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Jun
3
Sun
2018
Belfast Community Gospel Choir @ Christ the King
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


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.

The choir will be supported by the Long Tower Folk Group and the Codetta Youth Choir.

Tickets priced at £15 and available from the locations below.  All profits to church and festival funding.

  • St Mary’s Parish Office
  • Drumachose Presbyterian Church
  • Christ Church
  • Salvation Army
  • Limavady Printing Co
  • ONLINE at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/dannyboyblues

You can find out more about the choir by visiting their website www.bcgc.biz

Jun
6
Wed
2018
Kaz Hawkins featuring Sam York @ Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Multi award winning singer songwriter Kaz Hawkins, is launching her new solo career with an Irish Tour in 2018 with special guest Sam York on piano and as her support act.

Kaz will be taking her new material around Ireland in a special show about her life.

Her 2017 album “Don’t You Know” introduced audiences in UK, Europe and America to the powerful, emotive new direction of a woman who owes being alive to the music she now performs, and they loved it so much that her video for one of her songs on the album, “Lipstick & Cocaine” went viral with 200,000 views on Facebook.

An artist that truly connects with her audience on a personal level, and a firm favourite of our festival over many years.

Jun
7
Thu
2018
The Daylight Wobblies – Festival Fundraiser @ Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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.

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

 

Ronnie Greer @ The Depot - Venue
Jun 7 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 1:00 am

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Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer returns to the festival this year with his blues band, featuring some of the finest musicians in the country, including Anthony Toner on guitar and vocals, and Kyron Bourke on keyboards and vocals.

Ronnie’s distinctive guitar playing, melding searing Chicago style licks with be bop jazz inspired chord voicings, has been critically acclaimed as world class.

 

“Greer, the doyen of Irish blues guitar” Allaboutjazz.com

 

“Greer steers the band from Muddy Waters to Steely Dan, with some ease” Marlbank.net

Current Members:

Ronnie Greer – Vocals and Guitar.
Kyron Bourke – Keyboards and Vocals.
Anthony Toner – Vocals and Guitar.

Jun
8
Fri
2018
Antoinette McAllister Trio @ Alexander Arms
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Debuting at our festival this year is the Antoinette McAllister Trio.  An exponent of the revered School of Music at Univesity of Ulster Magee, Antoinette recently performed for Linley Hamilton’s Jazz World on BBC Radiio Ulster.  Don’t miss this brilliant young talented trio of musicians.  A special treat at the Alexander Arms to ease you into Friday evening…

Sample a taste below…

JazzLite @ Limavady Recreation Club
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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 !

Rose Room @ The Belmont
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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A huge hit at our Festival in 2016, Rose Room return to Limavady !

Scottish Jazz Awards finalists Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre. Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performances go “down a storm” with any audience as they serve up their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals with virtuosity, verve and panache.

Based in Glasgow, the quartet features award-winning violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken (who also plays with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, folk singer and Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble and recently orchestrated the music for the BBC/Richard Curtis film ‘Esio Trot’ and BBC drama Agatha Christie’s ‘Partners in Crime’), Scotland’s No. 1 ‘guitar maker to the stars’ Jimmy Moon on double bass, and Danny Kyle Award-winners Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and lead guitars respectively.

With three albums recorded to date – ‘The High Life’ (2015), ‘Am I Blue’ (2013) and ‘Somewhere In Roseland’ (2011) – Rose Room have headlined at all of the major Scottish jazz festivals, appeared at the celebrated Shetland Folk Festival, and toured Ireland performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Rose Room were delighted to have been nominated for ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the last ‘Scottish Jazz Awards’ and are frequently played on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’ and Jazz FM. They are involved in teaching and fundraising for The Clutha Trust charity, and recently performed to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a special event alongside young musicians supported by the trust. Two of Rose Room’s tracks are also featured on The Clutha Sessions charity CD.

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Susan Tomelty Band @ Frank Owens- Yard
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Susan Tomelty Band cover material from KoKo Taylor, Ida Cox, Junior Wells, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Riatt, B B King, Tony Joe White, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Peter Green, Originals and much more….

Susan is from Co Down originally and has been influenced by the singing of Ottalie Patterson and Bessie Smith.

She has supported Van Morrison and Mary Coughlan.

