Howth Roots & Blues Festival

Friday 16th August – Sunday 18th August 2020

23 Free Gigs – 9 Venues!

Don Baker – The Drays – The Guilty Party with Mick Pyro – Ciara Sidine & Conor Brady – Square Pegs – The Mary Stokes Band – The Gavin Povey Band – Mules and Men – The Susan Tomelty Band – Dublin City Rounders – Slidin PK – Stone Cold Hobos – DD & The Delta Boys – Niall C Lawlor – Chief Keegan – The Colm Skwirbat Band – The Rye River Band – Prairie Dawgs – Heavy Meds – Kerry Fearon & Jim McLoughlin – The Ben Prevo Band – Parchman Farm – Dean Maywood – The 88s – The Phil Lynott Birthday Party

Previously known as Howth Jazz and Blues Festival the now renamed Howth Roots & Blues Festival is broadening its scope to encompass Americana. The festival is curated by Howth musician Paul Byrne (Drummer with In Tua Nua, The Drays, The Guilty Party, The Unelectables). We are delighted to announce that this years headline act is Don Baker. Still performing the songs of Blues legends and adding to the Blues canon with songs and compositions of his own Don Baker has developed his talent from musician to gifted songwriter in his own right. Also on the blues list will be Dublin blues legend Mary Stokes, Polish Blues man Slidin PK and many more.

The Drays released their highly acclaimed Alt Country album ‘Look Away Down Collins Avenue’ to huge critical acclaim in 2015. Featuring songs by ‘The Stars of Heaven’ songwriter Stephen Ryan, this promises to be the most alternative yet wonderfully lyrical event of the festival. Also in the Alt Country genre, Roots singer-songwriter Ciara Sidine will perform songs from her two highly acclaimed albums. And in the Americana vein we have Prairie Dawgs, Rye River Band, Dean Maywood and northern country star Kerry Fearon.


Fans of blues rock will get their fix of ZZ Top and more from The Guilty Party who will have as special guest Mick Pyro from The Republic of Loose. Thin Lizzy fans can attend Howth’s famous Phil Lynott birthday party for a host of Lizzy tribute acts. Add in some pumped up Bluegrass from string band Mules & Men, some Western Swing from The Dublin City Rounders and then some high octane Boogie Woogie from The Gavin Povey Band and you have one hell of a festival.

Howth Roots and Blues Festival will have 25 gigs and all bar two of them will have FREE ENTRY. Sponsored by Hop House 13 and Dublin City FM.

List of Venues:
McNeills, The Abbey Tavern, The Summit Inn, O’Connells, The Bloody Stream, The Harbour Bar, The Waterside, Wrights-Findlater and The House Restaurant.


Friday 16th August

7pm – Gavin Povey Band – The House –
Dinner and Show €35 – Booking Essential. Call 01 8396388

8pm – Ciara Sidine & Conor Brady – The Harbour Bar- FREE

9pm – Dublin City Rounders – The Bloody Stream – FREE

9.30pm – Mules & Men – The Summit Inn – FREE

10pm – The Mary Stokes Band – Wrights Findlaters – FREE

10pm – The Rye River Band -The Waterside – FREE

10.30pm – Square Pegs – McNeills Top House – FREE

10.30pm – Dean Maywood – The Harbour Bar – FREE

Saturday 17th August

2pm – Heavy Meds – O’Connells – FREE

4pm – Parchman Farm – McNeills – FREE

6pm – Ben Prevo Band – The Summit Inn – FREE

9pm – Kerry Fearon & Jim McLoughlin – The Bloody Stream – FREE

9pm – Slidin PK – The Harbour Bar – FREE

9.30pm – Niall C Lawlor – O’Connells – FREE

10pm – The Guilty Party with Mick Pyro – Wrights Findlaters – FREE

10pm – Susan Tomelty Band – The Waterside – FREE

10.30pm – Prairie Dawgs – McNeills – FREE

10.30pm – The 88s – The Summit Inn – FREE

Sunday 18th August

2pm – The Colm Skwirbat Band – O’Connells – FREE

3pm – The Drays – The Abbey Tavern – FREE

3pm – Phil Lynott Birthday Bash – The Bloody Stream – FREE

4pm – DD & The Delta Boys – McNeills – FREE

4pm – Chief Keegan – The Harbour Bar – FREE

5pm – Stone Cold Hobos – The Summit Inn – FREE

8pm – Don Baker – The Abbey Tavern – Doors 7pm.
Tickets €20 from or call (01) 839 0307

Dinner & Show €35. Booking Essential. Phone: 01 8396388