Aisling Iris

Aisling joined us back in 2017 to bring us some Irish joy with her stunningly good, soulful and jazzy tones…

Aisling – pronounced Ashling and meaning ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ in Gaelic – was born to a jazz-singing, piano-playing mother from the wilds of rural County Cork. She set off for London in her late teens and soon found herself working at Universal Music

There she met Tony Swain, Head of A&R at the time and a successful pop producer, having produced hit singles for 1980’s icons like Spandau Ballet, Imagination, Alison MoyetMichael McDonald. She signed to his production company and together they collaborated on an album’s worth of material together, including ‘Is it Over’ which can be found on Aisling’s self-released E.P. ‘You Took The Sun Away’.

Aisling performing live on stage at Summer Soulstice 2017.
Photo by Paul Hodson © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

Aisling has worked on several projects in the past few years, including of course, her own solo work. She released her debut album ‘Night Time Moves’ produced by Drew Horley (Ty, Natalie Williams) and co-written with Andrew Mclean (Grace Jones) and Phil Craig which was playlisted on Jazz FM, Mi-Soul, Delite and Solar Radio as well as featured by Jamie Cullum as a BBC Introducing Artist on his Radio 2 show.

There’s also the Jazz Quartet Neon Villages whose highlights include supporting Jazz legend Marcus Miller on his Afrodeezia tour, along with performances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the St. Ives Jazz Club. Her third project is ​Monk, The Final Frontier Quintet, a vocal tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk which received rave reviews at the Birmingham Jazz Festival, The 606 ClubThe Crypt Jazz Club.

Aisling Iris backstage at SS2017 with (from left to right) James Anthony, Greg Edwards and Orphy Robinson.
Photo by Jen Jenny B © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

​Her eclectic talents have seen her touring as support to Roots Manuva, working with such artists as Phil Asher, Ian Friday and Domu, supporting UK legends Omar, the late Lynden David HallEska Mtungwazi. ​Aisling has also co-written for artists including W-inds (a Japanese boy band) and Sony artist Timothy James. In 2017 Aisling met bass player & Jazzwise editor Mike Flynn at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the group Alchemical was formed.

Since then they’ve collaborated on a number of tracks together, bringing on board talented players to feature including guitarist Rob Luft, saxophonist Phil Meadows, pianist Samuel Crowe and drummer Andrew McLean, with an EP due in Summer 2018.

Currently Aisling hosts her own show on Delite Radio called ‘Eclectic Vanguard’ which can be heard every Thursday from 11pm. We welcome her to our humble Hall Of Fame and hope she can come back to Summer Soulstice some time again soon.


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