John Conneely Inc continue their Sunday night residency in the City’s Róisín Dubh – offering music fans an ideal way to finish their weekend. Or indeed, kick-start their week. Taking to the stage at midnight, Conneely and his band play rollicking, jazzy versions of songs by Portishead, The Beatles and a whole lot more. You never know where the night is going to go.
“One of the key elements is to try and keep it fresh and exciting for everybody, the crowd and the musicians,” John explains. “One way that I’ve found to do that is to get different musicians playing different instruments. We’ve had saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, violin, harmonica, dobro guitar – a lot of melody instruments.”
John is regularly joined by Barbara Vulso, an extraordinary singer who also fronts The Lewd Tunes. Another musician who brings his skills to the night is Kinvara’s Tom Portman, whose dobro guitar lends some bluesy magic to the evening.
“I’m so privileged to be playing with the people I’m playing with,” John observes. “A friend once said ‘always play with people who are better than you to get the best out of yourself’’. I surround myself with people who have buckets of skill and experience. When I sit onstage, I’m hearing them play like the audience are. I get a great buzz out of playing with them.”
Doors for this show are 11.30pm and admission is €5.