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…
‘Leave Without A Trace’, the second single from the album ‘Ghosts In The Fire’ features the power rock trio doing what they do best – with big drums, big guitars and powerful vocal harmonies. Mixed by Tommy McLaughlin from the Villagers. The video (below) features epic big wave surfing scenes from the West Coast of Ireland.
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 !
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
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.
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.
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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”
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