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2015 line up: the Main Stage

We are delighted to announce the 2015 main stage line up. Join us in celebrating the centenary of Billie Holiday's birth with the critically acclaimed 'Lady Sings the Blues' tribute. Catch the rising star Jo Harman on stage, receiver of four nominations and winner of best female vocalist at the latest British Blues Award. Just two highlights, all eleven bands are listed below.

In addition to the main stage line up, we will shortly announce acts in the late night sessions, performances in our courtyard, and artists for our Elizabethan Great Hall.

Friday 3rd July Evening

6.30 - 8.00 Octopus- The talented tentacles of this eight-piece band open the festival with classic swing. Seasoned professionals perform fabulous arrangements of big band classics.

8.20 - 10.00 A Dread Supreme- 10-piece Dread Supreme put a Roots spin on inspirations from American Jazz, 60's protest Folk and the music of South African exiles: dance your way to a better world! Their upcoming release International Values features Trevor Roots singing the lyrics of under-appreciated US troubadours Bill Wilson and Jackson C. Frank. 

Saturday 4th July

12.30-2.00 John Ellis Trio- John Ellis is a pianist and singer from the North of England. His musianship has been utilised by well known artists such as Tom Jones, Corinne Bailey Ray, Lily Allen, John Squire (Stone Roses) and many others. His trio perform a collection of songs ranging from standards to Irish folk, Prince and The Stone Roses and originals all with a unique jazz/blues and soul improvised twist akin to Nina Simone.   
2.30 - 4.00 The Mahakasyapa Ensemble- The Mahakasyapa Ensemble perform 'Meditations on Burton Agnes: an original suite' - This new ensemble formed by bassist/ composer Paul Baxter will premiere an original suite commissioned and in dedication to The Burton Agnes Jazz Festival.
The Mahakasyapa Ensemble will explore the sounds of Burton Agnes combining elements of Jazz, Blues, Folk and Classical, music synonymous with the festival and the area.
Featuring Top UK Trumpeter and Jazz/Folk crossover artist Neil Yates; fiery, UK jazz favourite Stuart Macdonald on Saxophones; and up and coming improvising marvel Olivia Moore on Violin.

4.30- 6.00                                  The Slowlight Quartet- "The Slowlight Quartet may comprise of four highly accomplished musicians, each making beautiful sounds, but the whole is bigger than the parts. So it’s not a matter of just a locked in - tight as owt – rhythm section with a jaw droppingly wonderful saxophonist, but a band enmeshed in the communal groove. The Slowlight Quartet share a musical brain" (bebopspokenhere blog).

6.30 - 8.00                          

Lady Sings the Blues- Featuring Val Wiseman, twice winner of the best singer in the British Jazz Awards. Performing alongside Val Wiseman will be six stars of jazz, including Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather; all bar one are British Jazz Awards winners. ‘Lady Sings The Blues is a tribute to the memory of Billie Holiday in the best possible way – presenting the songs she sang in the style of her period. It is not a play. Neither is it a documentary, nor a slavish recreation of Billie’s original recordings, but an evening with six of Europe’s finest jazz musicians and a most remarkable singer’ The Observer

‘One of the best swing bands in Europe today, everyone in it is a top name’ Jazz FM

8.30 - 10.00   
Jo Harman and Company- With a world-class band and a stunning voice, Jo draws heavily on a compelling mix of roots, blues, gospel and soul influences in a style that has been compared to Eva CassidyBursting onto the scene, Jo remarkably secured over fifty UK and European festival gigs in 2013, including prestigious slots at the likes of Cheltenham and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals. She performed alongside Robert Plant and Van Morrison at BluesFest at The Royal Albert Hall in London (Jo’s performance being broadcast by Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music). Last summer Jo was one of only twelve, otherwise household name, artists appearing at Parkpop in the Hague, performing to over 300,000 people. This year Jo and her band received no less than four nominations at the British Blues Awards, including best singer, and best songwriter; Jo won the female vocalist award.

