Kilkenny’s Sofa Sessions
What started as a relaxed weekly session among the second-hand sofas in the back room of Billy Byrne’s pub five years ago has turned into a quality, cutting edge concert series that wouldn’t be out of place in an intimate club setting in downtown Manhattan.
In alliance with pub owner Willie Byrne, and programmed by Irish Times jazz critic Cormac Larkin, the Sofa Sessions take another step forward with a series of concerts as part of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival programme. Chris Guilfoyle has augmented his Umbra quintet with three invited guests (to become, for one night only, Superumbra). The musicians are bona fide VIPs of contemporary jazz: Berlin vocalist Theo Bleckmann, prominent German trombonist Nils Wogram, and much-respected Boston saxophonist John O’Gallagher. In keeping with the Sofa Sessions ethos, each will play a “club” set in Billy Byrne’s during the festival.
Tuesday, August 14th 6pm: Chris Guilfoyle Organ Trio, featuring ScottFlanigan; 10pm: John O’Gallagher
Thursday, August 16th 6pm: Guilfoyle/Engel/Jacobson; 10pm: Nils Wogram
Friday, August 17th 6pm: Oxygen Thief, 10pm: Theo Bleckmann