Grainne Duffy was born in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and raised in a family of seven. As a schoolgirl she sang in her local choir and also in a family band with her sisters. The band was bred from their love of music, which Duffy accredits to her mother. Not having a television in their home when they were young, her mother instead allowed them to own a family record player, on which they all were encouraged to get a record on their individual birthday’s and Christmas. This broadened their interest in music and they began listening to artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Pretenders and The Rolling Stones. Around that time Grainne discovered Fleetwood Mac and the blues playing of Peter Green, whom she cites as one her main guitar influences. Previous to her solo career Grainne Duffy obtained a degree in music at NUI, Maynooth, Ireland and took part in session work singing with various bands across Italy and France. At Glastonbury Festival (Professional career 2007-2011) During 2007 Grainne Duffy embarked on her solo career. The same year she released her remarkable debut album “Out of the Dark” – proof talent that was rising at an impressive rate. The big success of the album led Duffy to play 3 days on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival in UK (2008). The same year she performed support to major acts including Robben Ford and The Yardbirds. In 2009 BBC approached Duffy to record a track for a TV promotion campaign in George Martin’s Art Studio in London. Later in that year she appeared on the very popular Irish TV show “Other Voices” and receives huge admiration for her performance. This was followed up with her becoming an opening act to artists such as Little Feet and Paul Brady. 2010 marked her participation at leading blues festivals in Ireland such as Warrenpoint Blues Festival headlined by Van Morrison. During this year Duffy took an important step to expand her career forming the “Grainne Duffy Band” with her line-up consisting of Grainne Duffy (guitar, and vocals), Paul Sherry (guitar, backing vocals), Davy Watson (bass) and Gerry Morgan (drums) She also began to play festivals in the summer circuit in England where was warmly accepted. During 2011 Grainne Duffy released her second album “Test of Time” as a result of her collaboration with the producer Niko Bolas (Melissa Etheridge, Los Lobos). The album received rave reviews. The Sunday Times quoted this is “An Irish blues singer of real integrity”. Classic Rock Magazine featured her as an artist and reviewed the album saying ‘In this album Duffy is bringing soul to enhance her blues sound and Celtic roots experience. Worldwide recognition (Professional career 2012-2015) The release of “Test of Time” and the accompanying official video to the title song further marked the development in a short time of Duffy’s reputation in the U.K. During 2012 she became an artist in high demand on the summer festival circuit in UK and began extensively touring in England. The first country outside of the U.K. which took notice of Duffy’s huge talent was Norway and in 2012 she appeared at the leading “Skanjevik Blues Festival” and later in October she played for first time the most northern festival worldwide “Dark Season Blues” in Svalbard – almost at the Arctic Pole.2013 confirmed the growing reputation of Duffy and she began her first concerts on the European Continent with festivals in Bulgaria, Holland, France and Belgium. She also gained local recognition in Ireland headlining her home festival “Harvest Time Blues” in September in her natice Co. Monaghan. The next 2014 she continued this trend as she executed her first tour in Germany as well more tours in UK and Ireland. July saw Grainne earn huge success at Blue Balls Festival around Lake Luzern in Switzerland, also at one of the biggest festival in France “Cognac Blues Passion”. She also performed alongside some of the leading blues artists such as Keb’ Mo’ and Rival Sons at the biggest blues festival in Europe – “Notodden Blues Festival”. This was followed up with festivals in Italy and Holland. All of which leads to her deserved recognition, by the end of the year Duffy was voted “Best Vocalist” and “Best Artist” in the Blues Matters Writers Poll. In 2015 Duffy’s name is known already outside of Europe and during July she began touring for first time in Canada playing the leading “Tremblant International Festival”. After the tour “Maple Blues” calls Duffy “top artist. September saw her playing her 1st ever concert in Africa at “Tanjazz Festival” in Morocco.The same year