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Bishop's Palace St David's
Dyffryn Fernant Gardens
Fishguard Bay Yacht Club
Holy Name Catholic Church, Fishguard
Letterston Memorial Hall
Melin Tregwynt Woolen Mill & Cafe
Oriel Parc Visitor Centre
Phoenix Community Centre
St Mary's Church, Newport, Pembrokeshire
(Saturday) 7:30 pm
Rolly’s Syndicate is a Birmingham based 5-piece band performing a range of music from old Soul / Funk classics to contemporary hits and their original tunes. The live show set list
Rolly’s Syndicate is a Birmingham based 5-piece band performing a range of music from old Soul / Funk classics to contemporary hits and their original tunes.
The live show set list features a nice mix of COVERS and ORIGINAL SONGS.
They released their debut album in 2014.
The combination of Amera’s vocal and meaningful lyrics, coupled with their very skilful and original backing music, is what makes this band so unique. Their music has that open air quality, which you only really see in the Jazz genre. With great musicianship and memorable lyrics, the band comes together to create a thoroughly enjoyable collection of moving and expressive original Soul and Funk tracks
Saturday 18th August in the Cove
at the back of the Rugby Club
Doors open at 7:30pm
Tickets £6 plus booking fee from AberJazz website
Blues Collusion Sunday 19th August in Tregwynt Woollen Mill Doors open at 1pm Blues Duo from Birmingham Amera and Rolly No charge but
Sunday 19th August in Tregwynt Woollen Mill
Doors open at 1pm
Blues Duo from Birmingham
Amera and Rolly
No charge but please make a donation
Jonathan Nicholas Benjamin Bassford De Fuego door open at 12pm Tickets £5 plus booking fee from AberJazz Website JONATHAN NICHOLAS
door open at 12pm
Tickets £5 plus booking fee from AberJazz Website
JONATHAN NICHOLAS His style encompasses the various disciplines of pre-war acoustic blues from Robert Johnson & Son House to the styles of Blind Blake & Skip James.He performs on instruments of the era (1926 Gibson L1 & 1936 Kalamazoo K G14 enabling him to produce an authentic sound and feel, stripping the blues back to its roots. He has just released his debut album entitled ‘Tangled Web’.
BENJAMIN BASSFORD Another Aberjazz favourite. Singer-songwriter Benjamin first appeared at Aberjazz a few years ago when he stepped in at the last minute to replace one of our musicians who had taken ill.He played in The Globe that night and had everyone dancing outside on the pavement. Since that time we have booked him every year and he has developed a strong local following. This year he has produced his first album and has now become so popular that we have only been able to book him for one gig on Thursday so don’t miss out.
“Benjamin has certain put himself up there with the best.” Blues Matters Magazine
DE FUEGO are an award-winning Spanish guitar duo playing energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music. With their fiery upbeat passionate sound and percussive guitar techniques they quickly created a buzz and reputation on the live scene, playing festivals across the UK and across Europe and establishing themselves as a world class in demand live act.
GREG CARLEY Tickets £3 plus booking fee available at AberJazz Website in Peppers 23rd August at 4pm Greg Carley is a
Tickets £3 plus booking fee available at AberJazz Website
23rd August at 4pm
Greg Carley is a solo Jazz Pianist who performs in concert. He is influenced by the great pianists Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Michel Camilo.
He is a self taught Pianist, with original yet recognisable styles of Jazz, Blues and Latin. Greg has always been inspired towards playing solo piano, as performing solo allows the performer to achieve a wider range/colour of creativity, arrangement and improvisation. He is gradually building a reputation at various Jazz events, hoping to play more and more shows each year.
