Courtney Pine

Saxophonist Courtney Pine embodies the dramatic transformation of the British jazz scene over the past twenty years.

This brilliant multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of innovative players in stylistic freedom, taking jazz to a wider audience. Having gained an OBE and a CBE for services to music, as well as many prestigious awards, he continues to break new ground with his recordings.

In 2014 and 2015 he sold out shows across the UK, the US and Canada and mainstage performances at Bestival, Love Supreme and The London Jazz Festival with his 15t h studio album House of Legends. It's an exhilarating mix of styles - merengue, ska, mento and calypso - viewed through the lens of a UK artist with proud Afro-Caribbean roots. Deeply steeped in his ancestral culture, this very personal project has garnered awards and critical acclaim, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multicultural viewpoint that fits the modern world.

Drums / Dube – Robert Fordjour Double
Bass – Vidal Montgomery
Guitar – Cameron Pierre
Guitar - Chris Cobbson
Steel Pan – Samuel Dubois
Soprano Saxophone / Ewi – Courtney Pine

Performing in Theatr Gwaun on Thursday 25th August at 7:30pm.

Tickets £22.50

King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys

Back at Aberjazz by popular demand. Larger than life and twice as rambunctious, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys made their first public appearances in the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival 30 years ago and just two years ago they appeared at Ffwrn, where they played to a sell-out audience on an unforgettable evening of music and fun. Watch out for Gary Barber on double bass!!

The band's all action no-holds-barred approach to the American rhythm & blues, jump, jive and swing quickly established them internationally as The Kings of Swing. They have shared stages with such legends as BB King, Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra and after over 80 TV appearances, a host of radio broadcasts and performances through every European country, Russia, Morocco and UAE, they are still on the road with as great an appetite to get out there and entertain people.

Rough, tough and always rocking, the legendary King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys zany stage show sometimes belies the fact that here is the finest, most authentic Rhythm & Blues band ever to come from outside the USA. They are more than just the world’s greatest swing & R&B band, they are an institution!

King Pleasure – Vocals and sax Bull Moose
K Shirley – guitar
Shark Von Schtoop – double bass
Gary (The Enforcer) Barber – drums
Mighty Matt Foundling – keyboards
Big John ‘Boysey’ Battrum – sax

Appearing in Ffwrn on Friday 26th August at 9:30 pm - Tickets £15


Slowly Rolling Camera formed in Cardiff in 2013 and brought together four wildly talented musicians from diverse backgrounds in vocalist & lyricist Dionne Bennett, composer / keyboardist Dave Stapleton, drummer Elliot Bennett and producer / sound design artist Deri Roberts.

The result was a captivating hybrid of these influences: trip hop, jazz, soul, electronic music fused into a new and unique soundscape. The product was their eponymous album, released on Edition Records in February 2014, described by the Guardian as a ‘powerful newcomer with Rising Star written all over it. Superb!'

Live, they’ve proved a phenomenon, wowing audiences from Cardiff to Hamburg and at high profile festivals including Umea Jazz Festival (SE), Love Supreme (UK), Lotus (PO), London Jazz Festival (UK) and Reeperbahn Festival (DE).

In May 2014 Slowly Rolling Camera released their album in Germany to overwhelming critically acclaim from specialist and national press. Praised for their heavy grooves, unleashed hooks and extremely emotional contrasts, the Deutschland Radio described the ‘way jazz and trip-hop merge in Slowly Rolling Camera’s music is genius’.


Dionne Bennett  (lyrics, vocals)
Deri Roberts (sound design, electronics, producer, trombone)
Elliot Bennett (drums)
Dave Stapleton (fender Rhodes, synths)

Performing in Theatr Gwaun on 27th August at 7pm

Tickets £12.50


We love this band, and we need to include them in our programme every few years or so. Debbie Jones has a fantastic voice and Justin Randall is an amazing piano player.

They also do the most fantastic singing workshop. They have played at Ronnie Scotts several times and always sell out there and have excellent reviews. Celebrated by The Guardian, Jazz Journal and BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones, New Orleans jazz and blues band Tipitina bring youthful energy, polished musicianship, originality and a tremendous live show which will captivate every audience.

