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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

Le Toot and the Kansas Four

Mar
24

Le Toot and the Kansas Four

Le Toot and the Kansas City Four are a Leeds based Be-Bop/Hard-Bop quintet. They first played in the fall of 2013 playing compositions of the late great Clifford Brown. Since then the band have performed regularly around Leeds taking influence from all the major names in Bop.


Upcoming Events

The Family Tree

Mar
25

Tonight we welcome an old friend of the venue, Lakeland ex-pat and master bassist Gavin Barras, for a very special performance to launch a new CD from his new band. All the tunes on the album  were composed on instruments built over the last 50 years by Gavin’s father, and the music is inspired by Gavin’s immediate family – he’s a new dad – his  extended ‘musical’ family, childhood memories, and places he’s lived. It’s cinematic in places, with lots of grooves and catchy melodies. The supporting players are of the highest order;  Dave Walsh on drums, Jim Faulkner on guitar, and American saxophonist Jeff Guntrun. Bringing it all back home.


Howard Haigh and the Crystal Gaze

Mar
31

Howard Haigh and the Crystal Gaze

Howard Haigh - Spanish Guitar

Rob Bee - Keyboards and Saxophone

Martin Pyne - Percussion

 

Exciting new musical combo - with elements of Flamenco/Latino, Moorish, Folk, Jazz and Blues, and whatever comes our way.

Visit Howard's website and have a listen to some of his music, and for news of upcoming gigs.

www.howardhaighmusic.com, 

 

It's a Great honour to welcome special guest Martin Pyne - percussionist, composer, bandleader (Busnoys/Kepler Orbit)

Martin has just released  his Solo Vibes album "Behind the Mist'  to great acclaim.

Check it out here:

http://tallguyrecords.com/

https://soundcloud.com/busnoys1


Trefor Owen Trio

Apr
01

A superb guitarist and long-time crusader for the jazz cause, Owen has worked with most of the greats in the jazz guitar world, and to this day continues to run guitar courses, workshops and festivals and to encourage younger musicians to develop their craft. With playing very much in the vein of masters of the instrument such as Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall & Joe Pass, tonight he leads his band through the standard repertoire, featuring superb fellow-guitarist Jon Moore and the lyrical double bass of Ed Harrison.


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

Johnston-Birkett Guitar duo

Apr
08

For many years guitarist Dr James Birkett ran the highly-regarded BMus course in Jazz & Commercial Music at Newcastle College, latterly based at The Sage Gateshead. Though now retired from that work, James continues to help develop the skills and talents of young musicians, none moreso than fellow-guitarist and former student Bradley Johnston, with whom he created the fine duo here tonight. Expect highly-skilled interplay, along with homage to the greats  from Charlie Christian  to Pat Metheny.


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

Nicki Allan Trio

Apr
15

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 in the company of drummer John Settle and and bassist Josh Cavanagh-Brierley


Kikbak

Apr
21

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

Quay Change

Apr
22

A vocal-led set of well-known classics from this popular Lancaster-based quartet, always well-received at the venue.


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


Ongoing Saturday contemporary jazz programme.

Apr
29

Details of forthcoming performances in our ongoing Saturday contemporary jazz season will be published here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

WithNay&I

May
05

WithNay&I

We are a Windermere based professional acoustic music duo specializing in high quality covers of some of the most beloved songs from this and the past century as well as some of our own compositions.

We carefully work each tune into our unique style and whilst not attempting a carbon copy of the original we showcase our strengths as career musicians, offering unique arrangements.

Some of the songs…    Moon River,  Make you feel my love,  The water is wide, Imagine,

Cry me a river, How long will I love you,  The closest thing to crazy, Ain’t no sunshine,  Free Flight,

Mystify, Songbird, Wayfaring Stranger.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Matt Cowe Plays Chet Atkins

May
12

Matt Cowe Plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based guitarist Matt Cowe returns to Zeffirelli’s 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


The Balkanics

May
19

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 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

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

Jun
01

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

GRAMMY-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer features scintillating and soulful vocalist Gillian Margot for an evening of duets.

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz.

Gillian Margot is the rarest sort of singer - the kind that makes people sit up and listen. She has an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, yet she possesses a gift of storytelling and emotionally intelligent lyrical delivery that is refreshingly free of “jazz singer” clichés.

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About Time

Jun
02

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!        

 

Vocalist Aggie has a warm and vibrant tone, coupled with sensitivity and musicality that shines out of her voice.

  • 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

Knusprige Wimpern

Jun
16

Knusprige Wimpern

Knusprige Wimpern is a five-piece band from Passau, Germany that bases their unique original compositions on bules, pop, jazz, the swirly sounds of the late 60´s and the progressive rock of the early 70´s. Psychedelic guitar, groovy percussion, playful bass, piano with a classical touch and angle-like vocals make up their weird and wonderful music. 

 

The group formed in the winter of 2015 when Katharina Müller (piano/voc) and Mike Krompaß (guitar//flute/voc) decided to have a play together. Katharina brought her friend Hannah Paularsen (guitar/voc) along and later in the process Bernhard Senkmüller (drums/percussion) and Valentin Weber (bass) joined and they rehearsed existing material and soon started composing together.


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. 


Ben Williams

Jul
07

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
  • 8:30 pm

Black Pony

Jul
21

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

String Zoo

Aug
11

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

Northern Sky

Aug
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

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Elliott Morris

Sep
01

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

Sep
08

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

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


About Time

Sep
22

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

Leeds City Stompers

Oct
06

'The red hot blues band, conjuring the spirit of prohibition America. Real 1920s drum kits, slapped double bass, metal resonator guitars from the 1930s and three voices—making old sounds in a new way. From bars and pubs, to outdoor festivals. From vintage events, to big white weddings.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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.


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

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

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