Buenos Aires Blues arrives at Enniscorthy Library
Buenos Aires blues maestro, Daniel De Vita, got this year's Blackstairs Blues Festival off to a wonderful start in Enniscorthy Library on Thursday as he gave a workshop on the blues. All the way from Argentina, Daniel offered a great insight into his musical life there and spoke of exactly what music and, more specifically, blues music means to him.
He spoke of how the early blues material was hard to come by when he was growing up in Buenos Aires and how it was only later that he managed to get his hands on music from the greats such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willy McTell and Lead Belly. He offered a taste of his blues background with some acoustic numbers which really whet the appetite for what was to be a weekend jam-packed with music in Enniscorthy.
While Daniel has an Enniscorthy connection in that he is signed to local based label Catty Towns Records, it was through the power of social media that he came to play this year's festival.
'I think about three years ago we became friends on Facebook,' explained Festival Chairman John Murphy. 'He said that he'd love to come over and play and we're delighted to have him. He's playing six gigs over the course of the weekend, which is a festival record and has never been done before!'
The evening in the library was certainly a fine way to ease into the madness of the festival weekend and those in attendance were certainly excited to see Daniel rock it with a full band over the course of the weekend following a wonderful selection of acoustic tunes. 'The guy's a real talent,' said John. 'He managed to fit so much into a 45 minute talk. It was amazing.'