Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival

Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival 

Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival 

3 Main Stages at Waterford Harvest Festival, Free Music Gigs, Food Talks & Cookery Demos


Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival; The Harvest Festival team have announced the guests and acts for the three main stages at the 2022 festival, which takes place across Waterford City from September 9th to 11th.

At the ‘Food Done Right’ talk stage, food sustainability will be front and centre with a series of free talks on offer with some of the country’s most esteemed food writers, chefs, activists, journalists and business people.

Food Done Right Talks Stage 

On the food Done Right talks stage in John Roberts Square, there will be 4 talks on Saturday and on Sunday. Getting things underway on Saturday, September 10th will be a talk at 11am titled, ‘Global Shocks/Local Impact’ featuring environmental journalist John Gibbons, Steve Collins and well known organic horticulturalist, broadcaster and local food advocate Kitty Scully.

Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival 

At 12.30 pm is ‘Plan(e)t Based Diets’ with animal rights advocate who volunteers for Go Vegan World Ruaidhri O’Boyle, along with Irish Independent journalist Margaret Donnelly and farmer and journalist Hannah- Quinn-Mulligan.

At 2 pm a talk on ‘Mass Movements Verus Mass Extinctions’ will be on offer with Ray O Foghlu who is passionate about driving action on his ingenious idea to connect woodland and encourage natural regeneration of forests to help Ireland fight climate change and Padraig Fogarty of Openfield Ecological Services, and author of Whittled Away.

At 4 pm there will be a Q&A on offer titled, ‘Growing with kids’ with an expert panel made up of Lilly Higgins, Deirdre Doyle of Cool Food School and Caroline Jolley.

Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival 

On Sunday, senior lecturer in the School of Retail at the Technological University Dublin Damien O’Reilly, Brian McCarthy of Cork Rooftop Gardens and economist Jim Power kick off talks at 11 am with ‘Cost of Food, Cost of Living.’

At 12.30 Zero Waste Kitchens is the focus of attention as Chefs Maurice McGeehan, Brian McDermot, Conor Spacey, Janice Casey Bracken, and JB Dubois all take to the stage to discuss their ‘Wasted’ programme and how to reduce food waste at home and in a professional kitchen.

Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival 

At 2 pm a focus on a regenerative manifesto for Waterford will be on offer and at 4 pm some unexpected GIY’ers will take to the stage.

Taste Waterford Kitchen Stage

On the Taste Waterford Kitchen Stage sponsored by Waterford’s Local Enterprise Office, there will be a host of Waterford’s very own food producers and chefs who will all be sharing their best recipes and food tips.  Visitors will enjoy meeting chefs and food producers from all across the county. Demos will be on offer from noon on Saturday to 4 pm on Sunday featuring Momo Chef Michael Buchta & Kamila Bystrzonowska, Faithlegg House Hotel Chef Jenny Flynn, Caitlín Uí Aodha from IASC seafood bar, Nicola Crowley & Dvir Nusery from Mezze and Chef JB Dubois from GROW HQ along with the crew from Legacy Cider.

Music Stage

On the music stage, there are a total of 16 acts that will be setting the groove for the food festival weekend. Highlights include the Backroad Smokers Club, The Knotted Chords, The Cotton Pluckers, Amber & The Bear, Calypso Trio, The Moonshine Boys, Damn Dirty Apes, The Dearg Dooms, Bana Rua, Liam Merriman, David O’Sullivan Band and more. A full schedule of the free gigs is available at

Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival 

In addition, the Harvest Festival Market will traverse across Waterford’s wonderful squares and interconnecting streets, it will span from John Robert’s Square into Arundel Square onto Michael Street, and down to Barronstrand Street. With a focus on sustainability, the Festival Market includes an array of unique traders with plenty of fresh offerings and familiar faces.

The festival is being supported by Waterford City & County Council and organised by GIY who are bringing sustainability right to the heart of the festivities, showcasing Waterford’s rich food heritage and celebrating the City’s diverse restaurants, eateries and producers. The best of Waterford’s food and drink will be centre stage and there are a series of serious food talks for sides.

In the vast Junior GIYer’s area which will take over Broad Street families will enjoy the opportunity to learn how to grow food through the seasons with Muireann Ní Chíobháin co-author of the GIY Know it Allmanac. There will be seed sowing, bug bingo, an art area, and the Nore Valley Mobile Farm will also be in the vicinity.

Special events will also be on offer including a restaurant trail and Waterford will also be home to the Waterford Honey Championships and more.

For further details and to browse the full programme of events see



Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival



13:00PM         The Knotted Chords

The Knotted Chords are an Irish folk acoustic duo of sisters Margaret and Ailíse O’Neill from Waterford. Both singers, they also play an array of instruments including, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bodhrán, tin whistle and harmonica They sing and play a range of covers and originals from traditional Irish, pop, folk to some of the old classics and will often fuse traditional Irish tunes into songs to create a unique take on some popular hits.