23aug7:00 pmThe Red Hot Pokers and Maddie & The Pandas – live musicThe Fishguard Jazz & Blues festival – Thursday 23rd August 2018FfrwnEvent Type :Festival,Music Event Tagsaberjazz,festival,live,music
The Red Hot Pokers Maddie & the Pandas in Ffwrn doors open at 7pm Tickets £10 plus booking fee from
The Red Hot Pokers
Maddie & the Pandas
doors open at 7pm
Tickets £10 plus booking fee from AberJazz Website
MADDIE AND THE PANDAS
This a 7 piece band based in Cardiff. Female fronted and brass section, the band are rocking audiences old and young all over Wales and surrounding areas with their constantly expanding repertoire.
Jazz Funk and Soul, expect anything from Amy WInehouse to Dolly Parton with a touch of James Brown. Bring your dancing shoes.
THE RED HOT POKERS
The Red Hot Pokers formed in 1984 and as well as working continuously as a separate entity, have worked as a backing band for visiting US blues and rock n’ roll artists, these include Lowell Fulson, Carey Bell, Lazy Lester, Frankie Ford, Big Al Downing, Nappy Brown, Big Jay McNeely and many more. The band has toured extensively throughout Europe and has played in Canada and the Far East. The Red Hot Pokers became Van Morrison’s touring band in the early 2000s and are featured on his album “You Win Again”
The band’s current live set is a mixture of styles – very much blues based, but country, soul and reggae are included too. The present line-up consists of founder member John “Ned” Edwards on Guitar, Fiddle, Harmonica and Vocals, Pete Hurley, who has played in the band since the mid 1980s on Bass Guitar, Hywel Maggs on guitar and Marc Palladino, brother of acclaimed bass player Pino Palladino, on drums.
Hywel and Marc joined the band ten years ago and outside of this have worked mainly as studio musicians. John “Ned” Edwards has worked with acclaimed Cardiff R n’ B band Red Beans and Rice, toured Europe with Bo Diddley and along with Pete, has played with Jerry Lee Lewis. Ned and Pete went on to play in Van Morrison’s band in 2000, with Ned becoming Van’s musical director for seven years. They both continue to work occasionally with Van up to the present time and both played on his recent blues album “Roll With The Punches”, featuring Jeff Beck. Pete and Ned also play on Vans “Down The Road” and “What’s Wrong With This Picture” albums. Pete Hurley played in 70,s rock band “Lone Star” with whom he recorded two albums before going on to join “Racing Cars”. He has played and recorded many albums with Welsh artist Geraint Jarman since 1980, and has previously played with Meic Stevens and Robin Williamson, from “The Incredible String Band”.
Jodie Marie Matthew Hann Beatbox demo Matthew Frederick Moonshine Boulevard Tickets £7.50 plus booking fee in Ffwrn 24th August at 12pm
Matthew Hann Beatbox demo
Tickets £7.50 plus booking fee
24th August at 12pm
Tickets now on sale at AberJazz Website
Hailing from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, singer, songwriter, composer and sometime television presenter MATTHEW FREDERICK blends a childhood love of the early works of Elton John and Billy Joel with more recent influences including Ben Folds, John Grant and Bon Iver. SInce he released his debut EP Venus & Mars in 2012, Matthew has made a number of radio and television appearances, collaborating with Ed Sheeran and penning original music for Boys Aloud. Matthew has also supported jazz supremo Jamie Cullum, performed the Green Man Festival, The Hay Festival and Brecon Jazz. He can also be seen performing regularly with Jodie Marie who is a firm Aberjazz favourite.
Jodie Marie is a Welsh singer-songwriter who was signed to Decca Records in 2010. Jodie’s 2012 debut album Mountain Echo was described by The Guardian as ‘velvety and bittersweet’ and The Independent as ‘having a light-blues and jazz-folk-edge recalling late-1960s singer-songwriters such as Carole King.
Moonshine Boulevard are a traditional Dixieland-style jazz band headed by Tudor Thomas, the veteran trombonist from the Tudor Rhythmn Kings, a long time favourite at Aberjazz. Tudor is joined by some of the best West Country Dixielanders to play freewheeling Southern standards in the tradition of Fats Waller and Kid Ory.
