The BAND

Paulie Martin - Vocals, Guitars

Steve O'Keeffe - Drums, Percussion

Blues Confidential is known for its high energy live performances. The band blazes its own innovative musical path while still remaining true to the blues. Drawing on a vast repertoire its live set combines elements of blues classics from Muddy Waters, Little Walter, BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Mayall, and Rory Gallagher with material from modern blues artists such as Gary Clarke Jnr and original compositions by Paulie Martin.  The set is served up with feel, solid playing and injected with a dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll to create the band's own blues sound . The live performances have a reputation for being a great night out and just what you need to blow off a little steam at the end of a long week.

 

Blues Confidential is led by Paulie Martin, one of the most exciting young blues guitarists, singers and songwriters to emanate from Ireland since Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore.  Paulie has gained the respect of his blues peers as a jaw-dropping guitarist and singer and is bringing the blues to a new and younger audience. He is becoming one of the most sought after session players and played with three different bands at the Electric Picnic in 2018.

The band also features the very experienced rhythm section partnership of Steve O’Keeffe (the Pale,) on drums and Jay Carroll on bass. This partnership has been together for over 15 years and notably have played and recorded with John Isley of Dire Straits.

On blues harmonica is John McGuinness, a veteran of the London scene where he played alongside Ritchie "Charlie" McCracken (Taste, Stud) and Paul Atkinson (Bees Make Honey, Juice on the Loose) in Smokin’ Blues and the Buick Hill Band.

Like all blues bands guest musicians are a regular feature with the likes of Tony Bowers (founder and member of Simply Red) on sax and guitar and Ray McLoughlin (renowned Musical Director, Record Producer, and session musician) on piano and keyboards. 

Jay Carroll - Bass

John McGuinness - Harmonica

Photos by Stuart Hayes Photography

Video and Audio by Displace Studios, Dublin

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