Signal Series - Northern Lights: Tommy Halferty | Katharine Timoney

The Signal Series: New Directions in Irish Jazz
Northern Lights - Katharine Timoney Quintet | Tommy Halferty's Timeless

Tuesday 30th July, Doors 8pm/Music 8:30pm
The Wild Duck, Sycamore Street Temple Bar (by the Olympia Theatre).
Tickets €12 online/€15 at the door

July sees a special summer edition of IMC’s Signal Series, featuring some of the brightest lights in jazz from Northern Ireland. The Tommy Halferty Organ Trio make this their only Dublin stop on a nationwide tour which celebrates the late guitarist John Abercrombie. Jazz vocalist Katharine Timoney joins them on the bill with her quintet, which includes some of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians.

Tommy Halferty’s Timeless will see The Wild Duck as the only stop in the capital on a nationwide tour celebrating John Abercrombie. The late guitarist was one of the most important & influential figures in jazz guitar history, and performed in Dublin on a number of occasions at IMC-hosted events. Abercrombie’s compositions, including ‘Ralph’s Piano Waltz’, have become an essential part of the jazz repertoire. A pioneer of a ‘less-is-more’ style, he was at the forefront of an incredibly innovative period in improvised music and went on to produce an extensive and rich catalogue of albums, right up until his final year.  As a close friend of Abercrombie’s, Derry-born guitarist Tommy Halferty has sourced a collection of compositions highlighting the varied work of the late, great jazz musician. Joining him on this incomparable celebration of jazz guitar-playing are two of Ireland’s most exciting & versatile musicians - Scott Flanigan on Hammond organ & Kevin Brady on drums.

Katharine Timoney is one of the brightest stars of the Northern Ireland jazz scene. With a smooth and incredibly flexible voice, reminiscent at once of both Billie Holiday and early Amy Winehouse, she blends cabaret-style jazz singing with a winning openness of expression. Katharine is a winner of this year's BBC Platform Award in the Jazz Category sponsored by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and as part of this performed her self-penned songs with The Ulster Orchestra. The Katharine Timoney Quintet sees the young singer join forces with the experience of jazz stalwarts including trumpeter Linley Hamilton, pianist Scott Flanigan, bassist Dave Redmond, and drummer Kevin Brady.

Part of our commitment to celebrating Irish-based jazz talent in 2019 and beyond, the Signal Series is a live monthly double-header concert series from IMC presenting the best emerging and established jazz acts from across Ireland.

Please Note: There is some but not complete seating available in this venue. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. If you have particular requirements please notify us and we will do our best to assist you.

Ticket Note: IMC is committed to bringing high-quality improvised music at costs which are affordable to our audiences. However, due to the recent increase in VAT on event tickets to 13.5% we have found it necessary to raise ticket prices slightly to continue to provide guaranteed remuneration to our artists.

Tommy Halferty

Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, he began his musical career in the late 70s taking Jazz Guitar lessons with Louis Stewart, a world class jazz musician. Some of his earliest appearances playing public were with bands such as `Jump' - a jazz fusion group and later on `Nunn' - a trio of flute, double bass and guitar. Most of the material here was drawn from classical, folk and jazz music.


In '93 Tommy toured Ireland with the jazz singer Norma Winstone culminating in the Cork Jazz Festival. About this time, Tommy began to form a group combining traditional music and jazz using Tommy Hayes (Bodhrán) and Ronan Brown (Uilleann pipes), appearing on T.V. in Germany and Ireland. However, a distillation of many styles of music - Indian, Flamenco, Arabic and Irish took shape in `Khanda' - a new group with Ramesh Shotham from India, Conor and Ronan Guilfoyle, Martin Nolan (Pipes) and Ellen Cranitch (Flute) from Ireland.

Tommy has played as part of a guitar duo (with Mike Nielsen) in the Tel-Aviv International Guitar Festival '94. They were voted Critic's Choice in `The Jerusalem Post' of that year. A special honour was given to Tommy when he was asked to play for President Clinton when he visited Ireland in November '96.

Tommy is a faculty member of the International Jazz Summer School at the University of Ulster, since its inception in 1992. Tommy teaches Jazz improvisation in New Park Music Centre, and has been instrumental in getting Jazz music in the current Leaving Certificate Music course.

Tommy is currently teaching English Literature and Music in Coolmine Community School. He is considered one of the first Irish jazz musician to export a distinctly indigenous style to a more worldwide setting

"Harmonically and melodically, Halferty is a distinctive guitarist"

– The Irish Times

"There are few Irish Jazz Guitarists that can deliver with gusto and taste at this level, Tommy Halferty is one of them"

– Newsletter Belfast
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