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Take Me To The Alley – Gregory Porter Tribute

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

Take me to the Alley- A Night of Gregory Porter will be performed by 25 year old Irish jazz singer Bob McQuaid, known as Bobby Mc. The Meath musician created his new show in recognition of the charismatic jazz singer he cites as one of his music heroes. Bobby Mc has been performing from a young age and aged 18, he was a lead vocalist in the German Tour of a show called Irish Dreams. In the same year, Porter’s Liquid Spirit album was released, which went on to win the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. The tribute show, which features a full live band, sees the young Meath man perfectly capture Porter’s earthy brand of jazz, soul, and gospel. Bobby Mc’s take on his hero’s beautifully melodic music includes treasured classics and fan favourites such as ‘Hey Laura’, ‘Water under Bridges’, ‘Be Good’, ‘On my Way to Harlem’ and ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’. Since graduating university in 2017 with a first class honours degree in Actuarial Maths, Bob Mc Quaid has performed full-time with his swing band, Bobby Mc and The Dukes. The energetic six-piece create spectacular live shows with an exciting blend of swing and jazz featuring music and songs by artists like Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Nat King Cole and Ray Charles, as well as jazz icon Gregory Porter. From his first album ‘Water’ to his most recent release ‘Nat King Cole and me’, come and enjoy a night full of Gregory’s best songs. As well as all the hits, you’ll also hear some of his unique covers that he has performed over the years. Accompanied by a full live band, Irish Jazz singer Bobby Mc will pay tribute to Porter with his own take on this beautifully melodic music. The show debuted in The Sugar Club back in August to rave reviews. It was also performed in The Purty Kitchen in October and for it’s third performance, the show is coming to the home of Jazz and Blues in Dublin, Arthur’s. Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry 15€(including booking fee)

Davy K Project

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

The Davy K Project are a “Live”and energetic, exciting Blues/Rock band from Tyrone/Donegal that are gaining rave reviews up and down the country. Formed 3 years ago, the band has been going from strength to strength and wowing audiences all over Ireland and Europe with their unique delivery of songs both covers and originals.

Led by Blues/Rock guitarist and lead vocalist Davy Kerrigan,who has been in the industry for over 30yrs, the band have just released their nine track debut album”LOCKDOWN” in February of this year to critical acclaim. “The rock, blues and country rock stylings of Irish singer-guitarist Davy K are showcased to good effect on debut album Lockdown. That each of those genres meshes well and is catered for equally (from harder edged rock to radio friendly country blues), makes the 9 track album all the more appealing and accomplished” … Ross Muir- Fabrications HQ After a very busy year promoting their album with festival and support appearances (including The Quireboys, Kris Barras Band) the band are looking forward to taking their show to new audiences both here and overseas. Davy has recorded in the past with such artists as Tony Carey ( Rainbow), Ron Wikso (Foreigner),Marc Lynn (Gotthard) and Neil Murray ( Whitesnake) to name but a few. If you get a chance, catch them at one of their live shows soon…you wont be disappointed!!! Lead Vocals, lead guitar – Davy Kerrigan (Davy K) Bass Guitar , Vocals – Mark McConnell Drums – Marty Grieve Doors 9 entry 10euro

The Docks

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

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

Rob Strong Band

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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!


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