The Harbour Bar in Bray and The Hotspot Music Club in Greystones are known by local music lovers as the places to go in Wicklow to see some of Ireland’s finest original acts work their musical magic. Whether hosting the best up-and-coming bands, to established national treasures, regardless of the musical style, whenever you see a gig in either bar you can be guaranteed the quality is second to none!
Over the last weekend in August across 5 days & nights, these beautiful traditional Irish pub venues have joined forces to celebrate some of the finest folk, bluegrass, Americana and country musical acts in the country with a couple of guests from farther afield in the Harbour to Hotspot – Roots Revival Festival. What better way to spend your last weekend of the summer, than tapping your toes or being on your feet, swooning or singing along to some incredible talent that you would expect from The Harbour Bar and The Hotspot Music Club? Check out the lineup and we hope to see you there!
I Draw Slow | Dr. Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8 | Amazing Apples | Old Hannah | The Young Folk
The BQ Trio | Dermot Byrne and Danny Tobin | Malojian | Gavin Glass & The Shakers | The Whileaways | N.C.Lawlor | Paddy Dennehy and The Red Herring | An Acoustic Ramble with Old Hannah & Friends | The Louisiana 6.
Five-piece outfit I Draw Slow have a sound rooted in old time Americana, with a twist! The Irish Times described their indie Irish/Americana compositions as “musically ambitious, thoughtfully performed”. Their album Redhills was named RTE Radio 1’s album of the week and headed the iTunes folk chart for Ireland within days of its release.
From Brighton to Bray, foot stompin’ bluegrass sounds from Dr. Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8. These guys are not shy of touring having played hoedowns to shindigs, hootenannys to barn dances, so be sure to get your dancin’ shoes on!
Hailing from Galway, Amazing Apples are a 5-piece multi-instrumentalist Indie/Folk band. Over the years they’ve played at Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions and Indiependence Festival, and have supported Ryan Sheridan, Paddy Casey, The Saw Doctors and Walking on Cars.
From Sligo with their own brand of roots, it’s the brilliant Old Hannah. The band are firmly rooted in old time sounds, as an early passion for bluegrass, western swing and roots saw them mix traditional and contemporary influences into a truly unique set of original music.
The Young Folk are fast making an impression on the Irish music scene, with their upbeat blend of alternative folk and immaculate harmonies. Their current album ‘First Sign of Morning’ is out now and the band are preparing for a headline show in Dublin’s Academy in October so make sure to catch them here in Bray first folks.
Next up, The BQ Trio with their alternative – folk influenced music and their unique minimalist sound, paired with superb harmonies, accompanied by guitar and trumpet. This promises to be a great set from one of the newer live bands to hit the scene.
With Dermot Byrne and Danny Tobin, expect a set of trad tunes bursting with energy from these exceptionally skilled musicians. We’re thrilled to have two of Ireland’s masters of Delta Blues join forces for this year’s festival.
Fronted by Stevie Scullion, it’s the turn of Malojian. Later this year the Northern Irish band will launch their brand new album ‘This is Nowhere’ – recorded with legendary producer Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, Bonnie Prince Billy). With their star firmly on the rise, Malojian have gone from playing small venues in Northern Ireland to playing Glastonbury.
Gavin Glass & The Shakers. Singer-songwriter and producer extraordinaire, Glass is one of Ireland’s most talented and hardworking musicians. Now on his fourth solo album Sunday Songs, he has also produced and played on numerous albums for the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, Cathy Davey and Declan O’Rourke, amongst many others.
Hailing from Galway, The Whileaways are three distinct voices combined with beautiful harmonies. Their debut album received four stars in the Irish Times and RTE Album of the Week. They’ve performed at Tonder Folk Festival (Denmark), Sligo Live and The Open House Festival in Belfast. Their second album ‘Saltwater Kisses’ (2015) sees the band cut a confident trail in roots music.
Probably the best slide guitarist to come out of the country is N.C.Lawlor – The Dublin based bluegrass slide guitarist, singer and harmonica player is famous for his Grafton Street busking sessions & his Sunday gigs in Whelan’s. Lawlor stands out with his ultra fast slide, soulful lyrics and has played with some of the greats including Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers and Shane MacGowan to name a few.
Skiffle six piece The Louisiana 6 – playing 50’s style Skiffle with a mix of gospel, country & bluegrass, they play the hits of Lonnie Donegan & Leadbelly. Penciled in to play at this year’s Electric Picnic and having just played The Knockanstockan Festival.
Paddy Dennehy & The Red Herring are a group who draw influences from as far back as the early 1900s right up to the present day. You can hear hints of Tom Waits, the delivery of Louis Armstrong and reminiscent of Hozier and Mick Flannery. A variety of influences, all of of them blended together to form a live performance that is at once unforgettable and utterly unique.
So there you have it folks, the new festival on the block. Get marking your calendars and come join us Brayside!
The Harbour Bar Presents
Harbour to Hotspot | Roots Revival Festival
24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 August 2016
Wednesday 24th August
I Draw Slow | 10pm-11.30pm
BQ Trio | 9pm-9.45pm
Thursday 25th August
Dr Bluegrass And The Illbilly 8
Dermot Byrne and Danny Tobin
Friday 26th August
Amazing Apples | 10.30pm-12.30am
Malojian | 9pm-10.15pm
Saturday 27th August
Old Hannah | 10.30pm-12.30am
Gavin Glass & The Shakers | 8.30pm-10pm
The Whileaways | 6.30pm-8pm
N.C.Lawlor | 4.30pm-6pm
Sunday 28th August
The Young Folk
Paddy Dennehy and The Red Herring 8pm-9.15pm
An Acoustic Ramble, with Old Hannah & Friends | 6pm-7.30pm
The Louisiana 6