Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues 2014
(Published: March 11, 2014)
The 8th Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, which takes places in East Yorkshire this June 27th - 29th, has just announced a number of the artists added to their 2014 line up.
Along with regular Burton Agnes Festival favourites Octopus, The Lemon Monkeys, Rob Law Quintet and Ben Beattie, this year sees some fabulous national and international first time artists topping the bill including King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys', whose zany stage show sometimes belies the fact that here is the finest, most authentic rhythm & blues band ever to come from outside the USA and Chantel McGregor, who is one of the most exciting rock and blues musicians in the UK.
Together the artists confirmed bring a fabulous mix of Jazz, Funk Blues, Soul, Gospel and Swing. Festival goers will experience the wondrous sounds that range from flawless high energy filled entertainment to a magnificent musical collaboration from one of the UK's premier saxophonists and Sherlock Holmes aficionado's - Horace Silver and Alan Barnes. Festival organiser and Hall owner, Simon Cunliffe-Lister, will bring the weekend to a close when he performs on saxophone with Ben Beattie's Jazz Essentials, whose atmospheric sounds are always a festival favourite!
Early bird discounted tickets for the full weekend, priced at £60 and for a limited time only, are available direct from the website, http://www.burtonagnes.co... or by calling the festival office on 01262 490324.
Children under 12 are free with an adult, and the purchase of 1 concessionary ticket at (OAPs, Burton Agnes Hall members and students) includes unlimited access for all children aged 12-15 years old - families need only purchase 1 child ticket.
Camping Vouchers for the full weekend are also available - one voucher per tent, caravan or campervan - early bird discounted cost £35. Each camper must have a WEEKEND festival ticket.
The camp-site is set against the backdrop of Burton Agnes Hall, with panoramic views of the Yorkshire Wolds, and hot showers are provided at no extra charge.
Daily festival tickets are also available too - see website for full details and costs.
The festival is held over three days with performances both inside the stunning stately Elizabethan Hall and outside on its magnificent main lawn and all within the Hall's beautiful and award winning grounds - Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award winners 2011 & 2012 and Winner of the HHA Christies Garden of the Year Award.
Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival offers its visitors such a diverse range of laid-back entertainment which inspired The Independent to write in 2009, that the Festival was ‘possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended'.
There can't be many festivals where your attendance can be delayed by the crossing of ducks in the Halls' gardens and grounds!
With rolling Yorkshire fields behind the stage, pristine woodland to the side, a woodland walk and the unique wonderland of its walled garden, containing over 4,000 different plants, festival goers couldn't ask for a more beautiful and serene setting.
'The whole experience was brilliant...due to the combination of antiquity and youthful influence from Simon and his family protecting tradition and heritage but creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere. We will be back again.' Festival goers Tom and Hildy Young, 2012.
Families from all across the UK flock to the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival for its safe and easy-going vibe. Of particular interest to children, is the Children's Corner with play area; 15 acres of magical gardens to explore including a walled garden with maze, jungle garden and giant games along with a woodland walk through a forest with numerous creatures to explore and find.
This really is a unique festival and visitors of all ages are truly welcome.
Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival 27th - 29th June 2014
Burton Agnes Hall,
Burton Agnes, Nr Driffield, YO25 4NB
Main Stage line up:
6:30 - 7.45pm
Octopus - This eight piece band of seasoned professionals will play us in with classic swing. Fabulous arrangements of big band classics
8:15 - 9.45
Brothers Grove- This Birmingham-based band are winning the hearts and minds of the UK blues scene with their characterful groove , superior tones, seriously catchy songs and genuine Brummie friendliness and the word is spreading fast.
Late Night Sessions Courtesy of the Beverley Arts Trust
10:00pm - 12 Midnight
1:00 - 2:25pm
The Lemon Monkeys (Matt Smith and Carlos Olmos) - London based jazz guitar duo performing a mix of soul, funk, jazz and blues
2.45 - 4:15pm
The Give a Little Extra Love Orchestra- Watching the Detectives- "Watching The Detectives" is a musical collaboration between The Give A Little Love Jazz Orchestra, known for its work with the music of Horace Silver and Alan Barnes, one of the UK's premier saxophonists and Sherlock Holmes aficionado, celebrating two of the worlds greatest detectives, Sherlock Holmes and Columbo.
4:35 - 6:05pm
Polly and the Billets Doux- Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet Polly and the Billets Doux boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel.
6:30 - 8.00pm
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys -Rough, tough and always rocking, the legendary King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys' zany stage show sometimes belies the fact that here is the finest, most authentic rhythm & blues band ever to come from outside the USA.
As who has followed their astonishing career knows, the band carries a guarantee of great swinging music and high entertainment value. This year the high-octane jump and jive band have, as always, been spreading their message throughout Europe promoting their 11th Big Bear CD Live at Last!
‘Superb, a stunning range of instrumental ability...classy stuff in the style of Louis Jordan and Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, with nowt taken out.' - Dave Clarke, Now Dig This
8:20 - 10:00pm
Chantel McGregor - Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one........ then let me introduce Chantel McGregor, one of the most exciting rock and blues musicians in the UK!
A recent quote in Nightshift, Oxford's music magazine, reinforces this, "Chantel McGregor deserves to be held up as a messiah of blues-rock and given her own mountain, she doesn't strum or pick her guitar but almost bends and distorts it, as if she's channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her fingers"
When asked about performing on stage, Chantel said; "playing live to great audiences is one of the most wonderful feelings, I feel so lucky to be able to do something that I love, see the world and bring happiness to others through my music"
Late Night Sessions Courtesy of the Beverley Arts Trust
10:00pm - 12 Midnight
12:00 - 1:30pm
Rob Law Quintet - Guitar and piano can often badly clash in a jazz setting- hence most jazz ensembles feature one or the other. Occasionally, however when the musicians share common harmonic and melodic sensibility (famously Bill Evans and Jim Hall) the results can be spectacular! Rob has performed with the likes of Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Snake Davis, Ian Dixon and Jim Mullen, while Thom, who doubles on trumpet and is compared by many to the great Pat McCarthy on guitar, has won numerous accolades including prizes in the Kenny Baker Memorial competition and Perrier Jazz awards semi-finalist.
Tipitina- Tipitina deliver their own unique take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel of New Orleans, in the footsteps of Professor Longhair, Dr. John, James Booker, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint.
3.30 - 4.45pm
Djangologie - Taking us back to the swinging era of the great Reinhardt-Grappelli ensembles, Djangologie create a spirited celebration of the Hot Club with the traditional line up of violin, two acoustic guitars and double bass.
5.00 - 6.00pm
Ben Beattie's Jazz Essentials plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister - The driving force behind this band is saxophonist and pianist Ben Beattie. His compositions have been compared to the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Jazz Essentials bring together a interesting mix of atmospheric jazz, blue grooves and soulful ballads. Although they take influences from many areas and eras of the jazz genre, they carry a unique sound that is sympathetic with earlier and contemporary areas of music. They offer a sincere and genuine approach to their music-making by injecting a youthful vigour that creates a resounding and individual personality. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister will play out the weekend with Ben and his band.
13 year old Jacob King will be returning for a 3rd year in the old stable Courtyard playing classic blues from 2-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
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