The Dublin Blues, Roots and Brass Festival returns for its 3rd year, bringing some of the best and most unique acts from around the country to perform at this free entry (Free in before 11pm) festival on August bank holiday weekend: August 4th – August 6th. The original plan was to feature our top 10 acts but there is too many great musicians on this years line-up to only pick a few. Here is our 30 reasons why you should not miss the Dublin Blues Roots & Brass Festival this weekend!
8:15pm – Fever Solstice
Funk and soul with a dab of jazz fusion all the way from Fever Solstice, the five-piece band are currently releasing a few demos.
9:15pm – Robocobra Quartet
This Jazz (with a touch of punk) Belfast outfit are breaking musical boundaries with their unique style, Definitely the cool cats at this years festival.
10:15pm – Bunoscionn
Described as a musical love-child, mothered by Irish folk music and fathered by dance/reggae/rock, Bunoscionn headline the main stage with their groovy tunes.
8:30pm – Those Responsible
Dublin four-piece rhythm & blues outfit have what it takes to please any live blues enthusiastic audience… smooth like a 50 year-old bottle of whiskey.
9:30pm – Áine Tyrrell
The contemporary folk music that Irish singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell creates has some interesting twists to her sound, signed to SugarRush Music Record Label based out of Brisbane.
10:30pm – Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra
All the way from Oslo, Norway. The group consists of fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro and upright bass and currently on tour. For Bluegrass fans? You’re in for a treat!
11:30pm – RetroFix
Seven-piece jazz band will have you dancing to some Bossa rhythms and funk grooves… So now you can get your Retrofix at 11.30pm upstairs on Friday night.
12:30pm – Whistle
Americana style folk and roots six-piece Dublin band play a blend of original and covers in their set, words from the band “come along for the skit..”
7:00pm – Dublin Bluegrass Collective
Taking it to the streets is this wonderful group of musicians, The Dublin Bluegrass Collective are well known for their Bluegrass Jam sessions, every Tuesday night at Siné, Dublin.
9:00pm – The Hardchargers
Belfast blues trio are no strangers to this festival after their superb show last year, the band recently played the Sunflower festival and are ready to rock Dublin Blues Roots & Brass Festival this weekend. Plus you can catch them live on the main stage, Saturday at 8:15pm.
8:15pm – The Hardchargers (See Above)
9:15pm – Beef Supreme
With notable headlining performances under their belt these Carlow based musicians are proving their exceptional command of an array of instrumentation and challenging conventions of the folk music genre in Ireland.
10:15pm – Quangodelic
This Cork based band varies from 12-15 piece, including a legendary 3-5 piece horn section, if classy funk is your thang then you’ll love Quangodelic.
11:30pm – CrowBlackChicken
Described as “an Irish ZZ top” (it must be the beards) the Southern blues tunes from this awesome Cork based trio is definitely a ‘must see live’ this weekend, the band have currently release their new album on vinyl called Rumble Shake.. these lads will certainly shake things up on Saturday’s main stage.
8:30pm – NC Lawlor
Dublin’s Niall Lawlor has played with some of the greats including Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers and Shane MacGowan to name a few. All hail the king of the Dublin buskers!
9:30pm – Jem Mitchell Music
Jem began a productive career that would lead to his being the frontman for several indie acts during the eighties and nineties. Jem also won ‘Best Male’ solo act at the 2015 Pure M Awards.
10:30pm – Tommy Keyes Music
After almost 40 years, Tommy Keyes returns with songs that defy categorisation. “It’s 70s singer-songwriter music” he says, “because that’s what I am.” And he certainly is also with a dash of modern music.
11:30pm – Mongrel State
Mongrel State is a four-piece “South-Western Rock” band from Dublin and they are on our radar for the 2017 Pure M Awards for ‘Best Act’. Be ready to be rocked with some Mongrel State blues fusion.
