Miriam In­gram

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What’s the link be­tween tal­ented Ir­ish singers Naimee Cole­man, Tara Blaise and Miriam In­gram? An­swer: They were all mem­bers of The Wilde Os­cars, the band led by Dubliner Les­lie Keye, which be­came a launch­pad for the women’s var­ied solo ca­reers. Cole­man had mod­er­ate suc­cess with her album Sil­ver Wrists, and even cracked the UK Top 10 when she pro­vided the vo­cals for Aurora’s dance re­make of Du­ran Du­ran’s Or­di­nary World. Blaise ( then Tara Egan-Lan­g­ley) joined Kilkenny band Kaydee, met Corrs pro­ducer John Hughes, changed her sur­name to Blaise, and starred in the stage pro­duc­tion of War of the Worlds. But what be­came of Miriam In­gram? She too, took a cir­cuitous route, tak­ing in stints with The Har­vest Min­is­ters, Nick Kelly, Grada and Dr Mil­lar. She has now re­leased her de­but album, Tram­po­line, a fine col­lec­tion of el­e­gant folk­tron­ica tunes fu­elled by such di­verse in­flu­ences as Mary Pop­pins, The Clash, Kate Bush and Monty Python.

Miriam In­gram grew up in Sandy­ford, Co Dublin and went to school at Co­laiste Iosagain in Stil­lor­gan along with mem­bers of Kíla. An­other class­mate, David Od­lum, be­came a long­time friend and a strong in­flu­ence on her sound, and did mix­ing du­ties on Tram­po­line. The first record Miriam bought was by some guy called Tchaikovsky, but she also lists Joni Mitchell among her teenage idols. She stud­ied Mu­sic Me­dia Tech­nol­ogy in Trin­ity Col­lege be­fore join­ing The Wilde Os­cars. Les­lie Keye was the band’s lead singer, but Miriam, Naimee and Tara were more than just eye-candy at the back, con­tribut­ing fine vo­cals on the band’s two al­bums, Fish and News­pa­per.

When The Wilde Os­cars went their sep­a­rate ways, Miriam be­came some­thing of a job­bing singer, guest­ing with var­i­ous bands and solo artists and con­tribut­ing vo­cals to var­i­ous mu­si­cal projects. One of her most con­sis­tent gigs was with Sean Mil­lar, for­mer leader of Dr Mil­lar and The Cute Hoors, and a for­mi­da­bly tal­ented lyri­cist. MIl­lar’s gruff tones were beau­ti­fully coun­ter­pointed by Miriam’s glid­ing ones, and the pair worked count­less gigs to­gether. Miriam didn’t ne­glect her own solo work, play­ing reg­u­lar shows for a grow­ing army of friends, fans and ad­mir­ers. She wrote the songs on Tram­po­line at her home in Sandy­ford, but avoided the trad girliefolk route, in­stead us­ing com­put­ers and se­quencers along with acous­tic gui­tars to get that avant-elec­tron­ica flavour.

Tram­po­line fea­tures a host of highly re­spected Ir­ish mu­si­cians and tech­ni­cians, in­clud­ing Joe Ch­ester, Trevor Hutchin­son, Gra­ham Hop­kins, Dave Hingerty, Justin Car­roll and Conor Brady. Miriam will per­form a spe­cial, glitzy Christ­mas party, com­plete with 10-piece band, at Dublin’s Boom Boom Room to­mor­row night. Ex­pect a host of tal­ented guests, and a cou­ple of Christ­mas carols.

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