Dublin blues and jazz guitarist Nigel Mooney has released his new album, Mooney's Blues. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Among those who took part in the recording were tenor saxophonist Jean Toussaint, ex-Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; trumpet player Ben Cauley, ex-Bar-Kays/Otis Redding band; tenor saxophonist Lannie McMillan, ex-Ike Turner and Buddy Guy; chanteuses Deborah Swiney and Carolyn Chatman, ex-Al Green.
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Not long after leaving school, Nigel became a feature of Ireland’s musical landscape. His early bands, such as The Gripewater Blues Band, played to packed, weekly residencies in various venues around Dublin’s city centre.
As well as performing in a wide variety of bands, Nigel has shared the stage with many great names, including support slots with B.B. King, Dr. John and Meatloaf as well as backing great bluesmen like Lowell Fulson and Louisiana Red.
Nigel will launch Mooney’s Blues at the sugar club, Dublin on 11 November (sold out). Extra date 12 November added, with special guest Jazz singer Deborah Swiney from Memphis (backup vocalist for Al Green during the '90s). Tickets, priced €27.55, are available here.
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
Ireland's King of the Blues. Father to Charlie, Arthur and George and adoring husband of Essie. Creator of Mooney's Blues.
How would you describe your music?
Who are your musical inspirations?
Charlie Parker, Ahmad Jamal, Grant Green, Louis Stewart, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Ellington, Basie, Chopin, Bach.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
Gardiner's Sunday morning jazz session with the Jim Tyrrell Dixieland band.
What was the first record you ever bought?
The Dean and I - 10cc.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Prelude to a Kiss by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"Yin tong iddle I po" - Ying Tong Song by The Goons.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Music! Music!! Music!!! by Teresa Brewer.
Where can people find your music/more information?