GIG GUIDE

Jun
13
Thu
Clara Rose Band (Official Festival Opener) @ Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Queen of Late Night Radio, Clara Rose, will take to the stage in Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre on Thursday 13th June, headlining our Opening Night.

This event will help raise much needed funding for Festival 2019. Please come along, bring your friends, and enjoy a memorable evening with us.

Clara Rose… songstress of rockin’ blues, saviour of rootsy folk and with a voice that can make the hairs stand on the back of your neck… 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, Henry McCullough, The Waterboys, Eleanor McEvoy, John Spillane, Jack L and more recently has been in the studio 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).

Clara Rose, Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, Limavady

Clara Rose, Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, Limavady

Additional Information :-

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets for this event are only available directly online, and cannot be purchased from the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre box office or any other outlet.

The Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre is not licenced to sell alcohol, but you are permitted to bring your own for consumption at your table.

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival is a non-profit making organisation. Our committee is entirely voluntary – no-one takes a commission or a salary on any of the proceeds of the festival. Any proceeds made from this event go to paying artists, ticketing and venue costs only.

This event is proudly sponsored by P&L Electrics

Stevie & The G’s @ The Depot
Jun 13 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 1:00 am

Stevie and the Gs are a new, vibrant 6 piece band from Derry, including musicians with over 20 years experience of gigging.

Fresh from City of Derry Jazz Festival and The WallsFest, this popular outfit are making the trip down the A2 to Limavady to play The Depot on Thursday night.

No doubt you will still be buzzing after Clara Rose…so get yourselves along and make a night of it !!!

Jun
14
Fri
Martello Jazz Band @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Firm local favourites at the festival, these guys have played at a high standard all over Europe, and they will be oozing talent and experience on the Frank Owens Yard Stage on Friday evening…and then providing the sweet sounds at the LCDI Family Jazz Picnic on Saturday…what a treat !

The Martello Jazz Band was formed in the autumn of 1985 by a group of enthusiastic musicians who had played previously in other bands.

Their aim was to produce a sound reminiscent of the Dixieland bands which were commonplace in the New Orleans of the 1920’s and 1930’s, but also to stamp on it their own brand of drive and flair.

The resulting music is fresh and full of vitality, while still retaining the traditional flavour.  This recipe has been successful in introducing a wide range of audiences to this form of music, even those who previously did not consider jazz to be to their taste!

Tony Villiers & The Villains @ Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Don’t miss this one-off Friday Festival Fundraiser Special when the fabulous Villiers and the Villains will be ripping it up at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre.

All the way from Armagh, with influences such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and more, Villiers brings us “superb songwriting rooted in a great blues tradition”.

The Villains are…

Tony Villiers (Vocals / Guitar / Harmonica)
Paul Meehan (Guitar / Banjo)
Kevin Mahoney (Bass Guitar)
Aidan McGillian (Percussion)
Maciej Szczepanski (Trumpet)
Doc Doherty (Guitar)

This event will help raise much needed funding for Festival 2019.  Please come along, bring your friends, and enjoy a memorable evening with us.

Additional Information :-

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets for this event are only available directly online, and cannot be purchased from the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre box office or any other outlet.

The Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre is not licenced to sell alcohol, but you are permitted to bring your own for consumption at your table.

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival is a non-profit making organisation.  Our committee is entirely voluntary – no-one takes a commission or a salary on any of the proceeds of the festival.  Any proceeds made from this event go to paying artists, ticketing and venue costs only.

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Drew Hamill & Sonic Resistance @ Corner Bar
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Drew Hamill & Sonic Resistance @ Corner Bar

Many of you will be familiar with Drew having played with local legends such as Axis, The Rhythm Kings, Espresso Jazz and The Mighty Shamrocks.

After many years of playing in numerous bands he has finally got around to recording his own songs resulting in the album Sonic Resistance.

Defying categorisation in tales of love, war, life, death, happiness and just plain rockin’ out in his own unique style.

Joan Talbot & Jazz Gazette @ Limavady Recreation Club
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Joining the inimitable Joan Talbot this year will be Strabane based “Jazz Gazette”.
Jazz Gazette were formed by Gerard Bradley and Ian McGowan in the early 80’s.
The original line up included Michael Canavan Sax, Mark Bradley aged 14 trpt, Ronan Doherty Trombone Gerard Bradley Piano, Ian McGowan guitar, Peter Doherty Bass and Joe Gillespie Drums. They brought the sound of Jazz to Strabane and Letterkenny.
Although they gigged the length and breadth of Ireland they originally had residences in the Fir Trees Hotel Strabane and were frequently heard in McGinley’s Letterkenny and The Bridge Bar Ramelton.
Over recent years Mark, Pete, Aidan and Gerard have been gigging regularly with various jazz combos. They have also all played in the ‘Rat Pack’ orchestra which included sell out performances in Irelands major venues. This led to a successful spell in Belfast where for the past three years the lads have been the mainstay of the ‘Martin John Simply Swing Big Band’.
Joan Talbot from Dublin is well known on the Jazz scene both in the North and South of Ireland . She previously sang with the “Big Jim Farrelly Band” and with the late “Phil Cole Big Band” performing for many years in the Cork Jazz Festival.
Duo gigs with the likes of world renowned guitarist Esmond Selwyn and Derry’s own Gay McIntyre eventually saw her team up with Jazz Gazztte, and for the past 7 years she has enjoyed performing with them for various festivals throughout Ireland including Derry, Doonbeg, Limavady, Dunfanaghy and Letterkenny.
With a mix of jazz standards , swing & blues, you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss it !
The Grateful Living @ Granny Annies (Beer Garden)
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Grateful Living @ Granny Annies (Beer Garden)

First time festival giggers hailing from Donegal. Give them a try on Friday evening at Granny Annies.

The Mood Swings @ Antoinettes
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join The Mood Swings, who will be flying in direct from Derry, at the intimate setting of Antoinette’s Cafe, off Market Street on Friday evening.

The Mood Swings are a quintessential quirky quintet up for the quare craic.

