'Delightful' town comes up trumps for Aces' musicians
THE Rose City is the place to be in July with musicians declaring Jumpers and Jazz their "favourite event on the band's calendar”.
Blues and jazz band River City Aces has been locked in to woo the crowd at this year's festival.
Tenor saxophone player and band leader Shaun Ballagh said he felt blessed to be asked to perform for the third consecutive year..
"I can't even put it into words - the people we have met in Warwick are absolutely delightful,” Ballagh said.
"We always find ourselves talking to so many people and going out for dinners with locals.
"When a crowd has a little bit of country in them, you can really tell the difference: It's a bit more personal and makes the gig a joy to be a part of.”
River City Aces comprises eight band members.
Forming two years ago, the musicians were keen to fill a gap in the industry with music between the swing of the 1940s and the formation of rock and roll in the mid-1950s.
"The kind of music we play, and what it meant to the people of that era, is beautiful,” Ballagh said.
"To be able to share passion that with the crowds is why we do what we do.”
"We love it - we thrive on it.”
Ballagh said the atmosphere in the town during Jumpers and Jazz was what kept musicians coming back.
"It's just such a cool thing to be a part of,” he said.
"Walking down the street and seeing all the art - it's a ravishing philosophy.
"We can't wait to get out there and perform and embrace what Warwick has to offer.”