ACHIEVERS – Friday 23rd August at 8pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Lauded as the success story of 2018, the UK & European Blues press agree that The Achievers are one of the most original and exciting new bands to emerge in British Blues Achieversmusic. Injecting a fresh sense of excitement and creativity into trusted Blues traditions The Achievers leave festival and club audiences elated. Layered with four-part harmonies, joyful melodies and infectious, danceable rhythms there has never been a better time to see and hear. Some call it Rhythm & Blues, some call it Roots, some call it 'Dance Floor Gospel'. Whatever it is, Their unique approach and willingness to move away from familiar guitar-solo orientated styles prove that soul , groove and song-craft still matter in the blues.

AFTERNOON IN PARIS – Monday 26th August at 2.45pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10

Fronted by an unusual combination of clarinet, bass clarinet and vocals in several European languages, the unique, eclectic and widely appealing sound of Afternoon in Paris is delivered AfternooninPariswith a heartfelt and irresistible joie de vivre that will transport you through the smokey jazz clubs of 1930s Paris and Hamburg to the grand cafés of Europe and South America. Bring your dancing shoes, there’s space on the floor or just sit back and enjoy an exhilarating afternoon of fabulous music.

THE ALISON RAYNER QUINTET – Sunday 25th August - 7pm at Theatr Gwaun - Tickets £15
ARQWinners of the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2018 we are delighted to be able to include this wonderfully talented quintet in our programme for this year.  In ARQ, Alison Rayner has gathered a group of musicians who sympathetically support her music. The group’s imaginative and assured playing are superbly suited to Rayner’s compositions and reflect a confidence inspired by working intensively together, touring their first album 'August'. ARQ’s profile has risen rapidly in the past four years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’. Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ and by the Observer as ‘purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band’, their music is awash with infectious grooves, lyrical melodies and a music founded in jazz but with folk, rock, classical and other world music influences. They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five star reviews in jazz and national press. Their recent 30-date ‘Magic Life’ UK tour concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club.

AULD MAN’S BACCIE – Friday 23rd August at 1pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Played at Aberjazz two years ago and went down a storm.  Auld Mans Baccie are an acoustic AuldMansBaccieduo playing roots, Americana, and traditional blues music.  Consisting of Davey (the Reveren...d Curtis Humbucker) Curtis Vocals and Guitar and Nick (the Baptist) Phillips on slide. Playing an eclectic mix of Delta, Chicago, and Gospel foot tapping beer drinking music along with a growing number of self penned songs.  With two highly acclaimed albums under their belts and a live album just released, there ain’t no stoppin’ these two Blues Brothers!

THE BAY RUM HOUNDS – Sun 25th Aug at 6pm at Fishguard Bay Yacht Club - Tickets £7.50
BayDrumThis Cardiff based 4 piece band play old school country blues, hokum, early Chicago electric blues, gospel and swing with a bit of country and jazz thrown in for good measure.

BLUES COLLUSION – Fri 23rd Aug at 6pm in Fishguard Bay Yacht Club - Tickets £7.50
Blues Collusion is a blues duo from Birmingham, consisting of Amera, vocalist and lyricist and BluesCollusionRolly on guitar. The two have been writing and performing music together since 2014.  Coming from two very different musical and cultural backgrounds (Amera was born in Birmingham, UK and Rolly, Hungary), they have been able to cleverly combine their diverse music skills, influences and experiences to create a unique, current and original blues/soul sound which is likely to appeal to blues fans both old and new.

THE CHALK OUTLINES – Monday 26th August at 8pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10

The Chalk Outlines are a lively 8-piece playing a decidedly dark and twisted take on 2-tone. ChalkOutlinesThe band lace fat horn lines, samples and twin vocals over a pumping rhythm section to create their unique and upbeat sound. Expect tunes that draw as much from Balkan, Latin and Jungle influences as they do from traditional Ska and Reggae that will keep you stomping but not quite sure what’s coming next.

CHICO CHICA – Saturday 24th August at 2.45pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Led by composer Barbara Snow and lyricist Tom Hannah, this four-piece band takes myriad ingredients: tango, chanson, rai, rumba, jazz and cabaret and then stir fry them in the wok of ChicoChicathe musicians' collective subconscious to form an unforgettable evening of song and entertainment.  Barbara Snow toured with Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Maxi Priest and The Blow Monkeys before forming Chico Chica in 2010.   Chico Chica released their first album Mélangerie in 2011 and toured the UK and Ireland several times. The band are regulars at festivals (including Porthcawl Jazz Festival, Canterbury Arts Festival, Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Bedford Arts Festival, Upton Jazz Festival, Rye Arts Festival, Hampton Court Flower Show and Llanelli Jazz Festival) as well as jazz clubs in and around London.

