With 50 shows across 22 venues at the ninth Belfast City Blues Festival you’ll be spoiled for choice.
15,000 people are expected to attend the festival, sponsored by American Holidays, from June 23 – 25 which is celebrating its ninth year.
Here are 7 songs you might hear throughout the festival:
- Pat McManus
Playing on Saturday, June 24 as part of A Taste of Rory is The Pat McManus Band. Here’s Pat’s personal tribute to Rory Gallagher in ‘Rise of the G-Man’
- Billy Boy McKimmin
Billy Boy McKimmin is one Europe’s finest exponents of the Blues Harp. As well as two shows with SP3, he’ll be giving a workshop on the harmonica on Sunday, June 25 at Dawson’s Music. A quick taste of his talent can be seen here:
- Rab McCullough
Rab and his merry band of cohorts have been entertaining fans across Northern Ireland and further afield for some time – and always provide a storming show. He’ll be playing several shows across a number of venues at the Belfast City Blues Festival. Here is at a recent show playing with the Rev Doc.
- The Backbone Blues Band
A live phenomenon the Backbone Blues Band are playing the Northern Whig on Friday evening, June 23 from 5pm. This English band has earned plaudits in the States for their shows. Here’s a taster of what to expect:
- Lee Hedley & Co
Also playing across the Belfast City Blues Festival is Lee Hedley. A consummate live performer Lee Hedley and his merry band of musical cohorts will be entertaining at a number of events across the weekend. This is the Lee Hedley Band playing The Thrill Is Gone:
- Ronnie Greer and Ken Haddock
This pair of mighty musicians know how to rip up a stage! Messers Greer and Haddock have their hearts steeped in the blues, so it’s fitting that here they play ‘Kansas City Blues’
Steve Payne, Paul Hobday and Billy Boy Miskimmin will be hitting Kelly’s Cellars and The Spaniard over the weekend with their intense roots and blues music. Payne and Hobday are seen here playing ‘Pumpernickel Bread’
Go to www.belfastcityblues.com for more information or you can also download the 2017 programme from www.tinyurl.com/BCBFprog17