Rockin in Rhythm show has been touring Britain since 2007. Of the show Digby says: "I've admired Paul ever since I watched and listened to him topping the charts back in the 1960s and as well as being a personal idol he's a superb musical partner who loves singing jazz and plays wonderful jazz harmonica".

PAUL JONES SAYS: "when I first teamed up with Digby in 2007 I thought 'this gives me the chance to sing all those great jazz standards I love'. While he was thinking 'this gives me the chance to play all that rock music I used to love back in the 1960s and after!'. So ever since then it's been a delightful - and a rewarding - musical compromise".

'ROCKING IN RHYTHM' brings you a non-stop show which will appeal to every audience. It combines Paul Jones' legendary hits - 'Doo Wah Diddy' 'Pretty Flamingo' 'I've been a bad bad boy' and more with the riveting jazz of Britain's newest all-star band 'Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen', teaming with Paul to bring you the immortal songs of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and classics from the Great American Songbook.

Theatr Gwaun on Sunday 27th August at 7:30 pm

Tickets £22.50

The Red Stripe Band sold out in 2015 in Ffwrn, and this year they are back again in the magnificent surroundings of the Fishguard Bay Hotel. Front man Neil Drinkwater on piano, vocals and keytar is joined by Helana-May Harrision on vocals, John O'Neil, tenor sax and clarinet, Lee Vivian, trumpet, Erica Clarke, baritone sax, flute & swanee whistle, Costa on banse and Ed Williams on percussion. This year they will be playing in the ballroom Fishguard Bay Hotel so there will be plenty of dancing room.

The Fishguard Bay Hotel, Friday 25th August at 8pm - Tickets £15 / £12.50

Aberjazz would not be the same without our President, Nik Turner playing saxes/flute/vocals. Nik is putting together a band specially for Aberjazz, so far he has secured some brilliant young musicians, Stephen Jones, guitar, Charlie Scarr, drums, Gary Smart, bass, Kevin Davey, trumpet/flugel horn.

Nik was one of the founding members of Hawkwind, a really accomplished jazz musician who has experimented with just about eveything within the genre. Good musicians attract good musicians and Nik's band is full of them.

Nik will be playing in Theatr Gwaun on Saturday 26th Aug at 7pm, Tickets £10

 

Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band

Established in 1967, ispossibly the last of the great comedy jazz bands that combine zany musical and visual humour with lively jazz and impeccable musicianship. The Whoopee Band was originally an offshoot of the eclectic Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and shared many similarities with other outfits of the time such as The New Vaudeville Band and The Temperance Seven. Bob himself, who is mainly featured on trumpet and cornet, was a member of both the Bonzos and the New Vaudeville Band.

Current members of Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band are John ‘The Professor’ Percival Malcolm SkedBert Lamb and Henri Harrison.

The Whoopee Band are appearing in Theatr Gwaun on Monday 28th August at 7pm

Tickets £15

The Chris Ingham Quartet will kick off this year's festival events inTheatrGwaun with a celebratration of the music of the American composer Hoagy Carmichael. Hoagy's many compositions from 1924 through to 1953 are surprisingly familiar today, hits such as Stardust, How Little We Know, Georgia On My Mind, Skylark, Ole Buttermilk Sky and Lazy Bones not to mention Heart & Soul (see YouTube clip). This show has sold out in venues from Ronnie Scotts to Edinburgh and their CD Celebrating Hoagy was in the Sunday Times Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2014.

The Chris Ingham Quartet will be celebrating Hoagy in Theatr Gwaun on Thursday 24th August at 7pm

Tickets £10

 

Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy continues her ‘Naked… Live’ tour across England and Wales throughout 2017.

Now based just over the water from Fishguard, in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra. However, it was whilst playing with The Mary Black Band that McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and in 1992 two life-changing opportunities came along.

Mary Black and her record company manager/husband decided that McEvoy’s song ‘A Woman’s Heart’ would be a fitting title and lead track for the compilation they were putting together of contemporary Irish female performers. Simultaneously, Tom Zutaut, the legendary A&R of Geffen Records (who had previously signed Guns & Roses, Motley Crue, and Edie Brickell), was on a scouting mission to Dublin. After hearing McEvoy perform at The Baggott Inn pub, he offered her a worldwide recording deal on the spot.

