Martello Jazz Band @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Firm local favourites at the festival, these guys have played at a high standard all over Europe, and they will be oozing talent and experience on the Frank Owens Yard Stage on Friday evening…and then providing the sweet sounds at the LCDI Family Jazz Picnic on Saturday…what a treat !

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!

Tony Villiers & The Villains @ Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Don’t miss this one-off Friday Festival Fundraiser Special when the fabulous Villiers and the Villains will be ripping it up at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre.

All the way from Armagh, with influences such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and more, Villiers brings us “superb songwriting rooted in a great blues tradition”.

The Villains are…

Tony Villiers (Vocals / Guitar / Harmonica)
Paul Meehan (Guitar / Banjo)
Kevin Mahoney (Bass Guitar)
Aidan McGillian (Percussion)
Maciej Szczepanski (Trumpet)
Doc Doherty (Guitar)

This event will help raise much needed funding for Festival 2019.  Please come along, bring your friends, and enjoy a memorable evening with us.

Additional Information :-

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets for this event are only available directly online, and cannot be purchased from the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre box office or any other outlet.

The Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre is not licenced to sell alcohol, but you are permitted to bring your own for consumption at your table.

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival is a non-profit making organisation.  Our committee is entirely voluntary – no-one takes a commission or a salary on any of the proceeds of the festival.  Any proceeds made from this event go to paying artists, ticketing and venue costs only.


Drew Hamill & Sonic Resistance @ Corner Bar
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Drew Hamill & Sonic Resistance @ Corner Bar

Many of you will be familiar with Drew having played with local legends such as Axis, The Rhythm Kings, Espresso Jazz and The Mighty Shamrocks.

After many years of playing in numerous bands he has finally got around to recording his own songs resulting in the album Sonic Resistance.

Defying categorisation in tales of love, war, life, death, happiness and just plain rockin’ out in his own unique style.

Joan Talbot & Jazz Gazette @ Limavady Recreation Club
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Joining the inimitable Joan Talbot this year will be Strabane based “Jazz Gazette”.
Jazz Gazette were formed by Gerard Bradley and Ian McGowan in the early 80’s.
The original line up included Michael Canavan Sax, Mark Bradley aged 14 trpt, Ronan Doherty Trombone Gerard Bradley Piano, Ian McGowan guitar, Peter Doherty Bass and Joe Gillespie Drums. They brought the sound of Jazz to Strabane and Letterkenny.
Although they gigged the length and breadth of Ireland they originally had residences in the Fir Trees Hotel Strabane and were frequently heard in McGinley’s Letterkenny and The Bridge Bar Ramelton.
Over recent years Mark, Pete, Aidan and Gerard have been gigging regularly with various jazz combos. They have also all played in the ‘Rat Pack’ orchestra which included sell out performances in Irelands major venues. This led to a successful spell in Belfast where for the past three years the lads have been the mainstay of the ‘Martin John Simply Swing Big Band’.
Joan Talbot from Dublin is well known on the Jazz scene both in the North and South of Ireland . She previously sang with the “Big Jim Farrelly Band” and with the late “Phil Cole Big Band” performing for many years in the Cork Jazz Festival.
Duo gigs with the likes of world renowned guitarist Esmond Selwyn and Derry’s own Gay McIntyre eventually saw her team up with Jazz Gazztte, and for the past 7 years she has enjoyed performing with them for various festivals throughout Ireland including Derry, Doonbeg, Limavady, Dunfanaghy and Letterkenny.
With a mix of jazz standards , swing & blues, you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss it !
The Grateful Living @ Granny Annies (Beer Garden)
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Grateful Living @ Granny Annies (Beer Garden)

First time festival giggers hailing from Donegal. Give them a try on Friday evening at Granny Annies.

The Mood Swings @ Antoinettes
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join The Mood Swings, who will be flying in direct from Derry, at the intimate setting of Antoinette’s Cafe, off Market Street on Friday evening.

The Mood Swings are a quintessential quirky quintet up for the quare craic.

Bits of jazz, swing and anything goes…

Come along to Antoinette’s with your tipple of choice…this is a BYO event !

Grainne Duffy Blues Band @ The Depot
Jun 14 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Grainne Duffy is making a very welcome return to Festival 2019.

Following the success of her 2017 album “Where I Belong”, in 2018 Grainne Duffy toured all across the UK as support for Paul Carrack (THE voice from Mike & The Mechanics and others), where her performances enjoyed wondrous success on such stages as the London Palladium, Liverpool Philharmonic, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Glasgow’s SEC.

We are honoured to have her back in Limavady, where herself and the band will be fresh from their appearance at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon !

Catch Grainne & the Band in The Depot on Friday night.

Causeway Coast Community Visit Causeway Coast and Glens RORY GALLAGHER INTERNATIONAL TRIBUTE FESTIVAL Causeway Coast and Glens Events

Grainne Duffy is an artist whose music comprises a melodic mix of blues, soul and Americana influences. Having grown up in a large family in rural Ireland, having nothing much to do except expose herself to a wealth of music from country to rock, jazz to soul and rock and of course blues music, her early musical education was earned playing the local circuit alongside her sisters in their family musical union.

Her most recent release, the highly anticipated third album “Where I Belong” merges unites beautifully melodic a slice of Memphis Motown via her native County Monaghan country soul roots.

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Duffy is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her roots, soul, blues and rock traditions.

Duffy’s debut album “Out Of The Dark” saw her perform for all 3 days on iconic Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival, 2008.

During 2015 she was awarded as winner in the Blues Matters Writers Poll in two categories – “best female vocalist” and “best artist” in the UK.

With a voice that is as passionate as it is raw and honest, accompanied by simple, melodic and well phrased guitar lines, this is what you have in Grainne Duffy. Having collaborated with Niko Bolas (Los Lobos & Keith Richards), 2017 sees her back in the US recording with the producer Justin Stanley (Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow). The result is release of her eagerly awaited third album “Where I Belong” (2017) to follow the success of her debut roots album and her second album ‘Test Of Time’ which weaved together her contemporary influences with her blues and soul roots.

Last year “Spotify” includes Grainne Duffy in “Top 50 Women Honouring Blues” list.


She’s the real deal’ Classic Rock Magazine

A blues singer of real integrity’ The Sunday Times

Deliciously soulful voice & gutsy blues inflected guitar work in one compelling package’ Guitarist Magazine

Chris Taplin Blues Band @ Frank Owens : Yard
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Regulars at Belfast’s American Bar, the Chris Taplin Blues Band is a 4 piece band, inspired by the music of Muddy Waters to SRV, Howlin ‘ Wolf, Albert King, Hendrix to Jack White, Rory Gallagher, and more.

Chris Taplin – guitar and vocals
Steve Cummings – harmonica
James Doone – bass
Ben Flavelle-Cobain – drums

Chris Taplin Blues Band on Instagram @christaplinbluesband

Rab McCullough @ Granny Annies
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Rab, who had a record deal with Warner Brothers and shared stages with names such as AC/DC, Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison, as well as opening for Jimi Hendrix, has also played with musicians from Cream, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse’s band over the last 50 years in the music business.

He is renowned for holding the longest residency in Northern Ireland, with a 21-year stint at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast, and he made front page news when Hollywood A-lister Tim Robbins joined him on stage in 2008.

He continues to play across Europe, headlining festivals and flying the flag for the blues.

We are delighted to welcome Rab back to Limavady for our 2019 festival at Grannie Annies, 11pm till late on Friday night.

Sam Davidson’s Taste @ Corner Bar
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

Sam comes from a deep musical background, with his Grandfather playing piano for, among others, Rinty Monaghan – as did his Mum !

He started his playing career in 1968 with a band called “By Itself”, playing in local youth clubs with drummer Lyn McMullan – and progressed to gigging in bars and clubs with “Roundabout” and “Just Us” in around 1972.

Sam opened his own recording studio in 1988, and went on to form the “Belfast Blues Band” with Eric Wrixon (Them, Thin Lizzy), Jackie Flavelle (Paul McCartney, Chris Barber) and John Wilson (Them, Taste).

This band morphed into the power trio Sk’boo in the early 90’s and toured extensively in Europe playing all the major festivals.

After Rory Gallagher’s untimely death in 1995, John Wilson and Richard (Charlie) McCracken came under pressure to re-form the band they had played in with Rory – “Taste” – so they approached Sam and offered him the job as guitarist & singer.

After some deliberation, Sam accepted, and proceeded to tour the world with John & Charlie  They released two albums along the way – the first, “Taste of Rory”, was a tribute to John and Charlie’s late friend.  The second album of original tracks written by Sam was “Wall to Wall”.  It was released to critical acclaim in 1999, and later named as “Album of the Decade” by popular music magazine “Blues Matters”.

After John and Charlie decided to retire, to pursue the easy life, Sam kept the music alive with his version of the band – “Sam Davidson’s Taste” –  with Lyn on drums and Albert Mills on bass.  They are still touring to this day !

The Willie Byrne Band @ Harkins Bar
Jun 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 1:00 am

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…

Versatile performers capable of switching from acoustic to hard rockin blues in a heartbeat !