The Return Flight of the Earls at The Bello Bar

Wednesday 29th November | Thursday 30th November | Friday 1st December.

The Return Flight of the Earls celebrates Irish jazz musicians living and working abroad. Eight Irish performers return from France, Spain, Germany, England and the USA. They will bring many aspects of their life abroad to this grand reunion. There will be new compositions for the occasion, new groups formed and some new musical friendships.

The returning earls of jazz are Michael Coady (Barcelona), Anthony Kerr (London), Matthew Halpin (Cologne), David Mason (New York), Gerard Murphy (Marseille), Fintan O’Neill (New York), Paddy Sherlock (Paris) and Christine Tobin (London and New York). There are two honorary Earls. These are Veronika Morscher (Cologne) and Phil Robson (London and New York).

These musicians will be joined by eighteen musicians that live and work in Ireland, forming groups, playing three sets each evening, in a joyous celebration of “The Return Flight of the Earls”.

SET 1:
Fintan O’Neill, piano
Gerard Murphy, saxophone
Paddy Sherlock, trombone/ voice
William Blackmore, trumpet
Anthony Kerr, vibraharp
Neil Ó Loclainn, double bass
Shane O’Donovan, drums

Book a ticket for Night 1 of The Return Flight of the Earls.

Online only price €15, €17 on the door

SET 2:
Micheal Coady,  double bass
Matthew Halpin, saxophone
Nigel Mooney, guitar/voice
Scott Flanigan, piano/ hammond
Dominic Mullan, drums

Book a ticket for Night 2 of The Return Flight of the Earls.

Online only price €15, €17 on the door

SET 3:
Matthew Halpin, saxophone
Christine Tobin, voice
Paddy Sherlock, trombone/ voice
Gerard Murphy, saxophone
Anthony Kerr, vibraharp
Phil Robson, guitar
Fintain O’Neill, piano
Michael Coady, double bass
David Mason, drums

Book a ticket for Night 2 of The Return Flight of the Earls.

Online only price €15, €17 on the door

Book a three night pass for €35. Only available online.
€17 on the door.

“Mirrors” Tour of Ireland, Monday 29 February to Sunday 6 March 2016

Kenny Wheeler

Poetry by W.B.Yeats, Lewis Carroll and Stevie Smith
in Kenny Wheeler’s wonderful musical settings.

The Lauren Kinsella Jazz Sextet (Lauren Kinsella:voice, Matt Robinson:piano, Matt Halpin:saxes, Bill Blackmore:tpt/flglhrn, Dave Redmond:dblebass, Kevin Brady:drms.) and choir director Pete Churchill with the Kilkenny College Senior Choir and the Resurgam Choir touring in Ireland
from Monday 29th February to Sunday 6th March 2016

Monday 29th February at the Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Featuring Kilkenny College Senior Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €12 and €10. Box Office:056 776 1674. Book Online at:

Tuesday 1st March at The Studio in the LEXICON, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire. Featuring Kilkenny College Senior Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €15 and €12 on the door.
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Friday 4th March at The Studio in the LEXICON, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire. Featuring the Resurgam Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €15 and €12(seniors concession) on the door.
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CANCELLED Saturday 5th March at the Theatre Royal,The Mall, Waterford.

Sunday 6th March at the Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett Street, Ballina, County Mayo.
Featuring the Resurgam Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €16 and €14.
Box Office:096 73593. Open 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm.

“The best time of day is always when you’re on the stand. If the music’s good it always puts everything else into perspective.” Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler(1930-2014) was a virtuoso trumpet and flugelhorn player. Born in Canada, he spent most of his life in England. He was a composer of rare distinction in the modern jazz era. Pieces he composed had lyrics written for them because of their beautiful melodic content.

In “Mirrors” he wrote music for poems by authors that he admired, for him a new exercise. Pete Churchill’s London Vocal Project choir recorded the music with Wheeler and collaborator Norma Winstone as part of a jazz sextet in 2012. Choral music worthy of touring.

Part of a tour of Ireland, this concert in The Studio of the LEXICON in Dún Laoghaire is jointly presented by the Improvised Music Company and Jazz on the Terrace. These concerts do not quite conform to a traditional form of touring. These concerts are ones where there has to be a high degree of engagement between a group of professional jazz musicians and a dedicated amateur choir. Both of the choirs on this tour will never have rehearsed and performed with jazz musicians or a jazz choir director like Pete Churchill.

Pete Churchill is a choir director, pianist and jazz singer. He runs the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music in London. He has collaborated with Norma Winstone and Tina May. He conducted the Kenny Wheeler Big Band. As a choral director he is very much in demand. His main project now is his own choir “The London Vocal Project” which recorded “Mirrors”.

The exuberant Kilkenny College Senior Choir have joined in this project with the encouragement of their well known and highly regarded director David Milne. The Resurgam Choir, conductor Mark Duley, best known for its work with the Irish Baroque Orchestra is also touring.

The Lauren Kinsella Jazz Sextet is led by the new Irish jazz voice, Lauren Kinsella. She is passionate about uniting the voice within instrumental sound and blending extended vocal technique and poetry in both improvised and composed settings – which, for her, are closely linked.

Matt Robinson is the pianist leader, a London based pianist, composer and improviser, working primarily in jazz and contemporary musicHe studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Edwin Samuel Dove prize and, upon graduation in 2012, a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship.   He has performed with Snowpoet with Irish singer Lauren Kinsella and Reuben Fowler Big Band with the American trumpeter, Tom Harrell.

Irish modern jazz saxophonist, Matt Halpin is a graduate of Berklee College, Boston. In 2010 Matthew was selected to be one of the 14 inaugural students of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, with whom he toured throughout the US and internationally. His group visited Ireland from Berklee College of Music and toured the country in 2014.

Dublin based musician Bill Blackmore on trumpet and flugelhorn is a member of Bottlenote, a musicians’ collective. He has performed with the DCJO. He is a member of Rhythm Method that released its album in 2014.

Dave Redmond on double bass began his studies in Newpark Music Centre continuing in New York with Drew Gress and Ben Allison. He has performed with Dave Liebman, Bobby Wellins and is part of the Phil Ware Trio.

Dublin based drummer / composer Kevin Brady began his drum studies in Newpark Music Centre. He studied at the Drummers’ Collective in New York. His teachers have been Eliot Zigmund and Keith Copeland. He is a member of the Phil Ware Trio and has performed with Norma Winstone, Giovanni Mirabassi and Ronnie Cuber. He has performed in Australia, India and Mexico.

The Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme fund this tour.

Further information from: Allen Smith, Jazz on the Terrace. Email address:
Telephone: 01 497 9562. Mobile: 086 827 8692.

Sponsors of the Studio at the LEXICON concerts on Tuesday 1st and Friday 4th March

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland