Van Morrison set to make waves
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
VAN Morrison will return to the stage at this year's International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, Warrenpoint, on Sunday, May 25.
The festival will showcase some of the world's leading blues and jazz performers from Wednesday, May 21 to Monday, May 26.
Van will perform a special blues set list in Warrenpoint Town Hall and proceeds of the concerts will be donated to local charity Southern Area Hospice Services.
The festival will also play host to Dr Feelgood's guitar trail-blazer Wilko Johnson and from Baton Rouge Louisiana, authentic blues artist Larry Garner who will provide a big slice of Chicago blues with a side order of Mississippi Delta stomps.
Actor and singer Wilko Johnson played a central role in the hugely popular Game of Thrones which was filmed in Northern Ireland.
He recently reached the top of the UK Download charts with Roger Daltrey and his versatility shows no bounds performing at Glastonbury, Sonisphere Festivals with Status Quo.
Commenting on the programme, Event Director, Ian Sands said: ''Our festival has become the one of the main blues and jazz festivals in Europe due to the exceptional high calibre of performers.
“Van Morrison's return to the festival is icing on the cake. There are back-to-back gigs all over the Spring Bank Holiday, plus family fun events and a food festival too.
“If you love the craic and enjoy the buzz of festivals, our blues festival ticks all the boxes - don't miss it."
While Sarah Colgan from Southern Area Hospice Services added: ''Van Morrison's concerts in Warrenpoint will be a great boost both to raising the profile of the Hospice and raising essential funds for the community.''
One of the main features of the six-day festival weekend will be the famous Guinness Bay Blues Pub Trail which will feature over 90 free gigs and 35 performers.
Audiences will be treated to a host of internationally acclaimed performers including Mama's Boys, Pat McManus, Texan Carvin Jones, Californian Shawn Jones and the amazing Hungarian blues, The Matyas Pribojszki Band.
Other local blues giants performing at the festival will include Grainne Duffy, Crowbar Blues Band, Cup O'Joe, Linley Hamilton, Rab McCullough, and The Bluez Katz Blues Band.
Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster will host a live show with a special appearance by main-stage headliner Larry Garner and there will also be family entertainment in the Bluesberry Town Park, continental food stalls, music workshops and The Blue Mile charity run for the Southern Area Hospice will take place on Friday, May 23.
Festival poster programmes will be available from Newry and Mourne's Tourist Offices, local shops and festival venues in addition to Belfast Welcome Centre.
Visit www.bluesonthebay.com or call the ticket hotline 02890 246 609 for further details, regular updates are also on Facebook and Twitter.
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