She has been a long time resident in J J Smyths, home of Irish Jazz and Blues in Dublin and has recorded with Pat Farrell from The Business Blues Band.

Her band are funky, soulful and ooze energy.

Prepare to shake those tail feathers !

 

THE BAND:

BILL BERGIN – BASS GUITAR

DERMOT ROCHE – LEAD GUITAR

TIMMY CREEDON – DRUMS

SUSAN TOMELTY – VOCALS, GUITAR

Espresso Jazz @ The Depot - Bar
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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.

Lonesome Highway Blues Band @ Corner Bar - Front
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Based on the North Coast of Northern Ireland and displaying a deep passion for the blues, Lonesome Highway Blues Band are no strangers to the local music scene, each having played in various bands over the years.

Still each was looking for an outlet for the music that inspired them the most…The Blues.

Since the bands formation in 2015 they continue to generate interest with gigs and festivals locally.

Continually writing their own material they play a mix of covers and original songs and promise to bring new life to static feet.

Band Members :

Pete Simpson – Guitar and Vocals
Drums – Rob Cardwell
Bass – B.J Davidson
Keyboard – Roger Patterson

www.facebook.com/lonesomehighwaybluesband

The Palais Swing Band @ Limavady Cricket & Rugby Club
Jun 8 @ 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 !

Alan McKelvey Trio @ Alexander Arms
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm


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.

Alan’s trio 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.

Clara Rose Band @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A firm festival favourite, we are pleased to announce the return of the Clara Rose Band.

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 saw 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”

Clara Rose, Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, Limavady

Clara Rose will be appearing at Danny Boy Jazz &

For bookings and info please contact: +353 (0)87 920 5338

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ CDBaby ~ iTunes ~ Spotify ~ Email

Little Wilgar & The Crackpot Preachers @ Grannie Annies
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm


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

Little Wilgar
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 Band @ The Depot - Venue
Jun 8 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 1:00 am

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…


Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Braidner-Tending-the-Blues/701299403291152

Portabello @ Corner Bar - Back
Jun 8 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 1:00 am
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Portabello at Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Limavady

Portabello are an 8-Piece band from Derry.

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.

The current line up is…

Brónach – Vocals & Tin Whistle
Bryan – Trumpet & B.Vocals
Paul – Saxophone & B. vocals
Donal – Trombone & B. vocals
Dee – Guitar & B.Vocals
Ronan- Keyboards & B.Vocals
Ciaran – Bass Guitar
Neil – Drums & Percussion

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The Hardchargers feat. Lonesome Chris Todd @ The Belmont
Jun 8 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 1:00 am

Led by Lonesome Chris Todd, The Hardchargers are steeped in inspiration from the greats of the country blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown, Lightnin’ Hopkins.

The Hardchargers released their nationally distributed debut album, ‘Scarecrow’ on Market Square Music, in January 2018 and both the album and the live set is an electrifying reimagining of Mississippi and Texas styles with the lyricism of Lonesome Chris’ real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of Blues and Rock history.

This performance will be a rare chance to hear the trio expanded to a quartet with Scott Flanigan on Organ/Keys.

www.thehardchargers.co.uk

Jun
9
Sat
2018
Hooker (FAMILY JAZZ PICNIC) @ L.C.D.I.
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Guitarists Hugh Fearon and Peter Millar, drummer Dave Taylor and pianist Paul Evans, first played together in Hooker some 35 years ago.

At that point their set moved from mellow acoustic material, featuring plenty of CSNY/Eagles harmonies, to a more electric soft rock.

Passing years (and several personnel changes) have seen the material evolve into something more bluesy and soulful.

Expect some Santana, some Steely Dan and some Van the Man.

Limavady Big Band @ Alexander Arms
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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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.

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Rose Room @ Frank Owens - Yard
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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A huge hit at our Festival in 2016, Rose Room return to Limavady !

Scottish Jazz Awards finalists Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre. Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performances go “down a storm” with any audience as they serve up their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals with virtuosity, verve and panache.

Based in Glasgow, the quartet features award-winning violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken (who also plays with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, folk singer and Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble and recently orchestrated the music for the BBC/Richard Curtis film ‘Esio Trot’ and BBC drama Agatha Christie’s ‘Partners in Crime’), Scotland’s No. 1 ‘guitar maker to the stars’ Jimmy Moon on double bass, and Danny Kyle Award-winners Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and lead guitars respectively.

