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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

Cuban Mashup Crisis

Jul
27

Cuban Mashup Crisis

Cuban Mashup Crisis have a distinct, Cuban-flavoured take on some of the great songwriting traditions of North and South America and Europe, as well as playing some powerful original material.  All delivered with the unique energy that infuses their acclaimed live performances.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Zoe Gilby & Alan Law: Beatles, Bossa & Beyond.

Jul
28

We welcome back a fine vocalist, accompanied by pianist Alan Law, with a programme featuring a selection from the timeless Beatles catalogue and a mix of Cuban & Brazilian-inspired tunes.


Sara Spade and the Noisy Boys

Jul
29

Sara Spade and the Noisy Boys

Sunday 29th July 2018 at 8.00pm

Tickets only £18.00 [unreserved seating] available to book on-line below or direct from Zeffirellis or through LDSM
Movie Deal £34.95 [tables will be allocated upon booking] - Dining will be at 6pm in the Jazz Bar.

With her ebullient blend of vintage ukulele jazz, and blues-infused Retro-Pop Swing originals, Sara Spade’s music breaks boundaries, from youthful Camp Bestival to a WW2 reunion party at Birmingham City Hall. With Jonny Gee on double bass & Johnny Mattock on percussion, Sara’s music is widening the appeal of jazz, with the support of fans like Jools Holland, who says “She has a fantastic voice – her band makes me want to dance... they have that magical element which it’s almost impossible to put your finger on!”.

Sara sets her own songs next to Charlestons like Five Foot Two, eyes of blue, jazz versions of It must be love and heart-melting ballads like Secret love. Her originals like Beautiful and Long long time with you will leave you whistling, smiling and laughing.

Presented in association with Lake District Summer Music.

Book your tickets online!


Ben Wiiliams

Aug
03

Ben Wiiliams

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

Wendy Kirkland: The Piano Divas

Aug
04

Building a strong reputation nationwide for her skillful interpretation of the music of  great pianist singers from the 1950s to the present, Wendy Kirkland, with her fine band, puts her own spin on the work of Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Eliane Elias and more.

“Proper jazz piano, excellent band….. very classy". **** Dave Gelly, The Observer


Elliott Morris

Aug
10

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

Jeremy Sassoon Trio

Aug
11

Concluding the impromptu series of vocal-led jazz performances we’ve hosted over the past month, tonight we welcome renowned Manchester pianist-singer Jeremy Sassoon and his band. Highly praised for his superb big band covering the Ray Charles repertoire, much in demand as an entertainer at some of the country’s most prestigious hotels, with an i-Tunes number one single on his CV and a busy schedule, it’s easy to see why Sassoon’s popularity is spreading. Tonight's show concentrates on material from his new album, released last month, recorded live at Pizza Express jazz club in Soho.

"It is a mark of true showmanship when a performer knows when to change the speed or the vibe, taking the audience on an emotional journey, and that is exactly what Jeremy Sassoon did at his sold-out show!’" London Jazz News.


Claude Bourbon

Aug
17

Claude Bourbon

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings. 

Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.

It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Trefor Owen Quartet

Aug
18

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 excellent quartet through a survey of the standard repertoire, featuring superb young saxophonist Liam Byrne and go-to Manchester bassist Dave Turner.


Blues Collusion

Aug
24

Blues Collusion

Coming from two very different musical and cultural backgrounds (Amera was born in Birmingham, UK and Rolly, Hungary), they have been able to cleverly combine their diverse music skills, influences and experiences to create a unique, current and original blues sound which is likely to appeal to Blues fans both old and new.

For Amera, her lyrics are all about emotion. She has always allowed emotions to drive her music and lyrics and finds it more difficult to write a song if she can't ‘feel’ the emotion behind it. All of songs on the Album tell a story, some of sadness and regret (as is typical of original Blues songs) but also a different kind of Blues – a yearning for ‘something’ or merely an emotion, such as love that is so desperate, it is almost painful.

