SEPTEMBER 2017
Good evening folks,

What a nice summer we've been having and I hope you're all keeping well.

Following on from our US tour earlier this year to Chicago and New York, I"m delighted to announce a our last concert of the tour at

the National Concert Hall, Sept 12:
You Won't Forget Me, Celebrating Maeve Brennan in Words and Music.
Pre-concert talk 7:15 by Angela Bourke, author of biography,
Concert starts at 8pm with readings by Cathy Betlon.

I know I haven't sent out a newsletter in a while .... sometimes it's like that .. but the trip to the States was just brilliant. Super inspiring on so many levels. Wonderful to have the opportunity to work with so many different people in the different settings .. the American Writers' Museum, in Chicago, onto New York for The Village Trip, (Greenwich Village Festival) at The Washington Square Hotel, the American Irish Historical Society, and finally named by Downbeat's as one of top 100 Jazz Clubs in the world, The Cornelia St. Cafe. We stayed in the Washington Sq Hotel which has been a haunt for artists since 1907 - Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Hemingway, to Maeve Brennan had all stayed there ....! Well, I have an article coming out soon on it all that I will send on .....

So, the concert in the NCH is really the culmination of this year's work and the US tour on Maeve Brennan .. And we do hope you can join us.....
MAY 2017

Good afternoon folks!

been a little quiet lately ... there's been a lot of work to do:

What began as a little collaborative literary / music project in January with biographer and multi-award winning author, Angela Bourke & Ranelagh Arts Centre to celebrate the centenary of writer Maeve Brennan has sparked quite a chain of events and wonderful opportunities! We're off to America on Wednesday to fulfil several performance invitations and to work again with double bassist Dan Thatcher in Chicago and Marcos Varela in NYC ... ! Can't wait ..so if anyone has any pals in NYC that would be interested in coming to the gigs .. details below ...!!

May 19, 6:30pm: American Writers Museum, Chicago.
Celebrating Maeve Brennan
Emilie Conway Trio w/ Angela Bourke, Alice McDermott & Eilis Ni Dhuibhne

May 22, &pm: The Village Trip; Greenwich Village Festival, NYC
Washington Square Hotel, 103 Waverly Place, NY 10011 thevillagetrip.com
The Long-Winded Lady Speaks Again
Emilie Conway Trio w/ Kelly Letourneau & Angela Bourke

May 25, 6:30pm: American Irish Historical Society, NYC
991 5th Ave, NY 10028 aihs.org
You Won’t Forget Me, Celebrating Maeve Brennan in Words & Music
Emilie Conway Duo w/ Darragh Hennessy, piano.

May 29, 6pm: Cornelia St. Cafe NYC
29 Cornelia St, NY 10014 thecorneliastreetcafe.com | 212 989 9319
You Won’t Forget Me, Celebrating Maeve Brennan in Words & Music
Emilie Conway Trio w/ Marcos Varela

.. so we'll have to see about doing a full concert here in Dublin on our return !

Take care of yourselves and each other and hope to see you soon!
Best wishes,
Emilie
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MARCH 2017

Good evening folks!

March Music!

For fans of choral music, and especially Bach, my choir, the Dublin Bach Singers are performing a very special program tomorrow evening at the Pro Cathedral at 8pm. Please see below for program details.

Additionally I have been invited to take part in Wednesday's Women's Day Celebration with Kilmainham Arts Society this Wednesday at the Patriots Inn. I will perform songs and spoken word pieces with Mark Flynn on piano in the company of some brilliant women artists.
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067797083326941/

Friday 10th 8pm at Le Petit Breton I'm singing Jazz and Piaf! Please phone 01 850 0901 to book your table ( tiny wincy surcharge of 8E for music!)

And March Music in Mayo ...
the Linenhall Arts Centre, Thursday 23rd! Simply can't wait! I always love concerts in the Linenhall - Mayo people are great!... and am very excited to be working with acclaimed guitarist Julien Colarossi and young pianist Darragh Hennessy for this concert ... it's gonna be great!

Wish you all a restful Sat eve!
Warmest,
Emilie
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CHOIR LENTEN CONCERT MARCH 5 PRO CATHEDRAL
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Bach: Motet - Jesu Meine Freude
Bach: Motet - O Jesu Christ Mein's Lebens Licht
Purcell: Jehova Quam Multi Sunt Hostes Mei

PERFORMED BY:
Saint Mary's Pro-Cathedral Girls' Choir
Dublin Bach Singers
Marlborough Baroque
Conductor: Blanaid Murphy

TICKETS:

€20 at the door or online at Eventbrite

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JANUARY 2017

Good afternoon folks

Happy Spring Eve (it's about that time ... ) and for this year I wish you at least 2,017 good things!

1.
Some housekeeping from 2016, thanks for supporting our concert in Sandford Church. We raised 300E for Hospice and 200E for Sandford Organ Fund. Yay!

2.

A Literary Cocktail Evening Celebrating
Maeve Brennan In Ranelagh
Her Life & Work: Jazz, Words & Martinis
with Angela Bourke, Cathy Belton, & Emilie Conway
Sunday, February 5, 5pm

"The air was mild and fresh and shone with the faint unsteadiness that was exactly like the unsteadiness of colour inside a seashell"
"...... an observation struggled with a hope inside my head." - Maeve Brennan

... what more can i say? ... I can't recommend this event or this lady's writing enough.
I am delighted and privileged to be a part of this event. The image above is a painting by artist Caroline Canning ;)

Info: Ranelagh Arts Centre | ranelagharts.org | 01 547 7775 |

2.
Delighted to be performing our first concert of Spring at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, next weekend. Yay! For old times sake I called it You Must Believe in Spring but there'll be lots of new material. And, after Easter we're headed west, to Mayo, the Linenhall, for a very special concert March 23. I'll be headed further West again, in May, as I've been invited to sing at the American Irish Historical Society, NYC. Very quietly excited about that of course - but lots of work before it happens, admin and music so ..keeping the head down for now...( with sporadic migration of tummy butterflies to the brain and krinkly smile eyes!)

Emilie Conway Quartet @ The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Friday February 3, Doors, 8pm
cresecentarts.org

Emilie Conway Quintet @ Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo
Thursday, March 23, 8pm
thelinenhall.com

There's more, folks, but I think that's enough for now!

Take care of yourselves and each other & I look forward to seeing you soon!
Emilie x
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DECEMBER 2016

Good evening folks!

Our very special concert to open the festive season and in aid of the Our Lady's Hospice is this Sunday December 4 at Sandford Church........

"Winter Wonderland," Jazz Concert with Emilie Conway Quartet
Sunday, December 4, 7pm. Sandford Church, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
in aid of Our Lady's Hospice & The Sandford Church Organ Fund
Tickets on the door: 12.50/10E
Emilie Conway - voice, Johnny Taylor-piano, Damian Evans-bass, Dominic Mullan-drums

“Her own vocalese to Coltrane’s solo demonstrating her abilities to their fullest, flitting through the lyrics at a tempo most rappers would be envious of, while maintaining a bouncing melody and clarity of diction throughout. ” - GoldenPlec
"Star of the show is Conway's voice." - Hot Press

Emilie Conway and her band perform classic Christmas songs from Louis Armstrong to Ella Fitzgerald as well as original poems and sparkling new arrangements created by the quartet especially for this concert.

But, if you can't make this Sunday .....

Further Winter Jazz Concert Dates:

Wednesday, December 7, 8pm, Arthur's, Thomas St. Dublin 8
Emilie Conway Trio with Julien Colarossi & Damian Evans
arthurspub.ie

Wednesday, December 14, 9 - midnight Bert's Jazz Bar, Merchant Hotel, Belfast
Emilie Conway - voice & Scott Flanigan - piano

Thursday, Dec 15, 8pm, Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, Derry
Emilie Conway - voice, Scott Flanigan - piano, Damian Evans - bass, Dominic Mullan - drums
roevalleyarts.com

If you're interested in choral music - I'm singing with the Dublin Bach Singers, a truly sublime program of Whitacre, Whibourne, Chilcott, & more Friday December 9, 8pm the Pro Cathedral. Please contact me or DBS directly for tickets. Director Blanaid Murphy.

And finally a note on Arthur's where we'll be Dec 7 - I was just there - it's gorgeous ! Very very like old Bewley's Cafe Theatre where we used to play way back in the olden days! 2 real pianos, a real live sound engineer, v inviting, cozy room, little wooden tables. As they say, what's not to like!? arthurspub.ie

!Best wishes to you all throughout the Festive Season! And a Big Thank You for supporting live music!
Emilie x
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NOVEMBER 2016

Good afternoon folks!

I hope you're keeping well.

"Gentle Autumn,
this year you came,
Folding in around us like silk..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_IbJ25JEM4 -

Holding onto Autumn / You Must Believe in Spring from my first album, The Secret of a Rose.

Upcoming gigs in November:
Tomorrow, 9-11pm Clontarf Castle with Julien Colarossi, guitar
Sunday, Nov 6, 4-6pm, Balbriggan Jazz Festival, The Central, with Julien Colarossi
Friday, Nov 25, 8-10pm, Le Petit Breton, 14 Drumcondra Rd. Lr with Julien Colarossi

Ok, but what I'm ESPECIALLY looking forward and delighted to announce is:
Sunday, December 4, 7pm Sandford Church, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Emilie Conway Quintet: "Winter Wonderland" Jazz Concert

The last concert of the year with my full band family - Johnny Taylor - piano, Julien Colarossi - guitar, Damian Evans - bass and Domnic Mullan - drums! We all know how tricky it is these days to find a mutually convenient time for even 2 people to meet up - trying to get 4 of the top, and most in demand musicians in the country together for one gig around the busy Christmas season: it's a Miracle on Sandford Rd!

And ......we'll be performing some of our own brand new arrangements of Christmas songs created especially for this concert along with some old favourites, poems and stories. Anyone who's been to Sandford church will know it's a very special place with beautiful sound, stained glass windows and a grand piano so this will be a very special concert. Proceeds going to Harold's Cross Hospice - so do tell your friends and come along. And we'll be performing that concert again, Thurs 15th at RVACC Derry!

For those of you who supported our Molly Mc Nally fundraiser in the National Concert Hall last year - you'll be happy to know Molly is still healthy and well and cancer free.
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Additional music announcements/dates...

This Sunday @ JJ Smyths, 5 -11pm ... very special gig remembering Louis Stewart: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709768042680415/

Winter Wonderland concerts:
Wednesday, Dec 7, 8pm Arthur's Emilie Conway Trio
Wednesday, Dec 14, 9pm Bert's Jazz Bar, Belfast, Duo with Scott Flanigan
Thursday Dec 15, 8pm, Roe Valley Arts & Culture Centre, Derry, Emilie Conway Quartet:

The wonderful Tim Thurston, who delighted listeners for 18 years on Gloria, RTE Lyric Fm with his program of sacred music and his brilliantly distilled knowledge of music is giving series of Tuesday eve talks on The Mighty Bach: https://www.nch.ie/Online/Mighty-Bach-15Nov16

Speaking of Bach, I recently joined Dublin Bach Singers ... we're working on a sublime program: Chilcott, Whitacre, Whitbourne, Concert: Dec 9
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Lots going on out there - taking you of social media and right into the social milieu! (by jingos, there's a slogan for the marketing people if ever there was one! )

Best wishes!
Take care of yourselves and each other and hope to see you soon!
Emilie x

SEPTEMBER 2016

Good evening folks!

"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end." - Igor Stravinsky

And that probably goes for e mails, Facebook statuses, twitter feeds, the lot ..he he! so I'll keep this brief.....

I am very excited to be singing tomorrow evening, Tuesday 20th Sept at Jazz at the International Bar with Johnny Taylor, piano, Damian Evans, double bass and Brendan Doyle, sax & clarinet. Songs from this year's release, Dear World, as well from the back catalogue!

Guitarist Julien Colarossi and I will be playing an intimate duo gig at Le Petit Breton, Friday September 30th, 8pm. This is a charming french creperie bistro that I was first invited to play last May by the bridge on Drumcondra Road. Outdoor seating if it's a warm autumn eve. Booking is advised on 01 850 0900

Julien and I are playing a short set at the opening of Ranelagh Arts Festival this coming Saturday 24th at 7pm (ish) at Sandford Church.

I've always wanted to produce my own Christmas jazz concert and this will also be coming up in December. More details later but the dates are : 7th December, Arthurs, Dublin, 14th December The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, 15th December Roe Valley Arts Centre, Derry.

Take care of yourselves and each other and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Best wishes,
Emilie

JULY 2016

Good evening folks

I hope you're keeping well this hot July Sunday evening! Either way and every way, here's a double rainbow from Dun Laoghaire pier a few days ago ...very incredible, wind and rain blowing off the east side of the pier but through a gap in the pier wall to the west side...

a perfectly formed rainbow arcing over the calm dark sea ....

And slowly, its double emerging lightly, but definitely..........

​Thanks for coming out to pack the house in JJ's back in May for our album launch. We'll have to do it again soon! Nice little review in the Irish Times. "Thoughtful;" "precise and unmannered," - yes that is what I felt Wilder's songs required. And "top notch band!" Thanks Cormac! You can read the full review here: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/emilie-conway-dear-world-album-r...

Apologies, some choppy waters have delayed getting the album up on the internet! But the double rainbow and good weather have helped and hard copies are now available from my website here: http://www.emilieconway.ie/secret-of-a-rose

It is also available in Tower records.
And it will be on iTunes and all the internet thingamajig sites any day now. :)

You might also catch it on radio: Blue of the Night, Dublin City FM, LCCR, Limerick, Sounds of Jazz in Reading and a few more ..