CHRIS INGHAM & JOANNA EDEN - EMBRACEABLE ELLA - Fri 23rd Aug at 7pm in Theatr Gwaun - Tickets £10
A distinguished duo of singer Joanna Eden and pianist Chris Ingham present an entertaining ChrisInghamevening of anecdote, insight and classic songs associated with the legendary First Lady of Song. With stories of how Ella rose to glory from desperately humble origins and featuring beloved compositions by George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter and other writers of the Golden Age of Popular Song.  Chris appeared at Aberjazz a few years ago with his show ‘Celebrating Hoagy’ which was absolutely brilliant.  Time Out described Joanna Eden as ‘the UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall’

COSIMO MATASSA PROJECT – Saturday 24th August at 8pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £12.50
The Cosimo Matassa Project are a collective of musicians in London, UK, working to conjure up the unique rhythm ‘n’ blues flavours that emerged from New Orleans in the late 1940s and CosimoMatassaearly 1950s. At the core of the band are pianist and arranger Al Dunn (Loudon Wainwright / Richard Thompson), singer and double bassist Dai Price (Dai & The Ramblers) and drummer Roy Pfeffer (The Big Smoke Family). They’re often joined by guest musicians from London’s rhythm ‘n’ blues scene, and members of our collective have played with the likes of Allen Toussaint, James Hunter and Van Morrison. Over the last couple of years the band have become a staple on the R’n’B circuit, gigging around London clubs and bars such as Nightjar in Old Street, Brasserie Zedel in Mayfair and Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.  The entire project is born out of respect for the artists who passed through Cosimo Matassa’s studios, a real love for the music and a desire to summon up the sheer joy that pervades all of Cosimo’s recordings. Playing tunes by well-known artists from that era such as Fats Domino and Big Joe Turner, the band also like to unearth lesser-known gems by the likes of Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Dave Bartholomew and Tami Lynn, as  well as throwing in a few of their original songs.

CRAWLBACK – Saturday 24th August at 8.30pm in The Royal Oak - Aberjazz Fringe
CrawlbackA welcome return to Aberjazz by this Cardiff based band who play harp driven blues with a foray into soul, funk and rock.

Johnny Bird: Harmonica, vocals
Pete Matheson: Guitar
Mike Kennedy: Bass
Sam Andrews: Drums

THE DAN MESSORE TRIO – Saturday 24th August at 1pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Dan MeDanMessoressore 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. They will be playing their own versions of jazz standards featuring Dan Messore on guitar, Dan Moore on organ and Eddie John on drums. 

DUSKI – Friday 23rd August at 9.30pm in Peppers - Tickets £10
Duski began life as a small three piece jazz group. Years went by and more musicians joined and slowly the jazz styles disappeared and heavy jams and collective improvising took its Duskiplace. The piano morphed into different synthesisers and tape loops and the double bass cracked open to reveal its electric counterpart. Standard chord progression melted away to reveal the dark minimalist progressive rock band. Duski has toured the UK twice, appeared at Green Man Festival, Swansea Jazz Festival and will be touring in the autumn of this year to launch their debut album including a performance at Swn Festival. The Simple Songs Tour in June 2016 was a critical success seeing Duski performing to more progressive music fans.

EIRA/SNOW – Saturday 24th August at 5pm in Peppers - Tickets £10
Eira is the Welsh for snow and they will be playing atmospheric music drawing on Scandanavian, Celtic and Middle Eastern influences, whilst having a clear new voice in contemporary music.  The sound is contemplative; both Eiragentle and strong with the ability to both relax, challenge and please. Improvision plays a key role in the band’s ethos often producing mesmeric pieces, occasionally underpinned with indian tanpura or founded on multilayered figures.  Eira/Snow is a collaboration between Caractacus Downes and Lyndon Owen. Having worked closely together in a variety of musical forms over the years their close understanding, improvising spirit and shared joy of playing coupled with a harsh winter demanded action. Eira/Snow was born out of bad weather, warm fires and a long relationship and the resulting trust and understanding between two very individual multi-instrumentalists.

