Sax appeal for jazz lovers

George Galway.

George Galway.

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For all you ‘jazz lovers’ out there, Strabane’s Fir Trees Hotel is hosting a Jazz Night next week, featuring well known saxophonist George Galway and friends.

George is from Belfast but now lives in Manchester where he still teaches music and performs in Jazz Clubs throughout England.

George’s link with Strabane goes back to the 1960s when he played with the famous Clipper Carlton showband for two years.

Sadly there is only one of the original band members still alive, the infamous Art O’Hagan who still lives in Strabane and met up with George recently at the Derry Jazz Festival.

Following his spell with the ‘Clippers’, he left Strabane to live in Manchester where he returned to the Jazz scene which was always his first love.

A ten-year residency in Manchester’s premier Jazz venue, ‘Ganders go South’, saw George working with players such as, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Baker, Jiggs Wigham, Roy Williams, Humphrey Littleton and Digby Fairweather to name but a few.

One of the highlights of George’s career was to play with Bob Wilbur at the Barbican Centre in London in ‘A Tribute to Benny Goodman’.

He is looking forward to coming back to Strabane and will be playing in the Fir Trees on Thursday, August 15 at 9.30pm. Admission £5.