Glaswegian singer Iain Ewing is packing his bags and preparing for a long weekend in Derry as he gets set for his fourth year at the Jazz Festival.
As the front man for Brass Impact Big Band - a 21 one piece band whose show has been described as “high octane” and promises to “leave you begging for more” says his annual date in Derry has become one of the band’s favourite gigs of the year.
“We all look forward to it, and I’m not just saying that,” Iain laughed.
“There is such an energy about the festival - that you just get caught up in it and we have never been disappointed with the crowds.
“Derry is the best festival we go to - even if I need to go into rehab for a week afterwards!”
Brass Impact promise to deliver a real mix of music for festival goers over three different performances this weekend. “There is a bit of everything - from Buble and Sinatra, a bit of Lionel Ritchie - and, according to Iain “a wee surprise which may just feature a Derry band and famous song”.
Dancing shoes are essential for each of the Brass Impact gigs - just as Iain said the “wee pint of Guinness” is essential for the band after.
The Brass Impact Big Band will be performing all weekend. Tonight they will be at the Waterside Theatre. Tomorrow they will play at the Tower Hotel and on Sunday they will be playing at the City Hotel.
“We are planning to bring the house down,” Iain said. “We will be giving it everything we can to add our own brand of magic to the Jazz Festival.”