Cumbria Tourism Awards Shortlist 2016

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

Wes Finch

Sep
30

Wes Finch

"Wes is a Midlands based singer and songwriter, travelling often to play around the UK, sometimes solo and sometimes with various combinations of his group 'The Dirty Band'. The music has strong folk, Americana and pop influences but always retains it own sense of Englishness and individuality. Wes will play a mixture of his original compositions and a range of covers from Hank Williams to the Arctic Monkeys. Quality musicianship and entertainment guaranteed...)

https://twitter.com/wesfinch - twitter
http://www.wesfinch.co.uk/ - website
wesfinch.bandcamp.com
http://soundcloud.com/wesfinchuk/
http://www.reverbnation.com/wesfinch - videos, gigs, info
http://silveryrecords.com/ - buy music
http://www.amazingtunes.com/users/wesfinch - buy mp3s
http://www.facebook.com/pages/wesfinchmusic

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Stuart McCallum Quartet

Oct
01

Best known to a wider audience through his work with The Cinematic Orchestra, tonight guitarist Stuart McCallum introduces compositions  that embody his trademark approach to music: ambient grooves, loops and slowly-evolving soundscapes. Sublime, savvy, subtle & smart music, in the capable company of John Ellis, keyboards, Richard Spaven, drums and vocalist Fridolijn van Poll.


Gobble de Gook

Oct
07

Gobble de Gook

Gobble de Gook is a 7 piece band which performs original material, from the powerful roots of unpredictable arrangements to complex melodies and rhythms. The result is surprising blend of musical styles which is guaranteed to get you dancing.’

Gobble de Gook was created 6 years ago by the French singer and band leader Xtof Lheureux. The band is composed of a group of talented and experienced musicians including: drums, percussion, keyboards, bass and guitar for the rhythm section, along with trumpet and tenor sax for the brass section. Xtof sings, plays guitar and percussion, as well as delivering an enthusiastic and energetic show.

Xtof’s influences range from Afro-Cuban, Indian, Jazz, Rock and obviously French music. It is these influences which characterise the unique atmosphere of Gobble de Gook.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Magic Beans

Oct
08

A welcome return for this delightful band, specializing in clever jazz-inflected takes on unlikely source material.

The Magic Beans trade in transformation. That is, they distil 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. This exquisite vocal instrument is deployed on an unusual repertoire; she charms on 'It Must Be Love', sparkles on 'The Beat Goes On',  removes the sting of 'For All We Know' with breathy, light sweetness and transforms a desert into paradise on a wonderfully lilting 'Horse With No Name’  


Washboard Resonators

Oct
14

Washboard Resonators

'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

Pericopes + 1.

Oct
15

Pericopes + 1.

Happy coincidence means that we welcome this evening the return of award-winning Italian musicians pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi, together with their regular collaborator from New York, drummer Nick Wight. A rare chance to hear a sensational transatlantic project from young players on the way up. Don’t miss it.

Pericopes? Not a typo; Google it – it says something about the trio’s music.


Blue Blood Blues

Oct
21

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

Edis/Xenopoulos Duo

Oct
22

Rising-star pianist Paul Edis and saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos return with their energetic and highly-skilled collaboration


Hunter Muskett

Oct
28

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

Boomerang Parlour

Oct
29

First visit to the venue for this young and exuberant Manchester sextet whose approach to jazz infuses  healthy doses of hip-hop, techno, fusion and irreverence.


Howard and the Men of the Hour

Nov
04

Howard and the Men of the Hour

Having played for H.M. The Queen, appeared on Blue Peter, worked with Bert Jansch, Antonio Forcione, Gloria Gaynor, Screaming Lord Sutch, and ... Er... Alan stitch arch, the ever-popular Contemporary Spanish guitar maestro returns to Ambleside. mixing rumbas, tangos, flamenco, with blues and jazz and thrilling spontaneity. Joining Howard on this occasion will be the French dynamo  Gobbledegook Xtof on guitar and percussion.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme

Nov
05

Details of the Saturday contemporary jazz programme until the New Year will be posted here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Black Pony

Nov
11

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Elliott Morris

Nov
18

Elliott Morris

With hundreds of gigs behind him, Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.

He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jon Gomm, Paul Carrack, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Northern Sky

Nov
25

Northern Sky

Originally Abby Colombi and John Osborne, the band has expanded to become a five-piece.

Amy Beeton now joins them on cello with Lucy Johnson on additional vocals and Martin Kirton on percussion.

Their list of self-penned songs is increasing by the week from the delicate “Catch The Light” (Radio Cumbria’s Track of the Week) and the anthemic Technicolour Love to the stomp of “Leap of Faith”.

A staple of BBC Introducing, they are not to be missed


Secret Combination

Dec
02

Secret Combination

Adele first met John in 1980 when  she auditioned for his dance band (The Dave John Band). The band played in many Northwest venues including Mecca dance halls, until 1997 when the band split up. Since then John has been teaching piano in their home town of Bolton and in South Lakes, where they moved to in 2006 . They now perform mainly in hotels in the area as a duo, covering vocalists such as :- Ella Fitzgerald Sarah Vaughan,Randy Crawford,Alicia Keys,Amy Winehouse,The Carpenters and many more.

 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Balkanics

Dec
09

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.'


Elliott Morris

Dec
16

Elliott Morris

With hundreds of gigs behind him, Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.

He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jon Gomm, Paul Carrack, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

New England

Dec
23

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


Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Dec
30

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

NYE - Leeds City Stompers

Dec
31

NYE - Leeds City Stompers

This years band is The Leeds City Stompers who are a great, lively and fun band. Tickets are £25 and can be bought on-line or via the phone 015394 33845. There are, strictly, 70 tickets available. The ticket is for admission only. The event will start at 9pm and finish 1am. Seating is on a 'first come first served' basis. Please note tickets are non-refundable.

