Garvagh will host an evening of world-class jazz in a very special one-off event on 18th January, in the beautiful Garvagh Community Building on Main Street. Jazz drummer David Lyttle, described this year by the Independent as ‘the best in jazz coming out of Ireland today’, will be performing alongside two rising stars from Northern Ireland, guitarist Joseph Leighton and Jack Kelly on double bass. The event, at 7.30pm on Friday 18th January, is part of a tour to rural communities and unusual venues around Ireland, and is presented in association with Live Music Now, with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
David is on a mission to bring jazz to people and places who don’t usually get the chance to hear great music and has brought this tour to the likes of Rathlin Island, Inisbofin and Tory. The tour is inspired by his experience in the USA last year, when he travelled from L.A. to New York in a Cadillac DeVille, performing for unusual audiences from cowboys to UFO tourists in a month-long tour. He says:
“My tours have always stopped in places that surprise people but often those places are the most positive experiences. In my fifteen years as a jazz musician I’d become so used to hearing people say that jazz was too intellectual or highbrow for the average person to appreciate and I never really believed that. In America we played for a lot of people who were hearing this kind of music for the first time and we didn’t have any bad experiences, so I think I proved that that notion wasn’t really true and in the process introduced a lot of people to jazz.”
On the 18th January in Garvagh, the audience will be treated to David’s informal and down to earth introductions to each piece of music, ranging from jazz classics such as The Way You Look Tonight to new compositions. The evening will also include refreshments.
Tickets for the event, which include refreshments, are just £5 and can be bought in advance from Garvagh Community Building by phoning 028 2955 7325 or emailing email@example.com.