If you can't beat the blues then join them!

Posted on: Tuesday, 6th of September 2016

10th Cobh Guinness Blues Festival

September 23rd > 25th

In September of every year the harbour town of Cobh hosts a gathering of international, national and local Blues musicians for the annual Guinness Cobh Blues Festival.

Some of the most popular venues, pubs & hotels will host performances, both outdoor’s and indoor’s, throughout the weekend.

Now in its 10th year, Cobh Blues Festival, founded by Paul O’Halloran, takes place on the 23rd of September. Paul tells us that each year, the festival has grown from strength to strength and he expects this year to be no different.

The event will provide over a hundred hours of free music with over 20 acts performing in 11 indoor and outdoor locations around the seaside town.  In addition to the before mentioned venues the bandstand in the promenade makes the perfect setting for some open air electric and acoustic blues. 

On Saturday the 24th September at 2.30pm there will be a family fun afternoon in the promenade with the Cobh Blues Club providing music along with some invited guests.

For anyone with a passion for blues music this Blockbuster Blues weekend is a must. This year the festival line-up includes.

·        Aaron Curtis- (Returning from England after 5 years.) 

·        The “Dizzy Blues Band”  from “Cork’s Lee Delta Blues Club” .

·        From Cavan, the John Street Blues Band. 

·        Local legend Jamie Stanton- Just back from Electric Picnic will be making appearances across the weekend. 

·        The Cobh Blues Club will deliver several performances plus festival regulars, Dr.Dec & The Side Effects, Karl & Sean Long, The Hitmen, Rob Harley Experience and Paul Hannon to name but a few

On Saturday night in the Jack Doyle Room of the Commodore Hotel , “Street Talk" take to the stage from 11.30pm. The four piece Blues/ Rock band hail from Passage West, Co. Cork.

Street Talk have been touring the scene for the last twenty five years and are headed by front man Paul Murphy. They cover artists like Eric Clapton, Steve Ray Vaughan etc. Again for the Blues enthusiast this is a night not to be missed. Admission is only €5. Bar until 2am

For more information on the Cobh Blues Festival check out the web page here . To like the festival page on Facebook and to keep updated on information about the gigs across the weekend click here. 


Note: The festival is sponsored by Diageo with the support of Cobh Tourism as well as local businesses.