Made up of members; Tudor Thomas (trombone, vocals), Ron King (trumpet, vocals), Jeff Matthews (clarinet), Keith Hall (banjo, guitar, vocals), Peter Berry (double bass) and Mike Pearce (drums), Moonshine Boulevard have proven to bring audiences to their feet.
Matthew Hann was at Abjerazz a few years ago in the Point where he put on a very popular Beat Box and Pedal Loop workshop. He is back again by popular request and he suggested it would be fun if he did a short demo/performance in Ffwrn.
De Fuego in the Yacht Club on 24th August tickets £6 Tickets now on sale The last time we saw De Fuego at
in the Yacht Club
on 24th August
The last time we saw De Fuego at Aberjazz was two years ago when they delighted the Ffwrn audience with a dazzling guitar perfomance.
This award-winning Spanish guitar duo play energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music. They started out busking in London markets in 2010 and with their fiery upbeat passionate sound and percussive guitar techniques they quickly created a buzz and reputation and now they are, playing festivals across the UK and Europe having established themselves as a world class “in demand” live act.
Debs Hancock Trio in Peppers on 24th August Doors Open 4pm tickets £6 Tickets now on sale Welsh Jazz
Debs Hancock Trio
on 24th August
Doors Open 4pm
Welsh Jazz vocalist Debs Hancock only discovered her smooth and expressive jazz voice in recent years, but in that short time has explored her new interest with a keen passion that has been inspired by the great jazz performers of the 20th Century.
“As a confident performer with an effusive stage presence, I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this. I predict that Debs Hancock will become an increasingly popular presence on the local jazz scene”
Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Greg Coulson Flat Earth Lisa Mann Band Tickets £15 plus booking fee in Ffwrn 24th August Doors open at 6pm
Lisa Mann Band
Tickets £15 plus booking fee
Doors open at 6pm
GREG COULSON Greg Coulson is bringing his hi-octane musical party to venues and festivals across the UK. Greg is already an accomplished and highly respected musician with a track record including lengthy spells in the legendary Two Tone/Ska Band The Selecter . Greg has his own special, fiery, impassioned brand of Rhythm & Blues, putting his own stamp on the music of the greats who inspire him – Ray Charles, Booker T, Taj Mahal and more. Greg breathes new life into what is often considered Vintage music, reminding people of all ages of why this music once dominated the world. While Greg is well known for his livewire on stage performances, he could not make the impact he does without his stunning, hand-picked band of crack musicians who help him rock any house he appears in.
FLAT EARTH Inspired by the likes of Georgie Fame and Mose Allison, Flat Earth are a groove-led crowd-pleasing act featuring the vocals of Victoria Klewin, John-Paul Gard on Hammond, Andy Christie on guitar, Eddie John on drums and Ben Waghorn occasionally guesting onsax. https://soundcloud.com/flatearthbristol
Lisa Mann Band
Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Her bass grooves touch on the hallowed soil of soul greats James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt. In 2015 and 2016 whe was awarded the blues music award for her mighty skills on the bass guitar.
The Dave Jones Quartet in Peppers 8:30pm £7.50 Tickets now on sale Dave Jones (piano) performs music from his
The Dave Jones Quartet
Dave Jones (piano) performs music from his critically acclaimed new Quartet album ‘KeyNotes’, with a new line-up featuring Ben Waghorn (saxes and flute), Ashley John Long (bass), and Andy Hague (drums).
The new ‘KeyNotes’ album has attracted significant media attention, in the form of excellent reviews from Jazzwise, Jazz Journal, and London Jazz News, and also via airtime on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Now’, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Jazz Club’, and BBC Radio Wales, amongst others.
