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J.J. Smyth’s

J.J. Smyth’s

J.J. Smyth's

12 Aungier St,
Dublin. 2.

tel: +353 1 475 2565

web: www.jjsmyths.com

email: info@jjsmyths.com

 

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J.J. Smyth's, Dublin

J.J. Smyth's
is a family owned bar in the center of Dublin city. Home to many a musician, Jazz and Blues alike. It started off as a family owned grocery and public house back in the 1730's, it has changed throughout the years and now you can hear live Jazz and Blues sounds of the city from within it's doors.
JJ's became one of the cities oldest continuous licenses, which has remained on precisely the same site since the 1730's and was the birthplace of the famous Irish poet and playwright Thomas Moore in May 1779. For more information on the history of JJ Smyth's and the house itself check out our website


Jimmy Smyth at J.J's

Donal Kirk band

Donal Kirk

Mike Neilsen Quartet

 


 

What’s on at J.J.’s …

Saturday 14th January - Ben Reel Band

Irish artist Ben Reel released his eagerly awaited 7th studio album in May 2015 simply titled `7th’ which is a real rock`n’record backed by his magnificent band.
Like the previous album `Darkness & the Light’ released in 2013 the current album 7th was recorded & produced by Ben in his home studio in Co.Armagh, Ireland.  
`Say’ is the latest single to be released from the album 7th.

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  • Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, receiving critical acclaim from radio & press from around the world.
    Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine, drawing from the well of different styles of musical influence from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country & reggae which fuses all these genres into a melting pot to create a great sound which has become his own .

    In the past years he has had numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances and airplay under his belt including Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 and has supported names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, the legendary ‘Blockheads’, award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and co wrote and performed with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb, Irene Kelley.
     
    In 2011 Ben played a number of showcase gigs at Folk alliance in Memphis TN and in 2013 he toured in the U.S & UK with Tommy Womack (Nashville) as a duo
    & In 2014 his band toured as double bill with legendary American folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK. 
     
    Over the last 9 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S  receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base . His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass, Mick McCarney on guitar and his wife Julieanne Reel on backing vocals & percussion. With this line up they have built up a loyal following.
    The band have previously graced big festivals such as Huntenpop in the Netherlands, Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz festival, Robin Hood folk festival in Nottinghamshire and have also appeared for the first time at Ireland’s premiere music festival “Electric Picnic” in 2014.
    check tour details @ www.benreel.com  
     
    www.benreel.com
    www.facebook.com/benreel  
    www.youtube.com/cosmicshifting 
    http://www.twitter.com/benreel
    www.soundcloud.com/benreel

Doors 9pm -  Adm €10

Sunday 15th January - Richie Buckley Quintet

With his unique style and virtuoso technique, Richie Buckley is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. Described by the Irish Times as "something of a genius...[with] a world reputation amongst saxophonists", he has collaborated with musicians as diverse as Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Elvis Costello and James Williams. Completing the line-up on this occassion are guitarist John Moriarty, Phil Ware (piano), Paul Moore (bass) and Kevin Brady (drums).
Doors 9pm - Adm €10

Monday 16th January - Donal Kirk Band and Anto Drennan

Featuring Donal Kirk (vocals and guitar), Anto Drennan (guitar), Keith Duffy (bass), Paul Finlay (keyboards) 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 Anto Drennan on guitar 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, Ry Cooder, Dobie Gray, Guy Clarke, early ZZ Top, Dave Edmunds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson to name but a few. Guitarist Anto Drennan is noted for his involvement with Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics and The Corrs whom he has played with throughout most of his career. He has also played with Clannad, Paul Brady, Moving Hearts, Davy Spillane and other well-known Irish bands and performers.
Music 9.30pm (in the bar)  - Adm ncc

Thursday 19th January - Toot Sweet & The Shadow Man

New Orleans’ Funk band “Toot Sweet and the Shadow Man” was founded in 2012 by pianist Cian Boylan, while on a tour bus in the USA travelling through Louisiana. The idea was to bring a taste of bayou funk home to Europe, with original music and arrangements of existing material that would invoke the music of some of the greats of The Big Easy, including Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many others.

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  • Making up the core of the band are the amazing John “Buzz” Wilde (drums and vocals), the legendary Conor Brady (guitar), the spectacular vocalist Cormac Kenevey (percussion and vocals), with Dan Bodwell holding down down the groove (double bass), and Cian Boylan (piano, hammond organ and vocals). All of these musicians are recording artists in their own right and together create an energy and excitement that is infectious.
     
    The horn section boasts players of the highest rate, bringing the excitement and fire to the front line. Featuring Brendan Doyle (baritone and alto sax), Karl Ronan (trombone),and Mark Adams (trumpet) and blistering horn arrangements by Cian Boylan.
     
