Wednesday 22nd July, 2020

Notes From the Boyne Delta

From the cotton fields of the American South to the clubs of Chicago, Blues music is the foundation of nearly all popular styles of music listened to today.

African musical traditions mixed with European traditions, especially those of the Irish and Scottish, Blues music has evolved from field songs and the famous juke joints to clubs and recording studios to inspiring a new genre - "Rock and Roll" - and a whole new generation of musicians giving birth to the swinging 60's.

Many years have passed with many genres coming and going, but Blues music lives on, and always will live on once the flame continues to be carried. One such torch bearer is Drogheda Blues Band - "The Stonecold Hobo".

The Belfast City Blues Festival 2016

Shane O'Brien (Bass) and Mac Thedrummer (er...drums) formidable rhythm section with Noel 'Zap' Cummins Blues harp licks create a raw authentic sound while band leader Martin Cummins handles vocals and guitar.

Forming in 2012 "The Stone Cold Hobo" are notable for their live performances headlining many shows and festival appearances throughout the country.

A mixture of raw "Delta Blues" with a modern twist and great Blues "feel" 2018 would see the release of "Notes From The Boyne Delta" capturing "The Stonecold Hobo" in the studio.

Self produced "Notes from The Boyne Delta" is a recording of original music by Martin Cummins as a solo artist (accompanied by guitar with slide) and in full band mode.

Pity The Fool - Notes from The Boyne Delta album

"Notes from The Boyne Delta" is a modern Blues album in an age when modern blues can be over produced in order to achieve a "current" sound. The Stonecold Hobo's "Notes from The Boyne Delta" is not one of these albums and is instead flawless from start to finish.

Martin sings a number of songs solo such as "Pity The Fool" and "Vodka Slut" but its on the songs featuring full band that the true sound of "The Stonecold Hobo" is let loose.

Inspired by the sound of Rory Gallagher and Zeppelin "Notes from The Boyne Delta" captures the sound of early blues recordings with a modern "blues rock" feel - "Sweet Thing".

Martins lyrics with rock solid musicians result in an amazing Blues album. Definitely a band worth checking out live and on album.

The Stonecold Hobo has been performing online throughout lockdown while pubs doors remain closed to musicians.

Check out The Stonecold Hobo Facebook page for updates.

Notes from the Boyne Delta is available through Bandcamp

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