14:00PM         No Roots

No Roots are a new unique duo consisting of guitar, double bass & vocals blurring the lines between hip hop, reggae and swing creating a distinct sound.

15:00PM         Liam Merriman

Merriman is a singer-songwriter who has also toured with and supported many major folk acts including Nanci Grifith, Christy Moore, Kiki Dee, Paul Brady and Donovan. Hot Press, Ireland’s leading music magazine, described Liam’s compositions in a four-star album review as follows: “inspired by Gordon Lightfoot and Paul Simon… adding his own contemporary polish and a subtle Irish twist… reinforces Merriman as a premier league songwriter”.

16:00PM         Calypso Trio

Playing a mix of styles with a jazz/bosa nova twist.  Expect beautiful harmonies and improvised jazz-like passages.

17:30PM         The Moonshine Boys

Playing a mix of original material and bluegrass standards along with their unique ability to cover musical styles ranging from rock to blues to jazz sets them apart from the average bluegrass band. With influences ranging from the traditional sounds of Flatt & Scruggs to the progressive sounds of Seldom Scene and Tony Rice and with members with backgrounds in bluegrass, country, jazz, rock, and R&B there’s always something for every listener at a Moonshine Boys show. 


12:00PM         Damn Dirty Apes

DDA are a cover band that plays a mighty musical repertoire of all things rock! Hailing from Waterford City, this 4 pieces are dedicated to classic tunes and catchy hooks. Get your rock on to the Damn Dirty Apes!

13:30PM         David O’Sullivan Band

Waterford-based musician Dave Sullivan started to launch his debut solo music in September 2021. The “Better Late Than Never” collection stitches together pieces of songs started from the perspective of a twenty-year old dreaming of a career in music but completed years later by someone who has experienced a very different journey through a 9 to 5 life far from the stage. Says Dave of the EP: “it’s based on the love and anger, sadness and elation, associated with the various stages of and different perspectives within relationships, both romantic and social. The songs are anchored in a solemn honesty which I hope makes it easy for an audience to relate to.” Dave has recently joined forces with local Waterford to bring the songs to live audiences.

14:45PM         Soul Reason

Soul Reason are an 7-piece band from Waterford formed in June 1988. Playing a dynamic mix of Soul and Blues Music and a great live set.

16:00PM         Lower East Side Sextet

The Lower East Side Sextet has been bringing Jazz to Waterford audiences since 2017 featuring some of the south-east’s most in-demand session musicians. The group prides itself on presenting classic Jazz material to new audiences while emphasising the spontaneity and energy that has come to define the genre.

17:30PM         Bana Rua

Bana Rua are a 5 piece vocal harmony and folk group from Waterford City, Their style and influences range from Irish folk and traditional to contemporary barbershop and acapella, American old time and country to modern day classics with a few spanners thrown in for good measure.


12:00PM         The Cotton Pluckers

The Cotton Pluckers are a progressive bluegrass ensemble whose repertoire represents a unique blend of roots-rock, Americana, country-blues, folk and jamgrass music.

13:30PM         Conor Clancy Band

Conor Clancy is a Pop, Funk and Soul artist from Tramore, Co. Waterford.  He’s known mainly for his music project, TOUCAN, with the single We Fell For Miles having reached over 1.5 million streams on Spotify. He’s played support for Nile Rodgers & CHIC as well as performing in the Royal Albert Hall and has worked with many Irish artists such as 1000 beasts and the Backroad Smokers Club, some of whom join him on Arundel Square for Harvest.

14:45PM         Amber & The Bear

Amber and the Bear are a six-piece street jazz/funk with members from Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford and Delhi. No Strangers to the music scene, they have also played at many festivals, including Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions and BARE in the Woods.

16:00PM         Deise Brass

Dixieland Jazz, all the way from Dungarvan!  This 10 piece band love to share the enjoyment of old swing and jazz standards from New Orleans from the roaring 1920′ and ’30s, some of which are now over 100 years old! It’s hard not to have a smile on your face when you hear these guys play!

17:30PM         The Dearg Dooms

The Dearg Dooms are a Celtic traditional/rock band featuring some of Waterfords top traditional and rock musicians, covering songs from Horslips, Moving Hearts, Stocktons Wing, and The Waterboys



13:00PM         Dylan & Amanda Bible

Playing a mix of styles with a jazz/bosa nova twist.  Expect beautiful harmonies and improvised jazz-like passages.



20:00               Backroad Smokers Club

Waterford ensemble Backroad Smokers Club blend funky beats, jazzy chords and psychedelic rock.. … The band who regularly play Electric Picnic and Altogether Now, will be playing a special outdoor gig to headline the Harvest Festival this September in the medieval surrounds of Bayleys New Street courtyard.

Programme Announced Waterford Harvest Festival