Aisling Iris

Rising star Aisling Iris joined us in 2017 to bring us some Irish magic with her stunningly good tones…

Aisling (pronounced Ashling & 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 & soon found herself working at Universal Music. Here she met Tony Swain, Head of A&R @ the time & 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 & 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 currently fronts three projects… Her own band which features the music from her just released debut album ‘Night Time Moves’ produced by Drew Horley (Ty, Natalie Williams) & co-written with Andrew Mclean(Grace Jones) & Phil Craig which has been play listed on Jazz FM, Mi-Soul, DeliteSolar Radio as well as featured by Jamie Cullum as BBC Introducing Artist on his BBC Radio 2 show

There’s also the Jazz Quartet Neon Villages who’s highlights include supporting Jazz legend Marcus Miller on his Afrodeezia tour, along with performances at the Cheltenham Jazz FestivalSt Ives Jazz Club.

Her third project is ​Monk, the Final Frontier Quintet (a vocal tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk) who received rave reviews for their performance at the Birmingham Jazz Festival, The 606 ClubThe Crypt Jazz Club.

Her eclectic talents have seen her touring as support to Roots Manuva, working with such artists as Phil Asher, Ian FridayDomu, supporting UK legends Omar, the late Lynden David HallEska Mtungwazi. ​Aisling has also co-written for other artists including W-inds (Japanese boy band) & Sony artist Timothy James. In 2017 Aisling met bass player & Jazzwise editor Mike Flynn @ the Cheltenham Jazz Festival & 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 & drummer Andrew McLean, with an EP due in Summer 2018.

It’s an honour to have Aisling in our little Hall Of Fame, & with such a bright future ahead for her, we hope she can come back to Summer Soulstice some time soon…

Because this lady can sing!

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