And all that Jazz (and Blues) - Festivals in Wales
From Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th August, Brecon Jazz will be bringing super-cool jazz to one of Wales’s most historic country towns. Burt Bacharach kicks off this 30th Anniversary edition of this international Festival on the Thursday night and other headliners include Gregory Porter, soul singer/songwriter and Mercury Prize nominee Laura Mvula, the newly reformed Loose Tubes, The Big Chris Barber Band, Warren Vaché with his quintet, featuring multi-award winning reeds man Alan Barnes and the Mike Harries Root Doctors.
And the Brecon Fringe Festival takes place at the same time offering a programme of music and arts including blues, rock, jazz, country, ska, poetry, dance and family entertainment. One of the headline acts on the Saturday of the Tenby Blues Festival will be the legendary Andy Fairweather Low who will be coming to the town as part of his European ‘Zone-o-Tone’ tour.
Andy developed a solo career in the 1970s following from the days of soul band Amen Corner and ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’. Headlining at another venue on the same night will be the winner of the British Blues Awards ‘Young Artist of the Year” 2013, Lucy Zirins. Over forty acts will be performing during the weekend of Friday 14 to Sunday 16 November in pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels all over Tenby.
The dates for The Swansea International Jazz Festival are Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd June; acts include Jeff Lorber’s Fusion from the USA, Shakatak, Pete Allen Jazz Band, Skelton/Skinner’s Basie/Ellington Septet and the Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams Quintet. Most of the main events will be held at the Dylan Thomas Centre, the National Waterfront Museum and the Dylan Thomas Theatre; in addition, there will be free performances in pubs and restaurants around the marina and the city centre. 2004 was the first year of the Aberjazz Festival in Fishguard when it was jazz only but it now incorporates Blues and New Music.
It takes place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday 21st until Monday 25th in various venues in and around the town. Jacqui Dankworth, The Nik Turner Band, King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys and Dale Starr are among the headline acts. One of the headline acts for the evening concerts at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod (Tuesday 8th July to Sunday 13th July) will be Dutch jazz bass baritone Caro Emerald, who will be playing the lead in a production of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with an all-Welsh cast. The 2014 Machynlleth Festival from Sunday 17th to Sunday 24th August will be a week of inspiring music including jazz from Gwilym Simcock and Yuri Goloubev.