Gig: Dylanfest Manchester 27-28 Aug 2010

Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010

2010 Dylanfest

Manchester tribute to Bob Dylan

Manchester’s M19 bar in Levenshulme will once again stage a Blues tribute to Bob Dylan in its annual August Bank holiday Bob Dylan Festival weekend.  The Festival which is now in its third year attracts acts from all over the UK and Ireland and is one of only eight such festivals which are staged throughout the world.  The others are in Moville and County Clare in Ireland, California and Michigan in America, Berlin in Germany, a village in North Italy and Melbourne in Australia.

The festival kicks off on Friday 27 August with a showcase featuring artists paying tribute to Dylan’s Irish roots and his connections to the Clancy brothers and Tommy Makem.  The Saturday night showcase features acts paying tribute to his ‘Blues’ roots.  It takes place at Levenshulme’s M19 Bar in the first floor acoustic room.

One of the acts playing the Blues night on Saturday 28th August is Ged Wilson, when asked about how he felt about being selected to play the festival he said “Bob Dylan has inspired so many Blues musicians it’s great to have this Festival to pull them all together.  I’m proud to be part of the Festival, as A Bob Dylan fan and lover of the Blues what a way to capture a show with a great crowd and superb venue.  Bob Dylan is such an inspiration, I can’t wait to mix in some Blues and be part of this Festival that is growing in reputation year on year.”

The Dylanfest in Manchester has joined forces with the two festivals staged in Ireland, which are Bobsfest in County Clare and the Moville Dylanfest in County Donegal.  Both these festivals take place in early July and a number of the acts appearing there are coming over to Manchester.

Manchester’s festival takes place in the first floor Acoustic room m19 bar in Levenshulme village, which is just a short taxi ride away from Manchester Airport.

This years line up includes Chris Layhe a former co founder member of the celebrated Liverpool band The Icicle Works, he is appearing with his new five piece blues based band ‘Oyster’ on the Blues night of the festival- Saturday 28 August.  Appearing on the same night is the highly acclaimed Limerick singer Keith Forde from Bobsfest in County Clare who has had a considerable amount of chart success over in Ireland and was runner up in the international songwriter of the year.  Other acts to look out for are Shimeon who has been described by the Guardian as a cross between Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan and Matthew Ganley who some people might recognise from his appearance on Holyoaks.

Acousticfest – the organisers of the UK festival said about the weekend’s festival “Bob Dylan has always had a massive connection with Irish artists, he was heavily influenced by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.  It is well documented about how Dylan used to hang out in the Irish pub ‘The White Horse’ in New York, where the Clancy’s played he took the tunes of the Clancy songs which were old Irish songs and put in his own words.  We had a lot of visitors from Ireland last year and are expecting even more this year.”

Tickets for the festival are just £4 in advance per night or £8 for a weekend pass and are available from m19 or from the website

The line up for the festival is

Friday 27 August

UK’s Bob Dylan Festival Irish Night with

Shimeon, Mary Lucey, Mickey the Hat, Matthew Ganley, Easy Dream, James Butler and Denise Morgan

Doors open 7pm

Tickets £4 adv, £6 doors or £8 adv for a weekend pass

Saturday 28 August

UK’s Bob Dylan Festival Blues night with

Keith Forde, Ged Wilson, Joanna Lyon, Glyn Bailey & the Splendid things, Oyster, John Ridyard, Becky Rose & Elisa Mansell

Doors open 7pm

Tickets £4 adv, £6 doors or £8 adv for a weekend pass

M19 Bar, 847 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3pw

Tel 0161 224 8135

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