Leeds City Stompers play the vintage blues, ragtime, swing and folk music that was popular in America in the 1920s through 1950s, but with the energy and feel of modern rock and roll music. The band swaps instruments and all three members sing lead, but essentially is a trio of guitar, double bass and drums or washboard. Christopher Fox is on guitar, double bass and vocals, Martyn Roper is on double bass, guitar and vocals and Jack Amblin plays the drums, washboard and does vocals too.


New Jave Trio

Jan
06

New Jave Trio

The dynamic and innovative New Jave Trio is making its debut at Zeffirellis. Lancaster-based bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Jave formed the group 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
  • 8:30 pm

About Time Band

Jan
20

About Time Band - details to follow

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

String Zoo

Jan
27

String Zoo

Lawrence Woof on violin and Matt Cowe on guitar:  Gypsy swing, ballads, pop tunes and beautiful Cumbrian folk melodies.  Lawrence and Matt first played together at the Manchester International Festival and both maintain busy performing schedules playing across a wide range of genres.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

Threeway

Feb
03

Threeway

THREEWAY  BIOGRAPHY

Ben Crosland – Bass

Steve Lodder – Piano/Keyboards

Steve Waterman – Trumpet/Flugelhorn

After leading his Quintet, Octet and Quartet for 15 years, Crosland formed Threeway in 2004 with Waterman and Lodder, two long term associates, in order to explore the subtle and open possibilities of a group without drums. The interplay between the players creates a natural intensity combined with an acute sensitivity to dynamics. The variety of the original compositions, contributed by all the group members, and the different tone colours created by the instruments ensure a satisfying and well rounded performance. The group also includes contemporary readings of choice standards in its repertoire.

Threeway’s music is heard to best advantage in the concert setting. Accordingly, this is an ideal group for ‘listening’ jazz venues, arts centres, music festivals and concert societies.

The group recorded its debut album, ‘Conversations’ JCCD 110, in 2005. The CD has attracted considerable critical acclaim and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up and Jazz Record Requests. Threeway undertook a national tour with Jazz Services’ support in the autumn of 2007.

Threeway’s second album, ‘Songs of the Year’ JCCD112, attracted four star reviews from several jazz writers and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up and during a national tour in the autumn of 2010, again with Jazz Services’ support. 

The group recorded its third album, ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back’ JCCD 115 in 2013. The CD features vibraphonist Jim Hart as special guest and again attracted four star reviews. Once again, the album was featured on Jazz Line Up.

Threeway continues to perform around the country at festivals and club dates to enthusiastic audiences.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Gobble de Gook

Feb
10

Gobble de Gook

Gobble de Gook is a 7 piece band which performs original material, from the powerful roots of unpredictable arrangements to complex melodies and rhythms. The result is surprising blend of musical styles which is guaranteed to get you dancing.’

Gobble de Gook was created 6 years ago by the French singer and band leader Xtof Lheureux. The band is composed of a group of talented and experienced musicians including: drums, percussion, keyboards, bass and guitar for the rhythm section, along with trumpet and tenor sax for the brass section. Xtof sings, plays guitar and percussion, as well as delivering an enthusiastic and energetic show.

Xtof’s influences range from Afro-Cuban, Indian, Jazz, Rock and obviously French music. It is these influences which characterise the unique atmosphere of Gobble de Gook.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Mar
03

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Mar
31

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Elliott Morris

Apr
07

Elliott Morris

With hundreds of gigs behind him, Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.

He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jon Gomm, Paul Carrack, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

New England

Apr
14

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
  • 8:00 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Apr
28

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

May
26

Kris Dollimore

During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris Dollimore has graced some of the world’s greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists including 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 its most exposed. A man, a guitar and sometimes a voice. No room for error and nowhere to hide. With a largely 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 10 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans which continues to grow. This is backed up by the stunning 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 is due to be released later this year and is already attracting the same positive interest as its predecessors.
Kris was runner up in last year’s European Blues Awards, in the solo/acoustic category and was also nominated for a British Blues Award, in the best original blues song category in 2012.
Dollimore burns with a passion for his music and wants to bring it to as many people as possible. If you know Kris from his past life, don’t fear change. Follow Kris down new roads and you’ll feel all the richer for it.
http://www.krisdollimore.com
info@krisdollimore.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Gobble de Gook

Jun
09

Gobble de Gook

Gobble de Gook is a 7 piece band which performs original material, from the powerful roots of unpredictable arrangements to complex melodies and rhythms. The result is surprising blend of musical styles which is guaranteed to get you dancing.’

Gobble de Gook was created 6 years ago by the French singer and band leader Xtof Lheureux. The band is composed of a group of talented and experienced musicians including: drums, percussion, keyboards, bass and guitar for the rhythm section, along with trumpet and tenor sax for the brass section. Xtof sings, plays guitar and percussion, as well as delivering an enthusiastic and energetic show.

Xtof’s influences range from Afro-Cuban, Indian, Jazz, Rock and obviously French music. It is these influences which characterise the unique atmosphere of Gobble de Gook.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Jun
30

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

String Zoo

Jul
28

String Zoo

Lawrence Woof on violin and Matt Cowe on guitar:  Gypsy swing, ballads, pop tunes and beautiful Cumbrian folk melodies.  Lawrence and Matt first played together at the Manchester International Festival and both maintain busy performing schedules playing across a wide range of genres.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Sep
15

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

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