For Rolly, it is more about his sheer love for Blues music which began when first started learning to play the guitar. The more he played Blues and listened to the music of great Blues artists, the more he became hooked. At the same time, Rolly became impressed by the story of the Blues and its transformation from its origins, right up to the modern era. He also learnt a lot about Blues music at University (he graduated as a Music Producer at Staffordshire University).
Currently, he loves the challenge of composing music, which has his own take on Blues but, at the same time still conforms to blues ‘rules’.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Free Parking

Aug
25

Just about the longest-established band in the North-West- with a dangerous name for a Bank Holiday weekend in Ambleside - led throughout its life by virtuoso flautist/saxophonist Harold Salisbury, one of the most respected players on the circuit and a musician of immense experience.


Day 1 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

Aug
30

Day 1 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

7:30 Ambleside Days Trio with Mike Walker, Asaf Sirkis and Gwilym Simcock. 9.00 

The Tim Garland Quartet  

Day 1 of the festival. Tickets can be purchased from the special Ambleside Days Tab above or by phoning 015394 33845.

£35 per day plus £15 for the Saturday afternoon concert - book on-line.

£130 for a 4 day pass to all the concerts - to book please ring 015394 33845.


Day 2 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival.

Aug
31

Day 2 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival.

7:30pm Paul McCandless & Charged Particles 9.00pm Joe Locke Band with special guest Claire Martin Starring Joe Locke - Vibraphone Gwilym Simcock - Piano Mike Walker - Guitar Darryl Hall - Bass Alyn Cosker - Drums Special Guest - Claire Martin

Day 2 of the festival. Tickets can be purchased from the special Ambleside Days Tab above or by phoning 015394 33845.

£35 per day plus £15 for the Saturday afternoon concert - book on-line.

£130 for a 4 day pass to all the concerts - to book please ring 015394 33845.


Day 3 Afternoon Concert of the Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

Sep
01

Paul McCandless with Charged Particles

Day 3 of the festival. Afternoon Concert. Tickets can be purchased from the special Ambleside Days Tab above or by phoning 015394 33845.

£35 per day plus £15 for the Saturday afternoon concert - book on-line.

£130 for a 4 day pass to all the concerts - to book please ring 015394 33845.


Day 3 Evevning Concert of the Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

Sep
01

Day 3 Evevning Concert of the Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

7:30 Claire Martin - Vocals Nikki Iles - Piano   Mark Lockheart - Saxophone Darryl Hall - Bass Alyn Cosker - Drums Special Guest: Mike Walker - Guitar

9.00 Johannes Berauer’s Hourglass with  Gwilym Simcock- Piano Mike Walker - Guitar Thomas Gould - Violin Martin Berauer - Bass  Bernhard Schimpelsberger - percussion 

Day 3 Evening Concert of the festival. Tickets can be purchased from the special Ambleside Days Tab above or by phoning 015394 33845.

£35 per day plus £15 for the Saturday afternoon concert - book on-line.

£130 for a 4 day pass to all the concerts - to book please ring 015394 33845.


Day 4 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

Sep
02

7.30 pm Gwilym Simcock Trio with Yuri Goloubev on Bass and Asaf Sirkis on Drums 9.00pm Ambleside Days Ensemble with: Mike Walker - Guitar Gwilym Simcock - Piano Thomas Gould - Violin Joe Locke - Vibraphone Asaf Sirkis - Drums Bernhard Schimpelsberger - Percussion

Day 4 of the festival. Tickets can be purchased from the special Ambleside Days Tab above or by phoning 015394 33845.

£35 per day plus £15 for the Saturday afternoon concert - book on-line.

£130 for a 4 day pass to all the concerts - to book please ring 015394 33845.


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

Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme

Sep
08

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

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Red Canary Dance Band

Sep
14

The Red Canary Dance Band

The Red Canary Dance Band (RC) is a new trio I have set up of piano, drums and vocals. Promo is being filmed this weekend if you would like to see any of it, but it has me on a 1930s style drum kit and Chris Lloyd from The Big Easy on piano, as well as a trained female singer, so you can trust it will be good. 

The band has been put together to play for swing dances, but there are a lot of harmonies and feature pieces (including washboard and tap dancing) that mean is will also be a good all round show for a listening audience.


About Time

Sep
21

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

The Retrosettes - Duo

Oct
12

The Retrosettes - Duo

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.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Hazeyjane

Oct
19

Hazeyjane

Creation of Northamptonshire-based composer, acclaimed acoustic guitarist and singer Chris Brown, hazeyjane is the vehicle for the live musical expression of his own original songs and adaptive arrangements of celebrated pieces of poetry. Chris' voice is often said to resemble that of David Sylvian and his ambient acoustic guitar style uses unusual tunings and spider capos to create exquisite guitar figures and motifs that give his songs distinctively airy, graceful and spacious qualities.

