This special post-Festival event is happening on Sunday, 11 June.
David O’Rourke conductor/arranger
Anthony ‘Big A’ Sherrod voice/guitar
Jeremy Pelt trumpet
Lewis Nash drums
Caili O’Doherty piano
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is bringing the gritty and heartfelt sounds of Mississippi Delta Blues to this year’s UCD Festival.
A collaboration between the orchestra and US-based Irish jazz impresario David O’Rourke, The Delta Blues Project features the music of blues greats including Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, BB King, Robert Johnston and John Lee Hooker, and introduces some of today’s finest American jazz and blues musicians to Irish audiences.
The first half of the concert features music by the extraordinary trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, whose latest album, The Art of Intimacy Volume 2: His Muse, shot to Number 1 in the jazz charts this year. A number of the musicians performing appear regularly at Ground Zero, the legendary blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi that has been a melting pot for Delta blues innovation in recent years. Actor Morgan Freeman, who has close ties with the club, was instrumental in bringing this extraordinary musical collaboration to fruition.