An evening of music with flamenco guitarist John Walsh, unique singer songwriter Taj Bell and French Swing band The Sacreblues Band.
John Walsh is an accomplished Irish Flamenco Guitarist and composer who has been performing solo since 2006. He has performed in concert throughout Ireland, as well as in Spain and the UK. He was the invited International Artist for the 2014 Flamenco Festival Flamenco de Consuegra.
John has composed music for and performed with the National Ballet of Ireland & Michael Rooney’s De Cuellar Orchestra, among others. He has also performed for the Irish President Michael D. Higgins. He was one of the 10 musicians (and the only guitarist) chosen for the 2009‘Musicians of the Future’ concert in the National Concert Hall performing two original compositions composed specially for the concert.
Taj Bell is a unique singer, songwriter and pianist. Her soothing vocals and piano playing gently deliver her unique pixie pop songs. A former ballerina, Taj incorporates dance moves into her performance.
Taj Bell writes, sings, sculpts and paints in County Donegal, Ireland. She is originally from Detroit and spent her teenage years performing in the ballet. She had the privilege of studying with Judith Jamison of the acclaimed Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, before going on to win a scholarship at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Her lifelong love of movement and grace has led to a passionate belief in fairies. She is the author and illustrator of “The Little Night Fairy”, a magical story for the young and not-so-young.Taj’s voice was featured on Static Revenger’s Everything is Beautiful. She has spent many years performing musical showcases in the US, UK, and Ireland. Taj toured Japan fronting Warn Defever’s His Name is Alive in 2001. This showcase of pixie pop songs was produced by the wonderful Réa Curran in Derry City. She has been compared to Tori Amos and Cat Power, but with uniqueness that sets her apart from the two. Listen out for those fairies…
The Sacreblues Band
The Sacreblues Band is an Irish-French project based in Dublin. Their sound may be qualified as French swing. Bass lines are bluesy and the Mademoiselle’s voice cheers it up “s’il vous plait”.
Members are Johnny Mack (bass guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mélissa Aït Chellel (vocals, guitar, flute), Carl King-Woe (percussions, backing vocals) and Tom Cassidy (lead guitar).
In 2014 year they released their second EP ‘Say What You Say’.
“Say What You Say can send you into the warmth of summer in the depths of winter with just one note, and this band have to be a main stay on the festival scene this summer… the feel good factor, exceptional vocals and accomplished musicianship make this release well worth a listen” Kellie McCarthy at Goldenplec.