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Paul Clarvis, Liam Noble, Cathy Jordan - new album and UK tour January 2023 / February 2023.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Cathy Jordan, the Irish Traditional folk singer joins jazz musicians Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis on "Freight Train", due for release on 6th January 2023. The trio will be touring the UK in Jan & Feb.

We have received the following press release;

Cathy Jordan, the Irish Traditional folk singer well known for her long involvement in Dervish and the Transatlantic Sessions joins Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis, those purveyors of “exquisite and casually joyous music-making” Starry Starry Night 2009, John Fordham, The Guardian


Clarvis Noble & Jordan
Freight Train
(Village Life. 1411222)
RELEASE:  6 January 2023
LAUNCH:  7 January 2023 at The Vortex, London

Cathy Jordan voice, bouzouki, bodhran, bones
Liam Noble piano/synthesiser
Paul Clarvis drums

I can’t say it better than John Fordham.  Time to warm the cockles of winter hearts, with Freight Train and at 17 live dates through January and February 2023, launching the album at Vortex 7 January 2023. 

In July 2020 Cathy Jordan, Liam Noble & Paul Clarvis joined forces remotely, to create a new big sound from small resources for an online concert commission to Paul, by West Midlands Jazz.

Freight Train carries tracks recorded apart for that lockdown stream (with even piano tuner visits impossible), along with those from their first live meeting in the studio in January 2022.  The majority of tracks were chosen by Paul and trace some of his musical history with Bernstein and in Mose Allison’s Trio for 20 years, and with Liam Noble on their 2009 duo album Starry Starry Night.

Spare, vivid and decidedly buoyant.  Freight Train swings, shuffles and sways.  If you are not humming one track or another, sooner or later, I’ll eat my Truly Scrumptious hat.


Tour dates



Birmingham Jazz, 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St B1 3HE

Vortex, Gillett Square N16 8AZ

NQ Jazz 15 Pollard St E. M40 7QX

Hastings Jazz, E. Hastings Sea Angling Assoc. The Stade TN34 3JF

Ashburton Arts Centre, 15 West St TQ13 7DT

The Table, 33 Lower Hall Ln WS1 1RR

RWCM Richard Burton Theatre, North Rd CF10 3ER

Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Southville BS3 1JF

Forde Park Café, 16 Forde Park TQ12 1DD



Stratford Playhouse, 14 Rother St, CV37 6LU

Karamel 4 Coburg Rd, London N22 6UJ

Eastside Jazz Club, Royal Birmingham Con.  200 Jennens Rd B4 7XR

Derby Jazz, Derby Museum, The Wardwick DE1 1HS

The Lescar, 303 Sharrow Vale Rd, Sharrow S11 8ZF

Coventry Jazz, The Albany Club, 10 Earlsdon St, Earlsdon CV5 6EG

Leeds Conservatoire, The Venue, 3 Quarry Hill, LS2 7PD

Magy’s Farm, 59 Dechomet Rd BT25 2HQ

Track list – recorded remotely 2020; first live meeting in studio Jan. 2022

1.    Dear Someone - Gillian Welch 5.46

8.    Isle Of Innesfree - Dick Farrelly 5.33

2.    I Don’t Worry About A Thing - Mose Allison 2.44

9.    If You’re Going To The City - Mose Allison 2.39

3.    Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotten 3.10

10.  Somewhere - Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim 3.44

4.    The Beast In Me - Nick Lowe 5.02

11.  Aint Nobody’s Business – Porter Grainger /Everett Robbins 3.38

5.    The Glow Worm - Paul Linckes/Heinz Molten Backers 3.15

12.  Top 40 - Mose Allison 2.29

6.    Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington/Barney Bigard /Irving Mills 4.33

13.  Was - Mose Allison 4.08

7.    Truly Scrumptious - Sherman Brothers 3.20




Cathy Jordan was born in County Roscommon is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bodhran, bones and bouzouki. She has been the lead vocalist for the traditional Irish music band Dervish since 1991, a member of The Unwanted and a solo performer, releasing her first solo album, All The Way Home, in 2012. At the end of 2019 Dervish received a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the BBC, as “an icon of Irish music”.

Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis, familiar to many for their many projects, first met and played together with Moondog in Europe in the early 1990s.

Liam Noble - playing everything from standards, new composition, free improvisation and electronics, Liam’s most recent release The Long Game 2019 introduced the trio with Tom Herbert and Seb Rochford.  His long regular Trio with Dave Whitford and Dave Wickins was augmented by Chris Batchelor and Shabaka Hutchings for the quintet Brother Face and he regularly plays with Julian Siegel, Bobby Wellins, Mark Lockheart, Christine Tobin, Pigfoot, and the improvising trio Sleepthief with Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock. His other US collaborators include Peter Evans, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland, Mary Halverson, Marc Ducret, Evan Parker, Okkyung Lee and Mat Maneri. He is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music.

Paul Clarvis - the original and ever-youthful Enfield sound (Paul turns 60 in 2023) has collaborated with some of the world’s best composers and performers from Nina Simone, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams to Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sir John Dankworth and Paul McCartney. He was the late Leonard Bernstein’s preferred percussionist in London, featured soloist in the 1995 Proms performance of Birtwistle’s Panic, a concerto for saxophone and drum kit, and worked with Rick Smith on the drum arrangement for the London Olympics 2012 show-stopping opening. His film and album credits and collaborators are many - in jazz withIs Mose Allison, Herbie Hancock, Andy Shepherd, Stan Sulzmann, Steve Swallow, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, with Liam in Chris Batchelor’s Pigfoot & Zoetic, Henry Lowther’s Still Waters, Mark Lewandowski, Josephine Davies & Satori, Alan Barnes, Gordon Beck, Tim Garland, Jon Lloyd, Sam Rivers, Andy Sheppard, and the much-missed Orquestra Mahatma. He is Professor of Drum Set, Latin American & Ethic Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music.

Villagelife was set up by violinist Sonia Slany and Paul Clarvis over 20 years ago and have released 14 albums including of Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Henry Lowther’s Stillwaters, Four In Perspective (Hersh, Wheeler, Winstone and Clarvis), and ‘London jazz eccentrics’ (Jazzwise, 2019) Pigfoot, also with Clarvis and Noble.