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Zeffirellis Ambleside


Zeffirellis Cafe

The Jazz Bar at Zeffirellis

Enjoy contemporary Jazz and world music live performances most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday's upstairs in the Jazz Bar at Zeffirellis.

The Jazz Bar offers great live music events, many of which are free, as well as bar and food menu including pizzas, pasta, anti-pasti and delicious desserts.


Our Next Event

Will Butterworth Quartet

Sep
23

Pianist Butterworth leads his quartet through a complete performance of the music on its new album ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’. The compositions are based on Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name, following the nightingale until her last song is sung. Each of the seven movements is used as a starting point for improvisation, covering a wide range of style and moods within a tight structure. The music will be interspersed with readings from Wilde's text by Fran Riley.


Upcoming Events

The Big Easy

Sep
29

The Big Easy

Since it’s birth in the 1920s, swing has been music for celebration. The Big Easy have taken some of the greatest tunes by the giants of swing; Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nina Simone and many more household names, added their own interesting arrangements to bring you a set of the finest swing tune

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Gerry Richardson Trio

Sep
30

A very welcome return for Hammond organ virtuoso, singer & and long-time Sting associate Richardson, leading his superb trio featuring the sparkling alto saxophone of Garry Linsley and much-respected session drummer Adam Sinclair , through a set paying homage to the musicians he reveres, from Ray Charles to Jimmy Smith to Mose Allison and Donald Fagen. Great covers and smart originals - not to be missed if you love the evocative, steaming noise that is the old electric sideboard in full flight.


Black Pony

Oct
06

Black Pony

Indie-folk duo Black Pony are singer/guitarist Daniel Ray and Sarah Edmondson on violin, e-piano and organ. Together they combine elements of folk, country, and soul to create songs at once intimate and anthemic, rhythmic and melodic. Little aural movies.

Irish-Australian Daniel traveled a lot of miles to find such a simpatico musical partner in formally trained Sarah and her vivid sonic palette. A bit of lightning strikes every time they take the stage. Come along for the ride.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Mike Smith Group

Oct
07

Mike Smith Group

Never having failed to bring the house down on previous visits, tonight sees an overdue return for powerful & witty Liverpool saxophonist Mike Smith, best known as the leader of the barnstorming Ginger Tunes Quartet, possibly the staff's favourite band. Mike's new group promises a similar mix of superb musicianship and infectious grooves. Hang on to your seats!


The Retrosettes

Oct
13

The Retrosettes

After getting back from their European tour promoting the release of their first album in Germany, The Retrosettes will appear at Zeffirellis as a stripped back duo.  Lead singers Helen and Paul Bytheway (also a married couple) are the driving force behind the vintage themed band, and they will appear playing piano and guitar with 2 lead vocals.

 

The couple will take you through their influences from 50s rock n roll, to 60s pop, right through soul, country and disco.  Their acoustic versions of popular songs from the last 60 years show off some of the best songwriters of all time from Bowie, to Bob Dylan, the Animal, The Beatles and everything in between.


The Magic Beans

Oct
14

A long- overdue visit from this delightful band, specializing in clever jazz-inflected takes on unlikely source material.

The Magic Beans trade in transformation; that is, they distill the essence of choice pop songs with just a supple string bass, lyrical acoustic guitar and the voice of Zoe Kyoti, magical in its smoothness, nuance and tenderness.


Hunter Muskett

Oct
20

Hunter Muskett

After having released excellent albums in 1971 and 1973 the band disappeared. Great multi-part harmonies, fluid electric guitar and strong songs with a rustic vibe and twist of West Coast rock (a bit like Decameron). Their second album, was produced by Keith Relf of the Yardbirds/Rennaisance. And Michael Giles (ex. King Crimson) appears as guest drummer.

One of the better British folk rock rarities of the classic ‘70’s folk rock era.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Zoe Gilby Trio

Oct
21

Now established as one of the UK’s finest young jazz vocalists, Zoe Gilby presents her superb trio with bassist Andy Champion and guitarist Mark Williams, covering fresh interpretations of jazz standards, blues & pop classics and highlighting some original songs.


The Balkanics

Oct
27

The Balkanics

'With their unique blend of sizzling Eastern European music The Balkanics deliver a big-band seven-piece sound ranging from driving dance rhythms to dreamy interludes. Expect banging Balkan and Klezmer tunes with an unusual twist that reflects the band members' diverse backgrounds in traditional folk, rock, dance and classical music.'

