Billy Boy bringing star harmonica sets to Belfast City Blues Festival

BillyBoy Miskimmin

Virtuoso harmonica star, Billy Boy Miskimmin is once again gracing the stage of Belfast City Blues Festival with a masterclass and a full set of top blues songs from his amazing repertoire.

The Belfast harmonica player and vocalist has been a member of bands such as The Yardbirds and Nine Below Zero and has played sessions for Marc Almond and Stiff Little Fingers.

“You just need to hear Billy Boy playing once to be both entranced and excited,” said festival director Seamus O’Neill.

“Together with Paul Hobday this trio is not to be missed as these three talents are steeped in the history of roots and blues but have modernity in their attitude and playing.”

For those who want to learn how Billy Boy achieved his deserved reputation as Europe’s number one Harp player he will be giving a master class in a Festival Music Workshop in Dawson’s Music on Royal Avenue on Friday, June 29th from 1pm.

Miskimmin will also be playing on the Belfast Barge that same evening.

The Belfast City Blues Festival 10th anniversary has more than 60 gigs across 22 venues from June 29 to July 2.

This year will see blues veterans Dr Feelgood, new music sensation Aaron Keylock and local queen of blues Kaz Hawkins all take to the stage at The Black Box.

Also back this year is the annual Tribute To Rory Gallagher afternoon at the Black Box with The Pat McManus Band, Blackwood & The Willie Byrne Band as well as A Tribute To Phil Lynott & Thin Lizzy featuring local band Tinn Lizzy.

BillyBoy Miskimmin

Other acts joining the 10th Anniversary Belfast City Blues Festival lineup include Ronnie Greer, Rab McCullough, Speedy Mullan, The Lee Hedley Band, The Reverend Doc, The Red Hot Roosters and many more.

The weekend is packed full of gigs as well as the now famous Blues On The Boat Music Cruises, taking place over the weekend on Belfast Lough. More than just music, there will be complimentary food and drink for all ticket holders.  The cruises are set to host top performers such as Rab McCullough, the Rev Doc, the Lee Hedley Band and the Red Hot Roosters.

American Holidays returns once again as key sponsor, in partnership with Brand USA, as well as United Airlines and Belfast City Council.

Other sponsors of the festival include Kolor Master Belfast, Sunday World, FT Contracts, Guinness, Lagan Boat Company, Bairds, Pot Kettle Black and U105.

For more information, festival listings and tickets log onto or connect with the Belfast City Blues Festival official Facebook page.


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