Interview with Ian Shaw by Alan O’Riordan in the Irish Examiner

12 December 2015

The Music Network Artist Residency, in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council, was launched at a special concert on Sunday 25th October featuring the Phil Ware Trio with U.S. guitarist Peter Bernstein. The second concert of the series, Back to Bacharach: Ian Shaw, Anders Bergcrantz and the Phil Ware Trio, took place on Friday 11 December.


Alan O'Riordan caught up with two-time best vocalist winner at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian Shaw, before the concert.

"Because the lyrics are so strong, and the atmosphere is so strong, Phil and I have gone towards exploring the simplicity of the 1960s and 1970s pop structure. Hal and Burt wrote pop standards, but jazz standards were the pop standards of their day so in a way this is a chance to present contemporary pop in jazz context.”

Read the full interview here.

See a clip of the concert here.



Music Network in partnership with Triskel Arts Centre and supported by Cork City Council deliver a six-month jazz residency curated by Phil Ware. The five-concert series is complemented by an intensive programme of outreach activities and musician mentorships. More details here.


The next concert of the series, Tudo É Som: Brazil, Jazz and the Genius of Hermeto Pascoal, takes place on Thursday 28 January.


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.