John Daly has been one of my lifetime friends in jazz. Hailing from Limerick, he has run the festival there for years and put on some of the most spectacular events, created opportunities for youth and has done his best to unite jazz in Ireland, playing in our parts many times over the years. We have recently been part of John Donegan's Band for his last two albums, one of which we will be touring extensively next year. He is a brilliant drummer, organizer and friend so it was great to have him back here for the third time. Well he put on a special event for us, bringing his two long-standing musical partners: the fabulous Peter Hanagan on bass and one of Ireland's most respected guitarists Joe O'Callaghan. Out front, Canadian Professor of trumpet, Paul Tynan was a joy. A very lyrical player with an easy personality who entertained with light but informative repartee, and then mesmerized with a commanding performance of standards and carefully-crafted originals that demonstrated his virtuosity and his advanced relationship with narrative.
Joe's playing was ferocious at times with what appeared to be an effortless mastery of his instrument, Peter and John solid and creative, with John's drum solo in the last song getting the biggest reception of the night. Paul had this gorgeous tone on both trumpet and Flugel, with a clinical but delicate articulation and a lip-flexibility that made even the most challenging angular passages flow. His lyrical approach was refreshing and engaging and the usual Magy's Farm standing ovation was as expected, afforded to the band. A few wines to end the night as Joe told some hilarious stories was a great way to end proceedings before we were up and at it again...Maggie's breakfast special before lunch at the Turnip House to see Freddie the Doberman-cross and two new kittens who won everyone's hearts. The band didn't want to go home and we didn't want them to leave. I guess that's what we are trying to do here x