“One of the few artists who can do no wrong whatsoever.” - BBC Radio 2

Eleanor McEvoy last appeared at Aberjazz in Peppers in 2014, and this year she is back again, this time in Theatr Gwaun on Friday 25th August at 6pm, tickets £7.50 or £5 for members

 

Double Bill in Ffwrn

Thursday 24th Aug at 7pm Tickets £7

Auld Man’s Baccie are a traditional acoustic blues duo playing early Chicago Blues with a bit of Gospel, Roots and America.  Their influences include the likes of Muddy Waters,
Elmore James, Peter Green and Rory Gallagher.

 

Auld Man’s Baccie will be followed by Daniel Smith & Scott Hannah for more blues, this time with a bit of  a jazzy / boogie woogie feel. This Dutch-Indonesian-Anglo-Scottish musician,  one of the best boogie woogie piano players in the world, will be joined by guitarit Scott Hannah; a match made in heaven.  

 

 

 

Double Bill in Ffwrn

Friday 25th Aug at 1pm - Tickets £7.50

Featuring two local singer songwriters who are both regulars at Aberjazz.

When she was 16, Jodie Marie was spotted by the father of a music industry manager from Transgressive Records, an independent record label based in London, who was visiting Pembrokeshire on holiday.  Her music has a  light-blues and jazz-folk-edge recalling late-1960s singer-songwriters such as Carole King and Joan Baez, though her main influence is Bonnie Raitt

Since graduating from college in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a degree in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music, Lowri Evans has become a regular at many UK festivals as a  Welsh bilingual singer songwriter. She has also  recorded several CDs as well as being played regularly on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru

 

 

 

Friday 25th Aug at 8:30 Double Bill in Ffwrn

Tickets £7.50

The Liam Ward Band is an award winning blues band from Swansea. One of the country’s best harmonica players, Liam  will be joined on guitar by respected jazzman Matt Jones (The Square Pegs, Django Chutney), Pembrokeshire favourite Martin Hill on bass (Empty Pockets, Final Demand), and sought-after drum ace Gareth Davies (Only Us, The Distributors)

Steve Morrison has played guitar all his life. The exploration of guitar music from such an early age has created a musician whose performances appear effortless and natural. He is a master of open-chord tunings and he has a bottleneck technique that is fluid, sweet and original. While blues music has constantly inspired this musician his technique and writing style place him as an original. He openly confesses that as a poor copyist he quickly gave up looking just  to other guitarists for inspiration. Instead he lookied to many other instruments and used their influence to create his own sound.

 

Double Bill in Ffwrn

Saturday 26th August at 2:30pm - Tickets £7.50

Saturday afternoon will be an interesting mix of two contrastingt styles of music. Glas is the Welsh for blue, and that is what you will get from this three piece Blues band from the South Wales valleys town of Blackwood. They'll get you hopping combining the blues with a bit of rock & roll., R&B and country.

 

 

Afterwards there will be time to fill your glasses and relax as you travel back in time for something completely different from the Vitality Three playing authentic jazz/ragtime from the 1920s, Scott Joplin, Jellly Roll Morton’s and the work of luminaries such as Jimmy Lytell, Barney Bigard and Omer Simeon. Another unusual specialism is the captivating down-home ‘washboard band’ repertoire of Johnny Dodds and Jimmie O’Bryant. The Vitality Three are committed to the preservation and unstoppable energy of the clarinet/piano/drums trio at its most stomping.

Saturday Night Triple Bill in Ffwrn

Saturday 26th August at 7pm - Tickets £15

Saturday evening in Ffwrn will be a real treat with a triple bill that kicks off with singer songwiter Bella Collins who has become one of our most popular regular artists ever since she first appeared here in 2014. She plays the guitar and sings the blues and is getting some serious attention since the release of her album, "Late and Blue" last September. This will be the first time Aberjazz has seen her playing with her five piece band, so we are really looking forward to that!

