Espresso Jazz play mainstream jazz, swing, ballads, bossa, blues and bop. Attractive melodies, foot-tapping rhythms, well-tried hits from the 1920s onwards and newer latin, blues- and rock-tinged styles…
We are pleased to welcome Mark Bradley, no stranger to the Festival, on Trumpet and Yvonne Holmes on Vocals.
Yvonne is a Donegal singer songwriter. She was a contestant on the Eurovision song contest in 1993 and again in 1996. Yvonne was a regular guest with the Gay McIntyre Jazz quartet for many years. She has sung with very successful big band Nightheat and currently sings with The Soulseekers who play a lively mixture on funk, ska and soul music.
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 !
The Mindbenders are a four piece covers and originals band from Donegal & Derry.
Playing all over Ireland, the band blends funk, soul, rock & pop into a cocktail of pure musical entertainment. They have been regular guests of Guinness at the Cork Jazz Festival and have entertained every year at the Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival since its launch.
Four seasoned professionals, the band can tune their programme to entertain any audience. You’ll hear classics like “Rosanna” & “Africa”; Journey’s “Dont Stop Believin”, Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic”; “Reelin’ in the Years” & “My Old School” by Steely Dan; Funky 70’s hits like “September”, “Disco Inferno”, “Streetlife” & “Superstition”; Watch out for their version of the “Starsky and Hutch” theme tune and Prince’s “Purple Rain” with its epic guitar solo.
That’s just a few to mention but there’s loads more in the set, plenty to suit all musical tastes.
Now here’s a treat – Harry Connolly & Friends. One of the original musicians of the Cork Jazz Festival, coming to Limavady with his hugely talented band for 2 highly anticipated gigs.
Tenor Vocal & Flute : Harry Connolly has been a Jazz Musician for over 40 years and his love of the music is evident from the get go on stage. Plays and sings all the jazz standards – at home with the likes of Getz, Coltrane, Desmond, Ella, Frankie, Bennet – to name a few. Harry has played all over the world at various festivals in Norway, Europe, UK & Ireland, and is looking forward to a great weekend in Limavady, at our 21st Festival.
Trumpet : George Hasson is a long standing member of “Harry and Friends”, having play with the band at festivals all over the UK and Europe. George has worked with Louis Stewart, Richie Buckley, Mike Nielsen, Gay McIntyre, and has brought his unique style of trumpet playing to Festival’s in the USA and Canada, as well as living and playing in Spain and Germany.
Drums : James Anderson is a drummer and composer from Co. Armagh. Playing and writing music from an early age on piano, drums and anything rhythmical, James continues to spin various plates as well as provide many bands with backbone grooves, percussion and musical colouring in an original fashion. Recent projects include a Seamus Heaney musical and poetry tribute.
Guitar / Trumpet / Banjo / Vocal : Ian Date has been a professional guitarist since 1975 when he started playing in rock bands on the coast of NSW Australia. In 1980 he switched his focus to playing jazz, and since then has played at festivals, gigs and concerts all over the world from such diverse places as the Sydney Opera House, to bars of Co Cork, to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, to the Lava fields of Iceland and to the gypsy camps of Europe ! He has recorded on more than 70 albums either as a sideman or a leader, and has written music for stage and screen. Ian also plays trumpet, banjo and sings.
Bass / Flute / Vocal : Bryan Hyland’s musical career has taken him to France, Germany, Canada, Norway, the U.K. and Northern Ireland. Dublin-born, Cork-resident Brian Hyland has had the honour of playing with some of the best musicians around. As a bass player Brian is renowned for his swinging, no-nonsense style.
A high octane, mostly ‘unplugged’ jam session from some of the North West’s top musicians, featuring guitar, bass, drums, piano, organ, harmonica and mandolin from former and current members of the Mudskippers, Graffiti Limbo, the Willie Byrne Band, Stray and others. These guys don’t take themselves too seriously and who knows what could happen or who might turn up to play !
Come along and enjoy the fun, or the music, or the fun and the music with The Daylight Wobblies !
Current wobblies – in order of handsomeness – but we’re not saying whether that’s ascending order or descending order – best to come down and see for yourself…
- Sir Donald Craig – Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
- Sir Pat Muldowney – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
- Sir Rory Clements – Keyboards
- Sir George Kelly – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
- Sir Roger Patterson – Drums
Hot Tamales are an acoustic duo who mix diverse blues, country and americana influences and have earned a reputation throughout northwest Ireland for memorable live performances.
Featuring fine guitar picking and harmony vocals from John McFall (vocals, guitar, harmonica), and Allan Nicholl (vocals, guitars, stomp box, mandolin).
Expect unusual renditions of familiar material from the likes of Hank Williams, Dylan, John Prine and Brownie McGhee, mixed with less well known old-time, pre-war and Hokum blues, and Leon Redbone style selections from the Great American Songbook, all delivered with healthy dollop of self depreciating humour and irreverence.
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 !
Blackbird & Crow are a two piece act from Donegal and would be best described as a foot stomping, dynamic, blues outfit.
