Performers 2011

Please wait for the photo to load Andreas Varady and David Lyttle

Hailed by international press as one of the most important jazz musicians to emerge from Ireland in recent years, David Lyttle teams up with thirteen-year old jazz virtuoso Andreas Varady to present music from their acclaimed joint album Questions. Together they recently performed to standing ovations at London’’s historic Ronnie Scott’’s where they recei more....


Please wait for the photo to load Grainne Duffy Band

Grainne Duffy from Castleblaney is a new voice with new songs in Blues - Rock vein. Think Bonnie Raitt (Grainne also plays a mean lead electric guitar in the band) and you'll have some idea of the power and emotion this young lady can evoke. Her debut CD, "Out Of The Dark" is a stunner! Whilst continuing her heavy promotion of her stunning debut through more....


Please wait for the photo to load Henry McCullough
How many Irish musicians can lay claim to performing at Woodstock, touring with Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, playing with Joe Cocker, recording with Patti Labelle, Donovan, Marianne Faithful and Frankie Miller, recording the original Jesus Christ Superstar album or indeed being part of Paul McCartney’s Wings? Henry McCullough is one of the greatest unsung more....


Please wait for the photo to load John Leighton
John Leighton joins us on his album launch tour. Since returning from Paris in 2010 and now living in Belfast, John has recently released his acclaimed debut album Dramatic Life on LYTE records. Already favoured by All About Jazz and BBC radio, the album merges jazz, pop, country and folk, and features major league players from Ireland, Britain and the US. B more....


Please wait for the photo to load Johnny Dickinson
Since Johnny Dickinson last played Limavady Jazz and Blues festival in 2002 his solo career has exploded and he is now a major draw on the festival circuit having recorded four studio albums, a live CD and a concert DVD. It was at this time that Johnny was assembling the collection of songs that would become "Castles and Old Kings" - his debut solo release. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Mark Black Band
TThis power trio is far from your traditional blues based outfits. 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 3 self produced s more....


Please wait for the photo to load Ronnie Greer Band

Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer returns to the Festival with his powerhouse band, featuring some of the country’s finest musicians. Regular band members Anthony Toner, guitar and vocals, Alan Hunter, bass guitar and Colm Fitzpatrick, drums are all highly acclaimed and experienced performers.   Ronnie has been at the centre of the local blues scene for more....


Please wait for the photo to load Alan McKelvey Band
Alan's influences are varied and probably too many to mention, but here goes: Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Robben Ford, Gary Moore, Matt Schofield, Bernie Marsden, John Mayall, Rory Gallagher and Peter Green. A powerful singer and guitarist , Alan is backed by some of North Down's finest, including sax and trumpet from the Dirty Duck horns. more....


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Limavady High School in conjunction with Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival presents Belfast Community Gospel Choir in concert Saturday, 4th June 2011 at 7.30pm.

The 60-strong choir has members from all parts of the province, and take pride in the fact that they are completely multicultural and cross community.

This concert celebrates t more....


Please wait for the photo to load Benny Browne
Benny Browne has performed as a solo Spanish guitarist since the late '90's. Entirely self-taught, his style incorporates a range of influences from jazz to flamenco. His repertoire is equally varied, ranging from American blues through O’Carolan and the Beatles to the music of Spain and Latin America. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Bluestack Mountain Blues Boys
Down from the hills for the day, Pat and Allan holler and testify the natch'l blues on the acoustic blues busking trail - mighty. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Café Jazz Project
Café Jazz Project is local composer/performer Roy Mitchell on clarinet and saxophone accompanied by guitarist Greg Payne. Café Jazz Project are regular visitors to the festival, and leading protagonists in the northwest’s contemporary jazz scene. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Errol Walsh
Errol Walsh was born in Coleraine, then emigrated to Canada during the late sixties and became a singer and songwriter.

By the early seventies he returned to the British Isles and has played and recorded with many of the great and good of roots and rock music. Some of Errol's influences include Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Merle Haggard, John Prine, S more....


Please wait for the photo to load Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson is a veteran of the local music scene, and will be familiar and fondly remembered to many festival goers. His repertoire is a relaxed and unpretentious mix of jazz blues and country. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Gay McIntyre Duo
Gay McIntyre is nothing less than an Irish jazz saxophone legend. He has performed with many international jazz greats over a career spanning no less than six decades. Gay was there at the birth of the showband era, during which he performed with several bands from the age of 15 and in the process he became a well known Irish showbiz personality. As he matur more....