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Nikki Allan Trio

Oct
28

A welcome return for singer-pianist Allan, one of Northern England’s most respected and experienced jazz vocalists and vocal coaches. Tonight she selects from her wide and varied repertoire of superb arrangements presented in a classic bass-drums trio format.


About Time

Nov
03

About Time

‘About Time’ started just two years ago with a gig in The Brewery Art’s Centre’s, Warehouse Cafe in aid of The Down Syndrome Association. Following this success the band members wanted to continue performing together.

 

You can expect to hear lounge music with jazzy edge incl. songs from Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carole King and others.

 

The Band consists of experienced local musicians although the vocalist Aggie originates from Poland. Keith Redfern – who has been playing guitar for years in a variety of bands from punk to funk and now fuses it all into his own style..., Ken Johnston – Welsh born Anglo-Scot, first encountered a double bass 50 years ago after playing alto sax and guitar!  On the Lancaster scene since arriving in ’92.  Martin Chadderton, our drummer is never happier than when he is quickening the pulse with his infectious beats. His genres include Brass, Community and Flamenco!        

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Jamil Sheriff Quartet

Nov
04

Jamil Sheriff is Head of Jazz at Leeds College of Music. He is well-known in UK jazz circles for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and tonight’s performance will be no exception, showcasing varied repertoire and accomplished musicians at their best.


New Jave Trio

Nov
10

New Jave Trio

Lancaster-based bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Jave formed the dynamic and innovative New Jave Trio a few years ago in order to explore his love for improvisational "in-the-moment" music whilst not being confined to any one style or genre. Expect an eclectic blend of instrumental original and covered Funk, Rock, Blues, African and Island, delivered with a healthy dose of imaginative improvisation. NJT are no strangers to anything from Latin to Reggae, Afro-Cuban to Acid Jazz.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme.

Nov
11

Details of our continuing Saturday contemporary jazz programme into the New Year will be published here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Billy Kemp

Nov
17

Billy Kemp

From the Land of Pleasant Living, Baltimore native Billy Kemp is a musician, songwriter, singer, composer and producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his tasteful and inventive guitar playing.


The Washboard Resonators

Nov
24

This duo of guitar, banjo and washboard play footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk like it was on the street corners of America in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. The band has played many gigs, including Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival, C FAB Folk Festival in Lincolnshire and may pubs and bars. This duo is perfect for situations where something acoustic, but energetic and lively is required.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Elderly Brothers

Nov
29

The Elderly Brothers

Fresh from another fabulous 2 night stint in the Jazz Bar here we are again booking another 2 dates for them. Wow. Its difficult to keep up with these guys.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Elderly Brothers

Nov
30

The Elderly Brothers

Second night fun and frolics with this local bunch of musical men.

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

Ben Williams

Dec
01

Ben Williams

A Manchester based singer-songwriter who moulds the classic songwriting 

sound of Paul Simon with the laid back nature  of  Jack  Johnson,  Ben  Williams  is  a  difficult  artist  to  pigeonhole  and  is  all  the  better  for  it.  His  new  self-­‐produced  album,  ‘Who  Do  You  Think  You  Are?’,  has  been  seven  years  in  the  making,  as  Williams  –  earning  a  living  as  an  in-­‐demand  session  guitarist  –  wrote  his  own  songs  in  the  spare  time  he  had  between  playing  and  recording  with  other  artists.  With  a  clear  passion  for  music,  he  wrote  something  like  60  songs  over  this  period,  of  which  the  best  11  have  been  chosen  to  make  up  his  debut  album.  Self-­‐produced  and  featuring  a  selection  of  the  finest  musicians  in  Manchester,  Williams  has  delivered  a  genuine  gem  of  a  debut.  Often  quirky,  sometimes  funny,  and  occasionally  more  reflective,  the  songs  demonstrate  a  fantastic  range  of  approaches  and  ideas.  

