Men n Black @ Alexander Arms
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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).


Joan Talbot @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Joan Talbot from Dublin joins up with the “Boys” who hail from Strabane & Omagh to perform in various Jazz festivals during the year – including Derry Jazz Festival, Doonbeg, Dunfanaghy and Galway Festivals to name but a few.  This year they are delighted to be a part of the Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival.

Gerard Bradley (Keyboards/Piano), Peter Doherty (Double Bass), Mark Bradley (Trumpet) & Aidan Dunphy (Drums) have been performing together for six years or more. Their repertoire includes the great jazz standards from the 20’s to the 50’s with plenty of swing, ballads & blues to whet the appetite of their many fans throughout Ireland.

The relaxed style of this very accomplished band and obvious enjoyment of their music endear them to their audience and guarantees an evening to remember.  Not to be missed !

The Simon Kennedy Band @ Methodist Church
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Limavady Churches Together” proudly present, as part of the Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, The Simon Kennedy Band.

A guitar and organ driven blues trio, the band was formed in 2014 by Dundee born guitarist Simon Kennedy. Enlisting Mirek Hodun on the organ they set about writing and producing their debut album “Make Up Your Mind” themselves which was well received by critics and fans alike with BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones saying the band were “deservedly the recipients of a great deal of praise” and the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association voting it their Album of the Month.

Glasgow based session drummer Richard Kennedy, joined the band in 2017 to complete the line-up of guitar, organ and drums.

With the success of the debut album they have been sought out to play major festivals like The Orkney Blues Festival, Perth’s Southern Fried Festival and Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival. They also had the pleasure of playing Scotland’s biggest blues club in Edinburgh, in support of Big Joe Louis. In 2016 the band headlined a sold out show at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival during the International Edinburgh Festival.

2017 will see the band release a follow up to their well received debut album towards the end of the year.

ADMISSION : Donation at Door

Clara Rose Band @ The Depot
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

After a brief sabbatical in 2016, we are pleased to announce the return of Clara Rose to the beautiful North West for our 21st Festival.

Powerful, sassy & soulful, The Clara Rose Band is always a live experience not to be missed !

Clara Rose, Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, Limavady

Clara Rose will be appearing at Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, Limavady

Unforgettable powerful vocals, carefully crafted songs and water-tight band. Authentic roots n’ blues with a pinch of folk.

For Clara Rose it has always been about ‘the song’. On her mother’s knee, the school choir getting onto ‘the telly’, winning an All-Ireland medal at the age of 12… the inevitable ‘all-girls indie rock band’ in her teens followed by her first blues outfit with Mick Fay, ‘Jungle Train’ who rocked various stages of N.U.I Maynooth where she completed her music degree.

She then took it up a notch by releasing her critically acclaimed debut album “A Portfolio” (2010) and live E.P “Queen of the Late Night Radio” (2014). Successful collaborations with blues harmonica legend Don Baker included a guest appearance on his 2013 album, ‘My Songs, My Friends’ and a collaborative album entitled ‘Baker Rose’ featuring original songs from the pair (2016).

With acoustic guitar in hand Clara Rose has been on the road with The Clara Rose Band and with The Don Baker Band playing shows & festivals nationwide, across Europe and even finding some blues joints to hear her dulcet tones in the U.S.A and London. She has shared stages with Eleanor McEvoy, Henry McCullough, Paul Brady, The Stunning, Brian Kennedy & Mary Coughlan to name a few.

2017 sees Clara Rose embark on recording her second solo album with her band. Her new music has taken a turn in the road, steering more towards melodic folk/roots but still tinted with the blues and always with ‘that’ unmistakable voice, the songstress: Clara Rose.

