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Dermot Byrne who is lined up to play at the festival

Dermot Byrne who is lined up to play at the festival

Austin Walkin’ Cane is one of the artists appearing at this year's Blackstairs Blues Festival

Austin Walkin’ Cane is one of the artists appearing at this year's Blackstairs Blues Festival


Dermot Byrne who is lined up to play at the festival

This year's Blackstairs Blues Festival in Enniscorthy is going ahead with a stellar line-up of acts scheduled to appear.

Like the majority of event organisers, the committee behind the festival took time considering whether or not the event could go ahead given the current circumstances, however, they devised an online format that will ensure a top class festival while adhering to current guidelines.

The Blackstairs Blues Festival special will be part of the 'Hoolie's lockdown lock-in' - a series of gigs hosted online by Holohan's Pub and it will take place on Saturday, September 12, at 9.30 p.m.

Speaking to this newspaper about the festival one of the organisers, John Murphy, said it will be hosted by Ibar Carty and Niall Holohan.

The line-up of acts features some of the most formidable blues players in the world including: Malkum and Chris; Daniel De Vita; Ben Prevo; Austin Walkin' Cane; David Broad; Mark S Black; Keith Scott; Paulie Martin and John McGuiness; Sean Taylor; Pistol Pete Wearn; James Oliver; David King; Trevor Babajack Steger; Bert and Eva Deivert; Hector Castle; Colm Skwirbat; Sliding PK; Dermot Byrne; Sweet Sorrows; Garry Lynch; Rusty Jacks - Throwback from BBF 2015; BC Blues Band; KJ McEvoy; Loose Arrangement and Richard & Eddie (with friends).

Some of the acts appearing have garnered widespread international acclaim. Austin Walkin' Cane is a US solo, delta blues singer and slide guitarist with a blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of highway 61 & the delta blues experience. He has toured Australia, Nepal, Colombia, France, Germany, England, Wales, and the USA while Daniel De Vita, from Buenos Aires, has been playing in the Argentine Blues scene for over a decade.

Dermot Byrne has built up a steady following over the years performing authentic renditions of classic blues and roots music as well as self-penned material.

He has brought his brand of real down home blues and roots music to venues throughout Europe and the United States and is recognised as being one of Ireland's finest interpreters of blues songs.

Malkum Gibson and Chris Kleeman first met in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1969.

With their mutual love of Piedmont Blues, they began touring together in the Ohio and Indiana area and eventually found their way to New York City where a visit to Bluestime Records led them to BB King who was impressed enough to produce their 1970 debut album, 'Just the Blues; Serendipity'

Sean Taylor has earned a reputation for one of the hottest new names on the UK blues scene.

With incredible passion for performance, sheer talent and songwriting of the highest calibre has led to frequent comparisons with the likes of John Martin and Tom Waits.

Blues Confidential have become well known for their high energy live performances. The band blazes its own innovative musical path while at the same time remaining true to the blues.

While this year's Blackstairs Blues Festival might be different, in the sense that it will be virtual rather than physically live, it still promises to a fantastic night in.

The event will go live on the Facebook pages of Blackstairs Blues Festival and Holohan's Pub and everyone is invited to the party.

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