News Round Up: Dinosaur February Tour

03 March 2017

Audience Reaction:

"Great first half from Dinosaur @MusNetIrl gig at fab venue @sugarclubdublin" Ruth Robinson, The Sugar Club

"Never heard jazz like that before!! Incredible gig with @LauraJurd's Dinosaur in @ModelSligo tonight @sligojazz @MusNetIrl #gotthevinyl" Denise Rushe, The Model Sligo

"They approach their music with an improvisational joi de vivre, happily galloping over any genre barriers en route. I doubt if I will attend a better gig, of any kind, this year." Senan O'Reilly, Courthouse Arts Centre

"@LauraJurd @PavilionTheatre @MusNetIrl @EditionRecords @IrishTimesCultur Really enjoyed the show last night. Good luck with the rest of the tour." Ajay Oza, Pavilion Theatre



Bandleader Laura Jurd interviewed with Cormac Larkin of The Irish Times, about what happens when your first record is Miles Davis and the gender gap. 

"...I think Miles is a hero. I’m completely obsessed with the guy. I just admire his attitude as a person, how he changed [his music] over the decades..."

Philip Watson of the Irish Examiner and Ian Patterson of also spoke to Jurd, about her musical influences, ahead of Dinosaur's 8-date Music Network Tour. The Irish Examiner and regional papers such as the Connaught Tribune and Mayo Advertiser also previewed concerts on the tour.

All About Jazz reviewed Dinosaur's album 'Together, As One'

"When Jurd sits out, bass, drums and keyboards elope in unbridled freedom like sprinters, fiercely focused in different lanes yet heading towards the same goal. As the finishing line approaches Jurd returns, and the quartet, in slow motion, bunches up, trumpet and keys breaking the tape in a photo finish."

Tracks from the album were played on RTÉ lyric fm - The Blue of the Night, and Dublin City fm - Midweek Miscellany. The band performed Robin and Underdog for RTÉ Radio 1 - Arena. reviewed the opening concert of the tour, at The Sugar Club, Dublin.

"Laura Jurd has a real talent for composition and Dinosaur is a really exciting group to witness. They groove hard together and there is an easy chemistry between the four musicians. Parallels are inevitably drawn between Jurd and Miles Davis [...]. Jurd’s command of the instrument is unquestionable, her tone is wonderful across the whole range."


Learning and Participation:

The Dinosaur musicians facilitated two composition workshops, in Letterkenny and Dún Laoghaire, as part of the Music Network Learning and Participation Programme.

"Laura Jurd was our top-class guide on an illuminating and pain-free journey towards our very jazz composition, helped by her band mates..." Martin McGinley, Donegal MEP

Connecting our work in music performance to music education aims to give young musicians rich, holistic music experiences. Read more on the activities for this tour, and other tours, here.


Programme Notes:

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Ian Patterson wrote the programme notes for the Dinosaur tour in February 2017. Read them here.



The Sugar Club, Tuesday 21st February

The Sugar Club, Tuesday 21st February

Credit: Frances Marshall Photography