The RBG - Sax/Bass/Drums - features acclaimed Saxophonist Meilana Gillard, and the much lauded rhythm section of Kevin Brady - Drums & Dave Redmond on Bass. They make their debut performance at One of Ireland’s best venues for jazz music. The Sofa Sessions at Billy Byrne’s in Kilkenny. Playing a mix of contemporary music and popular song.
Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York scene while studying at the New School in the early 2000’s. She has worked with U.S. icons Charli Persip, Christian McBride and also Greg Osby, who released her debut album “Day One” on his ‘Inner Circle Music’ label in 2009. In addition she has collaborated with Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and was instrumental in the New York all-female band DIVA. Based near Belfast since 2012, she released her second album “Dream Within a Dream” in 2017 on Lyte Records
The legendary Sofa Sesssions, a weekly series of contemporary music, curated by Kilkenny musician and Irish Times music critic Cormac Larkin. The Sofa Sessions has hosted major stars of jazz from all over the World Swedish.
Billy Byrnes is a family run tradional Irish bar and first opened its doors in 1954. We are centrally located in Kilkenny City, just around the corner from the train and bus station.