“Jones has assembled a formidable quartet… to record a punchy set of six originals” (London Jazz News)
“The theme writing is, as you might expect from a successful film and TV composer, memorable…” (Jazzwise)
“…one of our most able and listenable pianist/composers…” (Jazz Journal)
Chube in Peppers doors at 8pm £6 Tickets now on sale Ben Creighton-Griffiths – harp, keys; Matt Williams -drums and engineering; Aeddan Williams – bass. A young fusion
doors at 8pm
Ben Creighton-Griffiths – harp, keys; Matt Williams -drums and engineering; Aeddan Williams – bass.
A young fusion trio based in South Wales. They recorded their first EP in September 2017 and are now touring to promote it. They draw inspiration from a wide variety of styles and write unique music for both electronic and acoustic set-ups to push the boundaries of their genres and their influences.
Omega Two Bella & Gareth and the Indigo Kings in Ffwrn Doors open 12pm £10 Tickets now on sale
Bella & Gareth
and the Indigo Kings
Doors open 12pm
BELLA COLLINS AND GARETH EVANS A Cardiff based acoustic duo, 2 voices and 2 guitars covering many genres including jazz, blues, ska, soul, funk, rock and roll etc. They got together first in 2014 and in that time have proved to be a great meeting of musical minds and have literally gone from strength to strength. They have played to packed out audiences at Brecon Jazz and Tenby Blues as well as being Aberjazz favourites.
INDIGO KINGS The Indigo Kings play original ‘vintage pop’ songs inspired by the jazz, blues and swing beats of yesteryear. They magically fuse together foot-tapping swinging piano, soulful blues guitar & sassy sax; and blend it with dual harmony sweet and saucy vocals. The music is all original and primarily a mix of jazzy blues and swing, which melds together to make ‘vintage pop’. Not tied to a specific genre, the combination of influences and styles makes for an exciting blend of sounds; Take the boogie piano, blues guitar, funky bass and jazzy drummer and add delicious female vocals to give the sound something completely different. We call it original jazzy blues.
Omega Two Cardiff based guitar/ukulele duo featuring Jane Williams on ukulele and vocals and Peter Mathison on guitar. Pete also plays guitar with The Bella Collins Band and Jane has the most wonderful voice. Something to really enjoy and savour on a Saturday afternoon.
Pianist Taeko Kunishima was a long term resident in London, and is now moving between the UK and Japan, performing in both countries. Her trademark lyricism is all over her
Pianist Taeko Kunishima was a long term resident in London, and is now moving between the UK and Japan, performing in both countries. Her trademark lyricism is all over her fourth album release, Iridescent Clouds.
Taeko has newly composed eight beautiful pieces, in a mellow, melodic vein with occasional atmospheric twists, as her music shifts elegantly from melody to improvisation and back again. Her core group again features the ethereal, Zen-like tones of the Japanese shakuhachi flute, in the hands of Clive Bell, Europe’s leading exponent of this instrument. The warm sound of Paul Moylan’s double bass underpins every ensemble piece.
doors at 4pm
(Saturday) 6:00 pm
Gabriel Ducomble (supported by Dale Storr) Tickets £10 plus booking fee in Theatr Gwaun 25th August at 6pm Tickets now
(supported by Dale Storr)
Tickets £10 plus booking fee
in Theatr Gwaun
25th August at 6pm
Gabrielle Ducomble appeared in Peppers in 2016 and we are delighted to welcome her back to appear in this year’s Jazz & Blues festival. This time she is playing in Theatr Gwaun and we can guarantee a very special performance. Playing with Gabrielle are Nicolas Meier on guitar, Karen Street on accordion, Nick Kacal on bass and Saleem Raman on drums.
Now a firm favourite in her adopted UK, talented vocalist Gabrielle Ducomble brings a special blend of Gallic charm and sophistication to the British jazz scene. Singing in English and her native French, Gabrielle performs Parisian-style jazz and tango, putting a contemporary spin on songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg and Astor Piazzolla, plus her own original material. Her band, including some of Europe’s finest musicians in an authentic line-up of guitar, violin and accordion, provides the perfect anchor for her superlative vocals.
