Clarinet legend Acker Bilk hopes for return to Ireland as he turns 81 Dublin jazz fans to enjoy weekly gigs
Somerset-born clarinet-player Acker Bilk (pictured right), a musician and singer with many thousands of Irish fans, was 81 last Thursday.
"I feel great. I'm still playing, still gigging, and I hope to be back in Ireland very soon," said Acker yesterday. Among his biggest hits are 'Stranger on the Shore', 'That's My Home', 'Buona Sera' and 'The White Cliffs of Dover'.
Dublin jazz fans to enjoy weekly gigs
IT takes a lot of courage to put a 16-piece big band on the stage these days so, bearing that in mind, there will be a unique opportunity every Monday night in February to listen to the arrangements of Ellington, Basie, Herman and Kenton in the Button Factory, Temple Bar, Dublin.
The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, led by clarinettist Ciaran Wilde and trumpeter Ray Martin, will be joined tomorrow night (8pm) by singer Mary Coughlan, with a band that includes such well-known players as Phil Ware (piano) and Huge Buckley (guitar).