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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.


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

Diminuita to feature Monday 7th of May



Following last month’s Beaufort Jazz evening when we were entertained by Daniel John Martin we are very pleased to continue the international theme for the forthcoming month and welcome the Athens based swing trio Diminuita as our featured musicians for May. This is their first tour of the UK and we were delighted when they contacted us last November and we realised that their visit coincided with our May evening. Needless to say we were quick to extend the invitation to join us and open the evening as our featured musicians.

Those of you who get our monthly email will probably be suitably impressed with the long list of Diminuita’s considerable achievements. In addition to performing at numerous events and music festivals they also found time to help launch the first Reinhardt inspired festival in May 2010.  Held in Athens, the festival (named Djangofest) celebrated the 100th anniversary of Reinhardt’s birth and was such a success that it was subsequently repeated in 2011.

Diminuita was originally formed in 2007 and they have quickly made an impact in the world of Gypsy Jazz. In 2011 they found time to record their first official CD entitled a-rhythmology in addition to touring mainland Europe. Their style is described as being “natural and acoustic” with the emphasis on keeping the music true to its original intent. Much of their set list will no doubt be very familiar to Beaufort regulars –  but with the added spice of different arrangements and some of Diminuita’s own compositions. It doesn’t have to be said  – but this will be another fine evening at Beaufort Jazz.

Diminuita’s tour is as much as cultural visit as well as an opportunity to play in the UK as they hope to catch up with some sightseeing as they travel around the country. After so much effort in organising their itinerary we are obviously hoping that they will be rewarded with an excellent turnout on Monday and that we can give a warm Beaufort welcome to these generous musicians.

Diminuita are Giorgos Papadogiannis  – lead guitar, Effie Saranti – rhythm guitar and Kostas Arsenis on upright bass.

As usual the evening starts at 8pm so please make an extra special effort to arrive in good time to welcome our guests on stage. Look forward to seeing you on Monday.

May 4, 2012 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Steele and Friends – to feature Monday 5th September

Doris Steele accompanied by Pete Shannon and Brian Cuddy

Steele and Friends

When we welcomed Bob Clarke at the end of last year it turned out to be a journey into Jazz history. Bob’s numerous anecdotes arising from his  various collaborations with Jazz greats made for an enjoyable evening, albeit a very cold one as his gig fell right in the middle of that brutal weather spell. In a similar vein we now welcome veteran vocalist Doris Steele who also has some stories to tell about her years in Jazz.

It was at the May Beaufort Jazz evening when we first met Doris who took to the stage with Pete Shannon on upright bass and Brian Cuddy on keyboards. Afterwards Doris chatted with a few Beaufort Jazz regulars and entertained us with her account of meeting Duke Ellington in Southport.

Many hoped that the trio would return and thankfully we can announce that they will be opening featured performance for Monday 5th September. Appropriately called Steele and Friends the trio first met about twenty years ago when playing for the Ronnie Moore Big Band when it used to play at the Wigan Athletic Supporters Club. Still friends after two decades we are very pleased to welcome them to Monday’s Beaufort Jazz evening.

Pete Shannon tells us that it will be an evening of Jazz standards with favourites such as A Train and Rag Waltz included in the set. So why not join us for what will be a “friendly” evening of Jazz. As usual the evening will start promptly at 8pm with doors open about 7.30 pm. The usual jam session will follow with hopefully The  Orangery also being available for jamming. New musicians and audience members are always welcome – just turn up on the night. Entrance is only a pound with the usual raffle to help bolster funds.

Look forward to seeing you on Monday.

September 3, 2011 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bickerstock starts Saturday 6th August!

BickerstockA very short post to announce that the annual Bickerstock free music festival starts on Saturday the 6th August at 12pm. This is the 9th year this small friendly festival has been running and it is hoped that this year will even more successful.

There are some changes this year, the most notable being that the camping will be on a separate field from the festival with a minibus service available from the campsite to the festival field.

The line up is to be announced shortly, and we would expect that as in previous years it will feature many Beaufort regulars. For more information please check the Bickerstock website. There is also a contact number 01695 727722 for enquiries.


July 6, 2011 Posted by | Event Announcements | , , , | Leave a comment

Powell Brothers to feature Monday November 1st

The Powell Brothers

The next Beaufort Jazz night will be on Monday November 1st when we are very pleased to welcome the Powell Brothers as our featured musicians. Arthur and David Powell are a saxophone and guitar duo who  perform regularly throughout Lancashire and Merseyside and now make their the very first appearance at a Beaufort Jazz evening. These fine musicians have a distinctive sound which is reminiscent of a great era in jazz music. 

Their influences started at an early age when David heard the guitar greats Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell and Johnny Smith. As he says on their website ” I wanted to be part of this exhilarating and magical music”.  On Monday they have promised us some great 20th century classics including East of the Sun, All the things you are and Stella by Starlight.

