Archive for December, 2019

Plaza Real play the music of Weather Report

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

Bassist Barry Donohue leads ‘Plaza Real’, a band dedicated to playing the music of 70/80’s jazz fusion group Weather Report. Expect trance inducing grooves, high energy explosive solo sections, some filthy grooves, mellow open simmering passages, bouncy grooves, balls-to-the-wall rock-outs, soaring melodies, sexy grooves, outer-space grooves, melodies again! Many many beautiful melodies played on top of mostly open and interactive groove based passages. This is a really exciting project for Barry, as it pays tribute to a very special moment in his life – the moment his father Frank gifting him with ‘Heavy Weather’, one of Weather Report’s most highly regarded albums, featuring Jaco Pastorius on electric bass. That album made a man-bass-player out of an innocent 13-year-old Barry. He is joined by good friends and exceptional musicians Chris Engel on soprano sax, Darragh O’Kelly on synths and many forms of the piano, and Shane O’Donovan on drums. Doors 3.30 Music 4.30-6.30 Entry 10€

Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band

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

Widely Acknowledged as one of the finest guitar players touring the European circuit, Working his way through Festivals, Clubs & Venues all over the Continent. His show with the Boxtie Band is a powerful “Over-driven” Rock’n Roll show, featuring his own original material with stunning personal versions of selected classics.

Johnny’s charisma creates excitement on stage with his much sought after “larger than life” presence. He can change from full on aggressive rock to quieter moments of more tender introsprective-music, and through his set he shows his wizardry on both electric and acoustic guitars. His guitar playing covers a unique range of Rock styles and Country pickin, with which he can naturally and masterfully turn himself into a true Blues man. To top it all, Johnny possesses a truly unique and expressive voice which show cases his songs with the dynamics to swoop from a scream to a whisper.

Pauric & James Gallagher are of course the twin brothers of Johnny Gallagher, they have been in the band from day one. Having toured all over Europe for years with Johnny. They are essentially the backbone of the Boxtie Band as they instinctively understand Johnny’s music and always know exactly what and where to play in complementing Johnny’s lead playing. James plays a solid consistent punchy Bass, always powerful and never too busy. Pauric switches between his unorthidox organ and boogie piano style. And Sean lays down beats with groovy rhythm’s and tie’s it all together.

Pauric James Johnny and Sean have a force that doesn’t appear out of nowhere, Its like an ageing process that takes time to mature, They also visit the unknown on stage, ad-libbing, jamming, improvising. and that’s the magic at all their live shows, With James’s punchy bottom lines and Sean’s groovy swing, Pauric has the freedom to Boogie woogie and lay down his melodies, giving Johnny the scope for improvisation, To jam it out…and it also gives the audience the power to express themselves. That’s the ultimate connection, that’s what its all about. Its plain and simple Rock and Roll…

Doors 9.30 Music 10 SOLD OUT!

Suzanne Savage Band

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

The Suzanne Savage Band Christmas can wait, as Belfast’s charismatic vocalist, songwriter and violinist Suzanne Savage returns with her Art Soul solo music to Arthurs for a special one-off show with her killer band Wed Dec 11th. Fresh(ish) from singing Leonard Cohen with the RTE Concert Orchestra live on the primetime Ray Darcy Show, Suzanne will be dusting down that red sequinned suit again for a night of her solo music with some of the Ireland’s best players. Its all about the voice with this one. Fronting on guitar and violin, she will be joined by Dara O’Kelly on keys and organ, Dominic Mullan on drums and Damian Evans on bass. Described as ‘one of Ireland’s hidden music heroes’ (BBC), performer Suzanne is a musical force to be reckoned with. Her most recent project, The Savage Five, for voice and string 4tet, toured Ireland in October, their evocative debut album “Sleepwalking” was nominated for the 2016 German Record Critics’ Awards (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). They record their second album early 2020. Suzanne is in demand as a session vocalist for high profile acts across jazz, dance, singer-songwriter, choral, Irish and classical music. From touring Europe and U.S. as Priniciple Soprano Soloist with Riverdance, to a scholarship at Italian FABRICA MUSICA institute, she has made music internationally, including with Paul Brady, Elenor McEvoy, Roseanne Cash, Van Morrison, Jimmy Cobb, Ernie Watts Quartet, Gary Husband and emerging talent such as David Lyttle (UK), Markus Strothmann (GER) and the Matteo Addabbo Organ Trio (IT), and most recently, as guest soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra alongside acts such as Saint Sister, Wallis Bird and Mick Flannery. Expect some special guests and some shenanigans because well, tis the season…

Doors 8 Music 8.30 Entry 10euro


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