Bits of jazz, swing and anything goes…

Come along to Antoinette’s with your tipple of choice…this is a BYO event !

Grainne Duffy Blues Band @ The Depot
Jun 14 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Grainne Duffy is making a very welcome return to Festival 2019.

Following the success of her 2017 album “Where I Belong”, in 2018 Grainne Duffy toured all across the UK as support for Paul Carrack (THE voice from Mike & The Mechanics and others), where her performances enjoyed wondrous success on such stages as the London Palladium, Liverpool Philharmonic, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Glasgow’s SEC.

We are honoured to have her back in Limavady, where herself and the band will be fresh from their appearance at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon !

Catch Grainne & the Band in The Depot on Friday night.

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Grainne Duffy is an artist whose music comprises a melodic mix of blues, soul and Americana influences. Having grown up in a large family in rural Ireland, having nothing much to do except expose herself to a wealth of music from country to rock, jazz to soul and rock and of course blues music, her early musical education was earned playing the local circuit alongside her sisters in their family musical union.

Her most recent release, the highly anticipated third album “Where I Belong” merges unites beautifully melodic a slice of Memphis Motown via her native County Monaghan country soul roots.

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Duffy is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her roots, soul, blues and rock traditions.

Duffy’s debut album “Out Of The Dark” saw her perform for all 3 days on iconic Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival, 2008.

During 2015 she was awarded as winner in the Blues Matters Writers Poll in two categories – “best female vocalist” and “best artist” in the UK.

With a voice that is as passionate as it is raw and honest, accompanied by simple, melodic and well phrased guitar lines, this is what you have in Grainne Duffy. Having collaborated with Niko Bolas (Los Lobos & Keith Richards), 2017 sees her back in the US recording with the producer Justin Stanley (Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow). The result is release of her eagerly awaited third album “Where I Belong” (2017) to follow the success of her debut roots album and her second album ‘Test Of Time’ which weaved together her contemporary influences with her blues and soul roots.

Last year “Spotify” includes Grainne Duffy in “Top 50 Women Honouring Blues” list.

 

She’s the real deal’ Classic Rock Magazine

A blues singer of real integrity’ The Sunday Times

Deliciously soulful voice & gutsy blues inflected guitar work in one compelling package’ Guitarist Magazine

https://youtu.be/ZYcZoOlw9yw

Chris Taplin Blues Band @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Regulars at Belfast’s American Bar, the Chris Taplin Blues Band is a 4 piece band, inspired by the music of Muddy Waters to SRV, Howlin ‘ Wolf, Albert King, Hendrix to Jack White, Rory Gallagher, and more.

Chris Taplin – guitar and vocals
Steve Cummings – harmonica
James Doone – bass
Ben Flavelle-Cobain – drums

https://www.facebook.com/ChrisTaplinMusc/

Chris Taplin Blues Band on Instagram @christaplinbluesband

Rab McCullough @ Granny Annies
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Rab, who had a record deal with Warner Brothers and shared stages with names such as AC/DC, Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison, as well as opening for Jimi Hendrix, has also played with musicians from Cream, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse’s band over the last 50 years in the music business.

He is renowned for holding the longest residency in Northern Ireland, with a 21-year stint at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast, and he made front page news when Hollywood A-lister Tim Robbins joined him on stage in 2008.

He continues to play across Europe, headlining festivals and flying the flag for the blues.

We are delighted to welcome Rab back to Limavady for our 2019 festival at Grannie Annies, 11pm till late on Friday night.

Sam Davidson’s Taste @ Corner Bar
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Sam comes from a deep musical background, with his Grandfather playing piano for, among others, Rinty Monaghan – as did his Mum !

He started his playing career in 1968 with a band called “By Itself”, playing in local youth clubs with drummer Lyn McMullan – and progressed to gigging in bars and clubs with “Roundabout” and “Just Us” in around 1972.

Sam opened his own recording studio in 1988, and went on to form the “Belfast Blues Band” with Eric Wrixon (Them, Thin Lizzy), Jackie Flavelle (Paul McCartney, Chris Barber) and John Wilson (Them, Taste).

This band morphed into the power trio Sk’boo in the early 90’s and toured extensively in Europe playing all the major festivals.

After Rory Gallagher’s untimely death in 1995, John Wilson and Richard (Charlie) McCracken came under pressure to re-form the band they had played in with Rory – “Taste” – so they approached Sam and offered him the job as guitarist & singer.

After some deliberation, Sam accepted, and proceeded to tour the world with John & Charlie  They released two albums along the way – the first, “Taste of Rory”, was a tribute to John and Charlie’s late friend.  The second album of original tracks written by Sam was “Wall to Wall”.  It was released to critical acclaim in 1999, and later named as “Album of the Decade” by popular music magazine “Blues Matters”.

After John and Charlie decided to retire, to pursue the easy life, Sam kept the music alive with his version of the band – “Sam Davidson’s Taste” –  with Lyn on drums and Albert Mills on bass.  They are still touring to this day !

The Willie Byrne Band @ Harkins Bar
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Willie Byrne is recognised as one of Belfast’s hidden gems, legendary among Ireland’s guitar fraternity. He has been performing since the late seventies, steadily developing a reputation as a master of electric and acoustic guitar.

For those of you lucky enough to catch the Willie Byrne Band at our previous festivals, we’re pretty sure you will want to hear them again…

Versatile performers capable of switching from acoustic to hard rockin blues in a heartbeat !

Jun
15
Sat
Jazzy June Market with Dixieland Saints @ Drumceatt Square
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival is proud to be teaming up with Roe Valley Speciality Market as part of their regular market day on Saturday 15th June – market stalls are open for business from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

The Dixieland Saints, featuring John Trotter and friends, will be on providing some sweet jazz and blues sound as part of the market experience this month.

So if you love local fresh food, quirky handmade crafts, & fine art – all with a Jazz’n’Blues backdrop, then come along to the beautiful town centre location of Drumceatt Square – Limavady town’s only communal public square; this beautiful central outside space is located right beside the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre on Main Street.

