Archive for October, 2019

Boye & Colours Afrobeat

Written by conall. Posted in Blues'n'Jazz, Music

Launched originally as Colours Afrobeat Foundation – ‘Boye PapaGee (Gboyega Akerele) is a Belgian/Nigerian (Yoruba) born drummer/percussionist, saxophonist, singer/song-writer, musical director/producer, cultural envoy and custodian, overseer and keeper of authentic, genuine Afrobeat in Ireland; he is the founder and leader of Colours Afrobeat a 12-piece Band, Ireland’s first and foremost multicultural Afrobeat band that premiered before a sold out audience at the Drogheda Arts Centre. With own tunes; the repertoire of songs are all original; culturally pro-active, consciously progressive in nature and the roots of the music is African blended with all the elements of West African music such as Juju music, Fuji/Apala music, and high-life music intermingled with funk and jazz with emphasis on chanted vocals in the form of call-and-response, intricate criss-crossing rhythm on the drums usually in the form of polyrhythmic percussion and all families of percussions such as Congas, Claves, Shekere, Akuba: a set of 2-3 piece small stick-hit Yoruba Congas that plays accompaniment/solos and ostinatos.

‘Boye PapaGee was dubbed in Paris after hearing his soft and mellow voice as the ‘Satchmo of Afrobeat’ during a song recording session in collaboration with Kologbo Oghene ex Fela-Kuti’s African 70 Guitarist (titled ‘Gbogbo-Aye’ – meaning the whole world); recorded and produced by Paris DJ record label in Paris in 2017. ‘Boye PapaGee & Colours Afrobeat has also collaborated with the legendary drummer Tony Allen (Ex Fela-Kuti’s Africa 70 drummer/music director and co-creator of the genre Afrobeat) twice in Dublin, in 2013 at the Ep’s launch at The Sugar Club and at the premiere of Feile Afro Culture Summit pioneered by ‘Boye PapaGee in 2016 at the Button Factory, Temple-Bar Dublin respectively with huge success. Fela Kuti was once quoted as saying that, “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” ‘Boye PapaGee & Colours Afrobeat has shared the stage with the Grammy Award-winning American Hip-hop trio ‘Naughty by Nature’, the legendary Ghanaian guitarist, composer, arranger, bandleader and producer Ebo-Taylor to mention a few. ‘Boye PapaGee’s song ‘Prayer for World Peace’ was featured by Star Wax Record Label based in Paris in their limited edition of 33 Rpm Vinyl Afro Disco Dub Volume 4. The high octane in ‘Boye PapaGee’s groove creates such energy in the music that is guaranteed to get you dancing from the start to finish.

‘Boye PapaGee & Colours Afrobeat long awaited full album was out as download only on Feile Afro Culture Ireland label from the 3rd July 2018 titled AK47 – the idea is to use the craft of music to resist wars, conflicts, terrorisms, bombs, rocket-missiles and bullets resulting in all the senseless killings going on in Nigeria, Africa, U.S.A, in Syria and Iraq, Europe and all around the world. The album also feature track like Mister President, its high time we start asking questions from the politicians on how we are being governed, ‘Prayer For World Peace’ is also filling European airwaves from the shores of Ireland to France, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and The Netherlands and other high octane tracks such as ’Ak47’ and ‘It is good to be Good’ – guaranteed to get you dancing. This album is the finest yet from ‘Boye PapaGee & Colours Afrobeat. The date for the album launch is yet to be announced

doors 8.30 music 9-11 entry 15e or 12e(inc booking fee) tickets through eventbrite

Signal Series: Tudo Bem! & The Jennifer McMahon Quartet

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The Signal Series: New Directions in Irish Jazz Tudo Bem! | Jennifer McMahon Quartet Doors 9pm/Music 9:15pm Tickets: €10 online/€12 at the door. For the second edition of IMC’s flagship Signal Series at Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club, our artists have been influenced by life and music in warmer climates. Tudo Bem! explores the rich melodies and grooves of Brazilian music, with some of the finest Irish-based players of the jazz and Brazilian idioms. Recently returned from two years in Valencia, Spain, Jennifer McMahon’s blend of jazz, soul and folk is absorbed with the juxtapositions of life’s extremities – an aural oneness of opposites. Performing with a quartet of fellow Newpark alumni, Jennifer McMahon is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin, who has recently returned to Ireland following her years in Spain and her Masters studies at Berklee College of Music. Her recent project ‘Part of the Whole’, written in the grieving process of losing a parent and the end of a relationship. The project seeks to find the understanding that ‘we’re all in this together’ while offering homage to her musical influences of soul, folk and jazz. At the moment she is working on a newer project, ‘Laniakea’. If the former project is an inward search for understanding, the latter may be its outward-searching counterpart. Brazilian music has been a passion of bassist and composer Ronan Guilfoyle for many years. As Tudo Bem!, he brings together musicians including vocalist Aleka Potinga, guitarist Chris Guilfoyle, pianist Leopoldo Osio and drummer Andre Antunes to play classic Brazilian pieces, known and loved the world over. Outside Brazil, people often think of Brazilian music as being confined to Bossa Nova, but this is only one small part of the huge tradition of Brazilian music and Tudo Bem! explores a range of styles as well as many of Brazil’s greatest composers. With music by Toninho Horta, Caetano Veloso, Joao Bosco, and more, above all expect the joyous, infectious rhythms and grooves of Brazil played with an authentic, celebratory feel. Part of our commitment to celebrating Irish-based jazz talent in 2019 and beyond, the Signal Series is a live monthly double-header concert series from IMC presenting the best emerging and established jazz acts from across Ireland. Please Note: There is generous but not complete seating available in this venue. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. If you have particular requirements, please notify us and we will do our best to assist you.

