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Memories of the 1st

Midweek funk festival

On the 22nd of November 2023 the 1st Midweek Funk Festival took place at the Miltown Malbay Community Centre. There were three live acts on stage, Midweek Funk Band, Karl Clews Trio and Dr. Funk.
Earlier on that day, Bart Kiely also gave a Drum Workshop.
Here are some pictures and videos of the event

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Here’s a video of Dr. Funk, Karl Clews and Bart Kiely jamming together.
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Picture above from left to right:
Dr. Funk, Richie Dittrich, Karl Clews, Bart Kiely, Seamus McMahon, Kevin Moroney, Christy Lee, Philip Bentley

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Dr. Funk

Location was: Miltown Malbay Community Centre

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Meet Dr. Funk

Originally from Sunderland, he now lives in Newquay, Cornwall, UK (he was actually born in California), where he mixed his love of surfing with music. He is a multi-instrumentalist, live-looper, jazz funk bassist Dr Funk loves busking as well as live performances. Jonny makes the four-string sing. He surfs. His dream is to own a 67 Mustang Fastback. He’s not actually a doctor. Dr Funk lives to play the bass. That’s really all you need to know. Slapping, popping, strumming, riffing, he elevates the humble rhythm instrument to levels of melody and showmanship that are more commonly associated with the lead guitar. Inspired by legendary bassists – Marcus miller, Victor Wooten, Louis Johnson – Funk is the type of player who could jam on a groove for hours, building it up with his loop machine and keys. Fellow musicians stop and play with him. Crowds gather. Intrigued ears fished by Funk’s playing, pausing and taking time out to enjoy a stranger’s soundtrack.

Meet Karl Clews

Karl began his musical odyssey at the age of 8, on the classical guitar. Having achieved a distinction at grade 8 and a Performer’s Diploma by the age of 16, Karl turned his attention to the bass guitar: ‘I was heavily into soul, funk and fusion as a teenager,’ he states, ‘and I quickly realized that it was the bass guitar that really drove and directed this kind of music.’

Influenced by such virtuoso bass players as Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Louis Johnson, Armand Sabal-Lecco and Mark King, Karl developed a distinctive percussive and rhythmic style that quickly established him as an in-demand player for jazz, blues and soul bands whilst still at university in Oxford. Following a period spent living in France, where he played extensively around the clubs of Paris and Nancy and gigged and recorded with such stars of the French music scene as MC Solaar, Manu Dibango and Laurent Voulzy, Karl moved to London, where he spent six years as a session player, songwriter and producer.

Karl is now settled in Galway on the west coast of Ireland and is currently working with various top Irish function bands, typically playing around 150 gigs per year throughout Ireland. 

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What People Say About Us

I really can’t wait for this festival. We’ll be enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Co. Clare and going to a FUNK Festival. How could life get any better?

Allan Patrick

Professional Musician

It’s hard not to be happy when funk music is being played. I’m looking forward to dancing the night away and as a non-drinker, I really like the fact that there’ll be no alcohol available. Also, I’m bringing my 14 year old son, he’s a huge funk fan and is just starting to play the drums too.

Maureen Clancy

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