Ronan Guilfoyle Sextet: A Shy-Going Boy

8pm, Saturday October 29 – WPAC Theatre

‘A Shy-Going Boy’ is an innovative new composition written by jazz musician and composer Ronan Guilfoyle to celebrate the role that his late grandfather played in two of Ireland’s most important historical events – The 1916 Rising and Ireland’s War of Independence.

This 8-part suite by Ireland’s foremost jazz composer and bassist uses composition, improvisation and audio recordings to explore the life and times of Joe Guilfoyle, who took part in the 1916 Rising and was a member of Michael Collins’ inner circle during the War of Independence.

Guilfoyle’s trio of Ronan on bass, Matthew Jacobson (drums) and Chris Guilfoyle (guitar), will be joined by three of Australia’s finest jazz musicians – Jamie Oehlers (saxophone), Scott Tinkler (trumpet) and Andrea Keller (piano) – for the piece, which, in the centenary year of the 1916 Rising, explores the different aspects of Joe Guilfoyle’s life, from his revolutionary youth to the dignified and quietly spoken grandfather that Ronan Guilfoyle knew in his childhood.

Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure in Irish jazz, and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. An in-demand bassist both in his native Ireland and internationally, he has performed with an array of jazz music’s leading lights, including Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Benny Golson, Dave Liebman and Kenny Werner.

‘A Shy-Going Boy’ will make it onto record, take wings, and reach the wide audience it deserves’ – All About Jazz, May 2016

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