“A distinct and singular singer, floating beautifully between jazz, folk, blues and pop rock […] Jennifer Evans take a bow…”– Hot Press
We continue our second Santa Rita Concerts series with a solo set from London-based Dubliner Jennifer Evans, featuring material from her debut album, Works From The Dip and Foul, which was released to great acclaim in 2014. “A stunning blend of jazz, blues and rock, her debut album boasts a singularity of vision,” wrote Brian Keane in the The Irish Times.
Evans’ irresistible voice echoes the jazz roots of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, and her live performances capture the attitude and modernity of Anna Calvi and St Vincent. Her songwriting style is elusive and unique; the songs are lyrically rich and ambiguous, instinctive and emotional, focusing on empirical knowledge, personal experiences, and a questioning of identity, origin and home.
Since the release of her debut album Jennifer Evans has played headline shows at Whelans and Odessa in Dublin, and supported Damien Rice at the BGE Theatre, and Villagers at the Olympia Theatre. She has played extensively in London, in such venues as The Windmill Brixton (supporting Micachu & the Shapes), Camden Barfly, The Macbeth, Sebright Arms, The George Tavern, and The Heavenly Social. Evans performed at a Sofar Sounds London show in April 2015. The video for her single Colours of Bruises may be found on Youtube. A new single, Bakkos, is slated for release at the start of 2016.
The Santa Rita Concerts provide a unique, deeply immersive audience experience. Each evening begin at 7pm with a Santa Rita wine reception, and a pre-concert interview with the evening’s musicians. The performances take place at 8pm in the museum’s beautifully resonant downstairs gallery. The space is candlelit and the atmosphere highly intimate – a concentrated ritual shared by performer and audience.
The Santa Rita Concerts are curated by Ergodos, a Dublin-based record label and production company run by composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice. The programme features a distinctive and diverse mix of soloists, ensembles, singer-songwriters and sound artists. Full details can be found here, and a discounted season ticket may be purchased online here.