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Emker Cel

Dec
08

Emker Cel

Emker Cel is the pseudonym of Matt Kassell, singer-songwriter, producer, recording engineer and multi-instrumentalist who has 25 years of music industry experience. Formerly of acoustic alt-folk duo April Maybe May, Matt now fronts a 4-piece live band bringing his studio recordings to life. 2016's debut album will be followed by an EP and album in late 2017. Matt's music has regular BBC Radio airplay, and you are sure of an entertaining show from a unique, thoughtful, melodic songwriter.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Kikbak

Dec
22

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced Lakes based musicians: Pete Kassel -Guitar and vocals , ( Guitarist Magazines ' Guitarist Of The Year 1997 ) . Julie Rogerson - ( Alto, Soprano saxes and vocals ). Steve Wildgoose- ( bass ). Mike Kidson- drums, ( ex drum technician for Phil Collins / Paul Mcartney amongst many others and Tour Manager for many years with Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike and The Mechanics , Robert Plant , The Who , AC/DC...... and so many more ! ).

The band plays a vibrant and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues , Soul, Jazz, Rock and Funk classics by such artists as Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder , David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Dec
29

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

NYE - The Retrosettes

Dec
31

NYE - The Retrosettes

This years NYE band are the - The Retrosettes, a 50s and 60s inspired quintet from Manchester.  After appearing in Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’ alongside Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano, the band released their first album 1, 2, Yes, Go! (Universal Music Group/Wasted Talent) in Feb 2017.  The album is currently album of the week on many major German Radio stations.

After touring with Simply Red in Germany in July 2016 and then with Lindsey Stirling across Europe in March 2017, the ‘Fab Five’ have started to create a following in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  

With a sound that combines the 60s British invasion Rock/Pop scene with 70s Northern Soul and modern pop music, The Retrosettes have captured a sound that is both modern and vintage combined. 

Tickets are £30. This gets you entry to the evening from 9pm until 12.45am. You are guaranteed a seat but seating is on a first come first served basis. You can book a table for food in the restaurant, below the bar, or in the Jazz Bar itself before the event starts. Tickets are available to buy online below.


Stevie Williams Unplugged

Jan
05

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

Jan
12

Kris Dollimore

During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris has graced some of the world's greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists. These include The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and Del Amitri.

His guitar skills have always been admired, in whichever genre he has played. Now those skills are honed to perfection and they need to be. He has chosen a field where his playing is at it's most exposed. A man, a guitar and sometimes a voice. No room for error and nowhere to hide. With largely an acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered.

 

Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist 11 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans which is growing by the day. This is backed up by the success of his first three albums, "02/01/1978", "Now Was The Time" and "No Ghosts In This House", which all received great reviews from the music press, both at home and abroad. His fourth album 'All Grown Up' has just been released and is attracting the same positive interest as it's predecessors.

 

In the past year Kris has started work on a band line up, to sit alongside his solo work. The first few gigs have been great and have been rewarded with  a fantastic response.

 

Kris burns with a passion for his music and wants to bring it to as many people as possible. If you know him from his past life, don't fear change. Follow Kris down new roads and you'll feel all the richer for it.


Blue Blood Blues

Jan
19

Blue Blood Blues

Fronted by Lauryn Graves. this duo look back to the sound of the blues from the 1930’s right through to the present day. Lauryn’s stunning vocals are beautifully enhanced by Steve Strachan’s energetic yet sympathetic accompaniment on the piano. This duo is a must see for any lover of the blues.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

New England

Jan
26

New England

New England have been entertaining audiences at Zeffirellis for almost three years now.

Over this period, the band  have steadily developed their own brand of contemporary country rock. Alongside an exciting mix of songs from artists such as, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown and Keith Urban, New England also feature an ever growing collection of original material, highlighting  the strong vocal harmonies that they bring to the music.

New England have also just released their first album ‘Driving South’ which will available on the night. 

George Moulder on Lead Vocals, Guitars and Harmonica

Nick Cripps on Bass Gtr and Vocals

Phil Middleton on Drums and Lead vocals

Richard Greenough on Lead Gtr and Vocals

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Busquitos

Feb
02

The Busquitos

The Busquitos play a very catchy mix of brilliantly played music, sung with

an impressive Louis Armstrong like hoarse voice, and dazzling, funny

entertainment that will put a smile on everyone's face! And if the time is

right, they will mingle, wireless and play a serenade organize a limbo- or

line-dance or get the audience to sing along to one of their catchy jazzy

tunes.

 

Happy swingin' music for all ages!