GREAT WEST GROOVE – Friday 23 August at 8.30 in Bar Five, Saturday 24th August at 8.30 on Saturday 24th August in Fishguard Rugby Club and 8.30 on Sunday 25th August in The Farmer’s Arms, Mathry - Aberjazz Fringe

GreatWestGThe Blues, nothing more, nothing less. All acoustic instruments. With songs like: 'The Gospel According to John Lee Hooker', 'Why the Hell Wasn't I Born Rich!', 'It must be Jelly 'cos Jam don't shake like that'... you get the idea!!!!  Featuring Robert Hokum on guitar and vocals, Paul White on drums/vocals and Steve King on bass/vocals.

HANG 11 –  Sat24th Aug at 5pm in The Old Coach House, Fishguard - Aberjazz Fringe

A young rock/funk/blues trio hailing from the Rhondda and Rhymney Valleys.  Formed in 2015 Hang11at the ages of 18,16 and 14 and have been bringing their own brand of rock with a bluesy/funky edge to festivals and venues.  They released their debut single ‘Seattle Boy’ in late 2018.  Band members are Anwen Francis on drums, Bradley Dickenson on vocals/guitar and Josh Evans on bass guitar.  Influences include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Vulfpek and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

HIDEAWAY TRIO – Sun 25th Aug at 6pm in The Old Coach House - Aberjazz Fringe
A power trio who blend Blues, Rock and Soul/funk into a sound of their own featuring Gareth Price on guitars/vocals, Simon Rees on bass and Tom Vines on drums.  Influences include Eric Clapton, BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher.

HOWLIN' MAT – Sunday 25th August at 3pm in Mannings - Aberjazz Fringe
A warm welcome back to Mat who played at Aberjazz a few years ago and entertained us with his eclectic mix of original blues and standards interspersed with humorous interludes.

HOWLIN’ RIC AND THE ROCKETEERS – Friday 23rd August at 10pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Howlin’ Ric is a musician, songwriter and bandleader from Leeds. Within the roots scene there HowlinRicis a varied and rich range of subcultures where people are really into Rockabilly, Country or Blues and so on. Being a lover of all these American traditions and styles of music they work to satisfy those American traditions with their timeless blend of high octane Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues.   Howlin’ Ric & the Rocketeers aim to deliver an exciting take on a great American tradition. Presenting original Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues with a classic and fresh sound!

IBOU TALL & THE JAZZMATES – Sat 24th Aug at 7pm in Theatr Gwaun - Tickets £12.50
Dazzlingly impressive Senagalese jazz pianist Ibou Tall takes the classic sounds of piano IbouTallstandards but there is no denying his African influences.  He brings a rich and rhythmic Afro jazz fusion to original material and well known tunes.
Considered in the Senegalese new generation of musicians as one of the leading jazz keyboard players, Ibou Tall was born in Dakar, Senegal.  He started playing the keys at the age of 14 under the umbrella of cousins such as Grammy nominated producer Habib Faye, the legendary Adama Faye, keyboard player Tapha Faye and Jazz maestro Vieux Mac Faye.  After numerous street band projects such as Xamle, Jant Bi and Xalima, Ibou joined 'le Setsima Group' of the singer Alioune Mbaye Nder as a composer and band leader.  This led to the release of 10 albums, from 1995 to 2002, that included many number one  hits in the Senegalese charts.  Line Up: Ibou Tall – Keyboard; Julien Alenda – Sax; Paolo Adamo – Drums; Martin McConnell – Guitars; Guillaume Ottaviani – Bass

JIVEOHOLICS – Thursday 22nd August 9.30 at Letterston Memorial Hall - Tickets £10
The hottest jump jive and swing band in Wales!  This six piece from Monmouth have a show Jiveoholicscrammed full classic swing, jive, boogie and blues arrangements of songs from 40s, 50s and 60s.  Expect infectious rhythms that won’t let your feet stay still and will have you heading for the dance floor.  The fusion of white hot, upbeat swinging music, unforgettable outfits (Hawaiian shirts and pork pie hats) and cheeky banter means the party starts when the Jiveoholics hit the stage.

JODIE MARIE – Friday 23rd August 2.30pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10
An Aberjazz favourite and excellent singer/songwriter, we just love having her aroundJodieMarie. Her second album ‘Trouble in Mind’ was mostly written here in Wales and was recorded at StudiOwz Recording Studio in Pembrokeshire.  Jodie Marie is currently recording her third album which will be released soon.  She is also one half of Sister Bodhi who will be playing later on this weekend.