This profoundly talented young band from Preston whose debut CD I Wish I Was In New Orleans catapulted them on to the national stage. A captivating mix of New Orleans boogie, blues, barrelhouse and gospel with the soulful voice of Debbie Jones and the piano wizardry of Justin Randall. Tipitina’s second album Taking Care Of Business was recorded live at the 27th Birmingham International Jazz And Blues Festival and showcases the energy, versitality and sheer joi de vivre of their performances. “Wholly admirable album, the youthful energy, sincerity and obvious affection for the New Orleans style is captivating – a sure-fire club and Festival attraction” [Jazz Journal)

The Old Hat Jazz Band

It’s not very often we invite a band to play two years in a row but we made an exception wtih the

Old Hat Jazz Band because we wanted to give you another chance to see these wonderful young musicians crafting music of the 1920s and 30s. Featuring some of the finest musical talent London has to offer,

including Ewan Bleach, Simon Marsh and Joe Webb, and combining the quintessential sound of the 20s and 30s with originality and characterful musicianship, Old Hat Jazz Band enjoys playing for dancers and listening music lovers wherever they are invited. As well as brimming enthusiasm and superb musicianship, Old Hat Jazz Band will please the ears and bring merriment wherever they play.

Tipitina and the Old Hat Jazz Band are appearing as a double bill in Ffwrn on Saturday 27th August at 8:30 pm - Tickets £15

The Tango Jazz Quartet

This excellent band appeared at Aberjazz two years ago and absolutely packed out Peppers, this time we have given them a bit more room as they appear in Theatr Gwaun

Be prepared to be impressed as they mix the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of Jazz.  This new approach to Tango and Jazz has received an enthusiastic reaction both in Argentina as well as internationally.

Over the last few years, the band has managed to establish itself on the international music scene.

Gustavo Firmenich, the leader of Tango Jazz Quartet, started in 2000 to look for ways and means to combine the two musical genres and carried out a number of studies and trials, which eventually led to the formation of the Tango Jazz Quartet in 2005.  They have been touring Europe since 2011 and in 2013 their European tour was extended to South Africa.  They made a long world tour in 2014 starting in the USA then Europe (including Aberjazz), Russia and finally Hong Kong and China.

All these studies have led to the formation of Tango Jazz Quartet in 2005. In order to find the best suited musicians for this concept, many different musicians have taken part in the group. In 2007, the group was consolidated and received quickly a very favourable reaction both from the public and the specialized press.

In 2014, the band made a long world tour. The tour took almost two months. They started in Usa, then they flew to Europe, after that went to Russia and Siberia, and finally they concluded the tour in Hong Kong and China.  They have toured Nigeria and Brazil since then and are planning a 2016 tour of Brazil.  Their 2016 tour in August and September has contracts in Switzerland, England, Wales (Aberjazz)  France, Belgium, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria.


Gustavo Firmenich (tenor saxophone and clarinet)
Federico Hilal (bass)
Horacio Acosta (piano)
Alejandro Beelmann (drums)

Performing in Theatr Gwaun on 28th August at 6pm

Tickets £7.50



This is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer
Asaf Sirkis and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas.  

The quartet features USA resident bassist and harmonica player Patrick Bettison, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern music as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso
lines and everything in between. Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects

The quartet`s latest album “Come To Me“ was released 2014 at the London Jazz Festival and the band has been touring in the UK and Europe since.

Asaf played at Aberjazz with his trio a few years ago and also did a most amazing drum workshop.  We look forward to welcoming him back to Fishguard and to meeting him again.

Tickets £7.50


Swingin’ Jump Jive music is what the Jiveoholics are all about! Their show is crammed full of classic Swing, Jive, Boogie and Blues arrangements of songs from the 40’s, 50’s and early 60's.

Hit tunes from the stars of the day: Louis Jordan, Louis Prima and Cab Calloway; Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner and Ray Charles; Infectious rhythms that won't let your feet stay still and will have you sliding on to t he dance floor as soon as you hear the first note!

Their outrageous stage costume of loud Hawaiian shirts, pork pie hats and two tone shoes have ensured that a) this band won't be mistaken for any other and b) they are being sought by the fashion police of six European countries for crimes against sartorial elegance. The fusion of white hot, upbeat, swinging music and unforgettable outfits all wrapped up in engaging, cheeky banter means the party starts when The Jiveoholics hit the stage. The band has been performing since 2007, and during that time has been privileged to play at Twinwood, Callendar, Derry Jazz, Riverboat Jazz (Denmark), Brecon Jazz, Upton Jazz and many other festivals.

