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.

Gigs in Spain, "Down with Jazz"...

I had a really nice time playing in Gijon, Spain with local musicians Felix Morales (drs), Jose Ramon Feito (pno) and Tony Cruz (bs). A great vibe all round and hopefully we can do it all again soon.

It's a busy summer and I yesterday played the "Down with Jazz" festival at the Grand Social. Dublin. Thanks to all at IMC for putting together another great weekend of music.

Delighted to confirm a couple of upcoming dates for HB Quartet with Cello Ireland. We play the Galway Jazz Festival on Saturday October 7th at the Lally Theatre @ 8pm. On October 16th we play the Sugar Club in Dublin, a  Cello Ireland double bill, Bowie to Buckley, and will also feature former David Bowie guitarist Gerry Leonard. More events and  details to follow...

 

Recent gigs London, Belfast, Ards

Had a great time at the Pheasantry, Pizza Express playing with vocalist Stella Bass, Phil Ware and great London based rhythm section of Dave Green and Steve Brown. The previous night Stella and I played duo at the Island Arts Centre as part of our "Ella and Joe" series.

On Saturday I had a very pleasant afternoon workshop at Ards international Guitar Festival in the company of guitarist Ronnie Greer. A wonderful venue and really engaged and friendly audience made for a most enjoyable couple of hours. 

On Sunday I played my last engagement under my own name at the iconic Dublin venue JJ's. I'll seriously miss playing there after so many wonderful nights and years there.

 

Hugh Buckley Group and Cello Ireland

Had a great time recently performing with Cello Ireland and string arrangements by Fiachra Trench. The group played the "Spike" Cello Festival in February and also recorded a session for RTE Lyric's "Purple Vespertine".  I'm really excited about performing this music again in 2017.

"Ella and Joe"

"Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass". 2017 is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the great Ella Fitzgerald.  I'm delighted to be performing a series of concerts throughout the year with songstress Stella Bass celebrating this event. We've be performing in duo setting ala "Ella and Joe" and playing repertoire from there studio recordings and live shows.

See "Gigs" section for concert details