Halferty / Guilfoyle / Carroll Organ Trio
Having backed the likes of baritone saxophone legend Ronnie Cuber in previous years, this power trio return after sometime apart with an excellent new set of originals and standards. The Guitar / Organ / Drums instrumentation has been paramount in many genres of groove based music such as Jazz, Blues and Rock, and this powerhouse group of Tommy Halferty on guitar, Conor Guilfoyle on drums and Justin Carroll on organ will show how it's done.
Tommy Halfery, born in Derry, began his musical career taking Jazz Guitar lessons with Louis Stewart and playing with bands such as 'Jump' - a jazz fusion group and later on 'Nunn' - a trio of flute, double bass and guitar. Most of the material here was drawn from classical, folk and jazz music. Later Tommy formed a trio consisting of guitar, bass guitar, and drums producing fresh sounds and original compositions with John Wadham (drums), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass). The trio proved to be a well integrated ensemble and one of the most successful groups in Ireland during this period. In his career Tommy has travelled the world and played with Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Ronnie Cuber, George Mraz, Dave Liebman, Martial Solal.
Conor Guilfoyle has been a member of several groups including the innovative Guilfoyle/Neilsen trio which received worldwide acclaim for it's use of complex metric systems applied to standard material as well as open textures. He has played and toured extensive with many artists such as David Liebman, Sonny Fortune, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and John Abercrombie. His studies with the late Frank Malabe in New York gave Conor a love of Afro-Cuban music. He currently directs 3 Latin groups, "Havana 'che" "Havana Son" Cuban salsa/Son bands, and "A night in Havana" a latin jazz big band. He is a member of Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers European touring band and has also toured with Cuban trumpeter Bobby Carcasses.
Justin Carroll is currently involved in a number of creative projects in Dublin such as 'Togetherness', a quartet featuring Michael Buckley and 'Metier', a quintet led by Ronan Guilfoyle. He is also a member of a creative music collective 'Bottlenote' which hosted a festival in Dublin in 2009. Justin has toured and performed with many musicians such as Van Morrison, Ronnie Cuber, Greg Osby, Nils Wogram, Bobby Watson and Jim Mullen. He was awarded Best Young Irish Jazz Musician at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in 2007 and holds a Diploma in Jazz Performance and a Masters Degree in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin. In 2004 Justin's composition Helicopter Duo, written for electronic tape and two manually rotated loudspeakers, was performed at the Crash Ensemble Festival and the RTE Living Music Festival.