The traders will give you a warm welcome and be happy to show you a wide variety of beautiful, local hand produced foods and crafts.

You’ll enjoy the music, the colourful displays, the delicious aromas, taste of fresh food produce and the buzz of traders and customers chatting and laughing.

Find out more…https://www.roevalleymarket.co.uk/

Family Jazz Picnic with Martello Jazz Band @ L.C.D.I.
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Fun for all the family at the Jazz Picnic in the grounds of the L.C.D.I. (Roe Valley Hospital).

Truly an event for all the family as there are bouncy castles, slides, face painting, food and drinks and of course, excellent music and atmosphere.

The music this year will be provided by The Martello Jazz Band, which was formed in the autumn of 1985 by a group of enthusiastic musicians who had played previously in other bands.

Firm local favourites at the festival, these guys have played at a high standard all over Europe, and fresh from their gig at Franks Owens Yard on Friday evening, will be  providing the sweet sounds at the LCDI Family Jazz Picnic…what a treat !

Their aim was to produce a sound reminiscent of the Dixieland bands which were commonplace in the New Orleans of the 1920’s and 1930’s, but also to stamp on it their own brand of drive and flair.

The resulting music is fresh and full of vitality, while still retaining the traditional flavour.  This recipe has been successful in introducing a wide range of audiences to this form of music, even those who previously did not consider jazz to be to their taste!

Bring along your fully stocked goodie baskets and enjoy all the Family Jazz Picnic has to offer in the beautiful grounds of this historic building.

Men n Black with Jim McDermott & Mark Bradley @ Alexander Arms
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Men n Black with Jim McDermott & Mark Bradley @ Alexander Arms

The pick of local Jazz musicians, Men n Black are a highly-polished combo, who’s extensive repertoire draws from material from 1920s to the modern day.

They play songs from the American Songbook ranging from Swing through bebop to the Birth of Cool, and bring a wealth of Jazz experience to the bandstand.

Featuring John Somers (guitar), David McCracken (double bass), Rory Clements (piano), and Jim Whiteside (drums).

Joined this year by Jim McDermott & Mark Bradley.

Shawn Jones & Stephen Inglis @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Shawn Jones & Stephen Inglis @ Frank Owens : Yard

We are officially trembling with excitement to announce that the fabulous Shawn Jones will be returning to Irish shores for this year’s festival (and other gigs!!). Joined this year by Stephen Inglis Music – DO NOT MISS THESE GUYS when they appear in Frank Owens Yard on Saturday afternoon AND/OR Grannie Annies on Sunday.

Here’s a wee taster of Shawn’s latest video to whet your appetite…😁😁😁👍 Yeeeeessssssssss sur !


Armed with a powerful and affecting voice, compelling songs, and virtuoso guitar skills, SHAWN JONES has been captivating his audiences for 25 years. Whether solo or with his blues/rock trio he’s been making his mark throughout the U.S., Ireland, United Kingdom and European Union.
Shawn has five studio albums and one live album under his belt. Shawn opened for five-time Grammy winning legend Robert Cray on a 16 date theater tour of the UK in the summer of 2018. Early on, he was managed by the late, great Waylon Jennings, which earned him the opportunity to tour and record with him.
Shawn has shared bills with many renowned musicians, including B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, and many others.

Stephen Inglis is a versatile Guitar Slinger and Word Singer !!
He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar.
He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann.
Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slackin on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric. His latest album, “Cut The Dead Some Slack” Grateful Dead interpreted Slack Key style,
has been garnering rave reviews worldwide.
Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He has played to sold out crowds at esteemed venues such as The Barns at Wolftrap and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.

Ratpack @ The Depot
Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ratpack @ The Depot

Big band sound bringing some big band tunes. Hear them in all their glory at The Depot on Saturday afternoon.

The Men Who Knew Too Much @ Masonic Hall
Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

These “well informed men” play a mixture of blues, alt country, cajun and folk with an odd Hawaian number thrown in for good measure!

Featuring Percy Robinson (guitar,dobro,vocals), Egon Callery (guitar,vocals) and Sean McCarron (saxophone,percussion), these 3 outstanding musicians play a diverse mix and never fail to impress with their laid back style.


Percy Robinson (guitar & dobro & vocals) has played with some of the best in rock, country and blues, and has been christened the best steel guitarist in the world by no less a luminary than Cowboy Jack Clements (likely to be a relative of Rory !).  And Clements should know – he has worked with stars such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, U2 and many, many others.

Percy Robinson

Percy Robinson

During the showband era Robinson toured the dance halls of Ireland and Britain with The Cotton Mill Boys and Gloria and Mississippi.  There followed a period during which he played a key role in bands such as Rule The Roost, Raw, The Gooseberries and The Blue Valentines.

Throughout his music career Robinson has been much in demand as a session musician contributing to albums by artists such as Terence Trent D’Arby, Townes Van Zandt, Paul Brady, Bap Kennedy and Mary Black to name but a few. He has also built a reputation as a sound engineer and producer, running his own studio.

Today, in addition to his work with The Men That Knew Too Much, Percy is also a regular member of The Henry McCullough Band.

http://www.percyrobinson.com/


Sean McCarron (saxophone & percussion) is originally from Strabane and now lives in Lisfannon with his wife Mary.

He has been in bands since his early days starting with a group called Quarterdeck.   Sean is a session musician who plays with many well known musicians.  He plays the saxophone with five different live bands throughout the Northwest and beyond.

Sean holds the rather unnerving honour of being the only man in Ireland to survive after being hit by three vehicles in succession…

Sean McCarron

Sean McCarron


Egon Callery (guitar & vocals), originally of Dutch descent, but now almost a native Irishman !   Egon can also be found playing in many different guises across the North West, and has shared the stage with notable company.  A man of mystery…!

Egon Callery

Egon Callery

 

Limavady Big Band @ Crown Bar
Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

With a fantastic repertoire of sophisticated jazz standards and swing favourites, The Limavady Big Band brings you an unforgettable swing experience, right here in their home town !

