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Cocktail Masterclass Dates

The following are the dates of the Cocktail Masterclasses

17th June

8th July

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

music starts at 11 pm

Fri 22rd June

Chris and Johnny are a Dublin-based Guitar Duo providing instrumental music to enhance any social event. With exciting arrangements of jazz and latin tunes and jazzy versions of well-known pop tunes, an evening of Duo Guitar with Chris and Johnny lends a vibrant, yet relaxed mood to all occasions. In Restaurants and Cafés it creates a convivial mood, provides a gentle icebreaker for more Formal Events and generally adds to the atmosphere of any Intimate Party.

Fri 23rd June

Sat 24th June

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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.

Thur 29th June

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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 30th June

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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 back beat 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 1st July

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Riona Hartman plays music you know and love by legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone. From easy going Bossa Novas to hot swing tunes, she’s got everything you need to keep the midnight oils burning!

Fri 7th July

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 an 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 8th July

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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 14th July

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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.

Sat 15th July

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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

Fri 21st July

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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 22nd July

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When Your Smiling 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.

We have played in venues all around Dublin, including a residency at the Shelbourne Hotel, the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Killiney, KC Peaches Wine Cave, Zaragoza Tapas, Cavern at Baggot Street Wines, as well as weddings and corporate events.

Fri 28th July

Sat 29th July

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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 4th Aug

Sponsored By

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.

Sat 5th Aug

Fri 11th Aug

Sponsored By

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.

Sat 12th Aug

Sponsored By

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.

Fri 18th Aug

Sponsored By

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 back beat 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 19th Aug

Sponsored By

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.