THE BOB DYLAN BAND: featuring JBlack.
We come together to celebrate the musical legacy of
the icon that is Mr Bob Dylan.
Since the 1960's, we have been spoilt by the prodigious
output of this legend and the quality of his song-writing
has garnered multiple awards, culminating in the ultimate
recognition of the Nobel prize in Literature in 2016,
"For having created new poetic expressions within
the great American song tradition".
No matter what decade you choose, there is a favourite
album or a bunch of songs that means something of significance
to many followers and what the Bob Dylan Band aim to
achieve is a sense of these songs throughout his long
history. Drawing from solo acoustic renditions of songs
such as "Blowing in the Wind", "The Times
They Are a Changing" and "A Hard Rain a-Gonna'
Fall" and arrangements of full band songs, such
as "Tangled Up in Blue" and "Like a Rolling
Stone"; the Bob Dylan Band also include versions
of songs performed with the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton
and Bruce Springsteen.
The "Last Waltz" marked a chapter in Dylan's
distinguished career and two songs from the Band, ("The
Nights They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "The
Weight") are included in the set list.
The show is completed with songs from the more recent
albums such as Oh Mercy, Modern Times, and Together
through Life, along with a selection of Dylan's great
work with The Travelling Wilburys.
The creative source for this tribute band is Mr JBlack,
a musical maestro who has been involved since the early
2000's in developing as a true artisan in this genre.
In 2005 he began working with Real Diamond to bring
alive the music of Neil Diamond and he also became involved
in a Simon & Garfunkel project.
In 2007, he formed "The Stones" (www.thestones.co.uk)
who are now recognized as one of the greatest tribute
acts in Europe. After moving to Ireland in 2009, he
came across a band working on the music of the Bee Gees
and this resulted in "The Bee Gees Story - Nights
on Broadway" (www.nightsonbroadway.net). As musical
director, JBlack has guided the band in performing the
Gibb Brothers' music to packed theatres across Ireland,
the UK and mainland Europe.
JBlack maintains, a tribute show can be considered as
a true art form by understanding and connecting with
the soul of the original, adding something of your own
self, and working on it 24/7 in order to make the result
Jason Duffy - Drums.
Toured and recorded with Michel Flatley, The Corrs ,
Jeff Beck, Sharon Shannon Picture House, The Saw Doctors,
The Devlins, Damien Dempsey Declan o Rourke, Shane Macgown,
Paul Brady, Daniel O'Donnell, The Waterboys, Stockton's
Wing Imelda May, Donal Lunny, Donal Kirk band, Mundy,
Chirsty Moore, Eddie Reader Wally Page, Steve Earl and
Jimmy Smyth - Guitar
Jimmy has been playing guitar since he was seven years
old, initially with his father's dance bands, and later
when his growing interest in rock and blues led him
to form his own band at school. Around this time, Jimmy
was asked to join Thin Lizzy as a replacement for guitarist
Although flattered, he declined, as he was just about
to release an album with his band The Bogey Boys, with
whom he played from 1979 to 1983, recording several
singles and two albums together.
Jimmy then turned his hand to production, making albums
for The Spirit of Eden, Bonnie Tyler, Toni Childs, Rob
Strong, Don Baker and Frances Black. He's also recorded
and played with Roger Daltrey, Curtis Stigers, Chaka
Khan, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison and Reba McEntire.
Jimmy has been Musical Director for RTE TV shows, and
regularly performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the
RTESO, The Ulster Orchestra and many others. He has
composed music for the movies 'When the Sky Falls' (2000)
and 'Silent Grace' (2002), and for 'The Fellowship of
The Ring' video game (2003).
John (The Cap) - Bass Guitar
Since the age of 16 John has been playing bass with
professional bands all over the world. Having served
his time with some of the best showband musicians as
a young bass player in the seventies, playing in rock
bands in the eighties and spending many years as a session
player in recording studios in the nineties, John became
a versatile player in many genres of music during his
Currently touring with Nights On Broadway his playing
skills and experience complement the many styles of
the Bee Gees over the years, keeping the essential groove
during the Nights On Broadway concerts.
The Bob Dylan Band celebrates the music of Bob Dylan
through a totally live concert experience, great musicians
exploring great material.
Jimmy and Jason have the unique experience of working
alongside Bob Dylan himself, gaining great insight into
the man and his creative muse, and they use their exceptional
talent to interpret Bob Dylan's music with great perception.
Alongside his other work, JBlack has been developing
the Bob Dylan show for a number of years. After some
early one-man performances, which tested the concept
of a show , he has continued to hone his skills on the
harmonica, explore the many different tunings on the
guitars, utilize the latest in technology, and developed
his voice to better communicate the astounding songs
of Bob Dylan. He has now taken the next step and formed
THE BOB DYLAN BAND.
A video of "Don't Think Twice" from the first
recording session of the band can be found at:
and a sample of solo songs from JBlack can be found
THE BOB DYLAN BAND web site is at: