Kaz Hawkins Band – Festival Launch SOLD OUT @ Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 am

Having blown us all away in 2016 with our Festival Opener, who better to have back for our 21st Anniversary than the Kaz Hawkins Band ?!  Winners of the European Blues Challenge 2017.

Kaz will be playing 2 shows this year : Part 1 on Wednesday night at our 21st Birthday Party, and Part 2 on Thursday night at our Festival Launch.  Different sets, so make it a KHB double bubble and go to both gigs !

Multi award winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland’s very own soul darling. The Belfast born singer-songwriter is fast becoming a performing icon across the UK & Europe. Her high energy, original shows with her 1950’s style swing-dress-meets-Dr Martens look and ability to closely connect with her fans contribute to make Kaz one of today’s most popular roots artists in the UK and Ireland as she continues to play to full houses.

Kaz Hawkins Band won the 3rd UK Blues Challenge in 2016 which won them the right to represent the UK in Memphis in 2017 at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) were they made it to the semi-finals, the first ever UK Band to compete in the Blues Foundation event.

They went on to represent the UK at the European Blues Challenge in Denmark where they won against 21 countries becoming the first ever UK band to bring home the title for United Kingdom.

Tickets available ONLINE ONLY – All Proceeds to Fund the Festival


Nick McConkey – GUITAR
Janny Uhrin – BASS




Dave Martin & The Casino Cats Swing Band @ Frank Owens : Marquee
Jun 8 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 1:00 am


One of the hottest Swing bands in Ireland, Dave Martin & Casino Cats are like no other. They’ve crafted their music over the last decade, consistently filling dance floors and festival fields across Ireland. They perform a high-energy blend of classic Swing, 50’s Rock & Roll & Jive, together with many modern Pop, Rock & Country in their own unique style – they know how to throw a party!

Their massive 8-piece Band includes piano, electric bass, electric guitar, saxophone, two trumpets and drums! Their line-up for the Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival includes some of the most well-known players on our music scene – each at the top of their game!

Piano – Stephen Barnett
Bass – Eamon Hanlon
Guitar – Iggy Ward
Saxophone – Dave Howell
Trumpet – Rick Swann
Trumpet – Nathan Simpson
Drums – Aide McIlDuff

From their massive repertoire of music, they’ve put together a special set of songs for the Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival. They’ll be performing hits from artists such as Chuck Berry, Elvis, BB King, Queen, Paolo Nutini, Louis Prima, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison & James Brown – the band promises to give a night that people are sure to remember!

They’ve become well respected on the local music scene, regularly performing at major venues and music festivals including Waterfront Hall, Grand Opera House, Cafe Vaudeville, Derry Jazz Festival, Empire Music Hall, with residency at Bert’s Jazz Bar, Merchant Hotel.

They’ve performed for many top corporate clients such as UTV, BBC, Aston Martin, Ferrari, IN! Magazine & Ulster Rugby Club. Dave has even been lucky enough to sing with Michael Bublé in his hotel bar!

Some of the band are members of the Ulster Orchestra, the Ulster University Big Band. During their time, they’ve supported, recorded and performed with artists such as Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, and Snow Patrol, to name a few..

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