[ARCHIVE] Sue Rynhart: Dolans Upstairs, Apr 19th (Adm €10)

Sue Rynhart returns to Limerick with Dan Bodwell and Francesco
Turrisi to sing her her folk songs with a unique instrumentation.
Drawing on Classical and Jazz traditions with a pop sensibility, Sue
places her precise, delicate voice in the starkest, most revealing of
Sue Rynhart – Voice
Dan Bodwell – Double Bass
Francesco Turrisi – Accordion, Lute & Percussion
“Its the beauty of her voice that leaves the lasting impression”
– Ian Patterson, AllAboutJazz
“Very beautiful Work”
– Carl Corcoran, RTÉ Lyric fm
“Her charmingly quirky songs are warm and unexpectedly frank,
free from either musical or lyrical cliche, each one a beautifully
formed musical statement – and each as different as the last. ”
– Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times

[ARCHIVE] Hands: Mar 7, Dolans Upstairs (Adm €12)


Dave Binney – saxophones
Chris Guilfoyle – guitar
Ronan Guilfoyle – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Challenging and absorbing music from a maturing master

  • Irish Times

Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘Hands’ represents both the best in contemporary jazz and its international nature. The group is comprised of two of New York’s finest musicians, and two Irish musicians – one who has forged an international career over the last 30 years, and an up-and-coming young musician now making a name for himself.

 Dave Binney is one of contemporary jazz’s finest saxophonists – always in demand, recording extensively, and extending the role of the soloist in contemporary jazz. Tom Rainey is one of most highly regarded drummers in modern music, and has a reputation for his combination of technical brilliance and creative flair, always placed at the service of the music.


[ARCHIVE] Scott Flanagan Trio: Feb 22, Dolans Upstairs (Adm €10)

Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs both locally and nationally, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Larry Coryell, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen, Linley Hamilton. A keen composer and arranger, Scott received his Masters Degree in jazz performance with First Class Honours from Dublin Institute of Technology. In addition to performance, Scott is a highly sought after teacher of improvisation and jazz harmony, with over ten years experience in the classroom and practice room.

Scott’s debut CD as a leader, ‘Point Of Departure’, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and has received frequent air play both locally and further afield.

Three of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians make up the Scott Flanigan Trio – Scott Flanigan on piano, Dublin bass stalwart Dave Redmond, and acclaimed drummer Steve Davis. Combining contemporary and yet accessible original material with innovative takes on jazz standards, Flanigan’s trio is one of the freshest and most dynamic piano trios in Ireland.


[ARCHIVE] Ian Shaw and Phil Ware Trio: Dolans Upstairs, Jan 18th (Adm €15)


“Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the JazzFM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.

Ian currently presents The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show for JazzFM in the UK (and he hosted the inaugural JazzFM Jazz Awards in January 2013). The show is also broadcast on JazzFM91 (Canada) and Jazz901 (Rochester NY) and a special two-hour version forms the monthly-changing British Airways jazz show. Ian’s special “in conversation” guests have included Al Jarreau, Kenny Garrett, Patti Austin, Ruby Turner, Van Morrison, Fred Wesley and Marlena Shaw.
In the summer of 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi’s Jazz Village label and recorded his first album The Theory Of Joy for them, which was released in February this year (see reviews). A tour of the Far East and the UK is to follow.
Ian will be joined by his good friends The Phil Ware Trio.


[ARCHIVE] Limerick Jazz Workshop: Dolan’s Upstairs, Dec 7th – 7:30pm (Adm: €5)

Limerick Jazz workshop is now in its 9th year and growing. It has helped people of all ages to learn about jazz improvisation. No matter what level one has attained Limerick Jazz Workshop has helped further their education with some of the best tutors in the country. Classes run every Tuesdayat The Learning Hub in Kileely from Sept to May. each year there are  several public  performances in Venues throughout the City. This is our annual Christmas performance and over the years we have seen many students grow from strength to strength. We hope you can join us and support these amazing musicians.


[ARCHIVE] John Stowell And Hugh Buckley – Dolans Upstairs – Nov 9th 8:30pm (Adm: €10)

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John Stowell is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart.
He has taught internationally for 30 years in every educational setting.
His clinics are informal, hands-on and informative. In addition to music theory and guidelines for improvisation, John shares his professional experience with the business of music. http://www.johnstowell.com/

Hugh Buckley comes from the renowned Buckley dynasty . A master guitarist and educatort who has graced stages all over the world. He has several recordings to his credit and is the founder gf the now famous guitar night which runs monthly at JJ Smyths in Dublin. Hugh recently performed at Limerick Jazz Festival with such luminaries as David O Rourke Joe O Callaghan and Tommy Halferty.


[ARCHIVE] Limerick Jazz Workshop Autumn 2016 Semester

Are you a singer or instrumentalist interested in learning how to play jazz? Do you know somebody with a lot of musical ability and nowhere to play? Our ensemble-based format is a great way to learn and allows students to apply their existing skills in a practical way leading up to a live performance at the end of each semester. We cater for all levels of experience once you have some basic facility on your instrument and are prepared to put in a reasonable amount of practice.

Our classes will take place as usual at the Learning Hub Limerick in Kileely. As well as our regular ensembles we also have specialised classes for beginners, singers and our little big band. Our schedule is as follows:

6.45pm-7.45pm Beginners, Singers, Little Big Band
7.45pm-9.45pm Regular Ensemble Classes

Autumn Semester 2016 starts on October 4th and will run every Tuesday evening until December 6th with our end of term gig in Dolan’s Upstairs on December 7th. We may arrange one additional session to bring the total including performance to twelve. Cost per session is €15 (€10 concessions) with a maximum charge of €180 (€120). Normally half the total cost is payable upfront.

