Grainne Duffy was born in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and raised in a family of seven. As a schoolgirl she sang in her local choir and also in a family band with her sisters. The band was bred from their love of music, which Duffy accredits to her mother. Not having a television in their home when they were young, her mother instead allowed them to own a family record player, on which they all were encouraged to get a record on their individual birthday’s and Christmas. This broadened their interest in music and they began listening to artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Pretenders and The Rolling Stones. Around that time Grainne discovered Fleetwood Mac and the blues playing of Peter Green, whom she cites as one her main guitar influences. Previous to her solo career Grainne Duffy obtained a degree in music at NUI, Maynooth, Ireland and took part in session work singing with various bands across Italy and France. At Glastonbury Festival (Professional career 2007-2011) During 2007 Grainne Duffy embarked on her solo career. The same year she released her remarkable debut album “Out of the Dark” – proof talent that was rising at an impressive rate. The big success of the album led Duffy to play 3 days on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival in UK (2008). The same year she performed support to major acts including Robben Ford and The Yardbirds. In 2009 BBC approached Duffy to record a track for a TV promotion campaign in George Martin’s Art Studio in London. Later in that year she appeared on the very popular Irish TV show “Other Voices” and receives huge admiration for her performance. This was followed up with her becoming an opening act to artists such as Little Feet and Paul Brady. 2010 marked her participation at leading blues festivals in Ireland such as Warrenpoint Blues Festival headlined by Van Morrison. During this year Duffy took an important step to expand her career forming the “Grainne Duffy Band” with her line-up consisting of Grainne Duffy (guitar, and vocals), Paul Sherry (guitar, backing vocals), Davy Watson (bass) and Gerry Morgan (drums) She also began to play festivals in the summer circuit in England where was warmly accepted. During 2011 Grainne Duffy released her second album “Test of Time” as a result of her collaboration with the producer Niko Bolas (Melissa Etheridge, Los Lobos). The album received rave reviews. The Sunday Times quoted this is “An Irish blues singer of real integrity”. Classic Rock Magazine featured her as an artist and reviewed the album saying ‘In this album Duffy is bringing soul to enhance her blues sound and Celtic roots experience. Worldwide recognition (Professional career 2012-2015) The release of “Test of Time” and the accompanying official video to the title song further marked the development in a short time of Duffy’s reputation in the U.K. During 2012 she became an artist in high demand on the summer festival circuit in UK and began extensively touring in England. The first country outside of the U.K. which took notice of Duffy’s huge talent was Norway and in 2012 she appeared at the leading “Skanjevik Blues Festival” and later in October she played for first time the most northern festival worldwide “Dark Season Blues” in Svalbard – almost at the Arctic Pole.2013 confirmed the growing reputation of Duffy and she began her first concerts on the European Continent with festivals in Bulgaria, Holland, France and Belgium. She also gained local recognition in Ireland headlining her home festival “Harvest Time Blues” in September in her natice Co. Monaghan. The next 2014 she continued this trend as she executed her first tour in Germany as well more tours in UK and Ireland. July saw Grainne earn huge success at Blue Balls Festival around Lake Luzern in Switzerland, also at one of the biggest festival in France “Cognac Blues Passion”. She also performed alongside some of the leading blues artists such as Keb’ Mo’ and Rival Sons at the biggest blues festival in Europe – “Notodden Blues Festival”. This was followed up with festivals in Italy and Holland. All of which leads to her deserved recognition, by the end of the year Duffy was voted “Best Vocalist” and “Best Artist” in the Blues Matters Writers Poll. In 2015 Duffy’s name is known already outside of Europe and during July she began touring for first time in Canada playing the leading “Tremblant International Festival”. After the tour “Maple Blues” calls Duffy “top artist. September saw her playing her 1st ever concert in Africa at “Tanjazz Festival” in Morocco.The same year the German label M2-Music releases the album “Grainne Duffy: Live” recorded while she had been on tour in Germany. She repeats the achievement from the previous year being voted again for “Best Artist” and “Best Female Vocalist” in Blues Matters Writers Poll for 2015. Current career (2016 – recently) Such tours in Europe and Canada as well her leading festivals achieve great international success for Duffy with recognition for her as a stellar artist increasing across Europe. Spring 2016 sees Grainne recording an album with the producer and film composer Justin Stanley, known for his work with leading artists including Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and working