Preview: Burton Agnes Festival

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year by bringing Claire Martin, Ray Gelato and many more to East Yorkshire

Claire Martin (pictured right) and Ray Gelato are set to headline the 2017 Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival with their show A Swingin' Affair, which celebrates their recent album, We've Got A World That Swings. Martin and Gelato will be joined over the weekend of 30 June to 2 July by acts including jazz trumpeter Jamie Brownfield and his quartet. There will also be blues from musicians such as Northern Ireland's Kaz Hawkins and Mississippi singer/guitarist Lisa Mills and performances by local acts from the Yorkshire area such as the New York Brass Band (based in old York) and the funk and soul outfit Portmanteau.

The festival takes place in the grounds of Burton Agnes House, an Elizabethan mansion which is the home of festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister, who will join Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band on stage. Cunliffe-Lister is also planning to bring over a group of musicians from St Lucia, to bring a Caribbean flavour to the line-up. Festival-goers will be able to camp in Park Field, adjacent to the grounds. Performances will take place on the main outdoor stage, in the courtyard of the Great Hall and in the bar tent, which will host the weekend's late night gigs.

While more acts are to be announced, the current line-up is as follows:

Friday 30 June -
Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring vocalist Shannon Riley
Late Night Session featuring Half Deaf Clatch

Saturday 1 July -
Firebird Quartet
New York Brass Band
Claire Martin & Ray Gelato
Kaz Hawkins
Late Night Session featuring The Alligators

Sunday 2 July -
Lisa Mills
Jamie Brownfield Quartet
Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band

For further information please visit the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival website. Tickets can be purchased here - or by phoning the estate office on 01262 490324 (open weekdays from 9.00am-5.00pm) or in person at the Hall and its courtyard shops.

Bruce Lindsay

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