Origin Story

Jazz trio

Origin Story are “one of the freshest voices in Irish jazz and a must-hear for anyone who wants to know where the piano trio is headed in the 21st century” (Irish Times) and their debut album Good Friday was named Irish Times Jazz Album of the Year 2020.

Pianist Greg Felton, bassist Cormac OBrien and drummer Matthew Jacobson have accumulated over 25 years of history as collaborators and friends and have been involved in many of the most artistically successful projects in creative Irish music in that time. Since 2016, they have been writing and performing together as a trio.

Origin Story’s music is informed by all of these shared experiences and results in provocative and interactive writing and playing, equally influenced by the origins of the jazz tradition and contemporary innovations. 

They have delivered several critically successful performances, including Galway Jazz Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, IMC’s Signal Series and Howth Blues & Jazz Festival as well as longstanding residencies at the Dwarf Jar and the Liquor Rooms.

The band independently released their debut album, Good Friday on October 15th 2020. The album is available in digital and physical (CD) format from Bandcamp: http://originstorymusic.bandcamp.com/album/good-friday

a trio with bags of personality, where virtuoso playing is tempered by rich rhythmic textures strong melodies and a soulful collective voice”(All About Jazz)

Greg Felton – piano
Cormac OBrien – double bass
Matthew Jacobson – drums


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“a must-hear for anyone who wants to know where the piano trio is headed in the 21st century.”