Roger Grey - Drums
Gareth Hall - Keys & vocals
Tony Konieczny - Guitar & vocals
Jack McDougal - Sax & vocals
Sean McGowan - Bass & vocals
Ceri Williams - Trumpet & vocals


A tour-de-force of Rockin’ New Orleans Piano. A very warm welcome back to Dale from all of

his Aberjazz fans. He travels from Sheffield to come and play at our festival and really loves playing at Fishguard. He will be playing twice over the weekend, Thursday night at Peppers after Courtney Pine and on Friday afternoon at Fishguard Yacht Club.

Inspired by the Big Easy's legendary pianists James Booker, Dr.John, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint, Dale Storr is now recognised as the UK's leading exponent of New Orleans Piano. He's been finalist six times 2010-2015 for best piano player in the British Blues Awards and was in the top three finalists in The European Blues Awards 2015 for Best Musical Performance and won the award of Best Musical Performance at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2015. "If there is a better New Orleans-style pianist in the UK than the outrageously talented Dale Storr, please point me in his or her direction because he or she must be very, very special." Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain


Some home grown talent here. Locals may remember Jasmine as the vocalist with The Black Notes. She has come a long way since those practice sessions in our conservatory. Jasmine was inspired to study Jazz through meeting jazz musicians such as Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen and Cleveland Watkiss when they came to play at the Aberjazz festival of which her mother was

a co-founder. Aged 18 she attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and then moved to London to continue her training at Trinity Laban Conserevatoire of Music and Dance. Young Jazz singer and composer Jasmine Power is set to tell us her own tales with beautiful debut EP ‘Stories & Rhymes’ which has been very well received in the jazz world.

Beautifully produced by Jasmine the EP features some of London’s brightest new talents including pianist Joe Armon-Jones, bassist Daniel Casimir, trumpeter Harrison Cole and drummer Moses Boyd and has already received support from the likes of Jamie Cullum (Radio 2), Gilles Peterson (6 Music) and Nick Luscombe (Late Junction/Radio 3). Not to be missed!


This trio will be playing at the wonderful venue, Tregwynt Mansion. The trio features piano, flute/shakuhachi and double bass and will serve as a prelude to Fishguard Arts Society’s Japanese exhibition which will take place in September this year. At the time of this concert

there will be an exhibition of paintings at the venue featuring the work of Martin White and Ruth Goodger. Taeko Kunishima has an eclectic range of influences from jazz to both classical and Japanese traditional composition. In the UK she has worked with musicians with individualistic styles, including Latin pop, jazz-dub, free improvised, traditional Japanese, Indian rhythmic and electronic music.

She has performed at the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, and at the Vortex Jazz Club. Since 2006 she has collaborated with shakuhachi player Clive Bell Europe's leading performer on the Japanese shakuhachi and Dominic Lash, who is a Bristol based double bassist. Dominic is a member of the Bang the Bore collective and was formerly heavily involved with Oxford Improvisers.



Grooving swing. Melodically driven organ project of 'Indigo Kid's' Dan Messore. This group is all about strong interplay, swinging grooves and choice material. Dan Messore (guitar), Joe Webb (organ) and Gethin Jones (drums). Dan Messore is a broad minded and eclectic musician. After travelling extensively and settling in Central America for several years, he returned to the UK and completed a MA in jazz and composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He has since gone on to be a much in demand musician and spanning scenes and genres. Special guest for this festival gig is the fantastic Will Scott (tenor saxophone)


London based guitarist Jamie Leeming promoting his new EP ‘Heartsong’ which features some of the UK’s finest young musicians including Emily Dankworth and Ben Cox. 

Their EP release included performances and interviews on Jazz FM,  Resonance FM and a headline show at Pizza Express.

EP release included performances and interviews on Jazz FM, Resonance FM and a headline show at Pizza Express.

Jamie is one of the UK’s most exciting young guitarists whose emotive compositions blend  jazz, pop and folk influences and are brought to life by a team of outstanding musicians.  His melodic and original guitar playing is perfectly complemented by the clear tone and pure sound of Emily’s vocals.

Jamie Leeming (guitar/compositions)
Emily Dankworth (vocals and percussion)
Nic Breakspear (Double Bass)


This young Pembrokeshire band (previously the Mustangs) have played at Aberjazz for the

last few years and we love them which is why we keep inviting them back.They are one of the UK’s freshest rhythm and blues bands and are creating a swarm of intrigue with their unique style and sound which is influenced from their shared adoration of the music of 1960s.  They put a compelling originality into the music that has frequented our airwaves since The Beatles monopolized the Cavern. 