The soundscape settings of his songs are enriched by the accompaniment provided by the signature singing sound of Kevin T Ward s fretless bass and his use of harmonics, stopping and chords to add rhythmic expression, texture, and colour.

The hazeyjane line-up was bolstered recently by the addition of percussionist David 'Hopi' Hopkins and his myriad nuanced, percussive textures, which contribute greatly to the overall mood of the hazeyjane sound.

Most rewarding to a listening and discerning audience, hazeyjane aim to produce mellow and melodic music that is, in turns, intense and intimate, dreamy and dynamic, relaxing in its mellifluence but hauntingly atmospheric; music that, ultimately, seeks the sublime.


Washboard Resonators

Nov
02

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

The After Hours Quintet

Nov
16

The After Hours Quintet

Say hello to the creme de la creme of the northern traditional-jazz scene; specialising in all things swing.

With a 'Speakeasy - Selection' spanning the whole Century, they've seen action in the fields (Womad 2017, Bestival 2017, Boomtown, Party like Gatsby - Copenhagen) and turned their hand to a wedding or two!

Their own quirky takes on modern classics ('Toxic', 'Sing it back', 'Crazy') sit seamlessly along side a burgeoning repertoire of New Orleans & Gypsy Jazz.

This trio show will be featuring:

Max Miller -  Guitar / Banjo

Elliot Roffe - Upright Bass

Oly Clarkson - Clarinet, Sax, Guitar, Harmonica, Saw and Vocals.

More info visit www.theahq.com


Son of Wiiliam

Nov
30

Son of Wiiliam

Son of William are a brand new acoustic duo featuring the vocal talents of Hayley Williams and Ben Williams (no relation) on guitar and vocals. With songs ranging from intimate folk to full throttle rootsy blues, Son of William have already made their mark on Manchesters acoustic scene, despite only performing a handful of gigs. Keep your eyes peeled for their debut EP coming soon.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Mambo Jambo

Dec
07

Mambo Jambo

Acoustic roots duo MAMBO JAMBO (Pete Jack and Frankie Banham) take their audience on a musical journey, mixing up styles from all around the world – from Cuba and Brazil, the Caribbean, New Orleans, bluegrass, and Eastern Europe.

Blending these diverse influences into their own songs and arrangements they create a joyously upbeat and rootsy sound all of their own – a global musical treat with appeal across a very wide audience, and a shared passion worth sharing.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

About Time

Dec
14

About Time

After a popular debut at Zeffs last year, we welcome About Time once again.

You can expect a laid back lounge music – with a jazzy edge including songs from Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carol King and others.

The Band consists of experienced local musicians although the vocalist Aggie originates from Poland. Singing was Aggie’s passion from a very young age and finally she has reached her dream of performing with her own band.

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

Keith Redfern – has been playing guitar for many 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. Martin Chadderton – is never happier then when he is quickening the pulse with his infectious beats, his genres include Brass, Community and Flamenco.

About Time will perform at Zeffs with James Bell, who will join the band as a Special Guest.

James has played the alto saxophone for over 20 years, his passion for music has led him to study jazz and earn him a degree in Music Practice from UCLAN. James regularly plays with his jazz quartet “The Luca Brasi Four” in and around Lancaster and performs solo saxophone at various functions in the North West.

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Dec
21

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

The Bad Mama Jammers

Dec
28

The Bad Mama Jammers love nothing more than cookin' up a fusion of soul, jazz, funk & r&b .... both old school & nu .... both cool and quirky  ....  & inclusive of their own material from time to time. With both their influences combined ranging from Jill Scott, Erykah Badu & Ella Fitzgerald to George Benson, Grant Green and John Scofield, Louise Spiteri (vocals) and John Mcalpine (guitar) compliment each other perfectly .... delivering a soulful, grooving , intimate & engaging performance which is bound to leave you with a smile on your face .... 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Jan
04

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

The Spiratones

Jan
18

The Spiratones

The Spiratones are a vintage-themed instrumental band specialising in surf vibes, rumblin’ guitars and pulp grooves-  all served with an explosion of reverberating energy!

