Fri Mar 16 2018
Al Copley, Blues Piano
Doors 8:00 pm - Admission: €25
Al Copley, the blues pianist, singer and co-founder of Roomful of Blues, the renowned American jump band, returns to Ballymaloe Grainstore on Friday 16 March at 8pm.
Al's solo performances are known for their energy, versatility and enormous sense of fun - don't be surprised to find him underneath or atop his Steinway piano while belting out much loved blues, jazz and popular classics.
Adding a new twist to the Ballymaloe experience, a selection of ‘small plates’ will be served upstairs in the Grainstore before the concert. Al’s audience is invited to come along from 7pm to enjoy a light meal or snack of sandwiches, cheeses, nuts, meats, and homemade Ballymaloe ice cream.
The Grainstore will be set up cabaret style for this show, adding to the intimate atmosphere.
Roomful of Blues was twice nominated for a Grammy Award during the 16 years Al spent with the band. He then moved to Europe, performing all over the continent. After two decades abroad, he returned to his native USA in 2010, where he maintains a busy performance schedule, especially in New York City. He still tours to France and Switzerland, and is currently Resident Artist at Le Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland.
In June 2002 and 2009, Al Copley performed four of his own full symphonic orchestrations before an audience of more than 25,000 with the Boston Festival Orchestra at Summer Pops.
He is a regular at the Montreux Jazz Festival where he has performed with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Etta James, BB King, Jimmie Vaughan, Van Morrison, McCoy Tyner and other luminaries.
Jazz Journal says, "Al Copley is a magnificent soloist, as raunchy or elegant as the situation requires...equally at home with New Orleans rum-boogie to Ellington era ballads."
In 2016, Al initiated a Roomful of Blues reunion recording. The goal, according to co-founder Duke Robillard, was to "make a record equal to or better than our first record." Stay tuned for the release later this year.
Tickets for Al Copley in Ballymaloe Grainstore are €25 and may be purchased online at www.ballymaloegrainstore.com or by phone on 021 475 7200.
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