Steve Hamilton (UK)
Steve grew up in a musical family with (guitarist) father Laurie, a constant source of inspiration & invaluable musical information. After much encouragement & tuition/guidance from saxophonist Tommy Smith, he won a scholarship to study Jazz at Berklee College of Music in 1991 - in addition to being a recipient of the Pat Smythe award, Steve's studies at Berklee were generously subsidised by rock icon Phil Collins.
After graduating from Berklee with honours, Steve relocated to London in 1995 where he joined ground breaking drummer Bill Bruford's jazz quartet, "Earthworks”, touring extensively & recording several CDs & a live DVD in NYC. Steve also toured and recorded with the Pee Wee Ellis Assembly extensively during this period.
Since 1995 he has performed/recorded with such notable musicians as: Freddie Hubbard, Ray Charles, Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby Watson, Jim Mullen, Percy Sledge, Hamish Stuart, Guy Barker, Sam Moore, Randy Brecker, Julian Arguelles, Richard Niles, Joe Locke, Peter King, Van Morrison, Larry Coryell, Gary Husband, Tony Remy, Tim Garland, Martin Taylor, Carol Kidd, Marco Minneman, Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith & the NDR Big Band, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Benny Golson, and many more.
Since 2013, Steve has been touring and recording as keyboard player with legendary drummer Billy Cobham’s Band.
In addition to an eclectic and extensive electronic music output under the name "Paracosm", Steve also performs regularly with iconic Scottish vocalist Eddi Reader.
Malcolm Edmonstone (UK)
“truly an astonishing musician” The Daily Telegraph
“combines a sensuous touch with Bach-like precision” The Guardian
Malcolm Edmonstone is amongst the most in demand of modern musicians, having forged parallel careers as pianist, arranger and educator, working across the broad spectrum of jazz and contemporary music. A prominent educator, he is Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School and Director of Jazz for NYOS (The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland). As an arranger he has written large-scale projects for jazz artists Liane Carroll, Iain Ballamy, Mike Walker, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw and Jacqui Dankworth. In the commercial music arena Malcolm wrote and played for BBC1’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing for MD Laurie Holloway; his discography as a session musician is extensive and live TV broadcasts include accompanying Liza Minnelli. In 2016 he gave his BBC Proms debut, directing the NYOS Jazz Orchestra and Choir in his arrangements for Liane Carroll and Iain Ballamy. Malcolm writes for production music library Audio Network and lives in Bath with his wife Laura and three children.
Kieran Quinn (IE)
Born in Australia but raised in Sligo, Kieran Quinn has been working as a musician ever since he realised that his hands were more suited to playing piano than trying to catch footballs on the GAA pitches of Ireland.
After periods of study with selected pianists in Dublin, New Orleans, and on his own, Kieran began work as a professional musician in 2005.
Since then, he has worked with many leading musicians, nationally and internationally, and has entertained audiences in Dubai, the USA, Canada and across Europe.
In 2013 Kieran performed, as a member of Dublin Gospel Choir, on legendary composer Ennio Morricone’s Dublin concerts, and played the part of a 1930’s jazz musician in Ken Loach’s 2014 feature film, Jimmy’s Hall. Most recently, Kieran has collaborated with Jane Milligan (Spike’s daughter) on bringing some of her father’s unpublished songs to life.
As a musical director, he has been in charge of Sligo’s sell-out Christmas pantomime since 2008, as well as productions of West Side Story, Grease, and Hairspray, and various gala concerts. He is the founder, musical director and host of Kieran Quinn’s Themed Nights and Teenage Themed Nights, which are one of the North West’s hottest tickets. These nights provide singers both professional and amateur the opportunity to perform with a 12-piece professional band in front of packed theatres.
Kieran is also an accomplished composer and performer, and released his first album, Not Just Black and White, in 2013. His second album – The Next One – was released in 2015 and was accompanied by a unique 32-date national tour, bringing the music from it to a piano in each county.
Kieran plans to build on the success of that tour in 2016 – live dates can be viewed here. Kieran also operates a successful private teaching practice in Strandhill, Co. Sligo – providing innovative courses and self-styled lessons for budding musicians of all ages. He considers himself very lucky to have managed to forge a career for himself in music.