Gabrielle has performed at top London venues, from intimate jazz clubs to concert halls. She sang with the Aurora Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall – Southbank Centre as part of 2013’s The Rest Is Noise festival, has performed at Ronnie Scott’s, The Royal Albert Hall, Pizza Express in Soho and Hideaway. In 2014 she starred at the St James Theatre as part of its Jazz Diva series alongside Jacqui Dankworth and Tina May and in 2015 and this year 2017 she has joined the program of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
‘An astonishingly beautiful voice’ – Emma Freud, BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends
Gabrielle will be supported by an old favourite at Aberjazz, Dale Storr, a remarkably talented New Orleans Jazz piano player.
Simom Peat & Joel White John Verity Victoria Klewin & the TrueTones in Ffwrn Doors open 6pm £15 Tickets now on
Simom Peat & Joel White
Victoria Klewin & the TrueTones
Doors open 6pm
John Verity Band ‘A veteran performer at the top of his game – the playing is immaculate and full of passion, as you would expect from one of the UK’s leading exponents of blues guitar’ John is perhaps still best known for his time in Argent from 1973 to 1976 after Russ Ballard recommended John as his replacement, noticing he would be a ‘good fit’ after seeing an early version of The John Verity Band supporting Argent whilst John was on the road promoting the first JV album. Previous to that he spent time working in the Bahamas and the US which culminated with prestige support slots for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Mountain amongst others. He is touring with his new album ‘Blue to my Soul’ which is his 20th album. The band’s appearance at HRH Blues, Sheffield 02 last year is one of many at high profile venues where John is pleasing old friends and winning over many new fans. Miss this band at your peril!
Victoria Klewin & The TrueTones – They are the sweet-spot where great things meet: where tradition meets with originality and retro nostalgia gets down and dirty with musical fusion. Originally conceived as a cross between vocal jazz and blue-eyed soul, the Bristol 7-piece is all that and more, gracefully merging genres and styles to create music that is as unique as it is engaging and accessible. Their live shows pack a punch with front-woman, songwriter and powerhouse vocalist Victoria Klewin at the helm. With their unique brand of catchy soul inspired tunes that also draw on elements of jazz and blues, VKTT have been making waves both locally and nationally. It’s a very classy affair, oozing style and sultry retro vibes in a similar vein to contemporary artists such as Joss Stone, Alice Russell, Imelda May and Caro Emerald. The combination of flawless playing and powerful vocals has impressed at a number of prestigious shows, including the Bath International Festival and Marlborough Jazz Festival (where they were nominated for best newcomer).
Simon Peat & Joel White
The Steve Williams Band Tickets £6 plus booking fee in the Yacht Club 25th August at 8pm Tickets
The Steve Williams Band
Tickets £6 plus booking fee
in the Yacht Club
25th August at 8pm
Tickets on sale now
for JoinAberjazz2018 Members
Swansea based jazz band, the Steve Williams Trio performed in Peppers earlier this year and they are back again in the festival as the Steve Williams Band, performing Jazz Swing standards with their new singer, Alice, on vocals and of course the brilliant gypsy jazz style guitar of Steve Williams.
Ragsy in the Cove (at the back of the Rugby Club) 8pm Free Ragsy is a bit of a Welsh superstar having
in the Cove
(at the back of the Rugby Club)
Ragsy is a bit of a Welsh superstar having appeared on The Voice where he was picked by Tom Jones. He is a singer/songerwriter performing a mixture of his own songs and arrangements of familiar songs all presented in his own witty and inimitable style.