KEVIN LAWLOR QUINTET – Friday 23rd August at 5pm in Peppers - Tickets £10
After a sell-out performance in 2017 the music for Kevin Lawlor's 3rd Album was recorded in the KevinLawlorNational Opera House. The music is a contemporary and more composed style of jazz using influences from the traditions of jazz as well as modern music in Lawlor's unique approach to the discipline.  Kevin is promoting his latest album ‘Last Days of Summer’, has previously released 2 celebrated independent jazz albums and is the Director of Jazz Studies at County Wexford School of Music.  He has played with many of Ireland’s leading jazz performers as well as musicians from Canada and Finland. He has also worked with other musicians from the UK, including Dave Jones at Aberjazz a few years ago and in February 2019 will undertake a short tour of Ireland as part of a trio led by British guitarist Chris Montague.

LEBURN MADDOX – Sunday 25th August at 9.45pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £15

LeBurn's professional career began in the mid 70's as the 20 yr old lead guitarist for Atlantic Records, recording artist Jimmy Castor & the Jimmy Castor Bunch, who now bear the Leburndistinction of being the 2nd most sampled artist of all time right behind James Brown and just before George Clinton. As a member of the JCB, Leburn spent years sharing bills with world famous artists such as Chaka Khan, Patti La Belle, Lionel Ritchie, Mr Bill Withers, Kool & the Gang, Gil Scott Heron, Rose Royce, Tavares, Chic and KC & The Sunshine Band.
LeBurn’s music is an engaging blend of old school soul, funk, blues, reggae and rock, being a potent combination of James Brown funk, Jimi Hendrix psychedelia and Sly Stone rock and soul.  His original compositions showcase the depth and breadth of his considerable skills as a songwriter and combine with his own re-arrangements of classic songs resulting in an evening of fantastic music.  We are delighted to welcome LeBurn back to Aberjazz as people are still talking about the last time he played here.

LOWRI EVANS & LEE MASON – Sun 25th Aug at 2pm in T S SkirmisherLowri - Tickets £7.50
We love having Lowri and Lee at Aberjazz because they are a great local band who sing both in Welsh and English and their material is always so fresh.  Their new single ‘Yr un hen gi’ (the same old dog) is out now and for week beginning 4th June was ‘track of the week’ on BBC Radio Cymru (listen on the link below).   Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 described Lowri as “one of my absolute favourite artists

LUCAS D AND THE GROOVE GHETTO – Sat 24th August - 9.45pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £12.50
7-piece Soul Funk outfit playing eclectic tunes from the 60s genre right up to contemporary jazz funk. Performed by a line up of potentially Birmingham's best musicians, creating a groove that captivates an audience. Founded in February 2012 in the back streets of Harborne, the LucasDband is a coming together of mainly two groups who have collaborated in sessions with each other over the years as part of the music fraternity around Birmingham and the west midlands. This amazing group, who’s CV covers a wealth of musical styles and seasoned collaborations promises to wow listeners with a special experience of raw talented performances. With appearances at major festivals and top quality venues, the band has a wealth of experience and all cut their teeth with established musicians and collectives in many genres of music, bringing these influences into Lucas D & The Groove Ghetto's performance. Rachel Perry is a bubbly talented vocalist originally from the east side of Birmingham. She has extensive experience and provides highly engaging entertainment with her stage presence. Significantly capable and mature in her persona she warms audiences with her enthusiastic and open approach during performances in addition to the sophisticated and quality of vocals. Rachel is one of Lucas D & The Groove Ghetto's esteemed guest vocalist who will be performing with them.

MARK HARRISON  Sunday 25h August at 1pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £10
There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. With his band, or in solo or duo form, he is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK. His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it MarkHarrisonhas taken him and the band to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes.
Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel.

MATTHEW FREDERICK – Friday 23rd August at 3.30 in Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Singer, songwriter, composer and Climbing Trees frontman Matthew Frederick blends an early love of Billy Joel and Elton John with more recent influences including Ben Folds and John MatthewFredGrant. With live shows in the UK, US and Europe under his belt, the South Wales musician has also made numerous festival, television and radio appearances – gaining airplay from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music amongst others – as well as recording at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and being shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize following the release of the Trees’ second album, the much-anticipated and critically-acclaimed Borders.

