Behind the Music – Nigel Mooney


Dublin blues and jazz guitarist Nigel Mooney has released his new album, Mooney’s Blues. We asked him the BIG questions. . .

Among those who took part in the recording were tenor saxophonist Jean Toussaint, ex-Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; trumpeter Ben Cauley, former Bar-Kays/Otis Redding band; tenor saxophonist Lannie McMillan, ex-Ike Turner and Buddy Guy; singers Deborah Swiney and Carolyn Chatman, ex-Al Green.

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Shortly after leaving school, Nigel became a feature of the Irish musical landscape. His early bands, such as The Gripewater Blues Band, played packed weekly residencies at various venues in Dublin city centre.

Along with performing in a wide variety of bands, Nigel has shared the stage with many big names including supporting roles with BB King, Dr. John and Meatloaf, as well as blues greats like Lowell Fulson and Louisiana Red.

Nigel will throw Mooney’s Blues at the sugar club in Dublin on November 11 (sold out). Additional date of November 12 added, with special guest jazz singer Deborah Swiney of Memphis (backing vocalist for Al Green during the 90s). Tickets, priced at €27.55, are available here.

Tell us three things about yourself. . .

Ireland’s blues king. Father of Charlie, Arthur and George and beloved husband of Essie. Creator of Mooney’s Blues.

Niiiiiiice. . .

How would you describe your music?

Jazz/Blues/Dublin.

What are your musical inspirations?

Charlie Parker, Ahmad Jamal, Grant Green, Louis Stewart, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Ellington, Basie, Chopin, Bach.

What was the first concert you went to?

Gardiner’s Sunday morning jazz session with the band Jim Tyrrell Dixieland.

What is the first record you bought?

The dean and me – 10cc.

What’s your favorite song right now?

Prelude to a kiss by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges.

Favorite lyric of all time?

“Yin tong iddle I po” – Song Ying Tong by The Goons.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Music! Music!! Music!!! by Teresa Brewer.

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website.

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