With three albums recorded to date – ‘The High Life’ (2015), ‘Am I Blue’ (2013) and ‘Somewhere In Roseland’ (2011) – Rose Room have headlined at all of the major Scottish jazz festivals, appeared at the celebrated Shetland Folk Festival, and toured Ireland performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Rose Room were delighted to have been nominated for ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the last ‘Scottish Jazz Awards’ and are frequently played on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’ and Jazz FM. They are involved in teaching and fundraising for The Clutha Trust charity, and recently performed to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a special event alongside young musicians supported by the trust. Two of Rose Room’s tracks are also featured on The Clutha Sessions charity CD.

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Rab McCullough @ The Thatch
Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

The Soul Doctors @ Crown Bar
Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/MaeveDunphy

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/maeve-dunphy/515429204

 

Mark Black Band @ Grannie Annies
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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…

Martello Jazz Band @ Alexander Arms
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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!

Blackbird & Crow @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Blackbird and Crow are…

Stephen Doohan

Stephen listened to American country and Irish folk in his early childhood. Artists such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson. Luke Kelly, the Dubliners, Jim McCann, Paul Brady, The Furys all featured in his early childhood. In his teens Stephen was heavily influenced by the Brit pop scene and bands such as Oasis and the Stone Roses. It was in his late teens that Stephen discovered Rory Gallagher, his biggest influence, both as a musician and as a person. Listening to Rory and Hendrix, he of course began exploring the blues, discovering artists such as B.B king, Albert king, Freddie King, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. And then from there he naturally started listening to jazz, especially artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.

Stephen was 15 when he first picked up the guitar and he has been a most dedicated and hard working musician ever since, working with various bands and writing original material. In more recent years Stephen studied Music with North Western Regional College and has worked with some of Northern Ireland’s most well established bands such as Portabello and The Soul Seekers.

Maighread Grace

Maighread was exposed to a lot of American Country music in her childhood with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride and Kenny Rogers being amongst her favourite artists during that time. Maighread also recalls her first attempt at writing music at the age of about 13. At this time Maighread was discovering Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Aretha Franklin and other artists that really inspired her. Throughout her teens Maighread found herself listening to music that was rooted in blues, rock and soul, developing a love for authentic art.

In more recent years Maighread has worked with blues band, The Beekeepers who are also based in Donegal. It was during this time that Maighread really honed her craft as a frontperson. The Beekeepers are a five piece blues band playing a mix of blues, rock, funk and soul whose influences are as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughan to Big Moma Thornton, Muddy Waters and John Mayall, The band is widely recognised as one of the best blues outfits across the North West.

Maighread has also recently returned from her tour in the United States where she performed in some of Chicago’s top blues venues including Rosa’s in Chicago where she was joined by Harry Hmura and Sugar Blue and the world famous Buddy Guy’s Legends Club where she was joined onstage by The Jimmy Johnson Blues Band.

Hot Tamales @ Corner Bar - Front
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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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).

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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.

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Modern Swing Collective @ Frank Owens - Yard
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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.

Grand Camaros @ The Belmont
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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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.

Band Members

  • David Hughes – Guitar/Vocals
  • Gordon Thompson – Keys/Vocals
  • Mark Brown – Guitar/Vocals
  • Glenn Gray – Drums/Percussion
Kenny & Frankie @ Limavady Recreation Club
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the one and only Kenny Peace & Frankie Robinson for some acoustic classics.

Fiona Scott Trotter Band @ The Depot - Bar
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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.

Susan Tomelty Band @ The Thatch
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Susan Tomelty Band cover material from KoKo Taylor, Ida Cox, Junior Wells, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Riatt, B B King, Tony Joe White, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Peter Green, Originals and much more….

Susan is from Co Down originally and has been influenced by the singing of Ottalie Patterson and Bessie Smith.

She has supported Van Morrison and Mary Coughlan.

She has been a long time resident in J J Smyths, home of Irish Jazz and Blues in Dublin and has recorded with Pat Farrell from The Business Blues Band.

Her band are funky, soulful and ooze energy.

Prepare to shake those tail feathers !