    A sensational live outfit, with swampy hammond grooves and rolling piano licks, deep-in-the-pocket guitar, a take-no-prisoners horn section, and an enviable rhythm section, Toot Sweet’s focus is on spreading this music to the masses.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K92V7TW6qxc

Doors 8.30pm (Music 9pm) - Adm €10

Friday 20th January - Susan Tomelty Band

Featuring: Susan Tomelty (vocals/guitar), Kevin Higgins (bass), Fran Byrne (drums) and Greg Boland (guitar).
Northerner Susan Tomelty has embarked on a musical journey that has brought her to Dublin, via Leiitrim, Belfast, England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden and Nashville. With the release of “Belfast Live” CD in 1996, she supported Van Morrison and sang for Nelson Mandela in Glasgow. A pure and distinctive voice, she can cover a wide range of material but her influences are more Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Gospel, calling from artists such as Big Mama Thornton, Ida Cox, John Mayall and his Blues Breakers, Peter Green, Mavis Staples, Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, Freddy King, Red Peters and Ruthie Foster. A raunchy, funcky evening of Rhythm & Blues is promised. Will be great….don’t miss this one!
www.susantomelty.ie
Doors 9pm -  Adm €10

Saturday 21st January - Ian Shaw (UK) with The Phil Ware Trio @ The Workman’s Club

IMC & JJ Smyth’s present: Ian Shaw (UK) & The Phil Ware Trio
Doors 8pm, Saturday January 21st @ The Workman’s Club - Adm €15
Expect a highly charged evening of jazz as superb vocalist meets top-flight trio.
IAN SHAW – VOICE
PHIL WARE – PIANO
DAVE REDMOND – BASS
KEVIN BRADY – DRUMS

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  • To celebrate a decade of collaboration, award-winning UK jazz vocalist Ian Shaw and Phil Ware’s highly acclaimed piano trio will again join musical forces in a five-date tour of Ireland in January 2017, with performances in Belfast, Limerick, Cork, Kilkenny and Dublin.

    Their original musical meet-up was at the Galway Jazz Festival in 2006; Phil invited Ian back to guest with the trio in Dublin in 2007, and RTÉ Lyric FM reunited them later that year for The Blue of the Night Live, broadcast from the Dublin Fringe Festival. Ian calls the Trio a ‘dream band’, and their partnership has continued with many appearances in Ireland and the UK, including Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. Phil also features on Ian’s highly acclaimed 2010 recording The Abbey Road Sessions.

    Twice winner of the BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist, and with over a dozen albums to his name, Ian Shaw has been described as one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers on the scene. Alongside his own projects, he is much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras, both in the UK and internationally, in addition to his long-term pairings with the likes of Guy Barker, Liane Carroll and Claire Martin.

    ‘Praised far and wide as the greatest male jazz singer Britain has to offer’ Jazz Times

    Entering their 15th year of working together, the Phil Ware Trio are renowned both for their driving swing and for their sparse, atmospheric approach to down-tempo material. First-call for many visiting artists, they have toured extensively in their own right and twice been chosen to represent Ireland at the prestigious Eurojazz festival in Mexico City.

    ‘It’s no surprise that they’re one of the hardest-working jazz trios in the country, with an appetite for exploration matched pound for pound by an insistent connection to their listeners’ - The Irish Times

    Doors 8pm   -   Adm €15

Doors 8pm -  Adm €15

Sunday 22nd January - Rag Mama Rag

Rag Mama Rag return to J.J. Smyth's Sunday August 14th playing a vastly varied repertoire of tunes by some of the best writers and players stateside...in particular drawing from the catalogues of Little Feat, Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and such excellent tunesmiths..... Doors Open 4.30pm... No better way to spend a Sunday Afternoon..!! Line Up is as follows...  Barry Schweppe on Drums and Vocals, Fiacre Gaffney on acoustic guitar and vocals, Jack Maher on electric guitar and vocals, John McLaughlin on electric guitar and vocals, Mark Penny on piano / keyboards and vocals with Vinny Kilcullen on bass.
Doors 4.30pm (Music 5pm / Over 18’s) - Adm €10

Monday 23rd January - Donal Kirk Band and Anto Drennan

Featuring Donal Kirk (vocals and guitar), Anto Drennan (guitar), Keith Duffy (bass), Paul Finlay (keyboards) 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 Anto Drennan on guitar 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, Ry Cooder, Dobie Gray, Guy Clarke, early ZZ Top, Dave Edmunds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson to name but a few. Guitarist Anto Drennan is noted for his involvement with Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics and The Corrs whom he has played with throughout most of his career. He has also played with Clannad, Paul Brady, Moving Hearts, Davy Spillane and other well-known Irish bands and performers.
Music 9.30pm (in the bar)  - Adm ncc

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