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 !
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”
For bookings and info please contact: +353 (0)87 920 5338
Blackbird and Crow are…
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 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.
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
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.
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