Beverley Beirne makes her Limerick Jazz Festival debut

HIGHLY regarded jazz singer Beverley Beirne will be performing at Limerick Jazz Festival on Saturday September 23 at Dolan’s Warehouse. This will be Beverley’s debut gig in the city.

“‘It’s my first time performing at Limerick Jazz Festival and I’m really excited.  My husband has family in Carrick-on-suir and over the years I’ve really enjoyed joining in the wonderful traditional nights, but it’s so great to get to sing my jazz set here.’ 

Beverley has performed at some top-notch clubs across the UK and Europe, places like Ronnie Scott’s Bar, Pizza Express Jazz Club, 606 Club, and even The Stables, which is Cleo Laine’s venue. Also spots like Gregory’s in Rome and the Venice Jazz Club. Beverley headlined the Marsden Jazz Festival back in 2019 with her crew of top-notch UK musicians.

“I have some fantastic songs planned and I’m bringing one of London’s most sought after pianists John Crawford and one of the finest bass players in the north of the U.K. Emlyn Vaughan, as well as Limerick’s own John Daly who will be joining us on drums,“ Beverley says, ‘and we’ll be performing in one of Ireland’s premier jazz venues, Dolan’s.  What more can you ask? It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Her latest album Dream Dancer received multiple four star reviews in the jazz press, was in the long list for the Grammys and ‘Old Brazil’ from the album was at Number 2 in the Roots Charts for several weeks. The album was produced by Jason Miles (Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Sting).

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Dream Dancer is Beverley’s second album with Grammy-winning NY producer Jason Miles, whose many credits include creating the synthwork on Miles Davis’ groundbreaking album Tutu.

Jason has stories for days about all the legends he’s worked with, like Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, and Sting. Beverley says, ‘We created two albums that I’m very proud of.”

The songs on this album are straight-up jazz classics with a fresh twist. Think ‘Let’s Face The Music & Dance’ and Strayhorn’s ‘Daydream,’ and you’ll get the idea. Beverley’s got that Anita O’Day vibe, and she gives her band plenty of room to shine. But it’s not all old-school stuff – she’s got some unique takes on tunes like David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ and even a bluesy version of The Clash’s ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go.’ Plus, she’s throwing in some original gems from the UK legend Duncan Lamont. 

At the Dolans show there will be a special  preview from her upcoming album of self-penned songs, ‘Strange Beasts,’ to be recorded and released in 2024. for tickets.