O'Connor's performance with reggae legend Burning Spear will constitute her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years.
Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor will make a rare live appearance April 26 at the fifth annual Jammy Awards in New York. O'Connor's performance with reggae legend Burning Spear will constitute her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years.
As previously reported, the artist is recording an album of reggae covers for release later this summer, in tandem with production duo Sly & Robbie. Among the tracks set to appear on the as-yet-untitled set are covers of Burning Spear's "Throw Down Your Arms" and "Marcus Garvey," plus tunes by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Lee "Scratch" Perry.
In the spring of 2003, O'Connor announced she was retiring from the music business. But in a February interview with Ireland's Hot Press, she revealed a new management deal with Sanctuary and said she was working on three distinct new albums. A label deal for the reggae set has yet to be finalized.
Her performance with Burning Spear bolsters a Jammys lineup that also includes Medeski Martin & Wood, Buddy Guy, Travis Tritt, Disco Biscuits, Les Claypool, Ryan Adams, Bruce Hornsby, Burning Spear, the North Mississippi Allstars, the Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Umphrey's McGee and Leftover Salmon's Vince Herman.