The Swingtime Starlets – aka Orla Mullan & Naomi Rocke !
Get your toes tapping, your sweetheart swaying, your jitterbug jiving and become entranced in the romance as this diverse, dynamic duo transport you through the eras of Swing, Jazz and Blues – with their beguiling voices, heavenly harmonies, red lips and vintage style !
Let their renditions of the Great American Songbook’s Jazz Golden Era, the Wartime Anthems and the Hollywood Hey Day put the ‘Swing’ in your step for a truly magical vocal experience !
First time at our festival in 2017 – looking forward to seeing these ladies in town !
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’.
Errol Walsh is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist, born in the picturesque seaside village of Portstewart, Northern Ireland.
His repertoire is filled with delightful stories of his travels and as well as original compositions he includes the works of other artists such as Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Mississippi John Hurt, Steve Bruton, Jesse Winchester, Guy Clark and Kieran Kane to name a few.
Errol continues to write and perform his songs to discerning audiences. Perhaps the rugged but beautiful landscapes of Ireland, Canada, Scotland and Norway have helped add a touch of magic to this spell-binding performer. He effortlessly and naturally ranges through a range of contemporary styles – Country Blues, Swing, popular etc. with a maturity and vocal control that is awesome. In solo mode he projects an enigmatic, charismatic intimacy, he takes his acoustic guitar and delivery of song to an articulate and poetic level. He is a consummate story-teller and creates a soulful, emotional mood with a great sense of humanity and beauty to his delivery.
Errol has become a regular at the Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival in Limavady, and has since collaborated with Rory Clements, providing the lyrics to Rory’s melody for the recording of “Queen of the Glens“.
Ted Ponsonby hails from Letterkenny, Donegal and as well as song-writing, is also a Recording Producer & Engineer.
Ted’s specialities include Acoustic and electric guitars, and the Dobro resonator.
As a founding member, Ted played with the renowned show band The Rascals during the 1970’s. After selling the Rascals name to the Wilder brothers in the early 1980’s, Ted has gone on to become one of the top session musicians and producers in Ireland. Although originally a rocker, Ted has changed his musical style considerably, and today plays more blues, country and traditional music around his native Letterkenny. He also continues to play live gigs in venues around the country on a regular basis – and luckily for us, Limavady is among those venues !
Over the years he has played and recorded in very good company including Dolores Keane, Sean Keane, The Henry Girls, Andy White, Freddie White, Kieran Goss, Frances Black, Maura O’Connell, Arty McGlynn, and many other noted Irish musicians – including a short stint with Van Morrison.
Ted can be seen strutting his funky stuff with the Rascals on Youtube below. He is the yellow-trousered Reggae singing lead guitarist and vocalist…!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…!
With a fantastic repertoire of sophisticated jazz standards and swing favourites, The Limavady Big Band Sound brings you an unforgettable swing experience.
Their programme includes music from the days of the big bands of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Erroll Garner, Duke Ellington 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.
Mark Braidner specialises in finger style blues and slide playing and at his core he is a blues man through and through. It’s what he’s all about and when he plays you will easily lose yourself in the wonder that is the blues.
Now a firm favourite at the festival, catch Mark solo or with his most excellent band. You’ll not be disappointed…
Check out some delicious samples from Mark’s latest album below…
Hailed as ‘the soul of Belfast’ the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) has literally taken Northern Ireland by storm. They are relentless ambassadors for the city of Belfast and the whole of the province as they spread the message of love, joy and peace through their music.
BCGC performances are charged with passion and energy and the sheer JOY they exude from the stage is infectious. If you love foot-stomping, hand-clapping music, mixed together with well-known classic songs and a good helping of laughter, then BCGC certainly delivers! Led by their charismatic director and founder, Marie Lacey, the sound that the choir produces is nothing short of dynamic.
In 2009 Marie’s dream was to create a choir that, through unity and inclusiveness, would promote a positive image internationally of the ‘new’ Belfast and Northern Ireland. Her dream has certainly become a reality as the choir is an expression of the diversity of the city of Belfast with members from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Spain.
The Choir’s resume is impressive including many TV Appearances, performances for Heads of State, Royalty, Corporate and Civic functions and Charity & Church concerts. Internationally they have performed in New York City and Boston.
Tickets priced at £10 and available from the locations below. All profits to church and festival funding.
- St Mary’s Parish Office
- Methodist Church
- Drumachose Presbyterian Church
- Church Of Ireland
- Salvation Army
- Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
You can find out more about the choir by visiting their website www.bcgc.biz
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 !
The Longtower Folk Group was established in 1980 by Richard and Rita Moore when they were just 18 years old. Since then, the Folk Group has gone from strength to strength with many members being part of the group for 20 or more years. Today, the group is made up of around 25 singers and musicians who sing at mass every Saturday night.
Over the 35 years, the folk group have recorded 2 albums, toured America twice and performed at a number of high profile events including performances for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Derry, Bishop Desmond Tu Tu and Pope Francis in Rome.
Hard boiled, no holds barred, no punches pulled, lowdown, white-knuckle, rockin’ slop !
A rockin’ rollin’ riot of untamed sin, sex and savagery.
This Belfast band return to the festival to give us more of their raucous Rockabilly vibe.
Brian Young – Lead vocals & Guitar
Liam Killen – Guitar & Backing Vocals
Bill Johnston – Bass and Backing Vocals
Louie Steele – drums
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 !
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: www.cdbaby.com, 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”
For bookings and info please contact: +353 (0)87 920 5338
Fronted by Alan McKelvey on guitar and vocals , having shared the stage recently with such as Chris Farlow , the Norman Beaker Band, Eric Bell and the great Van Morrison, Alan’s soulful vocal is unrivalled on the local scene.
His Souldiggers are a band of similarly experienced musicians who have graced the stages of all on the major festival events across the country and internationally.
A treat for those who enjoy their blues soulful and funky.