Back to Bacharach: Ian Shaw, Anders Bergcrantz, Bobby Wellins and the Phil Ware Trio

04 November 2015

"a masterly vocalist… one of the finest singers in contemporary music interprets some of the greatest songs of the last 50 years"All About Jazz on Ian Shaw

"An impressive demonstration of the straight-ahead bop piano lineage." - The Irish Times on the Phil Ware Trio

Music Network is delighted to co-present the second instalment of the Phil Ware Concert Series as part of a new artist residency in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council. This December sees Phil Ware and his trio working with vocalist Ian Shaw, trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz and tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins – all three with a string of awards to their names – to shine a spotlight on that oft-maligned genre, the popular song, with particular emphasis on the catalogue of Burt Bacharach.  More details here.

Firmly established as Ireland’s foremost jazz piano trio, pianist Phil Ware, bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady join forces with Ian Shaw, twice winner of BBC Jazz Awards Best Vocalist, and 'one of the contemporary scene's class acts' (The Guardian). Added to the mix is multi-award-winning Swedish trumpet player Anders Bergcrantz. Taking a different path from the serene and subdued approach often found in Scandinavian jazz, Bergcrantz’s playing unashamedly bears the fiery hallmarks of Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw, making this a truly hard-swinging meeting of musical minds. Completing the line-up is the great saxophonist Bobby Wellins, a legendary figure in UK jazz for over 50 years, starting his recording career in 1956 playing tenor saxophone in a piano-less quintet featuring Kenny Wheeler on trumpet before his long association with the great British pianist Stan Tracey began in the early 1960s.

UK-born pianist Phil Ware made the transition from blues to jazz in his early twenties. Teaching himself the style through trial and error, he was twice a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year by the time he was 25. After moving to Ireland, he rapidly established himself as a major player on the scene, where his hard-swinging, bop-tinged style made him much in demand from Irish and international musicians. His career has taken him throughout Europe and as far afield as America, Asia and the Middle East, and his long-standing trio with bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady has twice represented Ireland at the prestigious Eurojazz Festival in Mexico City.

Initiated by Music Network, and developed in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council, Phil Ware’s residency includes a 5-date concert programme with Irish and international musicians of renown, as well as a series of outreach initiatives and musician mentorships involving a selected group of students from CIT Cork School of Music and tutors from Music Generation Cork City. More details at 

The Irish Examiner is the official print media partner to the Music Network Artist Residency.

Music Network Artist Residency, Phil Ware Concert Series

Friday 11 December,  8pm
Triskel Christchurch, Cork
Tickets €15/€12 Tel 021 427 2022/

Ian Shaw, voice
Anders Bergcrantz, trumpet/flugel
Bobby Wellins, tenor sax
Phil Ware, piano
Dave Redmond, bass
Kevin Brady, drums