11 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Mickey McDonnell

THE “20th Edition” of Monaghan’s Harvest Time Blues festival was another runaway success, with good crowds turning up to support the events at all levels in what has a become a firmly-embedded annual event that Monaghan can rightly be proud of promoting and sustaining over the years.

The sheer class and quality of the artists who entertained the punters was again evident from the word go, and even the weather refrained from raining on the parade as locals and visitors alike were treated to one great full-house show after another at the Late Night Marquee, Market House Acoustic Room and on the Blues Trail venues provided by Seamie McKenna’s, the Westenra, Terry’s, the Squealing Pig and the Shamrock Bar.

Committee stalwart Sean Conlon told the Standard yesterday that there was “great positivity” about the whole weekend, and that more than a few people had remarked on the “absolutely outstanding” acts playing at various venues”.

He said the advent of YouTube and other internet platforms was allowing enthusiasts to listen to bands in advance rather than just read the promotional material, and that this in turn was persuading more and more people to head out and attend the gigs.

Cllr Conlon was also happy that national media outlets including RTÉ Radio had featured some of the acts, which he believed had also raised the festival’s profile and attracted more people to the town.

The Harvest Time Blues was becoming more resilient year on year, he said, despite the recession, and was proving itself well able to withstand the test of time. The result…


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