Having played for many years in larger bands Arthur and David are now playing as a duo and enjoying the opportunity to bring their own unique style to audiences across the North West. Once again it is certain to be a fine evening for Beaufort Jazz regulars and we look forward to giving them a very warm welcome. 

The performance starts promptly at 8pm so please arrive in good time. Entrance is only the usual £1 to cover costs.

Look forward to seeing you on Monday!

October 27, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , | Leave a comment

Zazous Anglais to feature Monday 4th October

zazous anglais to play at beaufort jazz october 2010

Zazous Anglais

 On what will be our 8th anniversary, the next Beaufort Jazz evening will be on Monday October 4th. To mark the occasion we are very pleased to bring a new act to the Beaufort Jazz stage and announce that Zazous Anglais will be our featured band for the evening.  

Inspired by french swing and the iconic jazz era of the 30’s and 40’s, Zazous play gypsy swing with a some considerable flair. Guitarist Neil Harrison can be seen regularly in Europe and has been a frequent performer on the Paris live music scene for some years. Neil has played with many artists including Ninine Garcia, Potsi, Christophe Brunard and Merino at such venues as the Chope des Puces and Au Clarion des Chasseurs in Paris.  

Needless to say, we are very pleased to have Zazous Anglais feature and share our anniversary celebrations. Their uplifting and melodic musical style is sure to be popular so Beaufort regulars will definitely want to put this in the diary as one not to be missed.  

Zazous Anglais are Neil Harrison – guitar, Mark Knowles – rhythm guitar and Ken Johnston – double bass.  

Doors at the Briars Hall Hotel will be open at 7.30pm for an 8pm prompt start so please try to take your seats in good time for the performance. Entry is only the usual £1 to cover costs.  

Look forward to seeing you on the 4th!

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Beaufort Jazz Review – Monday 6th September

Adam Palma guitarist

Adam Palma

  It might have been raining last Monday evening but no one at the Beaufort Jazz night was concerned as a full house settled down to enjoy an evening of special guitar. Our monthly featured act was of course Adam Palma, the man with diverse guitar skills who captivates audiences with his fretwork. Opening the evening with a solo spot, Adam gave us a number of self penned songs and then treated the audience to his signature version of “See you later Alligator” where he plays 4 parts on the one guitar. Very impressive.  

In the second half of his set Adam was joined on stage by John McMahon, Matt Wells and Dave Stearstree on guitar, with Tony Hamer on bass. Launching straight into “Caravan” the group then played all the gypsy jazz classics that make Beaufort Jazz evenings so enjoyable. As usual, an impressive set came to an end all too soon.  

Ted Hanley was then joined on stage by Tony Hamer and Brian Rennie on saxophone to give us a set of smooth jazz guitar for which Ted is renowned. Once again Ted had made the journey from east Lancashire to join us. It’s a journey he has made for a good number of years now and needless to say Ted is one of our keenest supporters.   

Following Ted, Trez Fez took to the stage with an expanded line up which included Tony and Brian with Phil Bernia on drums, Pete Shannon on bass and Steve Parry on Trumpet. Clifton Harrydass on steel pan completed the line up. As usual, they gave us a set of uplifting gypsy jazz. This friendly band always  welcomes guest musicians into their line up and their generosity is often rewarded with new and exciting music. Trez Fez are rarely the same but never lose their distinctive melodic sound. Their set concluded with the usual enthusiastic applause.  

As a finale, Adam returned to the stage accompanied by Clifton and Samuel C Lees on guitar. It was vibrant and energetic set to end an excellent evening’s entertainment. Unfortunately for us, the Briars Hall Hotel had a number of residents that night and we had to end the evening promptly at 10.30 pm. If you are reading about us for the first time and wondering why, the Ellerbrook Suite which is home to Beaufort Jazz evenings is situated directly under some of the bedrooms in the hotel. We accept this with good grace as the Ellerbrook Suite is pretty much the perfect location for us.    

At the end of the evening, we were reminded that next month will mark the 8th anniversary of Beaufort Jazz. Eight years of great music, friendly people and thoroughly enjoyable evenings. Needless to say we are hoping to mark the occasion in some way and will make an announcement shortly.  

The next Beaufort Jazz evening will be on Monday 4th October. Why not join us?

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adam Palma update


Adam Palma

 As announced below, Adam Palma will be our opening Beaufort Jazz featured artist for Monday 6th September.   

The promotional poster for the event is now available and can be found here If you think you can help promote the event please feel free to download and display the poster. Your help is much appreciated!   

The doors will be open from 7.30 onwards and the performance will start promptly at 8pm so please do try to arrive in good time for the start.   

The Briars Hall  Hotel have reminded us that they do serve food before the event – so why not enjoy a meal prior to the performance.   

