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Aberjazz 2018

How time flies! It only seems like yesterday when I took over as the Aberjazz festival Co-ordinator back in 2008 and here we are 10 years later at the 15th Fishguard Jazz & Blues festival. Firstly I would like to thank our sponsors who have supported us for many years; The Arts Council of Wales, Pembrokeshire County Council , Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council, Stena Line and Milford Haven Port Authority. I would also like to thank all the local businesses who support us by buying adverts in our programme.

We are very proud of our venues, who work with us to make this a very special festival. Anyone who has been to Aberjazz will remember Ffwrn, with its bread oven and unique Welsh / French ambience. Pepper's jazz cafe is our intimate jazz cafe, at the back of an art gallery, where you can see some of the best jazz musicians. Then there is Theatr Gwaun, run by the community for the community, where you can see some of our headline acts and TS Skirmisher in Lower Town. You must also visit our clubs and pubs, too many to mention them all, such as the Yacht Club and The Ship in Lower Town, The Rugby club in FIshguard, the Royal Oak on Fishguard Square and the Globe tucked away on the other side of Ffwrn.

I hope you will agree that our programme this year, as always, provides something for everyone. Regular Aberjazzers will see a number of old favourites, but each year we try and introduce you to a few new acts and this year is no exception. Because it is 100 years since women got the vote we have introduced a bit of a "Women in Jazz and Blues" theme this year such as Parisian style Jazz singer Gabrielle Ducomble, The Indigo Kings for original jazzy blues, Sarah Gillespie, singer songwriter with elements of jazz, blues and folk, Victoria Klewin and the True Tones, jazz with a bit of soul and the Husky Tones a punk blues band, featuring Victoria Bourne on vocals and drums, and two time British Blues awards winner, The Lisa Mann Band. We also have this year’s winner of the best named band award (if there is such a thing),the Salvador Darlings and of course our own home grown Pembrokeshire ladies, Jodie Marie and Lowri Evans.

It is not exclusively female, there are also many male artists to watch out for as well. Blues fans should not miss Greg Coulson, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Gyspy jazz enthusiasts must see the Paulus Schafer Trio, guitarist Paulus is regarded as gypsy jazz royalty For jazz with a bit of R&B we have Simon Peat and Joel White as well as one of the most entertaining R&B bands on the circuit, King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.

I am really excited by this year's programme and I hope you have a wonderful time.