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Toe Rag to feature – full announcement

Toe RagHaving made a name for themselves on the Manchester music scene over the last few years we are delighted to welcome Toe Rag to West Lancashire as our featured band for Monday 2nd July. Starting as an informal university music project 3 years ago Toe Rag probably had little idea that their unusual take on Gypsy Jazz would prove so popular in the North West. The first indication that they had something special was in 2010 when they shared a stage with the legendary Blues singer Victor Brox who described their music as “really refreshing to hear”.  Coming from an artist who has worked with some of greatest names in music the compliment encouraged Toe Rag to take their music to a wider audience.

Following numerous appearances at Manchester’s premier jazz club Matt and Phreds, Toe Rag brought the curtain down on a successful 2011 by playing the New Year’s eve party at the venue. Earlier in the year they had played the Riot Jazz stage at the sell-out Kendal Calling festival and were promptly invited back to perform the same stage at this years festival, which as expected has also sold out well in advance.

Their travels eventually took them to Djangology where they joined the mass afternoon jam along with twenty or so other like minded musicians. Paul Dennis the founder of Toe Rag tells us “We really enjoyed jamming with Beaufort regulars at Djangology and are looking forward to featuring at Beaufort Jazz in July. Our Gypsy Jazz set will be a mix of standards and originals with some Charlie Parker numbers for good measure”

Normally an eight piece band, Toe Rag will perform our Beaufort gig with six band members including double bass, guitar, accordion and percussion. In addition to Paul Dennis on lead guitar, Beaufort regular Tom Sykes will feature on violin. Expect something a bit different.

As usual the evening will start promptly at 8pm so please arrive in good time to take your seats in the Ellerbrook Suite. Newcomers are most welcome with the entry being a miserly £1 payable at the table. It’s unlikely that you will find a better evening’s entertainment for such a modest sum so why not join us. The usual jam session will follow the featured performance.

Look forward to seeing you on the 2nd.

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June 26, 2012 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , | Leave a comment

Announcing Toe Rag – Monday 2nd July

A very brief post in advance to let everyone know that we will be back in the Ellerbrook Suite at the Briars Hall for the forthcoming Beaufort Jazz evening on Monday the 2nd of July. Our featured band for the evening will be the Salford based Toe Rag who will be making the journey down the M62 to open the evening in their own very distinctive style.

One Beaufort regular described Toe Rag as “Gypsy Jazz with attitude” and definitely a band to catch if at all possible. It sounds like a very good recommendation so we are hoping for another full house in the Ellerbrook Suite to welcome these fine musicians.  A full announcement to follow in the next few days.

June 21, 2012 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , | Leave a comment

May and June retrospective

When musicians take the trouble to venture across Europe to play at our monthly evening it is hoped that everything will run smoothly and that the event is a success. Our May Beaufort Jazz evening welcomed the excellent Diminuita who made the considerable effort of traveling from their native Greece to embark upon their first UK tour. A full house in the Ellerbrook Suite gave them a very warm reception and were rewarded by an hour of Gypsy Jazz with a distinctive Mediterranean influence. A mixture of standards and own compositions from their album a-rhythmology made for a very entertaining and well composed set.

Diminuita certainly deserve a wider audience and hopefully their european tour will give them just that. Even though this was a whistle stop visit, the band still managed two high-profile gigs at ourselves and Le QuecumBar. Venues that missed out will no doubt hope that they are able to tour the UK again in the near future. Even with such a hectic schedule some sightseeing was possible and they managed to take in the Lancashire coastline including Antony Gormley’s Another Place before returning to the continent. Hopefully they enjoyed their trip to the North West and that they will visit us again some day.

Whilst much of the UK watched the Diamond Jubilee concert on television a good number of us caught the smaller but equally enjoyable musical event at our June Beaufort Jazz evening. The splendid Lost Cause Association were our featured musicians who were joined on stage for the later part of their set by violinist Don May. This evening was very much Beaufort Jazz “on the road” as a wedding at the Briars Hall Hotel gave us the opportunity to explore a new venue at the Arts Centre on the Burscough Wharf.

The Lost Cause were in good form putting together a very enjoyable Gypsy Jazz set with a nod to their country roots. A number of Beaufort regulars were impressed and hope they will be back at future evenings. Whilst somewhat smaller than the  Ellerbrook Suite, the Wharf is a very tidy venue with good facilities for small to medium events. With a bit of luck it will develop into a valuable local facility for musicians and artists. Thank you to all at the Wharf for making us most welcome.

On a final note it was time to say goodbye to Paul Draper who looked after the sound at our Beaufort Jazz evening for the very last time. Paul has recently taken on other business commitments and felt that it would be difficult to continue at our monthly gathering. Best wishes to Paul for the future.

Our featured musicians for our next Beaufort Jazz evening on July 2nd will announced in the near future. See you then.

June 7, 2012 Posted by | Beaufort Reviews | , , | Leave a comment