This Saturday sees the return of Dungannon’s Blues On The Hill festival. Mid-Ulster’s only blues festival is now into its third year, returning to the historic Hill Of The O’Neill site. The line-up celebrates some of the best blues-based artists in Ireland.
This year’s headliners are the Johnny Fean Band, of Horslips fame and featuring bassist Stephen Travers of Maimi Showband. Also on the bill is blues guitarist Eric Bell, a founding member of Thin Lizzy, most famous for his guitar on ‘Whiskey In The Jar’. Belfast based The Ronnie Greer Blues Band will be making an appearence along with special guest Grainne Duffy. Another Belfast based band in the form of bluegrass folk group Wookalily open up the main stage alongside Cookstown trio Denver McCord & The Confessions. The event will be compered by BBC Radio Ulster DJ Ralph McLean.
Rounding off the celebration of blues, the festival welcomes back the ‘Rory Gallagher Exhibition’ in Ranfurly Arts & Visitors Centre running from this Friday to Monday 25th July. Admission is free to the exhibition as well as a record fair in The Square Box Theatre.
Tickets for the main stage of Blues On The Hill can be purchased from www.dungannon.info, and available on the day.