Ragsy Sunjay Tango Jazz Quartet in Ffwrn Doors open 12pm £10 (£8 for members) Tickets now on sale Ragsy shot to
Tango Jazz Quartet
Doors open 12pm
£10 (£8 for members)
Ragsy shot to fame when he appeared on the Voice and has been busy touring the pubs and clubs of Wales ever since. A very popular Welsh singer songwriter who performs a mixture of his own songs and arrangements of popular hits from the 60’s right up to the present time. https://youtu.be/evRHk0KkjEE
We have invited Sunjay back again to Aberjazz this year by popular demand. He played in TS Skirmisher last year but this time will be playing in Ffwrn. With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since. Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair.
Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”.Sunjay clocked over a hundred tour dates in 2013 supporting the likes of Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson, Passenger, and Terry Reid. With three albums already to his name, (‘Seems So Real’ 2011, ‘One Night Only’ 2013 and ‘Sunjay’ 2014) Sunjay has just recorded his fourth release (“Black & Blues” released 30th November 2015).
“Already creating a stir with talents way beyond his years. A really soothing, natural sound and most definitely destined for bigger things.” – Maverick Magazine
“For such a young performer, Sunjay shows real confidence, maturity and ease on
stage that it seems like he has been doing nothing else all of his life.” – Folk All Magazine
“A great voice.”- Blues Matters Magazine
This is the third time the Argentinean Tango Jazz Quartet have appeared at Aberjazz. The first time they packed out Peppers, and 2 years ago they were in Theatr Gwuan so this year they will square the circle by playing in Ffwrn. Based in Argentina but constantly touring and playing concerts the amazing “Tango Jazz Quartet” is formed by Alejandro Beelmann on drums, Federico Hilal on bass,Gustavo Corrado on piano, Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet who mix the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of Jazz.
Dale Storr in Peppers doors at 12pm £6 Tickets now on sale We have a
doors at 12pm
We have a plethora of talent from Sheffield at this year’s festival and regular Aberjazz fans will surely recognise Dale Storr who has appeared
here on numerous occasions. Dale is one of the finest New Orleans Jazz pianists in the country and it is an absolute treat to be able to see him in the intimate atmosphere of Peppers playing their grand piano.
Lowri Evans Tickets £6 plus booking fee in TS Skirmisher in Lower Town Fishguard 26th August at 2pm
Tickets £6 plus booking fee
in TS Skirmisher in Lower Town Fishguard
26th August at 2pm
Pembrokeshire born Lowri Evans has been a feature at the Aberjazz festival for some years. Once described by Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) as ‘One of his absolute favourite artists’, Lowri is blessed with a voice capable of wide emotional power, her songs taking their musical colours from a broad palette that includes Americana, Folk, Country and Blues, all beautifully knitted together through her innate musicality and heartfelt delivery. Lee’s beautifully judged guitar playing and subtle harmonies have been integral to Lowri’s music from the outset. Together they have toured the USA, performed sessions for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2, been playlisted on BBC Radio and regularly perform in venues across the UK and in festivals such as Cambridge Folk, Underneath the Stars, Wychwood Festival, Greenman Festival and Hay Festival. Lowri and Lee released a ‘Best of’ album in May 2017 to celebrate 10 years since the release of their 1st album.
Blessed with “a voice so distinct and special that she sings as easy as one breathes” (Fish Records), Lowri has that rare ability to immediately bond with an audience, transporting them to the emotional heartland of every song she sings. Lowri and Lee have opened for Seth Lakeman, Glenn Tilbrook, Tom McRae, Martin Simpson, Cara Dillon, Steve Tilston and Lowri has co-written with Henry Priestman, Tom McCrae, Michele Stodart, Emily Barker, Marry Waterson.
(Sunday) 5:00 pm
Sarah Gillespie Tickets £10 plus booking fee in Theatr Gwuan 26th August at 5pm Tickets on sale
Tickets £10 plus booking fee
in Theatr Gwuan
26th August at 5pm
Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie has received wide-spread critical acclaim for her three studio albums that mix jazz, folk and blues with her trademark streetwise lyricism.
