ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE AS BLUES FESTIVAL CONTINUES TO DRAW THE CROWDS

13 September 2013 One Comment by The Northern Standard

By MICHAEL McDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

MONAGHAN’S 18th Annual Harvest Time Blues festival defied the country’s ongoing economic woes by building on last year’s success and recording increases in overall attendances by somewhere between three and seven per cent.

Monaghan Arts Officer and Festival Committee member Somhairle Mac Conghail told the Northern Standard that the overall feel-good factor at the weekend’s events throughout the town was added to by the fact that there were no public order incidents despite the large numbers of fans that supported the various events.

Overall, the atmosphere was as friendly as could be asked for, with the punters enjoying top-rate events as new acts mixed easily with some of the returning artists who have become familiar in the town over the years, he added.

The interaction between performers and fans alike had been incredible, with New York’s Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton proving a particular hit and showing up to jam at many of the Blues Trail pub shows as well as his own gigs in the Market House.

On that note, the acoustic gigs in the Market House had been a spectacular success, with shows being sold out — for the first time ever — on both Saturday and Sunday, Mr Mac Conghail revealed.

The Blues Trail had also thrown up some fantastic shows according to all reports, with the numbers attending also said to have been up by between seven and twelve per cent.

The main shows at the Late Night Marquee had been as good and well-supported as ever, while the two smaller marquees, at The Diamond and Church Square, had proven to be a good move as well. Brilliant shows had been put on by some of the ….

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  • Johnny Doyle said:

    Brillant festival got to be the best or one of the top festivals

    and one of the friendliest towns i’ve been to and unbeieveble local talent especially Grainne Duffy and Clara Rose cant wait till next year
    Johnny D FROM kILKENNY