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Ken McDonald – Percussion

Ken is an experienced performer of 25 years plus. Ken is currently drummer with the Sligo based piano trio The Odd Couple and Anything Goes. Ken has performed with a wide spectrum of artists including: Shana Morrison, Louis Stewart, Michael Nielsen, Frances Black, Tommy Fleming, Richie Buckley, Sandro Gibellini, Rebecca Storm, Those Nervous Animals, Stockton’s Wing, Alan Kelly, The Hot City Orchestra and many others. Ken has been employed as drummer/percussionist for many theatrical performances, variety shows and dramatic societies. Ken is currently teaching drums/percussion for the Sligo Academy of Music and Aravon Prep School. In 2008 he co-founded the very successful Sligo Contemporary Music School, attained a qualification with distinction in professional music performance through the Rockschool programme accredited by Trinity College London and awarded an arts council bursary to attend the famed Manhattan School of Music, N Y C for a series of master classes with John Riley who is one of the worlds premier jazz drum educators.

Ken has been a pivotal figure in Sligo Jazz Project’s summer schools and has worked very closely with Jazz greats such as Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter group) Paul Wertigo (Pat Metheny group) and Will Kennedy (Yellow Jackets). Ken is also a key member of Sligo Jazz Project’s “Live Music in the Classroom” team and is a board member in the Sligo Music Education Partnership.

He has just completed a masters degree, Mmus (Peformance)/ PgDip (Peformance)