The first Grainy Blues of 2019 will bring the amazing Blues Street Preachers, from Belfast, to play for us, featuring Karen Lismore on vocals.
Know the band
Blues Street Preachers & Karen Lismore
Blues Street Preachers feat Karen Lismore cover a wide and varied
range of Blues styles. From down home Delta and Country Blues through to
Gospel and on to the more Urban feel of Ragtime, Hokum with inflections
They are fronted by Belfast woman Karen Lismore and
this will be Karen's first time performing in Dublin since the late 90's
when along with her sister Bronagh and performing as The Mullan Sisters
they won The National Song Contest and went on to represent Ireland at
Eurovision that year. This in turn led to performences at
The National Concert Hall along with other acts and a 70 piece orchestra
fronted by none other than Beatles producer Sir George Martin, at The
Olympia Theatre with Gene Pitney and another with a young and up and
coming Westlife! Then, having spent a few further years
performing on her local music scene decided to take a long break.
Thankfully she is now back singing through a new found passion for The
Blues, finding that her voice fits effortlessly into this style. Her main influences include Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Rosetta Howard.
along with Karen is roots/blues guitarist Mark Braidner. He performed
along with his trio at the club last year as did pianist Simon Templeton
who also features in this lineup. On Double bass is Bill Johnston and
drums Michael Conway. Completing the line up is Gerry McClurg on trumpet.