12:30pm – APPO & the Disappointments
The Newbrige based band have a clear message to the festival goers this weekend – “we’re gonna bring the nasty, we hope you can bring yourselves..”
7:00pm – Ukulele Tuesday
Ukulele Tuesday is a free weekly play-along ukulele jam session (every Tuesday 8pm in the Stag’s Head, upstairs bar..) It’s pretty full-on and much louder and more energetic than most people expect it to be.
8:15pm – GRAND
Gypsy-Folk band GRAND are first up on Sunday’s main stage and known for “taking their audience into an ecstatic hootenanny” They’re definitely one to watch to wet the jazz appetite.
9:15pm – Kicking Bird
Four-piece folk alternative band from Dublin blends native American, country, folk with a sprinkle of bluegrass.
10:15pm – Mary Stokes Band
The Mary Stokes Band is one of the most exciting and dynamic blues bands playing on the world stage today. And you can witness for yourself this fabulous band fronted by one of Ireland’s top vocalists. Liam ó Maonlaí will be joining Mary as her special guest in Whelan’s on August 6th during the Blues, Roots and Brass Festival.
11:45pm – Mick Heslin
Bluesman Mick Heslin will bring his blues/folk Americana sound to the Dublin Blues Roots & Brass Festival, Mick has recently released the Title track from his Debut album “One of These Days”.
8:30pm – The Dublin City Rounders
Kicking off the Upstairs stage brothers Rohan & Al, they have a wild fashion sense and will entertain eager blues fans with their music from Western Swing to a full Rockabilly sound.
9:30pm – Pete Cummins Band & Terry Woods
An ultra combination of some old-school blues heroes. Pete Cummins won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album after his collaboration to the album ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ by Nanci Griffith, at the 1993 35th Annual Grammy Awards. He was also founding member of Irish band The Fleadh Cowboys. While Terry Woods is an Irish folk musician, Terry played with folk-rock groups, The Pogues, Steeleye Span, Sweeney’s Men, The Bucks and, briefly, Dr. Strangely Strange and Dublin rock band Orphanage, with Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy).
10:30pm – Blackbird & Crow
Donegal blues duo Blackbird & Crow are described musically as ‘Janis Joplin meets Ry Cooder with a slight sprinkling of Fleetwood Mac’ if that doesn’t convince you have a listen to their stunning track ‘I Gave Away My Home’.
8:00pm – The Remedy Club
Alternative country/roots duo The Remedy Club have recently released their new single ‘Come On’. The husband & wife duo formed in 2006 under the previous name of B & The Honeyboy. The Remedy Club will play their Americana sounds with some country music flair this weekend.
10:00pm – Delta Fuse
Derry based four piece Blues Rock band offer both cover songs and originals to their live set, the band is currently gearing up for a brand new single release, lucky festival goers may get to hear it live on the night.
11:00pm – Dublin Blues Cartel w/ Mik Pyro
Dublin Blues Cartel are made up of Irish seasoned blues musicians – James delaney: Keys (Sharon Shannon, Van Morrison, Paul Brady, Chuck Berry, Andrew Strong). Pat Farrell: Lead Guitar (The Business, Red Peters) and shared stages with B.B. King, Jeff Healy, John Primer and Carlos Johnson. John Quearney: Bass (Donovan, Heavy Waits, The Business, Left right n Centre,). Noel Bridgeman: Drums. Noel was a founding member of Skid Row, one of the most important Irish rock bands, whose members included Gary Moore, Phill Lynott and Brush Shields. He has also recorded with Van Morrison, Steve Earle, Sharon Shannon and has played with Mary Black and many other legendary Irish artists. Also featuring Mik Pyro (Republic of Loose) on the night, so you better get ready for some serious blues infusions and improvisations.
Dublin Blues Roots & Brass Festival
August Bank Holiday Weekend
August 4th- August 6th
FREE ENTRY. 7pm-11pm-
Whelan’s- Upstairs Stage-Main Stage- The street Stage-
More info? see links below.