Now in its 21st year, The ‘International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival’ started out with only 20 gigs and has now progressed into one of the World’s most popular blues festivals boasting over 90 gigs.

Argentinian Blues legend makes waves on the Bay!

Picturesque Warrenpoint is once again set to play host to some of the world’s leading blues and jazz performers who are heading to the County Down town for the 21st International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival from 22-27 May 2019. Sponsored by Diageo, the festival attracts thousands of music loving locals and tourists with many coming from across the globe to visit the renowned festival.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival will truly come of age this year as it hosts six days of 100 free breath-taking blues and jazz gigs, music workshops and jamming sessions.  Featuring amazing international blues musicians from across the globe and closer to home, this award-winning festival grows from strength to strength.

This year festival fans will be treated to a musical extravaganza featuring international blues legends including Argentinian singer, guitar and trumpet player, Vanesa Harbek, and Chicago’s guitar blazer, Big Dog Mercer.   Other highlights include showcases for emerging musicians on the Bluesberry Fringe and a wealth of established pros in the international blues festival circuit – Pat McManus, Rab McCullough, Ronnie Greer, Mirenda Rosenberg, The Unholy Gospel Band, Freedom 35’s, Rev Doc, Ralph McLean, Green Tangerines and The Bluez Katz Blues Band.


Tickets include The Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster live broadcast!

Paul Callan, Diageo Northern Ireland, said; “The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival is an annual highlight for thousands of visitors from across Ireland and overseas. Guinness has been supporting the festival for the last 21 years and it is a great fit for our brand with talent, passion and fun always on show.  At Diageo we are committed to playing our part in helping to expand Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality offering and The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival plays a key role in doing exactly that.  We take great delight in seeing how the festival continues to evolve and special thanks must go to the bars, restaurants and hotels in Warrenpoint and the surrounding area for their help and continued support of Diageo and this event.”

Commenting on the 2019 programme, Event Director, Ian Sands added; “There is definitely something for everyone at the International Guinness® ‘Blues on the Bay Festival, as we combine top-class international jazz and blues performers along-side Warrenpoint’s renowned restaurants and friendly hospitality hosts.  Tourists coming to the event will be truly spoiled for choice, quality and top-notch blues music.”

The 21st International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival is supported by Diageo Northern Ireland; Newry, Mourne and Down District Council; The Quays Newry; WBR Chamber of Commerce; Scenic Carlingford Ferry and Tourism NI.

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A Special Thank You To This Years Festival Artist - Michael Duffy

I paint images that strike a chord with both my emotions and my creativity. The landscape plays a big part in the essence of my work, I grew up in the country and will always have an affinity with green grass and blue skies.

However I firmly believe that the landscape is a living breathing entity that can convey as much emotion and feeling a human being, we are one and the same.I work mostly in acrylic, a medium that suits because of drying times, I tend to work fast and acrylic lends itself admirably to that style.

I would describe myself as a Contemporary Realist, I see what is around me and adapt it to my own personal experiences. My large collection of photographs from my travels around the world are a constant source of reference and inspiration for new and developing work.

One of the most exciting and vibrant landscapes for me to paint is that of Tuscany, Italy. An amazing collection of colours pervades this landscape and I try to interpret what I have seen in my own unique style.
Colour is a language all of it’s own and my mission in art is to communicate through colour. I inject my work with vibrant colour to stimulate and enthral the viewer.
Art is about creating a visual impact and my vision is to have the eye dance around the canvas and become absorbed in the finished work.
I literally want you the viewer to live and breathe the essence of the landscape that I portray in my work.