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
An electric mix of originals, standards, world music with msome special guests Brian Dunning on concert alto and bass flutes, w, electric pipes and bodhran Johnny Taylor on piano Paul Moore on bass Dominic Mullen on drums Robbie Harris on percussion Keith Donald on sax and bass clarinet Doors 8 Music 8.30 Entry €10
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”
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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
“Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.” – Blues Music Magazine“One of the great blues artists……period!” – Jorma Kaukonen. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life. Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year ‘Break The Chain’ and the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year. He is nominated for the 2020 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year. He is currently working on his new album with producer Jim Gaines. Doug is an international touring artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters and carries forward a valuable tradition. As a youth Doug overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After picking up a guitar, and singing – he found his voice. MacLeod’s playing landed him sideman gigs with George ‘Harmonica’ Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Over 30 years, 21 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. MacLeod’s songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. August Wilson requested his soulful slide guitar playing in the Los Angeles opening of “Gem of the Ocean”. From 1999 to 2004 Doug hosted Nothin’ But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles’ KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines. For ten years he penned “Doug’s Back Porch,” a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He is one of the four featured artists in the movie “Resonate: A Guitar Story”, the feature documentary on the making of National Guitars. Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod’s music expresses life and times through an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. Doug’s music, stories, and philosophy provide a healing that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives. Doug says the most important lessons he learned as a young musician came from Ernest Banks a one-eyed country bluesman from Toano, VA. “Never play a note you don’t believe” and “Never write or sing about what you don’t know about.” As Pee Wee Crayton’s widow Esther once told Doug, “You have a message and you’ll send that message mainly to the people who don’t go to church.” Amen Doors 9 Music 9.30 15euro