Award Winning Jazz Quintet, Thought-Fox, Launch Debut CD

12 November 2012

THOUGHT-FOX release DEBUT CD, ‘MY GUESS’ as part of Music Network’s YOUNG MUSICWIDE programme

“This music is joy to my ears. Firstly, it has vocals, although mostly wordless, and that makes it human. Lauren is all breathes and puffs and clicks and improvised vocal tones. I think Bjork. [This is] attractive music with energy and I enjoyed it with my feet as much as my head. In some ways, a complete band.”

Eric Pozza Canberra Jazz

Music Network proudly announces the release of ‘My Guess’, the debut CD from outstanding jazz quintet, Thought-Fox, winner of Music Network’s Young Musicwide Award in 2010, on Diatribe Records, Dublin.

Thought-Fox include some of the freshest improvisers on the Irish and UK jazz scenes, whose other-worldly compositions pivot around the powerful and gorgeous voice of Lauren Kinsella. Fellow foxes include trombonist Colm O’Hara, who has performed with luminaries such as Kenny Wheeler and Michael Brecker, and pianist Tom Gibbs, a stalwart of the Scottish jazz scene. Rhythmic propulsion comes courtesy of seasoned bassist Mick Coady and drummer Simon Roth.

Their debut record will be released at a free launch party on Saturday 1st December at The Grand Social in Dublin.

‘My Guess’ was produced by Nick Roth for Diatribe Records - Ireland’s leading record label for jazz, contemporary, new and improvised music. Founded in 1999, their catalogue is a roster of the most innovative and creative artists working in Ireland today.CD available to purchase from

My Guess’, the debut cd by jazz quintet Thought-Fox features original songs mostly composed by the incomparable vocalist Lauren Kinsella, a natural-born improviser blessed with a truly astonishing voice.  On ‘My Guess’, Kinsella delves deep into personal experience and relationships to explore themes of loss and memory, and the idea of people moving on.  A deliciously diverse collection of tracks that weaves together Kinsella’s beautiful lyrical flights and expressive improvisations with the virtuosic interplay of trombonist Colm O’Hara, anchored by the powerhouse rhythm section of Tom Gibbs on piano, bassist Mick Coady and drummer Simon Roth. The result is an exquisite, intoxicating, and sometimes edgy blend of voices that manages to maintain equilibrium while probing and pushing in different directions.

Hailed as “a completely down to earth and exquisitely vivacious young Irish singer” (Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record), Lauren Kinsella has performed in venues across Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Germany and India. She completed her BA at Newpark Music Centre and has since studied with R.A. Ramamani in India, Mats Holtne in Sweden, and represented Ireland at the 19th IASJ meeting under Dave Liebman. She is currently pursuing her Jazz Masters at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, London. Lauren has performed in festivals around the world including the Shiva Festival, Malleswaram, India, The Songlines Encounters Festival, London, The Cork Jazz Festival, The 12 Points Festival, Porto and The European Jazz Nights Festival, Oslo. Lauren is a member of other groups such as Blue-Eyed Hawk with trumpeter Laura Jurd, Lupo with Swiss singer Sarah Buechi, and duo collaborations with musicians such as Alex Huber, Mark Sanders and Francesco Turrisi.  

Trombonist Colm O’Hara studied jazz performance in the Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, and in Lucerne, Switzerland under Nils Wogram. He has performed in numerous festivals including the North Sea and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, with such musicians as Kenny Wheeler and Michael Brecker, and was a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra for their 2007 summer tour of Europe and China. Colm is an active player on the European jazz scene and is a member of many other groups such as Nick Roth’s YurodnyFuzzy Logic EnsembleCortisolDublin City Jazz Orchestra, North Strand Contra Band, and is also a member of the Denmark-based quartet Healthy Baby. He also curates Concrete Soup, bringing together some of Ireland’s most renowned improvisers including drummer David Lacey and guitarist Joe O’Callaghan.

Pianist Tom Gibbs was one of Jazzwise’s ‘One to Watch 2011' and has been called ‘A star in its ascendancy’ by BBC Radio Scotland. His 2010 album ‘Forgotten Things’ was one of BBC Scotland’s records of the year. The project was nominated in two categories (best band, best album) at the 2011 Scottish Jazz Awards. ‘A thoughtfully composed and beautifully played set of tunes, and a disc which reveals fresh delights with each listen’ (Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast). The Herald called their music ‘international in reach and quality.’ His recent release, ‘Fear of Flying’, featuring Will Vinson on saxophones, James Maddren on drums, and Euan Burton on bass is already receiving accolades as a powerful collection of melodic jazz.

Waterford bassist Mick Coady is a respected force in Dublin and London for two decades. He has honed his craft over the years playing with artists such as Louis Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Ronnie Cuber, Mike La Danne, Mark Murphy, Alan Broadbent and Scott Hamilton. His music is a rich melee of traditional jazz infused with African, Brazilian, and Indian influences. His debut recording, ‘Nine Tales of the Pendulum’, includes US alto saxophonist David Binney, Irish tenor saxophone player Michael Buckely, Sean Carpio on drums, and Ivo Neame on piano.

Simon Roth studied at the University of York under jazz drummer Martin France and classical percussionist Damien Harron. His compositional style draws on his study of diverse styles and genres; he studied electro-acoustic music with Ambrose Field, jazz composition, performance and arrangement under John Taylor and Julian Arguelles, and undertook in-depth study into the music of Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky. In 2010 he travelled to Chennai to study South Indian Carnatic music at Brhaddhvani Centre for Musics of the World. Simon has performed with many of the UK’s top jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Walker, Chris Batchelor, Kit Downes and Tina May.  Simon is active in the London jazz, klezmer and contemporary scenes and also leads his own group, Stories. He has performed at many notable jazz festivals including 12 Points, The Cork Jazz Festival, The European Jazz Nights Festival and The London Jazz Festival.  

Thought-Fox (Ireland/UK)

Lauren Kinsella, vocals

Colm O'Hara, trombone

Tom Gibbs, piano

Mick Coady, double bass

Simon Roth, percussion


Saturday 1st December, Dublin

The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, 8 pm

Free – Launch of debut CD ‘My Guess’ hosted by Music Network and Diatribe Records

Information Tel. No. 01 6719429 or

Watch and listen to Thought-Fox perform the track My Guess here on The Blue of the Night recording Session