Now playing festivals and gigs all over Ireland, they bring you the music from the days of the bands of the 30’s and 40’such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman right up to big band arrangements of The Beatles and Van Morrison numbers.

The band draws its personnel from Limavady and the wider north coast area and includes a wide range of age groups.

Look !  There’s Adamski our number one photographer on the right hand trombone !  He has a lot less hair now since this photo was taken… 🙂

 

The Rick Swann Band @ The Thatch
Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Coleraine born Musician Rick Swann had his ‘first professional gig’ at Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival in 2002 featuring as a guest in Frank Owens Yard.

Since then he has performed on stage ranging from The Odyssey Arena, Belfast to London’s Royal Albert Hall, in almost every corner of the globe & has become on of the main seminal figures in Irish Jazz.

Performing weekly to between 2000-5000 people Rick has caused a sensation across the country not only in Jazz but crossing boundaries with fusion with residencies in some of Ireland’s biggest venues including El Divino (Belfast), Filthy McNasty’s (Belfast) & The Wright Venue (Dublin).

In addition to the Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival Rick’s summer dates also include extensive appearances in Spain, the Balkans and other dates across Europe from stylish Jazz clubs to festival stages at Ultra Europe & Spring Break Croatia alongside acts including Tiesto, Armin Van Burren & The Chemical Brothers.

Aside from the fusion aspect Rick has also collaborated with some of the top names in Irish and International Jazz & Blues.

Hot Tamales @ Harkins Bar (Out Back)
Jun 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Yayyy…it’s the Hot Tamales…and this year they’re goin’ Al Fresco out back in Harkins !

Come catch their sultry blend of roots, blues & Americana from 5pm Saturday.

 

Alan Niblock Blues Trio @ Granny Annies
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bass supremo Alan Niblock and friends will be providing the sounds at Grannie Annies on Saturday evening.

Bourbon Swing @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bourbon Swing @ Douglas' Bar

If you’re in love with the sweet and soulful sounds of New Orleans then you can’t afford to miss The Bourbon Swing Jazz Band, one of the best Dixieland bands to emanate from Northern Ireland.

This group of close friends is led by the talented Bill Cheney (trumpet) and the band stays faithful to the tradition of the Delta, drawing upon a substantial repertoire of tunes from the early 20th Century.

Bourbon Swing’s influences range from King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton to the great Louis Armstrong. You’ll soon be caught up in the ragtime revelry and longing for Louisiana.

Daylight Wobblies @ Alexander Arms
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

No more to say really…festival officianados will know all about these guys…

They’ve a tendency to be wobbly, and the keyboard player will have been sat in the same seat from 2pm…and may need lifted out of it at the end of gig 2…

They’ve got the blues for you to use…

Some new faces in the lineup this year, come along to the AA – it’s guaranteed to be bouncin’ !

Stevie & The G’s @ Corner Bar
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Stevie and the Gs are a new, vibrant 6 piece band from Derry, including musicians with over 20 years experience of gigging.

Fresh from City of Derry Jazz Festival and The WallsFest, this popular outfit are making the trip down the A2 to Limavady to play The Depot on Thursday night, and The Corner Bar on Saturday evening.

The Invisible Jug Band @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Back again for 2…yes 2 gigs at the 2019 festival, and hailing from the wild west of Ireland, The Invisible Jug Band are a rag tag collective of some of Galway finest musicians.

Inspired by the music and style of early 20th century American roots music, their sound blurs the lines between folk, bluegrass, country, blues , jazz and ragtime.

The band are well known for performing infectiously energetic shows with plenty of audience participation .

Expect harmony singing, banjo, double bass, washboard, clarinet, mandolin, kazoos, fiddle, harmonicas and more…

With this band literally anything can happen!

John Trotter Jazz Quartet @ Harkins Bar
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
John Trotter Jazz Quartet @ Harkins Bar

A festival stalwart drawing the crowds every time and everywhere they play. Expect superb musicianship aplenty.

The Soul Doctors ft. Maeve Dunphy @ The Depot
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Get down to The Depot….to the Depot…  for some Saturday evening soul, blues and jazz, with Maeve Dunphy on vocals and guitar, Jerome McGlynn on guitar, Caolan Hutchinson on piano, Peter Doherty on bass, and Aidan Dunphy on drums.

Special pests may feature.

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The Willie Byrne Band @ Masonic Hall
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Willie Byrne is recognised as one of Belfast’s hidden gems, legendary among Ireland’s guitar fraternity. He has been performing since the late seventies, steadily developing a reputation as a master of electric and acoustic guitar.

For those of you lucky enough to catch the Willie Byrne Band at our previous festivals, we’re pretty sure you will want to hear them again…

Versatile performers capable of switching from acoustic to hard rockin blues in a heartbeat !

Cajun Moon @ Corner Bar
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cajun Moon @ Corner Bar

Featuring David O’Connor and Martin Smyth, appearing for the first time in Festival 2019.

Hailing from the Donegals Inishowen Peninsula Marty and Dave have been playing music together and in various lineups since their school days.

Both are vocalists with Marty on bass and Dave on acoustic and electric guitar.

They play a selection of cover versions of the blues, rock and country they grew with, from JJ Cale, Chuck Berry, Randy Newman, Jimmy Reed, John Prine and many more.

Grand Camaros @ Limavady Cricket & Rugby Club
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

By popular demand The Grand Camaros will be back to join us for 2 gigs in Festival 2019 !

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, The Grand Camaros are a well seasoned 5 piece playing a mix of rock, soul and blues.

Now fronted by Belfast’s Karen Lismore making a welcome return to the live music scene with a new found passion for the blues, expect a big sound with vocally fronted harmonies, with influences from Steely Dan, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Joe Cocker and more !

Oh yeeesssss !!! Save me a front row seat…😁😁😁👍

 

Portabello @ Granny Annies (Beer Garden)
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Portabello @ Granny Annies (Beer Garden)

Portabello are an 8-Piece band from Derry.  The Band have been together for almost 10 years and have gigged extensively.

