Love Bites: Flo McSweeney and Carmel McCreagh with Fiachra Trench


Take one part jazz diva, one part true rock chick, add a generous measure of gentleman of jazz, and the result is a cocktail of love songs, jazz standards, ballads, garnished with a twist of dry humour. Carmel McCreaghFlo McSweeney and Fiachra Trench have been bringing their shows to audiences throughout Ireland to great acclaim.

The LOVE BITES Valentines show returns to the Whale after a full house last year. It’s a wry look at love and loss with songs by such composers and performers as Irving Berlin, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Duke Ellington, Melody Gardot, Mick Jagger, Lieber and Stoller, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Waits, and many others. 

“It sounds simple — two singers, one pianist and a book of great songs, but what Flo McSweeney, Carmel McCreagh and Fiachra Trench are doing takes a lot of talent, experience and sheer guts. Each song is ‘owned’ by the vocalists and turned into something authentic and emotional.

Behind them, Trench’s sparse accompaniments are what you would expect of an arranger who has written for Phil Lynott, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and many others, and who provided the string arrangement for the Pogues’ classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ ” (The Irish Times)

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