"The Dublin Bowie Festival gave a lot of love and dedication to the Bowie Legacy.It was a special weekend.
David would be proud." Gerry Leonard, David Bowie's guitarist and band leader.
Dublin Bowie Festival 2016
January 8th - 10th 2016 we were playing alongside Bowie's guitarist and band leader Gerry Leonard as the headline of the Dublin Bowie Festival. I was thinking in the early hours how it would be hard to top the weekend as it was an incredible experience to work with Gerry. But only hours later, by 7 am we were brought crashing down to earth with the news David Bowie had left the world. People who attended the festival from abroad and were still here in Dublin and contacted us through Facebook to say they would like to meet up with other fans and a gathering was arranged in The Grand Social. We were on the Joe Duffy show that afternoon to talk about the festival and the shock of Bowie's death. News media arrived in the evening and we played a few Bowie songs to the mourning crowd and it went out on the national news stations. Gerry was still in town and he too arrived at the venue, we all found some consolation being there with others who were trying to come to terms with his passing.
April 15th 2015 Bowie's Piano Man Grand Social
The night before, we had a live show at top Dublin music venue, The Grand Social, in celebration of the work of Mike Garson - Official with David Bowie. Clifford was interviewed on stage by Roisin Dwyer of Hot Press Magazine, whose questions showed a deep understanding and knowledge, as well as passion for the subject. We screened a filmed message from Mike Garson and I accompanied some great singers doing acoustic interpretations of Bowie: Peter Quinn of Rebel Rebel, Brian Brody, Johnny Rayge, Dave Mc Guinness...it was a fantastic night, with John Brereton, Paul Duane, John Robb, Brian Montague, Joyce Montague, Han Monty and many others..! Clifford Slapper renowned pianist and author of Bowie's Piano Man.