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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 …

A Love Supreme - Delighted to announce a 2nd show of John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' on Saturday 25th February in JJ's DUBLIN!

Due to a high demand an Early Show has been added for 5pm, and tickets for this are now on sale. Later Show pre-sale has sold out, but there will be a limited amount on the door
Tickets and Info here for the chance to see this seminal album performed in full by Michael Buckley, Ronan Guilfoyle, Kevin Brady and Lars Jansson

J.j A Love Supreme

Friday 24th February - CLOSED - (Donna Dunne & The Mystery Men - CD Launch @ The Grand Social)
Saturday 25th February - A Love Supreme

Delighted to announce a 2nd show of John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' on Saturday 25th February in JJ's DUBLIN!
Due to a high demand an Early Show has been added for 5pm, and tickets for this are now on sale. Later Show pre-sale has sold out, but there will be a limited amount on the door
Tickets and Info here for the chance to see this seminal album performed in full by Michael Buckley, Ronan Guilfoyle, Kevin Brady and Lars Jansson.

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  • https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/a-love-supreme-tickets-30527174601
     
    Often acclaimed as one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme will be performed in full for the first time in Dublin by a stellar line-up of Irish and international jazz musicians. The venue is yet to be con firmed but on the line-up so far are Michael Buckley on saxophone, Ronan Guilfoyle on bass and Swedish jazz piano master Lars Jansson. A great opportunity to see a highly complex yet much-loved album brought to life.
     
    A Love Supreme is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm". It is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses the artist's deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power. Coltrane plays exclusively tenor saxophone on all parts.
    Released in January 1965 by Impulse! Records, A Love Supreme became one of the most acclaimed jazz albums of all time and has been widely regarded as Coltrane's masterpiece. It was also quite popular for a jazz record, selling about 500,000 copies by 1970. Rolling Stone called it a "legendary album-long hymn of praise" and stated: "the indelible four-note theme of the first movement, 'Acknowledgement,' is the humble foundation of the suite. But Coltrane's majestic, often violent blowing (famously described as 'sheets of sound') is never self-aggrandizing. Aloft with his classic quartet..., Coltrane soars with nothing but gratitude and joy. You can't help but go with him”

Doors 4.30pm & 8pm -  Adm €12

Sunday 26th February - Rag Mama Rag

Rag Mama Rag return to J.J. Smyth's Sunday February 26th 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 27th February - 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

Tuesday 28th February - Dublin Guitar Night

The “Dublin Guitar Night” is a hugely successful monthly event where Hugh Buckley presents a range of guitar players across many genres. The last Tuesday of each month features diverse guitar acts and a focal point for players, guitar enthusiasts and music lovers alike. The event is now well established as the “must see” residency on the Dublin music calendar. 

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  • To date there has been 101 guitarists who have performed at the Dublin Guitar Night. In no particular order: Clive Barnes, Vinny Baker, Paul Brady, Tony McManus, Hugh Buckley, Dave Flynn, Louis Stewart, Nigel Clark, Anto Drennnan, Jimmy Smyth,  Dick Farrelly, David O'Rourke, Redmond O'Toole, Darragh O'Neill, Niwel Tsumbo, Pat Coldrick, Ed Deane, Ben Prevo, Tommy Halferty, Des Moore, Sean Whelan, John Walsh, Pat Farrell, Charlie McGettigan, Donal Kirk, James Mulvaney, Robert Doyle, Sami Moukaddem, Michael Nielsen, Johnny Gleeson, Bill Shanley, Greg Boland, Pete Cummins, Brendan Bonass, Brian Harris, Chris Woods, Stano, Matt Anderson, Junior Brother, Shane Latimer, Damian Kelly, Bjorn Solli, Shane Hennessy, Tom Harte, Nigel Mooney, Frank Kilkelly, Ian Date, Charly Mooney, Paddy Groenland, Lee Meehan, Mick Pyro, Shawn Jones, Jonny Dillon, Mickey Murphy, Stephen Housden, Joe O'Callaghan, Barry Whyte, Fiach, Julien Colarossi, John Moriarty, Eamon Brady, John Keogh, Eugene Quinn, Alan Burke, Megacone (Ross Kelly, Conor Callan, Paudge Murray), Enda Dempsey, Mark Lysaght, Jake Curran, Mark Dudley, Diarmuid Lally, Jovanny Parvedy, Pete McGrane, Tom Portman, Eamonn Moran, Kevin Sweeney, Arty McGlynn, Jerome McGlynn, Mark McKowski, Conor Barry, Johnny Russell, Mal O’Brien, Mike Brookfield, Richard Nelson, Scott Kohlmann, Johnny Reynolds, John Lambert, Peter Moc, Ronnie Greer, Dave Whyte, Stephen McHale, Dermot Byrne, Danny Tobin, N.C. Lawlor, Dave Griffin (Griff), "The Ultimate Trio" (Daniel Jacobsen, Chris Cole, Ciaran O'Malley), Eamon Colgan, Gavin Ralston. Pretty impressive…and many more to come.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ns_Qshz7aE


