4. Live Events
For the home page, we could have either a few changing photos or a video playing as the top of the page under the banner/header. Text wise, we could put: ‘ Bobby Mc is an exciting Irish jazz artist emerging on the scene. He has performed nationally and internationally with his soothing warm tone and unique sound.’, with a read more button to the bio page. Then just a connect to my Instagram feed/upcoming gigs list with a sign up for my mailing list and my social media links in button form together at the bottom of the page.
The text for the Bio page is as follows:
(Initial paragraph in different font maybe)
‘If you had to describe Bobby Mc in word, it would be passionate. With his engaging personality and unique warm tones, you’ll be brought on a magical journey. Whether it’s a small intimate gig or a vast outdoor festival, he finds a way to make it personal. Bobby Mc’s live performances will leave you with a smile on your face.’
(Body of bio)
‘Although now a cliché, Bobby Mc’s first words were actually not spoke but sung as he belted out every word of Wonderwall at 2 years of age. This was no surprise to his parents who were both professional musicians themselves. Starting out in youth theatre and local talent shows, he soon progressed to national TV at the age of 14, with appearances on RTE and TG4. At 18 he started studying Actuarial Maths in Dublin City University but soon turned his attention to his passion which was a career in music. Bobby Mc was a battle stage contestant on ‘The Voice’ in Ireland in 2013. He earned the praise of Irish music royalty in Sharon Corr of The Corrs and ‘King of the jungle’ Cian Egan of Westlife. His success that year didn’t stop there as he went on his first international tour. He was the lead male vocalist in a production called ‘Irish Dreams’. The show toured the north of Germany for three weeks, playing venues that the Beatles had frequented in the 1960’s.
In the years that followed, while Bobby Mc was finishing off his studies, he started to make a name for himself in the professional music scene in Ireland. He honed his craft playing in some of the loveliest and not so lovely venues in Ireland. Mainly playing a one man show with piano and tracks, he learned how to work a crowd and what it meant to win them over. This was the time he really fell in love with swing and jazz. Michael Buble was a big influence on him at this point but he soon began to discover the greats of that music like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole etc…
When he graduated in 2017, with his degree on the wall, he was well equipped to start his full time career as a professional musician. He didn’t wait around and in 2018, he had his first sold out show called ‘Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy’. The show was performed to a sold out ‘Draiocht’ theatre. Carefully curated by Bobby Mc, the show featured songs from the greats of jazz and swing as well as some more modern jazz acts such as Gregory Porter. He was joined on the night for the first time by his band ‘The Dukes’. A 7 piece band consisting of Keys, Guitar, Double Bass, Drums with a 3 piece horn section featuring some of Ireland’s greatest musicians in Michael and Richie Buckley on Tenor Saxophone and Mark Adams on Trumpet. He also performed numerous duets with his two female guest singers. The show went on to have appearances in theatres such as The Venue and The Civic.
Bobby Mc and The Dukes went on to have huge success in the two years that followed. They began working with some of the best corporate agencies in Ireland playing at many events and festivals across the country. These events included corporate functions for companies such as Google/PayPal/Jameson/Facebook as well as festivals such as ‘The Taste of Dublin’ in Dublin’s picturesque Iveagh Gardens. But in 2019, they really announced themselves on the Irish jazz scene when they amazed with 12 shows across 4 days at the world renowned Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
In the same year, Bobby Mc launched his second stage show. This one was a show of love and admiration for the work of his idol Gregory Porter. The show was called ‘Take me to the alley – A night of Gregory Porter with Bobby Mc’. He debuted the show at a venue Porter had played in a few years previously as an unknown artist, The Sugar Club Dublin. The show was very well received and went on to play two more iconic venues in Dublin at The Purty Kitchen and Arthur’s Blues and Jazz Club.
In 2020, Bobby Mc signed with an independent record label in London called ‘The Animal Farm’. He convinced owners Ville and Mat Leppanen that although he was slightly different to their current roster, this could be a relationship that would work for both parties. On January 29th 2021, he released his debut single, ‘Try a little tenderness’ produced by Mat Leppanen and featuring Podge Kilbride on piano. He has promised a few more singles before we say goodbye to 2021.’
For the Videos page, I would just like to put the three high quality videos I have that I sent before. I think this is important just so people who look me up to have a listen, have all my videos in one place.
For the live events page, I just want to have an upcoming events part so people can see where I’m playing when we can gig again but for now just put ‘No current events due to COVID 19 but announcements coming soon!’. And on the same page I’ll put past events and include some highlights in bullet points and maybe logos of companies I’ve done events for at the bottom of the page. Past events include: Taste of Dublin, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Rose of Tralee, Take me to the alley – A night of Gregory Porter’ with Bobby Mc at The Sugar Club, Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy at Draiocht Theatre. Candlelit Dinner Dance at The Hampton Hotel. Bobby Mc and The Dukes live from Celbridge Manor. And then at the bottom of the page, corporate functions for: with logos below and then the logos of Google/PayPal/Facebook/Jameson/WeWork and many more.
