Earagail Arts Festival and David Lyttle in search for Ireland’s next great drummer

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Earagail Arts Festival and David Lyttle have launched a search for the island’s most exceptionally talented young drummer.

The award will see them study with internationally acclaimed Irish jazz drummer David Lyttle, originally from Co. Armagh.

Ireland’s most celebrated jazz musician of today and its only MOBO Award-nominated artist, he has kept a consistently international tour schedule for ten years, touring Russia, Morocco, Finland, Southeast Asia and the Middle East in the last year alone.

He has collaborated with visionaries from the jazz and hip hop worlds and his latest album Faces was described by Rolling Stone as one of the best listening experiences you’re likely to have all year.

As artistic director of not-for-profit arts organisation Jazzlife Alliance, he has mentored some of the island’s most talented instrumentalists, with several going on to tour with him internationally.

Drummers under 20 in all styles, especially jazz, will be considered for the award, which will also include performances with rising star Irish jazz musicians Micheal and Conor Murray, who received Jazzlife Alliance awards in 2018 and have gone on to perform with David Lyttle internationally, including in South America, Europe and Morocco later this year.

The twin brothers will also feature the award winner at their Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival in Donegal, now nearing its third year of presenting iconic international jazz artists.

Earagail Arts Festival will produce an introductory video on the winner which will premiere during its 18-day series of digital events, Srutháin, 9th to 26th July

Applications are now open and will close on Friday, 26th June. For more information email join@jazzlifealliance.org 

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