 

We are delighted to have singer songwriter Lady Nade back after a 2 year break. Lady Nade has a truly unique voice that is hard to pigeon-hole, with elements of jazz, soul, folk and blues.  Her debut album, “hard to forget” (see clip) was financed using crowd funding in just 28 days.  .

Inspired and energised by the classic sounds of Chess and Stax Records, including Otis Redding, Jimmy Reed, and many more, her "impassioned vocals delight" [The Blues magazine]. Laura will be appearing with her full 7-piece band with brass section. Already featured on the covers of music magazines, Laura is an established festival performer.

 

In 1972 Leburn Maddox was playing with Jimmy Castor in the Jimmy Castor Bunch whose million record seller, Troglodyte (Cave Man) has been heavily sampled in hip hop and dance music.  He recently appeared in the Tenby Blues festival, where we found him, and his cool funky sound is definitely not to be missed.

Sunday Afternoon Triple Bill in Ffwrn

Sunday 27th August at 1pm - Tickets £10

Three great bands on Sunday afternoon in Ffwrn.  

Andy Twyman – A one man blues comedy band - When Andy released the first ever naked Christmas music video it hit the national headlines, leading The Mirror newspaper to ask “Is this the best Christmas music video ever?” With the topics of his songs ranging from chickens to Luxembourg via Pot Noodle, 24 year old Andy Twyman blends blues with humour and rock and roll to titillate your ears, mind and toes. Having performed on BBC Three and Channel 4, Andy’s reputation is growing as a highly original and entertaining act.

Kizzy Crawford is another artist from the Welsh valleys. A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, 20 year old Kizzy Crawford's solo career began just a few years ago. In that time, Kizzy has developed an increasing sophistication to her songwriting and performance, which is complimented by her soaring voice that boasts both range and charisma.

Her truly unique act is a mixture of funk, soul and folk music performed in both English and Welsh

Afternoon in Paris appeared a few years ago in Tregwynt Mansion in a sell-out pre-festival event so it is nice to have them back again in the main festival.  The music of Afternoon in Paris is feel-good and accessible, gypsy swing jazz and latin, based on the style of Hot Club of France. Fronted by an unusual combination of clarinet, bass clarinet and vocals, in several European language, their unique and widely appealing sound is delivered with a heartfelt irresistable joie de vivre that will transport you through the jazz clubs of 1930's Paris to the grand cafes of Europe and South America. Bring your dancing shoes or just sit back and enjoy the fabulous music.

Triple in Ffwrn

Sunday 27th August – 7pm

Tickets £12.50

The Hideaway Trio are a popular local power trio led by Gareth Price who has become a local guitar legend. Blues,  Rock soul and rock influenced by the guitar legends of yesteryear such as Eric Clapton,  Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, BB King, Jimi Hendrix,

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, Rory Gallagher and Duane Allman

Blue Horizon were last here in 2015, are a trio playing electrifying blues rock with Brilliant guitar licks, rugged vocals, dynamic percussion and driving bass. They bring good energy to classic covers and their own original material giving a good time, party feel to performances.

 

Critically acclaimed Clement Regert's Wild Card is a melting-pot of musical ideas, fusing urban rhythms, Hard-bop and grooves with latin and jazz attitude. You can expect to hear their famous mix of Afro-jazz, Hard-bop, Samba and raw funk numbers. 
"Best 10 jazz album of the year 2015"  ★★★★  The Telegraph

Organic Riot  ★★★★“Album of the week”    The Evening Standard

 

 

Triple Bill Ffwrn Monday 28th Aug

Tickets £7.50

Benjamin Bassford starts off this session followed by Howlin Mat, who was at Aberjazz a couple of years ago.

 

Remi Harris – was at last year’s Aberjazz festival and we just had to bring him back quite simply because he is probably the best gypsy jazz guitarist we have ever heard and we are not alone
in thinking that......

