Freight Train – Cathy Jordan , Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis


Date: 14 February 2023
End Date: 14 February 2023
Type: open

TIME: 8.00 – 11.00PM


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Cathy Jordan voice, bouzouki, bodhran, bones
Liam Noble piano/synthesiser
Paul Clarvis drums

A unique musical collaboration between Cathy Jordan  star of Irish Music with two of the most sort after UK Jazz stars Liam Noble & Paul Clarvis.

This new trio have recorded a new set of tunes, The majority of tracks were chosen by Paul and trace some of his musical history with Bernstein and in Mose Allison’s Trio for 20 years, and with Liam Noble on their 2009 duo album Starry Starry Night all delivered in their unique style…

Spare, vivid and decidedly buoyant.  Freight Train swings, shuffles and sways.

Cathy Jordan was born in County Roscommon. She is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bodhran, bones and bouzouki. She has been the lead vocalist for the traditional Irish music band Dervish since 1991, and is a solo performer as well. Jordan is also a member of the group the Unwanted. Her first solo album, entitled all the way home, was released in January, 2012. At the end of 2019 Dervish received a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the BBC, a fitting tribute to the band after over 30 years of recording and performing all over the world. described by the BBC as “an icon of irish music”
her love for traditional singing was instilled at an early age, especially by her father. Cathy began singing publicly at all kind of feiseanna and concerts as a child. In later years she took to performing a wide range of material as a solo performer in the midlands. In the summer of 1990 Cathy met informally with Dervish and was shortly afterwards asked to join the band. Paul Clarvis first heard Cathy sing 5 years ago in pub in Sligo…and was immediately drawn to the directness of her voice , with a dynamic range from a whisper to louder than concorde…the following year , they played a gig together at the wonderful Sligo jazz festival … Paul was looking for an opportunity to involve her in other projects , and a request from West Midlands Jazz in lockdown seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Lliam and Paul first met playing and touring in Moondog’s band…collaborating in many joint projects

Liam Noble
After studying music at the University of Oxford and the postgraduate course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Noble became the regular pianist with Stan Sulzmann (in both duo and quartet settings) on John Taylor’s recommendation. He went on to work in the bands of Anita Wardell, Harry Beckett, Tim Whitehead and John Stevens as well as recording and touring with cult minimalist composer Moondog.
Three years after leaving the Guildhall, Noble recorded the solo piano album of compositions and interpretations of tunes by Ornette Coleman, Annette Peacock and Richard Rodgers. in 1997, he joined the Bobby Wellins quartet, he is also a member of the Christine Tobin band and the Randy Brecker English sextet and a duo project with Paul Clarvis playing music from west side story combines well-known material with a “stream of consciousness” improvisatory angle. He is also a regular member of the Julian Siegel group

Paul Clarvis
The original Enfield sound started playing drums at school…has collaborated with some of the world’s best composers and performers from Birtwistle and John Adams to Stevie Wonder and Mick Jagger…combined with a professorship of drum set, latin american & ethic percussion at the Royal Academy of Music…he was the late Leonard Bernstein’s preferred percussionist in London and featured as a soloist on the last night of the proms in a concerto for saxophone and drum kit by Sir Harrison Birtwistle…Paul also helped Rick Smith with the drum arrangement for the London Olympic 2012 opening & now the regular percussion player in the BBC Strictly Come Dancing show.
As one of the most requested session musicians, his playing can be heard on hundreds of films…moreover, the list of collaborators he has worked with is a veritable ‘who’s who’ in the music world — from Mick Jagger, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Steve Swallow, Harrison Birtwistle, John Dankworth to Paul Mccartney, John Taylor and Moondog…
As a jazz musician his list of credits is just as long…with Chris Batchelor on Pigfoot & Zoetic, Henry Lowther in Still Waters, Mark Lewandowski, Josephine Davies & Satori, Alan Barnes, Gordon Beck, Tim Garland, Jon Lloyd, Sam Rivers, Andy Sheppard, Stan Sulzmann, He also formed Orquestra Mahatma
A very talented percussionist, clarvis displays remarkable technical gifts, which he allies to enthusiasm and flair. his declared favourite musicians include several artists from the long tradition of jazz drummers although he himself is thoroughly contemporary in feel and style. this awareness of the past helps bring depth to Clarvis’ jazz playing.