Harvest Time Blues

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Harvest Time Blues
Harvest Time Blues 2010
Genre Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Reggae.
Dates First weekend of September (3/4 days)[1]
Location(s) Monaghan, Ireland
Years active 1990–2001, 2007-present
Founded by Somhairle MacConghail, Seamus McKenna

Harvest Time Blues (also referred to as the Monaghan Rhythm and Blues Festival) is an annual music festival held in Monaghan town, in Ireland. Since its launch in 1990, it has become one of the "one of Ireland's leading live music festivals".[2] Several noted performers have appeared at the festival, including Van Morrison, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, and ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.[3]


Coordinates: 54°14′52″N 6°58′15″W / 54.2479°N 6.9708°W / 54.2479; -6.9708 The festival takes place in Monaghan town, which is located in the north of the Republic of Ireland, 90 minutes drive north-west of Dublin.

Festival venues are located across the town, though the main stage is typically located in a large marquee in the New Road/Glen Road car park. Pubs across the town play host to smaller gigs in what is collectively known as the Blues Trail.[4]


The first Harvest Time Blues festival took place in 1990, to "promote and enrich the cultural life of Monaghan, the North-East and Ireland".[weasel words][citation needed] The festival was an initiative between Somhairle MacConghail, the Arts Officer for County Monaghan, and local publican and blues enthusiast Seamus McKenna.[citation needed] The festival has taken place every September since, except between the years of 2001 and 2006, and was originally sponsored by Heineken.[citation needed] Several noted performers have appeared at the festival over the years, including Van Morrison in 1998, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, and ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.[3]

Tommy Castro at Harvest Time Blues 2007

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  1. ^ "> Press release 2010". Harvestblues.ie. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  2. ^ "GulliverIreland.com". Goireland.com. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Towns and Villages in County Monaghan - Monaghan". Monaghantourism.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Take a break at one of Ireland's many autumn festivals". Galway Advertiser. 5 August 2010. 

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