After forming in 2017 The Spiratones quickly became known for their fun, high-energy performances, immersive visuals and distinctive musicianship.  Their repertoire takes in Californian surf-rock classics (Dick Dale, Link Wray, The Ventures…), embraces the best of British guitar instrumentals (The Shadows, Fleetwood Mac…) and binds everything together with a collection of eclectic instrumental pieces, spanning everything from classic movie theme tunes to organ-driven funk.

Band members are Floyd Barclay (Drums), J. Durango (Bass), Admiral Bob Monsoon (Guitars) and Dick Raygun (Guitars and Theremin).

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Dale Storr

Feb
01

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.


No Soap No Radio

Feb
22

No Soap No Radio

No Soap No Radio offers a considerable and kaleidoscopic catalogue of great songs and dynamic, accessible music, boasting great rhythmic command and heart-stopping refrains. Their latest release, While You Were Gone, is a compelling album demonstrating everything that makes No Soap No Radio distinctive and memorable.

Built on the songs of guitarist/vocalist Mark Wilson, No Soap No Radio's sound spans musical genres – from classic rock and pop to the complex jazz-influence of Steely Dan’s fusion or Etta James’ blues – whilst firmly asserting its own stamp.  Combining grace, substance and edge, with spacious melodies and subtle arrangements, the songs are both immediate and complex.  The lyrics are cerebral, wry and dry, with movingly poetic, sometimes dramatic, visual metaphors firmly rooted in vignettes of the everyday – situations, journeys, satire and affection. 

Wilson’s heartfelt vocal delivery is intimate and passionate conversational and intense, always pushing the emotional depth of his lyrics.  Bassist Tim Appleby’s classical and jazz roots give the songs depth and direction, perfectly complemented by drummer Paul Taylor’s dynamic and sensitive approach, fusing jazz delicacy with driving rock and Latin punch. Lead guitarist Steve McCormick has the rare ability to move seamlessly from background to foreground, through subtle orchestration and chord work with syncopated rhythms to visceral and searing lead guitar solos. With a sonic palette spanning heavy metal and country, Steve moves fluidly between melodic, inventive finesse and brilliant, abrasive attack.

Based in the north of England, No Soap No Radio have built a loyal following over a number of years. Their new album, While You Were Gone, will be released on June 17th and will be available to buy direct from the band’s website (www.nsnr.co.uk) and digital platforms.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Rodina

Mar
29

Rodina

Aoife Hearty (vocals) and Joe Tatton (Piano) met in Leeds and have been writing, recording and performing together for 10 years now and are returning to Zeffirellis for the first time in a number of years.

Rodina’s catchy songs, and well-received last 2 albums have picked up Radio 2 airplay and gig highlights include  US gigs including a West Coast Tour and back in the U.K. playing for The Queen at the opening of Leeds’ O2 Arena. Aoife’s partner and co-writer.Joe has 12 years playing with the New Mastersounds under his belt has along the way played full sets with Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, The Meters also featured on Corinne Bailey Raes first album playing keyboards on the grammy nominated "Put your Records on" 

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

The Schmoozenbergs

Apr
26

The Schmoozenbergs

Conjuring up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs’ uplifting gypsy swing music will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.

With two guitars, violin and double bass, they bring irresistible rhythms, lyrical melodies and playful improvisation, to create a heart-warming sound.

“Relaxed yet upbeat (and eminently  accomplished) swinging gypsy-jazz from this Bristol-based four-piece. A delightful break from the stresses of the day.”

(Festivalflyer.com : Glastonbury Festival, 2017)

Sam Stennett (Guitar)

Tom Brydon-Smith (Guitar)

Gina Griffin (Violin)

Ron Phelan (Double Bass)

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Hunter Muskett

May
03

Hunter Muskett

Chris George, Terry Hiscock and Doug Morter formed Hunter Muskett in 1969 whilst still at college. The band was lucky in having access to the clubs and colleges of London, including The Marquee and The Troubadour where they were finally spotted.

Within a year they were signed by Decca producer Kim Margolis and booked into the company’s West Hampstead studios alongside bassist Danny Thompson. Arranger Richard Hewson was commissioned to write orchestral parts for a number of the songs.


Dale Storr

May
10

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.


Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

May
17

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

Wes Finch

May
24

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

Billy Kemp

Jun
07

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.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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