Kilkenny’s Sofa Ses­sions

The Irish Times - - Arts&ideas -

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

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