Her three albums ‘Stalking Juliet’ (2009) ‘In the Current Climate’ (2011) and ‘Glory Days’ (2014) were met with four and five star reviews from the Guardian, MOJO, the Independent and Rock and Real, plus plaudits from iconic musician Robert Wyatt.
As a teenager, Gillespie busked across America and returned to the UK where she received a first class honours degree in literature and a Masters in Philosophy and Politics. She went on to perform across Europe, the UK and the USA with appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Start the Week and Loose Ends plus airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and local stations world wide reaching millions of listeners. Her debut collection of poetry ‘Queen Ithaca Blues’ was published by Oxford’s Albion Beatnik Press.
Gillespie’s 4th album is arranged and co-produced by Mercury nominated pianist and composer Kit Downes who will be accompanying her on piano. Kit has played at Aberjazz before with his own quartet.
‘Superior Lyrics” – The Guardian
A Beat Poet for the 21st century – The Independent
The Stangs King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys in Ffwrn Doors open 6:30pm £15 (£12.50 for members) Tickets now on sale The Stangs
King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys
Doors open 6:30pm
£15 (£12.50 for members)
The Stangs are a three-piece rhythm and blues band from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Formed in 2015, and now with a debut EP under their belt, The Stangs have been described as one of the UK’s most exciting rhythm and blues bands. The Stangs’ sound has been described as a 21st-century iteration of the early rhythm and blues artists that inspired the likes of The Kinks, The Who, and The Rolling Stones. BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton favourably compared The Stangs’ sound to Dr. Feelgood’s early recordings.
They will be supporting King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys in recognition of the fact that 2 years ago they did the same but the main band broke down on the motorway and didn’t make it. The Stangs really stood up to the mark and continued playing all night. https://youtu.be/MNuw8oEEJsc
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys themselves hardly need any introduction. They have appeared at Aberjazz in the past and the show has totally sold out.
Dazzling musicianship and riveting stage performances. They are well established as ‘The Kings of Swing’. They have played all over Europe and the US where one New York magazine said ‘ Those who say that swing is a musical form is best left to the Americans, prepare to be proved wrong, this British combo is bullet proof’. They are the genuine article, dedicated to shaking you up and swinging you into the middle of next week.
Victoria Klewin Quartet in Peppers doors at 8:30pm £7.50 Tickets now on sale Victoria Klewin is better
Victoria Klewin Quartet
doors at 8:30pm
Victoria Klewin is better known as the singer with her swing’n’soul band the TrueTones (also appearing at Aberjazz) and here in Peppers she explores deeper into jazz territory as the Victoria Klewin Quartet with piano ace Jim Blomfield accompanied by Johnny Bruce and Matt Brown. That’s a top notch line up that delivers cool modern jazz with Victoria’s vocal assurance gliding easily through a mix of original material and great numbers from the jazz back catalogue.
Rumblestrutters Mellow Down Easy Krissy Matthews in Ffwrn doors at 12pm £10 Tickets now on sale Mellow Down Easy are a four
Mellow Down Easy
doors at 12pm
Mellow Down Easy are a four piece band from South Wales featuring Rob Minchin on vocals and rhythm guitar who has been singing in bands since the early 1980s; Tiny (Mark) Phillips who has been playing blues for longer than he can remember (Mean Mistreaters and Crawlback), Mark ‘Nissan Red’ Wise who is relatively new to performing on stage but has always loved the music and plays upright bass and Ron Macauley on drums who has played with a wide variety of bands both in UK and Europe.
Aberjazz favourites The Rumblestrutters bring the Prohibition era to the party! The Swansea-based acoustic three-piece vividly evoke the blues, jazz and jug band music of the 1920s. Their debut album ‘Prohibition Blues’ has been greeted with international radio play and universal critical acclaim.
