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Cocktail Masterclass Dates

The following are the dates of the Cocktail Masterclasses

20th Jan

To book places, please email Nancy at Nancy@theblindpig.ie

music starts at 11 pm

Thu 23rd Nov

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Bluesman Mick Heslin is a contradiction in terms. For a musician in his 20’s he plays the blues with the heart and soul of a man far beyond his years. Born and raised in Dublin, Mick is ; a hard-walkin’, hard-livin’ guitar man in the grand tradition of blues. Possessed of a furious finger picking style and a soulful voice, Mick has been impressing and confounding audiences in bars and clubs around the capital since he was 16 years old.

In that short time he has caught the attention of some of the most talented musicians working in Dublin today, including acclaimed guitar man N.C Lawlor, has opened for musicians such as Arlo Guthrie ,and has played several irish festivals such as N.P.L.D, Abbeyfest and the Jack of Diamonds Rhythm and Roots festival.

Fri 24th Nov

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We specialise in jazz standards, blues and classic soul from the 1920s to the 60s, e.g. Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, the Rat Pack, Nina Simone, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Dusty Springfield, Bessie Smith etc.

Sat 25th Nov

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A California native, Noël Dumont has a wide range of musical roots ranging from choral and opera to folk and gospel, but her heart is truly at home when it comes to jazz. Singing a mix of classics from the likes of Sinatra and Fitzgerald, along with some current tunes and jazzy rearrangements of modern material, she gives a lively and emotive performance you won’t soon forget.

Thu 30th Nov

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The brother band of Unorthodox Jukebox, Acoustic Jukebox is a guitar and vocal duo with an extensive setlist from jazz, blues and soul to stripped back and funky versions of pop and rock tunes.

Fri 1st Dec

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David King is a Dublin folk and blues singer with an E.P entitled “Dig my Own Hole” (2013) and recently released debut album “Ruirteach Blues” (2015). David’s early influences range from Led Zepplin & Cream to Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. Current influences go back to the blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson and Son House.

The Delta and Chicago blues style’s delivered with his unique blend of Irish Soul offer up original vocal and guitar styles and create a backbeat for the stories in his songs. David performs solo and with the support of his road band known as the “Raging River Band”.

“David King does what a lot of modern blues artists struggle to do. He makes complex chord progressions work in the blues format. These songs aren’t the same thing on a loop, there are breaks, bridges and different choruses.”  Ferdia Mooney, Pure M Mag 03.07.2015

David is currently working on Album no.2 which will hopefully be out in 2017!

Sat 2nd Dec

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Gunpowder Irish Gin

The artistic development of The Jones’ Way, coupled with the new knowledge and life experiences of each girl, helps bring to the stage a performance with a bluesy-swing flavour. They relive a bygone era of ’30/’40s jazz, blues and swing thanks to Silvia’s characteristic powerful voice ability to quickly move through her vocal range. The duo plays with a particular ensemble of the typical soul and pop sound thanks to the elaborate arrangements of Annalisa’s delicate touch on her acoustic guitar.

Tue 5th Dec

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A California native, Noël Dumont has a wide range of musical roots ranging from choral and opera to folk and gospel, but her heart is truly at home when it comes to jazz. Singing a mix of classics from the likes of Sinatra and Fitzgerald, along with some current tunes and jazzy rearrangements of modern material, she gives a lively and emotive performance you won’t soon forget.

Thu 7th Dec

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When not acting as a two piece, Jake Curran and Ciara O’Connor are full time musicians writing and performing original material along with playing for artists and bands nationally and internationally. Most recently,  Jake can be seen on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ with Niall Horan and Ciara on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ with James Vincent McMorrow. Other artists they have worked with include CC Brez, Michael Buble, Paul Brady.

Fri 8th Dec

Sat 9th Dec

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Loco Swing, Dublin’s sassiest gypsy jazz and swing band, pay homage to a bygone era. Taking inspiration from the 20s and 30s, they play standards written by the greatest composers of all time, as well as putting a gypsy jazz twist on more contemporary hits.

Thu 14th Dec

nc lawlor

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NC Lawlor is an established singer / songwriter and much respected slide guitarist who brings a unique slant to blues and roots music. He has garnered a following nationwide with his many residencies over this past decade and in particular his dynamic Grafton street performances. He has worked with Seasick Steve, the Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver, our own Shane McGowan and most recently The Waterboys. He is currently operating in the traditional one man band set up creating a raw, energetic and uniquely dynamic sound. He draws deep from artists such as John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. His live act with kick drum, high hat, lap steel and harp support his vocals in a wall of sound that is drenched in tradition and innovation. Be sure to catch this sought-after session musician and seasoned performer.