the German label M2-Music releases the album “Grainne Duffy: Live” recorded while she had been on tour in Germany. She repeats the achievement from the previous year being voted again for “Best Artist” and “Best Female Vocalist” in Blues Matters Writers Poll for 2015. Current career (2016 – recently) Such tours in Europe and Canada as well her leading festivals achieve great international success for Duffy with recognition for her as a stellar artist increasing across Europe. Spring 2016 sees Grainne recording an album with the producer and film composer Justin Stanley, known for his work with leading artists including Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and working on the music to the very successful movies “Lost in Translation” and “Blow”. The session takes place in Los Angeles and includes collaborations with musicians such as Aaron Sterling, Shawn Davis, Doyle Bramhall II, Tyler Chester and Aaron Redfield. Such recordings are followed up festivals in Norway, Canada, Morocco, UK and Ireland. The end of 2016 see Duffy on tour for her first time in Australia at the well-known “Woodford Folk Festival”. February 2017 she is among the leading artists to be asked to take part in the renowned Mahindra Blues Festival in India sharing the stage with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Lance Lopez (Supersonic Blues Machine), Shemika Copeland and the new arising guitar star Eric Gales for the final festival concert. In April 2017 Duffy released the single “Where I Belong” produced by Justin Stanley. The official video supporting the single becomes “choice of the week” of Vents Magazine, UK and Ditty TV in USA. During September Duffy released her long waited 3rd studio album with the same name – “Where I Belong”. The songs are composed by Duffy in collaboration with Paul Sherry and Justin Stanley. Her finely crafted lyrics are on full display on this release. The album achieves rave reviews in the specialized press Blues News Norway, Blues News Germany, Blues Matter UK and by many radio presenters in UK, including Bob Harris and Paul Jones from BBC. Duffy played a live session for the very popular Harris’s TV show “Under The Apple Tree” and conducts numerous interviews and live sessions for BBC broadcasts in London, Liverpool, Bristol, Scotland and Ulster. The album is officially released at a concert in “Nells Jazz & Blues Club”, London, with high praise reviews by “Blues in Britain” and “Get Ready To Rock” In the winter of 2018 Grainne Duffy performed a supports tour for Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics) during his UK tour. Her performances enjoy wondrous success. “Midlands Rock Magazines” reviews her set in Birmingham and quotes: “A very talented individual who is trying to forge her way in the though musical world”; while Liverpool Acoustic does not hide the huge admiration exclaiming “that Ireland’s Grainne Duffy could come into the lives of the Liverpool audience and simply blow them away with her charm, depth and voice”.(Birmingham Review) In April 2018 Duffy recorded a live session for Keep it Country for Sky TV doors 9.30 music 10-12 entry 10euro
Archive for November, 2019
World-touring acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish’s innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music. Handing down the tradition, Catfish continues his lifelong journey as one of the brightest lights in acoustic blues and roots music. A three-time Blues Music Award nominee for BEST ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM, both Catfish’s Honey Hole and Mississippi River Blues albums were considered for GRAMMY AWARD nominations in three categories. Catfish has seventeen NUMBER ONE independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit, and packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. A 2008 inductee into the IA BLUES HALL OF FAME, the 40 year veteran has performed thousands of gigs, touring the USA, UK and Europe dozens of times to wide acclaim, headlining major music festivals, and appearing with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Johnny Shines and many, many others. “GUITAR GENIUS.” – Living Blues “Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove. One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre.” – Acoustic Guitar “Hypnotic and beautiful, dark and pure.” – Premier Guitar “The real acoustic blues king!” – Rock ‘n’ Reel
doors 4 music 4.30 entry 15euro
The Signal Series: New Directions in Irish Jazz Darragh Hennessy Organ Trio | Nielsen/Hackett Duo
Doors 9pm/Music 9:15pm Tickets: €10 online/€12 at the door.
