Preview: Fishguard Jazz and Blues Festival

Fishguard Jazz and Blues Festival this Bank Holiday weekend features Charlie Wood, Ray Butcher and Huw Warren, as well as seven jazz workshops

Aberjazz presents the 10th Fishguard Jazz and Blues festival, held at numerous venues in the picturesque West Wales coastal town over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend, 22-26 August.

It’s an eclectic programme of over 30 concerts, with the jazz content coming notably from the Downbeat award-winning Memphis-born organist Charlie Wood and his Trio at Theatr Gwaun. From Pepper’s Aberjazz Club there’s trumpeter Ray Butcher’s Trio (pictured) featuring the 2013 Brecon Jazz Festival artist in residence Huw Warren and Miles Levin (son of the great Tubby Hayes drummer, Tony Levin) and a welcome return for the Wexford-based drummer Kevin Lawlor with his trio featuring the highly acclaimed Welsh pianist/composer Dave Jones and Andrew Csibi, one of Ireland’s busiest bassists.

Amongst the more traditional jazz offerings there’s the swing of the Jazz Heritage Wales Allstars, and by way of contrast, crossover territory is well catered for by Cut The Funk, Indigo Kings, and Inc.A, and there’s far more than a sprinkling of blues-orientated material including Tipitina, Adam Palma, Adam Franklin, Lowri Evans, Will Killeen, plus Cuban and Latin grooves from Son Guarachando.
There are also seven workshops on offer, catering for a wide range of musical interests including an African drum workshop given by master drummer Emmanuel Okuni Annang, a finger-picking guitar workshop by Adam Palma who teaches at the University of Salford and has played with international artists including Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor and Snake Davis, plus a singing workshop led by Tipitina’s Debbie Jones, and a salsa dance workshop from Julia Morris of Whisky Business who also appear at the festival.

As in previous years, there are two festival sampler CDs on sale (one jazz, one blues) to help support the work of the festival, featuring a selection of the 2013 artists, which are available from the Festival’s website at where the full 2013 programme can also be downloaded.

Dave Jones

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