Combining a set influenced by the best of rhythm & blues, pop, funk, soul and jazz, Portabello put their own touch to some old and new favourites.   With their dynamic performances, rhythmic fire and big brass sound, audiences will be enthralled.  A Top Class “all live” band with something for everyone, Portabello are not to be missed.

Influences include Tower of Power, Randy Crawford, Incognito, Average White Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Steely Dan, Big Band Jazz & Blues and modern day classics.

Rab McCullough @ The Thatch
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Rab McCullough, who had a record deal with Warner Brothers and shared stages with names such as AC/DC, Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison, as well as opening for Jimi Hendrix, has also played with musicians from Cream, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse’s band over the last 50 years in the music business.

He is renowned for holding the longest residency in Northern Ireland, with a 21-year stint at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast, and he made front page news when Hollywood A-lister Tim Robbins joined him on stage in 2008.

He continues to play across Europe, headlining festivals and flying the flag for the blues.

We are delighted to welcome Rab back to Limavady for his second gig of our 2019 festival at The Thatch, kicking off at 8pm.

Dave Martin & The Casino Cats Swing Band @ Roe Park Resort
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Swing the night away at the Roe Park with the ever popular Dave Martin and the Casino Cats.

Undoubtedly, the most in demand & best known Swing singer across Ireland.

With his blend of smooth velvety vocals, effortless performance ability, and natural warm charisma, he offers a captivating and incomparable tribute to some of the greatest music around.

His seasoned band contains the finest professional musicians in the province !

Eilidh Patterson @ Antoinettes
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Following her spellbinding performance at the Keady Clachan last year, we’re stoked to have Eilidh Patterson joining us again, this time in the similarly intimate surroundings of Antoinette’s, just off Market Street.

Eilidh (pronounced I-Lee) is a singer/songwriter from Derry, N. Ireland.

In recent years, she has performed in the States, the UK and in Europe, captivating audiences with her voice and songs.

Eilidh’s relaxed stage presence invites the listener to sit back and enjoy her unique take on life and love.  She has released two albums (When The Time Comes  & This Is Now) and most recently, an EP called Grown-ups Need Lullabies Too.

Come along to Antoinette’s with your tipple of choice…this is a BYO event !

 

Modern Swing Collective @ Harkins Bar (Out Back)
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Modern Swing Collective is keeping Gypsy Jazz alive in Belfast !

With Mathew Dowie on lead guitar, Les Bamber on rhythm guitar and vocals, James Cunningham on clarinet, Michael Currie on bass, Niall from Manouche on violin, and Nicolas Deschatrettes on rhythm guitar.

Chris Taplin Blues Band @ Granny Annies
Jun 15 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am

Regulars at Belfast’s American Bar, the Chris Taplin Blues Band is a 4 piece band, inspired by the music of Muddy Waters to SRV, Howlin ‘ Wolf, Albert King, Hendrix to Jack White, Rory Gallagher, and more.

Chris Taplin – guitar and vocals
Steve Cummings – harmonica
James Doone – bass
Ben Flavelle-Cobain – drums

https://www.facebook.com/ChrisTaplinMusc/

Chris Taplin Blues Band on Instagram @christaplinbluesband

Hip Joint DC @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 15 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am

Hip Joint DC is a seven-piece funk band with members from Tyrone, Derry and Donegal, that have known each other for many years.

The Hip Joint DC line-up includes…

  • Aidan Dunphy on drums
  • Mark Bradley from Strabane on trumpet
  • Derry musician Stephen Bradley on saxophone
  • Letterkenny’s Pat Campbell on keyboard
  • Joseph Leighton from Derry on guitar
  • from Donegal Maire O’Donnell on vocals and Michael McGinty on bass.

 

Little Wilgar & The Crackpot Preachers @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 15 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am

These guys blew us away at their Festival Debut last year, and we couldn’t wait to get them back !!  This year they will be taking on Douglas’ Bar to the wee hours of Sunday morning…

Rockin blues originals and classics – from high energy rock blues to moody deep down classics.

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Mike Wilgar

The Crackpots
Speedo Wilson
Phil Smith
Ben Flavelle-Cobain

 

 

Posted by Little Wilgar & The Crackpot Preachers on Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Mark Braidner Blues Trio *SCHEDULE CHANGE* @ Limavady Recreation Club
Jun 15 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am

In a change to the publicised billing we are stoked to welcome The Mark Braidner Blues Trio to Limavady Recreation Club on Saturday night.

An ever popular festival favourite, featuring Mark “Bee-sting” Braidner on acoustic and resonator guitars, Bill Johnston on bass and Michael Conway on drums.

Very popular on the blues festival circuit this trio recreates the pre-war blues sounds of the 1920s and 30s American South.

Mark plays as if he has just stepped off a Mississippi steamboat. An eclectic mix of down home Delta and Country Blues, songs by the likes of Leadbelly, Robert Johnston and Skip James, through to the up tempo city sounds of Ragtime and Hokum originally performed by artists such as Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy and Casey Bill Weldon.

With a bit of Rock n Roll and Soul thrown in for good measure it’s sure to be an enjoyable musical experience.

Superb foot-tapping stuff!

Review Credit SD Bell’s Coffee House and Tea Rooms

Mark Braidner

The Armstrong Experience @ Alexander Arms
Jun 15 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am

Originally from Belfast, bass and drum duo ‘The Armstrong Experience’ have supported some of Northern Ireland’s finest performers for many years.

They have laid down a steady drum and bass groove for artists such as Ken Haddock, Brian Houston and Willie Byrne and they formed the backbone of Belfast Acid Jazz band Wavy Gravy.

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Lee Hedley Blues Band @ The Depot
Jun 15 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am

A good auld mix of Blues and Rock with a little soul thrown in.

Serious musicianship and a highly entertaining frontman.

No set list required.

Bring yer dancing shoes.

Not to be missed.

