Wednesday 13 December 2017

Emilie Conway to share secret as quartet goes on tour

Grainne Farren

IT'S time to come out of hibernation, as the live scene is all set to warm up in March.

Emilie Conway (vocals) will lead her quartet in a tour of the country, culminating in the launch of her CD, The Secret of a Rose. Born in Dublin, Emilie cites Sheila Jordan, Kurt Elling and Jon Hendricks among her musical influences. After singing in Dublin, Munich and Chicago, she won a scholarship to Berklee College, Boston, in 2006. She is now back home in Ireland.

Together with Johnny Taylor (piano), Dave Fleming (double bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums), she will open in Ballina Arts Centre next Friday, going on to Tinahely Courthouse on Saturday, the Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday, March 10, and Dolan's, Limerick, on March 21. We have to wait until April 4 to hear her in the capital, in the John Field Room.

Johnny Taylor and Dominic Mullan return to Dublin next Sunday night to join Linley Hamilton (trumpet) and Dan Bodwell (bass) in JJ Smyth's. The Belfast trumpeter is making a welcome return to the venue where he launched the quartet's CD, Taylor Made, about six months ago.

The Improvised Music Company is bringing an exciting double bill to three venues in March. Not only the magic duo of Norma Winstone (vocals) and Tommy Halferty (guitar), but also the Bill Carrothers (piano) Trio with Dave Redmond (bass) and Kevin Brady (drums). They can be heard in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, on March 7, Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick, on March 8 and the Kevin Barry Room, NCH, Dublin, on March 9. Both Winstone and Carrothers are frequent visitors to this country and have a big following, so book early.

On Sunday, March 11, guitarist Phil McDermott makes another visit to his native Dublin from Norway, where he has lived since 2002. He will be backed by the Phil Ware Trio in JJ Smyth's.

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