All releases available:, iTunes, Spotify

Hotpress – Jackie Hayden: “Smouldering set from blues – folk singer…Backed by a sterling bunch of Irish musicians … Rose brings a raw rootsy blues edge to the vocals on her enticing folk and folk rock”

Clara Rose, Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, Limavady

Clara Rose will be appearing at Danny Boy Jazz &

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The Clandestinos @ Limavady Cricket & Rugby Club
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Clandestinos formed in 2014 in their hometown of Galway. Their intention was to celebrate and pay tribute to the much loved music of Reggae, Ska and Latin and to bring its live atmosphere and vibe to Irish audiences.

From classic Jamaican roots reggae, the British ska and punk artists it helped influence, to the Latin tinged sounds implemented by the likes of Manu Chao and Buena Vista Social Club, The Clandestinos fuse all of this together in their 7-piece live show with the agenda being to get the high spirits up and to make people move !

Having started out as a more minimal affair in their stage set up, the completed line-up now comprises of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums and is completed by a trio of saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Expect Classic Roots favourites, Ska and Punk-Reggae from 80’s era London, groovy Latin and a hint of dub here and there for good measure.

We can’t wait…!!!  Let’s see those old-time Ska dancers out in force !

Mark Black Band @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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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Shawn Jones @ Alexander Arms
Jun 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With a new blistering blues/rock trio album on the way, winning the SCBS Battle Of The Blues Bands, and several European tours gaining him thousands of new fans, it’s obvious Shawn Jones is on a roll !

Recently, Shawn was invited to guest as opener for the five time Grammy winning legend Robert Cray on a 16 date theatre tour of the UK. “The response and CD sales were overwhelming!”, says Shawn.

With five studio albums and one live album under his belt, Shawn’s skills as a seasoned songwriter, guitarist and vocalist make him one of the most dynamic and relevant artists on today’s music scene. With over 20 years of touring experience, Shawn stays true to form of his influences.

Growing up in the heartland of Southern California, one of Shawn’s earliest recollections as a boy was listening to his father singing and playing the guitar, which then led him to follow his dreams as a professional musician.  He’s 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.

Shawn has been touring in excess of 200 dates a year, creating new fans and followers everywhere he performs, which includes the U.S., Ireland, United Kingdom and European Union. His variety of performances capture his audience whenever he’s playing an acoustic set that highlights his soulful voice and incredible guitar skills or rocking the crowd with his band of world class musicians.

Windy City Rev Ups @ Frank Owens : Marquee
Jun 9 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

Brought to Limavady by Air Cool Engineering for this exclusive Irish gig, all the way from Chicago, the Windy City Rev Ups will hit Frank Owens on Friday night, and the Rugby Club on Saturday night.  Big shout out to Martin Mullan of Aircool for his generosity in bringing the Rev-Ups to Ireland – more on the story behind this soon… 🙂

The Windy City Rev Ups perform revved up rock n’ blues!  Best described as high energy R&B mixed with originals, classic blues standards and rock n’ roll anthems.  Performing popular music that is guaranteed to get rock clubs rockin’, blues rooms smokin’ and dance floors hoppin’ – their music captures the characteristic up beat R&B sound of Chicago fused with soulful harmonica, saxophone and hard hitting guitar driven Rock n’ Roll.

The band’s credentials include 1,000’s of live performances, over 15 years of live shows, 9 CD releases, numerous Chicago media song and music awards including “Best Local CD Release”, “Best R&B Band” and “Best Blues Band”. The band is fronted by the sole official member “Windy City Rev” and includes long time band members and professional Chicago area musicians.

The Windy City Rev Ups have performed regularly at Chicago House of Blues for 10 years and in over 150 other Chicago area venues and festivals including the world famous Chicago Blues Festival.

Their music has been featured on the radio in the USA and overseas, during live broadcasts such as Hambone’s Blues Party WDCB, in interviews and on Cable TV. Worldwide music sales and CD packaging is distributed by CD Baby, the world’s largest distributor of independent music. The Windy City Rev Ups music is available at live shows and on-line from CD Baby, iTunes USA, Spotify, Amazon and other major on-line music retailers.

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