Sinead McCabe

Sinead is a young singer from Bristol, a very recent arrival on the jazz scene. She’s equally at home singing a soulful blues and a lightning-paced number. John Maddocks worked with her and was impressed!

At 24 she was working in a coffee shop and had never before sung in public. Then Quentin Williams, a pianist friend of Acker Bilk’s, heard that his neighbour’s daughter was keen to sing jazz. He  invited Sinead around to sing to his piano and, before she knew it, Quentin had persuaded her to perform with his jazz band in various venues frequented by the Bristol Jazz Society. Here her talent and her captivating personality, along with the appeal of her truly unique, somewhat husky jazz voice, were quickly recognised.

 Sinead was soon recommended to jazz promoters Cass Caswell and John Allen, both of  whom were mightily impressed. Just a year after  being ‘discovered’, Sinead was engaged by Cass  Caswell as the singer with his 6-piece ‘New  Orleans Update’. Hearing a particular quality in  her voice, Cass introduced her to the music of  Ottilie Patterson (as performed with the Chris  Barber Band), material that recalled the songs of  Bessie Smith and the other great New Orleans  singers.

At 24 she was working in a coffee shop and had never before sung in public. Then Quentin Williams, a pianist friend of Acker Bilk’s, heard that his neighbour’s daughter was keen to sing jazz. He  invited Sinead around to sing to his piano and, before she knew it, Quentin had persuaded her to perform with his jazz band in various venues frequented by the Bristol Jazz Society. Here her talent and her captivating personality, along with the appeal of her truly unique, somewhat husky jazz voice, were quickly recognised.

At 24 she was working in a coffee shop and had never before sung in public. Then Quentin Williams, a pianist friend of Acker Bilk’s, heard that his neighbour’s daughter was keen to sing jazz. He  invited Sinead around to sing to his piano and, before she knew it, Quentin had persuaded her to perform with his jazz band in various venues frequented by the Bristol Jazz Society. Here her talent and her captivating personality, along with the appeal of her truly unique, somewhat husky jazz voice, were quickly recognised.

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  • Abbreviations:

    Abbreviations: (as) alto sax, (b) acoustic bass, (bjo) banjo, (bg) bass guitar, (bs) baritone sax, (cl) clarinet, (ct) cornet, (eg) electric guitar, (flg) flugel horn, (g) guitar, (kb) keyboard, (p) piano, (perc) percussion, (sousa) sousaphone, (t) trumpet, (tr) trombone, (ts) tenor sax, (vtr) valve trombone, (vibes) vibraphone, (viol) violin, (voc) voice.

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