Bri Cowlishaw and Gavin Ahearn Duo Tour

Briana Cowlishaw – Gavin Ahearn duo

album launch tour –




Tues 9 –  Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Keiraville. 7pm. tix and info at: or 


Thurs 11 – Venue 505 Sydney feat. Peter Koopman (gtr) Thomas Botting (bass) Nic Cecire (drums)


Sunday 14th – Uptown Jazz Cafe, Melbourne 


Tuesday 16 – NIMA Newcastle feat. Peter Gray (bass) Toby Hall (drums)


Wed 24 – Creative Jazz Club – Auckland, NZ 8pm. $20/15/5 feat. Cameron McArthur (bass), Adam Tobeck (drums), Roger Manins (tenor sax) 

Fri/Sat 26/27 – Nirvana Lounge Hamilton

Sun 28 – Hamilton Jazz Society NZ


media enquiries/album requests – 0468 357 715


It’s been a busy few years for singer Briana Cowlishaw and pianist Gavin Ahearn on the international scene with numerous club and festival performances in Australia, Europe and Asia. Highlights include the Hemnes Jazz Festival (Norway 2015), the Chilpo International Jazz Festival (South Korea 2013), the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Australia 2014), Vivid Sydney (Australia 2014), Urbanscapes (KL 2013) and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Australia 2011, 2012, 2013). Now with a brand new album ‘FJORD’ in hand, Briana returns to Australia (and New Zealand) for a series of shows to launch the album – a collaboration with pianist Gavin Ahearn. The various launches will feature Gavin and Briana performing a duo set of songs from the album, followed by a set of music with a full band.





The album – ‘Fjord’ –  Briana Cowlishaw & Gavin Ahearn:

A project born out of the hypnotically picturesque hills of Norway, Briana Cowlishaw and Gavin Ahearn come together to create an equally mesmerising performance. Their latest release ‘Fjord’ is a duo album recorded in Nesna (Norway) October 2014, which captures a true sense of free and honest expression. Stripped back to piano and voice (and trumpet on 1 track), the album presents a collection of their own compositions and a number of refreshing arrangements of their most loved pop and jazz standards (‘Fool on the Hill’, ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’).


Both on stage and in recording, Briana and Gavin seem to trail in and out of improvisation and structure, exhibiting an instinctive empathy for each others musical inclinations. They have been touring, teaching and performing together over the past 5 years in Asia, Europe and Australia, working on a multitude of projects (‘The Wires Project’, ‘Briana Cowlishaw Band’ and most recently ‘The Helgeland Suite’). Maybe it’s the years they have played together, maybe it’s a mutual understanding on what they most appreciate about making music; either way the performance speaks for itself.






In studio with Erin Patrice



In Trackdown studios today recording a duo track with very talented singer Erin Patrice. Erin will release the track in the new year.

Coleman Ahearn Quartet – Coopers Ridge

Coleman Ahearn Quartet – Coopers Ridge OUT NOW

A new album co-led by Christian Coleman and myself is out now and available in various formats.

If you would like to purchase the album, it’s available on:



or you can find a host of places distributing around the world with this: google search.

It’s on the Steeplechase record label and features the great and unique drumming/compositions of my long time collaborator (and co-leader for this session) Christian Coleman, the virtuoso saxamaphonics of Jon Irabagon and the earth shakin bass notes of Sam Minae. + Original tunes by myself and one by the innovative Aussie composer Briana Cowlishaw.

We had a ball recording/rehearsing and writing the music for the album and I hope you will enjoy it too!

I’m contactable via: if you want to touch base/get charts etc



Site Rebuild

Hi intrepid internet surfer.

You’ve reached my little corner of the world.

This site recently suffered a big ‘ol crash due to some nefarious hacking and spamming.
I’m going to add bit by bit over time. Some of the exciting things coming up:

September release of the Coleman/Ahearn Quartet album, Coopers Ridge, distributed by Steeplechase Records and a wee 3 week tour of Europe by Briana Cowlishaw and myself performing some gigs and Workshops in Norway, Poland and more TBA. The trip is also serving to promote The Wires Project in the European market. If you are here and haven’t checked out The Wires Project there is an updated video outlining the whole thing here:

The Wires Project Introduction

Thanks for stopping by.


If you are interested in hearing some news from time to time you can join my mailing list:

Subscribe here for news and information about Gavin Ahearn

* indicates required