“Very impressive” – Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
Don’t miss this if you are a blues lover – Krissy Matthews and his band have played all over Europe. This is a solo performance by Krissy, who has, even at his young age, played with some of the blues greats including John Mayall in 2004 when he was only 12 and Jeff Healey, one of his favourite guitarists, in May 2007 when he was 15. By the age of 18 he had recorded and released 3 albums. Now 24 years old, he keeps bursting from strength to strength in all aspects of his career from his live performances, guitar playing, vocal ability, song writing and reputation as being one of the most promising, individual and unique artists the 21st century has seen.
Blue Haze Quartet Tickets £6 plus booking fee in Peppers 27th August at 3:30pm Tickets now
Blue Haze Quartet
Tickets £6 plus booking fee
27th August at 3:30pm
The Blue Haze Quartet are made up of Simon Deeley onPiano, Martha Skelton on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Ian Cooper on bass and Charlie Russell on Drums and Congas.
This quartet, led by pianist and composer Simon Deeley, are touring to promote their second album ‘From the Blue Hills’ Simon played with many jazz musicians in the Birmingham and Midlands area and in started the Jazz at the Bonded Warehouse Club which he ran for 16 years. Since moving to the Welsh Borders in 2014 he has focused on creating his own music and has now produced two albums with his quartet, Crossing Borders in 2016 and From the Blue Hills in 2017.
(Monday) 5:00 pm
The Paulus Schäfer Trio in Theatr Gwuan doors at 5pm £10 Tickets now on sale We are very lucky and privileged to
The Paulus Schäfer Trio
in Theatr Gwuan
doors at 5pm
We are very lucky and privileged to have The Paulus Schäfer Trio at this year’s festival. Regarded as Gypsy Jazz royalty, Paulus Schäfer is known globally as one of the most gifted guitarists of his generation. The Dutch Sinti Gypsy is one of a small handful of contemporary world class guitarists bringing the musical style first played by his forefather, the great Django Reinhardt to the international jazz stage. Simply put, Paulus is a true master currently defining the modern sound of gypsy jazz, expect to be blown away by his staggering virtuosity and beautifully lyrical guitar playing, a must for lovers of real acoustic music.
Paulus’ Trio features Dutch double bass legend Arnoud Van Den Berg as well as UK guitar virtuoso Chris Quinn on Guitar, this is one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business, between them they’ve worked extensively with artist like Jimmy Rosenberg, Stochelo Rosenberg, Mozes Rosenberg, Gary Potter, Tim Kliphuis, Remi Harris, Fapy Lafertin, Robin Nolan, Olli Soikkeli, Clive Carroll, Jan Ackerman, David Grisman…
The 2018 Aberjazz Party With the Husky Tones Doc & the Headshrinkers in Ffwrn doors at 7pm £6 Tickets on
The 2018 Aberjazz Party
the Husky Tones
Doc & the Headshrinkers
doors at 7pm
Husky Tones’ punk blues style favours the common rawness, simplicity and emotion shared between the punk and blues genres. Live it is delivered by the unique set up of standing singer-drummer Victoria Bourne and guitarist Chris Harper. Formed as a duo in August 2016 Husky Tones’ approach to punk blues mirrors what they love as audience members: inventive, individual and fully aware of tradition without being a slave to it. Husky Tones’ songs have been played on national radio including the BBC Radio Two Blues Playlist and by Paul Jones on BBC Radio Two as well as international radio. Their 2017 album ‘Who Will I Turn To Now?’ has been album of the week on radio stations in the USA, UK, and Europe. Always captivated by raw, cathartic music and with a keen eye on current events Husky Tones politically charged punked up blues is coming to a juke joint near you. ‘Two very talented musicians. It’s really powerful music’
Doc & the Headshrinkers are one of the most exciting rockabilly outfits. They fire their own updated brand of Red Hot Raw Rockabilly into the 21st century with all guns blazing. Prepare to Crash Land as this three piece band promote their brand new album of that name and prepare for a European tour.