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In January 2019, I called Kevin Brady and Dave Redmond for a gig that fell into my lap through IMC at the Wild Duck in Dublin. I had been wanting to play with them for some time and to my delight, they were free and down to play. The gig was instant fun with zero rehearsing and I knew I wanted to play more with them. They called me a couple months later to head to Mexico City to perform at the EuroJazz Festival and do some masterclasses. We had an absolute blast and have continued to play since.
We had planned to record an release an album in 2020, but you know what happened then. Lots of great gigs booked throughout 2020-21 were wiped away.
Now, we're so excited to get to release our debut album! We all wrote for this, and with the exception of 2 of the tunes, everything is brand new for us. The magic that is captured with there isn't a ton of rehearsing is unrivalled. We had one run through before heading into the studio and it was truly liberating to let the moment shine without nitpicking the life away from it. There were zero tendencies to lean upon, no net. It brought out brand new things within each of us. I'll never look at prepping for an album the same way after this. - Meilana
Dave Redmond: Double Bass
Kevin Brady: Drums
Meilana Gillard: Tenor & Alto Saxophones
We're doing a mini tour of NI:
Sept 21 - Black Box - Belfast
Sept 22 - Marketplace Theatre - Armagh
Sept 23 - Bennigans Bar - Derry
Thanks to Moving on Music for supporting the tour.
Thanks to Arts Council of Northern Ireland for the funding to make this a reality.
released September 20, 2023
Dave Redmond: Double Bass, Composer (Tracks: 1,3,6,7,8,14)
Kevin Brady: Drums, Composer (Tracks 8 & 11)
Meilana Gillard: Tenor & Alto Saxophones, Composer (Tracks: 2,4,5,8,9,10,12,13)
Recorded by Alex Borwick at Grouse Lodge Studios, IE on April 7-8, 2023
Mixed and Mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, NYC
Artwork by Meilana Gillard
Photography by Michael Barkley
Meilana Gillard records on Barkley Microphones - barkleymic.com
This album was made possible through funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.