Sligo Jazz Project 2019

I am delighted to be invited to be part of the faculty at this years Sligo jazz Project and many thanks to Eddie Lee for the invite. This is Ireland’s premier jazz event and the faculty this year includes Liane Carroll, Sachal Vasandani, Jean Toussaint, Paul Clarvis and John Goldsby among others. The week long event features daily workshops and concerts. For further info: www.sligojazz.ie

Recent gigs

i very much enjoyed gigs recently with Darren Beckett (drums) and the wonderful vocalist Sara Oschlag with Dan Shepherd on bass (Cork and Dublin). Also it was great to hook up with Italian guitarist Mino Lanzieri and play at Arthur’s with Dave Redmond and Dominic Mullan.

Also enjoyable was a couple of guitar duo gigs at the Bray Jazz Festival, with Nigel Clark and Dave Whyte. Delighted to say the Thursday evening gig at Twenty2 in Drumcondra (7-9) is going strongly and it’s a really enjoyable night of music.

Details of summer gig schedule to follow…

HB Quartet at Arthur's

The Hugh Buckley Quartet (w/Phil Ware, Dan Bodwell and Dominic Mullan) will be playing Arthur’s on Thursday December 20th.

Also, the residency at Twenty2, Sion Hill Rd, Drumcondra continues every Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. It’s a guitar duo with Nigel Clark and it’s a really nice vibe. (Great food too) Reservations @ 01 8371234.

Cork Jazz Festival

Had a great time playing at the Cork Jazz Festival. It was good to hook up with old pals Richie Buckley, Myles Drennan, Dave Fleming and John Murray for a few gigs.

It was also great to sit in on the jam session and hook up with old pals Dave O’Rourke and Darren Beckett among others.

I thoroughly enjoyed playing with my quartet for two dates at the Metropole. I’m really looking forward to playing more dates with this group. Our next is at Arthur’s on Thursday 20th of December. We are also looking at some dates for our collaboration with Cello Ireland in the new year. (info on that to follow)

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Gigs at Howth Jazz Festival

Looking forward to playing a couple of gigs at 2018 Howth Jazz 'n' Blues Festival 24-26th. On Friday 24th I'll joining up with my fellow guitar slinging buddy Nigel Clark for some duos at the Harbour at 7.30pm. 

On the Sunday night I'll be playing "House", (4, Main St) with Richie Buckley, Phil Ware and Cormac O'Brien, also at 7.30pm. Come by for a drink and a listen or jazz and three course dinner is available for 30euro.

All gigs on the festival are free so do come along and listen to and support live music.

New six week residency

I'm delighted to be playing an upcoming six week residency at Neary's, Chatham St, Dublin 2. It's a guitar duo with fellow Dubliner Dave Whyte. Dave is a fantastic guitarist and it should be a lot of fun. The gig is every Thursday (8.30-10.30pm) from August 16th to September 20th. Come on down and join us keeping it live!

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Gigs w/ Ben Sher

Looking forward to playing two gigs with US guitarist Ben Sher (www.bensherguitar.com) on the 25/26th June. We play the Raheny Inn on the 25th at 10pm and the International Bar on Tuesday 26th at 9.30pm.

Gig in Bath, UK with Roddy Doyle

Great to be working again with Roddy in a spoken word and improvised music setting. After a couple of really enjoyable performances in Dublin and Belfast, I look forward to our performance in the beautiful city of Bath. The Bath Festival 25th May 2018

Upcoming gigs at Bray and Derry Jazz Festivals with Darren Beckett Organ Trio and with Aoife Doyle

Looking forward to playing the Derry Jazz Festival with the fantastic vocalist Aoife Doyle at Bennigans on Friday May 4th.  On Saturday 6th there are two duo gigs at the Bray jazz Festival (details to come). On Sunday May 6th i'm back in Derry to play with the Darren Beckett Organ Trio w/ Darren on drums, Scott Flanigan on organ and yours truly on guitar.

Darren played on my debut CD "Yes Indeed" along with James Williams and Peter Washington in 1997 in New York and I am really looking forward to doing it again in Derry.

Cello Ireland, HB Quartet and Gerry Leonard at the Sugar Club

We had a really enjoyable night at the Sugar Club on Wednesday 22nd November. A full house and a wonderful and diverse night of music. It was a treat to play once again with my quintet and Cello Ireland (Una Ni Chanain, Ailbhe McDonagh, Lioba Petrie and Katie Turtell). Great playing by all on the night

It was also a great pleasure to play with guitarist Gerry Leonard and have him play on one of my tunes.

Bring on the next one!

 

Gigs at Cork Jazz and in Czech Republic

I had a wonderful time at the Cork Jazz Festival. A bunch of gigs and all enjoyable. It was great to hook up with Honor Heffernan again for a bunch of mini gigs in Kinsale on the Friday night and Saturday morning.

Next was the Ella and Joe set with Stella Bass at the Ronnie Scott Room at the Metropole. Then a couple of "jamming" type gigs with Derek O'Connor, Paul Dunlea, Ryan Quigley and Paul Booth that were great fun.

A few days later I travelled to Prague on the invitation of Czech guitarist Libor Smoldas. Had a really nice time doing a workshop and some gigs with some great local musicians. A beautiful city and a really vibrant jazz scene. Looking forward to the next visit.

 

Galway Jazz Festival

Looking forward this weekend to performing at the Galway Jazz Festival. I'll be playing with the quartet and Cello Ireland at the Lally Theatre on Saturday night at 8pm. We'll be performing my original tunes with string arrangement by Fiachra Trench.

On Sunday afternoon I'll be performing duo with the fantastic vocalist/composer Aoife Doyle at Il Vicolo at 4pm. Later at 7pm I'll be joining the Paul O'Driscoll Group at the same venue.

Performances with Roddy Doyle

 

Delighted to be doing two performances with Roddy Doyle to promote his new book "Smile". I'll be accompanying him as he reads excerpts from the book. Monday 11th September at Teelings Distillery, Dublin and the Ulster Museum, Belfast on the 13th September.