The Independent‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’
Fatea Magazine‘This is a very English festival, with a wonderful laid-back atmosphere…superbly organised and efficiently run, which brought together such a wide range of musical styles across a successful weekend’
Hull MagazineAbsolutely brilliant!...our sincere thanks to everyone concerned for a wonderful event’
The 9th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival is taking place this summer, from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July 2015. .
Being such an intimate and bijou event, festival goers are encouraged to purchase their tickets well in advance to avoid being disappointed.
Surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, the Festival is set in the award winning grounds and Great Hall of this stunning Elizabethan stately home, which has stayed within the Cunliffe-Lister family for more than 400 years. Fifteen generations have filled the Hall with treasures, from magnificent carvings commissioned when the Hall was built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, to French Impressionist paintings, contemporary furniture, tapestries and other modern artwork in recent years.
Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK's hottest jazz and blues acts? Festival TV certainly think so:
‘One of the nicest festival settings I’ve been to’ Festival TV http://vimeo.com/101730767 Burton Agnes Hall http://festivaltv.org.uk/
2015 marks one hundred years since the birth of perhaps the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday. To celebrate, the critically acclaimed tribute to Billie, ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, is coming to Burton Agnes, featuring Val Wiseman, twice crowned ‘best singer’ in the British Jazz Awards. Six jazz stars will perform alongside Val Wiseman, including Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather; all bar one are British Jazz Awards winners.
“‘Lady Sings The Blues’ is a tribute to the memory of Billie Holiday in the best possible way – presenting the songs she sang in the style of her period. It is not a play. Neither is it a documentary, nor a slavish recreation of Billie’s original recordings, but an evening with six of Europe’s finest jazz musicians and a most remarkable singer.’’ The Observer
‘One of the best swing bands in Europe today, everyone in it is a top name.’ Jazz FM
Moving from Billie’s jazz of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s to a present day star...the festival organisers are delighted to announce that the wonderful Jo Harman and Company is appearing this year. With a world-class band and a stunning voice, Jo draws heavily on a compelling mix of roots, blues, gospel and soul influences in a style that has been compared to Eva Cassidy. Bursting onto the scene, Jo remarkably secured more than fifty UK and European festival gigs in 2013, including prestigious slots at the Cheltenham and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals. She performed alongside Robert Plant and Van Morrison at BluesFest at The Royal Albert Hall in London (Jo’s performance was broadcast by Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music). Last summer Jo was one of only twelve, otherwise household name, artists performing at Parkpop in the Hague to more than 300,000 people. This year, Jo and her band received no fewer than four nominations at the British Blues Awards, including Best Singer and Best Songwriter; Jo won the coveted Female Vocalist Award.
‘The finest female soul blues singer in the UK.’ Daily Mirror
‘Outstanding’ Time Out
‘Sometimes you hear a singer who leaves you speechless – I am.’ BBC Radio 2, Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals)
Festival favourites Octopus, whose talented tentacles of this eight-piece band will open the festival on Friday evening with classic swing. They are seasoned professionals and perform fabulous arrangements of big band classics. Saturday opens with the John Ellis Trio. John is a pianist and singer from the North of England and his musicianship has been utilised by well known artists such as Tom Jones, Corinne Bailey Ray, Lily Allen, John Squire (Stone Roses) and many others. His trio perform a collection of songs ranging from standards to Irish folk, Prince and The Stone Roses and originals all with unique jazz/blues and soul improvised twist akin to Nina Simone.
The wonderful Mahakasyapa Ensemble will perform 'Meditations on Burton Agnes’: an original suite. This new ensemble formed by bassist and composer, Paul Baxter, will premiere an original suite commissioned and in dedication to The Burton Agnes Jazz Festival. The Mahakasyapa Ensemble will explore the sounds of Burton Agnes combining elements of Jazz, Blues, Folk and Classical, music synonymous with the festival and the area and features Top UK Trumpeter and Jazz/Folk crossover artist Neil Yates, Fiery, UK Jazz favourite.
The festival is also delighted to welcome back Nicola Farnon, who is widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK and Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister who will once again play out the weekend.
As always, bands overflow from the outdoor main stage into the Great Hall, the Hall’s shops and cafe courtyard, and the late night sessions in Wold Top bar tent. Delicious food is freshly prepared by Burton Agnes’ catering team, ranging from homemade burgers to spicy curries, ice creams from Burton Agnes’ own 1963 vintage ice cream van, and bakes and cupcakes in a wonderful tea tent. Local, award winning Wold Top beers will be on tap, brewed just a few miles away and delivered by brewer and jazz fan Tom Mellor, who then picks up his guitar to play in the Hall.
There is camping in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with hot showers laid on. The child in all of us is taken care of by balloon artistry and face painting, and highlights of Burton Agnes' grounds include a maze, giant games, jungle garden and woodland walk with crafted forest creatures to find.
“The whole experience was brilliant...the combination of antiquity and youthful influence from Simon and his family, protecting tradition and heritage yet creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere. We will be back again.” Festival goers Tom and Hildy Young
Tickets are now on sale from here http://www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festiva ... rices.html by telephone 01262 490324 (weekdays 9am-5pm), or from any of the shops at Burton Agnes Hall.
Early bird tickets are currently on sale and priced at £60 for the full weekend; children under 12 are free with an adult.
Concessions: OAPs, Burton Agnes Hall members, students and children aged 12-15 are £58.
(Families need only buy one concessionary ticket to cover all their children aged 12-15)
More acts will be announced during the coming weeks and if you would like to receive more information about the 2015 Jazz & Blues Festival, please visit http://www.burtonagnes.com