See  you on the 6th

August 29, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adam Palma to feature Monday 6th September

Adam Palma

 Back in May we had one of those evenings which we hoped could go on all night. Beaufort Jazz regulars will remember that Vernon Fuller was our featured act that evening and as usual, gave us one of his superbly professional performances. It was certainly a difficult act to follow. Then as the evening drew to close, Adam Palma stepped onto the stage and performed a truly memorable guitar set. It was a splendid finale to the evening. 

Since then Adam’s musical commitments have meant that he has had difficulty in making further Beaufort evenings, which makes it all the more enjoyable to announce that Adam will be our featured opening act for Monday 6th September.  The set will contain many gypsy jazz favourites and we are also delighted to announce that Adam has agreed to do a special solo spot within the set. 

If you have a look at Adam’s diary it is easy to see why we have had great difficulty in getting him to feature. In July Adam was invited to Nashville to perform and conduct workshops for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. In November Adam will also be supporting and playing with the legendary Mr Tommy Emmanuel on tour. 

If this wasn’t enough, Adam has also just agreed some gigs with top British soul and funk saxophonist  Snake Davis  Most people will know Snake from his work with M People however he has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown, Paul McCartney, The Eurythmics and Amy Winehouse. Dates will be announced shortly, so if you are reading this and want to book them, you need to act quickly. 

As always its difficult in a short post such as this to do justice to an artist like Adam who has incredibly diverse guitar skills. So please check out his website which can be found by clicking the link here 

This is definitely not a Beaufort night to be missed. The performance will start promptly at 8 pm so please take your seats in good time for the start. 

Entry is only the customary £1 to cover the costs of the evening. Yes that’s right – you will be seeing some of the regions finest musicians for less than the price of a decent newspaper. How can you miss such an opportunity? 

Look forward to seeing you all on the 6th

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bickerstock starts on Saturday

Bickerstock 2009

If you havent heard of Bickerstock – it’s a  very popular local music festival held here  in rural West Lancashire.  It gets am honourable mention on this blog as Paul Draper (our resident Beaufort Jazz sound engineer) is the founder and principle organiser of Bickerstock.

Now in its seventh year, Bickerstock is what you would call a true community effort. Essentially a volunteer festival, generous people give their time unselfishly to provide live music and all the other support services needed to run the event. Last year a number of local charities benefited from Bickerstock – a point  which makes it even more worthy of your support.

It’s a true family event with food and refreshments and many different children’s activities on offer. So even if you only have a couple of hours to spare, its well worth the visit

Entry is free and car parking is available. To find out more, please check out the Bickerstock Website



July 29, 2010 Posted by | Event Announcements | , | Leave a comment

Beaufort regulars at the Southport Jazz Festival

Nouveau Django

As in previous years, Beaufort Jazz musicians were out in force at the Southport Jazz Festival giving some fine performances to audiences new and old alike. Many of the appearances this year were in the picturesque Town Hall gardens just in front of the Southport Arts Centre on Lord Street. 

Petrus with Tom Sykes on violin opened the Festival on Thursday at 12 noon in the gardens. A stiff Southport breeze and a grey sky didn’t deter an appreciative audience who were treated to a light and melodic start to the day’s program. 

Thankfully, the weather improved during the day and Funkus Monkus played their 5pm set in bright sunshine. Vernon Fuller was joined by Kim Rankin on vocals with Adam Wood in particularly good form on bass.  Feel good music at its best.

Friday showcased Nouveau Django who gave their usual accomplished performance to what was very nearly a full venue with standing room only in the gardens. It seemed that many of the younger members of the audience were hearing gypsy jazz for the first time -so hopefully they might search us out at Beaufort Jazz in the near future.  


The outdoor programme in the gardens concluded at 5pm on the Sunday with Swingology in fine form. Once again the sunshine was in evidence and the growing audience spilled out onto Lord Street to catch a varied and entertaining set.  Complementing their gypsy jazz repertoire with numbers from Tom Jones and Mary Hopkin, they brought the audience to their feet for some impromptu dancing. A splendid finale. 

Sadly, we lost the Saturday events due to constant rain when we were expecting to see more of Vernon Fuller and Tom Sykes with various line ups. Such is life. 

The next monthly Beaufort Jazz night will be on Monday 7th June at the Briars Hall Hotel in Burscough, Lancashire when the Hot Club of Knotty Ash will be our featured band. It will be another excellent evenings entertainment, so please don’t be late. Doors open at 7.45pm – entry only £1

May 31, 2010 Posted by | Music Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fine music and a brand new stage

After weeks of hard work and some frustration, the new Beaufort Jazz stage finally made its appearance last Monday. Replacing the temporary pallet and plywood construction that we had used last month, it was unveiled just in time for  the Vernon Fuller featured set.

