All the jazz of Maeve Brennan's life comes to Portlaoise

All the jazz of Maeve Brennan's life comes to Portlaoise
By arts reporter ryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

The life of Irish writer Maeve Brennan will be explored through music and spoken word in a special performance coming to the Dunamaise Arts Centre this Friday, February 16.

A ​Celebration of Maeve Brennan in Words & Music features ​Emilie Conway on vocals, Johnny Taylor on piano, and Damian Evans on bass.

Described by Anne Enright as "a true daughter of the Rising", Maeve grew up in Dublin, before moving to America in 1934 as the daughter of Ireland's first ambassador to Washington. As a staff writer for The New Yorker, she wrote Talk of the Town under the pseudonym, The Long-Winded Lady.

Following hit performances in the National Concert Hall and in NYC and Chicago, Emilie Conway Trio is delighted to present this show.

Together this trio, some of Ireland's leading jazz musicians, explore the soundscape of Brennan's life and work with short readings, spoken word and music ranging from traditional to jazz. The performance follows Maeve's own journey from post-civil war Ireland to the glamour of cosmopolitan New York in the 1950s, taking inspiration from her writing.

Indeed,​ Maeve’s columns for The New Yorker read like jazz: their cleverness, lightness and incisiveness show the dexterity of a master improviser which belies a deeper, Rembrandt-like meditation on the human condition .