More details available at www.limerickjazz.com/workshops

[ARCHIVE] Jazzology at Hunt Museum – 10pm (Adm: 8euro)

Jazzology will play The Hunt Museum to round off a fantastic Culture Night in the Marquee at The Hunt Museum from 10am to 12 midnight.

So come and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some swinging jazz with this great lineup featuring Conor Ryan Bryan Meehan Joe O Callaghan and John Daly. What better way to wind up a great evening. Admission is only €8. Where would you get it.


[ARCHIVE] AERIE – Oct 5, Doors 8:30pm (Gig 9:15pm), Dolans Upstairs – Adm €10

AERIEDolan’s Upstairs, Oct 5, 2016-  Doors 8.45pm, Gig 9.15pm

Admission €10

A E R I E is a jazz quintet lead by German saxophonist Ingo Hipp. He founded the band in 2013 and they have since played over 40 concerts around Europe. The band launched their debut album ‘hatch and host’ (Neuklang Records) – in September 2015 and will be touring and recording their second album from October – December 2016.

Although the instrumentation is that of a typical jazz quintet – saxophones, guitar, bass and drums – the group strive to avoid the clichés of modern jazz, always searching for a fresh take on forms and structures as well as instrumental functionality.

It is lively in the *aerie so expect the unexpected: crazy flights, elegant sails, diligent hunting, always checking for limits. A E R I E creates exciting modern jazz, connecting written material and improvisation with rock and jazz grooves. Structures are expanded and melt down, to be put together again in a fresh way. Live, A E R I E continues to catch audiences by constantly varying the shape of their music. *nest of an eagle or large bird of prey.


Lineup :

Ingo Hipp (DE) – Sax
Sam Comerford (IRL) – Sax
Laurent Méteau (CH) – Guitar
David Helm (DE) – Bass
Matthew Jacobson (IRL) – Drums

Ingo Hipp

Composition and Reeds Ingo Hipp is a saxophonist and composer, from Freiburg, Germany. At the age of six he began to play drums but switched to the saxophone two years later. He completed his Master Studies at the Lucerne (CH) Academy of Music in 2012 and founded A E R I E – his international quintet – in 2013. He has also been performing and recording with Laurent Méteau’s Metabolism since 2011. He released his debut album as composer and saxophonist of A E R I E in 2015 with Neuklang Records. Since 2015 Ingo is also a scholarship holder of the “Kunststiftung Baden Württemberg”.

[ARCHIVE] Vein Trio – Sept 15, Doors 8:30pm (Gig 9:15pm), Dolans Upstairs – Adm €10

Vein Trio

Dolan’s Upstairs, Sept 15, 2016-  Doors 8.45pm, Gig 9.15pm

Admission €10


The Album “VOTE for VEIN” opens with a track that is solid, bizarre, feisty and has a frenetic sense humour – so practically standard for VEIN…“Appearance and Speech” is one of the most exciting, dense and entertaining pieces of contemporary jazz literature. You will want to hear it over and over again…The belter “No We Can’t – Vote for Us Anyway!” is the ideal theme tune to the end of a sensually humorous, almost theatrical set. Piano trio jazz doesn’t get more surprising and unconventional than this – Vote for Vein!
– Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Fidelity Magazin 1.2014


Unless you have another CD by Vein, I reckon you’re unlikely to have anything else in your collection that’s quite like this…It grooves, it’s rubato, it’s subtle, it’s fun, it’s ruminative, it’s exultant; above all, it’s constantly surprising. It’s a treat.
– London – Jazz News 4. 2014

Band Members

Florian Arbenz has been doing tours, concerts and CD-productions as lead with, Kirk Lightsey, Greg Osby, Glenn Ferris, Wolfgang Puschnig, Bennie Maupin, Matthieu Michel, Claudio Pontiggia and others. In classical music he has worked as percussionist in numerous concerts and festivals (Luzerner Festspiele, Basler Musik Forum, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival), among others with Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano and Paul Sacher. Further, he staged in solo concerts in Europe and South America. In 2000 Florian Arbenz received the European Award of Culture (supporting his engagement in jazz and classical music).

At the age of thirteen, Thomas Lähns (born in 1981 in Basle) came to Tibor Elekes as his bassstudent. In 2001 he started to study the double bass at the MusicAcademy of Basle under Wolfgang Güttler and Botond Kostyak. In 2008 he completed his concertdiploma. In jazz he has played with well-known musicians such as Greg Osby, Glenn Ferris, Dave
Liebman,Wolfgang Puschnig, Christoph Stiefel and Marcel Papaux. In classics he has worked under notable conductors such as Heinz Hollinger or Peter Eötvös and was also performing as a solist.

Michael Arbenz has been active as leader of various bands during the last couple of years. They gave concerts throughout Europe and recorded several CDs. Internationally renowned musicians such as Greg Osby, Wolfgang Puschnig, Glenn Ferris, Muneer B. Fennell, Kent Carter, Matthieu Michel and Marc Johnson joined his activities. He also gave classical concerts with Pierre Boulez, Paul Sacher, Jürg Wyttenbach, the Ensemble Contrechamps and Hans Zehnder, just to name a few.