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Dolans present Hands on March 7 as part of Limerick jazz festival

Ronan Guilfoyle’s Hands represents both the best in contemporary jazz and its international nature

This is Hands third gig of the season and features four of the best musicians in the jazz world, two from Ireland and two from NY USA. Hands will be performing Upstairs in Dolan’s Bar on March 7. Tickets are €12 so don’t miss out.

Ronan Guilfoyle’s Hands represents both the best in contemporary jazz and its international nature. The group is comprised of two of New York’s finest musicians, and two Irish musicians – one who has forged an international career over the last 30 years, and an up-and-coming young musician now making a name for himself.

Dave Binney is one of contemporary jazz’s finest saxophonists – always in demand, recording extensively, and extending the role of the soloist in contemporary jazz. Tom Rainey is one of most highly regarded drummers in modern music and has a reputation for his combination of technical brilliance and creative flair, always placed at the service of the music.


Ronan Guilfoyle is one of the major figures in the Irish jazz scene, with an international reputation as both a bassist and composer. Chris Guilfoyle is rapidly making a name for himself as a virtuoso guitarist, as well as a bandleader of note.

‘Hands’, as the music on the CD of the same name shows, reveals Ronan’s long time interest in combining composed music with freewheeling improvisation. As you would expect from someone so involved in the world of rhythm, the music is both groovy and filled with rhythmic surprises. Dave Binney and Chris Guilfoyle interweave lines, deft counterpoint, and improvisational power, all played over the kind of rhythmic forward motion and legerdemain that is the result of Ronan and Tom’s twenty-year association.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.