I welcomed in the new year with a gig at The Greenway Hotel, Cheltenham – a luxury 16th century Elizabethan manor house, with Graham Dent on piano, Mike Green on double bass and Spencer Hedges on drums. It was a great end to a great year! Huge thanks to the wonderful musicians whom i’ve had the pleasure of working with this year – great memories, great music! Looking forward to more of the same in 2018!
About Sheila Waterfield
Sheila’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, folk, soul and blues. She is an accomplished, award winning vocalist and a very popular performer at music venues and festivals. She is one of those impressive singers who can instill a beautiful warm delicacy into ballads and a lively, spirited energy into the blues. She received raving reviews for her performances at The Festival of Song Cheltenham, Jazz Live Grimsby and Big Band Festival Aberdeenshire.
‘A beautifully warm, expressive voice’ – Ron Bailey, Jazz Live.
Sheila was born and grew up in Coventry, England and is the youngest of seven sisters, many of whom are accomplished musicians and singers. The family was largely influenced by Sheila’s Mother who grew up in a large traditional Irish family where music was part of everyday life. Her Father was a naturally gifted and talented singer and sang the songs of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra effortlessly. These early influences of Irish, folk and jazz set the scene for Sheila’s musical journey thus far. Sheila demonstrated her love of singing from a very young age which was encouraged by her Irish Mother and from the tender age of seven, performed at festivals and competitions in England and Ireland. By the age of twelve she was featured on Radio Eireann having won the title of ‘All England Champion’ in traditional Irish singing. Sheila was also part of The Shannon Youth Ceilidh Band with whom she regularly sang and played the Irish whistle.
From the early 90’s Sheila found herself to be an in demand vocalist, from original projects to high end function work, providing lead and backing vocals for many of the UK’s top bands. She was invited to perform at The Millennium Dome’s closing ceremony in 2000 which is her largest audience to date.
2013 saw the release of album ‘I Wish You Love’ – produced and arranged by jazz pianist Graham Dent. The collaboration took place in the spring of 2012 when Sheila decided that she wanted to a produce a musical tribute to her Mother who passed away from dementia in 2010. The album also features Mike Green (bass), Andy Davey (sax), David Williams (guitar) and Steve Street (drums and percussion).
In 2015 Sheila released album ‘Reverie’ featuring the fabulous talents of John Hodgetts (piano and keyboards), Federico Girlando (drums and percussion), Adrian Litvinoff (double bass), Si Hayden (guitar), Ian Chalk (trumpet), Gary Barnacle (tenor sax) and Alan Wakeman (soprano sax). The album combines jazz, swing, funk and bossa to create a fresh take on some classic songs.
Sheila has been privileged to have worked with many wonderful musicians to include Ian Hill, Nick Millward, Wayne Matthews, Neil Hunter, Ian Beestin, Dougie Wright, Martin Rowberry, Geoff Pearson, Carl Hemmingsley, Tom Bull, Steve Salkind and Stuart Barker to name a few. Her band line-up can be anything from a piano/vocal duo up to a 17 piece big band and she can be seen performing around the UK at festivals, jazz venues and corporate events.
Sheila is currently working on her own compositions and is looking forward to releasing her music later this year.
A very early morning photo shoot for my forthcoming music project ‘Every Sunrise’. Huge thanks to Matthew Osborne for the stunning photo’s. Despite the cold weather and very early start it was a lot of fun!
It was a joy to be part of ‘Oxjam’, the UK’s largest music festival taking place over the whole month of October. Big thanks to Richard Jones, David Williams, Simon Paterson and Spencer Hedges who gave up their time to perform with me at The Star in Beeston. A record year for Oxjam as over £18,000 was raised!
My latest music project ‘Every Sunrise’ is coming along very nicely! Thanks to an amazing rhythm section – Matt Ball, Wayne Matthews and Dave Anderson, we had a very productive and enjoyable studio session. Can’t wait to share my music!
It was great to be offered four dates at this year’s Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival, now into its 33rd year. Congratulations to all at Big Bear Music for a hugely successful event!
This month marked 30 years of Stratford Jazz. I was delighted to be invited to perform at Stratford Arts House, the home of Stratford Jazz with Neil Hunter, Tom Haines and The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. It was a fantastic and very well attended night …. the drinks flowed, the music played and we ate a lot of cake!
