Brian Downey + Don Airey
Saturday 22 February 2020, 6:30pm - 10pm
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14s+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult over 18)
Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous, featuring:
Brian Grace: Lead guitar/backing vocals
Brian is a well known musician in Ireland and has a career spanning almost 30 years.
He started playing with the legendary Brush Shiels (Skid Row) in the '80's, moving on to play and record worldwide with the likes of Rob Strong, Andrew Strong (The Commitments) and Juliet Turner.
Brian was musical director on the famous “Vibe for Philo” in Dublin and was a major contributor every year since 1986.
Brian is widely regarded as one of Ireland's finest guitarists and would give any players out there, past and present, a serious run for their money!!!
Phil Edgar: Lead guitar/backing vocals
Phil hails from Lisburn near Belfast in Northern Ireland and was born to play rock 'n' roll!! His early career saw him play with local bands and was heavily influenced by the music of Thin Lizzy, The Eagles and Peter Green.
More recently Phil has had major exposure with Matt Wilson in The Sensational Northern Irish band, El Dude Brothers. Phil's reputation as a young tear-away guitarist gives ALIVE AND DANGEROUS a sparkling injection of passion, style and flair.
Matt Wilson: Bass guitar/lead vocals.
Matt is a Belfast based musician and vocalist with a fervent love of blues, rock and soul. Starting off at an early age as a boy soprano, his teens saw him flirting with various bands, playing standards from Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers and Funkadelic, leading him to become one of Northern Ireland's most sought after radio jingle and corporate vocalists.
The influence of Thin Lizzy's music and in Particular, Phil Lynott's vocal/writing style, making the perfect frontman for ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.......Are you ready?!
Brian Downey on drums needs no introduction......
Hailing originally from Dublin, Brian enjoyed his first taste of success in Ireland with the top 20 hit 'Morning Dew' before forming 'Orphanage with Phil Lynott.
The two went on to form the legendary Thin Lizzy with Eric Bell and Brian remained a constant member until the band split in 1983.
Having worked on Phil Lynott's solo albums and the subsequent Grand Slam project. Brian relocated back to Dublin around the time of Phil's untimely death on January 4th 1986. Brian remained in constant demand as both a touring and session drummer and regulary played live shows and recorded with renowned guitarist Gary Moore.
Brian is often cited as being an influence by many of the world's top drummers and feels invigorated to be playing the songs he co-wrote in Thin Lizzy with his new band ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.
In these days where everybody seems to want to show off at every given occasion, Don Airey is without a doubt “One of A Kind”.
It is hard to find a name amongst all those that over the last 30 years have left their mark in the history of rock that has not utilised Don's keyboard skills at some point. Amongst them Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Brian May, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and, obviously, Deep Purple, the band of which Don Airey has been a full time member for over fifteen years.
But – Don Airey has never been a session player. Bands and artists work with him for his unique musical vision, for the twist he gives to songs. It is with the same passion, the same energy, the same talent that Don Airey approaches his very own songwriting. “One Of A Kind” is a true classic hard rock gem with melodies, great riffs and solos and a unique band unity. To top it all, his new solo album has been written and recorded using the spirit of a band featuring talented musicians Carl Sentence, Laurence Cottle, Jon Finnigan, and Simon McBride.
It is not difficult to see Don Airey playing one day with Deep Purple in front of 15,000 people, and the next day playing the organ in the church of his beloved local village with the same concentration and respect for the music and the audience. It is with the same spirit that Don shows no discernible effort moving from the glories of the last two Deep Purple albums (“NOW What?!” and “inFinite”, both having benefitted from his ever present talent) to playing in clubs with his own band. And always with a big smile on his face as soon as the guitar roars in, waiting to reply with his Hammond.