Danny helps Dingle to rock out to jazz

Danny Rigg (16) from Annascaul, founder of the Dingle Jazz & Rock Festival which takes place this summer.
Danny Rigg (16) from Annascaul, founder of the Dingle Jazz & Rock Festival which takes place this summer.

A TALENTED young musician from Annascaul has combined his ear for music with his keen business brain to launch an innovative new music festival this summer.

Danny Rigg this week revealed details of the Dingle Jazz & Rock Festival which takes place on August 29 and will see Irish jazz and blues legend Mary Coughlan headline.

Danny was born in Birmingham, but his father's family hail from Dingle and he now lives in Annascaul. As a musician he has been involved with the Kerry School of Music in Tralee since he was 12 and he is also active within the Light Opera Society of Tralee. "My own style of music is a fusion of different genres such as jazz, blues rock and punk-blues," Danny told The Kerryman.

"I've worked with various people, particularly over the past year; I wrote a song with award winning musician Luan Parle and I performed in England with BAFTA winner and Grammy nominee Nick Hooper who composed the music for the fifth and sixth Harry Potter films."

Danny, who is also studying for his leaving cert, came up with the idea to establish a jazz/rock festival in Dingle through his involvement in the Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP).

"I'm the primary person behind the festival – I started organising it last year as part of the Young Entrepreneur Programme and decided to follow through with it this year," said Danny. "I've been getting into events and promotion to help other musicians get exposure and also to show how popular modern Jazz is. For instance, there's people like Michael Bublé, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Norah Jones and Jamie Callum who are hugely popular Jazz musicians among younger generations."

The line-up for Danny's festival, which will take place on August 29 in the Hillgrove in Dingle, currently has Mary Coughlan headlining with support from Ciara Heenan, an 18 year old singer and student from Dublin. More acts are due to be announced in the coming months.

Danny was delighted to be able to secure the talents of Mary Coughlan for his festival.

"Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland's greatest singers; her album Tired and Emotional, sold over 100,000 copies in Ireland alone. She's had many struggles in her life but she's still going strong with music which is as good as it has ever been," he explained.

Tickets for the festival went on sale this week and are available online at Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the Kerry School of Music in Tralee, the Dingle Record Shop and Blue Zone on Green Street. More information is available on Facebook.com/TuneProject.


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