Celebrating Billie Holiday in Galway

Emilie Conway takes on the songs of Lady Day at the Black Gate Cultural Centre

Billie Holiday.

Billie Holiday.

WHEN BILLIE Holiday died in 1959, The New York Times obituary stated: "Miss Holiday set a pattern during her most fruitful years that has proved more influential than that of almost any other jazz singer".

The influence has extended beyond jazz, into soul and pop, and among those she inspired were Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Karen Dalton, and Cassandra Wilson.

To mark the 60th anniversary of her passing, the singer Emilie Conway will perform songs by Billie Holiday at JAZZGate: The Music of Billie Holiday in The Black Gate Cultural Centre, St Francis Street. There will be two shows. Both take place this evening [August 22] at 7pm and 9pm. The (pm show is sold out but there are tickets for the 7pm show. She will be joined by Aengus Hackett (guitar ), Dan Bodwell (double bass ), and Barry Duffy (drums ).

Tickets are €10 via buytickets.at/theblackgateculturalcentre/293437. The final show in the JAZZGate series takes place next Thursday with a jazz take on The Beatles.

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