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Triskel and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Triskel’s jazz offering is an integral part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, often providing a haven from the busyness of the city during a jam-packed weekend. This year, Triskel have curated a weekend of cinema and concerts featuring the best of local and international jazz legends.

Cork musicians Paul Dunlea and Cormac McCarthy join forces on Friday 22nd October for a set that will include both standards and original compositions. On Saturday 23rd “piano whisperer” Marc Copland is taking to the stage for a concert that will also pay homage to his long time friend and collaborator John Abercrombie. The impressive line-up finishes on Sunday 24th with two concerts in association with Music Network – Xenia Pestova Bennett and Ed Bennett perform a a radical reinterpretation of Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations at 2.30pm, while at 8pm Kit Downes launches his brand new album Dreamlife of Debris.

“Triskel are very proud to bring together such special artists for what will be an outstanding weekend of exceptional music, all of it inspiring, original and sublime,” said Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director with Triskel. “We’d like to pay tribute to Music Network and Guinness Cork Jazz Festival for their partnership and support and what was a challenge to pull together for everyone involved.”

Tales from the far Side 30.09.21 Jazz Guitar -with a touch of Irish

JAZZ GUITAR............"the IRISH TOUCH" where you can hear the "magic strings" of Louis Stewart, Tommy Halferty, Hugh Buckley, John Moriarty, David O'Rourke, Julien Colarossi, Mike Nielsen, Nigel Mooney and Phil Robson.

The Hot Box #074 - The Guitar Files - Part 7

The main event in The Hot Box 074 is a move to the Guitar Files Letter F. So we feature 3 greats from that file, Tal Farlow, Bill Frisell and Chris Flory. But there’s other stuff too. An exciting taster from Aoife Doyle’s upcoming new album, the single Strength to be Strong, and a track from Kevin Brady’s Electric Quartet upcoming world release “Plan B”.

Plus we find an amazing young guitarist from the D file who has just come to our attention, Graham Dechter, from his new album “Major Influence”.

Tales from the far Side 23.09.21 Kinda Monkish-a Journey into Thelonious Monk's Music

On this edition I celebrate and explore the music of Thelonious Monk interpreted by a variety of artists adding their own imaginations and improvisation to it, artists like Carmen McRae, EST, Sphere, Steve Lacy, John Beasley's Monk'estra, Francisco Bearazotti and Tinissima4Tet, Elliott Sharp and of course the man himself.

LL Groove Band - Fine & Strange EP

LL Groove Band have released their new EP entitled Fine & Strange on September 24th

Recorded during the pandemic under lockdown this EP features all new material with a mix of funk, jazz and hip-hop. The EP is available on all music streaming platforms via distrokid.

This EP is a reflection of our inspirations, our way of coping with 2 difficult years. You will find punchy lyrics from Malin and tight grooves. Let yourself drown in the melodies and the flow.

Drums: Ben Cooper
Guitar: Gerry Lane
Saxophone: Yuzuha O'Halloran
Vocals and lyrics: Malin
Bass: Léon Laisne

Tales from the far Side 16.09.21 Irish jazz Scene

On this edition I celebrate the reopening of possibilities for LIVE JAZZ GIGS and the announcement of reinstalling Jazz Festivals in Ireland, celebrating it with some great Jazz by Paul Dunlea, the Fergus McCreadie Trio, Scott Flanigan, the Kevin Brady Electric Quartet, Kieran Halpin, Linley Hamilton, Adam Nolan and others, hoping to see them performing live soon.

New Album Release “Only Hugh” Solo Guitar Album from Hugh Buckley

Only Hugh - the debut fingerstyle solo guitar release by guitarist Hugh Buckley. The material on this recording includes original tunes by Hugh, tunes by Ellington, Monk and Harold Arlen and a couple of pop tunes from Hugh's youth. All tunes arranged by Hugh Buckley.

“During lockdown I had time to work on some solo guitar playing and I am really excited about developing this area of my musical journey. I have recorded my first solo guitar album for release in September 2021.”

Recorded by Ciaran Buckley Dorman, August 2021.
Cover art design by John Salinero.
Super8 b/w footage by Jonathan Matthey.
Video by HuBu.