​ "incredible guitarist... I'm absolutely blown away by his talent" - Jamie Cullum
"absolutely brilliant" - Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music


The Aberjazz Party

Monday 28th August – 9pm - Tickets £7

As always the festival ends with the legendary Aberjazz Party.Get your tickets early because this inevitably always sells out.  This year Paul Murphy DJ is getting the party started, playing an explosive mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul and contemporary dance music to discerning crowds across the planet, Paul Murphy has been deejaying since the late ‘70s. These days, Paul finds himself once again at the forefront of the music scene, both as the manager of Afro Art Records and as a producer/remixer in his own right.

This is Paul’s second visit to Fishguard and it surely won’t be his last

Some regulars will remember The Chalk Outlines from last year’s party  and also when they played outside the yacht club
full of fantastic fast paced 2 tone ska twisted by Balkan, Latin and Hip-Hop Influences, featuring  members and ex-members of cult West Wales bands
The Rude em Outs, Beneath the Reef and The Dapper Cadavers the band are currently recording and getting ready to tour their eagerly awaited 2nd EP this summer.
This will get everyone up dancing.

Aberjazz in Peppers

Thursday 24th Aug at 5pm

Tickets £7.50

Taking the music of John Coltrane and pushing on, riding on his wake - The ‘Coltrane Dedication’ Quintet provide a night of intense, spirited emotional playing; a guaranteed evening of energy and passion. Coltrane Dedication is about taking the spirit of that great movement in music between 1960 and 1967 and laying it out in a 21st century context, pulling us all endlessly into the future.

Late Night Friday 25th Aug at 10:30pm

Tickets £7.50

The Sam Leak Trio is led by London-based Jazz pianist Sam Leak described by JazzFM's Helen Mayhew as 'One of the brightest stars in the Jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser, and a brilliant prospect for the future.' He is highly involved in a number of different Jazz scenes throughout the UK. He is most widely known for his band 'Aquarium,' who appeared at Aberjazz a few years ago, for which he is both pianist and composer. Also featured are James Allsopp on Reeds, Joshua Blackmore on Drums, and Calum Gourlay on Double Bass. They have released two albums: their eponymous debut on the Babel Label in 2011 and their follow up album 'Places' on 'Jellymould Jazz' in 2013. Both have received widespread critical acclaim and regular radio play nationally. John Fordham described ‘Places’ in the Guardian as 'surefooted creativity... way beyond respectful expertise' and Daniel Spicer described it in BBC Music Magazine as ‘assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition, that knows exactly what it's trying to do - and succeeds.’ Jamie Cullum introduced Aquarium as ‘the heavyweights of the British Jazz scene’ and described himself as a ‘fan’ of the band in his regular BBC broadcast.
A regular in Ronnie Scott’s Sam will be appearing in Peppers with his trio. 

Sunday 26th August - 5pm in Peppers

Tickets £7.50

Burum  are a Welsh jazz / folk group with Tomas Williams on trumpet, Daniel Williams on tenor sax, Ceri Rhys Matthews onpipes, wooden flute, Mark O Connor on drums, Aidan Thorne on bass and Dave Jones  on piano. They will be playing a set of traditional Welsh folk music with jazz arrangements.

 

Sunday 27th August at 5pm

Tickets £5

 

The Ben Thomas Trio is led by Ben Thomas,an innovative trumpeter and composer producing music, words and pictures.
His creative output showcases a seamless interplay of music and art. Trumpet playing lies at the
heart of his expression and manifests in a vibrant explosion of colour and sound.

Monday 28th August at 1pm in Peppers

Tickets £5

Gill Cook comes to Aberjazz for the first time with her trio.  Wonderful musicians and the beautiful voice of Gill Cook rendering
familiar jazz classics like “Cry me a river” (linked above) and “You’ve Changed”.   This will be a relaxing afternoon in Peppers listening to gentle jazz.

 

Sunday 3pm TS Skirmisher

Tickets £5

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.

Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”. Sunjay clocked over a hundred tour dates in 2013 supporting the likes of Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson, Passenger, and Terry Reid. With three albums already to his name, (‘Seems So Real’ 2011, ‘One Night Only’ 2013 and 'Sunjay' 2014) Sunjay has just recorded his fourth release (“Black & Blues” released 30th November 2015).

 

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