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).
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.
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 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
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…!