Mark Black Band @ Harkins Bar
Jun 15 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am

Mark Black Band are a power trio unlike any other traditional blues based outfit.  Featuring amplified 12 string acoustic guitars, lap steel, didjireedoo, pumping driving roots rhythms grooves that make this act one of the hottest and dynamic live acts around.

The band is led by singer/songwriter and guitarist Mark Black, whose musical credentials include 2 self produced studio albums and a double live album and concert dvd featuring the 13 Piece Big Band “The Roots Orchestra”.  Also featuring Seamus Devenny on drums and Brendan McGlynn (Color//Sound) on bass.

Mark is a songwriter, guitarist and producer with a very distinctive style of “rootsy blues”, who often combines rock, country and Celtic influences into his powerful mix.

Highlights from previous years include performances at Glastonbury Festival 2009, Sea Sessions 2010, Earagail Arts Festival 2009/2010/2012 and Enniskillen Arts Festival 2010, as well as touring support dates with Alabama 3, Paddy Casey, Mundy, Hot House Flowers, Jerry Fish & The MudBug Club, Brian Kennedy, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze.

Here’s a flavour from Bandwagon TV, which specialises in stripped down acoustic numbers, performed in that caravan off Father Ted – the one with Graham Norton in it…

‘Leave Without A Trace’, the second single from the album ‘Ghosts In The Fire’ features the power rock trio doing what they do best – with big drums, big guitars and powerful vocal harmonies. Mixed by Tommy McLaughlin from the Villagers.  The video (below) features epic big wave surfing scenes from the West Coast of Ireland.

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Mind Benders @ Corner Bar
Jun 15 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 1:00 am
Mind Benders @ Corner Bar

The Mindbenders are well known in these parts, hailing from Derry and Donegal.

The band started as a 2 piece way back around 1988 & was formed with Paul Curran on bass/vocals & Gerry Coyle on guitar/vocals, but got the name from former “Something Else” band member & all round mad man Eugene Roddy on drums/vocals.

Paul & Gerry played as a 2 piece for many years but missed the buzz & groove of a live band, so they brought in Brian Curran Keys/vocals & Don Ponsonby Drums/vocals.

Brian left, Ali joined and that’s the way its been since.

Occasionally, you can still catch Paul and Gerry as an acoustic duo or with the original drummer, a guy called Roland Arfive or even his good friend Ba King Track on keys.

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Carrowmena Family Fun Day @ Carrowmena
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

After the fantastic success of the first Jazz’n’Blues Family Fun Day last year, our friends in Carrowmena are taking part again in this year’s festival on Sunday 16th June.

Music this year will be provided by a selection of the finest of local young musicians :-

Clara Clements
Molly Hogg
Aron Lestas
Jamie Clements
“45”
“The Era”

SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL ARTIST DETAILS AND BIOS


Family fun days are designed to be a perfect day out for all the family.  Admission to the site is FREE.

As well as spending time outdoors and enjoying some LIVE music, there will be loads of activities on offer for the whole family (young and old) to try at a reduced price.

The Coffee Pod will be open and Hot Food will be on offer, or bring your own Picnic and just enjoy the music! 🌭🧺

If you want to try any of the Activities – they are token-based and can be purchased at reception or DISCOUNTED TOKENS can be pre-booked online to avoid disappointment.

Tokens purchased online will be at a DISCOUNTED rate of £3.00 or you can purchase a Family Bundle of 6 tokens for £15.

Tokens purchased on the day will cost £3.50 or you can purchase a Family Bundle of 6 tokens for £18.

A sample of activities include Zipline (x2 tokens) / Leap of Faith / Archery / High Rope Course Elements / Orienteering / Inflatables, and more.

For TOKENS and more information please contact Carrowmena Activity Centre directly – more details can be found at www.carrowmena.co.uk.

 


Who’s On The Bill ?


Lining up to take the stage at Sunday’s Family Fun Day in Carrowmena is the cream of local young musical talent.  Don’t miss this chance to catch our potential stars of the future.  Hot off the press… we have the full artist bios below…and some little snippets to whet your musical taste buds !

So, our line-up, in order of age…youngest first…that’s fair right ?!


Clara Clements

Clara & Jamie Clements

Clara is in her second year at St. Mary’s Limavady, and sings with the school choir. She was one of six Year 8 pupils to be chosen for last year’s Christmas production of “Blame it on the Boogie”.

During the past year Clara was cast for the ensemble of the Millennium Forum’s Youth Production of “Cats” and has more recently become a member of “LMS” and performed in their production of “Guys and Dolls”. Clara loves to be on stage and is hoping that she will perform again with LMS in their Production of “Calamity Jane” in April 2020.  You will also see Clara in the junior cast of the Millennium Forum’s Christmas Pantomimes.

Clara is also a member of the Long Tower Folk Group, and has been since birth 😉 and is now studying grades in Clarinet and Piano. She has previously performed in the Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, and in the “Art Tent” at the Stendhal Festival in Limavady.  And just to top it off, Clara is also a member of the Rainbow School of Dance where she studies grade in tap, acro and modern dance !

Clara’s love for music, stage, dance, drama and singing is the making of one happy teenager 🙂


Molly Hogg

Molly Hogg

Molly is the grand old age of 15, and has been singing since she was 5 yrs old.  She started writing her own songs when she was 10, and since then it hasn’t stopped.
Her favourite music is very wide-spread – starting with Ella Fitzgerald, and going all the way to heavy metal !
Molly has sung at Danny Boy Jazz and Blues several times already, and has thoroughly enjoyed it every time – as did the audience 🙂
Molly has also played Stendhal Festival for the past six years and is very excited to play there again this year.  At Carrowmena she will singing here own song “My Ladies”, and two other jazz pieces.
See and hear more of Molly on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon (search for Molly Hogg) and be sure to check out her latest video here on Youtube.

Aron Lestas

Aron is a 16 year old singer/songwriter who exploded onto the Northern Ireland scene with his first recorded single, Jigsaw, in January 2019.