They have amassed a wealth of material through their interpretation of songs from the 60s era and they also write some of their own original numbers. We like to provide a platform for young talented musicians and this year they will be sharing a double bill with King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys. 

With interest in the band snowballing they are finding themselves very busy gigging three times a week and released their first EP in October 2015 which features two original songs and two covers and are busy working on their next EP.  2016 is still the beginning for the Stangs which is very exciting.

Graeme Heath – guitar, volcals
Josh Lomas – bass
Glenn Alcock – drums


A warm Aberjazz welcome back to Swingology who played to a delighted audience in Ffwrn two years ago on a wet bank holiday Monday afternoon. 

Not only are they excellent musicians, theyare very entertaining and funny.
The band was formed in 2005 by five musicians based in Crosby, Liverpool, to play the toe-tapping music known as Gypsy Jazz. This style became famous in the 1930s and 1940s, popularised by the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, The band not only plays all the Gypsy Jazz standards, but a range of popular Jazz classics and some modern and some quirky songs in the classic Swing Manouche style.

The band can make Django rock and even lay some rock classics in this style. They have played in Jazz and Folk festivals around the UK and Europe and have also played at Django in Liberchies, the birthplace of Django Reinhardt, the only British band to do so.  They will have you tapping your feet and singing along before you know it.

Kirsten Sothmann: violin
Brian Vance: guitar and vocals
Tony Dolman: drums and vocals
Mark Cullen: double bass
Kevin Power: guitar


Lowri Evans

More local talent for showcase. Blessed with a voice capable of wide emotional power, Lowri’s songs take their musical colours from a broad palette that includes folk, roots, country and blues, all beautifully knitted together through her innate musicality and heartfelt delivery. Having just released her new album ‘Everyone is from somewhere else’ in February Lowri has received a lot of BBC airplay including Radio 2 and Radio Wales.


In the brief time since forming Bella and Gareth have proved to be a great meeting of musical minds and have literally gone from strength to strength. Having played to packed out audiences at Brecon Jazz and Tenby Blues this will be their first time at Aberjazz, although Bella has played here several times with the Bella Collins Band. Their live sets incorporate a mix of popular contemporary songs, timeless classics and original works in a variety of genres including jazz, blues, funk, rock n roll, reggae and ska.



A local band with a great local following and favourites on the Welsh blues scene.  Expect a blend of blues, soul, funk, and rock & roll from this excellent and local power trio. Gareth Price’s incredible skill on guitar is backed by Simon Rees on bass and Tom Vines on drums.



Based in Glastonbury,  Swampgrass are five musicians brought together by singer Sharon Honeywell and guitarist Brad Lister.  What they do can only loosely be described as ‘blues’, expect hard grooving high energy music covering topics like corporate slavery, narcissism, family issues, desire and good old fashioned greed.  There will be no crying into your pint at a Swampgrass gig, you’ll be more likely to spill it from jumping about.




Debbie and the band played at Aberjazz two years ago and are touring the UK at the moment from their usual base in Alabama, USA.  Debbie's singing has been compared to Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt, both of whom she cites as musical influences but the truth is that Debbie does it her way. . Her partner in life and music, Rick Asherson, is an outstanding keyboard player and gives their music a honky-tonk, New Orleans flavored sound.



An accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, John Emil has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals in the UK, USA and the Netherlands.  ​Equally adept with the acoustic Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Dobro.   Emil ultimately creates a unique style all his own by integrating country, blues, folk and bluegrass sounds into his repertoire.


De Fuego is a sensational guitar duo, playing energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music who gained reputation in the English summer festivals with their upbeat passionate sound and percussive guitar techniques. In the past few years they performed in various major festivals, including Glastonbury Festival.  Marc brings his exciting and melodic guitar playing alongside Edina’s percussive and rhythmic guitar techniques to bring a high quality, energetic and passionate sound to their audiences.


The Rumblestrutters to bring you vintage blues and jazz of the Prohibition era. The Swansea-based acoustic trio vividly evoke the music of the 1920s and ‘30s, and have a reputation as one of the UK's premier roots bands, with highlights including stellar performances at Birmingham International Jazz Festival and Gloucester Blues Festival. Luscious harmonies and virtuosity combine in songs of bootleg liquor and bacchanalia, tapped from a rich musical source. 