Moving into winter at the Signal Series, November’s programme illustrates the endless possibilities in collaborations, that unpredictability which makes the Irish jazz scene continually fascinating. Familiar musicians come together in new combinations, experiment, and take on different roles to produce something different each and every time. The Darragh Hennessy Organ Trio is the first project as leader for the keyboardist who has been involved in innumerable projects with other Irish improvising musicians. The west wind blows in two of Ireland’s finest jazz guitarists in collaboration as the Nielsen/Hackett Duo . Sligo-born stalwart of Irish jazz Mike Nielsen is joined by innovative Galwegian Aengus Hackett. Darragh Hennessy has been active over the last few years as a sideman on the Dublin jazz scene, but with this new project he takes on the role of leader/composer. His debut album Duchenne Smile features Darragh on organ joined by regular collaborators Julien Colarossi on guitar and Gonzalo del Val on drums. The tracks mostly consist of original material written by Darragh with the organ trio in mind. Expect to hear groovy tunes reminiscent of Blue Note era organ players such as Jimmy Smith and more contemporary players like Larry Goldings. Director of Jazz Performance at the TU Dublin Conservatory, Mike Nielsen is considered “one of Europe’s most distinctive and iconoclastic guitar voices, equally innovative on electric and acoustic guitars.” [Sunday Tribune] . He has performed as a soloist across Europe and his collaborators include Dave Liebman, Pat LaBarbera and the RTE Concert Orchestra. For this guitar duo, Nielsen is joined by Galwegian Aengus Hackett . A graduate of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Hackett has studied with such leading guitarists as Jesse Van Ruller and Wayne Krantz. Hackett has performed with legendary USA pianist Bertha Hope, and Irish stalwarts, including Mike Nielsen and Conor Guilfoyle. An illustration of some of the finest established and emerging styles of Irish jazz guitar playing, this duo has a natural musical interplay. Expect improvisation at its highest level, as you are taken on a trip of the jazz guitar tradition. 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.
Doors 9pm/Music 9:15pm Tickets: €10 online/€12 at the door.
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Mik Pyro guitat/vocals
Ger Kiely guitar/vocals
Aoungus Ralston bass
Eoin Redmond drums
Doors 9 Music 9.30-12 Entry 10e
Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz. Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world. He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg “He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.”
Born in New York City, guitarist and composer Jonathan Kreisberg has fond memories of a childhood steeped in music. “I was lucky to grow up in a household that had a great and wide-ranging record collection,” he recalls, “including Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, John Williams playing the ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ and Cream’s Disraeli Gears.”
Jonathan started playing guitar at the age of ten after moving to Miami with his family. At 16 he was admitted to the New World School of the Arts, where his jazz studies took center stage. Intensely dedicated to the instrument, he was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still in his teens. He won a scholarship to the University of Miami, where he held the guitar chair in the acclaimed Concert Jazz Band, touring Brazil and performing with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney.
Upon graduation, Jonathan began playing straight ahead jazz gigs as well as a myriad of other projects. He performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He also recorded a C.D. and performed extensively with the progressive rock group Third Wish. He also formed the first incarnation of the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio. Based in Miami, this electric based Trio released a C.D. and completed several U.S. East Coast tours, which included opening slots for George Benson and Steve Morse. He also began giving clinics at music schools and universities.
While still in his early 20’s, he returned to his birthplace in NYC with his focus on cutting edge acoustic jazz. “My Miami Trio was about coming up with new textures and being communicative while still playing intense musically. When I moved to New York I entered a more introspective phase, really getting deeper into melodies and harmonies.” This also coincided with a renewed interest in the jazz tradition. “I found that the deeper I got into the tradition the more possibilities I became aware of for the future.”
Since returning to New York City, Jonathan has worked in the bands of many jazz greats including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Stefano Dibatista, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Don Friedman, Greg Tardy, Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, and Yosvany Terry. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, and Scott Wendholt.
Jonathan has now recorded eight CDs as a leader, including ONE, his recent all solo guitar cd, and WAVE UPON WAVE, his latest JKQ offering. On the latter he brings along alto saxophone genius Will Vinson, the incredible pianist Kevin Hays, and the young rhythm section team of Rick Rosato and Colin Stranahan and creates modern jazz that combines a respect for the tradition with instrumental virtuosity, modern soundscapes and influences from every corner of the world (and beyond).
Although currently based in New York City, Jonathan can be seen on tour worldwide. Entering the major Jazz Festival circuit with their electrifying show at Jazz Baltica (the combined video footage is now at 300,000 YouTube hits and counting), JKQ has subsequently performed many of the major European and American festivals.
When not on tour Jonathan can be found at his steady Wednesday trio hits at Bar Next Door in NYC, as well as at the Jazz Standard and Smalls Jazz Club. He also teaches each semester in Europe at the Jazz Department of Prince Claus Conservatoire, part of Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
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