Left, Right & Centre
A conglomeration of some of the most experienced blues players around ‘Left Right & Centre’ come to the Blues Club to deliver their renditions and tribute to the music of the greats such as the great Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly and all the Kings, Freddie, Albert and BB. The band comprises some of the finest of Dublin’s musicians, Ed Deane on guitar, John Quearney on bass, Noel Bridgeman on drums and featuring Trevor Kinght on keyboards.
Doors 9pm - Adm €10
Donal Kirk Band
Featuring Donal Kirk (guitar/vocals), guitar supremo Jimmy Smyth, Paul Byrne (bass/backing vocals) and Jason Duffy (drums).
Those of you who remember Sunday afternoons in Slattery's of Capel St and The Business, will remember Donal Kirk, one of the great vocalists who worked with the band over the years. Donal’s vocal while likened to the styling of Michael McDonald, this still does not do him justice. He is backed by a cracking band and together they explored a host of musical styles, from Lowell George Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Free, Bad Company, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Beatles, Bobby Bland, Vince Gill, Ray Charles, Etta James, Elvis, RyCooder, Dobie Gray, Guy Clarke, early ZZ Top, Dave Edmunds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson to name but a few. What a repertoire! Check this band out you will not be disappointed.
B&Q Hardcore Blues - Featuring Richie Buckley, John Quearney, Ed Deane & Noel Bridgeman
Put together In memory of the late Dick Buckley, sax player and educator, father of Richie and Michael whom you all know well.
Richie Buckley tenor sax has long been recognized on an international level as one of the finest jazz musicians of today. His performing credits include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McForKenna, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello and many more.
Noel Bridgeman – drums and vocals, is undoubtedly one of the best drummers that Ireland has ever produced. He started playing with Skid Row: Phillip Lynott on vocals, Brush Shiels on bass, Gary Moore on guitar. Noel has played and recorded with artists such as Mary Black, Mike Scott and the Waterboys, Jackson Browne, Sharon Shannon, Steve Earle, Christy Moore, Van Morrison, Mick Hanley, Donal Lunny, The Corrs, The Chieftans and Paul Brady. Apart from his ability as drummer and percussionist, Noel is a very distinctive singer. His funky, unique and very soulful interpretations of blues, rock and soul classics are a must hear for any fan of these genres.
Ed Deane – guitar and vocals. Ed started playing guitar and slide guitar while still at school. Age sixteen he formed Blueshouse and played alongside visiting American blues artists such as, Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Shines, Mississippi, Fred Mac Dowell and Juke Boy Bonner. He played with Granny's Intentions and the Woods Band. Moving to London, he played with Bees Make Honey, recording an album with them produced by Nick Lowe. After a spell in France, he joined Frankie Miller Band, touring Europe and the US. In the eighties he wrote soundtrack music for Stormy Monday and Leaving Las Vegas. In the 90's he recorded and toured with Chris Jagger, Nick Lowe, Bap Kennedy and Dana Gillespie. Since returning to Ireland, he has released his own album of instrumental music, Slideshow and with Left, Right and Centre has recently toured with Donovan.
John Quearney – bass and vocals. John began playing bass in the 60s with Dublin beat groups, playing blues by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles and like a lot of musicians at the time he played with show bands such as The Wheels, Big Jim Farelly and Roly Daniels and Stage 2. In the 80s and 90s he played with Wally Page's cajun band The Big Mistake, blues bands The Business and Red Peter's, The Floating Dublin Blues Band. In the mid 90s he formed the Heavyweights with Noel Bridgeman and played with and accompanied great singers and musicians such as Jeff Healy, Big Jack Johnston, Donavan, Henry McCullough, Jimmy Faulkner, Pat Farrell, Ditch Cassidy, Mary Stokes, Honor Heffernan, Bree Harris, Paul Brady and Johnny Duhan. John has recorded many albums as an invited session musician. In November 2008 he was a founding member of Left Right and Centre with Ed Deane, Noel Bridgeman.
The B&Qs will feature other potential special guests. Promises to be a great night.
Doors 9pm - Adm €10
Mike Brookfield plays Stevie Ray Vaughan
Mike returns to JJ's to play a set of SRV tunes in tribute to another of his heros Stevie Ray Vaughan - possibly the most ferocious blues guitarist ever! This themed gig follows on from Mike's popular Eric Clapton night, promising to respect SRV's much loved repertoire in the same way. Expect a night of passionate blues guitar from the Liverpool guitarist, composer & teacher.
Gerry Hendrick Band feat. PJ Salmon
Gerry a veteran with 25 years of guitar playing under his belt is probably best known for the time he spent as lead guitarist for our very own blues harp player Don Baker. During his time he has also worked with The Business, Andrew Strong, Sinead O’Connor to name but a few. Gerry will also be joined by the fantastic Kevin Malone on drums, Dave Byrne on bass, Salvadore Urbano on Keyboards and the new addition of PJ Salmon on vocals and guitar. The band will perform an eclectic mix of material from blues to progressive acoustic tunes, ranging from Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pink Floyd. Don’t miss this one! Always good stuff!
Doors 9pm - Adm €10
Love Minus Zero - play the music of Bob Dylan
Whether you’re a die hard Dylan fan from the start or a new fan, you won’t want to miss this gig … Love Minus Zero guarantee a great set of classic Dylan tunes and more on the night, taking in material from the 60’s and onwards. The band also put their own stamp on some of their own favorites, such as “One More Cup Of Coffee”, “Shelter From The Storm”, “ Thunder On The Mountain “ “Hurricane” and many more.
Love Minus Zero played their first gig to a packed audience in JJ’s in Dublin last September 2011, and since then they have gone from strength to strength, playing many of the top venues around the country, including The Forum - Waterford, Whelans - Dublin, The Mercantile, and many others.
The line-up in addition to Pete McGowan – Guitar, Ciaran Brougham – Bass, and Fran Dowling –Drums, Vinnie Ryan - Vocals, Acoustic guitar and Harp, well-known Multi- instrumentalist and Guitarist Pat McSweeney, and Graham Nolan – Keyboards and Violin.
Make a note in your diary and get there early for this one!!
Love Minus Zero’s gig in JJs in February was a full house on the night and doors had to close early.