Eunan McLaughlin – Jazz in his DNA
Eunan McLaughlin (Born August 1st 1986) is an established Jazz Drummer based in Belfast who originally hails from Limavady. He began playing his drumset as a teenager and through his grandfather Gabriel McLaughlin (an internationally renowned and highly acclaimed Jazz trumpeter) quickly fell in love with Jazz. His fascination with the Art form grew during his teenage years which lead him to study Jazz Performance at Leeds College Of Music. Having performed on live stages in a professional setting since 14, Eunan has developed a much respected role within the Irish music scene. His modern approach to Jazz has has left an indelible mark as he has successfully blended different styles of music together in a cross genre attempt to engage the non-jazz listener. Be it deep funk or up-tempo bebop, his quartet leave audiences enthralled and wanting more. At this years festival he is bringing only the finest Jazz Musicians on the island having worked extensively with them over the recent years. Rick Swann, a prolific and gifted Trumpeter. Rick has been featured on numerous high profile bills including London’s ‘Royal Albert Hall’ to Belfast’s ‘Odyssey Arena’. Swann currently works on a range of high profile residencies in Belfast including ‘The Albany’ and ‘Bar With No Name’ primarily focused on facilitating and growing the Northern Irish Jazz scene. In addition to this he works in club settings as a key founder of the ‘Bebopwithbeats’ movement exclusively in Belfast clubs ‘El Divino’, ‘The Filthy Quarter’ and ‘Chinawhite’. Swann and McLaughlin’s fresh and modern approach to Jazz is one not to be missed this year!