Kyle Eastwood looking forward to date with Derry

Jazz musician, Kyle Eastwood.
Jazz musician, Kyle Eastwood.

His dad may be a Hollywood heavyweight but Kyle Eastwood, son of movie star Clint Eastwood, is hoping to steal the show when he takes to the stage during the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival next month.

Kyle, 45, will perform in Guildhall Square on May 3; tickets are going fast so anyone interested in going along to see Kyle and his band should book their tickets as soon as possible.

Speaking to the Derry Journal from his home in France this week, Kyle said he had spoken to other musicians who had played Derry in the last few years and he was looking forward to coming back to see how the city had changed since he first performed here in 2008.

“I really enjoyed the last time we played Derry - it was a lot of fun,” says Kyle.

“I’ve a few musician friends who have performed in Derry since the last time I was there and they have told me it’s become an amazing place for music - I am really looking forward to it.”

Kyle has just returned home to France after spending a month touring America where he was promoting his latest album ‘The View From Here’ and working on music for his father, Clint’s up and coming movie, ‘Jersey Boys’, which stars Christopher Walken.

Kyle is a jazz bass musician and he released his first solo album ‘From There to Here’ in 1998. On his most recent album ‘The View From Here’, Kyle plays acoustic and electric guitar as well as double bass.

“I’ll be spending a few days in Derry when I get there so hopefully I will have a bit of time to have a look around the city.” he says.

In addition to six solo albums, Kyle has contributed music to eight of his father’s films: ‘The Rookie’, ‘Mystic River’, ‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Flags of our Fathers’, ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’, ‘Changeling’, ‘Gran Torino’ and ‘Invictus’.

“There’s a big difference between writing music for a film and touring,” says Kyle.

“If I am honest I really prefer touring and performing on stage - that’s where my heart is.

“I hope people come out to the concert in Derry next month as I am sure it’ll be a good show. I’m still pretty much playing with the same band I did back in 2008 and whilst we’ll be playing music from my latest album and the other albums I will hopefully be playing a few tracks from the films I’ve worked on with my dad over the years.”

Kyle Eastwood will perform at the Jazz Festival in the Spiegeltent in Guildhall Square on May 3. Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased from the Playhouse Theatre; visit www.derryplayhouse.co.uk or telephone 028 71 268027.