For the projects page, you’ll see what I’m looking for on Mads Mathias website in his projects page. Basically I’m going to show people all the different things that I do and the forms you can book me. So I’ll have Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy, Take me to the alley – A night of Gregory Porter’, Bobby Mc and The Dukes, Route 66 Big Band, The Hot House Big Band and Streetlife. Each will have an image and bio under their name. I’ll put all of those below.
Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy:
(Full live stage show with set/lighting/sound. Including 7 piece band and 2/3 guest vocalists.)
Swing was born in the backstreet clubs of America during prohibition. It was exciting, fun, energetic, wild.
Bobby Mc and The Dukes are bringing that experience back with a vibrant live show. Some of the greatest swing acts launched their careers in their early 20’s, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and more. We invite you to join Bobby Mc with his great big band where they will swing through time from the greats to the greats of today. At 25 he has vast experience, nationally and internationally. So come and experience an unforgettable night and as Bobby Darin said “This could be the start of something big”.
‘Take me to the alley – A night of Gregory Porter’ with Bobby Mc:
(Full Live stage show with 5 piece band)
Gregory Porter’s earthy brand of jazz, soul, and gospel comes to life in a spectacular live show, featuring Bobby Mc and his live band.
Take me to the Alley – A night of Gregory Porter is a unique tribute to the award-winning jazz artiste by the renowned Irish jazz singer Bobby Mc and his band, who cites Porter as one of his music heroes.
Bobby Mc was a Battle Stage contestant on The Voice of Ireland in 2013, the same year Porter’s Liquid Spirit album was released. The album went on to win the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for the jazz icon with the booming baritone voice.
The show includes treasured classics and fan favourites such as ‘Hey Laura’, ‘Water under Bridges’, ‘Be Good’, ‘On my Way to Harlem’ and ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’.
As well as all of Porter’s well known songs, Bobby Mc, also shares anecdotes about Gregory’s career and music in a riveting show like no other.
Bobby Mc and The Dukes:
(Live 6 piece band with extra brass and vocalist)
Bobby Mc and The Dukes are one of the most exciting live bands on the scene. Their spectacular show will guarantee a great night for young and old. The band consists of Keyboards, Guitar, Double Bass, Drums, Saxopohone(Trumpet, Trombone also available) and is fronted by the charismatic Bobby Mc. As well as being an extremely talented vocalist, Bobby will engage with all your guests and create a great party atmosphere. From Georgia to Copacabana, from Ray Charles to Barry Manilow, Bobby Mc and The Dukes play songs from some of the greats of Jazz and Swing. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and more recently, Michael Buble. They also do songs from acts like The Backstreet Boys and Rihanna but just how they like their martinis, with a little twist. Join them for a night you will never forget!
Route 66 Big Band:
(Live 16 piece big band)
Bobby Mc has appeared as lead male vocalist with Route 66 big band on numerous occasions. He has played theatre shows and most memorably joined them in The Rose Dome for the world renowned Rose of Tralee festival in 2019. For the last four years, Route 66 Big Band have been entertaining audiences at theatre shows and events all over Ireland with great success. The 16 piece big band perform a show that takes audiences from the 1940’s right up to date with something for everyone.
The Hot House Big Band:
(Live 17 piece big band)
Bobby Mc has joined the Hot House Big Band on numerous occasions at their monthly residency in ‘Harry’s on the green’ in Dublin. The 17 piece big band features some of Ireland’s best musicians and is led my their MD Mark Wilde. They perform a monthly gig in which they invite talented singers from the Irish music scene to guest on their show.
(Live 15 piece big band)
Bobby Mc has performed with Street Life at many different events. He started off performing with the band at their residency in The Hampton Hotel but also joined them for some private bookings also. Streetlife are Ireland’s only monster big band mixing 70’s, 80’s, rocking pop guitars, percussion and keyboards with lots and lots of sassy brass vocals and attitude.
And then finally for the Contact page. Just a basic contact form with my email and phone also included. This is my email and my phone number is +353831830382. If it’s possible, could you include the feature where people can book an appointment or call with me on the site? Similar to the one I used on your own website.
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> On 27 Jan 2021, at 10:53, Bob Mc Quaid
> Yeah I have hosting with site ground. I sent all the details about text and page names in the previous email. I will resend to make sure you’ve gotten it. That sounds good, let’s get started. That’s okay Niall, I understand that. If I could get it done by Friday, that would be brilliant to coincide woth the single release.
> Thanks, Bob.