Cobh’s Blues ‘N’ Roots Festival Is Back – Sept 20th – 22nd
.. a long time ago in a seaside medieval village far far away, groups of musicians got together on a weekend in September to play the blues for the craic. The craic was so mighty they decided to repeat the event the following year, and so the tradition began .. and now it has grown over the years to become one of Ireland’s best-kept blues secrets. One weekend every September the village of Cobh comes alive with the sound of guitars and bands as some of the best of the blues visit from throughout Ireland and across the world ..
Every year in September, the beautiful tourist town of Cobh in Co Cork hosts a gathering of international, national and local blues musicians for the annual Cobh Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival.
With concerts and performances both outdoor and indoor, including in many of the town’s pubs and hotels, the festival was founded by publican Paul O’Halloran in 2007. Since its inception it has grown in size, going from strength to strength. This year will be no different, with the 13th edition of the event returning over the weekend of September 20 – 22.
The festival was first founded with the goal to bring more business and life into the town at a traditionally quieter time of the year. Yet it’s grown so much in popularity that it is now one of Cobh’s musical highlights, bringing returning groups of visitors and performers each year to experience some top-quality music. Anyone with an interest in blues should not miss out on this great weekend. All are invited to attend the free concerts. Meanwhile, local hotels and B&Bs are delighted to put up festival goers for a night or the full weekend so they can enjoy the music without the hassle of getting home afterwards.
Sponsored by Diageo with the support of Cobh Tourism – as well as local businesses – the event will provide over a hundred hours of free music. More than 20 acts will perform in 11 indoor and outdoor venues around the seaside town.
The festival begins on Friday with gigs taking place across Cobh. Over the course of the weekend the times of these vary from day and night in order to cater for attendees of all age groups. This year sees the return of the very popular midnight blues sessions on Friday and Saturday night in The Bellavista Hotel.
On the Saturday afternoon, there will be a family fun afternoon in the Promenade with Cobh based multi-instrumentalist and Voice of Ireland finalist Jamie Stanton – along with other special guests -providing the music. Stanton’s rock and country style – inflected with choral tribal influences – led him to top the Irish iTunes Charts with his debut record Flying Colours. The waterfront location for his gig is the perfect scenic setting for festival goers to take in some open air electric and acoustic blues.
Other performers over the weekend include The All-Star Blues Band, Dr Dec & The Side Effects, Gerry Quigley & The Muddy Blues Trio, Paul Hannon & Freight Train, Sofisikates, Street Talk and Will Killeen. Meanwhile, the aforementioned local hero Stanton will be making more appearances across the three days too with his band Roadkill Revival. He and his group are sure to draw a large crowd as always.
To see the full line-up, gig times and more information about this year’s Cobh Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival, visit the event’s website over at cobhbluesnrootsfest.ie.
Cobh Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival
Roaring Donkey Cobh: Short play by Haulbowline Theatre Group 10pm
The Quarry Cock Bar: Short play by Haulbowline Theatre 9pm
The Rob Roy Bar, Cobh: Sofistikates 10.30
Titanic Bar and Grill: Brian Oglanby 10pm
The Mauretania Bar: Rob Harley 10pm
Ryan’s: Jamie Stanton 7pm.
Gerry Quigley & The Durty Blues Band 10pm
Tarrant’s: Sugar Mountain 10pm
Kellys Bar Cobh : Andrew Foley Longbeach Music
BellaVista Hotel: Jamie Stanton 10pm
Jamie Stanton & Guests Cobh Promenade 3-5
Roaring Donkey: Dermie & Jamie 10pm
Quarry Cock : Brendan Mc 10pm
Rob Rob: Splendid Isolation 10pm
Titanic: Colin Edwards DJ Funky 10pm
Mauretania: King Bradz
Ryan’s: Street Talk
Tarrant’s: Aine Carroll
Kelly’s: The Platonics
The Commodore Hotel, Cobh : Hank Wedel Duo
The Quays Bar and Restaurant: Rob Harley
Bellavista Hotel : Will Killeen
Roaring Donkey: Gilley’s 6pm
Mansworths bar : Brian Oglanby 9pm
Jack Doyle’s Bar: Tony O’Donovan 7pm
Rob Roy : Traditional Irish, Lorna Lane & Paul Grace 5pm
Mauretania: John & Barry 6pm
Ryan’s: Will Killeen 6pm
The All Star Blues Band 9pm
Tarrant’s: Dj Aaron Stanton
Kelly’s: Paul Hannon 6pm
Freight Train 9pm
Blog by Kieran Walsh https://greatislandmedia.com/
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