MEAN MISTREATERS – Sun 25th Aug at 8.30pm in Fishguard Rugby Club - Aberjazz Fringe
Blues at its best with a cool laid back feel from this Pembrokeshire band led by vocalist Maurice May, fabulous lead guitar licks all underpinned with hot bass and drum interplay. Dancing shoes required. Aberjazz Fringe

NUADHA QUARTET – Saturday 24th August at 9pm in Peppers - Tickets £10
This quartet have a wide ranging approach to music whilst still producing a distinctive Nuadha sound with an emphasis on memorable tunes the band aso draws influences from Brazilian, NuadaQMoroccan an Gaelic cultures.Based in the Welsh Borders, Nuadha Quartet was put together in 2016 by Colin Tully on Fender Rhodes with Chris Egan on tenor and soprano sax, Carles Riba on electric bass and Pedro Brown on drums and percussion. Brazilian rhythms, a shamelessly melodic approach with a dash of Celtic seasoning are blended to create an appetising jazz stew.  The band are promoting their debut album, Cabin Tales.

OMEGA TWO – Saturday 24th August at 5pm at Fishguard Bay Yacht Club - Tickets £10
Cardiff based guitar/ukulele duo featuring Jane Williams on ukulele and Peter Mathison on guitar.  Jane Williams , originally from Cardigan in but now residing in Cardiff , has been singing Omega2since she was 15 and performing on stage, radio and with bands in Welsh and English.  She is very much in demand as a jazz singer for The Keith Little Trio and The Rhythm Aces .She was recently performing on Van Morrison’s album - Roll with the Punches released September 2017. After being contacted by Wild Willy Barrett ( of John Ottway & ‘Really Free ‘ fame) she is now lead singer in Wild Willy Barretts Roaring Touring Band.  Pete Mathison guitarist with Ray Davies in 90’s and Wee Small Hours Duo - with pianist Gareth Hall and currently plays in The Bella Collins Band.

PAUL GARNER BAND – Sunday 25th August at 8pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £15
The Paul Garner Band is an original, progressive, guitar/organ blues trio. They put out a gritty, funky sound to back Paul's intelligent and cliché-free original blues songs. Individually and collectively the band exhibit the highest standards of musicianship, and are one of the few PaulGarnergroups on the scene today with the talent and vision to push the blues into new territory while maintaining a strong connection with the roots. The Paul Garner Band perform regularly at London venues, such as Ain't Nothin' But blues bar.
The members are Paul Garner (guitar and vocals); Claudio Corona (keyboards) and Jason Rieiro (drums).
Career highlights include opening for Jools Holland to a crowd of 2000+ at the Rhythm On The Thames event in London. National TV and Radio appearances in Australia and New Zealand and airplay on BBC Radio 2. Festival appearances in UK, France, Australia and New Zealand including main stage at the Blues At Bardies Festival (France) alongside Matt Schofield & Ian Siegal, and at the Montana National Jazz Festival (NZ).

PEANUT SHUFFLE CLUB - Sunday 25th August at 2.45pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Led by the soulful vocals of Elly Hopkins and spirited gypsy guitar of Jay Singh, Peanut Shuffle PeanutShuffleClub breathe their own exuberant energy into hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s.  Moving to the trad jazz rhythm learned on the streets of New Orleans, the band features a roster of collaborative improvisers, and performs anywhere from a duo up to a 7-piece big band.

RUMBLESTRUTTERS – Thursday 22nd August 1pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10
Regulars at Aberjazz and very popular locally, The Rumblestrutters bring the prohibition era to Rumbestruttersthe festival.  This Swansea based acoustic three piece consisting of Liam Ward, Jon Toft and Jon Nicholas vividly evoke the blues, jazz and jug band music of 1920s.  Their debut album “Prohibition Blues” has been greeted with international radio play and universal critical acclaim.


SARAH MEEK & GARETH EVANS – Saturday 24th August at 2pm in JC at No 3 and at 8pmin The Ship in Lower Town - Aberjazz Fringe

Sarah and Gareth began writing music together in early 2019 when Gareth invited Sarah to feature on his second album. They have been writing since, focusing on a blend of Jazz, soul, funk and hip hop. They also perform live together as a duo, incorporating the original music with Jazz standards and other popular tunes arranged in their own unique style


SISTER BODHI – Monday 26th August at 1pm - Tickets £10

We are really excited to welcome Sister Bodhi to Aberjazz for the first time, although individually they have played here many times over the last few years.   A collaboration of two SisterBodhisongwriters, Jodie Marie & Bella Collins performing blues infused original songs, laced with Everly-esque harmonies.  A match made in heaven (actually Tenby) The duo formed out of an inebriated jam at a late night session at Tenby Blues Festival, 2017. They were booked for the main stage the following year, based on their immediate bond, unique style, and soulful connection.   We are so looking forward to this one.