This talented young artist is at the beginning of his music and performing journey, but he already shows a style and confidence that is getting him noticed in various music locations, including getting airtime in several London Radio Stations.

Follow Aron on Instagram @aronlestas.

We’re delighted to welcome Aron to Carrowmena – you can also check out his music on Youtube…


Jamie Clements

Clara & Jamie Clements

Jamie is 17 years old, and music plays a huge part of his life. During his time at Drumachose Primary School, he was cast in the lead roles of their productions of “My Fair Lady”, and “The Sound of Music”. He also won their talent competition “Drumachose Has Got Talent”.

Jamie has just completed studying his first year of A levels at Limavady Grammar School, where he has performed in many of their school productions, Spring and Christmas Concerts, but most recently as Mr. Crocker in their Christmas production of “Back to the 80’s”. Where his rendition of “Man in the Mirror” was amazing.

Jamie was also cast to play the role of “Skimbleshanks” in the Millennium Forum Youth Theatre’s production of “Cats” in the summer of 2018, and in July this year you will see him again on stage in the Production of “Legally Blonde” where he has been cast as one of the “Harvard Boys”.

For the past few years Jamie has become a member of the long running “LMS” where he has performed in their last two productions in the Millennium Forum and is hoping to join the cast of “Calamity Jane” for their show in April 2020.

Jamie is also a very talented piano player, which has led to several performances in the Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, The Foyle Maritime Festival, and also the Stendhal Festival.

So its safe to say “Jamie’s Got Talent”… BA DUM TSSSH 🙂


“45”

“45” are Jack, James, Ben and Malachy, Year 10 and 11 pupils at Limavady Grammar School.

The boys formed their band as a result of their shared love of groups such as Guns n Roses and The Foo Fighters.

They are indebted to one of their teachers, Mr Patrick Park, who was instrumental in introducing them to each other and has mentored and encouraged their development from day one.

“45”


“The Era”

“The Era” are present & past pupils from St Mary’s School Limavady, who got together about a year & half ago.

The band members are

  • Ronan Kelly (vocals /rhythm guitar)
  • Eoin McGuinness (lead guitar)
  • Matthew O’Kane (bass)
  • Joshua Peoples (drums)

Joining the boys on guest vocals for a few numbers is Ariana O’Kane.

The band perform their own brand of ‘alternative rock’, performing original material as well as covers, and have a strong musical background from their time in St Mary’s.

Sorry – no full band photo – but we’ll fix that on Sunday… 😉


 

Jazz Lite @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

JazzLite – great songs, smokey vocal – so if you’re lonesome, got the fever, getting sentimental or in the mood for love…it could be unforgettable !

John Trotter Blues Quartet @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
John Trotter Blues Quartet @ Douglas' Bar

A festival stalwart drawing the crowds everytime and everywhere they play. Expect superb musicianship aplenty.

Modern Swing Collective @ Banters
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Modern Swing Collective is keeping Gypsy Jazz alive in Belfast !

With Mathew Dowie on lead guitar, Les Bamber on rhythm guitar and vocals, James Cunningham on clarinet, Michael Currie on bass, Niall from Manouche on violin, and Nicolas Deschatrettes on rhythm guitar.

The Invisible Jug Band @ Keady Clachan
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Playing this their 2nd gig at the 2019 festival, and hailing from the wild west of Ireland, The Invisible Jug Band are a rag tag collective of some of Galway finest musicians.

Inspired by the music and style of early 20th century American roots music, their sound blurs the lines between folk, bluegrass, country, blues , jazz and ragtime.

The band are well known for performing infectiously energetic shows with plenty of audience participation .

Expect harmony singing, banjo, double bass, washboard, clarinet, mandolin, kazoos, fiddle, harmonicas and more…

With this band literally anything can happen!

Shawn Jones & Stephen Inglis @ Granny Annies
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Shawn Jones & Stephen Inglis @ Granny Annies

We are officially trembling with excitement to announce that the fabulous Shawn Jones will be returning to Irish shores for this year’s festival (and other gigs!!). Joined this year by Stephen Inglis Music – DO NOT MISS THESE GUYS when they appear in Frank Owens Yard on Saturday afternoon AND/OR Grannie Annies on Sunday.

Here’s a wee taster of Shawn’s latest video to whet your appetite…😁😁😁👍 Yeeeeessssssssss sur !


Armed with a powerful and affecting voice, compelling songs, and virtuoso guitar skills, SHAWN JONES has been captivating his audiences for 25 years. Whether solo or with his blues/rock trio he’s been making his mark throughout the U.S., Ireland, United Kingdom and European Union.
Shawn has five studio albums and one live album under his belt. Shawn opened for five-time Grammy winning legend Robert Cray on a 16 date theater tour of the UK in the summer of 2018. Early on, he was managed by the late, great Waylon Jennings, which earned him the opportunity to tour and record with him.
Shawn has shared bills with many renowned musicians, including B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, and many others.

Stephen Inglis is a versatile Guitar Slinger and Word Singer !!
He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar.
He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann.
Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slackin on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric. His latest album, “Cut The Dead Some Slack” Grateful Dead interpreted Slack Key style,
has been garnering rave reviews worldwide.
Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He has played to sold out crowds at esteemed venues such as The Barns at Wolftrap and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.

The Men Who Knew Too Much @ Alexander Arms
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

These “well informed men” play a mixture of blues, alt country, cajun and folk with an odd Hawaian number thrown in for good measure!

Featuring Percy Robinson (guitar,dobro,vocals), Egon Callery (guitar,vocals) and Sean McCarron (saxophone,percussion), these 3 outstanding musicians play a diverse mix and never fail to impress with their laid back style.


Percy Robinson (guitar & dobro & vocals) has played with some of the best in rock, country and blues, and has been christened the best steel guitarist in the world by no less a luminary than Cowboy Jack Clements (likely to be a relative of Rory !).  And Clements should know – he has worked with stars such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, U2 and many, many others.

