gigs 2014 part I – germany & wales

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Happy Easter! We’ve been busy working on things since my last post and I’m excited to announce our first set of gigs for this summer. We’ll be heading to Germany for a couple of gigs in July, visiting Berlin for the first time and returning to Bavaria to play in Unterföhring during their annual Jazz Weekend – Unterföhring isn’t far from Munich where we had a great time on our way to Burghausen in 2011.

Then in August we’re really pleased to be heading to Brecon, heading up the Saturday bill on the returning Captain’s Walk outdoor stage. The programme for the rest of the day is pretty cool, we’re looking forward to making a day of it!

Details of all gigs so far below, more to be announced so keep an eye out:

Friday 18th July – b-flat, Berlin
Sunday 20th July – s-bahnhof, Unterföhring
(details here)

Saturday 9th August – Brecon Jazz Festival (details here)

Posted by Ben on 18/04/2014 at 16:34 in gigs and tagged , , , , , , . Leave comments here.



2014

Happy new year! As long as its still January its ok to say that right?

Just a quick post to say that although this website has been quiet recently its not cos we’ve been slacking, oh no. Hopefully the picture below will give some clues as to what we’ve been up to… Keep an eye on this site and our twitter and facebook feeds and you won’t miss a thing – we’ll see you soon

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Pictures courtesy of York Tillyer, Real World Studios

Posted by Ben on 23/01/2014 at 18:18 in news and tagged , . Leave comments here.



jazzahead as if you were there

In April we had a great time at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany performing a showcase set at the European Jazz Meeting – our full 30 minute set is now uploaded to our YouTube channel for your enjoyment! Featuring a brand new tune called ‘hendo’ that you won’t have heard before unless you’ve recently been to see us live…

Thanks once again to the PRS for Music Foundation who supported the trip through their British Music Abroad scheme, and to all at Jazzahead for having us!

Check out an earlier post for more of our German frolics…

ps while I’m posting videos of fun and games in Europe from earlier in the year, I heartily recommend this video that has just been released about the awesome 12 Points! festival that we played at in Dublin in February, featuring sound clips and interviews from some incredible musicians from all across Europe – including perhaps my finest summary to date of the band…

Posted by Ben on 04/11/2013 at 12:47 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.



say do you remember?

We’ve just had a lot of fun during our little UK mini tour, thanks to all of the festivals and promoters for having us and thanks a lot to all who came out to see us! Was especially cool to chat to a lot of people after the gigs, always really nice

Here’s some photos from the four gigs, including several from our morning off in Scarborough where we reinvested substantial amounts into the local economy via the arcade machines in exchange for one novelty bracelet between us – although chips and ice cream on the beach in the late September sunshine more than made up for our arcade losses.

These were our last gigs of 2013, its been a fun year – roll on 2014, some fun things in store… Will reveal all soon!







Posted by Ben on 06/10/2013 at 17:01 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.



dancing in september

Really looking forward to playing a series of UK dates again at the end of this month, we’ll be off on a mini-tour of some really cool festivals and venues across the full width of the North of England followed by a return to one of our favourite places to play, Ronnie Scott’s in London. There may even be the first airings of some brand new stuff I’ve been working on over the summer which is always an exciting time!

Dates are as follows – click on the venue name for more details and ticket info. See you there…

Friday 20th SeptemberLancaster Jazz Festival
Friday 27th SeptemberScarborough Jazz Festival
Saturday 28th SeptemberSeven Arts, Leeds
Sunday 29th SeptemberRonnie Scott’s, London

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Posted by Ben on 05/09/2013 at 12:40 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.



oslo with denada

Already seems a long time ago (apologies for the delayed post…) but last month we all had an awesome time in Norway, meeting up with our friends from Ensemble Denada again for a repeat performance of our collaborative show during the Oslo Jazz Festival. Check out some photos from the week below, and there’s plenty more over in our gallery, including us enjoying really expensive Norwegian liquor, exploring Oslo on bikes, and even the occasional photo with our instruments out…

Thanks to everyone who came along to the gig; to Anders, Helge and all of Ensemble Denada for being perfect hosts; and to everyone at Jazzscene Oslo and Oslo Jazz Festival for having us. Hope to come back soon!

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Posted by Ben on 04/09/2013 at 17:41 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , , . Leave comments here.



jazzahead! 2013

At the end of April we spent an amazing few days at the jazzahead! jazz trade show in Bremen, Germany where we were one of almost 100 bands and artists invited to perform a showcase in front of over 2000 delegates from all over the world. You can watch our showcase set here courtesy of ARTE Live Web, along with some of the other artists who performed as part of the European Jazz Meeting series of gigs – they’re all definitely worth checking out! Thanks to all at jazzahead! for having us, and also massive thanks to the PRS for Music Foundation for supporting our trip to Bremen through their British Music Abroad funding programme.

There’s some photos from the trip over on our photo gallery, with some choice ones also below – I particularly like the one of Django Bates looking a bit scared following a conversation with Sam Healey… There’s also a cool video made by Ben Watte with even more behind the scenes footage, often fuelled by copious amounts of always excellent German beer.

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While we were in Bremen we were also really pleased to be asked to be part of the GREAT Britain MINI Tour, an initiative organised by the British Embassy in Berlin to promote British trade in Germany. For those wondering, we managed to fit 12 and a half of us inside the mini, without causing too much damage to the car… We also played a bit whilst inside/on top of/around the mini, check it out below! Featuring additional car horn courtesy of Simon Lodge’s foot

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mini photos and video copyright Bodo Brüsehaber, British Embassy

Posted by Ben on 16/05/2013 at 18:44 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , , . Leave comments here.



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