Maighread Grace is this vocalist of this duo and Stephen Doohan plays the slide guitar and foot stomp.
They are the perfect pairing with Stephen Doohan’s heart led guitar playing and Maighread’s primitive, wild performances.
Blackbird & Crow’s unqiueness is in the honesty and raw edge that there is to what they do. Their highest value is always to create authentic music.
Blackbird & Crow are currently organising their return to the states in August 2016 and also have a busy Summer ahead of them in Ireland, including a slot at this years International Rory Gallagher Festival in Donegal.
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The Invisible Jug Band are a rag-tag collective of some of Galway’s finest musicians.
Inspired by music of the 20s & 30s, their music is a mix of jug-band meets rag-time, country blues, jazz and bluegrass.
Expect harmony singing, 5 string banjo, double bass, washboard, violin, mandolin, kazoos, harmonicas and more.
With this band literally anything can happen !
Rab McCullough is an Irish blues legend having been an active contributor in the 60s and 70s when the blues baby came of age, sharing stages with his peers, who included Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and The Blues Breakers, and many more.
Rab is still a vital force on the scene, with his irresistible combination of Irish and American blues and high intensity hard rocking shows helping to redefine contemporary blues music.
Simply the King of Belfast Blues.
Fiona Trotter has performed at numerous Jazz and Blues Festivals throughout Ireland and Scotland with a 2 piece, 3/4 and 5 piece band called THE FIONA SCOTT TROTTER BAND and the 2 piece called HOT TO TROTT & LUKE. She has created and performed 2 highly successful theatre shows, and has released 2 albums.
From Pana to Louisiana – Cajun 6-piece !
Two Time Polka formed in Cork in 1994 and have developed a distinctive sound that has its roots in Cajun, Zydeco, and Bluegrass music.
They have built up an enviable reputation for turning out excellent live shows, including numerous performances at Irish festivals such as The Kilkenny Country Roots, The Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, The Cork Jazz Festival, The Galway Arts Festival, The Waterford Spraoi, The Cork Folk Festival to name but a few.
The band has also done several European tours and has played at the legendary Glastonbury Festival and more recently Italy’s Premier International Folk Festival ‘Folkest’.
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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The Grand Camaros are a well-seasoned four-piece playing a mix of Americana rock and blues.
A big sound with vocally driven harmonies, twin guitars, Hammond organ, keys and drums.
They have already built up a firm fan-base across the Province playing music influenced by artists such as Steely Dan, The Eagles and the Allman Bros.
- David Hughes – Guitar/Vocals
- Gordon Thompson – Keys/Vocals
- Mark Brown – Guitar/Vocals
- Glenn Gray – Drums/Percussion
Take three fine female voices, add the class of The Supremes, the funk of James Brown, the soul of Aretha, and a slice of now. Blend with brass and rhythm sections drawn from Northern Ireland’s hottest musical talent; and what you have is the sweet sound of Manukahunney.
It’s a sound driven by the special vocal blend created by singers Siobhan Brown, Jean Michelo and Ciara Mackey. London-born sisters Jean and Siobhan attribute their vocal prowess to years steeped in gospel music, while Ciara with her powerful vocal range is well respected in the music scene in Belfast.
Onstage, the fusion of musical traditions results in a potent mix of energy, earnestness and the smoothest of vocal harmonies that simmers and sails over tasty vibes cooked up by the sizzling backing musicians.
It’s live, it’s funky, it’s fun. Taste and see…
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 2014 Festival, we’re pretty sure you will want to hear them again…
For those of you who missed it, here’s Willie’s story so far in his own words…
I started playing the Guitar at 16yrs of age, my Dad bought me my first guitar, an Antoria Les Paul copy.
I still play this guitar for TINN LIZZY gigs and it’s pristine. Looks really pretty too.
After playing in several garage Bands I got the lead guitar gig with THE PETER BECKET BAND.
This was my first real outfit, doing University gigs some TV stuff (BBC 1 CAMPUS ROCK supporting Paul Brady)
Gigs like the Errigle Inn residency Thursday nights. Circa ’78 ’79 80
Then stints with several groups, KATMANDU, CLOUDS, a two piece with EDDIE FRIEL and numerous stand ins with APARTMENT.
Formed my own Band in ’82 opened twice for Philip Lynott on his Solo in Soho Tour.
I auditioned for the Van Morrison gig. Van not present unfortunately. Played in various bands over the next few years.
Went on an American Tour ’91 followed by periods in Portugal ’93 ’95 France ’94 Austria ’96.
More recently a stint with THEM and my own Band doing the Rory Gallagher Tribute,etc.
My main influences are Rory Gallagher, Led Zeppelin, Gary Moore.
The great local guitarist Jim Armstrong was very important to me and many other young guitarists because we could go to see him playing in the POUND CLUB every Saturday afternoon
My other influential great musicians are Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Thin Lizzy.
More recently I’ve been inspired by guys like ROBBEN FORD and ERIC JOHNSON.
The Band :
Willie Byrne – Guitar & Vocals
Stephen Clayton – Bass and Vocals
Brian Warnock – Drums
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.