Preview: Sunday lunch with Katriona Taylor, Ronnie Scott's, 26 June

Katriona Taylor's latest album Blind Passion released back in the autumn is themed around blind singers and inspired by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, José Feliciano and Diane Schuur – Katriona herself is visually impaired and registered blind. …

Published: 18 May 2022. Updated: 6 months.

Katriona Taylor's latest album Blind Passion released back in the autumn is themed around blind singers and inspired by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, José Feliciano and Diane Schuur – Katriona herself is visually impaired and registered blind.

More than a decade since Precious Time, the singer sounds positively in the pink. A former solicitor, daughter of top tennis player Roger Taylor, Katriona has become a mum of two and battled breast cancer in recent years.

Best by a mile and worth the purchase of Blind Passion alone is a stripped back treatment of Leon Russell's 'A Song For You' à-la-Brother Ray. Another firm highlight is ‘As You See Me Now’ that Jools Holland has performed with José Feliciano. All in all, an achievement to savour.

Gig details: Ronnie's doors open on Sunday 26 June at noon. In the singer's five-piece for the show listed are saxist-flautist Vasilis Xenopoulos, pianist Peter Hammond, bassist Dave Jones, drummer Chris Nickolls and percussionist Matt Hodge. Katriona Taylor, top. Photo: Stargardt's Connected

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Preview looking ahead to next week in Dublin: They will be Sheroes - just for 1 day

Next week in Dublin there's a band who promise much. Featuring some personnel from US-based German-born pianist Monika Herzig's 2018 Whaling City Sound Sheroes album the flautist Jamie Baum and trombonist Reut Regev, notable for Herzig's upcoming …

Published: 17 May 2022. Updated: 6 months.

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Next week in Dublin there's a band who promise much. Featuring some personnel from US-based German-born pianist Monika Herzig's 2018 Whaling City Sound Sheroes album the flautist Jamie Baum and trombonist Reut Regev, notable for Herzig's upcoming show and Irish debut on Wednesday 25 May is that drummer Mareike Wiening is in the quintet (the bassist is to be Kristin Korb). Distinguished US player and bandleader Baum is certainly the best known of this adventurous combination who has long impressed us for instance in the konnakol-flavoured 'Joyful Lament' that featured strongly on 2018's Bridges.

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Why interest in the lesser-known but fast emerging Wiening? Because last year we were much struck by the German's compositions and touch on Metropolis Paradise: Live at Bird's Eye Basel (Greenleaf), a highly acoustic dreamy sound. Sheroes photo: press. Lost Lane photo: marlbank. The gig presented by Donnybrook-based promoter Dominic Reilly is in the off-Grafton Street venue formerly run as Lillie's Bordello. Click for tickets