‘The finest female soul blues singer in the UK’ Daily Mirror

‘Outstanding’ Time Out

‘Sometimes you hear a singer who leaves you speechless – I am’ BBC Radio 2, Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals) on his show


Sunday 5th July

11:45 - 1:15 Rob Law Quintet-  Festival favourite pianist Rob Law returns with a mighty quintet featuring four of the younger leading lights of jazz in the UK today. Rob is widely known for his engaging modern jazz/funk style and will be playing original compositions with classic jazz favourites. Expect dynamic foot tapping, ‘out there’ grove and rich harmonies with a contemporary cutting edge not to be missed

1:30- 3.00

Nicola Farnon- Widely recognised as one of the classiest jazz and swing musicians in the UK, Wiltshire born and now Sheffield resident, Nicola has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being classical musicians and her great uncle being the late Robert Farnon. Her sparkling trio and quartet appear regularly on the jazz circuit and the band's arrangements are all done by her with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure! 


New York Brass Band- New York Brass Band are North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band. Hailing from the ancient streets of York the band are part of a funky brass revolution that is sweeping the UK. Inspired by Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Hot 8, Youngblood and Brassroots, NYBB pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band

New York Brass Band is a powerhouse 7-piece, with a line-up of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone. The band take its inspiration from contemporary New Orleans musicians, but have a repertoire that ranges from Marvin Gaye to George Michael, from Cee-Lo Green to Stevie Wonder, with some funky, gritty northern originals thrown in for good measure

5.00 - 6.00 Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister  Saxophonist Ben and his musicians will take the audience on an exciting musical journey from the barrelhouses in the Delta, stepping into the smoky jazz and blues clubs of the 40s and 50s in Chicago, New York and Paris, up to the music halls and pioneering record studios. Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band celebrates a combination of the songs they love and their own original compositions with a youthful vigour and energy. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister will play out the weekend with Ben and his band.

Courtyard Sessions 



Alfie Woods & Meg Waite 
Jacob King 

Jacob King 


2015 Line Up in The Great Hall


11.00am - 1:15pm Jenny Bray and her Jazz students - Jenny Bray brings her students to the Hall for a heart warming and inspiational show of talent from the stars of tomorrow. Supported by jazz educator Rev Ray.
1.30pm -  2.30pm Saffron Byass - with a stunning voice and a talent for the guitar and piano, we look forward to performances from Saffron's new album in the making.

4.00pm -  5.00pm Samuel Mckie in association with the Beverley Festival. Samuel enjoys modern folk, and listens to artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and newer artists such as Johnny Flynn and Emily Barker. Sam tries to weave old stories and histories with tunes and chords; the Book Of Exeter for example has inspired a few songs. Though he feels he is still a long way from where he wants to be as a writer and musician; Sam thinks it's time he started sharing his ditties and seeing how they're received.


12.00pm - 1.00pm Gershwin revisited - A tour of Gershwin's greatest songs from the 'Summertime' to 'A Foggy Day', Festival organiser Simon on sax, Michael Nagasaka and Tom Mellor on guitar, capped off with Kate Sweeting's beautiful singing.
1.15pm   -  2.15pm

Ben Beattie- Sax playing Ben will perform solo some of his favourite pieces and own compositions, showing off his skills on the piano.

2.30pm   -  3.30pm

Rob Law Trio -  Rob is an accomplished piano player who has earned himself a reputation as one of the country's most exciting young artists. 

3.45pm   -  4.45m Edwina Hayes, in association with the Beverley Festival. Born in Dublin, and now based in Yorkshire, Edwina's beautifully crafted songs and natural stage presence are leading her to some of the UK's finest stages. Her solo shows are a pleasing blend of well crafted songs - beautifully sung and played – coupled with a natural charm that audiences everywhere find appealing.


Late night sessions in the Bar Tent from the Beverley Folk Festival

Friday 3rd July

10.00pm- 11.00pm Nick Rooke & Paul Blackburn; Nick’s musical roots are in the Irish and American folk traditions and theseinfluences are clearly apparent in his original songs. Paul is a multi-instrumentalist, including playing fiddle and flute. Nick and Paul seamlessly blend these elements to produce an infectious performance that always leaves t he crowd wanting more.           
11.00pm-midnight Cadenas Vivaz; The 6 piece Latin, soul party band return for another fun, lively, cool and most importantly entertaining night!

Saturday 4th July

10.00pm-11.00pm  Dogfinger Steve plays bluesy swampy stomping music on home grown cigar box guitars and stompbox. It's always seat of the pants stuff and great foot tapping fun.
11.00pm-midnight Alligators Appearing at the festival for the fourth year running, the Alligators will round off Saturday night with their high-octane brand of 'no holds barred', old school rhythm and blues.

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