(The Irish Post)
Wdnesday, November 21, 2007
December festival has Manchester feeling blue
A musician is hoping to warm hearts and spirits in Manchester as part of the city’s first blues festival.
Musician Tim O’Connor, whose Irish roots stem from Tipperary and Kildare, has been selected to play at Manchester’s first Acoustic Blues Festival weekend on Sunday, December 2.
O’Connor has been compared to the likes of Christy Moore and Van Morrison and has worked with Arty McGlynn — Van Morrison’s guitarist.
He was in Manchester’s legendary Celtic blues band Citizen Swing before moving on to other projects, which have taken him all over Europe.
He said: “I hope to get fiddle player Dezi Donnelly to guest with me on the night, I know he’s busy with his new album with Sharon Shannon but I hope to persuade him to get involved.
“My dad, who was also a professional musician, was a good friend of Val Doonican and they both shared the same manager, Dermot Buckley.”
A number of other musicians with Irish roots are also set to line up for the festival.
And festival promoter Tony Hennigan said: “Tim’s played the venue before, he is a first-class musician and the possibility of him teaming up with Dezi Donnelly will be an awesome combination and one of the highlights of the festival.
“Ireland has a strong tradition of producing major blues artists, with the likes of Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy to name just a few.
“Ireland stages a number of annual blues festivals so we are just trying to capture some of that spirit over here."
The event is being held on Friday, 30 November until Sunday, 2 December at the m19 bar in Levenshulme, which is at the heart of Manchester's biggest Irish community.
Other artists appearing include Robert John, Adriene O’Toole, Martin And The Manoevres, James Walker, Bob Long, Ian Kenned, and Matt Woosey.
¦ Tickets are £3 or £5 for a weekend pass. Doors open 7pm on Friday night and at 2pm for the Sunday afternoon session. Email the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.