 

 

 

The Busquitos are:

 

Jelle van Tongeren (winner of "The Golden Satchmo!", Hot Club De Frank)-

violin and Thomas Streutgers (winner of "The Big Boss Award", Big Jay Mc

Neely, JZZZZZP, Rude Rich & The Highnotes, The Soulsnatchers)- saxophone .

Two brilliant instrumentalists who have been showing their skills on stages

all around Europe and beyond... 

To round out this swinging quartet, they invited guitarist Frank Meester (Hot Club De Frank)

and bassist/vocalist Ronald de Jong (nominated for Holland's best

blues-bass-player 2010, Big Jay McNeely, Shane Mac Gowan, Boyd Small) to

join them.

 

The Busquitos play a large variety of music that goes back from anywhere as

far as the 'roaring twenties' until yesterday.  Hot Club, Jazz, Pop

Rock&Roll, Classical Music, you'll hear it all! Songs by Disney, Django

Reinhart, the Mills Brothers, Sonny Rollins, and Irving Berlin, just to name

a few as well as catchy tunes as Yackety Sax (Benny Hill), The Nanny,... etc

etc

 

And they play their own, very catchy, original tunes too!


Wes Finch

Feb
09

Wes Finch

Songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch’s musical style feels rooted in folk but has the ambition and sophistication of pop. His live shows are engaging, energetic and intimate and over the last few years he’s shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Lucy Ward at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.

Recently relocating to Yorkshire, Wes continues to play throughout the country in between recording new material both as himself and with the poetry-inspired The Rude Mechanicals Band.

Hear songs from the two bands as well as some well chosen covers of classic pop and rock songs in a solo performance in this unique and intimate setting.

"...a welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music...Non-trad acoustic roots delivered with an edgy, risk-taking sonic boldness" (Nigel Williamson in Uncut) 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kent DuChaine

Mar
02

Kent DuChaine

Kent was born in Wyzata a town in Minnesota & was taught to play ukulele, guitar & clarinet by his father by the age of 11. He later learned to play piano & electric guitar at school. He played in a local band with school friends performing 60’s music. While reading the sleeve notes on an Eric Clapton album he was intrigued to find out more about Blues

music & eventually he opened up for & performed with many of the greatest Bluesmen &

women, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White,John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans.

In 1979 Kent found his beloved “Leadbessie” a beat up 1934 National Steel guitar & kitted it out with heavy gauge strings to cope with his ferociously powerful playing style. He decided to move down South to be nearer to the roots of the Blues music he now embraced. Kent now lived the “Blues Life” riding the rails & running the roads, living in an old Cadillac then a tent & a motorhome playing venues all across the U.S.A  playing nearly every night.

1989 Kent met & established a partnership with the legendary Bluesman Johnny Shines

( a travelling companion of Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues” ) Together with harmonica great Snooky Pryor they were honoured with the coveted W.C.Handy award

for the best  country Blues album of the year. Kent & Johnny performed over 200 shows together across North America, while Kent also continued his solo career. In 1992 Kent was one of the pallbearers who carried Johnny Shines to his grave.

 

In the early 1990’s Kent decided to spread the Blues he loved in the UK & Europe & to date has well over 100 overseas tours completed & 8 solo CDS & 1 DVD under his belt.

The Sunday Times listed him as one of the 5 best concerts in the UK in 2001 & a further crowning honour came when he was asked by Alabama’s State Culture Officer to represent the State on a cultural visit to Italy despite him no longer living in Alabama.

 

Kent had just finished a 6 week tour in the UK in 2015 & was about to fly home, when he was asked by Ben “Boogie” Waters if he would cancel his flight in order to play in a

B B King tribute concert in central London in aid of the British Heart Foundation together with a number of luminaries including music legends Bill Wyman & Elliott Randall. Kent was only too happy to be part of such a superb evening.

 

When not thrilling music lovers with Delta Blues, Urban Blues & his own original compositions Kent can be found in beautiful South Georgia pursuing his favourite hobby fishing, on the shore of a large lake on the border between Georgia & Alabama,

in a house which Kent has literally built with his own hands, reading D.I.Y. manuals along the way. Since the divorce from his fourth wife Sarah he has invested in a large motorhome in which he travels to gigs across the length & breadth of the USA & Canada.


Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Mar
09

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based guitarist Matt Cowe returns to Zeffirellis with another show featuring the music of American guitar legend Chet Atkins, playing classic country and swing tunes from the 50’s as well other tunes from Chet’s long career.

 

Chet Atkins’ music has a unique nostalgic charm, full of melody and virtuosic playing and this will be a rare opportunity to hear this style live.  He will be recreating Chet’s retro sound with an authentic line up featuring local musicians Steve Simpson on double bass, Jack Davies on drums and Jon Moore on rhythm guitar.   

 

Check out Matt playing at last year’s prestigious Chet Atkins’ Appreciation Society convention in Nashville here:

https://youtu.be/iHzXPu8BhW8?list=PLXAZORK28Noutioyah-pPQsqPMXV42LsA

 

And Matt’s popular YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/W4YOxjo1PGs?list=PLXAZORK28NotZgbL9MhiJDBaBLIlL8voj

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Lucy Mae

Mar
16

Lucy Mae

Jazz infused Soul and RnB, co-written with French multi instrumentalist Luc Phan, Mae’s sound is unique, giving nods to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Sade. Her lyrics about life and the struggles and beauty that come with it are beautifully reflected in Phan's instrumentals. Ambient and enticing.

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

4Square

Mar
23

4Square

"Manchester's ferocious folk foursome"

4Square play their music with finesse, fire and virtuosity, yet an understated maturity which has grown throughout their seven year journey as a band.

The sight and sound of simultaneous fiddle and clog dancing and virtuosic mandolin will stir the senses and quicken the pulse, galvanised by an engine-room of driving piano and percussion.

By contrast, the listener is then stirred and softened by 4Square's mellow, melancholic three part-harmony singing.

In outright musical journey, all in an acoustic setting.

4Square have played at many festivals great and small, both in the UK, and further afield, in Canada, Denmark, Greece, Norway, The Czech Republic and Sweden.

Their latest album "Hearth & Home" is available for purchase on the SHOP page.

NICOLA LYONS: Fiddle, Vocals, Clog Dancing

JIM MOLYNEUX: Piano, Accordion, Vocals

MICHAEL GIVERIN: Mandolin, Guitar

DAN DAY: Percussion, Vocals

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Apr
06

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Unplugged

Apr
13

Stevie Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kikbak

Apr
20

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced Lakes based musicians: Pete Kassel -Guitar and vocals , ( Guitarist Magazines ' Guitarist Of The Year 1997 ) . Julie Rogerson - ( Alto, Soprano saxes and vocals ). Steve Wildgoose- ( bass ). Mike Kidson- drums, ( ex drum technician for Phil Collins / Paul Mcartney amongst many others and Tour Manager for many years with Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike and The Mechanics , Robert Plant , The Who , AC/DC...... and so many more ! ).

The band plays a vibrant and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues , Soul, Jazz, Rock and Funk classics by such artists as Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder , David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

Blue Blood Blues

Apr
27

Blue Blood Blues

Fronted by Lauryn Graves. this duo look back to the sound of the blues from the 1930’s right through to the present day. Lauryn’s stunning vocals are beautifully enhanced by Steve Strachan’s energetic yet sympathetic accompaniment on the piano. This duo is a must see for any lover of the blues.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Wes Finch & Amit Dattani

May
04

Wes Finch & Amit Dattani

Songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch’s musical style feels rooted in folk but has the ambition and sophistication of pop. His live shows are engaging, energetic and intimate and over the last few years he’s shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Lucy Ward at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.

Recently relocating to Yorkshire, Wes continues to play throughout the country in between recording new material both as himself and with the poetry-inspired The Rude Mechanicals Band.

Hear songs from the two bands as well as some well chosen covers of classic pop and rock songs in a solo performance in this unique and intimate setting.

"...a welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music...Non-trad acoustic roots delivered with an edgy, risk-taking sonic boldness" (Nigel Williamson in Uncut) 

Amit Dattani is a singer songwriter known for his unique brand of roots-driven guitar and striking lyrical originality. Behind his raconteur spirit lies superb musicianship, nimble finger-picking and a versatility which has garnered a strong reputation on the live circuit, with over ten years performing across the UK and Europe under his belt. 