Jazz music provided by young musicians from our local school, Ysgol Bro Gwaun.

Following on from the brilliant Dale Storr concert in the Yacht Club as part of our ‘Jazz on the Quay’ gigs in Lower Town, this West Wales based jazz ensemble led by Tudor Thomas perform a varied programme of foot-tapping Dixieland jazz with some interesting vocals from Tudor.

The Chalk Outlines are a 18 legged Ska Band from West Wales playing two tone ska twisted by Balkan, Latin and Hip-Hop influences.  Formed in 2015 the band have been whipping audiences into a frenzy across their native Wales, the South West and London with their stomping live shows. 2015 saw them play at numerous festivals and win prestigious support slots for the likes of Bad Manners.



Inc.A is a unique seven-piece band consisting of a feisty brass section, scorching strings and a shit-hot rhythm section with occasional guest appearances from MCs and vocalists.  They mash up elements of jazz, Eastern European folk, Arabic and film music and set them to drum and bass, breakbeat and hip-hop rhythms.  Their shows are a complete sensory experience, combining costumes and dance moves which involve and transfix the crowd: getting the audience moving is a big part of the Inc.A manifesto.


Covering songs by many of the great jazz and blues artists of our time such as Janis Joplin, Nina Simone and Etta James, this voice and piano duo features the fabulous voice of Toriah, who has shot to the top of the bill on several European Jazz festivals this summer, including a late addition to the Brecon Jazz and as special guest with Jools Holland tour in the winter.


This four piece band, always a favourite of ours, fuses blues, soul and jazz with an acoustic side that even allows them to engage with essences of folk.    Bella has previously played at the Aberjazz festival with her band and they are always very popular. The band features a new line up, since starting in the new outfit has been successful, notably appearing on a TV music series last summer.



Blowing their unique blend of swing/jazz, Puffin Brass are the party band for any occasion, the gems of fifty years of popular music have been sifted and re-imagined for a contemporary audience and performed with gusto by this swinging sextet. Swinging Steve, the Lone Arranger and Dynamite Dan the Fugelhorn Man lead the band through the classics of the Great American Songbook and on into the sixties and seventies without ever losing the energy of the roaring twenties that inspired the creation of the band.

A dynamic and interesting singer-songwriter, he has a style of performance that can be compared in some respects to his influences. Playing an old school blues and roots style, Benjamin  brings his own cards to table, while tipping his hat to all influences that his sound has grown from.  He played at Aberjazz last year in The Globe and we know that anyone who saw him will want to repeat the experience.  They were dancing in the street.



West London’s finest blues and roots trio.  The trio includes Bob on guitar,  bluesmaster, funkateer and master of wit and repartee.  As a songwriter all of his songs are based on personal experience or downright lies, the listener can decide which.  Other trio members are Steve and Paul on drums.


The Delta Breaks are a covers band based in Cardiff, South Wales. Formed in 2013, they play iconic rock, soul and blues favourites from artists such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, B B King and many others.


Richard Staines and Jonathan Browning from Maharaja Blues, divert their paddle steamer to Fishguard to play some Mississippi Blues, mixing old style slide on resonator guitar,  harmonica and voice. Special guest Aled Hughes, will join them for a small session of blues-ified Welsh traditional songs yn cymraeg (in welsh) within the set. Join them for a journey from the 1920s Mississippi delta to Cymru.

Formerly Gypsy Jazz, we are a Swansea-based group playing a mixture of Latin, Swing, Ballads, the occasional 'Hot Club' number and many favourites from the Great American Songbook.



The Pig Street Trotters were formed about 4 years ago and are a lively Pembrokeshire based Trad Jazz / Dixieland band. The line-up consists of Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Bass, Drums and Banjo. They play well known numbers with the occasional light hearted moment and their repertoire includes much loved classic tunes such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Dr Jazz , Bourbon Street Parade and The Sheik of Araby.


Jodie Marie

Pembrokeshire singer-songwriter influenced by blues/ soul/ folk & country is back again this year but this time she is performring solo. Jodie Marie grew up listening to singers such as Bonnie Raitt, BB King, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Jodie Marie's first album Mountain Echo was released in March 2012. Her latest album, Trouble in Mind is attracting a lot of interest.