“This is seriously complex and accomplished stuff. Highly recommended.” – HotPress
Led by guitarist Stephen McHale, Weird Glitches music stems from a combination of influences, creating a sound that incorporates the melodic simplicity and listenability of popular music with the improvisational elements of jazz. Think Radiohead meets Kurt Rosenwinkel, with a healthy undercurrent of Rage Against The Machine and you'll be close to hearing what's in store for you as a listener. Featuring some of the finest young musicians working in Ireland today; Peter Erdei on bass, Mark Flynn on keyboards, and Matthew Jacobson on drums. Weird Glitches have performed at Electric Picnic, Cork Jazz, Dublin Guitar Night, Galway Guitar Night.
“An undoubtedly beautiful voice” - ALL ABOUT JAZZ
An award-winning singer, composer and lyricist based in Dublin, Ireland, Edel Meade's original songs have been inspired by jazz and neo-soul grooves, while her distinctive reworking of music by Michael Jackson and Joni Mitchell mark her out as a startlingly original artist. Meade is now set to dazzle Dublin audiences with her interpretations of the music of the iconic jazz singer, Billie Holiday. Having recently recorded her debut album, Edel is widely regarded as one of the most gifted young Irish musicians to emerge in recent years. Meade is the driving force behind The Swoo-Beh Project (formed in 2010), an adventurous improvising group providing a vehicle for her unique concept of modern vocal performance. Her original songs have been performed by Honor Heffernan (Ireland), Sheila Jordan (USA) and the Roberto Danobeitia group (Chile). In addition, Edel works extensively as a teacher and has been invited to present her unique ‘Demystifying Jazz Singing’ program at Trinity College, University College Dublin, NUI Maynooth and as a workshop series in Dublin.
“One of Ireland’s most exciting young talents” – The Irish Times
Drummer Matt Jacobson established this two-horns-no-chords quartet in 2007 as a creative outlet for his compositions as well as his somewhat perverse fascination with anagrams. While he failed to find such avid fellow followers of wordplays, he did find and enlist the help of creative and rhythmic specialists Derek Whyte (bass) and Nick Roth (alto sax), with trombonist Colm O’Hara arriving a little later.
ReDiviDeR play all original compositions from Jacobson with influences including Charles Mingus, Steve Coleman, Deerhoof and Phil Ivey. The formula for putting all this together in one palindromic setting is downtown grooves with catchy melodies and collective improvs. Performance highlights include supporting Chris Potter’s Underground, representing Ireland at the 12 Points Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival where they were also awarded the accolade of “Best Young Irish Band“. Between them, the members of the band have performed all over the world with some of the most innovative and well-respected musicians out there including Evan Parker, Gilad Atzmon, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Florian Ross and Peter Evans.
“First rate musicianship combined with a heavy dose of the feel-good factor make it the ideal festival band.” - All About Jazz
Toot Sweet and the Shadow Man are an 8-piece New Orleans Funk Band who invoke the music of the Big Easy featuring songs by Dr John, Rebirth Brass Band, Professor Longhair, and Originals. Featuring Cian Boylan (Piano/Vocals), John "Buzz" Wilde (Drums/Vocals), Conor Brady (Guitar), Cormac Kenevey (Percussion/Vocals), Karl Ronan (Trombone), Brendan Doyle (Saxophone), Mark Adams (Trumpet) and
Dan Bodwell (Double Bass).
“Lauren Kinsella’s vocals reach far beyond the conventional, and she deftly adapts her literary sources to suit the music.” - The Irish Times
London-based group Snowpoet, led by award-winning Irish vocalist Lauren Kinsella and coveted bassist Chris hyson was born out of a musical friendship and understanding, combining melody and poetry in an improvisational effort inspired by artists such as Bjork, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Ólöf Arnalds, as well as poets Sylvia Plath, W.B. Yeats, John Cage and Philip Larkin. Heavily influenced by alternative folk and indie genres, Snowpoet seek out new ways of storytelling through melody harmony and rhythm, exploring the beauty of the song form in all its complexity. With a core composed of the paired songwriting skills Chris Hyson and Lauren Kinsella, the duo lead a malleable live set-up which includes Nick Costley-White on guitar, Matt Robinson on keys, Dave Hamblett on drums and Josh Arcoleo, whose portfolio includes work with Joss Stone and Ghostpoet, on saxophone.
Last Chance Dance is a trio project recently founded by the Irish saxophonist Matthew Halpin and two of Cologne's most in demand jazz musicians, upright bassist David Helm and drummer Fabian Arends. Their debut album of the same name was recorded in October of 2015 and is currently in production to be released in summer 2016. The group's repertoire reflects not only their musical tastes but more importantly their shared appreciation for traditional jazz music and its storytelling potential, as mastered by musicians like Sonny Rollins. Their clear, energetic and playful way of interpreting music gives a new glow even to the most heard jazz standard, inviting the audience to lean back and witness pure spontaneity, wordless understanding and expressive musicianship.
“A musically adventurous and highly addictive offering, packed tight with dazzling displays of funk.” – Goldenplec
As a 90’s child of Bavarian descent growing up in Wicklow, ZASKA seems to have come from a different place and era altogether. His unique stage identity of Guitarist + Frontman paired with his off-stage Composition + Arrangement talents has made him a complete musical anomaly in the Irish scene. Having completed a B.A. in Jazz Performance in Newpark Music Centre, he has found a way of channelling complex and unconventional composition techniques through a feel good blend of Future Soul, Hip Hop and Funk reminiscent of Hiatus Kaiyote, D’angelo and Tune Yards. Former members boast a rich catalogue of some of Ireland finest talent including Andrew Hozier Byrne (Hozier), Karen Cowley (Wyvern Lingo) and Dylan Lynch (Little Green Cars). With an entertainer’s soul fuelled by a supernova of raw energy backed by an 8-piece supergroup of Dublin’s most in demand professional musicians, Zaska’s famous live shows are a force to be reckoned with. With complete success on his first two EPs, Zaska is putting the finishing touches to his “Got To Go” single with the launch booked for April 2016 in the Sugar Club.
“something of a genius…[with] a world reputation amongst saxophonists”- The Irish Times
With his unique style and virtuosic technique, Richie Buckley is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. He has collaborated with musicians as diverse as Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Elvis Costello and James Williams.
Buckley's latest quintet project features some of Ireland's leading musicians with Paul Moore (Bass), Phil Ware (Piano), John Moriarty (Guitar) and Kevin Brady (Drums).