Percy Robinson

Percy Robinson

During the showband era Robinson toured the dance halls of Ireland and Britain with The Cotton Mill Boys and Gloria and Mississippi.  There followed a period during which he played a key role in bands such as Rule The Roost, Raw, The Gooseberries and The Blue Valentines.

Throughout his music career Robinson has been much in demand as a session musician contributing to albums by artists such as Terence Trent D’Arby, Townes Van Zandt, Paul Brady, Bap Kennedy and Mary Black to name but a few. He has also built a reputation as a sound engineer and producer, running his own studio.

Today, in addition to his work with The Men That Knew Too Much, Percy is also a regular member of The Henry McCullough Band.

http://www.percyrobinson.com/


Sean McCarron (saxophone & percussion) is originally from Strabane and now lives in Lisfannon with his wife Mary.

He has been in bands since his early days starting with a group called Quarterdeck.   Sean is a session musician who plays with many well known musicians.  He plays the saxophone with five different live bands throughout the Northwest and beyond.

Sean holds the rather unnerving honour of being the only man in Ireland to survive after being hit by three vehicles in succession…

Sean McCarron

Sean McCarron


Egon Callery (guitar & vocals), originally of Dutch descent, but now almost a native Irishman !   Egon can also be found playing in many different guises across the North West, and has shared the stage with notable company.  A man of mystery…!

Egon Callery

Egon Callery

The Men That Knew Too Much

Ursula & Co – Father’s Day Jazz @ Drummond Hotel
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ursula & Co have become a very popular jazz ensemble at the heart of the vibrant music scene throughout the North West of Ireland – from The City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival, the intimate setting of Encore Supper Club in The Millennium Forum to The Club Cabaret Playhouse Theatre experience. Ursula has been joined on stage by some of Northern Ireland finest musicians including world famous trumpeter Linley Hamilton

Ursula & Co are influenced by the show tunes of Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin and Cole Porter and have developed a repertoire of some of the most exquisite melodies and love songs of all time. Ursula’s warm personality, gentle humour and sensual interpretations of the classics navigate her audience on a journey of romance and reminiscence.

An enchanting experience of live music and performance.

Grand Camaros @ Crown Bar
Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

By popular demand The Grand Camaros will be back to join us for 2 gigs in Festival 2019 !

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, The Grand Camaros are a well seasoned 5 piece playing a mix of rock, soul and blues.

Now fronted by Belfast’s Karen Lismore making a welcome return to the live music scene with a new found passion for the blues, expect a big sound with vocally fronted harmonies, with influences from Steely Dan, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Joe Cocker and more !

Oh yeeesssss !!! Save me a front row seat…😁😁😁👍

 

High Heel Converse @ Granny Annies (Beer Garden)
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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High Heeled Converse are an acoustic duo from North West Donegal.

Pat Muldowney on guitar and vocals is surely one of the finest working guitar players in Ireland today.

He is joined by his partner, the gorgeous and irrepressible Caroline Coyle, who will bring her distinctive husky Celtic/Scottish influenced jazz and folk vocal styling to the mix.

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Lee Hedley Blues Band @ Harkins Bar
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A good auld mix of Blues and Rock with a little soul thrown in.

Serious musicianship and a highly entertaining frontman.

No set list required.

Bring yer dancing shoes.

Not to be missed.

The Jambons @ Banters
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Yvonne Holmes is a superb jazz vocalist and as so has been lead vocalist with a number of big bands in the North West, including Nightheat and The Soul Seekers.

Her repertoire includes not only jazz but blues, ska, funk and soul.

She has enthralled audiences in the North West with her versatile jazz style and outstanding performance.

An advocate of the Derry jazz circuit, she captivates with her naturally versatile velvety vocals regularly performing with the Gay McIntyre quartet and Andy Monk and the Blue Notes.

Patrick Duffy @ Harkins Bar (Out Back)
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Patrick Duffy @ Harkins Bar (Out Back)

Local man Patrick Duffy performs as a solo act who carries a passion for music.

Putting his own twist on anything from classics to modern hits and not restricted to any one genre.

Patrick’s unique style of guitar playing matched with his vocals are sure to set you on the way to a good night!

Catch Patrick out back of Harkins Bar on Sunday evening !

 

The Palais Swing Band @ Granny Annies
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A superb live 10 piece band performing hits from the swing era.

From Glenn Miller to Jools Holland – from Ella Fitzgerald to Caro Emerald – from Rat Pack to Michael Bublé – from Louis Prima to Paolo Nutini – and many more !

Whether you are old or young – or old – or in between, come along, sing along, and dance to the Palais Swing Band !

Kick The Bucket Blues Band @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

We are delighted to have Kick the Bucket Blues Band back in Limavady !

Kick The Bucket Blues Band are a four piece blues ensemble, incorporating influences from soul, rockabilly and funk music. Coming from the small village of Sixmilecross in County Tyrone, they enjoy explore all aspects of the blues genre, putting their own spin on classics from greats such as Memphis Minnie and Big Mamma Thornton, as well as interpretations of contemporary artists such as Amy Winehouse and Imelda May.

Fronted by lead singer Linda McLaughlin and backed up by guitarist Stephen Rafferty, bass player Gerard McCrory and drummer Shane Tierney, these four musicians have accumulated a dedicated following and are busy gigging nation-wide at least twice a week.

For more information on the band and details of upcoming appearances, find them online at:
https://www.facebook.com/kickthebucketband

https://www.reverbnation.com/kickthebucketbluesband(Demo Recordings)

Search ‘Kick The Bucket Blues Band’ on Youtube to access a wide range of live recordings.

 

Soulseekers @ The Thatch
Jun 16 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 17 @ 1:00 am

A huge hit from 2018, and fresh from Derry Jazz Festival come the Soulseekers.

Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Bad Manners – quite a mix, put your dancing shoes on !!

 

The Simple Truth @ Harkins Bar
Jun 16 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 17 @ 1:00 am
The Simple Truth @ Harkins Bar

Raucous 2 piece featuring the one and only Tommy Hopkins on guitar, with Niall Mac providing the vocals.

What a way to close out the festival in Harkins !