A collection of Torch songs to inflame your passions...

 

Torch To Flame is an evening when Hazel O'Connor invites you to share some of her more passionate songs both from the past and the present. Working with Cormac De Barra on both the Irish Harp and the Pedal Harp, they move easily from classic O'Connor Torch songs, to Irish, to jazz as well as some new unrecorded material.

They also give their own special sound to some of O'Connor's favourite songs by other artists including Bob Marley, George Michael and the much requested Billie Holliday.

 

'O'Connor's voice has lost none of it's magic, if anything it's now richer and stronger and the accompaniment of Cormac DeBarra's harp compliments her perfectly. Her lyrics are, as ever, simple, direct and strong. The songs address emotions ranging from tenderness and sensitivity to raging passion and anger.

 

Hazel O' Connor - the story so far... Catapulted to stardom in 1980 thanks to her starring role in the film 'Breaking Glass', Hazel O'Connor became a punk icon as a result of her magnificent performance as Kate, a fictitious rock star on whom the film was based. Not only did she star in the film, but she also helped re-write the script and composed the soundtrack, which yielded the hit 'Eighth Day' giving Hazel her first Top 10 hit. 'Eighth Day' went to No.5 in the UK charts, as did the album 'Breaking Glass', which stayed in the charts for 28 weeks! The success of 'Breaking Glass' didn't stop there; Hazel won a variety club award for Best Actress and two BAFTA nominations for Best Newcomer and Best Film Score.

Other Top 10 hits were to follow; including 'Decadent Days' and her UK No.1 smash 'Will You'. Album successes included 'Sons and Lovers' and 'Cover Plus' in 1981 and 'Smile' in 1984. 'To Be Freed' was released through Sony in 1993, as were 'Over The Moon Live' in '94 and 'Private Wars' in '95. Hazel released her first self-owned album 'Live in Berlin' in '96 followed by 'Five in the Morning' two years later. Her acting career also flourished with numerous television and theatre roles. However, as is so often the case in showbusiness, there were problems behind the scenes culminating in much documented legal battles with record company bosses and publishers. This would have made many lesser mortals want to throw in the towel, but not Hazel.

 

In 1998 Hazel's autobiographical show 'Beyond Breaking Glass' was a surprise hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, attracting huge crowds and rave reviews. Interspersed with renditions of her best known songs, accompanied by the very talented Cormac DeBarra on harp and African percussionist Mario N'Goma, 'Beyond Breaking Glass' tells the story of Hazel's difficult life. Born in Coventry to an English mother and an Irish Father, she was raised by her grandmother and left home at 15. The show tells of her days living in Amsterdam, being raped at 16, her meteoric rise to fame in 'Breaking Glass', the horror stories of being ripped off by agents and battles with record industry big wigs. The success of 'Beyond Breaking Glass' prompted Hazel to go into the studio to record an album featuring many of the songs, both old and new, from the stage show. 'Beyond the Breaking Glass' was released late last year by Invisible Hands Music. One of the highlights is a stunning, awe-inspiring rendition of 'Will You' using only the harp and low whistle as accompaniment. Invisible Hands Music also released 'Live In Berlin', her stunning 'Five In The Morning' and 'Acoustically Yours'.