Why not spend Valentine’s night on a date you’ll enjoy, have fun and move to the beat of The Limerick City Big Band (LCBB) at Dolans Warehouse this Friday.
Dolans Warehouse provides the perfect venue and backdrop for an evening of live big band music, where the audience will be treated to the full power and energy that comes with such a large group of musicians performing live.
Formed in 2014 by local musicians Andrew Jordan and Michael Dooley, the band started from a desire to perform classic big band numbers with a fully live band.
Big Bands derive their name from the large number of musicians that typically make up the band. The LCBB has 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, bass, drums and guitar.
The bands line-up for this show features many local well-known Limerick musicians: Trumpet: Michael Dooley, Stan O’Grady, Andrew Jordan and Martin Doyle. Trombone: Jo Fegan, Gareth Cox, Ger Power and George Brown. Saxes: Steve Hanks, Shannon Burns, Matt O’Gara, Helen Hassenfuss and Ray Heraty. Piano: Bryan Meehan Bass: Rory Murphy Drums: Dermot Hinchy Guitar: Eddie O’Donovan.
LCBB perform a diverse range of styles such as standard swing numbers from the 1920’s and 30’s including ‘American Patrol’, ‘In The Mood’, ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘Bad Bad Leroy Brown’. Their Valentine’s show will also feature a number of well known tunes in a swing style including ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Big Spender’.
Joined on the night by two regular vocalists with the band, brother and sister duo Madeline and Padraig Connaughton, audiences of all ages will be sure to enjoy this night and there will be plenty of romantic classics in the set to get you into that Valentines feeling.
The Limerick City Big Band perform live at Dolans Warehouse on Friday February 14. Doors: 8pm Tickets: €20 available from Dolans Warehouse
Teacher at the Redemptorist Centre of Music (RCM) and performer Aleksandra Lucic will be giving a solo performance at a lunch time concert in St Mary’s Cathedral on September 18.
From Croatia, Aleksandra is a classical guitarist, “I started to play guitar when I was ten years old in the music school, and since my first touch with the guitar, I knew that music and especially guitar would always be my main subject, my passion and love”.
Aleksandra who has a Diploma in Musical Arts said, “I was lucky to be supported by my parents, but I also had a very good guitar teachers. I’m very proud that I can say that I was a student of Professor Mila Rakanovic, one of the leading guitar professors at that time in that part of Europe.
“I have performed numerous times in Croatia and all the rest of the states of Eastern Europe and won several prizes in International Guitar competitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
In 2016 Aleksandra moved to Limerick with her family, and since then has been working in the RCM as a guitar and ukulele teacher, where she teaches everything from classical to contemporary music, and shares her knowledge and more than 16 years of teaching experience with her students.
Following a recent well attended lunch time concert in The Granary Library, this will be Aleksandra’s first time performing in Saint Mary’s Cathedral.
The audience will be treated to a solo concert of classical music, and experience a sense of travelling through time and around the world as Aleksandra performs pieces spanning from the Baroque period to the 21st century.
The programme will include pieces by J.S.Bach, A.B.Mangorè from South America-Paraguay, and F. Tarrega from Spain.
“After Spain we will travel to the United States in Tennessee with the composer Lawrence Long and then continue to South America through pieces by Antonio Lauro from Venezuela and Jorge Cardoso from Paraguay. For the end of the concert I will bring the audience back into Europe with the composer Roland Dyens from France.
“I’m very happy to work in the RCM where the environment is so friendly and all of the teachers are very talented. With this concert and the rest of them, that I intend to perform, I would like to show gratitude, and give a piece of me through the music to the RCM and the community of Limerick,” added Aleksandra.
The concert will take place at 1.15pm on Wednesday, September 18, at St Mary’s Cathedral.
This Culture night you will have an opportunity to see Tenor Owen Gilhooly and Soprano Helen Houlihan join forces in concert for ‘From Buenos Arias to Broadway’.
Director of the Mid-West Vocal Academy (MWVA) Owen and Teacher at the MWVA Helen will be joined by pianist Michael Hennessy, violinist Hugh Connelly and Tom Murphy on viola.
The audience friendly free concert will have something for everyone, with popular operatic arias and songs from stage and screen, including a selection of Irish songs, Broadway hits, and popular arias. Instrumentals will include tango music from Latin America.
Hosted by Clare Culture night, this must see concert will take place at 7 pm on Friday September 20, at St. Columba’s Church, Bindon Street, Ennis.
The Redemptorist Centre of Music (RCM) band gives students an opportunity to perform, travel and take part in many social events, and with the new term starting the band will be gearing up for many performances over the next school year.
However the band had one particularly memorable St Patrick’s weekend a couple of years ago when they braved wind and snow and gave their best to perform on the Ray Darcy show and then return to Limerick to take part in the international band competition the following morning.
Spirits were high as the band received a warm welcome from Limerick crowds as they paraded through Limerick to the school on Island road, where members then boarded the bus for Dublin to take part in the latest parade in the country on the Ray Darcy show.
The band received a warm welcome from RTE staff, and following a few rehearsals along with the other groups who were taking part, the parade went from blizzard snow conditions outside into the heat and bright lights of the studio.
In the midst of the excitement and hustle and bustle, one member of the RCM band Oisín Dowling who according to his mum Barbara also a member of the band, is a high functioning autistic 12 year old, had his dream come true when he met Ray Darcy.
“Ray Darcy will never know what he has done for my sons confidence, and well being. He hugged him, never recoiled when he wrapped his arms around Ray, he chatted with him and never made him feel like the child that is different.
“Then Ray came down to every group before he went on air, and when he reached the RCM, he waved and said hello to everyone, wished them all luck, and then he spotted Oisin, and said ‘Hi Oisín’. From the child’s point, Ray is now his friend, from ours as parents, Ray didn’t just meet him, he remembered him and to the others in the RCM, you made Oisín special for all the right reasons,” said Barbara.
Teacher at the school and past Director Dr Shannon Burns said, “St. Patrick’s weekend and the International Band Parade are always a very special time for the band to get out into the public space and show people who we are and what we do. “This year, being invited to perform on the Ray D’Arcy Show just raised the level of excitement and pushed the band to perform at their very best. Bringing a band away is no easy task especially when something like this comes up at very short notice.
“The logistics of getting a band anywhere is difficult, but doing events like this brings the band closer together. I truly believe that banding and bonding make a huge difference in any group’s performance capabilities”.
Formed in 2010 the band has approximately 50 members ranging in age from 7 to 60 years old, and according to conductor and musical director of the band Andrew Jordan, the ensembles were one of the main reasons the Centre of Music was established for music education but also for learning social skills and personal development of members.
“It was great PR for the band but what’s more important is the whole experience of doing it for the social point of view. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see how television works, to see the studios, but people would have chatted and mixed on that day that would never have spoken, and there was a lot of bonding.
“Because of the age group it’s a real little community, everybody just looks after each other, people know who to look out for. Students I taught are now teaching some of the younger kids so that’s how it works,” said Andrew.