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An e mail into our office last week alerted Sidetracks & Detours to a new jazz sound, Martin Farrelly, the sender, has been working with jazz and neo-soul group,  Lavery, as they have completed the wrap of  recording on their debut EP (due for release on 25th May 2024). As Lavery have a tour scheduled for this year across the UK and Ireland Martin wondered if we would give the project a mention. The band has been together less than a year but in that time have already performed at the National Gallery of Ireland and opened for Grammy award-winning artist Sly5thAve. The soon to be released single from the EP is “What I Want” and Martin linked it to us in a Wav format.

He also linked us into the full EP and we look forward to bringing you a couple of reviews in both Sidetracks And Detours and PASS IT ON.

We have already informed Music In Portsmouth and some of their other newsletter compilers, who cover one leg of the itinerary I have seen so far and, of course, we also told Steve Bewick of HOT BISCUITS jazz fame because Lavery might fit pretty well on to his playlists.

The band’s tour will see them play in Cardiff, Bath, Chichester, London and 2 nights in Belfast. The single will officially be launched on 01/05/2024 at Dublin´s headline show.

Lavery emerges from the vibrant music scene of Dublin as an electrifying 8-piece collective poised to captivate audiences worldwide with their debut EP, “JADE GARDEN.” Formed in 2023, this powerhouse ensemble brings together seasoned musicians from various corners of the globe, each contributing a unique flavour to their mesmerizing cocktail of Jazz Fusion and Neo-Soul. With roots in acclaimed music performance colleges such as BIMM and DCU’s Jazz Program (Newpark), Lavery’s sonic tapestry reflects a rich blend of cultural diversity and technical excellence.

Their rise has been nothing short of meteoric, gracing prestigious Irish venues like The National Gallery of Ireland and Lost Lane, alongside captivating performances at international events like a Culture Night in The Sugar Club. Now, hungry to make their mark on the European scene, Lavery gears up for their first international performances at multiple UK venues and festivals in June of this year.

​Fronted by the captivating Anelise Furkin, Lavery’s live performances are more than just music; they’re immersive experiences that transcend traditional boundaries. With influences spanning jazz, neo-soul, and samba, Lavery’s sound defies categorization, promising a musical landscape that’s as unpredictable as it is enthralling. Their single, “The Mist,” has already enjoyed significant success on the US JazzWeek charts, while critics worldwide acclaim Lavery’s ability to expertly blend “jazzy, psychedelic soul.” As they prepare for the release of “JADE GARDEN” on May 25th, 2024, Lavery stands ready to leave an indelible mark on the burgeoning Irish jazz scene.


“The Mist, this infectious song needs to be ideally  listened to whilst sipping on a nice brew!! It’s a fine blend fusing soulful vocal tones stirred with a warm smooth  jazzy vibe. I’m chilling for sure !! Thanks to the band Lavery “

Tom Cole Jr, Sunshine 106.8, Ireland

“Highlights [of Lavery’s performance] include the incredibly lush tune ‘What I Want,’ which tells a tale of love and losing oneself in love. The track starts off with groovy, mesmeric instrumentation that seamlessly smooths into a jazzy guitar solo that causes a stir before closing, “I want something real, someone I can be myself still.”

Caroline Kelly – Hot Press Magazine, Ireland

“Lavery expertly plays jazzy, psychedelic soul that you hear as if through a fine Irish mist.”  John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia “Spacey production as well as some interesting and unexpected chord changes make for an engaging tune”

Charles Husson, Hawaiian Public Radio, USA

“Lavery seems a gentle, ethereal, modern group with singing that gives a good glide to “The Mist’s” unusual melody. The music takes interesting turns for a rewarding, tuneful trip.”

Bisard (Jazz Music Director ), WNMC 90.7 FM, USA

 “Lavery’s ‘The Mist’ is tasteful jazz fusion led by Anelise Furkin’s sultry lead vocal.”

Jim Motavalli, WPKN 89.5 FM, USA

“Lavery expertly plays jazzy, psychedelic soul that you hear as if through a fine Irish mist.”

John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Those kind of comments don´t happen by accident, so watch this space. This is a band that seem sure to break through.

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