Limerick’s DeLorean Suite get some Rainey help

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick band DeLorean Suite with Chuck Rainey (second right) at the recent Sligo Jazz festival. From l-r Dave Hockedy, Graham Conway, Jenny McMahon, Tony Roche, Chuck Rainey and Pat Byrne
THE stars aligned recently when Limerick band DeLorean Suite fulfilled a dream by playing with their “hero”, world renowned bass player Chuck Rainey, at the recent Sligo Jazz Festival.

THE stars aligned recently when Limerick band DeLorean Suite fulfilled a dream by playing with their “hero”, world renowned bass player Chuck Rainey, at the recent Sligo Jazz Festival.

The trio - Tony Roche, Jenny McMahon and Graham Conway - performed with Rainey, having collaborated with the legendary musician on a track called Alone, on their album Two Lives.

Rainey, the band explained had “always said the universe would bring us together in person” and it conspired to do at the festival. The legendary American session musician has played with Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin and Frankie Valli over a lengthy career.

“He basically heard the music and made contact and said he wanted to write a song with us. We were kind of shocked because we are big Steely Dan fans,” laughed Tony, a legendary Limerick drummer in his own right.

“Then he asked if he could come over, so he did the gig with us at the Sligo Jazz Festival, where he was a guest of honour,” added Tony.

The gig went so well that Rainey decided to travel to Limerick with the band, spending a few days taking in the tourist sights while he was here.

“He loved it here. He is totally into history and stuff so he was really blown away by Lough Gur and King John’s Castle,” added Tony of Chuck, who discovered the band online and is planning to work with them again in the future.

But that is not the only starry reason to listen to DeLorean Suite’s album, they also had a star turn from Beyonce’s backing band, who played on the album and invited the Limerick trio to Dublin when the star played a number of years ago.

“The bass player had heard that Chuck worked with us and was excited about that herself - she was asking ‘how did you get him’,” laughed Tony. “They ended up playing on the album as well,” he added.