I'm getting ready this evening for this year's Sligo Jazz Project. A week's long exciting program of jazz; singers, instrumentalists and classes, starting Tuesday. I'm delighted to be performing:

Wednesday, July 20th, 4:30pm @ Hargadons
DUO with Sandro Gibellini, (guitar)

Saturday, July 23, 4:40pm @ Hargadons
TRIO Myles Drennan (piano) & Dave Fleming (bass)

I was invited to do the Marlborough Jazz Festival in England but unfortunately the dates clashed with another engagement. Nice to be asked !

And finally I meant to get this out in June as it's a just year since we did our fundraiser concert for Molly McNally miracle trust. A little bit of good news and proof what love and care can do: Little Molly is cancer free and back at school - well on holidays now. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/mollymcnallymiracletrust/

So THANK YOU for your part in supporting us play our part in helping Molly. It's a gift to be a part of a happy ever after story. I prefer to help an individual directly, if I can, rather than go through a big organisations which just feel too intangible for me - which is perhaps no bad thing in view of some of the disappointing news about charities of late - though many do great work.

Best wishes and stay in touch!
Emilie x
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APRIL 2016

Good afternoon folks,

In the absence of any warmth outside, isn't it lucky somehow we have music ... and Shakespeare.....

To know the cause why music was ordain'd!
Was it not to refresh the mind of man
After his studies or his usual pain?
(The Taming of the Shrew)

I'm sure hoping my CDs will be ready for collection this day next week ahead of Thursday's launch, but mostly, you never know what's going to happen in a day...

And here's the story of what happened when I recently stopped into the charming French Le Petit Breton in Drumcondra recently for lunch. The server looked at me quizzically and eventually asked if I was a singer ? He remembered me from once upon a time in Bewelys Cafe Theatre when he worked in the bar and we used to have concerts there! Next the owner, Gregory Autret, introduced himself, saying he had listened to my music on YouTube, and would I come and sing there some evening ?

Mais, bien sir!!!

So:

this Friday 29th April, Bryan Mullen, piano and me
8pm Jazz & chansons @ Le Petit Breton,
14 Drumcondra Rd. Lr. Phone: 018500901

Do join us!

And in observance of Shakespeare 400 ... I leave you with:

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
(The Merchant of Venice)

Best wishes and stay warm!
Emilie x

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APRIL 2016

PRESS RELEASE Emilie Conway Quintet Launch New Album, Dear World @ JJ Smyth's May 5th.

Good afternoon folks!

Well I'm delighted to let you know about the (difficult!) second album launch ! Dear World being launched May 5th at JJ Smyth's. We're all very excited about it. (I can't personally say relieved yet as the album is currently being printed .. so until I have it my hands ..there'll be one hand and foot on the panic button and the other hand and foot, of course, in the perfect yoga expression of acceptance and trust in God & the universe. (Good old God &the universe!))

They don't teach that pose in too many classes mind you, though I find it's one go back to frequently!

We'd love to see you there,
Emilie x

Album Title: "Dear World.”
Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder
Emilie Conway - voice, Brendan Doyle - saxophones/clarinet, Johnny Taylor - piano, Damian Evans - bass, Dominic Mullan - drums
Location: JJ Smyth's, Aungier St., Dublin 2
Date: May 5th, 2016 Doors: 8:30 | Music :9pm
Website : jjsmyths.com | emilieconway.ie

Reviews:

“Splendid. Emilie Conway gets better all the time.” - The Sunday Independent

“Her own vocalese to Coltrane’s solo demonstrating her abilities to their fullest, flitting through the lyrics at a tempo most rappers would be envious of, while maintaining a bouncing melody and clarity of diction throughout. ” - GoldenPlec

"Star of the show is Conway's voice." - Hot Press

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_IbJ25JEM4

Jazz critic Barry Ulanov described Alec Wilder's melodies as "leaping and lovely, sinuous and sequested, elusive and wistful." In "Dear World,” award winning Dublin jazz singer Emilie Conway and her quintet bring the music of the enigmatic Alec Wilder to life.

With arrangements by gifted pianist and musical director, Johnny Taylor, Wilder's songs emerge in all their sparkling originality, beauty, humour and warmth; vibrant with fascination with life. The album brings the listener on an evocative, reflective, at times relaxed, then piquant journey through some rarely heard songs like “Is It Always Like This?” and “Crazy in the Heart,” and “Blackberry Winter.” This recording marks the debut recording of the title track, “Dear World.”

Emilie is joined by her regular band members: Johnny Taylor (piano), Damian Evans (double bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums). The fifth member is Brendan Doyle (saxophones / clarinet ). Special guest Julien Colarossi, (guitar) joins Emilie and Johnny on the album for “Dear World."

Biography Update
Since the release of debut album, The Secret of a Rose, 2012, Emilie has received invitations to perform and collaborate with musicians in Europe, Northern Ireland - and the Caribbean! A 2015 highlight was the discovery that Emilie’s music had an audience in the Dominican Republic where it was being featured on local radio. Subsequently, Emilie, together with her pianist, Johnny Taylor and bassist, Damian Evans were invited to perform in Belles Artes Concert Hall in Santo Domingo to mark UNESCO International Jazz Day. The Trio's concert was received with a standing ovation from an audience of over 600. Especially loved was their arrangement of a piece called ‘Romantico’ by local legendary composer Rafael Bollumba Landestoy, with lyrics written by Emilie. On their return journey to Ireland the Trio stopped off in Paris to perform a second concert for UNESCO International Jazz Day.

At home, the Emilie Conway quartet has given sell out concerts in the John Field Room, National Concert Hall. In 2014, in association with Jazz on the Terrace, the Emilie Conway Quintet received an Arts Council Award to research and present the music of Alec Wilder in a nationwide tour. The songs chosen for this second album have been selected and developed from the repertoire for the 2014 tour.

“A heart stealer with the voice of an angel, smooth, mellow, sincere and deeply connected to both music and lyrics. She is no imitator but has a fresh approach and a sound that lingers on ...” - Fionna Duncan, UK

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FEBRUARY 2016

Good afternoon folks,

Well with the tremulous elements today; quivering spring and withering winter; it seemed an appropriate time to release my music video! Pathetic fallacy - check! Well then, here we go! I'm delighted to (finally) share with you:

Holding onto Autumn/You Must Believe In Spring music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_IbJ25JEM4

Thank you to Luke Sweetman-Pell ( https://vimeo.com/lukessweetman) and Devi Anna Chacun ( http://www.dualitymotion.com/musicvideos/)who shot the video. I've never done anything like this before so ....they were patient and wonderful and did beautiful work.

Singing a concert and having someone video you off in the distant invisible is completely different to doing a music video. (yikes!) And the ballet was challenging but I was determined to do it as I just saw it in the music. Thank you very much to ballet dancers and teachers Hilde van der Bergh, Caitriona Brocklebank and dance artist Selma Daniel.

Finally thank you to Mark Sheridan of Blacklodge Films who sat down with me and my octopus entangling rolls of film and helped put it altogether.

I hope you like it ! .......... And more news soon about our album launch on May 5 in JJ Smyth's :)

Best wishes,
Emilie xx

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JANUARY 2016

Good morning all,

I hope everyone is keeping well.

Yes, I guess it's the time of year - I have been hibernating. There are cycles in life and this one does feel more internal than external. But, spring is prompting an emergence. I'll have more news soon but, it's Valentine's Day this weekend so:

Do come out to hear Bryan Mullen and me this Saturday 13th from 8pm at The Trinity City Hotel; dates, dated, inundated, in love, or in a huff - We're doing the world-wise and world-weary, but always incomparably beautiful, songs of Edith Piaf. And, we'd love to see you!

Take care of yourselves and eachother,
Emilie

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SEPTEMBER 2015

Happy Autumn folks!

I hope you are all keeping well.

I am delighted and feel very privileged to be opening for Mary Coughlan in this year's Ranelagh Arts Festival:

Mary Coughlan with opening act, Emilie Conway Quartet
Sandford Park School
Friday 25th September 8pm (doors, 7:30)
Tickets 12E in advance from : https://secure.tickets.ie/Listing/EventInformation/25755/mary-coughlan-s...

This year's Ranelagh Arts Festival is now in full swing with a host of great gigs and events. See www.ranelagharts.org for full listing. Catch the last of these autumn sun slanting evenings at the Garden Party on Sat & Sunday 26 which includes Suzanne Savage, the Deans, Angel Hannigan as well as all kinds of activities and games for kids.

I'm also delighted to perform in support of Jonathan Ranson fundraising event at Clontarf Golf Club later on, Friday 25th. Information: http://www.teamjonathanranson.com/forthcoming-events.html

I am still working on the second album which I am hoping will be due for release later this year or early next year.

Thank you for coming out to JJs back in July when we were joined by special guest from NYC, bassist Marcos Varela - great to play to
a full house. And Marcos and I did some recording also .. more about that anon ....

Speaking of the slanting autumn sun .... in Fairview park the other evening .....

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JULY 2015

Good afternoon folks,

First up:

I'm delighted to let you know we raised 900E for Molly Mc Nally :) Thank you to my musicians and Aidan O Mahony of Omah Printing who generously sponsored in part the posters for the concert. This total does not take into account many people who told me they contributed directly to the trust via the web - so thank you also on behalf of the Trust. Little Molly was in Croke Park at the weekend so that's a good sign! Here is the acknowledgement from the Trust as it appears on the facebook page:

The Molly McNally Miracle Trust
We would like to say a big thank you to Emilie Conway and her musicians - Johnny Taylor, Dave Fleming and Dominic Mullen who recently held a concert "Waltz for Molly " in the National Concert Hall. A total of €900 was raised for Molly's trust. Thank you all so much and to everybody who supported this beautiful recital, it's greatly appreciated x

Secondly: am very excited about this - Marcos and I have been trying to get an opportunity to play together since December 2012!

Emilie Conway Quartet
Featuring Marcos Varela, Double Bass (NYC)
Live @ JJ Smyth's
Wednesday, 22 July, Doors 8:30pjm, Music 9pm 10E

Emilie Conway (voice) Johnny Taylor (piano) and Dominic Mullan (drums( are excited to join up with double bassist, Marcos Varela from NYC. Marcos Varela, who will be on tour with Peter Zak and Juri Puki, also plays regularly in the Mingus Big Band, Geri Allen, Billy Hart, George Cables, Jason Moran, and Clifton Anderson. He writes for TV and film and credits include Roots in Winter and Modern Family.

The collaboration with Emilie Conway and her musicians has been in the offing since Emilie first sang with Marcos in 2012. The quartet will present standards as well originals, spoken word and their own interpretation of some lesser known compositions by Joni Mitchell and A.C. Jobim.

Emilie Conway and Johnny Taylor recently returned from their International Jazz Day tour with performances in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Paris, France where they were very warmly received by full houses.

Reviews

“Splendid! Emilie Conway gets better all the time,” - The Sunday Independent

“Star of show is Conway’s voice,” - Hot Press

"Classic style," - Irish Times

"A beguiling and balmy listen. Emilie Conway is an award winning Dublin born jazz singer whose stage debut was an impromptu session with Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling in a Chicago club in 1999. She's not the only performer to impress - pianist Johnny Taylor also plays a blinder." - The Sunday Business Post

Take care of yourselves and eachother and we hope to see you soon!

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JUNE 2015

Good evening folks,

I Hope you are keeping well this shockingly summer evening. Quick scrape the rust off the bbq!

I do need to tell you straightaway about a very special concert on this day, in 2 weeks.

"Waltz for Molly"
FOR THE THE MOLLY MC NALLY MIRACLE TRUST
Emilie Conway Quartet
Emilie Conway - voice, Johnny Taylor - piano, Dave Fleming - double bass, Dominic Mullan - drums

Friday, June 19th, 1:05pm
The John Field Room, National Concert Hall
Tickets: €18/16 | 2 Ticket Discount 30E
Box Office: 01 417 0000
emilieconway.ie | nch.ie

I first heard about Molly last summer recording our second album at Dave McCune's studios. His daughter is in school with her. Molly is 7 years old and has a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. The school were doing a fundraiser for her treatment at the time and I just thought, I'd love to do something to help especially since I have 3 gorgeous little nieces, 3,5 &7 years, all healthy; I just can't imagine what it's like to have a sick little one. And, my musicians and I feel we have been lucky this past year with the Alec Wilder arts council award and most recently the invitation to perform in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. So do come on Friday lunchtime if you can and please spread the word .....

You can find more out about Molly and make a donation here: http://www.mollymcnallymiracletrust.com/index.html
and a beautiful song Molly's cousin Katie O Connor wrote here:http://www.mollymcnallymiracletrust.com/index.html

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Our International Jazz Day Dominican Republic - Paris Tour is behind us. Hard to believe! It was a wonderful and very moving experience. The feeling of warmth and responsiveness from the audiences for us was quite amazing - and the audience in Belles Artes was our biggest yet - 600 (which lucky I didn't know til afterwards!)

It was a joy and a privilege to collaborate with the Dominican people on Jazzomania Festival, for in the end, it really was a collaboration and Johnny, Damian and I couldn't have been more impressed by the professionalism, passion and talent. I had written lyrics to a waltz by Dominican composer Rafael "Bollumba" Landestoy so probably the highlight for me was meeting this 90 year old and hearing his very gracious approval of my lyrics and our arrangement of his music. He told me he wrote the melody 50 years ago in a monastery in Mexico and never dreamed an Irish girl would write words to it but then, he said, "life is full of surprises, isn't it true? I love that."

Here's link to a review that as far as I understand was shown on Dominican TV after we left! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Y7VARH-RM And, here's a link to my interview with Sean Brophy on Dublin City FM : http://jazzspec.blogspot.ie/2015/06/midweek-music-miscellany-wednesday-3...

My ongoing war with technology prevents me from inserting a hip photo collage here so I'll just try hammer in a few .... bang bish bash bosh.....clatter...


​Take care of yourselves and each other and we hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,
Emilie

ps if anyone is any good with imacs out there and wouldn't mind to give me a tutorial - please shout as it's getting rough around here! I realise hammering images into an e mail won't work every time!

APRIL 2015

Hello folks!

In preparation for their upcoming tour to the Dominican Republic and Paris:

The Emilie Conway Trio with pianist Johnny Taylor & bassist Damian Evans,
Perform Live at Ranelagh Arts Centre,
this Saturday, April 18th @ 8:30pm.
Doors: 8:30pm E10
Information & Booking: 01 4577 775

Yes, it's true ! We are in Ranelagh Arts Centre this Sat because we are also performing in the Dominican Republic .. and Paris ..! Though I almost still can't believe it.

Last autumn I was contacted by Dr Carlos Francisco Elias of Jazzomania, radio program in the Dominican Republic. The producers had found my music on the web and had been playing it and well.. It was being well received.....

.....Which led to the invitation to perform at Jazzomania Jazz Festival in April 2015 celebrating 21 Years of Jazzomania.

SO NOW, my trio and I leave 23 April for two performances: a concert @ Palacio Belles Artes, April 27 & a smaller recital concert at Hotel Bellini on April 28, where we are staying.

And then we go on to Paris where we have been invited to give a concert in Paris for International Jazz Day on April 30th at Cafe Universel where I performed with local musicians 2 years ago.

The unfolding of the possibility of such a trip, the invitation, the opportunity, the dedication of a small number of people to making it all happen has been and is being amazing and incredible and I guess, in one way, it hasn't even begun yet! Well, we'll give it a pre- start at Ranelagh Arts Centre this Saturday! ........

One future date for your diary:

Friday, June 19th: "Watlz for Molly, " Emilie Conway Quartet
Lunch time concert in aid of the Molly McNally Miracle Trust.

https://www.nch.ie/Online/Emilie-Conway-19Jun15
http://www.mollymcnallymiracletrust.com/

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DECEMBER 2014

Good morning folks,

I hope you are enjoying the festive season! I hope at least one of your Christmas wishes came true! :)

In case you are looking for something to do for New Years, why not come into the Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Dock, (www.markerhoteldublin.com) and say hi to me, Linley and Scott!? I am singing in the Brasserie from 7:30 - 10:30 with Scott Flanigan on piano and then from 11-1 in the bar with Linley Hamilton, trumpet and we aim to make it the funnest Jazziest New Year's Party this side of the Jazz Age.

It's been a very wonderful year starting with the concert in the Unitarian Church in aid of the organ fund which I'm delighted to say is right on schedule with the organ being back in use by April 2015. What a treat! Next, the "Dear World," tour of Alec Wilder's music thanks to the Arts Council award and Jazz on the Terrace and then the privilege of being invited to give a lunch time concert, "Jazz on a Summer's Day," in the National Concert Hall in August which sold out. This autumn, we had the first of the Chamber Jazz gigs in Ranelagh Arts Centre and a performance in Jazzbar Vogler in Munich. And, after 2 years of ? good old home grown procrastinating, we shot the ballet sequence for my music video .. you'll see ............

And what is all of this? Each concert is an opportunity for me and my musicians to share with you the ideas about life, love, the mystery; the rose, the blue and yellow, as it happens in the notes and silences of music by us and composers and lyricists I love. That sharing is a both a joy and privilege. Thank you.

There are exciting things ahead in 2015, recording, tour overseas, Chamber Jazz...but more about that anon ... For now let me thank you again sincerely for your support of live music, and wish you and yours a Very Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing you !

Take care of yourselves and eachother
Best wishes,
Emilie
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NOVEMBER 2014

Chamber Jazz @ Ranelagh (Speakeasy) Arts Centre

Emilie Conway creates a cozy speakeasy experience in which the song takes centre chambre at the Ranelagh Arts Centre, November 8th, 8pm.

Hope there's someone to answer the turquoise door at Number 26 Ranelagh, (Try whispering "I love Ranelagh Arts" into the near full moon night, if there's no response!) Walk through the gallery, exit by the hidden door in the far room into a narrow hall of climbing beanstalk bookcases and an old singer sewing machine. Go up a black wooden staircase to the first floor chambre, beneath Jean's art studio. You are invited to Chamber Jazz with chanteuse Emilie Conway, Myles Drennan, piano and Dave Fleming, bass. An evening of all kinds of jazz: songs, spoken word and good choooons!

Reviews:

“A wonderful talent. Emilie Conway sings her songs from her heart. She really means what she sings.” - Sheila Jordan, USA

“A heart stealer with the voice of an angel, smooth, mellow, sincere and deeply connected to both music and lyrics. She is no imitator but has a fresh approach and a sound that lingers on ...” - Fionna Duncan, UK

"Star of the show is Conway’s voice." - Hot Press

"Splendid. Emilie Conway gets better all the time." - The Sunday Independent

"Classic style." - The Irish Times
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SEPTEMBER 14

Good evening folks,

It must be The Second Coming - I arrived home this evening to the front steps of the house being power-hosed!! Either that or ... it's Ranelagh Arts Festival time of year AGAIN!

There's a great festival in full swing right now and runs from the 12th - 28th September. Please see www.ranelagharts.org for details of a host of exciting events from art, literary, music, drama, film, kids workshops, comedy, to walking- cycling tours ...and a dog show!. With the Arts Centre's Urban Greening project seeing plants and flowers sprouting out of the most unlikely places (a baby's pink high chair!) there really is something for everyone.

I'm delighted to be presenting La Vie L'Amour, Emilie Sings Piaf in the Wild Goose Grill next Sunday 21st @ 8pm. I had sung Piaf in Chicago but hadn't gone near the repertoire for 10 years, resuscitating and rediscovering it again, as a special once off concert in Birchalls for Ranelagh Arts Festival last year. Well, this once-off show grew legs .. and took my pianist and I up and down to Belfast a few times, most recently a 2 night run in Bert's Jazz Bar.

So now, very specially for Ranelagh Arts Festival and for the Wild Goose Grill where I've had a residency the past year and a half, we will do the show as a full quartet, with Belfast pianist, Scott Flanagan, my long-time bassist, Dave Fleming, and drummer Des Lacey.

Do join us for glass of wine or supper! Booking is advised. Please phone the Wild Goose Grill directly on: 01 4912377

The festival closes Sunday 28th with Family Day with a Brazilian flavour at which I'll be singing with my Brazilian band Poco Azul, sway and samba to the evocative melodies and grooves from Brazil: Garota de Ipanema, Madalena & many more.

Take care of yourselves and each other and I hope to see you soon!
Best wishes,
Emilie

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AUGUST 27th

Hello folks,

I'm writing to share some good news!

First of all: A full house in the John Field Room last week for "Jazz on a Summer's Day!!" My band and I were delighted! What a lovely hour we had with you. Thank you for coming and spending your lunch break with us. I'm so grateful to the National Concert Hall for giving us the opportunity. It is a magical place.

Secondly: since you've been following my music you might like to know that the concert was reviewed! Favourably!! In last Sunday's Sunday Independent! Please find the review below:

http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/jazz-emilie-conway-splendid-in-t...

So thank you all! very much for all your support! And thank you to Grainne Farren of the Sunday Independent for the review, and for her column, currently the only one that covers the jazz art form in a national newspaper.

Take care of yourselves and each other and I look forward to sharing more music with you soon!

Best wishes,

Emilie

PS: If you know of anyone else who might like to be on my mailing list, please let me know!

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AUGUST 14th 6 lunches til "Jazz on Summer's Day," Lunchtime concert @ the National Concert Hall

Good afternoon folks!

Welcome to the new folks on this mailing list who have joined after recent Belfast concerts. You are such a welcoming warm audience - thank you.

It's now 6 lunches away from my first ever lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall. It's an honour to be invited by the National Concert Hall to do this concert. Please do join us for:

August Lunchtimes - Jazz on a Summer's Day
Emilie Conway
Wednesday 20th August, 1.05pm

"Star of the show is Conway's voice." - Hot Press

"A wonderful talent. Emilie sings her songs from her heart. She really means what she sings," - Sheila Jordan USA

Emilie Conway is an award winning Dublin born jazz singer whose stage debut was an impromptu session with Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling in a Chicago club in 1999.

She has been described as "a heart stealer with the voice of an angel, smooth, mellow, sincere and deeply connected to both music and lyrics,” and with what the Irish Times called "classic style," Emilie Conway appeals not only to jazz fans but also to a more mainstream audience.

Following several sell out concerts and a recent countrywide tour of the music of Alec Wilder, Emilie returns to the John Field Room to present the sounds of summer with the sparkle of some well-known jazz standards, as well as a few hidden gems.
She is joined by her quartet; some of Ireland's leading jazz musicians: Johnny Taylor (piano), Damian Evans (double bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums)

https://www.nch.ie/Online/Emily-Conway-20Aug14

Presented by the National Concert Hall

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Devi Anna of Dublin Jazz Photography and I have been very busy also working on videos from our April tour "Dear World...:" If you missed the concert, you check out some of the songs of this lovely repertoire by Alec Wilder here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfcz8ZMgHZ4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zja_e3kdN5o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcH7ADZq9Mg

And finally I was delighted to be asked to sing together with pianist Bryan Mullen at artist Trevor J Browne's Exhibition Opening @ Coco's in Belfast. A glitteringly joyful evening. Thanks to photographer Stephen Potter for capturing many special moments. Photos have been posted to Facebook & twitter @emilieconway. Exhibition up until March 2015- go along and see it!

And for a little Thursday afternoon inspiration I'll leave you with the words of the late and very great Robin Williams whose talent brought us so much laughter, joy, wonder and, I believe, taught us something of compassion:

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."

Take care of yourselves and each other and we hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,
Emilie

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JUNE 17: Announcing Lunchtime Concert, August @ NCH, Friday's Jazz @ Wild Goose Grill, Emilie Sings Piaf @ Bert's Jazz Bar, Belfast

Good evening folks!

Well I don't know about you all but despite all the beautiful weather, my magic orchid blooming again, only a suggestion of its straggly straw recent awkwardness behind it; and the landlord splashing out on a new washing machine housed in flying trick shop like shed (for those who remember Forty Coats' Flying Trick Shop from the 80s !!)

.....despite all these DESPITES, the world can never the less seem a tired sort of repetitious place ..... this morning, I came across these lines of Robert Lowell's and the world was new again ......

I know that objects and eyesight vary greatly
in singleness and sharpness, but the iron
heart's vodka is the sky
under northern lights.

From: Imitations, "For Anna Akhmatova"

So upcoming gigs:

Super Exciting News First!
i recently got a phone call from the National Concert Hall to see if I would like to do a lunchtime concert in the John Field Room, August 20th. Would I!!!???
More details to follow but do please put August 20th, 1:05 in your diary and join us for an hour of "Jazz on a Summer's Day"
Booking: Box Office: 01 417 0000 Online: www.nch.ie (no booking fees) / info@nch.ie

Emilie Conway Jazz Trio returns to the Wild Goose Grill every Friday through July from 9:30.
I can't say enough good about the staff, ambiance, food and I hope the music! at the Wild Goose Grill so do pop in some evening. You can have dinner /supper or simply a glass of wine and supper but it is advisable to book or at least phone in advance on 01 491 2377

We had a great Piaf night recently in Ranelagh Arts Centre - thank you very much for coming.... If you are in Belfast on June 28th & June 29th I'm delighted to be invited to sing the music of Edith Piaf In Bert's Bar, The Merchant's Hotel with the Linley Hamilton jazz band as part of their celebration of all things French at the Hotel that weekend.

And I've started listening to the roughs from the studio after our first recording date of the Alec Wilder project ...... the second album is always an easier than the first .... right?????!!

Take care of yourselves and eachother and I hope to see you soon!

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May 9: The End of Dear World & Emilie Sings Piaf in Belfast & Ranelagh Arts Ctr

Well our tour "Dear World, Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder," has came to an end with a wonderful night at the Mill Theatre. Thank you from my quintet, Johnny, Damian, Dom and Brendan and I for coming to share this new music with us. It was a joy to see that you enjoyed it. Thanks so much to Allen Smith, Jazz on the Terrace and the Arts Council for facilitating the project... and thanks to the Ranelagh Arts Centre for the rehearsal space.

I'm slowly adapting to the general course of things again. Alec Wilder was often criticised for the non-serious titles of his music, but to me this was totally in line with his aesthetic, which was to say that music was a reflection and affirmation of life... and there is no doubt but that life in its infinite wisdom and mystery can certainly fire out a few non sequiturs....So why not tunes like, "Jack, this is my Husband," and "The Neurotic Goldfish!".... as well as "Give Me Time."??!

The good news is, if you missed the tour.. we are going into studio next Thurs to record the repertoire ...super excited ... so, as they say, watch this space.. Some photos below from the concerts taken by very talented Ewa Figaszweska.

But today and next Friday it's on to La Vie L'Amour, music of Edith Piaf in Belfast & Ranelagh Arts Centre. Do come along!

Friday, 9th May, 9pm | EMILIE Sings PIAF @ Teatro
17 Botanic Ave, Belfast, +44 28 9024 4090

Friday 18th May, 8:00pm | EMILIE Sings PIAF @ Ranelagh Arts Centre
26 Ranelagh Rd 01 5477775

Take care of yourselves and eachother and we hope to see you soon!
Best wishes,
Emilie

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April 22nd

Good morning folks!

What a lovely Easter!

Well we've been had a lovely time performing in Droichead Arts Centre, the Mermaid and Dunamaise, all beautiful theatres and attended by wonderfully warm audiences and now ...

The finale concert of our tour "Dear World," Emilie Sings Alec Wilder
Johnny Taylor, piano, Damian Evans, bass, Dominic Mullan, drums & Brendan Doyle, saxophone/clarinet
this Friday 25th @ The Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

As you know we've put months of work into researching and arranging songs by American composer Alec Wilder, many which have never been recorded or sang before and we think we have created something unique and special, as does the Friends of the Alec Wilder Foundation in the States who ran an article on our project! (please see below)

We'd love to share this music with you! Do join us for a very special night of premieres at The Mill this Friday, 8pm. Tickets 01 2969340 www.milltheatre.ie

If you happen to be at the Ballina Arts Centre this Thursday, we have our penultimate concert Tickets: 096 73953 www.ballinaartscentre.com

I'm not sure what I'll do on Saturday 26th when this project finally comes to an end ....I have been quite lost in the "Wilder"ness these past few months but .... I suppose there will be time......" for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions
And for a hundred visions and revisions
Before the taking of a toast and tea."

And I'm tempted to say first person back to me with the name of that poem gets a guest pass to the Mill!.......

Warm wishes, take care of yourselves and each other and we hope to see you soon!
Emilie

Page 6 – Friends of Alec Wilder Newsletter, 3237A 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Dear World: Young singer tours Wilder thru Ireland

Emilie Conway, a versatile singer who in the recent past has sung Billie Holiday and Abbey Lincoln, will sing Alec Wilder when she tours her home country of Ireland in April, performing Dear World: Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder. With a setlist of about 20 tunes, and a few choice instrumental interludes, Conway and company will perform five concerts over two weeks, bringing Wilder to the people of the Emerald Isle, largely courtesy of their arts-generous government.

Conway, who has an appealingly direct and relaxed vocal style, has honed her jazz chops whilst migrating between Chicago and Europe, working with singers such as the great Sheila Jordan. Two years ago she released her debut CD, a collection of jazz standards called The Secret of a Rose, which included I'll Be Around. Most tracks on the recording feature a band, but for Wilder’s best known tune Conway opted for just piano and voice. “My pianist and I so loved the purity of the Wilder song that we went for a very sparse arrangement,” says Conway, who also discovered Wilder through the Sinatra recording of Where is the One? “I listened over and over. Equally Peggy Lee's Crazy in the Heart."

Conway has explored and embraces the full range of Wilder’s work. She says, “I really like the way Wilder wrote so diversely, the way he featured atypical instruments, as in the octets. I think he was quite postmodern. He might have gotten a kick out of that classification, at least blown bubbles at it!”

Bubbles actually play a big role in this story. Emilie elaborates: “The whole concept for the concert came together when I saw that image of Alec blowing bubbles and Marian McPartland laughing in the background. I just loved that. And then I found that quote of Wilder's:

‘I’m concerned with the miracle of life in all of its incredible forms. I’ll stop for a spider,

a bird, a tree, a flower, a child, a book, a storm, a sound, a scent, a smile. I’ll blow bubbles, watch bobble birds, read a dictionary, listen to a sad tale, make up a puzzle, row a boat.’

“I just thought the lightness in that image and in that quote was so beautiful and so summed up Wilder’s sensitivity
and fascination with life, and at the same time, complete resistance to being any way pinned to it.”

As the young singer’s curiosity about Wilder was building, she fortuitously met jazz promoter Allen Smith, founder of Jazz on the Terrace, and a Wilder enthusiast. Conway says, “We got to talking about Wilder which led to the idea of doing a whole concert of his work. Then Allen had the idea of applying for some support from the Arts Council here, which in turn led to the idea of doing a tour, a concert series of Wilder's music!”

The five concerts begin Friday April 11 at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, County Wicklow and end at the Mill Theatre Dundrum in Dublin on April 25. Along the way are stops in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and Ballina, Co. Mayo. Backing Conway will be the quartet of Johnny Taylor, piano, Damian Evans, bass, Dominic Mullan, drums and Brendan Doyle, reeds.

“There are more beautiful songs than time will permit,” says the Dublin chanteuse, but certainly included in the setlist will be the poignant, rarely- performed Dear World, with words written by Bill Engvick nearly 50 years after Alec composed the unused Sand Castle soundtrack melody as Slow Waltz. www.emilieconway.ie for info and Youtube for songs.

Wilder and McPartland Photo by Louis Ouzer

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APRIL 1

"Something Beautiful Can Always Happen."
hello folks,

Something Beautiful Can Always Happen is a saying of mine ... I guess I say it often enough that a dear friend went and put it on a little blue wooden heart for me ... an act of itself so thoughtfully beautiful .....

But today was a day that was quite out of joint with this ideology and more along the lines of "nothing's bad that couldn't be worse.." UNTIL .... i went up to the Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

OK, apart from the fact that we have a concert there on the 25th April, y'all have to go there. It's a beautiful theatre but more than that, the people who work there are very special. I was there for a meeting with tech to check some lighting ideas. i guess I was visibly stressed and was offered tea, coffee, ....glass of wine? !! I cannot tell you how helpful the team were - they didn't have to be. it was time and kindness they weren't obliged to give, but they did. And I'd say I am perhaps the only visitor to Dundrum Shopping Ctr to walk by Abercrombie & Fitch today with a bag full of lighting gels, happy out! :) Something beautiful did happen.

And while we're on the subject, Something Beautiful Can Always Happen, let me tell you about the bubbles on the poster for the upcoming concert series, "Dear World," Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder, because that is a beautiful story of synchronicity.

I called the project "Dear World," etc after one of Wilder's songs and because he was an avid letter writer. Then I came upon a photo that captures a moment of Alec blowing bubbles, with none other than the brilliant late pianist Marian McPartland laughing in the background. I just thought the lightness in that image and the quote below so beautiful and so summing up of Wilder\s sensitivity, fascination with life and, at the same time, complete resistance to being anyway pinned to it ...

and THEN ... I enlisted the help of my friend Dee Gavin, artist, singer, pianist, everything! ...to help with putting together an image concerning bubbles .....

So here's the beautiful synchronicity part.. ... the "bubbles" that you see on the poster are actually not bubbles but an abstract from a photo Dee took of the reflections in puddles on a doorstep, Bleecker St & Houston, off Broadway in New York City! The reflection is actually the New York skyline! Except for the one "bubble" where Dee put in a detail from the score, Dear World!

... and they all lived happily ever after!

Concert listings below & The Little Blue Heart attached!
Hope to see you soon,
Best wishes,
Emilie

"Dear World," Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder

Friday 11th April: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray | Thursday 17th April: Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda,
Saturday 19th April: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise | Thursday 24th April: Ballina Arts Centre
Friday 25th April: The Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Presented by Jazz on the Terrace
Supported by the Arts Council

"I’m concerned with the miracle of life in all of it’s incredible forms. I’ll stop for a spider, a bird, a tree, a flower, a child, a book, a storm, a sound, a scent, a smile. l'll blow bubbles, watch bobble birds, read a dictionary, listen to a sad take, make up a puzzle, row a boat."
- Alec Wilder, (1907-1980)

Dazzling Dublin jazz singer Emilie Conway and her quintet bring to the stage the music of the enigmatic Alec Wilder: a music of haunting simplicity, beauty, humour, and warmth, brimming with Wilder's fascination with life.

"Star of the show is Conway's voice," - Hot Press
"Classic style," - Irish Times
"A beguiling and balmy listen," - The Sunday Business Post

Emilie has presented projects on Billie Holiday, Elis Regina and Abbey Lincoln. She now presents “Dear World,” together with her regular associates, some of Ireland's finest jazz musicians: Johnny Taylor (piano), Damian Evans (bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums) with the outstanding Brendan Doyle (saxophones)

MARCH 3
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry i could not submit both blurbs!"

Here are two versions of my copy for the Wilder concerts. I tend to linger long haggling over what way to put these things - and only to click "send" with restless resignation as a deadline threatens to turn into a landmine. I reckon here is where i don't have to choose so here are my two blurbs! I think both say something slightly different about the man and artist that is/was Alec Wilder..... something that I think is a bit important to put out there about him and his work......

Dear World,  Emilie Conway sings Alec Wilder
The Emilie Conway Quintet bring to life the music of Alec Wilder

Alec Wilder (1907-1980), set his music into the world as lightly as blowing bubbles even though his music was as essential to him as the breath of life itself. Largely self taught, music was Wilder’s lifelong obsession and dedication and he wrote diversely from songs to sonatas of haunting simplicity, humour and warmth that reveal an intelligent, sensitive mind fascinated by life. Ever the incorruptible free spirit, he couldn’t do the kinds of things it would take for his music to become popular though singers like Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra who loved and recorded many of his song including Crazy in the Heart, Trouble is a Man, Blackberry Winter, and I’ll Be Around.

The ballad, I’ll Be Around, first drew jazz singer Emilie Conway’s attention to Wilder’s music so much so that she recorded it on her debut album The Secret of a Rose which she released last year in a tour that was very warmly received. She has presented projects on Billie Holiday, Elis Regina and Abbey Lincoln. She now presents “Dear World” Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder together with Johnny Taylor (piano), Damian Evans (bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums) with the outstanding Brendan Doyle (saxophones)

"Dear World," Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder

"I’m concerned with the miracle of life in all of it’s incredible forms.  I’ll stop for a spider, a bird, a tree, a flower, a child, a book, a storm, a sound, a scent, a smile." - Alec Wilder, (1907-1980)

Dazzling Dublin jazz singer Emilie Conway and her quintet bring to life the music of the enigmatic Alec Wilder: sassy swing tunes to ballads of haunting simplicity, beauty, humour, and warmth, brimming with Wilder's fascination with life.

Wilder's music always had an originality that attracted singers Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday.  It was the purity of his tender ballad "I'll Be Around," recorded by Billie Holiday, that first drew Emilie's attention to this composer, so much so it became a featured song on her recently released critically acclaimed debut album, "The Secret of a Rose." 

Alec Wilder was born in Rochester, New York but made his home in New York City at the famous Algonquin Hotel. Though largely a self-taught composer, he studied composition and counterpoint at the Eastman School of Music.  Wilder’s music is a blend of American musical traditions: jazz and the American popular song, and “classical” European forms and techniques that totally resists labelling. He wrote, prolifically and diversely, from songs to sonatas, of remarkable originality, humour and warmth that reveal an intelligent, sensitive mind fascinated by life.

 An award winning singer, Emilie has previously presented projects on Billie Holiday, Elis Regina and Abbey Lincoln. Her quintet is comprised of some of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians: Johnny Taylor, piano; Damian Evans, double bass; Dominic Mullan, drums; and  Brendan Doyle, saxophones. 

FEBRUARY 24

Good evening - morning folks!

Please read below press release from the Dublin Unitarian Church about their Spring Concert Series which kicks off this Friday with Johnny and my concert. We are looking forward and have a few surprises up our shleebes!

Now, as you know the concerts are for a very good cause: the organ restoration, but that said, if you would like to avail of special offer tickets at €15, then please book in advance online at:
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org
On the night, tickets will be available on the door at €20.

Well that's all for now!
Thank you and best wishes,
Emilie :)

Spring Journey 2014 #1: Emilie Conway & Johnny Taylor at the Dublin Unitarian Church - Friday February 28th

Spring Journey 2014 is a series of 3 concerts planned to raise money for the ongoing Unitarian Church Organ Restoration Project. The target is to raise €250,000 by the end of 2015. The project itself, overseen by Irish organ-builder Trevor Crowe started in January 2014 and is due to be completed midsummer 2015.

The first concert in our Spring Journey 2014 season is Friday 28th February 2014. Emilie Conway and Johnny Taylor will play swing, ballads, blues and Latin in a show entitled “You Must Believe In Spring”. They will also be joined for some of the concert by double bassist Dave Fleming. We hope you can make it. Failing that, we hope you can help us spread the word in your own unique way – radio, print, online or just talking about it.

Spring Journey 2014: 3 Concerts for the Organ at Dublin Unitarian Church

Friday. Feb 28th, Friday. Mar 28th, Friday May 9th 2014
All concerts at 8pm
Dublin Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen's Green

Some of Ireland's finest musicians will perform special concerts this spring in aid of the Dublin Unitarian Church's Organ Restoration Project. Ranging from jazz to classical guitar via Flanders and Swann and Tom Lehrer, the concerts in this beautiful city centre venue will run in February, March and May, with special season tickets available for all three concerts. Irish Organbuilder Trevor Crowe has just begun work on the beautiful 1911 JW Walker Pipe Organ, and the profits from the performances will help complete it.

Singer Emilie Conway with Johnny Taylor on piano, will kick off the season on Friday Feb 28th with You Must Believe in Spring, a sensuous and infections combination of jazz and latin as heard most recently on Emilie's critically acclaimed debut CD, The Secret of a Rose, and in a national concert tour through 2012 bookended by successful concerts in the NCH in Dublin.

A Tip of the Hat- The Songs of Flanders and Swann, Tom Lehrer and more is the title for Friday March 28th, when singer Benjamin Russell, accompanied by David O'Shea on piano follow up on their Culture Night preview of this mix of British and US comedy song. Well known as classical musicians, they present this timeless repertoire with fun and style, making for a hugely enjoyable evening.

The season closes on Friday May 9th with the exquisite sound of Pat Coldrick on guitar. His beautiful flowing classical style, which also draws on jazz and new age music, has been heard in sold-out performances in Ireland and abroad, and on regular airplay of his debut CD Cayendo. He is now recording his second CD, thanks to a successful Fundit campaign, which yielded 110% of its target fund.

Tickets are excellent value: €40 season ticket for all 3 concerts, €15 per concert if bought in advance from www.dublinunitarianchurch.org or €20 per concert on the door. People are advised to book early, as capacity is limited.

Press information: Josh Johnston 086 892 0602
hello@dublinunitarianchurch.org
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org

FEBRUARY 9

Good morning folks!

Happy Spring! Look at my Orchid!! Still blooming, by now it's gone from Awkward to Orchid to a Magic Orchid!

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The truth is, I 'm always a bit wary about talking about things until I feel them taking shape ... and I guess reality is... though there is still plenty of work to be done, things are taking shape so here it is my big news:

ARTS COUNCIL GRANT awarded to Emilie Conway Quintet
to tour the music of Alec Wilder in April!
Administrated by Allen Smith Jazz on the Terrace.

There are so many talented and very hard working artists out there - I / we feel very lucky and very very privileged and will certainly do our very very best. Huge thanks is due to administrator, Allen Smith. And this tour gives me /us the opportunity to work with brilliant saxophonist Brendan Doyle. More details to follow but here are venues and dates.

April 11, Mermaid Arts Centre
April 17, Droichead Arts Centre
April 19, Dunamaise Art Centre
April 24, Ballina Art Centre
April 25, The Mill, Dundrum

SPRING JOURNEYS CONCERT SERIES @ Unitarian Church in Aid of Organ Restoration
28th February 8pm "You Must Believe in Spring," Emilie Conway & Johnny Taylor
Johnny and I were delighted to be asked to perform in this series. The Dublin Unitarian Church is a very beautiful concert venue as well as a spiritual place but the sound of its organ has been missing from services and concerts of late as it is 103 years old = very tired and wheezing! "Spring Journeys" is a series of concerts organised to raise funds to restore this beautiful instrument. And we will have a special guest on the night :) Tickets and more information from:
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/general/spring-journey-2014-three-concerts...

VALENTINE'S SOIRÉE: Emilie Sings Piaf @ Birchall's, Fri 14th Feb, 8pm
And finally, join me and Bryan Mullen on piano at Brichall's, Ranelgh, this Friday. All are most welcome irrespective of relationships status, in, out of, at odds with, since you know, Love does not exclude and Edith Piaf lived and sang abut all the beautiful and excruciating wranglings and entanglements of love, from the soft and gentle to raucous and defiant.

Take care of yourselves and eachother and I hope to see you soon!
Best wishes,
Emilie

2013

DECEMBER 5

Hello ho ho folks!

Awh janey! here we go! Can't believe it! Who can and how could one be ready? But the Christmas program will run with or without one and irrespective of how many other programs one has running! Lots of tiger balm for the temples, brussel sprouts and hot whiskey for the dispirited!

So, events of the season:

Saturday 7th December, 5pm:
RANELAGH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING by the Lord Mayor, Oisin Quinn
@ Ranelagh Triangle (outdoors beside the Centra)
Featuring: Emilie Conway & Christmas Jazz Combo
Independent Theatre Workshop
Gaelscoil Lios na nOg Choir
Santa & his One Horse Open Sleigh!!

I sang at this last year and experienced the most heartwarming moments of the year when the little ones started dancing and joining in on our songs, not to mention the joy on their faces when Santa arrived in a sleigh! Truly a lovely family event and it lasts just over an hour so you don't have to worry about waiting too long in the "oh the weather outside is frightful" cold!

Sundays 15th, 22nd & 29th 12 - 3pm
Shelbourne Christmas Jazz Brunch
I'm singing with Michael Behan, guitar; Andrew Csibi, bass & Kevin Brady, drums.
Do pop in if you're in the 'hood!

Thursday 19th 9:30pm
Westin Hotel
I'm singing with Phil Ware, piano; Andrew Csibi, bass & Kevin Brady, drums

And we had a lovely gig in Teatro, Belfast and we are looking at dates again in January. A total gem of a place, created by Fleur & Kryon Bourke, both artists & musicians who, after all their years on the scene, dreamed of designing their own restaurant as a place where musicians would enjoy performing in to an appreciative listening clientel. So the interior design is by Fleur, the piano is under a canape, which Kyron is apt to play without the drop of a hat, their paintings hang on the walls and there's a good sound system! It's a special spot!

Gosh, well if this is it before Christmas and it just might be - wishing you all

A VERY HAPPY JOYFUL & PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS

Thank you for all your support of my musicians and I. It's a gift to share our music with you and we are very very grateful to you for all your warmth and enthusiasm.

Take care of yourselves and each other and hope to see you over the Christmas!
Emilie x

Ps: attached a picture of my Awkward Orchid progress; I find it so fascinating!

NOVEMBER 22

Good afternoon folks,

I hope you are all keeping well. Little update......

Organised by the brilliant omni-efficient and enigmatic art curator, Tony Strickland, in Teatro, Belfast next Wednesday: Emilie Sings Edith Piaf with Bryan Mullen on piano. I am so looking forward to this. Please see more details below.

Secondly, tomorrow Friday 22nd is the final Jazz Supper at the Wild Goose Grill, Ranelagh for this year. (Christmas wish it resumes in the Spring!) It's being such a lovely gig for my musicians and I and so lovely to have joined by so many of you over the weeks - thank you for coming. Tomorrow eve it's the original ECQ: Johnny, Dave, Dom & I. Start 9:30. Reservations: 01 4912377

TEATRO * 17 BOTANIC AVENUE * BELFAST

LA VIE L'AMOUR
EMILIE CONWAY sings EDITH PIAF
WEDS 27TH NOVEMBER. 9PM
SUPPORT - JAZZ MANUCHE. 7.45PM

Inspired by her recent Paris debut, Jazz singer Emilie Conway turns her attention to one of the greatest ladies of song - the inimitable Edith Piaf. Piaf's life and music have been lifetime inspirations of Emilie's and in this intimate show with the backing of pianist Bryan Mullen, Conway presents some of her favourite Piaf songs, including La Vie L'Amour, La Vie en Rose and many more.

SPECIAL £10 DEALS INCLUDE
Tapas size beef bourgingion + glass of wine
Escargot + glass of wine
Steak tartare + glass of wine
Bookings - 0044 28 9024 4090 www.teatrobelfast.com

TONY STRICKLAND
Independent art curator
www.facebook.com/marginman

OCTOBER 11th

Ohhh! The Wild Goose Grill where I currently have a Friday night jazz residency just got a rave review from critic Ernie Whallley in last week's Sunday Times!!: "A restaurant at the very top of its form.' **** & a half stars!

Whalley describes his "astral evening" at Ranelagh's Wild Goose Grill with glowing praise for everything from the food, the room, the staff, to the chef Damien Hannon, who Whalley writes, "deserves to be famous." And adds, "a fine singer, the Emilie Conway Quartet put a further gloss on proceedings." :)) Of our special guest, Louis Stewart, joining Johnny, Dave and I for Culture Night, Whalley attributed the due praise, "a world renowned guitarist for whom the saying 'no man is a prophet in his own country' might have been invented."

Congratulations from me and my musicians to Kevin McMahon & all at The Wild Goose Grill. Their dedication, passion and indeed pleasure in what they do is consistently clear to us as we sing and play over some swinging plates, clinking glasses and the swish of changing table cloths!

Do come down folks! Robson Rocha, Dave Mooney, Cote Calmet and I; Brazilian Jazz tomorrow eve. Friday 1st Nov I am singing with guitarist Eamonn Moran, Dave Fleming & Cote Calmet with a slightly different program of tunes that includes interpretations of Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell & Glen Campbell. Then it's back to the ECQ for Fridays 8th, 15th & 22nd of Nov.:)

SEPTEMBER 18th
Good evening folks,

Am just getting ready for La Vie, L'Amour, Emilie Sings Edith ... but just had to abandon the curling tongs (usually do that in the venue anyways) to share these thoughts with you....

Some years ago I came up with: "Time is Love, so Love is how you spend your Time." I guess even when it's one's own philosophy, one can forget it. Or, perhaps it's just easier to think like this when you've less life experience and are tripping the ripples... but with the abundance of the colours and shades of living, it can all get a bit tricky to say the least! I feel it's like the shadows of experience gradually wraps the heart in cling-film, making it a little more untouchable or removed. Funny enough, they call it shrink wrap in the States, don't they? ... The shrink-wrapped heart, perfect ornament for the shelf!

And then there's the "culture of cool" which seems to send the message that you shouldn't really care about anything too much. Or at least, don't be seen to care. Take a chill pill, be like the proverbial duck that all that water rolls off.

But what's the point? What is the point if we don't care about ourselves and each other? And what happens in our gardens, towns, families and, well, world? And what's the point if we don't show we care?

Revisiting these songs of Edith Piaf's now, which I used to sing almost 10 years ago, has been very enlightening, and affirming - and challenging to remove some of the cling-flim! She really addresses the whole spectrum of life, of joy and pain and loss and, in the end, always insists gratitude and love, a love that is all the more real and beautiful precisely because of all the "larmes" (tears):

Mais moi, j'ai dans le cœur de quoi toujours aimer,
J'aurai toujours assez de larmes pour pleurer,
J'aurai toujours assez de rire pour effacer,
Les tristes souvenirs, acroches, ou passes,
Je veux toujours aimer, je veux toujours souffrir.
Si je n'dois plus aimer, moi je préfère mourir.
Mais, moi, j'ai dans le cœur de quoi toujours aimer,
Aimer... Aimer... (Toujours Aimer)

And while we're on the subject, we are?, well we are now! I would like to share with you another story that I think is a beautiful illustration of humanity. As you know earlier in the year Dave Fleming and I ventured forth from our respective scribblers closets to show our poems the light of dusk with "Words & Music" one evening in Ranelagh. In that evening Dave read a beautiful poem he had written about Seamus Heaney. Someone told Dave he should send that poem to Seamus, which eventually Dave did only to receive a handwritten letter in gratitude from Seamus himself. How precious. And how beautiful that they both cared enough. I think Seamus Heaney gave us a beautiful poetics of humanity.

The story doesn't end there, for on Seamus' passing, Dave was inspired to write another poem in his memory. Along with all the other tributes to Seamus Heaney on Facebook, Dave added his poem, which you will please read below (and I'm sure he'll read it again this Saturday at Scenes from the Salon,St. Phillips Parish Hall, 8pm). The poem was spotted by someone in the Irish Times and published making Dave Fleming now a published author! Congratulations Dave!!

Take care of yourselves and each other and hope to see you soon! Now, I really have to get ready, fast!
Emilie
His Master's Pen

In memory of Seamus Heaney 1939-2013

The house awoke to sunrise
Over Sandymount Strand
But today was to be no ordinary day.

The pen, that lay on the desk
In the sun-filled attic study,
Overlooking the world and its movements,
Would not be stirred from its horizontal slumber.

Today, an eerie silence filled the space
As reflections of time-past
Whispered in faint echoes.
Fragments of old poems flash into life
Lightening bolts of memory fill the room
With agitated excitement and then
Deposit that curious static dryness on the air,
Having been sucked of the life-blood of its creativity.

The pen, that relic of the ancient craft
Had served as friend and servant
To the fertile mind of its master;
Had served as fellow-traveler
On the many fantastic journeys of his mind;
Had served as companion and comforter
During the lonely periods of creative famine;
The blank page awaiting the scratch of activity
The black markings giving contrast and balance
To the blinding whiteness of the empty void.

That pen will stir no more,
Sitting forlornly on the desk,
Reposing on the arena of past triumphs,
But confident that it had
Participated in some epic adventures,
Guided by a true colossus.
Never again will it experience the surprise
Of new words describing the ordinary;
Of extra-ordinary concepts
Conveyed with everyday words.

The pen, like its master, at last can rest,
Having served the world, the country
And most significantly, the beloved flock,
Of ordinary people who felt to know him intimately.
He addressed them with a warmth and caring
For he understood their human condition,
He recognised the importance of the normal
The complexity of the simple bits and pieces.

The enforced silence will roar loudly on the horizon
As the pen adapts to the tranquility of redundancy
While the master proceeds to join his peers in another place:
The bond, which endured a lifetime, finally broken?

Dave Fleming
30th August 2013

SEPTEMBER 13th,
Hello folks,

Well, it's 'Another September," tho for me, autumn's entry has been slightly delayed by a few daze of sun in the Tuscan hills for my drummer, Dom & Lydia's wedding. Yes it was as completely beautiful as they are. Congratulations Dom & Lydia!

To temper how jammy this all sounds, and indeed was, let me tell you I am sitting here with several souvenir mosquito bites .. tho I'm going to call them kisses; since that sounds more romantic and a little less itchy so I can hope to focus and let you know the many exciting events that are coming up this month! (Stop scratching!)

The Jazz Supper Club resuming at the Wild Goose Grill, First Floor, 1 Sandford Rd, every Friday from 9:30.
Each week features some of Ireland's most up and coming jazz musicians with today, 13th September, featuring my trio: pianist Johnny Taylor and bassist Dave Fleming.
Come and listen over a glass of wine or sample from their supper menu, especially created by the chef for these evenings. No cover charge. www.thewildgoosegrill.ie

Living legend, Jazz Guitarist, Louis Stewart to guest with Emilie Conway Trio for Culture Night @ The Wild Goose Grill, Friday September 20th, from 9:30
What more can I say? I am beyond delighted and privileged. For reservations please call: (01) 491 2377 No cover charge

Ranelagh Arts Festival: "La Vie L'Amour," Emilie Sings Edith @ Birchalls, Ranelagh, Wednesday 18th September, 9:30pm FREE
Inspired by her recent debut in Paris, local jazz singer Emilie Conway turns er attention to one of the greatest ladies of song; the inimitable Edith Piaf. Piaf's life and music has long been an inspiration to Emilie and so, together with Bryan Mullen on piano, she presents some of her favourite Piaf songs, including La Vie, L'Amour, Milord, L'Hymne a l'Amour, La Vie En Rose & more.

Ranelagh Arts Festival: Scenes from the Summer Salon, St. Phillips Parish Hall Saturday 21st, 8pm – €8
A gala revue featuring a selection of highlights from a summer of literature and music in Ranelagh. Performers include MacDara Woods, Ciaran and Martin Tourish, Ronan Sheehan, Emilie Conway and Dave Fleming, Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw and Niamh Kinsella, Eriko Tsugawa-Madden with Philip Horan and Junshi Murakami, Patrick Deeley, Adrian Kenny, Mercedes Trinchero and Kama Swoboda, and Anne Haverty.

Ranelagh Arts Festival: Spanish Night, The Village Market, Thursday, 25th September, 8pm - E10
The Arts Festival gains some flamenco flavour with a night of Spanish food, music and dance.Come join our fabulosa Spanish fiesta with lovely tapas, jamon, and mucho mucho more. Featuring music from and The Flamencokillers and Emilie Conway & Bruno Maia.

For more information on the Ranelagh Arts Festival, please visit: www.ranelagharts.org.

JULY 26
Bonjour !

Upcoming: "Fine Together" Emilie Conway Quartet Featuring Linley Hamilton @ JJ Smyth's
Thursday, August 1, Doors: 8:30pm Gig: 9pm
JJ Smyth's
12 Aungier St, Dublin 2,
€10 | www.jjsmyths.com

Finally, after many postponements and rescheduling, (sorry!) I am delighted to announce that the concert with Belfast's most loved and lyrical trumpeter, Linley Hamilton, is finally taking place... in JJ Smyths next Thursday 1st of August. Though I have guested in JJ's before, this is actually my first full concert in Dublin's oldest Jazz and Blues club. I am delighted to be making my debut there with Linley, Johnny, Dave and Dom. Kick off the bank holiday weekend and come see us :)

Non,,je ne suis pas de tout pressee d'oublier l'effet de Paris!! C'etait incroyable joli et inspirant. Johnny couldn't come at the last minute which was unfortunate but it provided an opportunity for my Mom's inaugural tour! What she lacked in piano skills she made up for in enthusiasm for Paris boutiques. If anyone is tempted to think that La Vie en Rose is an illusion, spend a day with my Mom: Pink is King and it's everywhere! From the balcony of our room on the top floor of Hotel Familia, we got a perfect view of military planes trailing PINK-red, white and blue across the sky over Notre Dame Cathedral for Bastille Day celebrations. No street level Bastille celebrations with your typical Parisian riff raff for us!

My bassist Sava, organised guitarist, Felix Lemerle, to fill in for Johnny. which Felix did, beautifully and competently. And we did have a very lovely gig with a warm, attentive audience, thanks very much to all. Cafe Universel is very a special place with a real New York vibe about it - to its owner Azu, whose passion for the music is so energising - merci beaucoup Azu, surtout pour le champagne a la fin de la soiree :)

Dave and I ventured forth again with our "Words & Music" project as part of the Ranelagh Summer Salon earlier in July and it was warmly received. Thank you. I would highly recommend the Salon; a literary programme of readings, discussions taking place every Wednesday, 7:30 at the Ranelagh Arts Centre. There are just two remaining events, please see www.ranelagharts.org for further info.

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm for my/our music. It is much appreciated. If you are traveling to Paris and staying in the 5th, I would recommend both Hotel Familia (v friendly & has air con!) and Hotel des Grandes Ecoles (no air con, but charming, and environs makes u feel like a Duchess!)

Take care of yourselves and eachother and hope to see you soon,
Emilie

JUNE 21

"Never criticise a man who buys ink by the barrel." - Mark Twain
"And never criticise a woman who buys ink by the barrel, either," - Emilie Conway

Good afternoon folks,

Since the whole world is hooked on self improvement these days, the catch -all response "grand" having become extinct, or worse, existential, when i pick up these pearls of wisdom / helpful hints on my journey through the supermarket of life, I really feel it would be remiss of me not to pass them on. It's always a good thing to know when one should hold one's tongue!

That being done, this e mail is to let you know that the final Jazz Supper Night is happening at the Wild Goose Grill, Ranelagh tomorrow, Friday night at 10pm. If you are finished the BBQ, do pop in for a wine or tea and a sample from the Chef's supper menu. Reservations: 01 4912377. If you haven't managed to make it to the Goose this run, the good news is, it looks like we are set to re-commence the Jazz Supper Club there in Autumn. it's been a great six weeks singing with the best musicians in town and both the clientele at the restaurant and I have also loved when we've had musicians come to sit in. So to musicians out there, you are welcome to stop by and sit in - just give me a heads up.

The other very exciting news is that Johnny Taylor and I have been invited to play at Cafe Universel, Paris this coming July 14th - Bastille Day! We will be joined by long-time friend and musician Sava Medan on double bass. I first met Sava way back in 2000 when I sat in on a jam session in Munich! So it's lovely all these years on to have our worlds meet. I do love that about life, at any point in time, you never fully know what seeds are being planted or what might be growing - but time does show......

Have a grand, grand time out in the sunshine!

MAY 24, 2013
The Jazz Supper Club comes to Dublin

The 3rd in a series of 6 Jazz Supper Nights at the Wild Goose Grill with the Emilie Conway Qtet. Each Friday night features one of Ireland's most up and coming Jazz musicians. This Friday 24th features Damian Evans, bass along with Johnny Taylor, piano and Dominic Mullan, drums.

While Jazz Supper Clubs are common in the States, as yet, they are few and far between in Ireland. This 6 week series is inspired by a passion for art; for jazz at the Wild Goose Grill: and their desire to create a setting that first and foremost showcases the music. Come and listen over a glass of wine or sample from their supper menu, especially created by the chef for these evenings.

Reservations: 01 4912377
www.wildgoosegrill.ie
www.emilieconway.ie

MAY 9, 2013
Hello folks,

Well clearly summer has shown it exists and sees no reason to go on repeating itself!! And although I am disappointed, since I had just applied the first layer of fake tan to my clothes, (let's be honest, that's where it goes!) perhaps we can take the viewpoint to esteem summer for it's lack of nagging pedantry as we turn our radiators up full blast, again. Perhaps ...

It was lovely to see you at the Bray Jazz Festival last weekend. The festival was a great success with a super atmosphere - thank you for making it so.

So, instead of summer - let's have supper!
The first of a 6 week series of Jazz Supper Nights at The Wild Goose Grill, Ranelagh begins tomorrow Friday, 10pm with the Emilie Conway Quartet. Each week features some of Ireland's most up and coming jazz musicians. This week features pianist Johnny Taylor. May 17 features Julian Carlorassi, guitar. Please see below for more information.

And the Quartet and I are looking forward to May 18, Fine Together with Linley Hamilton @ The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. This event seems to be garnering some interest from BBC radio, so fingers crossed!

One little note - the May concert at Bewley's Cafe Theatre with Linley is provisionally rescheduled to June 28th. Sorry for any inconvenience and I hope to get confirmation soon.

Take care of yourselves and each other and looking forward to seeing you soon,
Emilie

Jazz Supper Nights @ The Wild Goose Grill, Ranelagh
Fridays 10 - 12pm with Jazz Singer Emilie Conway

May 10, Featuring Johnny Taylor, piano
May 17, Featuring Julian Carlorassi, guitar
May 24, Featuring Damian Evans, bass
June 7, The Brazilian Jazz Trio with Robson Rocha, guitar, Dave Mooney, bass
June 14, Featuring Johnny Taylor, piano
June 21, The Brazilian Jazz Trio

Late Supper Menu Available
Reservations: 01 4912377
www.thewildgoosegrill.ie

MAY 2013
Well I guess we are all gearing up for the bank holiday weekend, and even if not, it'll pass anyway!

Vladimir: That passed the time.
Estragon: It would have passed in any case.
Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly. (Beckett, Waiting for Godot)

(Not sure why the Beckett visitation this afternoon but sure- why not!)

So I guess, by means of introduction, time flies when you're having fun and there is certainly lots of fun to be had at the 14th Bray Jazz Festival this weekend. Please see www.brayjazz.com. In this lean times it is no mean feat that this festival is in its 14th run - and it's testament to the brilliant artists they bring in from home and abroad and a brilliant atmosphere created. So do come check it out. More than 40 concerts, free and ticketed. And I am delighted to be a part of it. The Emilie Conway Brazilian Jazz Quartet are invited back to play Holland's Bar again this Saturday night, 9pm and I am singing duo with Johnny Taylor on Sunday evening at the Glenview Hotel, 9:30pm. Both are free events.

The other very exciting announcement is that we have a residency! At the Wild Goose Grill in Ranelagh. Starting Friday, May 10 at 10pm My band and I are super excited about this. We played there in March and just had such a good time. The staff, atmosphere, and FOOD, are all so very excellent and very professional and a very music appreciative clientele to boot! We can't wait!

APRIL 2013
Welcome to those of you who I met at the United Arts Club and McHugh's up in Belfast and who have now joined my mailing list. It is lovely to have you join us. :)

Immediate exciting news is that The Secret of a Rose was digitally released on iTunes yesterday, 4th April, a year to the day since our big launch concert last year at the John Field Room, The National Concert Hall. I have to thank singer- songwriter and technical guru Maurice Byrne for helping me get this done.

So this update comes quite last minute, I'm sorry. Like many at the moment, I caught that "Spring Will Be a Little Late (& Cold) This Year" virus and it slowed me way weigh down! Maybe we didn't do enough "You Must Believe in Spring" gigs this year for Spring to bring its warmth with it. Around the CD release last year we did 6 gigs and were in the middle of a heatwave by now, remember?!

Anyway, to let you know:

Emilie Conway Jazz Quartet @ Bewleys' Cafe Theatre
Emilie Conway, voice, Johnny Taylor, piano, Dave Fleming, double bass, Dominic Mullan, drums
Vocal Jazz
Sunday, April 7, Doors: 8pm
€10
www.emilieconway.ie
www.myspace.com/emiliecnway

The Emilie Conway Quartet are delighted to present a new program of vocal jazz in their musical home, Bewley's Cafe Theatre.
“Star of the show is Conway’s voice.” Hot Press
"A wonderful talent. Emilie Conway sings her songs from her heart. She really means what she sings.” Sheila Jordan, USA
“Emilie Conway is a heart stealer with the voice of an angel, smooth, mellow, sincere and deeply connected to both music and lyrics. She is no imitator but has a fresh approach and a sound that lingers on ...” Fionna Duncan, UK
"Emilie Conway, a Dublin born jazz singer whose stage debut was an impromptu session with Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling in a Chicago club in 1999, is possessed of a set of air freshener tones and uses them to very adroit affect...... But she's not the only performer to impress - pianist, Johnny Taylor, also plays a blinder. “ The Sunday Business Post
"A jazz singer in the classic style ...Emilie Conway’s slightly breathy unaffected voice has an authentic quality which renders even the most saccharine songs believable..."
The Irish Times
"This young Irish singer combines a love of melody with a feeling for the nuances of lyrics. Her diction is spot-on at every tempo. She has the kind of straight-ahead style that appeals not only to jazz fans but also to a more mainstream audience. Her musicians are second to none when it comes to sensitive backing." The Sunday Independent

I will also be singing at the Bray Jazz Festival - details to follow.

So for now, take care of yourselves and each other and if you are ill - then let me recommend Breakfast at Tiffany's and Hotel Transylvania !! These movies have healing properties! Amour is good too but a bit too sad.

MARCH 2013

Well, we did it! Words & Music, The Very New Project, the one subject to much rumination and procrastination - if it were a leap year if would never have happened! Last Thurs 28 in the home of the Ranelagh Arts Centre - thank you for your support :)

Now, in March, join the full quartet, Johnny, Dave, Dom and I at the historic and folkloric beautiful Georgian house that is the United Arts Club for the Dublin “You Must Believe in Spring” concert. New tunes as well as favourites from recent album ‘The Secret of a Rose' to celebrate spring as a season of hope and change. There'll Be Some Changes Made, Joy Spring, Aguas de Marco, It Might As Well Be Spring, Hum Drum Blues & more.

Since its founding in 1907, the United Arts Club has been a unique gathering place for lovers of arts and culture, everyone from Iranian princesses to Nobel Prize winners. If you have never been to this members only club, then our gig is the perfect initiation! Make an evening of it and phone the chef Anthony on 086 8814185 to book dinner. Anthony's cooking was recently highly recommended by the Brennans on RTE1's "At Your Service." And have a drink in the fabled bar and log your opinion on "T/he Controversy of the Pink Seats!" If you want to carry on after that, follow Johnny down to the Sugar Club where he is playing with the super cool neo soul hip hop group, BUTTER.

The Quartet and I are also playing in The Wild Goose Grill, Ranelagh, 15th March as part of Ranelagh St Patrick's Weekend Fest. It's a great restaurant - classy, intimate and great food.

And finally, some most exciting news for me, Linley Hamilton has invited me to sing again with his band in Belfast on March 23 & 30th at McHugh's Bar and afterwards at Bert's Bar, the Merchant Hotel. I feel very privileged :)

FEBRUARY 2013

Words & Music, Ranelagh Arts Centre, Feb 28th 7pm
This is a very New Project! Bassist, Dave Fleming, and I tentatively come out of the scribbler’s closet to show our words the light of dusk, or at most, candlelight at the Ranelagh Arts Centre. Poems, pieces, songs & double bass sounds!
BYOB, BYOT. Or, BYO whatever you're having yourself!

JANUARY 2013

"Just think, when winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
(You Must Believe in Spring, Legrand/Bergmann)

I hope everyone is settling well into 2013.

Ok, I have thought about it and I can't lose "You Must believe in Spring" as the musical focus for our spring concerts. It's just too lovely a thought, and so beautifully hopeful a focus, especially in the early dark days of January. Thank you Michel Legrand and Marilyn and Alan Bergman for giving the world this song.

Why resist it? For me to at this stage it seems to have evolved into an annual tradition anyway, since our first "You Must Believe in Spring" concert in 2009. And, it gave birth to my album. So, I am happy to say, for the foreseeable future, the focus for my concerts in spring, is spring and hope: "You Must Believe in Spring," and as such will include music from my album, "The Secret of a Rose" and new tunes I discover that correspond to that focus.

So, with that in mind, I am delighted to announce the Quartet's first "You Must Believe in Spring" concert of the year at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday 9th of Feb. This is a Valentines Concert :)) but not just for couples, as we are performing The Secret of a Rose repertoire, and you know, hope and love is for everyone! It's not an exclusive concept or way of life!

DECEMBER 2012
Hello folks

Oh oh oh! It's Christmas!!!

(friends of mine accidentally put their ho ho ho Christmas decoration up the wrong way but then left it that way - we all agreed oh oh oh was truer to life expression this time of year when one is up the walls and stuck up there in sellotape and gift wrap, piles of Christmas cards tottering into the bread bin along with the receipts for all expenses of 2012, there's tumble weed blowing through the hallways and getting caught in boughs of jolly that apparently "no one" put there. Children, animals, partners, friends, enemies, tofu turkeys et al. all multiplying exponentially before and behind one's eyes..... To calm down one rolls and smokes a Christmas list, before facing the reliable disappearance of the infernal other shoe every time one tried to GET OUT of the HOUSE!.. OH OH OH indeed!

Now, I will attempt to be brief as it's that time of year - we all have 3 children, at least!

Firstly : Gig. Last of the year and it will be a blast. Do come down if you are free, the gig is anyway! Ditch the Christmas lists for a sleigh-full of vouchers - everyone knows they are completely void of imagination but at this stage, they're near enough!

"Zat you? Santa Claus?
No 37 Dawson St, this Sunday, 23rd, 4-6:30pm
complete and unabridged set of jazzy Christmasness..
with me, Myles Drennan, piano, Dave Fleming, double bass, Abel Benito, drums
FREE event!

And THANK YOU. It's been a wonderfully successful year with the launch of my debut album, The Secret of a Rose, the countrywide tour, the album going into shops, coverage on radio and in the press. Indeed it got a nice recommendation as a Christmas gift in the Sunday Independent recently -and it is still available in HMV Grafton St and www.emilieconway.ie as well as independent record stores around the country.

The point is, it all couldn't have happened without your sustained support, nor would it all have meant much if you were not there to come out and enjoy and share in the music with us. I am very very grateful and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for a bright and brilliant 2013. See you in the new year!

Take care of yourselves and each other,
Emilie

NOVEMBER 2012
It has been a bit quiet on the gigs front of late; I eventually marshaled the pile of unruly and unkempt paperwork, which was growing larger and more boring with every passing day. :) I also went on an experiment commonly known as a holiday - findings somewhat uncertain... it was a bit like Dun Laoghaire, except further away, and as modes of transport go, there's a finer grasp of feng shui on the Dart than on Ryanair.

So, finally getting back to some music, i am excited to announce some upcoming gigs.

Brazilian Vocal jazz this Friday, 7:30 at a very charming little venue, the Blackrock Market Cafe, organised by Tony Strickland, Independent Art Curator (Thank you very much Tony!). The food is great and you can bring wine from your own vineyard. My guitarist, Bruno Maia and I are looking forward. More details below and advanced booking is recommended - 086 315 1786 or BLACKROCKMARKETCAFE@GMAIL.COM

Come out for Turning on the Christmas lights in Ranelagh. We will be at the Triangle with "Zat You Santa Claus?" Jazz Christmas Classics on Sat, December 1st, 4pm. A family event and free!

Ditch the Christmas shopping and come to No. 37, Dawson St on Sunday, 23rd December, 4-6:30pm for "Zat You Santa Claus?" the extended and unabridged set! With me will be Dave Fleming, Myles Drennan and Abel Benito :)

SEPTEMBER 2012
Thank you very much for the response last Thurs, 6th at the National Concert Hall. it was a special concert and I am very grateful to you, and to my band, Johnny, Dom, Damian Evans, filling in beautifully on bass for Dave Fleming (who unfortunately couldn't play due to illness ) and featured artist, Linley Hamilton, on trumpet. I do hope to work with Linley again in the future so we'll see.

There are a few remaining engagements before Johnny leaves at the end of the month which have no entry fee!!.............................. :)

Today, September 15th, Ranelagh Arts Festival, Market Venue, Doors: 6pm
Artist Robert Ballagh will open The Contemporary Art Exhibition at 7pm
Johnny Taylor, piano, Dave Fleming, bass and I will play a set beginning 7:30.
There are loads of interesting things happening in Ranelagh this week.
For more information on today's event and events through the week, please see www.ranelagharts.org

Tomorrow, Sunday, September 16th, Balbriggan Autumn Jazz, The Central: 5pm
Vocal Jazz Duo, Johnny Taylor, piano & I, voice.
This is a packed one day festival - For more information on all the other musicians and gigs please see www.youtube.com/watch?v=h02kxDW-Cnw

Farmleigh September Events: Sunday, September 23rd, Emilie Conway Quartet, 2 - 4pm
Events run Fri - Sun every weekend this month out in Farmleigh from Music to Farmer's Markets to Family Days including mountain biking, archery etc (ie, "sport" - whatever that is??? ......)
Our concert on the 23rd is one of a series of September concerts which feature various singers. Edel Meade is singing this Sunday 16th. Please see www.farmleigh.ie/Events

I hope everyone is keeping well. Yes, this update is a little last minute but better late than never - I think my promotions manager (ie. me) is a little be-colded and be-coughed. I hope it's not man flu!!!

Take care of yourselves and eachother!

AUGUST 2012

Getting ready for "Fine Together" with Linley at the John Field Room, National Concert Hall, Thursday, September 6, 8pm. Tickets at www.nch.ie, box office: 01 417 0000 & Early Bookers offer of €12.50.

I wasn't going to have a theme for this concert, like I usually do. However, when I looked at the repertoire it struck me that the concert title "Fine Together," (after the tune by Swedish sax player, Lars Gullin) had taken on a life of its own. It no longer described only the band's musical relationship but, beyond that, a belief in relationships. That we are never ever actually alone, but we are always relating, to ourselves, to each other, and to nature... and that what these relationships bring to our lives is beauty, and often, unexpected gifts. And of course music provides a means of relationship...

Again the Legrand / Bergman partnership say it:
If we can try with every day to make it better as it grows.
With any luck, then i suppose, the music never ends.
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"

JULY 2012

Love, it is morning.
Look, the sunrise the light in delight
Shines on yesterday's rain.
Last night's teardrops of pain,
Now they sparkle, dance, fly...
Caught in the morning wind
They swirl into the sky.

I want you, give me your hand love,
Come see as I see.
Leave your thoughts.
Look this light-life so brilliant,
So magical changes the rain,
Makes it sparkle-dance-fly,
Glitter-winded to sky.
Come take my hand
Let's face the sun of our new day....

I wrote these lyrics recently to AC Jobim's "Estrada do Sol", instead of washing a big pile of dishes.... Writing poems does not help the dishes get washed, mind you, but in the process you do, at least, clean forget about them...... Anyway, I just had to include it as an intro to this update as I really hope we will all be facing the Saturday morning sun after today's rain...

Well, Johnny, Dave, Dom and I are finally returning to our musical home, Bewley's Cafe Theatre for two summer dates: July 11 and 18. Do come down to see us for music that will, I hope, raise the spirits and soothe the very waterlogged souls this summer!

I would also like to announce a very special event: we are making a return to the National Concert Hall,September 6: with"Fine Together," The Emilie Conway Quartet, Featuring Linley Hamilton, Trumpet

This will be a very special concert as it will serve as a "Bon Voyage" performance for my pianist, Johnny Taylor. Johnny is taking a sabbatical and so this is a final chance for me to sing with him and for you to hear his beautiful playing until Spring 2013!!!! I can't say enough good about working with Johnny - I/we will miss him but I am very grateful to him and I wish him all the best.

Belfast trumpeter Linley Hamilton released his album "Taylor Made" last year to critical and popular acclaim. The album name is chosen in recognition of pianist Johnny Taylor's musical contribution. On hearing Linley's trumpet playing on his beautiful, honest and super swinging album, i have wished to work with him and so I am delighted and privileged that he will feature with us in September. We are collaborating on selected material from both albums as well as some new surprises. This evening's concert will be a celebration and our sharing of beautiful music with you the audience that for those couple of hours in time, makes us all "Fine Together."
Tickets are on sale at www.nch.ie and there is an early bookers offer again of €12;50

Johnny and I had the privilege recently of being invited onto The John Murray Show, RTE Radio 1. Imagine two jazzers up and out the door (NOT coming back in the door!) before 7:30 in the A.M,! Thank you very much to John Murray and to his researcher Zybszek Zelinsky for the opportunity. Listen back to the show at http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thejohnmurrayshow/2012-05-08.html I recently also received an e mail from broadcaster Brian Hinchcliffe of Sheffield Live UK to say that he is playing "The Secret of a Rose" on his radio show! For my part, given the work and commitment of my band, I am always so grateful to hear that our music gets out there.

April 2012
Debut Album Launch Concert at the National Concert Hall SOLD OUT! Thank you so much for your warm response last Wednesday at the John Field Room, National Concert Hall. What a finale to the tour - standing ovation and a sell out! Really, words fail me in response apart from to simply say -Thank You. To those who came and were turned away - I am sorry - I just didn't expect it to sell out.

But, there is another chance to hear "highlights from the album!" We are doing one set (half hour approx) in-store session in Tower Records, Wicklow St 6pm today so, drop in if you are passing!

MARCH 2012

hard to believe but we are past the half way mark on the album launch this spring. I am pleased, relieved and grateful that it has been going so well.

We have sold CDs and have been very warmly received at Castlebar, Ballina, Wicklow and most recently, our Wexford audience gave us a very warm and enthusiastic response requesting encores. Now remaining is Dolan's, Limerick next Wednesday and our Dublin launch at the National Concert Hall, April 4. Please note that if you intend coming to the NCH, the early bookers offer closes Friday so please call the box office on 01 417 0000 or online at www.nch,ie.

It's being quite a tour of Ireland by Arts Centres - and I really can't say enough good about each venue. Each building is unique and beautiful and all so well run and maintained. I can say, if you haven't been to your local Arts Centre in a while - do make a visit. Good things going on and run by good people.

Exciting news is that the album was heard by an early riser (not me!) on Risin' Time, RTE1. Thank you Shay Byrne for playing a track and giving us a plug. It was also described by Ronan Collins as "fantastic." I have been interviewed and tracks played by Southeast Radio, Midwest Radio, Athlone Community Radio, CRCfm, and Westcoast Radio and Dublin South. I have a live studio interview on Dublin City Fm with Sean Brophy on Tues 27th at 2pm. The magazine "Totally Dublin" have run an article about the launch also. You can read some reviews of the concerts on http://www.emilieconway.ie/secret-of-a-rose

And the CD is now stocked at HMV Grafton St, Tower Records, and The Secret Book and Record Store as well as other stores around the country listed at http://www.emilieconway.ie/secret-of-a-rose

I - we, Johnny, piano, Dave, bass, and Dom, drums, look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your support,
Best wishes and take care,
Emilie

FEB 2012

Well the Concert Series is underway! We couldn't have wished for a warmer more encouraging welcome from our first audience in Mayo last Tuesday at the Linenhall Arts Centre. Thank you to all staff at the Linenhall who worked to make it such a success and thank you to Mike Richard's and Gary Browne at www.crcfm.ie, Tommy Morahan at www.westcoastfm.com and Tommy Murphy at www.midwestradio.ie for helping to publicise the event. I sold my first set of CDs!! - so thank you very much to our Mayo audience.
Now we just look forward to Ballina on the 2nd and Wicklow on the 3rd March.

And I am happy to let you know, tickets are now on sale for the April 4 concert at the National Concert Hall. There is an early bookers offer of €12.50 for a limited time before tickets back to €15 so give the box office a call on 01 417 0000 or online on www.nch.ie. There are no booking fees!

*Just a note to say "we are experiencing some difficulty" updating my website but a dedicated album page will be up soon where you can read all the information about the album, listen to tracks, buy the album etc. At the moment the album is stocked at:
Downtown Records, Castlebar,
Zhivago Sound & Vision, Shop St. Galway.
Hotshot Records, Ballina.

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JAN 2012

Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is treating you very well! ....

For me, the past well, some two years work has come to fruition with :

"You Must Believe in Spring" DEBUT ALBUM CONCERT SERIES!!

31st Jan @ The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
2nd March @ The Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo
3rd March @ Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
10th March @ The Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
21st March @ Dolan's, Limerick
4th April @ The John Field Room, The National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Now I can also tell you the album name. It took me a while to find it ... but actually it was there all the time ...You see the repertoire for this concert and album developed out of my personal response to the climate of negativity over the past few years. Life has taught me that there is always hope and there is beauty, that this is a beautiful life we have here - where there are dark shadows, there is also light. For me, these songs are about affirmation and acceptance. Well just as it says in "You Must Believe in Spring" .....

Beneath the deepest snows, The Secret of a Rose, Is merely that it knows, You Must Believe in Spring!”

The album is called "The Secret of a Rose"

So as I see it - the Concert Series is a celebration - of everyone's time and energy and talent that has gone into creating the album and of this beautiful, baffling life through music. We will be delighted to have you join us - come to as many concerts as you like! Come to all of them if you wish!!! You will be sharing the evening with me and my band - Johnny Taylor on piano, Dave Fleming on double bass, Dominic Mullan on drums. Please contact venues directly for tickets and see www.emilieconway.ie for more information. (Just Btw - does anyone else have trouble uploading info to myspace - I always do :(.... anyway, so my website is more reliable)

Now, I just hope all goes well with the printing and pressing ..

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DEC 2011

Wishing you all a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas & Best wishes for a fabulous 2012

Thank you from me and my musicians, Johnny Taylor, Dave Fleming, Dominic Mullan, (the jazz guys) Robson Rocha, Dave Mooney, Andre Antunes, (the Brazilian Jazz guys) for all your support of our music this year.

2012 will be an exciting one that will see the launch of my first album. A lot of life has happened since the guys and I laid down the first tracks in Nov 2009 and I am going go ahead and say that makes the music all the richer ...But it is now ready - It's cooked!! Ding!

The launch tour "You Must Believe In Spring!" starts Jan 31st @ the Linenhall Castlebar, then March 2nd, Ballina Arts Centre, March 10th, Wexford Arts Centre. More dates are to be added for Limerick and Wicklow so do please keep an eye on www.emilieconway.ie / www.myspace.com/emilieconway.

Since it is the season of suspense, waiting for what will emerge from winter's darkness and what will appear under the Christmas tree tomorrow morning!!! - i won't yet tell you the album title but yes, it has a lot to do with "You Must Believe In Spring," and hope ...

Nor will I tell you yet where the Dublin launch will be ....except that it will be someplace lovely and I think (and hope) you will like it. ..And that it is on April 4th so if you live in Dublin you can put that in your 2012 diary now!

Just taking a look at the jazz music scene over the past year - It's been exciting with us musicians collaborating to create lots of new initiatives to bring great live music to you at very reasonable prices, sometimes even free! - The Jazz Kitchen, by Edel Meade, The "Jazz Is.... Mini Festival", by Paddy Groenland and The Prime Collective - www,primecollectivedublin.com. Most recently Dennis Wyers has set up the Dublin Jazz Podcast www.dublinjazz.ie - where you will find uploads of music from our most recent projects and up to date gig listings.

A lot of hard work and love goes into all our projects and it is just the best return in the world when we see you at our gigs enjoying yourselves and the music.

Ok, that's it for 2011....
Take care of yourselves and each other and see you in 2012!!!!!!

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NOV 2011
NIGHTHAWKS (THE CHARITY SHOW)
The hugely popular Nighthawks are back for one night of music, comedy, theatre and poetry, all in aid of the Arthrogryposis Association of Ireland.

Nighthawks is a monthly arts club based in Dublin. It is a mixture of different kinds of music, stand-up comedy, short theatre and performance poetry.

The line-up on the night will include:

MUSIC
ENGINE ALLEY (Canice and Brian Kenealy)
EMILIE CONWAY (Jazz Singer)
ENDA REILLY and STEPHEN JAMES SMITH

STAND-UP COMEDY
COLUM McDONNELL
EDWIN SAMMON

SHORT THEATRE
DEATH AND THE BEATLES FAN (Stephen Kennedy’s follow up to LENNON v McCARTNEY)

PERFORMANCE POETRY
COLM KEEGAN
ROSALEEN McDONAGH

Arthrogryposis Association of Ireland Arthrogryposis is a term used to describe a group of conditions with non-progressive multiple congenital joint contractures. As a result of the contractures, there is a limitation in the range of movement of the joints. Contractures are present at birth. In the majority of cases there is multiple joint involvement. The incidence of Arthrogryposis is approximately 3 per 10,000 births.

“Nighthawks succeeds not only because of the range of performers, but also because of the range of experience. The satisfying feeling of discovery is one of the most enjoyable aspects of Nighthawks.” The Irish Times

Suitable ages 16+
Parts of the performance may contain strong language

JULY 2011
You may have heard by now of a v hip new music venture led by vocalist/composer Edel Meade called "The Jazz Kitchen." Every Tuesday, 8pm til 11 at Grand Social (formerly Pravda) 35 Upper Liffey St opposite Ha'penny Briday it showcases the best of jazz, contemporary and world music. There are two bands on every week, the first set starting 8:30 sharp and second set 10pm sharp. Recommended donation is €5. I really feel this is a great initiative by the musicians to introduce audiences to our current projects so do come down and meet the musicians and hear a taste of our music. I am performing "Emilie Sings Elis" with The Brazilian Jazz Trio, first set, and drummer and composer, Bonnie Stewart, presents "Roofio" with her sextet in the second set.

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MAY 2011
"Fine Together"
Sunday May 22nd, 8:30pm
I had promised to remain in hibernation with the album - but this opportunity to get the quartet together and perform in Bewley's this weekend just irresistibly jumped up (like Springtime .....!) And we are just so "Fine Together!" the four of us, that I an glad I did cancel the promised hibernation for a while!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the "You Must Believe In Spring" concerts in Feb and March.

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JANUARY 2011

Happy New Year & THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting my music and musicians throughout 2010 and thank you for your generosity re "Emilie & Edel's Christmas Extravaganza." We raised in total €700 for Dublin Simon Community between ticket sales and audience donations.

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DECEMBER 2010
"Emilie & Edel's Christmas Extravaganza"
In aid of Dublin Simon Community. 9th Dec, Cobalt Cafe

It's being so much fun preparing for this event - esp with all that snow and ice out there! Such a joy to be collaborating on this event with Edel Meade, accompanied and supported 100% by Johnny Taylor and Dave Fleming & Myles Drennan.

Ironically enough the idea came out of a very energetic anti-Christmas diatribe about this time last year over a couple of hot whiskeys!! Not sure how exactly we went from "Down with Christmas by the Two Grinches" to "Emilie & Edel's Christmas Extravaganza" complete with Santa hats and tinselitus - can I put it down to the magic of Christmas?? Anyway, it is great to be doing this event in aid of the Simon community because they do such great work and it is so needed out there this year. All the money will go to them - so if you come out - you can really feel good about having a good time and that your money is really going to help some people who need it.

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NOVEMBER 2010
"Emilie Sings Abbey" 7th & 11th Bewley's Cafe Theatre

Abbey Lincoln (August 6, 1930 – August 14, 2010) is long recognized as one of jazz’s most arresting and uncompromising singers for her dramatic vocal command and tersely poetic songs.

She began her career in 1950s as a sultry nightclub singer and actress, and cultivated an iconic image by wearing of Marilyn Monroe’s red dress from “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds.” However she soon tired of playing as she called it “the pretty card” and like her greatest influence Billie Holiday, also became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1960, Lincoln featured on drummer Max Roach’s “We Insist! Freedom Now Suite,” whom she also married.

In the past 20 years she released several albums of her own metaphorically rich and philosophically reflective .songs on Verve to popular and critical acclaim, with musicians like Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Kenny Baron, Charlie Hayden, Roy Hargrove, Pat Metheny & more …. This is a debut concert for her material in Ireland.

"How can you have a career and never say anything? To experience it all and not say a word? My songs are observations." Abbey Lincoln.

Abbey Lincoln is one of my main influences. I have been singing her tunes for the past 5 years now - always "Throw It Away" and am looking forward to bringing a whole set of this Ms Lincoln's music to Dublin audiences on the 2 evenings in November. Though she is well known in the States, I think she is not so familiar to Irish audiences. Her songs are affirming and positive and at the same time, keep it real. It will also be lots of fun to sing again with "The Oul' Crew!"

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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE - "A Time for Love" 28th & 29th Aug
Jazz Standards, Bossa Nova and Traditional from Bill Evans, Johnny Mandel, AC Jobim, Abbey Lincoln & more
The Acousitic Music Centre @ St Brides, 10 Orwell Terrace
Tickets / Info + 44 (0) 131 668 2019
www.accousticmusiccentre.co.uk
http://www.thequeenshall.net/elsewhere/2010/08
www.edfringe.com

"As time goes drifting by,
The willow bends, and so do I.
But oh my friend, whatever skies above
I’ve known a time for spring, a time for fall
But best of all, is a time for love."
Johnny Mandel/Paul Webster

From birth, time becomes our elusive assailant. We think or worry so much about time, not having enough of it, wasting it, wishing for more of it or wishing it away, wondering where it went to, or where it goes to, … No matter what we do with it, it changes us and we are always acting or reacting to it. A few years ago, this thought came to me and I have not been able to forget it:

"Time is love, and love is how you spend your time."

I really believe it is that complicated-simple that present, beautiful, rigorous, ordinary, mysterious, transformative and funny …but this is just my opinion - and it is the inspiration for this concert.

Emilie Conway, voice
Ronnie Rae, Jr, piano
Ronnie Rae Sr, double bass.

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"O Cantador" Emilie Conway Sings Elis Regina
The evocative melodies and grooves of Bossa Noca from Brazil, Aguas de Marco, Garato de Ipanema, Madalena & more.
TRIO June 10th, QUARTET June 23rd 2010
Bewley's Cafe Theatre

Ever since "No Regrets" show back in 2008 when I presented the music of my main female influences/inspirations I have wanted to get back to focus exclusively on Elis Regina.

Elis (March 17, 1945 – January 19, 1982)achieved nationwide fame at age twenty when she won a festival competition with the song Arrastao. She went on to become one of the most important singers of Bossa Nova and Musica Popular Brasileira. She was outspoken and protested the dictatorship in Brazil at the time. Her nicknames were "furacão" ("hurricane") and "pimentinha" ("little pepper").

I came to this music initially drawn to its evocative and beautiful melodies and their rhythms. But as I began to understand and sing in Portuguese, I realise that what they were writing, Jobim, Lins, de Moraes, Bosco, Caymmi/Motta, Powell, Buarque, is pure poetry; lyrically and musically a beautiful poetry that truly says something about our world, about power and love, about being human. No wonder Elis sang these songs.

"ah eu canto a dor, Canto a vida, e a morte, canto a amor" Caymmi/Motta
That song, "O Cantador," I never came across a song before like this one, that so expresses what it is like to be someone who sings.....It really sums it up for me.

I am accompanied by from Brazil Robson Rocha, guitar and Andre Antunes, drums percussion and from Ireland, Dave Mooney, bass.

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"You Must Believe In Spring"
Jazz Standards from Bill Evans, AC Jobim, Michel LeGrand, Abbey lincoln & more
DUO, March 4, QUARTET, March 11 2010
Bewley's Cafe Theatre

"You must believe in Spring - well of course you must! Michel LeGrand is right - its the most unlikely thing to happen after the cold brittle relentlessness of winter and yet it happens every year!! Little green shoots and tiny fragile flowers... And rain - (some things are a constant) I love the line in in Jobims "Aguas de Marco," "E a lama, e a lama." (It's the mud, it's the mud! yep, spring involves a whole lot of mud!)
But "Aguas" is such a beautiful and fun affirmation of all the aspects of spring:

"And the riverbank talks of the waters of March
Its the promise of life, its the joy in your heart."

Singing in duo, and singing in quartet bring very different things from the music and following our recent recording I wanted to explore and present this. So that is what we will do on these two Thursdays in March: present music about spring and all that the season brings of love, hope, change colour and a lot of rainy, changeable weather through the lens of the duo and quartet.

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Emilie Sings Billie
A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of Lady Day
Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Dec 2009

"This year sees the 50th Anniversary of Billie Holiday's untimely death and in honour of that, I am revisiting "Emilie Sings Billie" with an Anniversary Celebration of Lady Day's life and music. Much is made of the dark side of Billie Holiday but I think to take this focus is to oversimplify and sensationalize. To me, Billie Holiday was a very sensitive very gifted and very independent minded lady about 30 years ahead of her time. She said and sang what thought and felt and that made her controversial. Her honesty and her humanity is beautiful and inspirational and its all there in her music. Joining me in Bewley's on the 2nd Dec will be Johnny Taylor, piano, Dave Fleming, bass and Dominic Mullan, drums. :)"

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"But Beautiful" In love With Jazz In Summer at Bewleys Cafe Theatre, May 2009.

"it's actually 10 years ago this summer since I first really heard jazz, 10 years ago since that first meeting with Kurt Elling, so this show marks a kind of anniversary! I realised, in putting the show together, that my relationship with jazz always seemed to grow particularly in summer so the tagline - In Love with Jazz In Summer, was obvious. And then, I wanted to sing all my favourite tunes, the ones that have come to say what I am learning about life, about love, about this exquisite experience of being on the planet! For me,that tune by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke, "But Beautiful" sums it up. I think it is one of the simplest, most beautiful things ever written.
I am delighted to be singing with Dave Flemming, Johnny Taylor and Dominic Mullan."