Again, it was a great privilege to be invited to perform at Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival, now bigger and better than ever as it expands across the region to incorporate Solihull as well as Birmingham. Now into it’s 32nd year, the Festival continues to go from strength to strength as it expands, not only geographically, but also in terms of the wide range of activities and entertainment on offer. I was delighted to be offered two dates, the first of which was at the Touchwood Centre in Solihull with John Hodgetts on keys and the second at the delightful El Borracho De Ora restaurant in Birmingham, again with John Hodgetts on keys and Wayne Matthews on bass. Photography by Merlin Daleman, courtesy of Hortons.
Leamington Rugby Club in Warwickshire is the home of the ever popular Leam-Jazz Club and annual Leam-Jazz Festival. It was my second time to perform at the Festival, joined on stage this year by Ian Hill (saxes), David Williams (guitar), Wayne Matthews (bass) and Spencer Hedges (drums). A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all! Photography by Henryk Delong.
I have had the pleasure of seeing many great acts at The Silvershine Jazz Club in Bearwood so it was a huge honour to perform there with my trio this month. John Hodgetts (keys), Mike Green (bass) and Ian Beestin (drums). It was Andy Hamilton MBE who first started a Jazz club in Bearwood in the mid ’80s and it has continued, though the venue has changed; Dirty Betts, the King’s Head, the Bear Tavern and finally Bearwood Corks Club where the club has been for over a decade. The club has been re-branded as the “Silvershine Jazz Club” after Andy Hamilton’s best selling album. Congratulations to the Jazz Club for keeping Jazz alive in Bearwood and establishing and maintaining a legacy for the great man! Photography by Russ Escritt.
It was a delight to play at The Daffodil in Cheltenham, located on the beautiful Suffolk Parade in The Cotswolds Regency spa town of Cheltenham. The Daffodil restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked inside a beautiful 1920’s cinema. The building has many unique period features; the sweeping staircase, art deco features, projectors and beautiful entrance reception, the venue has been sympathetically adapted in keeping with the Hollywood glamour and art deco style synonymous with the venue since the 20’s. A most enjoyable gig with Graham Dent on piano and Mike Green on bass.
I quiet few months over the Autumn period in terms of live performances, however, a very productive period in the studio – I have several projects nearing completion and look forward to sharing the music!
This month I was invited to perform at Chung Ying Central as part of Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, accompanied by an extremely talented and versatile rhythm section in the shape of John Hodgetts (keys), Wayne Matthews (bass) and Ian Beestin (drums). The festival coincided with what would have been Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday so we decided to pay tribute to the Jazz great with a selection of songs Billie performed over her 30 year musical career.
|18 Feb 2018||Sheila Waterfield & Ian Hill Band||The Rugby Hotel Rugby. 3pm||Rugby. 3pm|
|02 Mar 2018||Sheila Waterfield Band||Hunston Hotel Dublin. 8.30pm||Dublin. 8.30pm|
|03 Mar 2018||Sheila Waterfield Band||Jeffersons Bar & Restaurant Dublin. 7.30pm||Dublin. 7.30pm|
|04 Mar 2018||Sheila Waterfield Band||Palazzo Bar Dublin. 9pm||Dublin. 9pm|
|20 Mar 2018||Sheila Waterfield Quartet||The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston. 8.30pm||Bilston. 8.30pm|
|07 May 2018||Sheila Waterfield Trio||Botanical Gardens Birmingham. 1pm||Birmingham. 1pm|
|13 Jul 2018||Sheila Waterfield Band||Greenfield Park Edinburgh. Time TBA||Edinburgh. Time TBA|
|14 Jul 2018||Sheila Waterfield Band||Greenfield Park Edinburgh. Time TBA||Edinburgh. Time TBA|
|23 Jan 2018||Sheila Waterfield Quartet||The Trumpet Jazz Club Bilston. 8.30pm||Bilston. 8.30pm|
|05 Jan 2018||Sheila Waterfield Quintet||The Melia Hotel London. 8pm||London. 8pm|
More dates to be announced!
“Sheila provides the charisma and exceptional vocal talent to make any event a musical experience not to be missed !”
Festival of Song, Cheltenham
“The combination of Sheila’s voice and the quality of the musicians was a real treat and totally unforgettable.”
Tony Barker, AMS Systems Annual Dinner Dance
“It was great to see such a polished performance.”
Ron Bailey, Jazz Live Grimsby
“Thanks for making our night a truly memorable occasion.”
Mr & Mrs Staunton, 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
“Whether performing a smooth Rogers & Hart ballad to a big band Miller arrangement, Sheila has the ability to capture the essence of a melody and lyric with passion.”
Big Band Festival, Aberdeenshire
“Sheila’s rendition of ‘Embraceable You’ brought tears to my eyes.”
Wedding of Mark and Katy Young, St. Mary’s Church, Essex