, influences and intoxicating
musicianship.

A masterful musician and songwriter, John Fairhurst is recognised as one of the most creative guitarists on the circuit. Drawing inspiration from fingerpicking maestros John Fahey, Bert Jansch and Leo Kottke, blues guitarists Robert Johnson, Bukka White and Mississippi Fred McDowell, African guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Moroccan Gnaoua music, Indian sarod & sitar masters K Sridhar and Ravi Shankar and more recently Christopher Paul Stelling and John Butler.

The band’s newly released album, The Divided Kingdom, is receiving rave reviews and widespread attention. The John Fairhurst Band make their debut at this year’s festival and their high energy, high quality output is sure to impress!

Website: John Fairhurst Band and Facebook


The Grainne Duffy Band (Monaghan)

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Grainne Duffy is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her roots, soul, blues, country and rock traditions. She is a seasoned artist and has been spending the last number of years touring in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Canada.

Some highlights thus far have included international leading festivals including three performances at Glastonbury. In 2015 Grainne was awarded winner in BM Writers Poll in the categories ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best Solo Artist’ in the UK. Grainne embarked on her 1st ever tour in Australia which included performances on the blues stage at Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland. She was also invited to Mahindra Blues Festival, India and joined Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Shemika Copeland onstage for the festival encore. 2016 and 2017 saw her back in the US recording with producer Justin Stanley and released her eagerly awaited the third album, ‘Where I Belong’.

Website: The Grainne Duffy Band and Facebook 


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 CDs 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 Revolutionaries  and Facebook


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 the backing band for the legendary Whitey Johnston when touring Northern Ireland in the spring of 2007.

Website: Ronnie Greer Band and Facebook


The 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 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/songwriter 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! Website: Clara Rose Band and Facebook

Website: Clara Rose Band and Facebook


Delta Fuse (Derry, Northern Ireland)

Delta Fuse are a four piece cut-throat blues-rock-n-roll band based in Derry in the Northern Ireland.
This young band play the blues with a dark, driving throttle delivering a sound of shear rawness and soul. Made up of Jack on guitar/vocals, Mick on guitar/harmonica, Ben on bass and Sandy on drums their performances are electric.

The bands first single entitled “Whiskey Bottle Blues”, features the outstanding slide guitar of Richard Nelson who played alongside Van Morrison. Since then they have released 5 solid tracks and will be releasing there first album only to purchase on hard copy in early June, entitled “Blowin’ a Fuse”. They have recorded with Billy Robinson who worked alongside the late great John Lee Hooker.

McHale’s gritty voice defies his young years and gives this exciting new band a classic blues sheen delivered with a fresh raw edge seen in original work ‘Lady Noir’ and ‘Whispers’. Delta Fuse soulful-bluesy sound blended with impeccable timing, describes a band on the rise. They have impressed of late with sold out shows throughout Ireland which has led to their first main stage UK festival gig. One’s to watch as Delta Fuse make their Harvest Time Blues Festival debut.

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The Catfish Blues Orchestra (Dublin, Ireland)

Introducing Ireland’s definitive Blues Big Band “The Catfish Blues Orchestra”. Comprised of some of the finest blues talents based in Ireland today, this five piece band produce a truly powerful sound that has to be experienced live to be fully appreciated.

Driven by a love for authentic blues music the group draw on influences ranging from the early blues masters of the delta such as Robert Johnson & Sonny Boy Williamson, to the electric Chicago and Texas blues masters Muddy Waters and Freddie King, up to British blues invasion guitar gods like Eric Clapton, Peter Green all the way up to contemporary influences, Robben Ford and Derek Trucks.

The Orchestra draw on all of these influences including many others to create a rich and soulful blend of Rhythm and Blues. Yet another band making their debut bow at this year’s festival.

Website: The Catfish Blues Orchestra and Facebook


The Chris Taplin Blues Band (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Led by young guitar virtuoso, Chris Taplin, the 20 something Belfast man, out of a need to express life through the blues, put together a band in August 2017. The Chris Taplin Blues Band is a four-piece classic blues and blues rock band that is quickly developing a following in the bar and club scene across Northern Ireland.

The band focus on a traditional Chicago blues style but with a heavier twist and high energy. Taplin leads with masterful guitar work and vocals, with Steve Cummings on harmonica, James Doone bass and Ben Flavelle-Cobain on drums.

Soaring guitar solos from Taplin and Cummings fine harp play are to the fore on original tracks “Leaving Town Blues,” and “No Good Reason.”

The Chris Taplin Blues Band music range is diverse from blues masters Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Jack White, Rory Gallagher, and The Rolling Stones. The young band will soon be adding to their repertoire as they are working on a debut E.P due for release this summer. Becoming known for their blistering blues sets, the band led by the gifted young Taplin, are quickly becoming an established name in the blues scene.

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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 frontman Dermot Donohue (DD) leads with vocals and blistering harmonica and is solidly backed on guitar by Mark Black.

The backbeat 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.

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