Paul Booth (UK)

Having released five solo albums to date, Paul Booth has firmly established himself as an in demand solo artist, as well as a ‘first call’ sideman for many big names in both jazz and popular music worlds.
In his early years, whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he won many awards including the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship held in Miami, “The Best Modern Jazz Player” category in the televised “Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition and many more.
His ability to blend into any musical surrounding coupled with his talents as a multi-instrumentalist has seen him work with a variety of well-known artists. Paul is currently in the Steve Winwood band, can be seen touring with Incognito, Brand New Heavies, BBC Big Band, Michael Janisch Quintet, Ryan Quigley Quintet and over the years has toured, performed & recorded worldwide with the likes of Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rod Stewart, Kylie Mingoue, Riverdance, Warren Haynes, Basia, Marti Pellow, Derek Trucks, Matt Bianco, , Eddie Henderson, Geoffrey Keezer, Clarence Penn, Ingrid Jensen Paul runs several groups including a newly formed quartet with Steve Hamilton, Dave Whitford & Andrew Bain. He also runs a critically acclaimed world music group called Patchwork Project featuring Jacqui Dankworth, Giorgio Serci, Rod Youngs, Davide Mantovani & Satin Singh. The first album came out in 2015 and Volume 2 is due for release in 2018. Paul can also be seen with his organ trio with Ross Stanley & Andrew Bain and as the musical director of the London based world music big band: Bansangu Orchestra.
Performance credits:
Jazz: Geoffrey Keezer, Eddie Henderson, Nelson Rangell, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Grusin, Jane Monheit, Clarence Penn, Jason Palmer, Michael Janisch, Mike Garrick, Dave Green, Arnie Somogyi, Tim Garland, Julian Joseph, Gwilym Simcock, Larry Corryel, Dave Birkman, Henry Lowther, Don Weller, Alex Wilson, Laurence Cottle, Sax Appeal, The New Couriers, Buster Cooper, Eddie Henderson, Jonathan Blake, Dave Liebman, Stan Tracey, Alan Barnes, Ryan Quigley, Brian Kellock, Ray Gelato, Matt Brewer, Dennis Chambers, Keith Carlock, Jim Beard, Walt Weiskopf, Keith Tippett.
Pop/Rock: Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Leona Lewis, Matt Bianco, Basia, Petula Clarke, Tony Christie, Will Young, Omar, Tony Hadley, Alexandra Burke, Robbie Williams, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Craig David, Willie Weekes, Bonnie Raitt, Marti Pellow.
Other: Riverdance, London Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Brian Byrne, Camille O’Sullivan, Bobby Davro & Kenny Lynch.
Teaching Credits: Royal Academy Of Music, Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland, Canterbury Christ Church University, Birmingham Conservatoire

Meilana Gillard

Meilana Gillard (USA/NI)

Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s. She has worked with U.S. icons Christian McBride, Charli Persip and Greg Osby, who released her debut album Day One on his Inner Circle Music label in 2009, as well as Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the New York all-female big band DIVA. Based near Belfast since 2012, she's now set to release her second album Dream Within a Dream. Choosing a chordless trio format, Meilana features MOBO nominated drummer David Lyttle, who has featured her in his own trio and alongside trumpet star Terell Stafford, and whose own recent studio collaborations include Joe Lovano and Talib Kweli. On bass is Co. Clare born Neil O'Loghlen, who is known for his work with guitar master Louis Stewart and Ensemble Eriu.


Ciaran Wilde (IE)

Ciaran Wilde, a Feis Ceoil winner, studied in the College of Music (now the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama) under Tim Hanafin. He started playing professionally at 16 with punk singer Hazel O Connor and has recently worked with such varied artists as Louis Stewart,  Mary Coughlan, Brian Kennedy, Van Morrison, The Pogues, Paul Brady, Sharon Shannon, Josh Ritter and Curtis Steiger. His alto and clarinet can also be heard featured on Irish movie soundtracks, and he is leader of Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. Ciaran has recently spent more time in the west of Ireland and plays a Thursday night residency with the Eddie Lee3 in Hargadons of Sligo.


Cathal Roche (IE)

Cathal Roche was born in Dublin in 1975 and studied saxophone under Michael Buckley and Kevin Hanafin.  Since leaving Dublin in 2002, Cathal has developed a reputation as an innovative improvisor in Ireland and the UK.  Specialising in extended solo saxophone performance, Cathal has collaborated with improvisors Phil Minton, David Toop, Clive Bell, Elaine Mitchener, Lauren Kinsella, Colm O’Hara, David Lacey and blackmetal vocalist Atilla Csihar among others.  Since 2006, Cathal has worked closely with Irish composer Ian Wilson to develop a number of improvisational works for saxophones and ensemble including ‘re:play’, and The Book of Ways’ with the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet, ‘Double Trio’ with UK drummer Stu Ritchie and bassist Daniel Bodwell, and ‘Therefore I am’ with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the forthcoming project ‘The hours’ with legendary Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle, drummer Matthew Jacobson and the Contempo String Quartet.  
Other collaborations include original solo performance works, installations, video pieces and inter-disciplinary projects .  His performance work has been featured on BBC’s ‘Here & Now’, RTE’s ‘the Lyric Concert’.  Art’s Council commissions include ‘Encounters’ for solo saxophone and multiple CD players, ‘The Message’ for George Mason University, USA, ‘Guidance’, solo saxophone and DVD for Carrick Cineplex,  and a suite for the RISE Saxophone Sextet featuring Julian Arguelles commissioned by SJP.  Cathal continues to explore new ground in the West of Ireland as a member of the cross-arts improv group ‘Hereinafter’ which he co-directs with his partner, artist Kate Wilson.  
Other current groups include the Dirty Jazz Club @ the CFCP, Dublin, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and a weekly jazz session which he co-leads with Sligo musicians Eddie Lee, Ken McDonald and Eddie McFarlane.  As an educator and learner Cathal facilitates improv and composition projects for 5 -12 year olds as Artist in Residence for Leitrim County Council.  He teaches woodwind at the Sligo Academy of Music and Roscommon Youth Orchestra.


Matthew Halpin (IE)

Matthew Halpin is a tenor saxophonist from Dublin, Ireland who graduated as an international Presidential Scholar from Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of two international Presidential scholars of 2009. Before beginning at Berklee, Matthew had been playing saxophone for 9 years, 7 of which were spent studying classical music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

He has been playing with small ensembles since the age of 14, many of which were under his own name, as well as larger ensembles such as the RTE National Concert Orchestra and the Dublin City Big Band. In 2008 he was the youngest musician to take part in the Banff Centre’s three week workshops in jazz and creative music in Canada directed by Dave Douglas.

In July 2009 Matthew performed with his own group at the Sligo Jazz Project, a festival which he had been a student at only 2 years before. Other performance highlights include the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival, the National Concert Hall Ireland with RIAM Big Band as a featured soloist, performances with Justin Carroll’s Togetherness as well as guesting with Altered States (Mark McKnight, Damien Evans and David Lyttle). 2010 performances include the Blue Note, New York in April and the Newport Jazz Festival in August.

In 2010 Matthew was selected to be one of the 14 inaugural students of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, with whom he toured throughout the US and internationally. He has studied with George Garzone, Joe Jovano, Ben Street, Terri Lynn Carrington, Hal Crook, Jamie Oehlers, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Branford Marsalis and Danilo Perez.