Date: Wednesday 20th November 2013
Photo by Ben Mcdonnell
Described as “catching the current wave of Brit Jazz, by Jazzwise Magazine, ’Compassionate Dictatorship’ evolved out of the long standing collaboration between Jez Franks and Tori Freestone. They have toured extensively since their debut album in 2007, honing and developing their sound, releasing a second album ‘Cash Cow’ in 2010 to rave reviews They’re now promoting their third album, ‘Entetaining Tyrants’ which is to be released on the ‘Jellymould Jazz’ label.
“this is a muscular but intelligent band playing immediately accessible, spirited but carefully wrought music” Chris Parker, Jazz Review
“…another vital example of UK musicians embracing and incorporating both free jazz and rock elements into an edgy, risk taking approach to their music” Jazzwise
Date: Friday 1st November 2013
Phil Miller – guitar / Marc Hadley – saxophones, flute / WillemJan Droog – keyboards / Jack Monck –bass, vocals / Robin Pengilley - trumpet/flugelhorn / Angeline Morrison - second vocal / Damian Rodd – drums
The Relatives play music which, when they were young, was called “Jazz-Rock.” Perhaps the equivalent term now is “Fusion”, but that doesn’t paint the right picture, because a big part of the left-field pop heard from Robert Wyatt and Syd Barrett (to whom the Relatives are directly connected) and the music of this Anglo-Dutch band is the element of singing and song-writing. Formed in 1988, they were joined in 2011 by the guitarist Phil Miller, who is a seminal figure in English music as it developed out of 1960’s blues into the “Underground” (leading lights: The Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, Led Zep) and beyond into the electronics associated with Robert Fripp, Phil Manzanera and Alan Holdsworth.
CDs by The Relatives and other ‘Canterbury Scene’ bands are available at www.burningshed.com
Phil Miller- guitar: Matching Mole, (Robert Wyatt’s post-Soft Machine band), Hatfield & The North, National Health, “In Cahoots”)
Jack Monck- bass, vocals: Syd Barrett, Global Village Trucking Co., Chris Cutler of Henry Cow
Marc Hadley- sax, flute, vocals: The Neville Brothers, Flo-ing (formed from entourage of Fela Kuti) * Damian Rodd- drums: Lamb, Tricky * Willemjan Droog- keyboards * Robin Pengilley- trumpet & flugelhorn * Angeline Morrison- backing vocals – A recording artist in her own right with CDs available on Freestyle Records.
Date: Thursday 17th October
Michael Janisch – double bass / Alex Garnett – tenor saxophone / Femi Temowo – guitar / Andrew Bain - drums
Michael Janisch is an award-winning electric & double bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, promoter, record label owner and educator who works across a broad spectrum of traditional, experimental, improvised and popular music. An American based in London, his multitude of talents across the music industry have seen him become one of the most active and in-demand musicians of his generation, as well as a lynchpin figure between US & European artists.
He has performed with legends such as Quincy Jones, Sir John Dankworth and Lee Konitz and now ho comes to Cornwall fto present music from his critically acclaimed album ‘Purpose Built’. The band features Alex Garnett on tenor saxophone (Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars), Femi Temowo on guitar (Amy Winehouse, Soweto Kinch) and award winning drummer Andrew Bain (Dave Liebman, Jon Irabagon).
“Janisch seizes the instrument with a blend of speed and energy as if he wants to be melody, harmony and rhythm all at once.” The Telegraph
“brilliantly imaginative player, a force of nature” --JazzWise
“One of the UK's most exciting new Improvisers with percussive, Mingus-like power” --The Guardian
Half of the proceeds will go to Cornish Hospices
St. John's Methodist Church, Bodmin Road, St Austell, PL25 5AE
Date: Friday 11th October 2013
Bargoed Male Voice Choir are visiting Cornwall this Autumn. Bargoed is a valley town in South East Wales situated some 20 miles north of Cardiff. The town was once a mining town but is now supported by various light industries. Bargoed has always had a strong tradition of male choral singing.
The present choir was re-formed in 1961 under the baton of Alun John. Since then the choir has been fortunate in having Musical Directors and Accompanists of outstanding ability, as well as positive guidance and encouragement from its President, Mr Clive Richards.
As with most Welsh Choirs, Bargoed Choir has travelled extensively, with concerts in the USA, Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, Czech Republic and Poland as well as concerts throughout the United Kingdom.
There have been many television appearances,"This Is Your Life", "Home on Sunday", and many appearances on S4C with Ruth Madoc.
Pelynt Male Voice Choir (Trelawny’s Men) was formed in 1966 under the capable hands of Mr Clifford Eatwell who had previously conducted a choir in Swindon. The present Musical Director, John Trethewey and accompanist Barry Jay, have helped the Choir to attain a high reputation.
The Choir was formed when an enthusiastic group of young men began singing more seriously following participation in the Pelynt Village Variety Concerts. Two of the founder members are still with the Choir - one of them has been attending continuously since its formation. A few other singers have been members almost from the start, and all these original and early members are young at heart!
They are very proud of the strong friendly atmosphere that exists among its members which has often been described as a very large family. This also extends to the wives and partners of the choir who are fantastic supporters many of whom attend nearly all of their performances, even during the winter months.
Many invitations to appear in concerts from Cornwall to Scotland have been accepted, including singing in the Chapter House of Canterbury Cathedral and more recently Truro Cathedral. As a member of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs, Pelynt has been involved in all the concerts put on at the Royal Albert Hall and hopes to participate once again in 2013.
Coming from the Parish of Pelynt, home of the famous Bishop Trelawny, the Choir has developed a very warm and happy spirit. The Badge on our blazers and the banner depict Bishop Trelawny's staff and mitre.
Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2013
This unusual trio of alto saxophone, guitar and drums brings together all of Martin’s musical influences alongside his favourite musical partners The three musicians are committed to improvising in the moment and will feature compositions from their new double cd Always A First Time on Martin’s Pumpkin label
Meditative ballads, trance like grooves, free improvisation, minimalism, jazz standard songs, Arabic influenced music, heavy metal guitar, unaccompanied solos from each player and more are featured in this unique and intimate trio.
Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent. Thomas Conrad Jazz Times