Karen Coleman and Madaline Pritchard have had distinguished careers as session vocalists, they regularly worked together, toured the world and have forged a long lasting friendship. Both women took the decision a couple of years ago to concentrate on becoming singer/songwriters and make the move centre stage. They are bringing their Acoustic Soul Tour to Limerick playing material from their respective debut albums backed by a band of top session players.
Dublin born, Karen Coleman got her first professional job in a jazz club in Spain, just aged 19, since then she has toured worldwide with Andrew Strong, joined The Commitments Touring Band and recorded with many of Ireland’s top musicians. Two years ago Karen began her journey from backing vocalist to singer/songwriter. The result is her debut album, ‘No Secret’. The album is a collection of heartfelt melodies tastefully backed by elements of jazz and blues along with Karen’s very own distinctive vocals. The musicians on board are a veritable who’s who of Irish and International session musicians including guitarists, Phillip Donnelly and Jimmy Smyth. Karen says, “With no support from record companies, this album has been a labour of love and it would never have happened except for the generosity and goodwill of musician friends who willingly gave their time and talent.” But on what she describes as a “magical journey” the highlight of the recording sessions was Karen’s daughter, Paris, singing backing vocals on the song ‘Tapestry’ which Karen wrote for her.
Of Japanese/European and American heritage, Glasgow born, Madaleine Pritchard also honed her craft with The Commitments, has performed with The Average White Band, Edwin Collins, BA Robertson to name a few. As a songwriter, Madaleine has had her work performed by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull and her debut album ‘Every Minute’, co-produced by Glasgow based singer-songwriter, Ross Hamilton was released this year. ‘Every Minute’ showcases Pritchard’s passionate singing and the ability to produce classy pop/rock songs with an instant appeal.
Karen Coleman and Madaline Pritchard play Dolans on Sunday September 5 ably assisted by Jimmy Smyth from the Bogey Boys, Paolo Muscovi a top Italian session drummer, Abraham Hampton from New York on keys and Colin Cunningham from Scotland on bass, all top session players that Karen and Maddie have worked with for years. Their debut albums ‘No Secret’ and ‘Every Minute’ are out now.