Django Sur Lennon (Online Concert)
Saturday | 3rd April | 7pm
(Admission is free but donations are more than welcome to ensure Django Sur Lennon can return to Donegal later in the year. Donation links will be posted during the concert)
Angelo Debarre, Aurore Voilqué, Mathieu Chatelain and Claudius Depont
Angelo Debarre is the world’s foremost guitarist in the manouche gypsy swing style championed by Django Reinhardt. Exuberant, carefree jazz that recalls the days of Django and Stéphane Grappelli.
He founded his first group “The Angelo Debarre Quintet” in 1984, and the following year, he began touring the world with gipsy musicians. This is music that he knows inside and out, and at concerts and festivals his enthousiasm and passion prove it. For Angelo Debarre, Django Reinhardt”s music never loses the dynamism and richness of the past : it is everlasting, a living music .
He has also mastered with equal ease the gypsy Music of Eastern Europe, a repertory that he became interested in through his contacts with Serge Camps at La Roue Fleurie, a favourite meeting place of the gypsies in Paris where he played regularly between 1985 and 1987.
Aurore Voilqué was born with a violin in her hands. She started playing at the age of 4 and has never stopped. After some experiences in classical music within different orchestras then years of playing in the Parisian metro to earn her first pennies, she decided to set up the Aurore Quartet in 2003.
From one thread to another, from meeting to meeting, she evolved in the world of gypsy jazz and very quickly worked alongside Thomas Dutronc who called her regularly to accompany her on her tours in France. It is also part of the line up of Thomas Dutronc’s latest album “live is love” released by the legendary jazz label “Blue Note”.
Recently she recorded an electro Jazz album with a project called “Mayfair” following a commission from the Jazz en Baie festival. The disc was released in 2018. The same year, she recorded a disc alongside Angelo Debarre where she found the origin of her passion: gypsy music. Alongside this outstanding guitarist she produced a pure record with a true gypsy sound that she loves so much.
Paulus Schäfer Group
Paulus Schäfer is today one of the most talented Gypsy Jazz guitarists from The Netherlands. Born into a Dutch Sinti (Gypsy) community he learned to play the guitar at a very early age. Besides listening to fellow Sinti and records of his idol Django Reinhardt, it was Wasso Grünholz – a legend within the Sinti community – from whom he learned the most. After a short period of time, in which Paulus briefly took over the lead guitar of Jimmy Rosenberg in the Gipsy Kids, he formed the Paulus Schäfer Gipsy Band and recorded his debut album Into the Light in 2002, followed by many concerts and numerous – headlining – invitations to jazz festivals.
Ron Fitzgerald with Sam Farthing & Friends
Samuel Farthing is a 19 year old jazz swing guitarist from Ellicott City, Maryland, who started playing at age 10 and found the music of Django Reinhardt at age 13. He is now considered one of the finest young guitarists in the tradition of Jazz Manouche, performing in the US and internationally.
Ron Fitzgerald toured as a teen guitarist before turning to jets, computers and space science. In retirement, he is delighted to return to his first love; swing, swing and more swing..
Keith Bowers and Kristi O’Donnell
Kristi and Keith are firm favourites at Django Sur Lennon with their group The Hot Club Of Troy, playing music in the style of the renowned Quintet of the Hot Club of France, and its legendary leader: guitarist Django Reinhardt. Reinhardt, along with the immortal violinist Stéphane Grappelli created a genre sometimes called Gypsy Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Manouche Swing, or just plain Django Music.