Tribute to Larry Hingerton: A Mayo Music Legend

by Auld Stock

LARRY Hingerton, Westport, who died recently, was a musical legend in the West of Ireland.

Originally from Ballinrobe, he began his musical career with the local brass band alongside the great Jack Power, a fine saxophonist.

A hairdresser by profession, Larry later moved to Westport, where he joined the town’s band, led at the time by the famous Peter McConville.

Larry Hingerton was a professional in every sense of the word and could read sheet music as easily as I can read The Connaught Telegraph.

Jazz was Larry’s first musical love and he brought together a group of like-minded musicians.

This was long before pounding guitars came on the scene and singers started strutting the stage with country and western accents.

Among Larry’s contemporaries at the time were Willie Keane, Castlebar, trumpeter; Jack Ruane, Ballina, saxophone; Seanie Gavin, Castlebar, saxophone; Tony Chambers, Newport, saxophone, whose band composed the music for “The Ballroom of Romance”; Brose Walsh, Belcarra, saxophone; and Dick Gillespie, trumpet and drums.

There was nothing Larry liked better than a jazz session with his fellow musicians who could work their way through songs made famous by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie and Harry James, all jazzmen of fame. world. You could spot the gleam in Larry Hingerton’s eyes when he took action.

Besides his love for music, Larry Hingerton was a quiet, modest man with a winning smile.

Sympathy to his wife Valérie and his family. They have all lost a true friend.

Corina C. Butler