 

THE BAND:

BILL BERGIN – BASS GUITAR

DERMOT ROCHE – LEAD GUITAR

TIMMY CREEDON – DRUMS

SUSAN TOMELTY – VOCALS, GUITAR

BeeKeepers Blues Band @ Grannie Annies
Jun 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Beekeepers are a five piece blues band playing a heady mix of blues, rock, funk and soul with a drive and groove that is hard to beat.

They are widely recognised as one of the best blues outfits across Donegal and the North West of Ireland with memorable appearances at the Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival, Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival and the An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.

The band also play regularly across the region in renowned music venues such as The Bridge Bar, Ramelton, Molly’s and The Oyster in Dunfanaghy and McGinleys Bar in Letterkenny.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/beekeepers.falcarragh
 

 

Hip Joint DC @ Limavady Cricket & Rugby Club
Jun 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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.
Clandestinos @ Frank Owens - Yard
Jun 9 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

We couldn’t get enough of this bunch last year…so we brought them back !

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.

The Armstrong Experience @ Alexander Arms
Jun 9 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

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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.

 

The Electric Vultures @ Corner Bar - Front
Jun 9 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

Electric Vultures have been playing together since 2011…..now a three piece – with Rik on guitar/vocals, Willie on bass, and Neil on drums.

Although strongly rooted in the blues, Electric Vultures draw on a wide variety of musical inspiration to create their own unique vibe and music.

They write and perform all their own original material (with a few covers thrown in live)…..and released their debut album last year (March 2017).

Live gigs are where they are at home, feeding off each other and the crowd in extended improvised jams.

https://m.facebook.com/TheElectricVultures/
https://electricvultures.bandcamp.com/releases

 

The Willie Byrne Band @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 9 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

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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…

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

Clara Rose Band @ The Belmont
Jun 9 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

A firm festival favourite, we are pleased to announce the return of the Clara Rose Band.

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 saw 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”

Clara Rose, Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival, Limavady

Clara Rose will be appearing at Danny Boy Jazz &

For bookings and info please contact: +353 (0)87 920 5338

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Soulseekers @ The Depot - Venue
Jun 9 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

Fresh from Derry Jazz Festival come the Soulseekers.

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

The Catfish Blues Orchestra @ Corner Bar - Back
Jun 9 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 1:00 am

Introducing Ireland’s definitive Blues Big Band “The Catfish Blues Orchestra”.

Comprised of some of the finest blues talents based in Ireland today, “The Catfish Blues Orchestra” is a truly unique musical experience.

This is a high octane show with blistering guitar, creamy bass, steam train like percussion, melodic vocal work, succulent sax and true blues harp.

This 7 piece band produce a truly powerful sound that has to be experienced live to be fully appreciated.

Driven by a love for authentic blues music the group draw on influences ranging from the early blues masters of the delta such as Robert Johnson & Sonny Boy Williamson, to the electric Chicago and Texas blues masters such as Muddy Waters and Freddie King, up to British blues invasion guitar gods such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green all the way up to contemporary influences such as Robben Ford and Derek Trucks.

The Orchestra draw on all of these influences including many others to create their rich and soulful blend of Rhythm and Blues.

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The Guinness Jazz Band (FAMILY FUN DAY) @ Carrowmena Activity Centre
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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If you know what’s good for ya, get yourself our to Carrowmena Activity Centre, just a few miles from Limavady town, to catch the one and only, and the original, Guinness Jazz Band !

These guys are masters of their trade and are known internationally for performances across a huge range of venues !

Led by Leslie Brooks, who plays both cornet and trumpet, and has had a long career leading many bands in and around Belfast and further afield.

Add this to the family fun provided by Carrowmena and it’s sure to be a fantastic afternoon’s fun !

 

About Carrowmena:

Set at the foot of Binevenagh along the Causeway Coastal route.

Come and try Canoeing, Raft Building, High Ropes Activities, Climbing Wall, Zip Line, Archery and much more in a magnificent setting!

Onsite accommodation in 40 x bed residential centre, 6 x Luxury Solar Powered Bell Tents, 20 x tent pitches and 6 x Glamping Pods which sleep up to 6 people.

Tailor made ‘Adventure Packages’ for, Youth Group, Families, Birthday Parties, Adult Groups, Corporate Groups, Individuals, Stag/Hen Parties.

