Harvest Time Blues (also called Monaghan Rhythm and Blues Festival) is an annual music festival held in Monaghan town in Ireland. Since its inception in 1990 it has become one of the “one of Ireland’s leading live music festivals.” [2] Several noted artists have performed at the festival, including Van Morrison, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, and ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. [3 ]


The festival takes place in Monaghan town, located in the north of Ireland, 90 minutes’ drive northwest of Dublin.

Festival venues located across the city, but the main stage is usually in a large tent in the New Road / Glen Road parking lot. Pubs across the city playing 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 in Monaghan, North East and Ireland.” [ Weasel words ] [citation needed ] The festival was an initiative mellanSomhairle MacConghail, Arts Officer, County Monaghan, and local publican and blues enthusiast Seamus McKenna. [ citation needed ] festival has taken place every September since, except between 2001 and 2006, and was originally sponsored by Heineken. [ citation needed ] Several noted artists 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 Blues 2007

See also

  • blues portal
  • List of blues festivals
  • List of folk festivals


  1. Jump up ^ “> Press release 2010”. Harvestblues.ie. Pulled 12/21/2015.
  2. Jump up ^ “GulliverIreland.com”. Goireland.com. Pulled 12/21/2015.
  3. ^ Jump up to: ab “towns and villages in County Monaghan – Monaghan”.Monaghantourism.com. Archived from the original on 9 May of 2010.
  4. Jump up ^ “Take a break at one of Ireland’s many autumn festivals”.Galway Advertiser. August 5, 2010.