Wednesday 16 August 2017

Nationwide tour for award-winning jazz quintet

JAZZ

GRAINNE FARREN

Thought-Fox is a quintet with Lauren Kinsella (voice), Colm O'Hara (trombone), Tom Gibbs (piano), Michael Coady (bass) and Simon Roth (drums). The group, named from a Ted Hughes poem, won Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2010. They play in the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, on Saturday night; the Station House Hotel, Clifden, next Sunday night; the Coach House, Dublin Castle, on Tues, Oct 25; and the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on Weds, Oct 26.

The singer is a graduate of Newpark School of Music. She has sung at festivals around the world and performed with Dorothy Murphy, Francesco Turrisi and Justin Carroll.

Colm O'Hara, a first-rate trombonist heard recently with the Bill Blackmore Sextet, is also a member of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared at the North Sea and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals.

Tom Gibbs, who lives in Glasgow, was a student of Julian Arguelles and John Taylor. He has performed with Scott Hamilton, Ulf Wakenius and Mark McKnight. Michael Coady was Louis Stewart's regular bassist for many years, and has also played with Peter Bernstein, Ronnie Cuber and Mark Murphy.

Simon Roth, another ex-student of Julian Arguelles and John Taylor, is based in London and has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Kit Downes and Tina May.

Now for something completely different: Jan Garbarek (tenor and soprano sax) will join the Hilliard Ensemble to play Officium Novum in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, next Saturday night, and in North Cathedral, Cork, on Sunday night. The ensemble is a classical male vocal quartet whose ethereal singing is enhanced by the versatile Norwegian saxophonist.

A reader pointed out the song listed as I Want a Little Girl on the Ella Fitzgerald/Joe Pass CD reviewed last week is not the Mencher and Moll tune of that name, but Little Girl by Francis Henry and Madeline Hyde. Well spotted.

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