Please wait for the photo to load Graffiti Limbo
Local 5 piece, Graffiti Limbo reform for this gig by popular demand as a warm up act for Grainne Duffy. Graffiti Limbo take material from classic and contemporary sources, stirring in their own collection of influences ; Dr John, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, Howlin Wolf, Tom Waits, Stax soul, etc ; to produce an eclectic mix of searing, soulful vocals, swirling H more....


Please wait for the photo to load Hot Tamales
Hot tamales play acoustic americana, mixing in a healthy portion of blues, country and folk-rock influences. Allan Nicholl (guitar, vocals, mandolin) will be familiar to many festival goers. Tyrone man John McFall (vocals, guitar, harmonica) learned his craft travelling the world, including many years in various bands in western Canada before coming home to more....


Please wait for the photo to load Joanna Higgins
Following the launch in 2010 of her debut album ‘Happy Ever After’ and her performance at the City of Derry Jazz Festival, Joanna is delighted to be appearing in her home town. No stranger to the stage, Joanna toured the USA as choir leader with Riverdance performing in Radio City Music Hall and the Gershwin Theatre with the Broadway production of the show. more....


Please wait for the photo to load John Trotter Dixielanders
John Trotter is without doubt one of the most exceptional musicians to grace a stage. A multi-instrumentalist with an incredible repertoire of material to draw from, John has assembled a band of his favourite trad. jazz friends. more....


Please wait for the photo to load John Trotter Trio
This Derry based trio play a wide range of styles, from 'Rat Pack' classics to the Buena Vista Social Club. Featuring the soaring vocals of Fiona Trotter, the multi-instrumentalist skills of her father John, and latin percussion from 'Willie the Cuban' Hernandez; you never know what you are going to get next, but its guaranteed to be good. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Limavady Big Band
With a fantastic repertoire of sophisticated jazz standards and swing favourites, The Limavady Big Band brings you an unforgettable swing experience! They  bring you the music from the days of the bands of the 30’s and 40’such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman right up to big band arrangements of The Beatles and Van Morrison numbers. The band dr more....


Please wait for the photo to load Mark Braidner
The festival committee is proud to welcome back Mark Braidner and his band who were one of the highlights of last year's festival. Consummate flat-top acoustic and resonator fingerstyle and slide guitar playing combined with a rhythm section of drums, double bass and piano, who have a serious rockabilly edge and who will have the most flat footed audience d more....


Please wait for the photo to load Martello Jazz Band
The Martello Jazz Band aim 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 wi more....


Please wait for the photo to load Mean Mistreaters
A local blues act, Mean Mistreaters play acoustic blues from Sonny Boy Williamson, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee , Robert Johnston and the like. Featuring the authentic fingerstyle guitar of Shane McAteer and the melodic harmonica of Shane Boylan. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Men In Black
These five exceptional musicians are a highly-polished combo who's repertoire is extensive. It ranks from 1920 to the modern day. They coax their sweet tunes from Guitar 'John Somers' Bass 'David Mccracken' Piano 'Rory Clements' Drums 'Paul Armstrong' and Clarinet saxophone 'Jim McDermott'. So enjoy this wonderful sense of clarity and balance at the lunch ti more....


Please wait for the photo to load Men Who Knew Too Much
The Men Who Knew Too Much play a delightfully unique style of Country-Hawaiian-Jazz. Their musical ingenuity and wry humour never fails to offer a direct connection to the heart as they effortlessly relay sharp vocal-phrased, self deprecating songs about drinking, loving, cheating and fighting, from the archives of Randy Newman, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Sp more....


Please wait for the photo to load Michael Watters
Michael Watters is a jazz guitarist who specialises in jazz standards played on solo nylon string (classical) guitar. His repertoire includes standards by Jobim, Bonfa, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Harold Arlen etc. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Mirenda Rosenberg Band
Some singers own the stage but Mirenda Rosenberg is famous for owning the stage, the dance floor and sometimes the audience's personal space when she performs! A Mirenda Rosenberg show is always one to remember and Mirenda is accompanied on this occasion by her full 7 piece band. Mirenda's current album 'Placeholder' is a rich gumbo of musical flavours an more....