Carrowmena Family Fun Days are a perfect day out for all the family and gives you a taster of what we have to offer.

With inflatables, face painting and arts and crafts, we have something for the older kids too – try our Zipline and Climbing wall or be brave enough and do the Leap of Faith!

Using a token system, you can purchase on the day to try lots of different activities!

We have also opened our brand new ‘Coffee Pod’ and tuck shop ! Click the logo for website.

High Heeled Converse @ Corner Bar - Front
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A Donegal based duo featuring vocals and acoustic guitar for a lovely blend of sweet Blues, Jazz, Old time country and folk.

Pat on guitar and Caroline on vocal.

Festival favourites !  Nuff said !

Joan Talbot & Jazz Gazette (SUNDAY LUNCH) @ Roe Park Resort
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Joan Talbot and the band Jazz Gazette with Gerard Bradley piano, Peter Doherty Bass, Mark Bradley Trumpet, Paul Maguire Guitar and Aidan Dunphy Drums, have played together for the past 7 years and have a great following .They  are regulars in many festivals throughout Ireland inc. Derry, Belfast, Dunfanaghy, Doonbeg and of course Danny Boy Limavady.
The musicians are from Strabane and Joan is from Dublin. With a great programme of swing jazz ballads & blues this year they will pay tribute to American jazz legend Anita O Day also known as The Jezebel of Jazz. She became synonymous with such songs as “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “Tea for two” and  a great version of “Have you met Sir Jones”/ “Mad about the Boy plus many more.
The line up of wonderful musicians with the smooth vocals of Joan Talbot will make this a gig not to be missed .
Men n Black @ Frank Owens - Yard
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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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).

Eilidh Patterson @ Keady Clachan
Jun 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Match this with the magical venue that is The Keady Clachan, and we reckon it will be hard to find a more chilled Sunday Festival afternoon…

 

Modern Swing Collective @ Banters
Jun 10 @ 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 Jambons @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 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.

Kenny & Friends @ Alexander Arms
Jun 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the one and only Kenny Peace for some acoustic classics.  Cameo appearances a plenty !

Limavady Big Band @ Grannie Annies
Jun 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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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.

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Tony Villiers & The Villains @ The Depot - Venue
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

First appearance in Limavady (as part of the festival at least) but I’m sure many of you will already be familiar with Tony Villiers and the Villains.  A real treat for us this year.

Often pegged as a blues act, Tony Villiers and the Villains are actually much trickier to define than that. Sure they have a definite blues edge, but The Villains’ sound is multi-layered.

With discernible hints of country, touches of jazz and Doc Doherty’s mesmerising electric guitar this is a band that deserves deeper investigation to be fully appreciated.  With plenty of upcoming live dates and a new album on the way, there’s no better time than now to do just that.

(Credit : Gigging NI – read full article at https://www.giggingni.com/2018/03/get-to-know-tony-villiers/)

Preorder latest album NOW – check below for a preview !

Latest news and music at http://villiersandthevillains.com/

 

Daylight Wobblies @ Crown Bar
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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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
Mark Braidner @ Banters
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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…


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The Willie Byrne Band @ The Newton
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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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…

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

Grand Camaros @ Douglas' Bar
Jun 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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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.

Band Members

  • David Hughes – Guitar/Vocals
  • Gordon Thompson – Keys/Vocals
  • Mark Brown – Guitar/Vocals
  • Glenn Gray – Drums/Percussion
Clandestinos @ Corner Bar - Back
Jun 10 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 1:00 am

We couldn’t get enough of this bunch last year…so we brought them back !

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.

The Souldiggers @ The Thatch
Jun 10 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 1:00 am

A regular on the Belfast music scene since the 1980’s, Alan McKelvey has been entertaining us for decades. His world class vocals and inspired guitar playing provide a unique blues rock experience in Northern Ireland. Seeking influence from Blues greats like Gary Moore, Joe Cocker and BB King, the band performs an extensive set of classic and modern Blues Rock in their own unique style.

Alan performs regularly with a host of well known artists in the greater Belfast area and even further afield. Wether it’s with a large 8 piece band or as a solo performance, a night with Alan is sure to be entertaining and not to be missed!

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Jun 12 – Jun 16 all-day