The DOCKS is a sonic response to political dystopia. Formed in 2014 by vocalist, composer and curator Olesya Zdorovetska, the group features some of Ireland’s leading improvisers. Taking the social fabric of our world as inspiration, the DOCKS weave a broad array of influences including noise, jazz, classical and electronic music into their compositional approach. “The glowing edge of the Dublin creative music scene” – Irish Times Culture Derek Whyte – electric bass Olesya Zdorovetska – vocal Colm O’Hara – trombone Keith Lindsay – electronics Shane O’Donovan – drums Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry €10
With his unique style and virtuoso technique, Richie Buckley, a self-taught saxophone player, is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. He has been described as “extraordinary” (Irish Times, 2001), “something of a genius… a world reputation amongst saxophonists” (Irish Times, 1999) and a musician whose “playing manages to be simultaneously passionate and gentle, romantic and elegiac.” (Sunday Independent, 2001) Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McKenna, Harry Allen, Lew Soloff, Guy Barker, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, and Elvis Costello. Recording credits include Van Morrison, James Williams, Barry Manilow, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Elmer Bernstein. He has also recorded and performed with major Irish artists including The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Brady and Bill Whelan. His critically acclaimed album ‘Your Love is Here’, featuring his own compositions and guest artists Lew Soloff and the Robin Aspland Trio, was recorded in September 2000. Richie has scored three documentary films – ‘Luke’ (Luke Kelly, directed by Sinead O’Brien), ‘Friel’, ‘Lee Marvin’ (directed by John Boorman) and the film ‘The General’ (directed by John Boorman). Richie Buckley – Saxophone John Moriarty – Guitar Myles Drennan – Piano Dave Redmond – Bass Kevin Brady – Drums Doors 4 Music 4.30 Entry 10euro
Native Dubliner Daniel Soro returns to Arthurs with special guest Peter Dobai (sax). Channelling the creative energy and blues driven sincerity of the Blue Note period, Soro dexterously strikes the balance between the virtuosic and soulful, drawing comparisons to Louis Stewart, Joe Pass and Grant Green. Although steeped in the tradition of Bebop, Soro’s unique approach to the instrument arises from his background as an accomplished classical and flamenco guitarist. One of a very few wholly finger style jazz guitarists, this classical heritage carries through to his improvisation, compositions, and notable solo arrangements. Joined by some of Ireland’s finest Bop players you can expect a bit of everything; from burning tempos to Dark Bluesy Ballads, a blend of traditional and contemporary language. Guitar – Daniel Soro Sax – Peter Dobai Bass – Derek Whyte Drums – Brendan Doherty Doors 8.30 Music 9
THE LEGENDARY ROB STRONG CELEBRATES 55 YEARS ON THE ROAD!He may be 72 years old this year but Rob Strong, as his name suggests, is still going strong! The Derry native with the sensational blues/soul voice, is celebrating an amazing 55 years on the road this year! Rob first started out as a bass player with the Polka Dots and then progressed to front The Plattermen, one of the biggest showbands in the 1960s, who were then managed by Jim Aiken. Rob played with the band for six years and he and the overdrive brass section of the band laid down some of the funkiest sounds ever heard in Ireland. In the early 1970s nobody in Ireland personified the raw energy of rock and blues music like Rob Strong, one of the most unique voices of the era. He even once turned down the offer of joining the world-famous Deep Purple! In 1974, as the disco music began to replace the showbands, Rob formed The Rob Strong Band, who later became The Rockets in the late 70s. The band played prestigious venues such as The TV club in Harcourt St for The Spotlight Night Out. They recorded many singles on various labels, such as Scoff, Good Vibration and Polydor Records and played all the top venues in the city, including residencies at The Lower Deck, Portabello, on Mondays, The New Moran Hotel on Thursdays and The Coconut Grove in Stillorgan on Fridays. The band also sold out many gigs at The Sportsman’s Inn and The Baggot Inn. In 1986 Rob Strong’s album “Hollywood Nights” was recorded LIVE in The Coconut Grove. The LP achieved the amazing distinction of being the longest album sleeve in the world – a three-metre long gatefold containing signatures of 6,000 adoring fans. It is available on Spotify today. To say that the musical talent runs in the Strong family is a huge understatement! Rob’s father, Robert, was an accomplished accordion player while his son, Andrew Strong, hit the big time at the tender age of 17, when he wowed audiences all over the world with his rendition of ‘Mustang Sally’ in the smash hit 1991 movie The Commitments. Rob was vocal coach for Andrew and the singers in the band and occasionally plays bass guitar with Andrew’s band today. Nowadays his daughter Niamh sometimes guests with Rob but is making waves in the industry in her own right and has just started touring theatres with her Eva Cassidy Show, to rave reviews. The magnetic pull of performing LIVE is still every bit as strong for Rob today. After touring Ireland’s finest theatres with Don Baker to huge acclaim last year, Rob continues to perform in this, his fifty fifth year on the road. Not many artists can claim to have continuously played LIVE for the last six decades! Sean Behan, on lead guitar, is already being described as one of the country’s finest guitarists while Cormac Crowley on the kit is outstanding at the back! Rob has just recorded his latest album ” Stronger Together” in Denmark with top producer Peter Bremer, from Copenhagen with Rob still has that unique distinctive voice that saw him mesmerise audiences all those years ago!
Crowned “Best Solo/Acoustic Act” of 2019 in the European Blues Awards, Dom Martin has released his debut album “Spain to Italy” to critical acclaim.
BBC Radio 2 Blues Show presenter Cerys Matthews – “Absolutely wonderful Stuff”
Blues in Britain Magazine – “a rare talent of such sheer genius that you actually wonder whether what you have witnessed can possibly be for real”
Doors 9 Music 9.30 Admission €10