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“BASTILLE DAY” La Fête Nationale. Monday 14th July. Live Jazz from Victoria Geelan.Book now: Tel: 02890667500
Main course, dessert and glass of wine £20pp
A native of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Victoria‘s first stage appearance was made aged four, when she took to the boards of Omagh Town Hall to perform at the town’s Feis. Competing annually in singing, prose and poetry, she continued until age eleven, when she decided to focus more on her new-found loves: languages and geography.
Having performed extensively in choirs throughout childhood, this continued into her teens In 1999, she and her sister joined the Omagh Community Youth Choir, which had been formed in the wake of the 1998 bombing, which provided young people from the town opportunities to perform at both the Royal Variety Performance in 2000 and Milwalkee Irish Fest, in the U.S. in 2001.
A year later, Victoria began an undergraduate course in Modern Languages – French and Spanish – at Newcastle University, England. Four years after that, she graduated having performed in the musical ‘Cabaret’, sung at Newcastle City Hall with a 30-piece band, lived in Paris and worked and travelled in Latin America. She had also started to sing her own lyrics at acoustic nights with her dear friend Laura.
Following a 9-day stint on a Tall Ship around Spain’s Atlantic coast, she came to settle in Derry-Londonderry, determined to focus on singing full-time. This of course was easier in theory for someone who hadn’t studied music nor had any musical network in the province. However, with regular appearances at open mic nights, gigs started happening. Then, in 2007 she won Best Individual Artist Award at the city’s street busking competition – and a princely £500. A month later, she was offered her first professional solo gig: sing in Sandino’s public bar, for at least 60 minutes, and sing whatever you want with whoever you want. So her first gig was singing with her cousin Andrew playing his collection of African drums, performing spoken word and song, original and not, in both Spanish and English.
That venue has since served to incubate her talent, and in 2011 she took to its Main Venue to pay homage to her musical icon Nina Simone at the City’s Jazz and Brass Band Festival to a packed-out room of close to 400 music fans. This she has repeated every year since, and will do so again this year. But this time she has an album – and the burning ambition to see just how far she can go.
A featured subject in RTE Radio One’s Doc On One Series, she’s been a staple of the City of Derry Jazz Festival since 2011 and has already been celebrated as a new voice in the Northern Irish music scene with her bold improvisations and passionate interpretations of standards, as well as her insightful and inventive original compositions.