Vernon Fuller

Vernon Fuller

Accompanied by Adam Wood on bass, Vernon opened the evening at 8pm promptly. It was a delightfully balanced set and the only disappointment was that it finished all too soon. When an artist like Vernon has such an extensive repertoire it is inevitable that some favourites get left out to make way for other excellent material. So we lost the “Girl from Ipanema” – but in return were treated to a great interpretation of “Give me the Night”.

As usual we enjoyed a varied and entertaining evening. Trez Fez were without Mr Dave Brown but still managed to perform gypsy jazz standards in their unique melodic style. The Hot Club of Knotty Ash put together an ensemble for our enjoyment and Ted Hanley was joined by Tommy who brought a certain continental flavour to the evening.

We were also very pleased to welcome for the first time the guitar duo Colin Lambert and Chris Bowers. Apparently they had never performed  a set together, not that we would have known as it sounded tight and very well rehearsed. Hopefully they will join us again soon.

The evening concluded with Adam Palma treating us to some virtuosic guitar playing. He started the set solo and then introduced Mike and Tommy to accompany him in turn with guitar and vocals. Sounding very reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel, Adam then moved seamlessly into gypsy jazz without breaking stride. It was a commanding performance.

No Beaufort Jazz evening is complete without the mass jam at the end of evening. There were some anxious glances as the new stage was filled to capacity and the construction tested somewhat. We should not have worried, like our dedicated musicians  the stage performed magnificently

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vernon Fuller update

A short post to let you know that Vernon will be accompanied on Monday by Adam Wood on electric bass. Adam has been playing for about 12 years and has a very diverse musical background including blues, prog rock and now his favourite genre, jazz and funk.

We think that it is Adam’s first performance at Beaufort Jazz so please give him a very warm welcome.

In addition to Vernon’s website which can be found here Vernon also has his myspace page which can be found here  If you want to check out Vernon’s work please feel free to explore these sites.

Our promotional poster for Vernon’s gig can be found by clicking on this link 3-5-10postervernon 

Finally, the Briars Hall Hotel have confirmed that we will have the Orangery again for informal jams and practice throughout the evening. When the main stage closes in the Ellerbrook Suite we can also move to the Orangery to wind down in some style

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vernon Fuller to headline Monday 3rd May!

We are very pleased that Vernon has agreed to headline as our featured act for Monday 3rd May.  Many of you will be very familiar with Vernon’s superb Jazz guitar and vocal style and will look forward to seeing him  perform once again at Beaufort Jazz.  If Vernon is new to you, why not take a moment to visit his website at 

Vernon at Alexanders

As you can see, Vernon is a very busy musician and we were delighted when he agreed  to open for us on the 3rd of May. Playing with a number of line ups he has supported such acts as Geno Washington, Snake Davis and Acoustic Alchemy. 
Last year as the duo Twin Frets with guitarist Willy Fluss,  he supported the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the annual summer classics in Southport’s Victoria Park. This was a great success and Twin Frets will support the Northern Chamber Orchestra this year at the same event.

 We have recently learnt that Vernon is now working on some up and coming gigs in association with the radio station Jazz FM. As soon as we have more details we will let you know. In the meantime put the 3rd in your diary and make sure that you don’t miss a fine musician at work. Doors will open at 7,45 for a prompt 8pm start and as usual, entrance is only £1

Following Vernon we will have the pleasure of the many other excellent musicians who will entertain us with the usual gypsy jazz sessions until the evening closes at 10.30. No announcement would be complete without some update on the long running saga of the new stage and lighting. You will be very pleased to learn that new lighting has been purchased and will be unveiled on the 3rd. The  new stage is slightly more complex and may well be ready – though it is likely to be a very close call.

Look forward to seeing you all  

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swingology to open Monday 5th April

And so a new era begins on Monday 5th of April when Beaufort Jazz has its first Monday evening in the Ellerbrook Suite at the Briars Hall Hotel. Many regulars will know that this is the suite where we held the recent Ritary and Gary Potter concerts.

Both of these concerts were sell outs and it was pretty clear from the comments that just about everyone preferred the Ellerbrook to the orangery. The relaxed club style of the Ellerbrook Suite is clearly the ideal environment for our regular gypsy jazz nights.   

To open our new venue we are delighted to welcome back Swingology as our featured opening act. They need no introduction to regulars and if you have not been to Beaufort Jazz before you must make the effort to see these guys. You will not be disappointed.

As usual, the evening will showcase the other splendid musicians who will travel from far and wide across the north west to give us the very best in gypsy jazz. It’s worth reminding newcomers that whilst the focus is on gypsy jazz, we do enjoy other styles as well and welcome all musicians who wish to join us.

Doors open at 7.45 and Swingology will start at 8pm on the dot – so don’t be late!

Entry fee only £1 per person


March 23, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment