Beverley Beirne: Dream Dancer

Beverley Beirne: Dream Dancer

11th September 2022

Our first contribution to this year's Roman River Festival is Yorkshire-born Beverley Beirne, whose deep, soulful and highly flexible vocals have attracted comparisons with Cleo Lane. However, this singer is very much her own woman. 

Citing legendary vocalists such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme, plus today's current crop - including Tierney Sutton, Nneena Freelon, Kurt Elling, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and Aubrey Logan - Beverley loves to take songs from other genres and put her own spin on them - for example, on the Bacharach/David classic Walk On By, from her 2017 debut CD, Seasons Of Love.  

2018's follow-up, Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun, is a joyful, jazzy escapade featuring pop songs from the 70s and 80s by artists such as Slade (Come On Feel The Noize), M (Pop Musik), Adam Ant (Prince Charming), Kim Carnes (Bette Davis Eyes), Fun Boy 3 (Ghost Town) and more, all done with a jazzy twist - and it works!

Beverley's latest offering, Dream Dancer, sees her luscious alto vocals play with ease into higher vocal registers on a dynamically diverse album. She discovered that many of the songs were about - well, dreaming and dancing!, so that became a loose theme. 

For example, there's a buoyant take on Irving Berlin’s Let‘s Face The Music and Dance, a soulful Samba interpretation of David Bowie’s hit Let’s Dance (her tribute recorded two weeks before his passing), a swing-happy run through Cole Porter’s Dream Dancing, a jazz waltz version of Billy Strayhorn's Day Dream, and an expansion into a more eclectic thematic zone with Hoagy Carmichael’s lonely and mysterious Winter Moon. 

Two compositions by the late saxophonist/composer Duncan Lamont are also featured: the bluesy Now We’re Just Friends and Old Brazil - originally the theme tune to the much-loved children's series, Mr Benn (which Duncan composed), but with lyrics added. 

As Downbeat and Billboard contributor Dan Oullette comments in the liner notes to Dream Dancer: "Luscious vocals! The remarkable Beverley Beirne gives striking melodies a new voice."

While the majority of Beverley's performance will focus on her new release, expect some numbers from both the critically acclaimed Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun and equally lauded Seasons Of Love, plus some original compositions.

Beverley Beirne (Vocals), Rob Hughes (Saxophone/Flute), John Crawford (Piano), Flo Moore (Double Bass), Matt Parkinson (Drums).

"Beirne’s vocals often sound like the phrasing of a tenor saxophone. She knows how to hit those notes and get in between the cracks of them like a virtuoso instrumentalist." - Doc Wendell, LA Jazz Scene

"Beirne’s vocals are sublime, she scats and soars, stretching syllables over slinky sax lines." - Jazz In Europe

"Engaging, sophisticated . . . it’s pure jazz." - All About Jazz

"Beirne’s vocals are sublime, she scats and soars, stretching syllables over slinky sax lines." - Jazz In Europe  

"Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun takes 80s pop and jazz, and creates an unexpectedly delightful recipe for success." - London Jazz News

"Hearing Beverley singing totally blew me away. She has such a wonderful vibe, and she feels the music right inside her!" - Jason Miles, Grammy Winning Producer

Tickets £15 / £13 Concessions. Students £6
Jazz Express Offer: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £10 each!
Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm.
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