Amit has supported the likes of Charlie Parr, John Smith, Blind Boy Paxton, Willy Vlautin, Kathryn Williams and Mark Morris

​"Echoes of John Fahey and Leo Kottke" - Roots and Branches

"A fantastic picker!" - Charlie Parr

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Dale Storr

May
11

Dale Storr

'If there is a better New Orleans-style pianist in the UK than the outrageously talented Dale Storr, please point me in his or her direction because he or she must be very, very special'
- Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain

'A Tour-de-force of Rockin' New Orleans Piano' - Blues Matters Magazine

'Dale is the best New Orleans player I've ever heard' - Richard Hawley

'I've seen Dr.John's shadow' - David Barard (bass player for Dr.John)

'Dale Storr's musical journey has taken him from his rural Lincolnshire upbringing to his own musical mecca, New Orleans. Dale's early musical interests were inspired by his parents' record collection of early rock'n'roll and country music. His interest grew deeper when he began playing the piano at the age of six cocking an ear to the piano-based music of Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. The slip-note piano of stylist Floyd Cramer was also another influence that had entered Dale's musical sub-consciousness. As a young boy, his emerging talent led to him winning numerous school and county music competitions as a solo instrumentalist. He also started performing live in local venues at the age of ten, playing organ. His ability eventually took him away from home to the city of Sheffield. Here he performed with a series of local bands most notably, Sheffield's own rock'n'blues legend, Frank White.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

Jun
15

Kris Dollimore

During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris has graced some of the world's greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists. These include The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and Del Amitri.

His guitar skills have always been admired, in whichever genre he has played. Now those skills are honed to perfection and they need to be. He has chosen a field where his playing is at it's most exposed. A man, a guitar and sometimes a voice. No room for error and nowhere to hide. With largely an acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered.

 

Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist 11 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans which is growing by the day. This is backed up by the success of his first three albums, "02/01/1978", "Now Was The Time" and "No Ghosts In This House", which all received great reviews from the music press, both at home and abroad. His fourth album 'All Grown Up' has just been released and is attracting the same positive interest as it's predecessors.

 

In the past year Kris has started work on a band line up, to sit alongside his solo work. The first few gigs have been great and have been rewarded with  a fantastic response.

 

Kris burns with a passion for his music and wants to bring it to as many people as possible. If you know him from his past life, don't fear change. Follow Kris down new roads and you'll feel all the richer for it.


Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Jun
22

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based guitarist Matt Cowe returns to Zeffirellis with another show featuring the music of American guitar legend Chet Atkins, playing classic country and swing tunes from the 50’s as well other tunes from Chet’s long career.

 

Chet Atkins’ music has a unique nostalgic charm, full of melody and virtuosic playing and this will be a rare opportunity to hear this style live.  He will be recreating Chet’s retro sound with an authentic line up featuring local musicians Steve Simpson on double bass, Jack Davies on drums and Jon Moore on rhythm guitar.   

 

Check out Matt playing at last year’s prestigious Chet Atkins’ Appreciation Society convention in Nashville here:

https://youtu.be/iHzXPu8BhW8?list=PLXAZORK28Noutioyah-pPQsqPMXV42LsA

 

And Matt’s popular YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/W4YOxjo1PGs?list=PLXAZORK28NotZgbL9MhiJDBaBLIlL8voj

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Black Pony

Jun
29

Black Pony

Indie-folk duo Black Pony are singer/guitarist Daniel Ray and Sarah Edmondson on violin, e-piano and organ. Together they combine elements of folk, country, and soul to create songs at once intimate and anthemic, rhythmic and melodic. Little aural movies.

Irish-Australian Daniel traveled a lot of miles to find such a simpatico musical partner in formally trained Sarah and her vivid sonic palette. A bit of lightning strikes every time they take the stage. Come along for the ride.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Jul
06

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Jul
20

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kikbak

Sep
07

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced Lakes based musicians: Pete Kassel -Guitar and vocals , ( Guitarist Magazines ' Guitarist Of The Year 1997 ) . Julie Rogerson - ( Alto, Soprano saxes and vocals ). Steve Wildgoose- ( bass ). Mike Kidson- drums, ( ex drum technician for Phil Collins / Paul Mcartney amongst many others and Tour Manager for many years with Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike and The Mechanics , Robert Plant , The Who , AC/DC...... and so many more ! ).

The band plays a vibrant and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues , Soul, Jazz, Rock and Funk classics by such artists as Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder , David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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