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Christy Doran

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Christy Doran was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer, providing Christy with his first exposure to music. In the 1970's he was a founding member (along with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri) of the seminal Swiss band "OM". Tours throughout Europe, radio/TV - appearances, workshops, music for ballet, theatre and film. Over the years, his career has included countless solo concerts, in which he regularly pushes to the limits the capabilities of a single guitar. He has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Harry Pepl, Fritz Hauser, Dave Doran, Dom Um Romao, John Wolf-Brennan, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, among others

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Aerosols

Label: Between the Lines
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cat Care; Venice; Kaleidoscope in A Blizzard; White Fields of Diamonds; Defence of Defeat; Lactus; From The Ballad of Affection; Alexander; Aerosols; Upgrading Equality.

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On The Go

Label: Between the Lines
Released: 2021
Track listing: Every Dog Has Its Day; Slippin’ Minimaxbum; Far Away From Home; Light in the Dark; Paros in November; Su Guideu; Lift The Bar; Oneiron Street.

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Article: Album Review

Beady Beast: On The Go

Read "On The Go" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Guitarists Christy Doran and Franz Hellmüller, the duo known as Beady Beast, were once teacher and student. That was in the early 2000s, when Hellmüller studied with Doran at Lucerne's Musikhokschule. Since graduating summa cum laude in 2003, Hellmüller has established a reputation as an original electric guitarist, usually playing in the company of Patrick Sommer ...

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Article: Album Review

Sooäär-Yaralyan-Ounaskari: Goodbye July

Read "Goodbye July" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär, Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari and Armenian bassist Ara Yaralyan first joined ranks in 2016, though all three have been active across the Baltic jazz scenes since the 1990s. Sooäär has collaborated with veterans such as Anders Jormin, Han Bennink and Vladimir Tarasov, Ounaskari with Arve Henriksen and Tore Brunborg, while Yaralyan has ...

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It's About Time

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Like a Lake; Perpetual-Motion Food; It’s About Time; On a Bare Branch; Covid-19 Blues; Fragments; String Holder.

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Article: Album Review

OM: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson


In 1982, after five albums in ten years, Swiss free-jazz quartet OM called it a day—its four members, Christy Doran, Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri going their separate ways. A supposed one-off reunion in 2007 to open an exhibition on the youth movement of the 1960s and 1970s led to a successful series of ...

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Article: Album Review

Christy Doran's Sound Fountain: Lift The Bar

Read "Lift The Bar" reviewed by Ian Patterson


With four records in as many years Christy Doran's Sound Fountain seems in 2020 to have eclipsed New Bag as the guitarist's going concern. However, just because New Bag hasn't recorded since Elsewhere (Double Moon, 2015) doesn't mean that the band, founded in 1997, won't still make a comeback. After all, who could have foreseen the ...

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Lift The Bar

Label: Between the Lines
Released: 2019
Track listing: Lift The Bar; Aftertaste; Oneiron Street; Next Up; Out Of The Rats Race; One For The Road; Wrong Place Wrong Time.

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For The Kick Of It

Label: Between the Lines
Released: 2019
Track listing: Every Dog Has Its Day; Thanks to Otmar; Andromeda; Abstracción Felina; Fountain V; The Spanish Moment; For The Kick Of It; Fountain II.


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