The Catfish Blues Orchestra

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The Catfish Blues Orchestra is a truly unique musical experience. Comprised of some of the finest blues talents based in Ireland today, the band consists of two electric guitars, bass, drums, vocals and harmonica. The addition of a brass section makes for an 8 piece band that produces a truly powerful sound. No two shows are alike and this band must be experienced live to be fully appreciated. Driven by a love of authentic blues, the group’s influences range from the early delta masters such as Robert Johnson & Sonny Boy Williamson, to the Chicago and Texas electric blues masters Muddy Waters and Freddie King. The Orchestra is heavily influenced by Rory Gallagher and British blues invasion guitar gods such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green in addition to more contemporary artists like Robben Ford and Derek Trucks. The Orchestra combine these influences and craft their own rich and soulful blend of Rhythm and Blues.

Johnny Dilon – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar Hector Castillo – Lead Guitar & Vocals Kevin Power – Bass Kev O Shea – Drums Shane Meagher – Harmonica

Doors 9.30 Music 10-12 Entry 10e

The Dirty Jazz Club

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New line up just for this weekend!

Shane O’Donovan – Drums Sean Maynard Smith – Bass Matt Halpin – Tenor Sax Izumi Kimura – Piano Cathal Roche – Alto Sax

The Dirty Jazz club have been a massive part of the Dublin Jazz scene for over a decade. Their focus is on the exploration and deconstruction of songs and an emphasis on creating a depth and textural soundscape on the melody, form and feel of the tunes

Doors 9 Music 9.30

10euro

Andreas Varady Trio

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Andreas Varady is “one of the most talented people on this planet, who takes the music back to where it belongs,” says legendary music icon, Quincy Jones Andreas started his ascent to mastering jazz guitar at a very young age. Born of Hungarian Gypsy descent, Andreas was raised in a small town in Slovakia and first began to play the guitar at four years old, tutored by his father, Bandi. Andreas was taught to learn songs by ear; his first tune the “Blue Bossa” jazz standard, and from then on he has continued to pursue the world of jazz music. Andreas has idolized his guitar hero George Benson, and from his early years has often been compared to the guitar legend. Andreas began to explore sharing his talent when his family moved to Ireland in 2007. At just 9 years old, Andreas would perform for the passerby’s of Limerick and Cork Ireland, busking on the streets. People were drawn to young Varady for his talent at such a young age and his lovable performing persona. As an outgoing and determined youth, Andreas reached out to Irish drummer and producer David Lyttle who agreed to meet with him. After the introduction, Lyttle loved him and began featuring Andreas in his band. Lyttle also produced Andreas’ first album Questions in 2010. At this time, Andreas began touring and playing shows at various Jazz festivals throughout Europe. In 2011, at 13 years old, he became the youngest headlining artist at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. Andreas became featured in shows with Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, and Louis Stewart. He appeared on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine. In the summer of 2012, Andreas had the opportunity to play at the world famous International Montreux Jazz Festival where he performed in front of festival founder Claude Nobs and record producer and music legend Quincy Jones. A few months after the festival, Quincy signed Andreas to his management company. In October 2013, Andreas Varady signed a record deal with Verve Records under David Foster. He recorded his debut album in January 2014 with producer David Paich. To date, Andreas Varady has performed with a collection of world class musicians including: Frank Vignola, Andreas Oberg, Casey Benjamin, Terell Stafford, Lee Ritenour, Stochelo Rosemberg, Alfredo Rodriguez, Nikki Yanofsky, Henry Cole, Reiner Elizarde, Louis Stewart, Soweto Kinch, and many more. Andreas is a Benedetto artist and plays his own signature variation of the Bambino model guitar. D’Addario strings and Planet Waves cables also endorse Andreas. Most recently, Andreas caught the interest of Bob Zievers, George Benson’s agent, who has signed on to work with the young guitarist. Doors 4.30 Music 5-7 Entry 10E

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