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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2019 line up

Announcements about the 2019 line up will begin late 2018.

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2018 line up

Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Saturday 14th July, 6:30pm to 8pm, main stage

Jo Harrop pays tribute to Peggy Lee, the sultry songstress who was described by Duke Ellington as 'The Queen' and by Sinatra as 'regal'.

'Fever' features an all-star band, led by pianist Alex Webb, with Tony Kofi on alto sax and creamy-voiced Harrop delivering moving renditions of Peggy Lee classics as well as swinging out on other great songs from the Lee cannon.

About Jo Harrop: 'This girl was born to sing jazz!' Blues & Soul, 'A singing sensation' Bebop Spoken Here

Billy Branch, presented by Giles Robson and his band

Saturday 14th July 2018, 8:30pm-10pm, main stage

Emmy award winner and three times Grammy nominee, Billy Branch, the "father of modern Chicago Blues", comes to Burton Agnes.

Kyla Brox and Danny Blomeley

Sunday 15th July, 1.00pm to 2.30pm, main stage 

Kyla's voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer's art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation.


Main Stage Line Up

13th July Friday Evening

6.30 - 8.00pm TipToe
Offering a luxuriously soulful and intimate sound, Tiptoe lend a mix of fun and sophistication and varied set list of traditional jazz numbers mixed in with more modern soul and RNB songs means there will be something toe-tappingly familiar for festivalgoers to enjoy. 

8.30 - 10.00pm Electrio
Award-winning Space-Funk Trio from the UK, taking the classic sound of 70's instrumental Jazz-Funk-Fusion into the future!

Late Night Sessions
In association with STRADA music agency.

10.00pm-11.00pm Nick Rooke
The East Yorkshire based Nick Rooke plays original music that crosses many genres. It is however the blend of Nick’s own songs and hints of traditional Irish Folk that results in a truly interactive experience for the audience. Great songs, reflecting the world around him mix with Nicks’ carefree attitude and sense of humour for a night to remember.

11.00pm-midnight  Beggar's Bridge
Beggar’s Bridge have continued the tradition of fine acts to come out of Hull, blowing away a few cobwebs at folk and roots venues across the North of England and making their mark at festivals all around the country. With a sound that straddles both the contemporary and traditional arms of folk music, they take slices of East Yorkshire folklore and turn them into compelling song-stories, and their outstanding musicianship is complimented by some fascinating background stories, often interlaced with a good helping of Yorkshire humour. Be prepared to tap your feet, sing along and laugh out loud in roughly equal measures!


14th July Saturday Afternoon

12.30-2.00pm Matt and Carlos
Jazz guitarist duo of Bolivian Carlos Olmos and Londoner Matt Smith, performing a mix of soul, funk and jazz and blues.

2.30 - 4.00pm Zoe Gilby
Zoë Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter offering compelling and original compositions. Her stockpile of music reaches a wide range of more contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd to Kate Bush, with influences from Sheila Jordan and Joni Mitchell. 

4.30 - 6.00pm Ubunye
Ubunye (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa (now Huddersfield-based) with gospel and R’n’B players from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi - traditional Zulu music - and Afro-pop.

14th July Saturday Evening

6.30 - 8.00pm Jo Harrop 
The wonderful Jo Harrop will play tribute to the sultry songstress and ‘regal’ Peggy Lee and kick off the Saturday evening line up. Harrop will deliver moving renditions of Peggy Lee classics as well as swinging out on other great songs from the Lee canon. 

The Durham born jazz singer has a voice that is warm, intimate & sincere. She is no stranger to performing at the best clubs and radio stations garnering praise notably from luminary composer Howard Blake OBE, & jazz pioneer Courtney Pine CBE.

8.30 - 10.00pm Billy Branch
Grammy nominee and Emmy Award winner Billy Branch, presented by the Giles Robson Band, will bring Saturdays performances to an explosive end!  

Supporting Billy is international blues harpist, Giles Robson and his band. Billy, Giles and the band are on fire and invite festivalgoers to be part of their exciting journey as they bring the pure blues out of the shadows and rock the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival! 

Late Night Sessions
In association with STRADA music agency.

10.00pm-11.00pm Polly Bolton and Bella Gaffney
Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. Bella has supported various folk luminaries including Jon Boden, Cara Dillon and Altan, and also performs with Midlands-based band Bric-a-Brac. Her second album, Heaven Knows, was released in 2017.

York-based Polly Bolton first picked up the mandolin as a child and has been touring internationally in various line ups since her early teens. Her support slots include Tcha Limberger and Mozes Rosenberg, Lau, and Hot Club of Cowtown. Endorsed by Eastman Guitars (their only UK-based mandolin player), she is also one third of progressive bluegrass / acoustic trio Stillhouse.

Polly and Bella first jammed backstage after a show in York in the autumn of 2017, and the project grew from there. A great musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental collaboration.


11.00pm-midnight The Alligators
Festival favourites return to entertain revellers into the night!


15th July Sunday Afternoon 

11.20am – 12.30pm Skeltr
An electrifying new duo in which Sam Healey’s roaring sax lines soar above Craig Hanson’s drum patterns, electronic soundscapes and samples, manipulated live in the moment: a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core

1.00 - 2.30pm Kyla Brox with Danny Blomeley
Kyla's voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer's art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation.

3.00-4.30pm Atlantic Crossover
Atlantic Crossover is the renewed version and second wave of a 'Tribute to Atlantic Jazz' who after over 6 years of being apart have revived the project and are now taking the original idea and concept to deeper depths. Still retaining its appealing soulful driving front line power combined with a dynamic and exciting rhythm section, expect to be taken on a journey further into the Atlantic Sound.

5.00 - 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. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister joins Ben to play out the weekend.

Jazz North 
Many performances at this festival are supported by Jazz North, a lottery funded organisation that works with jazz performers throughout the north. We hope that through the festival we are able to fulfil Jazz North’s vision of the north becoming recognised nationally and internationally for enabling jazz artists to reside, work and develop in dialogue with interested, supportive and            open-minded audiences. 



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