Ray McLoughlin Quintet Concert Launches 2022 LLPS at Greville Arms
The Westmeath Local Live Performance Scheme (LLPS) was launched last Thursday at the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar with an evening of jazz and blues by the Ray McLoughlin Quintet.
The LLPS is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Westmeath County Council, and local jazz and blues enthusiasts, as well as newcomers to this genre of music, had the opportunity to attend a pre-workshop show with the musicians at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Young saxophonists, percussionists and guitarists were among the participants as band members offered advice on how to approach jazz music, instrumental techniques and approaches to rehearsal and performance. This was followed by a brief discussion of employment in the music performance industry. Attendees were also treated to a brief preview performance.
The second part of the evening began with soloist Danny Sheerin, a full-time session singer who rarely gets the chance to present his own work. Danny performed well-known tunes and debuted his own original music accompanied by Ray McLoughlin on keys.
The evening continued with the Ray McLoughlin Quintet – Robbie Casserly on drums, John Byrne on saxophone, James Blennerhassett on bass, Paulie Martin on guitar and Ray McLoughlin on organ/keyboard.
The musicians have performed with some of the biggest artists and shows in the world; Riverdance, The Rolling Stones, Mary Black, Mark Knopfler, Mary Coughlan, Derek Ryan, Nathan Carter and more.
The band performed a full program of original blues and jazz alongside familiar hits.
The Greville Arms Hotel provided an atmospheric setting for the event and the Ray McLoughlin Quintet provided an entertaining evening of great local music for their audience.
The LLPS program continued throughout the weekend with performances at the Westmeath Bachelor Festival and the Railway Rest, Moate, and continues through May and June.