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Watch: Pat McManus brings rhythm and blues at Black Box gig

Blues music fans descended on Belfast last weekend to celebrate the 11th Belfast City Blues Festival.

The festival saw 45 acts play 60 gigs at 22 venues across the city, including the return of festival favourites and some new local and visiting acts.

Pat McManus, who played at the A Taste of Rory gig at the Black Box on Saturday afternoon, has been a regular performer and top draw at the festival.

“For me this is a very special place to play. Belfast has one of the best reputations for blues and blues bands. Without the help of Belfast we wouldn’t have had the likes of Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison and Gary Moore.

“So for me to come to this event and play every year is an honour and long may it continue,” said the former Mama’s Boys guitarist.

Also on the bill on Saturday afternoon were local musicians who make up the Willie Byrne Band and Blackwood.

Visiting from London this year was the highly acclaimed Robin Bibi Band, who performed throughout the weekend at The Hudson, The John Hewitt and The Northern Whig.

Bibi is one of the UK's top blues/rock guitarists having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Ben E. King.

Other local artists who took part included Rab McCullough, Speedy Mullan, The Reverend Doc and The Red Hot Roosters, Tony Villiers & The Villains and The Lee Hedley Band.

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