‘Barry & Vale Jazz & Blues’ the concept began in Summer 2014. A group of likeminded folk came together with a love for live music and the Barry and Vale Community and as easy as that, the Weekend was born. We wanted to bring a variety genre music festival that was free to attend to all, to the area. I joined as the photographer. After a mind blowingly successful inaugural event, planning quickly started for Weekend Two. Going right down to the wire in terms of funding and promoting, occasionally looking like it may not even happen, but it did. Another, albeit ever so slightly smaller event happened, but again, with rousing success. And so, it was decided that we continue. Planning commenced and we really are spoilt for choice in terms of local, national and international talent getting in touch with us to play. It seems we’ve a good reputation and with a solid independent sponsor on our side (position vacant), we really could make this little Festival a sought after date on the calendar, putting Barry as a place of interest on the Jazz map. The team now has just one full time member, with a little help now and again by some friends and family, every like, share or retweet really does mean a lot. I want this to work, it’s a case of ‘use or lose’ going forward. Plea aside, I’m really looking forward to the third event in May 2017, smaller again, I’ve managed to stretch the budget as far as I can. My plan going in to 2018 is to turn finances around to ensuring our budget is set way ahead of time, allowing the run to the weekend to be all about promo, promo, promo with no last minute spring to the finish line!
For 2017 take a look at what we have planned:
Friday May 19th:
7pm – Dan Burnett, solo soul, blues and jazz piano vocalist makes his return to Barry & Vale Jazz & Blues, opening the weekend for us at Barry Yacht Club
8:30pm – continuing on at the Yacht Club, we have a night of vintage swing with the Reverend DJ Dai Hep, come to enjoy the music, tap your toes or get fully involved with your dancing shoes. Last year we danced into the wee hours!
Saturday May 20th:
11:30am – Soho Sopranos with ‘Jazz in the Park’ flute and saxophone live from Victoria Park’s Bandstand, bring the kids, the dog, a flask and a blanket and enjoy these turns with a view for approx 2 hours.
3pm – The Jake Leg Jug Band bring you the authentic sounds of 1920’s and 30’s America – Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime – and put their own twist on it. Songs of murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption, live at the Cwm Talwg Pub.
6pm – stay with us for an evening with Chris Quinn, solo acoustic guitar singer songwriter. singer songwriter and acoustic guitarist. Chris has been receiving glowing reviews across the UK for his sellout shows. He covers a huge range of acoustic routines music alongside his own songs. From authentic interpretations of traditional and contemporary Celtic and British folk songs to Hugh speed bluegrass flatpicking and delta blues and swinging jazz songs to instrumental solo guitar pieces.
Sunday May 21st:
1pm – we are delighted to bring you, live from the beach at Coffee Cove, the summer sounds of this alto sax and vibraphone led Quintet featuring five acclaimed musicians. “Drawing heavily on the cool West Coast sound of the 50’s and 60’s, this new co-led quintet, featuring a front line of Alto Saxophone and the rarely heard Vibraphone, takes its inspiration from the great figures of that era to bring you a clean, straight ahead mainstream sound. From tender ballads to blistering bop, the group covers a wide range of repertoire ranging from the 20’s right up to the present day taking in a variety of styles and moods along the way. The quintet is made up of some of South Wales most in demand players who between them, have performed and recording with many of the leading figures in British Jazz.”
3pm – stay with us at Coffee Cove, as we close the third annual Barry & Vale Jazz & Blues with the rousing ‘Plucking Fourstrings’ – a collective of local ukulele enthusiasts with their jazz and blues set. Lots of fun to be had!
All events are family friendly and free to attend thanks to kind sponsors Barry Town Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council.
We are seeking a lucrative, independent sponsor for both 2017 & 2018.
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For more information call Gemma on 07860577767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org