Articles tagged with: Harvest Time Blues

THE FESTIVAL DIVIDEND

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Festivals of every type have grown to be an important part of the Co Monaghan economy, their significance accentuated in recent years by the corrosive effects of the financial collapse on many previously dependable income and revenue streams. The value of these events, of course, transcends the monetary – they have the salutary effect, peculiar to the artistic, of reinforcing local identities and community solidarity while, temporarily at least, transforming them through the infusion of different ideas and cultural practices. Interaction with the visitors these celebrations attract generates ...

FINISHING TOUCHES AS MONAGHAN PREPARES FOR HARVEST TIME BLUES

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FINISHING TOUCHES AS MONAGHAN PREPARES FOR HARVEST TIME BLUES

As Diarmuid McCleary is pictured by Rory Geary putting the finishing touches to his ‘Graffiti Arts’ project in anticipation of the Harvest Time Blues Festival this weekend, it’s worth looking at the words by the late Rory Gallagher — which are edged in the piece — who says, “Blues is the most demanding form of music because it goes deeper, it goes beyond technique. Because it’s spiritual , it drains the artist”. These words bring us to the crossroads of the music were the legendary bluesman, Robert Leroy ...