Ards International Guitar Festival 2017

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Joseph Leighton Trio

Ards International Guitar Festival 2017

Ards Guitar Festival celebrates the emergence of new guitar talent in this special concert featuring rising star of the instrument, Joseph Leighton and his trio.

Hailing from Derry, Joseph was involved with jazz drummer and composer David Lyttle as part of his artist residency with the Brilliant Corners Festival in 2016 and was also selected to attend a Jazz & Creative Music workshop last August at the Banff Centre in Canada.

Leighton emerged as a guitar talent in his early years at Foyle College, where he became a leading member of the Foyle Jazz Band, performing at the college and throughout the city. While at college, he formed the jazz fusion trio The Kashmir Krows, who played a series of acclaimed concerts at the City of Derry Jazz Festival, including a memorable support slot for Kyle Eastwood.

Other opportunities are ahead – following an audition in Dublin last year, he has been accepted to study jazz at Berklee College of Music, Boston this year, and has also been selected to receive funding and mentoring for one year from ‘Moving on Music’ promotions.

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