Launch of Dr. Linley Hamilton’s new CD feat. American stars Adam Nussbaum on Drums and Mark Egan on Bass.
Over a week in May 2019, a lifetime ambition was fulfilled.
Two of my all-time musical heroes, who I got to meet through Radio Interviews and the incredible Sligo Jazz Project, joined my two best friends and I in a four-gig Northern Irish tour and recording project.
Camden Recording Studios in Dublin came on board, engineer
Conor Brady was booked and a plan that was one year in the making came together. The band was formed…
Joining me would be Adam Nussbaum drums and Mark Egan bass, both from USA, and Derek Doc O’Connor sax and Cian Boylan piano. Cian, as he did for my previous solo album with rhythm section and orchestra, ‘Making Other Arrangements’, would arrange the music to my vision and help me
deliver my dream project…he didn’t let me down.
The compositions are almost entirely original and were generated with the specific musicians in mind. Right from the start there was a commitment to each other and a camaraderie that I hope will continue into the future.
The gigs gave us a chance to bond, a spirit that transferred over into the recording studio where we were pampered by our incredible engineer Conor Brady.
It would be hard not to recognise the positivity and generosity from two of the most incredible musicians and people we have ever met…Mark Egan and Adam Nussbaum
Nigel Clark – Guitar
Dave Redmond – Bass
Darren Beckett – Drums
Doors 8 Music 8.30 Entry €10
Nigel Clark is one of the UK’s top acoustic guitarists. He was the guitarist and arranger with eighties’ chart band Hue & Cry before going on to an illustrious career playing, recording – and touring the world. He has worked with such supreme talents as Moya Brennan of Clannad, soul music superstar Gloria Gaynor, jazz diva Carol Kidd, the giants of European jazz guitar; Jan Akkerman and Philip Catherine and American jazz icons Steve Swallow and Carla Bley. He has also worked with multi award winning cinema composers Craig Armstrong and Brian Byrne. Born in Scotland, Nigel began his professional career at the age of eighteen in London. He now lives in Dublin Ireland.
Bassist Barry Donohue leads ‘Plaza Real’, a band dedicated to playing the music of 70/80’s jazz fusion group Weather Report.
“Donohue’s father gave him a copy of Weather Report’s masterpiece Heavy Weather when he was thirteen and thus another young life was diverted from the path of ordinary music. Now one of the most respected young jazz musicians on the Dublin scene, Donohue may not be the only bassist to be captivated by the sound of the great Jaco Patorious, or the era-defining music of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, but his talent-rich Plaza Real band – with saxophonist Chris Engel, keyboardist Darragh O’Kelly, percussionist Eamonn Cagney, and drummer Shane O’Donovan – is one of the gutsiest and most authentic homages to Weather Report you’re ever likely to hear on a Dublin stage.”
~ Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
Meliana Gillard – Tenor Sax
Dave Redmond – Double Bass
Kevin Brady – Drums
with Scott Flanigan – Piano
Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s.She has worked with U.S. icons Christian McBride, Charli Persip and Greg Osby, who released her debut album Day One on his Inner Circle Music label in 2009, as well as Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the New York all-female big band DIVA. Based near Belfast since 2012, she’s now working with One of Ireland’s critically acclaimed rhythm sections; featuring Dave Redmond on Bass & Kevin Brady on Drums. Joining them on the night is Scott Flanigan.
Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs regularly across the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Larry Coryell, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen and Linley Hamilton. As a leader, Scott successfully tours his own contemporary piano trio, as well as a hard-swinging organ quartet.
A night of top class improvised music is to be expected.
Early Arrival at Venue Recommended!
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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