Speakeasy Jazz Two-Hander

 Posted by on February 24, 2010  Add comments
Feb 242010
 

This week, the folks at Speakeasy are bringing two great gigs to Limerick.

On Thursday, we have the charming, talented and enigmatic Sí.

According to a report from Speakeasy Central, the club will prove the perfect venue for this bewitching songstress. Sí is a singer, songwriter, harpist and pianist originally from Dublin but now living in Limerick. Her songs are sad little things about life, love, heartbreak and all those kinds of things. Sí has been gigging around the place for a while now and is currently recording her debut album with Fergal Lawlor from The Cranberries, due to be released in early summer.

Sí’s guests on the night will be Laura Sheehan and Vertigo Smyth..
Laura Sheeran is a 22 year old solo artist based in Dublin. Her musical path began at the age of 15 when asked by friend Clodagh Simonds (Mellow Candle, current 93) to do some singing for a then embryonic project later to be known as Fovea Hex. Since then she has continued to sing with Fovea Hex in the studio and also for live performances (where she plays accordion and bowed saw also) along-side Cora Venus lunny (ICC ensemble, Yurodny) Kate Ellis (Crash ensemble) and Michael Begg (Human Greed).
Other contributors to this project include the likes of Roger Doyle, Brian Eno, Roger Eno, Robert Fripp, Percy Jones, Donal Lunny, Andrew Mckenzie, Matmos and Steven Wilson.

Laura’s solo music is highly atmospheric, lending itself well for use in theater and other visual media like film.  Over the past few months Laura has been putting the finishing touches to her debut record which has developed into a double album. in making this record Laura explored various musical places, deciding early on that she would abandon the idea of writing with piano or guitar she has been experimenting with many instruments she would never before have written for, for example the harp, flute and accordion. She also had a lot of fun writing for strings and of course did a lot of vocal experimentation.  Entitled ‘lust of pig and the fresh blood’ the album is due for release this year.

Straight out of Ennis, comes Vertigo Smyth.  This is normally a paragraph where you find out about Vertigo Smyth. However, it has proven quite difficult to get any useful biographical data out of the man.  We know for certain he is from Co. Clare and is an Aries. There is strong anecdotal evidence to suggest that he now resides in Limerick, or perhaps Clare, or even Galway.

Not much is known about his musical background but it is understood that he came quite late to music and music making. In the past few years he has supported such acts as Mick Flannery, Cathy Davey, Gemma Hayes and Juana Molina. On his recorded material he is credited with guitar, banjo, ukulele and keys but has been keen to stress that; “There is a difference between owning a multitude of instruments and being a multi-instrumentalist”. He writes all his own material but finds ironing his own shirts quite a struggle.

The following night, Friday 26th, the club sees the return of 12-year-old prodigy, Andreas Varady accompanied by internationally-known jazz drummer, David Lyttle, who travels all the way from Belfast to play with Andreas.

Andreas’s dad, Bandi, put a guitar in his hand first when he was two years of age and he hasn’t looked back since. Andreas has a talent that has to be seen and heard to be believed. It’s out of the ordinary to see such a young man play with this great musicianship, tone and technique, and still have a strong sense of his own artistic expression.  And he loves it!

Taking influence from such greats as Charlie Parker and George Benson, Andreas plays regularly with The Limerick Jazz Workshops and continues to amaze as he plays to a standard that takes most people years to achieve.

David Lyttle is a Jazz drummer based in Ireland. Self-taught on the drum kit since the age of eight, Lyttle also received classical training on cello but began to focus his efforts towards the drums in his late teens after taking a serious interest in jazz.

Lyttle has worked professionally in the US, Canada, Britain and Europe, with a wide variety of internationally-respected artists. In the Jazz world, these include Greg Osby, David Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Soweto Kinch, Matt Penman, Dave Allen, Jamie Baum, Jonathan Kreisberg, Louis Stewart, Robert Mitchell, Jacqui Dankworth, Ronan Guilfoyle and Michael Buckley, who features on ‘True Story’, Lyttle’s acclaimed debut album on his ‘Lyte Records’ label.

We’ll soon be able to add Andreas Varady to that list.

Playing with them on the night will be Martin Bencat~Double Bass and Bandi Varady~Bass.

It promises to be a stunning evening of stimulating and first class Jazz, you won’t want to miss this one!

  3 Responses to “Speakeasy Jazz Two-Hander”

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  1.  

    it was great I was there and loved it.

  2.  

    interesting post…while i wont get to either gig im impressed with Laura,s cohorts…would it be worth a trawl of youtube i wonder so as to check out her wares… also, the young lad, Andreas, lots of gifted youngsters about, finding those with ability and FEEL is a treat indeed…ill be sorry to miss him… along a similar line, i would, on the subject of child prodigy,s recommend those who care, to seek out JACOB ARMEM ( or possibly ARMEN ) the seven year old lad drumming with ( i think ) the buddy rich orchestra… its old footage by now, but mighty impressive none the less…..,

  3.  

    Looks like a lot of amazingly great talent! Isn’t it a great city to live in!!

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