Please wait for the photo to load Mr G Trio
The Mr G trio consists of Marc Forbes on bass, Ronan O Callaghan on keyboards and Gary Cunningham on guitar. Ronan O Callaghan is the head of music in the MWRC and has played extensively around the world. Marc and Gary have played with various Jazz combos and were members of Derry band Balkan Alien sound. This latest combo brings them full circle playing wit more....


Please wait for the photo to load Panama Jazz Band
The Panama Jazz Band, was founded eight years ago and today comprises of Ray McKendry –drums, Tommy Locke – Guitar, Ivan Black – Tenor, clarinet, soprano sax, valve trombone, piano and arranger, Billy Richardson – Trombone, cornet and vocals and Harry “Trixie” Hamilton – Bass and vocals The playlist is extensive and varied ranging from Louis Armstrong to more....


Please wait for the photo to load Pat Muldowney and Caroline Coyle
An acoustic duo from NW donegal. Pat Muldowney on guitar and vocals is surely one of the finest working guitar players in Ireland today. He is joined on this occasion by his partner, the gorgeous and irrepressible Caroline Coyle, who will bring her distinctive husky celtic/scottish influenced jazz and folk vocal stylings to the mix. more....


Please wait for the photo to load Paul Buckley
A consummate guitarist, whose tasteful acoustic picking caused a reviewer in the Irish Times to refer to him as ''Donegals best kept secret and a real find'' . Paul Buckley has been plying his trade, acoustic and electric, band and solo, since the mid 1970's and plays a repertoire of old American folk and blues songs mixed with his own material. A musician's more....


Please wait for the photo to load Peter Vail
One of the North Wests most established guitarists Peter Vail has developed into a captivating performer.His style embodies originality , diversity and a range of influences from jazz, traditional and acoustic fingerstyle playing to the more avant - garde, experimental styles. As well a s his highly regarded original material from his two solo Albums " Out o more....


Please wait for the photo to load Portabello
Portabello are an 8-Piece rhythm & blues, pop, funk, soul and jazz band who put their own touch to some old and new favourites and have influences ranging from Tower of Power, Randy Crawford, Incognito, Average White Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Steely Dan to Big Band Jazz & Blues and modern day classics. With their dynamic performances, rhythmic fire and big more....


Please wait for the photo to load Professor Groove and the Goddess Affair
Professor Groove and the Goddess Affair are a Dynamic Super Funky Seven Piece Band. They play an eclectic arrangement of Sista Funk, Soul, Motown with a Jazz Fusion. Fronted by powerhouse singer Aideen McGinn along with a killer brass section, these guys are guaranteed to leave you hot, sweaty and begging for more. The band also features Marc Forbes (Bass), more....


Please wait for the photo to load Pure Fresh
Pure Fresh are an 8-Piece Soul and R&B band featuring a line up of top musicians including keyboards, drums, bass, guitar, keys, trumpet, trombone, sax and vocals, Pure Fresh plays a set that covers all the soul favourites from the commitments, the Blues Brothers, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Amy Winehouse, Sam Brown, Brand New Heavies, Tower of more....


Please wait for the photo to load Stubble Brothers
High octane bluegrass with twists of rockabilly and blues from some of north Donegal's finest musicians - footstomping stuff! more....


Please wait for the photo to load The Pontiax
Rockin' Chicago blues band from the North Down Delta. Dedicated to keeping the blues alive. In the two years they've been together they have impressed audiences at the Derry Big Band Festival, Warren Point Blues Festival, Belfast Big River Blues, Dunfanaghy Jazz n Blues Fest, Woodstock R&B Fest, Dundee Blues Bonanza, Callander Jazz n Blues Fest. Ciaran "Ciar more....


Please wait for the photo to load Wookalily

Between hammerin' out the harmonies, slammin' on the geetars, slappin' the bass, beatin the drums, pickin' on the banjos (not to mention the banjo player), chopping on the fiddle and striking blows to the flute it's a miracle Wookalily haven't been arrested for cruelty to expensive musical instruments. Despite their reckless ways they've managed to create more....




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