Here’s a few pics.
Unless you’ve had your head under a pillow for the last two years, you’ll know about Andreas Varady, a staggeringly-talented 12-year-old jazz guitarist who lives in Limerick.
We’ve been trying to get Andreas sorted out, and now he’s on his way to New York for tuition at Skidmore College, but he’s still playing an electrified plank through a kettle.
The guitar is on the way but Andreas still needs an amp suitable to his gift.
Here’s the deal.
If you’d like to kick in a few shillings, even five or ten euros, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with some contact details and somebody will contact you in confidence.
Do this. The kid is outstanding. It won’t cost you much and you’ll be doing a big thing for music. And for this great musician.
The fundraiser for Andreas Varady’s musical education was a great success for everyone, including the crowds who turned up and donated to the fund, and the Limerick musicians whose generosity seems to be unlimited. Great praise also to Donal Mulcahy, the proprietor of Nancy Blake’s, for supporting the project, providing the premises and feeding everyone. I watched Donal tirelessly flipping burgers and gently directing the confused towards the contribution bucket. And I enjoyed more than one of his delicious offerings, I’m happy and ashamed to say.
The hope and expectation is that other Limerick hostelries will follow his example.
Just to remind you what it’s all about, Andreas is a phenomenally talented 12-year-old jazz guitarist, and this effort is all aimed at making sure that he reaches the heights he deserves. The gig at Nancy’s was to help him attend Skidmore College in New York but there will be more events.
This kid is going to be one of the greats. (His little brother Adrian and his sister Beata aren’t too slow either, as you can see).
Here are a few of the pics I took, and also some by Limerick photographers Darren Ryan and Mac Attack.
Here’s a few pics from Darren Ryan.
And here are some by Mac Atttack.
Just in from the Andreas Appeal:
Andreas Varady is 12 years old, a Jazz guitar prodigy with an unbelievable natural ability.
You may have seen him busking at the market or playing a top class gig with Ireland’s leading contemporary drummer David Lyttle at SpeakeasyJazz in The Rowing Club…
Andreas has been invited to study for two weeks at New York’s prestigious Skidmore college of music this summer.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Andreas to develop his talent and fine tune his already far advanced skill as a Jazz musician.
To help him achieve his potential, there will be a benefit, a day of of good food and great music in Nancy Blakes on Sunday May 23rd.
From 3pm Limerick finest Blues Jazz and Funk musicians will take the floor in Nancy Blake’s and stream top quality music while the lovely folks in Nancys dish out a delicious Sunday barbeque.
Andreas of course will play a set or two to showcase his virtuosity, so if you haven’t seen him, make it your business to catch him!
There will be buckets going around for donations . Give what you can towards this gesture of goodwill to Andreas.
A talent like Andreas doesn’t come along very often and he deserves to be nurtured and brought to his fullest ability.
Andreas and his family have been in Limerick for 4 years, and he has been amazing us with his superb musicality.
Please, forward this email, tell your friends and come on down to enjoy a crackin day and give a helping hand to Limerick’s own little Django.
A DAY OF JAZZ, BLUES FOOD AND FUN (What Sundays should be anyway!)
Sunday May 23rd
This Thursday, 15th April, The Andreas Varady Quartet, featuring David Lyttle, play an impromptu gig, upstairs in Bentley Barkers, O’Connell St. Limerick.
Twelve-year-old Andreas is a spectacularly talented young musician who deserves to go right to the top of his profession.
He recently performed on RTE’s ‘The Guitar’, and, following his popularity on the internet, and performances in Limerick and the Cork Jazz Festival, has been invited to play at many international festivals this year, including Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Festival, Derry Jazz Festival and Brecon Jazz Festival.
Drumer David Lyttle will be featuring Andreas throughout the year, both in his own band and in his ‘Jazz Juniors’ educational project, and also playing in Andreas’s quartet. He describes him as ‘immensely talented and already very advanced, with an exciting future’.
This is a great chance to see Andreas and David play before they take to the road for a Summer tour, and it’s free!
Go along to Bentley’s on Thursday night at 9:30 and enjoy the show.
This just in from Speakeasy Central:-
This week, the folks at Speakeasy are bringing two great gigs to Limerick.
On Thursday, we have the charming, talented and enigmatic Sí.
According to a report from Speakeasy Central, the club will prove the perfect venue for this bewitching songstress. Sí is a singer, songwriter, harpist and pianist originally from Dublin but now living in Limerick. Her songs are sad little things about life, love, heartbreak and all those kinds of things. Sí has been gigging around the place for a while now and is currently recording her debut album with Fergal Lawlor from The Cranberries, due to be released in early summer.
Sí’s guests on the night will be Laura Sheehan and Vertigo Smyth..
Laura Sheeran is a 22 year old solo artist based in Dublin. Her musical path began at the age of 15 when asked by friend Clodagh Simonds (Mellow Candle, current 93) to do some singing for a then embryonic project later to be known as Fovea Hex. Since then she has continued to sing with Fovea Hex in the studio and also for live performances (where she plays accordion and bowed saw also) along-side Cora Venus lunny (ICC ensemble, Yurodny) Kate Ellis (Crash ensemble) and Michael Begg (Human Greed).
