DylanFest 2019 Events
The great Al Diesan, probably the best Dylan act in the world, will be in Culdaff tonight. He will be playing in iconic music venue McGrory’s. They have had some great acts in there over the years but Al would be up with the best of them.
After missing the DylanFest last year, Al is back. He played a fantastic gig in Rosatos to open the festival on Thursday night. McGrory’s is in for a treat.
Ryan O’Dochartaigh in McGuinness’s Bar in Culdaff
One of the best bands ever to play the DylanFest are the Dylanites from Derry. They will be playing in the Marquee in McGuinness’s Bar in Culdaff on Saturday night. They play Dylan upbeat and you see lots of people getting up to dance to Dylan songs when they play.
The main man in the band is Ryam O’Docgartaigh and he will play in McGuinness’s Bar or Marquee tonight. He was originally booked as a solo act but I hear that he will be performing with someone else in a duo.
Catch Both Acts
The great thing about the whole thing is that Dylan fans can catch both acts. Al Diesan starts at 9:30 tonight and Ryan at 10:30.
Both of these acts have to be seen. They’re both fantastic.
It should be a great night in Culdaff.
Egon Callery in the Corner Bar
The night starts and ends with Dutchman Egon Callery. According to huge Dylan fan Paddy the Shoe, Egon is one of he class acts about the place. he’s right up there with he very best. He will start off an Open Mic night in the Corner Bar at 8pm. He will play for half an hour and then hand over to anyone else who wants to play a couple of Dylan songs.
One who has taken up that offer is Chris Barnes from England. He will be hosting the Saturday and Sunday afternoon outdoor Open Mics in he benches outside Rosatos at 4pm each day.
Lets hope a few fans volunteer this evening in the Corner Bar.
Shaun Hiboy in the Foyle Hotel
At 9:30pm Shaun Hiboy will start in the Foyle Hotel. Shaun and Paddy the Shoe used to make Rawdon’s the most popular pub in town on a Saturday night. They played a lot of Dylan songs in their set. Shaun always finished up the gig with Like a Rolling Stone with everyone joining in. He helped make that song Moville’s new Anthem.
Shaun once went to a songwriting workshop hosted by Glen Hansard.They all had to write a song on he last day. Guess who won the Best Song award? It was Shaun Hiboy. Maybe he’ll let you hear it tonight.
Dylan Quiz and Egon Callery in Rosatos
Also at 9:330 in Rosatos there will be a Dylan quiz. Not all the questions will be about Dylan to be fair to the regular quiz goers there. But 26 out of the 60 questions will be about Dylan.
How do I know that? Well, I wrote the questions. So don’t ask me the answers (unless you buy me a drink first).
When the questions are over at around 11:30pm Egon Callery takes over. As I say he is much sought after. Indeed he’s wanted by two pubs in the one night.
It’s going to be a great night.
Al Diesan Back
After missing last year’s DylanFest on the Lough, we have Al Diesan back again. He took his traditional role of opening up the DylanFest last night. He played for 3 hours solid .
And the general opinion was that he was even better than he was before. Such a Dylan expert as Paddy the Shoe said as much.
He kicked off the show with Don’t Think Twice which the crowd loved. He played a mixture of lesser known songs as well as the favourites like Mr Tambourine Man and Like a Rolling Stone.
The blend was just right. Indeed the whole audience was singing along to some of the songs like Like a Rolling Stone.
Future Al Diesan DylanFest Gigs
Al now takes himself off to play McGrory’s in Culdaff (10 miles from Moville) tonight at 9:30pm and the Ferryport Bar in Greencastle (3 miles from Moville) at 10pm before ending his year’s DylanFest in Rosatos on Sunday at 9:30pm.
It’e been a great start!
When Judas Met John Show
When Judas Met John
This time last year the Broke Brothers were selling out the Space Triplex venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They performed When Judas Met John. This is the story of the careers of Bob Dylan and John Lennon and how they interacted and inspired each other.
We tried to get them last year but couldn’t afford them. One brother lives in London and one in Antrim. It just so happens that they are both going to a wedding in Rathmullan this week and fancied coming to the DylanFest in Moville on the Sunday.
When Judas Met John at Corner Bar
They asked if here was a slot where they could perform their act. The Corner bar were delighted to take them. Manager William Gillespie said “It’s the kind of show that I’d want to go and see myself so it is great to be able to put them on at the Corner Bar”.
Tom and Hugh Adams will play bluesy versions of Dylan and Beatles songs.
Said DylanFest organiser, Gerry McLaughlin, “It’s not often that we get a smash hit Edinburgh Fringe Festival act in Moville. It’ll be great to see it.”
Proposed Set List Dylan / Beatles
Dylan Set List
All Along the Watchtower
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Things Have Changed
Like a Roll’n Stone
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
I Shall Be Released
Meet me in the Morning
Don’t Think Twice
Tangled up in Blue
Mr Tambourine Man
Shelter From the Storm
I Want You
I Feel a Change Coming On
Beatles Set List
Ballad of John and Yoko
You Can’t do That
Back in the USSR
Two of Us
One after 909
I’ve Just Seen a Face
Don’t Pass me By
I’ll be Back
Things we said Today
Yer Blues Yesterday (Harmonica only)
I saw her standing there.
Al Diesan DylanFest Return
The first Al Diesan DylanFest gig for two years will take place in Rosatos on Thursday the 22nd of August. Al had to miss last year because of injury. As Al is arguably the best Dylan act in the world he was sorely missed.
Indeed one local Dylan fan, who has seen Dylan over 20 times, said, “I think I prefer to see and hear Al nowadays than Bob Dylan.” When reminded about it a few days later he said “well maybe I went a bit far”. But maybe he didn’t.
Al Diesan Comes All the Way from Italy
Al flies in every year he can make it from Calgliari in Sardinia off the coast of Italy. To get here and get back home again Al has to get six planes two buses and two taxis. He opens up the festival on the Thursday night and close it on the Sunday night.
It is his annual pilgrimage. He has been to most of the Dylan festivals across the world, including the big one in California where he was the first non-American to play.
Here is where Al will be playing:-
Thu 9:30 – Rosatos (Moville)
Fri – 9:30 – McGrory’s (Culdaff
Sat 10pm – Ferryport (Greencastle)
Sun 9:30 – Rosatos