on the music to the very successful movies “Lost in Translation” and “Blow”. The session takes place in Los Angeles and includes collaborations with musicians such as Aaron Sterling, Shawn Davis, Doyle Bramhall II, Tyler Chester and Aaron Redfield. Such recordings are followed up festivals in Norway, Canada, Morocco, UK and Ireland. The end of 2016 see Duffy on tour for her first time in Australia at the well-known “Woodford Folk Festival”. February 2017 she is among the leading artists to be asked to take part in the renowned Mahindra Blues Festival in India sharing the stage with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Lance Lopez (Supersonic Blues Machine), Shemika Copeland and the new arising guitar star Eric Gales for the final festival concert. In April 2017 Duffy released the single “Where I Belong” produced by Justin Stanley. The official video supporting the single becomes “choice of the week” of Vents Magazine, UK and Ditty TV in USA. During September Duffy released her long waited 3rd studio album with the same name – “Where I Belong”. The songs are composed by Duffy in collaboration with Paul Sherry and Justin Stanley. Her finely crafted lyrics are on full display on this release. The album achieves rave reviews in the specialized press Blues News Norway, Blues News Germany, Blues Matter UK and by many radio presenters in UK, including Bob Harris and Paul Jones from BBC. Duffy played a live session for the very popular Harris’s TV show “Under The Apple Tree” and conducts numerous interviews and live sessions for BBC broadcasts in London, Liverpool, Bristol, Scotland and Ulster. The album is officially released at a concert in “Nells Jazz & Blues Club”, London, with high praise reviews by “Blues in Britain” and “Get Ready To Rock” In the winter of 2018 Grainne Duffy performed a supports tour for Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics) during his UK tour. Her performances enjoy wondrous success. “Midlands Rock Magazines” reviews her set in Birmingham and quotes: “A very talented individual who is trying to forge her way in the though musical world”; while Liverpool Acoustic does not hide the huge admiration exclaiming “that Ireland’s Grainne Duffy could come into the lives of the Liverpool audience and simply blow them away with her charm, depth and voice”.(Birmingham Review) In April 2018 Duffy recorded a live session for Keep it Country for Sky TV doors 9.30 music 10-12 entry 10euro
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World-touring acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish’s innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music. Handing down the tradition, Catfish continues his lifelong journey as one of the brightest lights in acoustic blues and roots music. A three-time Blues Music Award nominee for BEST ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM, both Catfish’s Honey Hole and Mississippi River Blues albums were considered for GRAMMY AWARD nominations in three categories. Catfish has seventeen NUMBER ONE independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit, and packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. A 2008 inductee into the IA BLUES HALL OF FAME, the 40 year veteran has performed thousands of gigs, touring the USA, UK and Europe dozens of times to wide acclaim, headlining major music festivals, and appearing with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Johnny Shines and many, many others. “GUITAR GENIUS.” – Living Blues “Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove. One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre.” – Acoustic Guitar “Hypnotic and beautiful, dark and pure.” – Premier Guitar “The real acoustic blues king!” – Rock ‘n’ Reel
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Widely Acknowledged as one of the finest guitar players touring the European circuit, Working his way through Festivals, Clubs & Venues all over the Continent. His show with the Boxtie Band is a powerful “Over-driven” Rock’n Roll show, featuring his own original material with stunning personal versions of selected classics.
Johnny’s charisma creates excitement on stage with his much sought after “larger than life” presence. He can change from full on aggressive rock to quieter moments of more tender introsprective-music, and through his set he shows his wizardry on both electric and acoustic guitars. His guitar playing covers a unique range of Rock styles and Country pickin, with which he can naturally and masterfully turn himself into a true Blues man. To top it all, Johnny possesses a truly unique and expressive voice which show cases his songs with the dynamics to swoop from a scream to a whisper.
Pauric & James Gallagher are of course the twin brothers of Johnny Gallagher, they have been in the band from day one. Having toured all over Europe for years with Johnny. They are essentially the backbone of the Boxtie Band as they instinctively understand Johnny’s music and always know exactly what and where to play in complementing Johnny’s lead playing. James plays a solid consistent punchy Bass, always powerful and never too busy. Pauric switches between his unorthidox organ and boogie piano style. And Sean lays down beats with groovy rhythm’s and tie’s it all together.
