Friday, 14th August 2015
With Europe's Best Blues Festival now less than 2 weeks away, we've got a special treat with this week's 'ones to watch'.
For the last couple of months we've brought you some of the biggest names set to perform at our Festival, but the big names don't stop! With over 600 of the world's best Blues artistes performing, we've hand-picked our ones to watch over the weekend. We've already brought you the likes of Tommy Castro, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Nikki Hill and many more but this week's artiste holds his own amongst all of them.
Kicking off the Festival on our International Stage, Pat McManus' performance will be one not to be missed. Born in Derrylin, Co.Fermangh, N.Ireland as one of six children, Pat hails from an extremely talented family. Music is deeply rooted in the McManus family so it came as no surprise when Pat rose to prominence in the Blues world.
Pat started his musical journey with brothers John and Tommy, as they formed the internationally-renowned Mama's Boys. The rest as they say, is history. Mama's Boys enjoyed success across the US, most of Europe and Japan as they toured all over the world. Mama's Boys even broke America as their hit album, Power and Passion, broke into the Billboard Top 100.
In 1998 the band were presented with the Irish World Music awards – Best Album Of The Year award, beating off stiff competition from U2, The Corrs and Enya, capping the success Mama's Boys enjoyed all over the world.
Success has followed Pat since as he continues to tour the world, making a stop at Colne's Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival on August 28th.
Be a part of the legacy, get your tickets here.