Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Hailed as one of the exciting new voices on the Scottish jazz scene, Irish singer Claire Daly takes a fresh approach to jazz singing.
As well as familiar favourites played in unfamiliar ways, sets can include anything from vocal takes on the music of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus or Miles Davis (to name a few); free improvisation over traditional folk melodies; and tunes sung in Italian, French, Portuguese or even Gaelic. More recent shows have seen her unveil some of her own compositions, with lyrics taking a tongue-in-cheek look at life... sung in the jazz language from the perspective of a thirtysomething who finds herself in a very similar but hugely different land...
As well as performing around Edinburgh, she has performed in the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and Pizza Express (Soho) in London. In 2007, she completed a 4-date tour of her native Ireland and performed 3 dates in Italy.
“ Her voice and phrasing may bear traces of Sarah Vaughan, but the other influences on her are more contemporary and Daly's credibility as a jazz singer is greatly enhanced by her preparedness to interpret the instrumental repertoire as well as the great American songbook.” Cormac Larkin, Sunday Tribune (Ireland), May 8th, 2006
“….Her deep voice, lovely phrasing and spot-on sense of rhythm were heard to advantage in tunes by Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller and Benny Golson…. Claire Daly will be ready to join the growing ranks of Irish vocalists making a name internationally” Review of Claire Daly 14th May 2006 by Grainne Farren, Jazz Critic, Sunday Independent