The Django Story
The Gypsy Jazz Quartet.
Sat, Feb 27, 8.30 pm
The GiG Room, Kinvara Community Centre
Admission €10/8 member & concession
Paul O'Driscoll, Bertrand Huvé, Damien Gilligan, Frank Kilkelly
The Django Story presents the life and music of the colourful gypsy genius in an entertaining and varied setting. The story is delivered in between songs, augmented with archive video footage, and photos. It features an excellent three minute film clip of the original Quintet of France, complete with sound, which was shown in cinemas in Britain, made to promote awareness of the band to British audiences in 1938.
The lineup is led by Frank Kilkelly, who lived and played in Co.Mayo for many years before moving to London in 1986. There he toured and recorded extensively with a string of well-respected acoustic groups, ranging very broadly in styles through folk and jazz. Since his return to Ireland in 1998, he has worked with the top names in the acoustic music world, including Sharon Shannon, Mairtín O'Connor, Alan Kelly, Finbar Furey & Cafe Orchestra.
The current line-up has Paul O'Driscoll on double bass, (known for his work in traditional Irish music with Deiseal, Sharon Shannon, and Josephine Marsh.) Frenchman Bertrand Huvé joins us on tenor/alto sax and clarinet, and Damien Gilligan comes to us from The Hot Club of Dublin on acoustic rhythm guitar. From a start in 2000 (as The Hot Club of Galway) at our weekly residency in Brennan’s Yard Hotel, to a busy schedule of arts centres, arts festivals, corporate functions, etc, the band has gone from strength to strength. The repertoire is currently a mixture of pieces from the repertoire of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, alongside our arrangements of some latin flavoured tunes, and some newer compositions from today’s gypsy players.
CRAN are a unique group in the Irish folk-music world with their highly-individualistic approach and a bewildering array of styles and repertoire. Each member of the trio already had an international reputation in their own field before the band was formed. Desi Wilkinson had become a major force in the field of Irish flute-playing, both at home and abroad; Sean Corcoran was known internationally as one of the leading singers in the Hiberno-English and Gaelic traditions and also as a researcher and teacher; and Ronan Browne had not only carved out a name for himself as one of the leading lights among the younger generation of uilleann pipers but he was already giving master-classes in Europe and the U.S.A.Read more: Cran feat
An initiative was recently floated at a Community Council meeting to start a Kinvara Community Radio station. The idea is to set up a studio capable of streaming live radio on the internet and also to broadcast on FM to a local area of 5 km radius, the legal maximum for community radio. The right to transmit via FM is licensed and requires more equipment. So this is a slightly longer process. However, getting the basic equipment in place (microphones, computer, sound desk, etc.) is the only thing necessary for streaming.
Since the idea was mooted some few months ago, several workshops have taken place with local groups invited to send a representative. Kinvara Area Music was invited and, as it happened, Eilish O'Connor, Martin Ryan, and Frank Hall were all able to attend. The basic training in operating a sound desk, organising programming, tweaking microphones, and so forth,Read more: Kinvara Community Radio
Andy Irvine will be playing in The GiG Room in April, as part of KAM's Spring Concert Series. Andy has been central to many well-known and groundbreaking groups, from Sweeney's Men in the 1960s, Planxty in the 70s and 80s, to Patrick Street in the 80s and 90s. In addition he has enjoyed a stellar solo career as troubadour, songwriter and song stylist.
One of the leading lights of Irish folk music, Andy has been recorded more than 20 albums, including several solo albums. His touring spans the continents and the artists he has worked with make a formidable list of who's who in traditional music and song.
To play in random order.
Mardi Gras, February 2013