King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

King House
Military Road
Boyle
Co. Roscommon

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Two Divas and a Piano: “Love Bites”

€15

Flo McSweeney and Carmel McCreagh with Fiachra Trench on piano take a wry look at love with blues and jazz standards, classic pop and contemporary songs

“It sounds simple — two singers, one pianist and a book of great songs, but what Flo McSweeney, Carmel McCreagh and Fiachra Trench are doing takes a lot of talent, experience and sheer guts. The winning and admirably eclectic programme ranges from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits, and each song is ‘owned’ by the vocalists and turned into something authentic and emotional. Behind them, Trench’s sparse accompaniments are what you would expect of an arranger who has written for Phil Lynott, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and many others, and who provided the string arrangement for The Pogues’ classic Fairytale of New York.”

Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times

“Songs presented with style and sass and a sprinkle of dry humour by this trio of renowned Irish musicians.”

Galway Jazz Festival 2018

Flo McSweeney has worked in the entertainment business for over 35 years. As a singer she has toured extensively with Moving Hearts and The Commitments, including performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland; she has worked on many projects with Bill Whelan of Riverdance fame, including the Yeats/Beckett Festival at the Abbey Theatre for five years and An Evening with W.B. Yeats at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in September 2015; and she is a regular guest vocalist with the 17–piece Hot House Big Band. Flo’s stunning new album, Picture in a Frame, will be released in March 2019.

Carmel McCreagh hails from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, but now lives in Wicklow. For 20 years she has been writing and performing with Fiachra Trench. She has appeared at festivals and venues throughout Ireland, entertaining audiences with her soulful interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook as well as contemporary and original songs. Carmel has released three albums — Nice Girl, Skylark: Carmel McCreagh Sings the Songs of Johnny Mercer and, in January 2019, 13 Stories — all of which have been critically acclaimed.

Fiachra Trench is a composer, producer and keyboardist, but is probably best known as an orchestral arranger for rock, jazz, pop and folk artists. His arrangement credits include: Altan, The Boomtown Rats, Paul Brady, The Hugh Buckley Quintet with Cello Ireland, The Chieftains, Clannad, The Corrs, Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney/Wings, Van Morrison, The Pogues and Wet Wet Wet. Fiachra’s scores for film and television include: A Celebration of Sean O’Casey, A Love Divided, The Boys and Girl from County Clare (IFTA Nomination 2006), Dear Sarah and the BBC series People’s Century, and he collaborated on Pearl Harbor, Die Hard and Into the West.