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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 line up

We are delighted to announce the 2017 line up. In addition to this line up, we will shortly announce more acts for the late night sessions, performances in our courtyard, and artists for our Elizabethan Great Hall.

A celebration of St Lucia

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we're welcoming very special guests from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Festival goers will enjoy the best of Saint Lucian jazz talent, with the island's famous rum cocktails and Caribbean cuisine.

Following auditions in Saint Lucia, we're delighted to showcase artists including:
Dynamix - Vibrant young sax-led quartet www.facebook.com/TheBandDynamix
Claudia Edward - Caribbean gem and St Lucian household name www.claudiaedwardmusic.com
Rupert Lay Quartet - Steel pans add the quintessential Caribbean edge to Ruper Lay's jazz guitar trio 
Chrycee - Soulful singer-songwriter with distinctive style www.chrycee.com
The St Lucian artists will perform throughout the weekend.


Friday 30th June Evening

6.30pm - 8.00pm

The Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Riley - With Thom Whitworth on trumpet and guitar, Warren Jolly on bass and Shannon Riley singing, the Pat McCarthy Quartet presents a warm and melodic repertoire of standards and original songs in a modern vein. These incredibly talented and engaging musicians perform the very best of jazz and swing, from 1930's classics to the new generation of modern jazz hits.

'World class', Humphrey Lyttelton

www.patmccarthyjazz.co.uk/the-quartet

8.30pm - 10.00pm
Portmanteau - This horn heavy funk and soul outfit from Leeds has been trailblazing their sounds throughout the nation and beyond. Bringing together some of the UK's finest home-grown musicians, the nine-piece creates highly danceable funk, soul and hip-hop. Dynamic vocals, infectious beats, a tight and powerful horn section and an in-the-pocket rhythm section all add up to a sparkling show.

www.portmanteaumsc.bandcamp.com
 Late night sessions Following hot on the heels of Friday's main stage acts, the party continues in the bar tent. In association with Strada music. www.stradamusic.com
 10.00pm - 11.00pm
Stillhouse -  Progressive acoustic music at its finest, Stillhouse are a mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio ensemble, presenting beautifully crafted original songs and meticulously arranged instrumental material with roots in bluegrass, jazz and folk.

'Wonderful musicianship and superbly well-arranged material; Stillhouse completely captivate their audience from the first note they play. This trio is one to watch.' Leila Cooper, Moonbeams Festival Director

www.stillhouseband.com
 11.00pm - midnight
Half Deaf Clatch, slide stomp blues machine, and 11-time British Blues Award finalist.


'a growl that makes Chris Rea sound like one of the Chipmunks and slide guitar skills that would make Ry Cooder green with envy, Half Deaf Clatch is as old school as you can get...this Hull Bluesman delivers a selection of raw, hypnotic tracks that mark him out as a natural' The Blues Mag
 

www.halfdeafclatch.com

Saturday 1st July

 
Saturday afternoon Firebird Quartet - This sophisticated quartet performs original compositions with energy and driving grooves, and music from great contemporary jazz composers. Underpinned by solid, pure swing, it's rooted in the melodic jazz of the '60s and '70s and that of the present day. This quartet delivers sophistication for jazz aficionados, with a sense of groove that any audience will enjoy.

www.firebirdquartet.net
 
Saturday afternoon

New York Brass Band - Hailing from the ancient streets of York, NYBB are North Yorkshire's only contemporary New Orleans inspired brass band and have played all over Europe. A powerful team of Yorkshire's finest musicians forms an arsenal of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones, and sousaphone with a varied repertoire of styles from jazz to pop, reggae, to funk and New Orleans to ska. The band blurs the line between performers and audience by inviting the crowd to become part of the show. NYBB packs a potent punch and will really get the party started.

'Forget Springsteen, you're my new favourite band' Danny Jones, McBusted

'Great sound' Liam Gallagher

www.newyorkbrassband.co.uk

 
6.30pm - 8.00pm

Claire Martin & Ray Gelato: 'A Swingin' Affair' - Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter Clair Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer Ray Gelato, for their first show together: 'A Swingin' Affair'. Celebrating the release of their album 'We've Got a World That Swings' - described by The Observer as 'jazz artistry' - these much celebrated and respected aritsts take to the stage to explore the Great American Songbook. Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off', 'They Can't Take That Away from Me', 'They all Laughed' and 'Can't We Be Friends'. If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging, this is the show for you. A swingin' affair indeed.

