Stendhal Festival of Art announces musical acts

Rainy Boy Sleep
Rainy Boy Sleep

Having already announced such acts as Donovan, Stendhal Festival organisers have announced the second raft of performers playing at the summer festival, including home grown talent Rainy Boy Sleep.

The festival places outside Limavady at Ballymully Farm Cottage on August 7 and 8.

Macka B.

Macka B.

“To kick things off we are delighted to announce the return of the one and only Macka B, the Reggae and dance hall pioneer who was the sleeper hit of the 2013 festival.

Rainy Boy Sleep returns to his old Limavady stomping grounds for what will no doubt be happy homecoming of sorts for Stevie Martin. Since he was last with us at Stendhal, Stevie signed to Universal Records and released the brilliant EP Ambulance,” said a spokesperson.

“A long-awaited album is expected some time later in the year but before then Rainy Boy Sleep will be taking to the John Peel stage at Glastonbury before coming back to Limavady for Stendhal.”

Also appearing will be Declan O’Rourke, who was a relative latecomer to the Dublin singer-songwriter scene. His 2004 debut album Since Kyabram was a critical and commercial success and his subsequent follow ups 2007’s Big Bad Beautiful World and 2011’s Mag Pai Zai further cemented his place as one of Ireland’s best contemporary singer songwriters.

Other artists include Kormac’s Big Band, best known for the tracks he produces alone in his studio, intermittently accompanied by a guest musician or vocalist, his live performances often swell into a 10-piece orchestra.

Fatherson are an Alternative/Indie/Rock band hailing from Scotland. In 2014, the band released their debut album I Am an Island through a record label set up by their management. The band and label worked to together to independently finance and release the record without the standard record company structure. The release was a success and went to No.11 in the Scottish Album Chart, Top 40 UK Indie charts and peaked at No.5 on the iTunes alternative chart.

Ursula Burns is a harpist with a difference who draws rave reviews wherever and whenever she steps on stage.

Making Monsters are back at Stendhal, while the festival welcomes an eclectic international experience courtesy of Afresh, a traditional Zimbabwean folk band led by Gabriel Makamanzi.

Other artists include Maria McGrann, a Soprano from County Down; The Hardchargers - a blues-rock band; The Whereabouts - a young, energetic four-piece rhythm & blues, rock & roll band from Kingscourt in Co. Cavan; Exit Pursued by Bear are a home-grown Limavady act that have been recently working on a raft of new material scheduled for release very soon as a follow up to their well received Bella Rose EP.

Another home-grown Limavady talent is making his Stendhal debut as the front man of his own band this summer. The Eunan McLaughin Quartet is fronted by Eunan McLauglin and brings together several stellar Jazz musicians who have been wowing audiences across the country since their formation last year.

Also appearing are Axecatcher are a 4-piece hardcore act based in Derry; Apartment B are funk, soul and blues.

This Year Stendhal continues to work with local music organisations and welcomes Belfast’s ‘Oh Yeah’ centre to the farm for the first time.

Oh Yeah will join with The Nerve Centre to take over the new Keady Corner Stage for the duration of the festival, showcasing some of the best up and coming talents in Northern Ireland.Scheduled to play as part of the ‘Scratch My Progress’ programme are Hot Cops, R51, Sister Ghost, Serotonin, Shadow Police, Ed Butler and more to be announced.

“We will be announcing even more acts in the coming weeks as the countdown to Stendhal continues, so stay tuned to our website - - and social media pages for more announcements coming soon,” added the spokesperson.