Doors 8pm (Music 8.30pm)  - Adm €10

Thursday 2nd March - GOTCHA…

Featuring Lee Meehan (guitar), Peter Erdei (bass), Peter Roycroft (keyboards) and Shane O’Donovan (drums).
Here's just a flavour of the type of artists (mainly instrumental) whose music they play: YELLOWJACKETS, DAVE WECKL, LEVEL 42, BILLY COBHAM, LEE RITENOUR, JEFF BECK, HERBIE HANCOCK and OZ NOY. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, this music is vibrant, exciting, challenging and exhilarating, though this quartet makes it seem almost normal.... The musicians are all well known on the Irish circuit in various different manifestations of rock, pop, and swing outfits, but when GOTCHA gets together, a different kind of strange chemistry invades the air. Find out for yourself…!!!
Doors 8.30pm (Music 9pm)  - Adm €10

Friday 3rd March - Blues HQ

Featuring Gerry Hendrick (guitar & vocals), John Quearney (bass & vocals) and Noel Bridgeman (drums & vocals).
Gerry Hendrick 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. They 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.

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  • 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.
     
    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.

Doors 9pm  - Adm €10

Saturday 4th March - The Pyro Blues Executive

Featuring Mick Pyro (guitar & vocals), Pat Farrell (guitar), John Querney (bass) and Cote Calmet (drums).
Doors 9pm -  Adm €10

Sunday 5th March - TENOR MADNESS - Jim Doherty Trio with guests Richie Buckley and Brendan Doyle

Featuring Jim Doherty (piano), Dave Fleming (bass), Myles Drennan (drums) with guests Richie Buckley (sax) and Brendan Doyle (Sax).
Doors 4.30pm (Music 5pm/over 18's) - Adm €10

Monday 6th March - Donal Kirk and Jimmy Smyth

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 Jimmy Smyth 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.

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  • Jimmy has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old, initially with his father’s dance bands and later when his growing interest in rock and blues led him to form his own band at school. The first Jimmy Smyth band was formed when he was in his early teens, and opened for Thin Lizzy, Bees Make Honey, Horslips, and Frankie Miller. He was a guitarist/singer with The Bogey Boys from 1979 to 1983 and recorded several singles and two albums. He featured heavily in ‘Best Guitarist’ polls on Hot Press Magazine around this time, alongside guitarists like the Edge and Rory Gallagher. He is a Grammy-Nominee for his work with US Artist Toni Childs.  As a producer, he has produced albums for The Spirit of Eden, Bonnie Tyler, Toni Childs, Rob Strong, Don Baker and Frances Black and composed music for the movies When the Sky Falls (2000) and Silent Grace (2002) and for the Fellowship of The Ring (2003) videogame. He has also recorded/played with Roger Daltrey, Curtis Stigers, Chaka Khan, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison Gilbert O'Sullivan and Reba McEntire. Jimmy has been Musical Director for RTE TV shows, and regularly performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the RTESO, The Ulster Orchestra and many others. Jimmy is very much in demand for touring/recording and, when not on the road can regularly be seen playing rock and roots or Jazz Rock with Fusion band ‘Spectrum’.

Music 9.30pm (in the bar)  - Adm No Cover Charge

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