Pauric James Johnny and Sean have a force that doesn’t appear out of nowhere, Its like an ageing process that takes time to mature, They also visit the unknown on stage, ad-libbing, jamming, improvising. and that’s the magic at all their live shows, With James’s punchy bottom lines and Sean’s groovy swing, Pauric has the freedom to Boogie woogie and lay down his melodies, giving Johnny the scope for improvisation, To jam it out…and it also gives the audience the power to express themselves. That’s the ultimate connection, that’s what its all about. Its plain and simple Rock and Roll…
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This is the second added date due to popular demand! SOLD OUT!! A special Tribute Concert to Billie Holiday from Mary Coughlan, Ireland’s Premiere Jazz & Blues Singer Mary Coughlan – voice Johnny Taylor – piano Cormac O’Brien – bass Dominic Mullen – drums Doors 8.30 Music 9-11
The best of the blues with Noel Bridgeman, Tommy Moore, Ed Deane, James Delaney, Richie Buckley and Frank Mead! Noel Bridgeman – drums and vocals, is undoubtedly one of the best drummers that Ireland has ever produced. He started playing with Skid Row: Phillip Lynott on vocals, Brush Shiels on bass, Gary Moore on guitar. Noel has played and recorded with artists such as Mary Black, Mike Scott and the Waterboys, Jackson Browne, Sharon Shannon, Steve Earle, Christy Moore, Van Morrison, Mick Hanley, Donal Lunny, The Corrs, The Chieftans and Paul Brady. Apart from his ability as drummer and percussionist, Noel is a very distinctive singer. His funky, unique and very soulful interpretations of blues, rock and soul classics are a must hear for any fan of these genres. Ed Deane – guitar and vocals. Ed started playing guitar and slide guitar while still at school. Age sixteen he formed Blueshouse and played alongside visiting American blues artists such as, Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Shines, Mississippi, Fred Mac Dowell and Juke Boy Bonner. He played with Granny’s Intentions and the Woods Band. Moving to London, he played with Bees Make Honey, recording an album with them produced by Nick Lowe. After a spell in France, he joined Frankie Miller Band, touring Europe and the US. In the eighties he wrote soundtrack music for Stormy Monday and Leaving Las Vegas. In the 90’s he recorded and toured with Chris Jagger, Nick Lowe, Bap Kennedy and Dana Gillespie. Since returning to Ireland, he has released his own album of instrumental music, Slideshow and with Left, Right and Centre has recently toured with Donovan. Tommy Moore has been playing bass and singing in bands since the 1970’s. He hails from a family of famous Irish and now internationally renowned musicians ; Butch Moore, Des Moore, (The premier session guitarist in Ireland since the 1960’s), his daughter Gwen has a Phd in Music Education, his nephew Paul Moore, bassist with Van Morrison, his grand nephew, Jake Curran, guitarist with Niall Horan. He has been involved with artists and bands such as ; The Vampires , The Strangers, Stagalee, a founder member along with Errol Walsh, Pat Farrell and Don Baker in blues outfit ‘The Business’, played bass on Paul Brady’s first electric album ”Hard Station”, and toured with Brady. Played bass on the Johnny Logan Eurovision winner ”What’s Another Year” Played bass in the original Irish production of ”Jesus Christ Superstar”. Other associations include; The Fleadh Cowboys, Mary Coughlin, Christy Moore, Bill Whelan (Riverdance), Ronnie Drew, Philip Donnelly, Scullion,( Balance and Control, Prod. John Martyn), Greg Boland, Jimmy Faulkner, Mick Pyro, Anto Drennan, Myles Drennan. He has done numerous studio and RTE sessions as a bassist and backing vocalist. While involved with all of this, he taught Bass and Aural skills in The Senior College, Ballyfermot for 25 years. He currently plays bass and is a vocalist with ”Left Right and Centre, along with Noel Bridgeman (drums) and Ed Deane (guitar), he is lead vocalist and bassist with his band ” Badge”, and is bassist and vocalist with the Steely Dan tribute band ”Aja”. Frank Mead, sax / flute / harmonica / bones player. Frank has had a successful career as a sideman, session musician and sometimes solo artist. He was a founding member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings since its conception; working alongside such legendary names as Georgie Fame, Gary Brooker, Peter Frampton, Andy Fairweather-Lowe and Martin Taylor. Frank has worked with long-time colleague Beverley Craven since the late eighties, playing on her first and all subsequent albums. Over the years he has worked with Irish legends Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Mary Coughlan and many other international names including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Michael McDonald, Albert King, Lowell Fulsom, BB King, Albert Collins, Squeeze, Leo Sayer, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Robin Gibb and Go West, to name but a few. He helped launch and establish former Jethro Tull guitarist, Martin Barre’s ‘New Day’ venture. Frank also tours regularly with German superstars Marius Muller Westernhagen and Peter Maffay. He recently received two platinum MTV Unplugged awards for his work with these artists. Richie Buckley – tenor sax has long been recognized on an international level as one of the finest jazz musicians of today. His performing credits include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McForKenna, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello and many more. James Delaney: Keyboards James Delaney was the keyboard player of choice for most discerning musicians and bands in the rock scene in Dublin in the seventies and eighties. Bands like Stagalee, Rob Strong & the Rockets and the Red Peters blues band were quick to snap up such a precocious and exciting young talent. His career and reputation hasn’t slowed down any since then and he remains the go-to keyboard player for individuality, creative flair, a great groove, an intimate acquaintance with a wide range of musical styles… all delivered with real panache and ‘character’. James has been described as ‘eccentric’ by some… a euphemism which covers a lot of territory! But his focus is always on the music and he generally eschews most modern distractions which aren’t strictly relevant… and which he considers a waste of time… like social media. doors 9.30 music 10-12 entry 15e