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MP3 Carmel McCreagh - Nice Girl

Contemporary Love Songs and Classic Jazz Standards

12 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, EASY LISTENING: Love Songs

Nice Girl, the new album from singer Carmel McCreagh, is already generating significant interest amongst the Irish music media.

Carmel began her singing career performing jazz and swing standards and has appeared at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, Bray Jazz Festival and many other festivals and venues throughout Ireland. Recently Carmel has broadened her repertoire to include more contemporary and original songs. Nice Girl contains six new songs: two co-written by Carmel, two by Dublin-based songwriter, Celine Carroll, and two by Virginia, USA, songwriter, Jan Ince. Also included are two rarely heard songs from the late 1960s: “Nice Girls Don''t Stay for Breakfast”, written for Julie London by Bobby Troup, and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song, “Odds and Ends”, featuring a distinctive new arrangement with string quartet.

Carmel was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, but at an early age moved with her family to London. There she became involved in drama and music groups. She studied dramatic arts at Middlesex University. Since returning to Ireland in 1991, Carmel has been performing and writing with Fiachra Trench.

Fiachra Trench, producer and arranger of the album Nice Girl, is the composer of many scores for film and television, including A Love Divided, Dear Sarah, The Boys and Girl from County Clare, the BBC/WGBH series People’s Century and the BBC/RTÉ series A Celebration of Seán O’Casey. He assisted Hans Zimmer on the score for Pearl Harbor. As an arranger Fiachra has worked with numerous recording artists, including Van Morrison, The Chieftains, Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, The Corrs and Thin Lizzy.

The Carmel McCreagh Band includes Fiachra Trench (piano), Keith Donald (saxophones and clarinet), Joe Csibi (bass) and Desi Reynolds (drums). Guests with the band have included leading Irish jazz luminaries, Michael Buckley, Richie Buckley and Dave Fleming.

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