Fri 15th Dec

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We specialise in jazz standards, blues and classic soul from the 1920s to the 60s, e.g. Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, the Rat Pack, Nina Simone, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Dusty Springfield, Bessie Smith etc.

Sat 16th Dec

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berthasrevenge

Clara Tracey was born and raised in Co. Fermanagh. She recently returned to Ireland after a seven year sojourn in Paris where she swapped her legal career for a job in a Latin quarter jazz cafe. Influenced by a number of styles from contemporary classical, jazz, french retro to ambient. Her music paints a parallel paradox where avant garde meets pop, melancholy meets hope, and where retro meets the 21st century.

Thu 21st Dec

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berthasrevenge

Clara Tracey was born and raised in Co. Fermanagh. She recently returned to Ireland after a seven year sojourn in Paris where she swapped her legal career for a job in a Latin quarter jazz cafe. Influenced by a number of styles from contemporary classical, jazz, french retro to ambient. Her music paints a parallel paradox where avant garde meets pop, melancholy meets hope, and where retro meets the 21st century.

Fri 22nd Dec

Oisín Friel is a stage five medical student in UCD and a bass singer. Oisín has been performing music since the age of six. He began singing as a boy soprano with the Palestrina Choir of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, before moving to the United States of America, where he sung with the American Boy Choir and the Westminster Conservatory Choir of Princeton, New Jersey. While there, he performed numerous times as a soloist in venues including the White House, Washington DC, and the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Since returning to Ireland, he has continued his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, under the direction of Sylvia O’Regan. Under her tuition, he has won a number of competitions in festivals such as the Wesley Feis and, most recently, the Feis Ceoil, where he won the Bass Solo competition. He is a UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts scholar, and through this has received masterclasses from highly successful artists such as Nigel Short, Roy Goodman, Therese Timoney and Mark Chambers. Outside of solo work, Oisín has been an active member of the UCD Choral Scholars, under the baton of Dr. Desmond Earley, a group with whom he most recently completed the recording of the group’s first CD, ‘Invisible Stars’, with international record label, Signum Records. As well as being a singer, Oisín is a two-time Feis Ceoil winner on the viola. He has in the past been a member of the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra under the guidance of Prof. Ronald Masin, the UCD Symphony Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and has competed and travelled abroad on a number of occasions, performing in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Cillian is a first year PhD student in UCD, specialising in mathematics education. He is a classically trained pianist, having completed lessons in the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Hugh Tinney. He was awarded the UCD Ad Astra Academy Performing Arts Scholarship for the duration of his undergraduate degree at UCD, where he was given the opportunity to perform in both solo and chamber performances. A highlight of his musical experience was performing Shostakovich’s second piano concerto alongside UCD Symphony Orchestra in concerts in both in Dublin and in Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a multiple prize winner in the Feis Ceoil competition for solo and chamber music, as well as being a scholarship recipient at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Cillian has a wide range of musical interests, including conducting and arranging, and is also the resident pianist at Brooks Hotel in Dublin.

Sat 23rd Dec

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We specialise in jazz standards, blues and classic soul from the 1920s to the 60s, e.g. Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, the Rat Pack, Nina Simone, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Dusty Springfield, Bessie Smith etc.

Thurs 28th Dec

Fri 29th Dec

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Loco Swing, Dublin’s sassiest gypsy jazz and swing band, pay homage to a bygone era. Taking inspiration from the 20s and 30s, they play standards written by the greatest composers of all time, as well as putting a gypsy jazz twist on more contemporary hits.

Sat 30th Dec

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The musical partnership of Jan (voice) and Chris (guitar) is an exciting and engaging experience. The duo have a strong synergy and, having played together for many years in venues around the world (including in Jan’s native Venezuela), they now bring their vibrant set of jazz, pop, latin and soul to Chris’ home-town of Dublin where the duo is currently based.

Sun 31st Dec

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David King is a Dublin folk and blues singer with an E.P entitled “Dig my Own Hole” (2013) and recently released debut album “Ruirteach Blues” (2015). David’s early influences range from Led Zepplin & Cream to Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. Current influences go back to the blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson and Son House.

The Delta and Chicago blues style’s delivered with his unique blend of Irish Soul offer up original vocal and guitar styles and create a backbeat for the stories in his songs. David performs solo and with the support of his road band known as the “Raging River Band”.

“David King does what a lot of modern blues artists struggle to do. He makes complex chord progressions work in the blues format. These songs aren’t the same thing on a loop, there are breaks, bridges and different choruses.”  Ferdia Mooney, Pure M Mag 03.07.2015

David is currently working on Album no.2 which will hopefully be out in 2017!