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Aleka

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Aleka – voice Chris Guilfoyle – guitar Barry Donohue – bass Matthew Jacobson – drums In her relatively short career, Aleka has already played with some of the most important jazz musicians in Ireland such as Ronan Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Tommy Halferty, Sean Carpio and Kevin Brady. With her Aleka project, she brings together three of the leading musicians of the next generation of Irish jazz to play her take on Romanian folk music. Aleka is a Romanian vocalist, cellist, composer and lyricist who draws influence from her home country, using folk melodies interspersed with jazz harmony and eastern rhythms as well as Debussy and Bella Bartok, inspired by her experience in the classical music world. The approach of the band may seem like it adheres to the traditional sentiments of a vocal jazz quartet however, it is influenced by a broad spectrum of styles from the roots of jazz to the contemporary reaches of pop music. Aleka’s voice is a myriad of textures and sonorities. She spent time exploring bell canto technique as well as the nuances and colours of oriental music and soul. All of these influences and styles culminate in a refined vocal sound that is very personal. Aleka released her debut album ‘Person I Knew’ in April 2019, receiving a 4-star review in The Irish Times. Doors 8 Music 8.30 Entry 10euro

The Troupe

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Cathal Roche – contralto clarinet and saxophones Matthew Berrill – bass clarinet and saxophones Colm O’Hara – trombone Izumi Kimura – piano Sean Maynard Smith – bass guitar Matthew Jacobson – percussion Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry 10€ The Troupe have been playing original improvised music on the Irish scene for over ten years. This incarnation of the ensemble has an extraordinary front line of bass and contralto clarinets, along with trombone making for timbres seldom heard on the Dublin jazz scene. Prepared piano, 5 string bass guitar, and drumkit make up the rest of this fascinating sextet, led by Colm O’Hara

Blues Confidential

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Blues Confidential is known for its high energy live performances. The band blazes its own innovative musical path while still remaining true to the blues. Drawing on a vast repertoire its live set combines elements of blues classics from Muddy Waters, Little Walter, BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Mayall, and Rory Gallagher with material from modern blues artists such as Gary Clarke Jnr and original compositions by bandleader, guitarist and singer Paulie Martin. Paulie is one of the most exciting young blues guitarists, singers and songwriters to emanate from Ireland since Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore. He has gained the respect of his blues peers as a jaw-dropping guitarist and singer and is bringing the blues to a new and younger audience. He is becoming one of the most sought after session guitar players; he has played with three different bands at the Electric Picnic and regularly features on European tours as a session player with various bands . The band also features the very experienced rhythm section partnership of Steve O’Keeffe (the Pale,) on drums/percussion and Jay Carroll on bass. This partnership has been together for over 15 years and notably have played and recorded with John Isley of Dire Straits. On blues harmonica is John McGuinness, a veteran of the London scene where he played alongside Ritchie “Charlie” McCracken (Taste, Stud) and Paul Atkinson (Bees Make Honey, Juice on the Loose) in Smokin’ Blues and the Buick Hill Band. Blues Confidential played two nights in two venues at the Blackstairs Blues Festival in September 2019. The festival organisers said they were “the highlight of the festival and have already booked the band to play there again in three venues in 2020. Also in 2019 the bands new Album “ Allergic to Work” came out and four videos were published – all of which can be found on the band’s website www.bluesconfidential.com The bands live set is served up with feel, solid playing and injected with a dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll to create the band’s own blues sound . Their live performances have a reputation for being a great night out and just what you need to blow off a little steam at the end of a long week

Doors 9 Music 9.30 10euro

Maynard ‘eh no’ – album release

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Debut jazz album from electric bassist Sean Maynard Smith. Promoter of renowned Dublin improvised music residency ‘Sticklepathic Child’ known as the bass player in BETAPUS (2017) and IRELAND (2018). Currently works with the likes of FIXITY, The BONK, PIZZA JAZZ, BEN PRIVO. ‘Eh No’ explores the tunes of Sean Maynard Smith with a pick of Dublins finest Colm O’Hara – trombone Peter Dobai – saxophones Darragh O’Kelly – keyboards Brendan Dotherty – drums Doors 8 Music 8.30 €10

The Dana Masters Quintet

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Originally from the Deep South in the United States, Dana grew up with sound of soul, rhythm and blues and gospel music all around her. Her love for music developed as she grew up and lead her to study music,majoring in vocal performance at university. Music took Dana from South Carolina to Minneapolis and then on to Los Angeles where she lived for four years and where she met an Irishman who would later become her husband. In 2008 Dana and her husband moved to Northern Ireland. Although she sang sporadically, music generally took a back seat while Dana settled into life in a new country and culture. That all changed in early 2012 when Dana had a chance meeting with Linley Hamilton at a local music venue. During that year Dana, Linley and some of the best Jazz musicians playing in Ireland began a weekly residency in the basement of McHughes bar in Belfast, the inspiration for Dana’s first EP. From live work with BBC radio 4 and Proms in the Park to singing regularly with Van Morrison, Dana’s reputation as one of Ireland’s top vocalists continues to gain momentum. Dana is very excited to be writing original material again and can’t wait to share that with people! Calling Northern Ireland home, Dana is passionate about music as a vehicle to make people and communities vibrant Linely Hamilton – Trumpet Cian Boylan – Piano Dave Redmond – Bass Marty McCloskey – Drums Dana Masters – Voice
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