SWING BOYZ – Thursday 22nd August 7.30pm at Letterston Memorial Hall - Tickets £10
This six piece band from Carmarthen play songs from 1930s, 40s and 50s for dancers and lovers of music of the period.  Influenced by the likes of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.   Time to dust off the dancing shoes.

THE TOM SEALS BAND – Monday 26th August at 9.45pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10

Fresh from his sell-out “Let The Good Times Roll” Tour - Tom Seals, “quite possibly the future TomSealsof Jazz/Pop”, literally has the world at his fingertips. His virtuoso soloing, excellent improvisation skills as well as a distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him as one of the UK’s finest Blues/Boogie-Woogie piano/vocalists.  The mantle of UK Piano Man has been dominated by Elton John, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum over the past five decades and no one else has come remotely close – until now that is!

Tom Seals is 24 years old and a fresh musical powerhouse of the piano. One of the UK’s most in-demand side men, Tom has worked with/supported established artists such as Jools Holland, Gregory Porter, Chas and Dave, Cerys Matthews, DJ Trevor Nelson, Daniel Bedingfield, Tony Christie, Lance Ellington, Kenny Thomas, Sad Cafe, Showaddywaddy, Chesney Hawkes, Steve Brookstein, Joe Stilgoe and Dame Cleo Laine.  A career highlight for him, is performing a '1 piano - 4 hands' version of "Route 66" with Jamie Cullum. Tom recently appeared at Jools Hollands' Boogie Woogie & Blues Spectacular at The Boisdale, Canary Wharf.

TONY HARPER QUARTET – Sat 25th Augt at 3pm in The Royal Oak - Aberjazz Fringe

Pembrokeshire based jazz quartet featuring baritone sax, guitar bass and drums and playing songs from The Great American Songbook with some blues thrown in for good measure.


TRANSATLANTIC HOT CLUB – Sunday 25th August at 9pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10

TransatlanticHotClubThis gypsy jazz trio features Ben Creighton-Griffiths on harp and Adrien Chevalier on Violin and Ashley John Long and bass.  Ben played at Aberjazz last year in Peppers with Chube, Adrien Chevalier is French but based in New York and is the band leader of the Avalon Jazz Band.

VICTORIA KLEWIN SINGS…..BLOSSOM DEARIE – Monday 26th August at 6pm at Ffwrn - Tickets £10

The life and work of the late jazz/cabaret pianist and singer Blossom Dearie, is celebrated with reverence and charm by this Bristol-based group of top musicians. Led by vocalist Victoria VictoriaKlewinKlewin, and brought together by a mutual love of this often forgotten jazz star, they revive Blossom's unusual songbook. In addition to some of her original compositions, it features the writing of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Cy Coleman, Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg among others.  The music is full of wit and humour, as sharp as it is sweet. With a glowing line-up featuring some of the UK's best players, this project is not to be missed.  Victoria on vocals, Denny Ilett on Guitar, Dan Moore on keys and Chris Jones on double bass.

WASHBOARD RESONATORS – Thursday 22nd August 2.45 at Ffwrn - Tickets £10
ResonatorsFollowing on with the same sort of theme this duo from Leeds, Jack Amblin and Martyn Roper can be described as ‘sounding and looking like a ‘ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere around 1932.  Expect jazz, ragtime, hokum blues and comedy from this duo whose performance is not to be missed.

WONDERBRASS – Sunday 25th August at 4pm at The Gorsedd Circle then at Fishguard Town Hall - Aberjazz Parade
Leading our first ‘jazz parade’ Wonderbrass is a strong ‘explosion of sound’ from Cardiff, bringing a mixture of New Orleans jazz, ska, funk and fun to audiences nationwide.  The band WOnderbrassare led by multi instrumentalist and composer Rob Smith and top drummer Mark O’Connor and provides an inclusive, creative and dynamic approach to making music that inspires both the musicians and audiences alike; embracing a wide variety of styles and performing in venues of every size all over the country.  From the contemporary hip-hop and funk updates, the groovy township beat of Abdullah Ibrahim and even the coeval pop of Lady Gaga and Madonna!