Clara Rose is a powerhouse blues and rock artist with soulful & roots undertones. A stalwart of the Irish blues music scene she has toured nationwide with her acclaimed, original, independent album releases with headline shows at all the major blues festivals including Harvest Time Blues (Monaghan), Danny Boy Jazz and Blues (Limavady) and Blues on the Bay (Warrenpoint). Her releases to date include ‘A Portfolio’ (2010), E.P ‘Queen of the Late Night Radio’ (2012) and ‘The Offering’ (2017). All available from Spotify or www.clararosemusic.com Clara Rose is also one of the ‘Ladies in the Blues’, a show which is currently making waves with their recent set at Glastonbury 2019 and a show in The Liberty Hall on 14th February 2020. Over the spring of 2020 Clara Rose is recording a live album while on the road and her full band show in Arthur’s on 24th January is the first of these recorded shows. Join The Clara Rose Band on the night to be part of the magic! Doors 9 Music 10 Entry €10
The premier of a suite of music written by MD of the New Irish Jazz Orchestra, Irish trombonist Paul Dunlea, performed by an ensemble of world class musicians in Michael Janisch double bass (Joe Lovano, Claire Martin OBE), Steve Hamilton piano (Billy Cobham, Jean Toussaint) and Andrew Bain drums (Jacki Dankworth, Dave Liebman). The music draws inspiration from and reflects the turbulence and legacy (both positive and negative) of the Irish War of Independence and explores how its echoes reverberate through the political climate today. Excitedly, this is Dunlea’s first tour as a solo artist around the UK outside of Ireland, taking in dates in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Although at home in a variety of musical styles, Cork Trombonist/Composer/Arranger, Paul Dunlea concentrates primarily on jazz and Improvisation. This has furthered his reputation as one of Ireland’s most in demand musicians. Dunlea has performed/toured/recorded with the likes of Michael Bublé, Cassandra Wilson, Frankie Valli, Liam O’Maonlaoi, Mick Flannery, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Bryce Dressner (The National), Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, David O’ Rourke’s O’ Rourkestra, Sachal Vadsandani, John Clayton, RTE Concert Orchestra, The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, The New Irish Jazz Orchestra, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Hot House Big Band, Freezeroom & Brian Deady.
‘Aja’ is a tribute band playing the music of Steely Dan. Their repertoire includes the entire classic album Aja, hence the name.
Gerard Farrelly : Keyboards. Colm Lindsay : Guitar. Tommy Moore : Bass/Vocals. Alan Cunningham : Drums. Johnny Graham : Vocals. Sinead Stone : Vocals. Mark Wilde & Serge Stavila : Saxes.
Doors 8.30 Music 9.00 Entry 15euro
SOMETHING WICKED Band……………The new project from Pete Cummins with Garvan Gallagher on Bass, Trevor Knight on Keyboards and Paul McEnteer on Drums Blues, Folk & Country Rock’n’Roll Doors 8 Music 8.30 Entry €10
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
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