Other contributors to this project include the likes of Roger Doyle, Brian Eno, Roger Eno, Robert Fripp, Percy Jones, Donal Lunny, Andrew Mckenzie, Matmos and Steven Wilson.
Laura’s solo music is highly atmospheric, lending itself well for use in theater and other visual media like film. Over the past few months Laura has been putting the finishing touches to her debut record which has developed into a double album. in making this record Laura explored various musical places, deciding early on that she would abandon the idea of writing with piano or guitar she has been experimenting with many instruments she would never before have written for, for example the harp, flute and accordion. She also had a lot of fun writing for strings and of course did a lot of vocal experimentation. Entitled ‘lust of pig and the fresh blood’ the album is due for release this year.
Straight out of Ennis, comes Vertigo Smyth. This is normally a paragraph where you find out about Vertigo Smyth. However, it has proven quite difficult to get any useful biographical data out of the man. We know for certain he is from Co. Clare and is an Aries. There is strong anecdotal evidence to suggest that he now resides in Limerick, or perhaps Clare, or even Galway.
Not much is known about his musical background but it is understood that he came quite late to music and music making. In the past few years he has supported such acts as Mick Flannery, Cathy Davey, Gemma Hayes and Juana Molina. On his recorded material he is credited with guitar, banjo, ukulele and keys but has been keen to stress that; “There is a difference between owning a multitude of instruments and being a multi-instrumentalist”. He writes all his own material but finds ironing his own shirts quite a struggle.
The following night, Friday 26th, the club sees the return of 12-year-old prodigy, Andreas Varady accompanied by internationally-known jazz drummer, David Lyttle, who travels all the way from Belfast to play with Andreas.
Andreas’s dad, Bandi, put a guitar in his hand first when he was two years of age and he hasn’t looked back since. Andreas has a talent that has to be seen and heard to be believed. It’s out of the ordinary to see such a young man play with this great musicianship, tone and technique, and still have a strong sense of his own artistic expression. And he loves it!
Taking influence from such greats as Charlie Parker and George Benson, Andreas plays regularly with The Limerick Jazz Workshops and continues to amaze as he plays to a standard that takes most people years to achieve.
David Lyttle is a Jazz drummer based in Ireland. Self-taught on the drum kit since the age of eight, Lyttle also received classical training on cello but began to focus his efforts towards the drums in his late teens after taking a serious interest in jazz.
Lyttle has worked professionally in the US, Canada, Britain and Europe, with a wide variety of internationally-respected artists. In the Jazz world, these include Greg Osby, David Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Soweto Kinch, Matt Penman, Dave Allen, Jamie Baum, Jonathan Kreisberg, Louis Stewart, Robert Mitchell, Jacqui Dankworth, Ronan Guilfoyle and Michael Buckley, who features on ‘True Story’, Lyttle’s acclaimed debut album on his ‘Lyte Records’ label.
We’ll soon be able to add Andreas Varady to that list.
Playing with them on the night will be Martin Bencat~Double Bass and Bandi Varady~Bass.
It promises to be a stunning evening of stimulating and first class Jazz, you won’t want to miss this one!
You might remember the astonishing Andreas Varady from this post.
I’ve been asked to let people know that he’s playing in the Locke on Thursday evening, 11th February, at 10 pm.
If you happen to be in Limerick, drop in and have a listen to this kid. He’s going to be one of the greats.
If you think Andreas Varady plays guitar like he’s been doing it all his life, you’d be correct. Andreas has been playing jazz guitar for nearly all of of his 12 years.
That’s right. The kid is twelve, and here he is, at Speakeasy Jazz, playing with some of Limerick’s finest.
Have a listen to this and see what you think.
Videos removed by request.
Just in from Speakeasy Central:
Hello there and a very Jazzy New Year to you!
SpeakeasyJazz Limerick are all set to kick start the New Year in style, and have invited ‘Jazzypsy’ to the floor to woo us with their eclectic mix of Latin and Swing grooves!
Jazzypsy are a local outfit, fronted by Louise Kiernan..a charming songstress who regularly sings with the folks down at the Limerick Jazz Workshops. With Louise on the night will be: Bandi and Andreas Varady (~Bass and Guitar), a father-son duo who you may have seen wowing the crowds in the marketplace with their beautiful, graceful and very groovy Jazz guitar riffs…Dermot and Mike Hinchy (~Drums and Sax) these versatile and very talented brothers are mainstays on the Limerick music circuit.
You may hear touches of Bossa Nova, Be Bop, plenty of Swing and certainly lots of lovely oldies sung sweetly by the lovely Louise.
Check out Andreas taking part in RTE’s :The Guitar competition.
To round up the night we have DJ Leon who knows how to keep the dancefloor hopping to all kinds of radical Swing and Jazz tunes!
It’ a one off show not to be missed folks!!**
Followed by DJ Leon ‘Til late!
Thurs Jan 14th
The Shannon Rowing Club
Adm; 8 / 10e after 10pm
Videos of the night are here.