Ennis, Cork, Limerick and Dublin Síomha dates – and ‘Spéir Rua’ streams

Sung in Irish ‘Spéir Rua’ ('Red Sky') by Síomha is streaming ahead of the release of Infinite Space with dates this month in Ennis, Cork, Limerick and Dublin. Síomha, who opened for the great Paul Brady on tour in 2017, says that the song is a …

Published: 3 Nov 2021. Updated: 30 days.

Sung in Irish ‘Spéir Rua’ ('Red Sky') by Síomha is streaming ahead of the release of Infinite Space with dates this month in Ennis, Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

Síomha, who opened for the great Paul Brady on tour in 2017, says that the song is a paean to the landscape of the west of Ireland inspired ''by many late night drives after gigs when I lived right on the West Coast at the edge of The Burren. As I got closer to home, I was lucky to witness the beautiful red blaze of the morning sky. Nature was giving her best performance and in those moments it felt as though I was the only spectator. I would stop and sit alone and watch the night sky light up and become a new day.”

Joe Dart of Vulfpeck is among the track's personnel. Beyond genre the song generates a scintillating almost flamenco-style heat in its most open and heated passages beginning around the 02:49 mark beyond the bridge.

Síomha plays Glór, Ennis on the 13th, Cyprus Avenue, Cork on the 16th, Dolan's, Limerick on the 25th and Whelan's in Dublin on the 28th. Photo: Bríd O'Donovan

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Set the metronome as the art of the songwriter is in focus: with the release of British Standard Time

Guy Fawkes Night this Friday sees the digital release of new Lateralize album British Standard Time which features Alex Webb, Jo Harrop, Luca Manning, Tony Momrelle and Carroll Thompson. Release day is marked by a Cadogan Hall concert in the …

Published: 3 Nov 2021. Updated: 30 days.

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Guy Fawkes Night this Friday sees the digital release of new Lateralize album British Standard Time which features Alex Webb, Jo Harrop, Luca Manning, Tony Momrelle and Carroll Thompson. Release day is marked by a Cadogan Hall concert in the evening.

Commissioned by Hampstead Jazz Club to raise money to support the club's musicians the album is arranged by the fine pianist, arranger and bandleader Alex Webb and features lovers rock great Carroll Thompson and erstwhile Incognito singer Tony Momrelle, singers Jo Harrop and Luca Manning among the personnel. Songs include 'Try A Little Tenderness', 'Almost Blue', 'Human', 'Give Me The Night', 'Don’t Want To Know' 'You Do Something To Me' with songwriters and composers featured including Rod Temperton, George Shearing, John Dankworth, John Martyn, Jamie Hartman, Noel Coward, Lionel Bart and Elvis Costello.

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''As far back as the 1930s,'' Alex says, ''UK songwriters were contributing works which were to be made famous by US jazz musicians – including Ray Noble’s 'The Very Thought Of You' (1934), Noel Coward’s 'Mad About the Boy' (1932) and 'Try A Little Tenderness,' a 1932 collaboration between Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connolly and American Harry Woods – a song probably best known now for Otis Redding’s searing mid-60s take.

''The following decade saw British pianist George Shearing establish himself Stateside where he contributed a classic melody to the jazz canon 'Lullaby of Birdland' while at the same time saxophonist, arranger and composer John Dankworth was becoming a leading figure in the UK modern jazz scene. The most recent items on the album are Rag’n’Bone Man’s chart hit Human, and two new songs from me – well, I’m a British songwriter too.'' Alex Webb, top

More on the Jamie McCredie-produced British Standard Time via the Lateralize Bandcamp page here

For the Evening of New Jazz Fireworks concert taking place on Friday in Chelsea's Cadogan Hall tickets are available here