Mark Wilde

the charismatic and very approachable Band Leader, has twenty five years as a professional saxophonist and clarinettist to his credit and has occupied the Lead Alto position with many of Irelands top Big Bands and Orchestras. They include the Dave Gold, Jim Doherty and Brian Byrne Big Bands. Mark’s orchestral work includes both the RTE and BBC Orchestras and he has performed on many Recordings, Concert and TV programmes.

Mark’s recent playing/recording credits include working with Imelda May, Katie Melua and Michael Flately’s Celtic Tiger while his arranging credits include artists such as Rebecca Storm, Dave Geraghty (Bell X1) and Gavin Glass.

Johnny Graham

the ‘showman’ of the band. Johnny fronted, and was the main songwriter, for the legendary Dublin band of the eighties and nineties ‘Shush’ (the Hot House Big Band include his song ‘Summer Cruisin’ in their repertoire). Also to his credit are collaborations with Don Baker and Shay Healy while he has also worked extensively for the BBC and UTV. Johnny’s constant exhubrance and bubbly good humour never fail to entertain when he takes the mic at the bands performances.

Sinead Conway

who comes to the Hot House Big Band from musical platforms as diverse as The Cork Jazz Festival, The ‘X’ Factor and the Dublin Gospel Choir. Classically trained, Sinead is currently studying for her degree at the Conservatory of Music in Dublin’s DIT while she also fronts her own band ‘Anything Goes’ – who performed at the Derry Jazz festival in 2010 and 2011 and who are lined up to play Cork Jazz 2011. Sinead has made many new fans through her vocal spots with the band where she has performed classics from such singers as Aretha Franklin and Etta James.

Charles Cavanagh

the Hot House Big Band’s best kept secret and arguably one of the finest male singers in Ireland. Charles’ vocal style has been compared very favourably to Michael Buble and Charles himself cites his influences as Buble, Sinatra and Connick Jr.

Charles is classically trained on the trumpet and holds an MA in music performance so it comes as no surprise that he occupies one of the trumpet seats in the band in addition to his regular vocal slots.

Laoise O’Hanlon

who takes time out from her busy schedule with her quintet, her international travels, her work with Voiceworks Studios and collaborations with such musicians as Myles Drennan, Phil Ware, Cormac McCarthy, Phill Collins and The Tritone Trio to sing regularly with the band. Laoise’s vibrant and engaging voice is perfectly suited to the band’s arrangements of classics ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Natalie Cole. That she travels up from her native Cork to sing with the band at their weekly residency in the Mercantile on Dublin’s Dame Street is an indication of her love of the Hot House Big Band.


Saxophones //

Mark Wilde – Alto & Clarinet
Natalia Astramowicz McGough – Alto
David Mayne – Tenor & Clarinet
Serge Stavila – Tenor & Clarinet
Stuart Davidson – Baritone & Alto

Trumpets //

Michael Boyle / Danny Healy
Aidan Kelly
Charles Cavanagh
Gerrard Mulryan / Peter Lacey

Trombones //

Rossa O’ Neill
Paul Dunlea
Robert Lynch
Jamie Fay

Rhythm Section //

Enda Collins / Padraig Kilbride – Piano
Julien Colarossi – Guitar
Gus Whearity – Bass
Paul Byrne – Drums