Tuesday 20 August 2019

Wexford drummer's hat-trick of shows at Welsh jazz festival

Drummer Kevin Lawlor.
Drummer Kevin Lawlor.

Wexford-based jazz drummer and composer Kevin Lawlor has been invited to make three separate appearances at next month's Aberjazz Festival in Fishguard in Wales, where he will perform with a range of challenging music, from modern jazz to classic blues.

Kevin has played at the Festival twice previously. His hat-trick of gigs this year will kick off at Peppers at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 29, when he will join Tomos Williams' Tribute To Miles Davis. Later that evening he'll move his drum stool to the Railwaymen's Club to join Canadian guitarist Rusty McCarthy whose band also includes Steve Tierney from Kilmore.

The following day, Lawlor will play with the Dave Jones Quartet, rounding off a remarkable schedule of demanding appearances. Jones also happens to feature on Kevin Lawlor's next album 'Eight', due for release in October, while a member of his band, Lee Goodall spent two years with Van Morrison.

Kevin says he is 'genuinely delighted to have been invited back to Aberjazz for my third visit and to play with some of my favourite musicians at a jazz festival that is growing in stature year by year'.

Rusty McCarthy, who also plays in The Sky and the Ground in Wexford on August 28, has previously performed alongside artists of the calibre of Sting, Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, and been a songwriting collaborator with Margaret Mary O'Hara.

The multi-national line-up for Aberjazz also includes the much-acclaimed Polar Bear, the infectious reggae of Messiah Dub Club, Glas from Wales, Huw Warren's Trio Brasil, Ghanaian drummer Emmanuel Okuni Annang, Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes from England, the New Orleans style of the Chris James Band, the Brazilian rhythms of Emily Saunders ESB, and the Indian tones of Maharaja Blues.

The 12th Fishguard Jazz and Blues Festival opens on Thursday, August 27, and its proximity to Wexford, thanks to Stena Line's Rosslare-Fishguard ferry link, is making it an increasingly popular draw for Irish music fans.

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