'Hugely entertaining and beautifully performed' The Observer

'Strikes all the right notes, played and sung with real joie de vivre' Jazzwise

'She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet' Jazz Times USA

'Not for nothing is Gelato known as 'The Godfather of Swing'' The Telegraph

www.clairemartinjazz.co.uk

www.raygelato.com

8.30pm - 10.00pm

Kaz Hawkins - Northern Ireland's very own blues and soul darling, multi-award winning Kaz Hawkins has been compared to Etta James and Janis Joplin. Kaz, already a hugely popular blues artists in the UK and Ireland, is now wooing blues fans all over the world with her powerful, deep, soulful voice and superb original song writing. Her high-energy shows, 1950s stile swing dress-meets-Dr Marten's look and ability to connect closely with her audience combine to create a unique performance that's not to be missed. Kaz's recent haul of accolades includes Best Studio Album (Blues Matters 2015), Best Emerging Artist (British Blues Awards 2015) and Best Female Vocalist (Pure M Awards), Best Music Video (Pure M Awards 2016) and a nomination for the UK Blues Challenge 2016. No mean feat!

'...terrific vocal performance' Paul Jones BBC Radio 2

www.kazhawkins.com

 Late night sessions  Join the afterparty in the bar tent! In association with Strada music agency www.stradamusic.com
 10.00pm-11.00pm  Jessica Lawson and Phil Simpson - Jessica sings and accompanies herself on autoharp and acoustic guitar. Her original songs reflect a background in folk music and a love of Americana as she sings stories about the seas, love, loss, war, and a few 'fallen' women. Jessica will be accompanied by singer-songwriter Phil Simpson on guitar, vocals and melodeon.

Jessica Lawson - facebook link
11.00pm - Midnight
The Alligators - Festival favourites, The Alligators, will round off Saturday night with their high-octane brand of 'no holds barred', old school rhythm and blues.

The Alligators - myspace link



Sunday 2nd July

Sunday afternoon Lisa Mills - A Mississippi native, Lisa is one of the greatest singers you'll ever hear, and she's no mean guitar slinger either! With blues, country, gospel and soul influences (and adding the occasional dollop of jazz inflection), Mills takes the best of each genre in self-penned pieces and carefully chosen covers, and transforms them utterly.

Lisa Mills takes her audiences on a musical, often humorous, emotional journey with charm and panache. Like the best performing artists, she draws from deeply personal aspects of her life and makes them a memorable part of yours. In short, once heard, she's impossible to forget.

'A singer and songwriter of the firs rank, uncompromising in the vision and concept of her art.' David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

'You should all check her out, she has a wonderful voice.' Robert Plant, singer

www.lisamills.com
Sunday afternoon
The Jamie Brownfield Quartet - Equally adept at mainstream, modern and traditional styles, this fresh, exciting quartet embraces New Orleans street beat, swing and reggae. With British Jazz Awards rising star Jamie on trumpet, Tom Kincaid on piano, Ken Marley on double bass and Jack Cotterill on drums, JBQ has a vast experience in different styles of music. The band members have played all over the world with such notables as Bruce Admas, Shakin' Stevens, Scott Hamilton, Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather, and are heavily influenced by the likes of Harry Connick Jr, Leroy Jones and Oscar Peterson. From the original New Orleans Street Beat tunes such as 'The Happy Feet Blues', through to their own compositions, you can hear the roots of the music they love.

www.jamiebrownfield.co.uk/jamie-brownfield-quartet
 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister - Saxophonist and pianist Ben Beattie's compositions bring together an intriguing mix of atmospheric jazz, blue grooves and soulful ballads. Ben and his musicians take the audience on an exciting musical journey, from Delta barrelhouses to smoky jazz and blues clubs of '40s and '50s Chicago, New York and Paris, up to the music halls and pioneering record studios. All the while, they inject a youthful vigour that creates a resounding and individual musical personality. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunlffe-Lister joins Ben to play out the weekend.

BenBeattieAfterMidnight-Facebook link


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