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"He proves to be a technically  brilliant fingerpicker who also brings plenty of heart, soul and personality to proceedings."     - Rock ‘n' Reel Magazine
“If musical talent is measured  in ability, then Iago’s acoustic guitar goes beyond infinity. It surpasses all expectations for a  solo artist . . . He carries the audience with him."  -  Blues at the Woodlands
Tickets are also available in person from 8th August from Wivenhoe Bookshop (cash only, please)

Sunday, 8th September

Iago Banet

'The Galician King of Acoustic Guitar'

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Iago Banet is a veritable one-man band who creates stories without words, his technique and approach to his performance enthralling and captivating audiences as he does so.

Displaying new levels of skill, complexity, and versatility, Iago fuses styles ranging from gypsy jazz, blues, Americana, and Country, to Dixieland, swing, pop, and folk.

Influenced by great guitar pickers such as Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Tommy Emmanuel, Iago shares their ability to paint pictures on his fretboard through a delightful lightness of touch, fluidity, and a rare ability to share emotions through his fingers.

Born in Galicia in northwest Spain, as a teenager, Iago discovered a classical guitar in his home and set about

learning to master it. From that moment, there was no going back: the guitar became his passion, his obsession, his future.

 

Since 2018, Iago has been building an impressive career as a solo fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, displaying his exceptional abilities and receiving rave reviews. He has performed with artists such as Josh Smith (Joe Bonamassa), Mark Flanagan (Jools Holland), and Clive Carroll.

Dubbed ‘The Galician King of Acoustic Guitar’, in 2023 Iago released his third album, TRES, with a UK tour that included multiple sell-out shows and sensational receptions from audiences.

 

Iago has showcased his immense talent at various festivals, including Brecon Jazz, and Hellys International Guitar Festival.

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Tickets are also available in person from 8th September from Wivenhoe Bookshop (cash only, please)

Sunday, 6th October
2024 UK Blues Awards Emerging Act of the Year nominee

Dubbed by the blues and soul cognoscenti as 'the next big thing', Connolly Hayes is already creating a stir within and beyond the blues/rock/soul community, based mainly on the reputations of principal members Frankie Connolly and Jess Hayes. 

The band already has a stellar reputation for live performances thanks to two of the most soulful voices around, guitar wizardry from both sides of the stage, and the grooviest rhythm section going. 

A blues-fuelled, soulful singer/songwriter with a powerhouse voice, Jess first emerged onto the South London scene as a teenager, having been raised on the classic sounds of artists and bands such as Stevie Nicks, Bad Company, Bonnie Raitt, and Little Feat by her musician parents.

Rapidly gained a reputation among those in the know, as well as being the  ‘go-to’  singer of choice for  ex-Mud  member  and

noted songwriter Rob Davis, Jess received some prime-time exposure on ITV’s The Voice, turning all four chairs.

 

More importantly, Jess has found her own ‘voice’ as a songwriter with this new project with her friend Frankie, who himself has gained a stellar reputation as both a great singer and astonishing guitar player, wowing crowds wherever he has played, including Ronnie Scott's and several major festivals.

However, Connolly Hayes isn't just a duo but a fully-fledged band, featuring an ultra-tight rhythm section, and have released their debut album, Remember Me, to coincide with an extensive European and UK tour. 

 

Hold on tight; it should be quite a ride!

Jess Hayes (Vocals) Frankie Connolly (Guitar/Vocals) Richard Clarke (Guitar/Vocals) Beau Barnard (Bass Guitar) Andy Wilder (Drums)

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Tickets are also available in person from 15th November from Wivenhoe Bookshop (cash only, please)

Sunday, 15th December
Jazz Samba
Celebrating the classic groundbreaking Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd album

Featuring a quartet of top-flight UK musicians, Jazz Samba spotlights Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s groundbreaking 1962 recording.

The first-ever fully fledged bossa nova album recorded by American jazz musicians, Jazz Samba is a classic LP from the era and features in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die!

 

A huge commercial success, Jazz Samba topped the LP chart upon its release and signalled the beginning of the bossa nova craze in America.

Notable tunes included the hit Desafinado and One Note Samba, both composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

 

Come and soak up the laidback vibe!

MARK CROOKS 

". . . a performance that strikes a balance between muscle and lyricism." - Sunday Times

A lyrical and passionate saxophonist in the Stan Getz mould, Mark is a member of the Back To Basie Orchestra, and the John Wilson Orchestra. He has released three highly-acclaimed albums to date (including Stan [Getz], with pianist Chris Ingham), and has also worked on various projects, including Salud! Tom Jobim with vocalist Georgia Mancio, and Jazz At The Movies featuring Joanna Eden.

 

NIGEL PRICE

"Nigel Price is probably the most dynamic and gifted guitarist on the British jazz scene today." - All About Jazz

 

Citing his early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel has played on more than 50 albums, including five as leader.

 

He spent 10 years with Acid Jazz outfit The Filthy Six, and was a member of the James Taylor Quartet for three years. In 2010

he won a Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Jazz Ensemble, and a British Jazz Award in 2016 for Best Guitarist.

 

JOHN CERVANTES

“He plays beautifully and lyrically . . ." - London Jazz News

John's playing has strong roots in the swinging jazz tradition, inspired by masters such as Oscar Peterson, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, and Benny Green. However, he also in-corporates classical and World Music influences into his original compositions.

MARIANNE WINDHAM

“A valuable player with Ray Brown-like musicality and drive."   - Jazzwise

 

Founder of the hugely successful Guildford Jazz, Marianne is a highly respected and in-demand player. She only took up playing professionally at the start of 2011, leaving behind a career as director of a software consultancy to pursue a passion for playing the bass.

DEMI GARCÍA SABAT

"The brilliant Sabat makes it all look so easy, which it most certainly isn't!" - All That Jazz

Demi is no stranger to Wivenhoe audiences, having appeared here with flamenco dancer Lourdes Fernández, and guitarist José Almarcha. He has a wealth of experience in Flamenco, Jazz, Arabic, Latin, Iberian Folk, and pop music.

 

Originally from Barcelona but now based in London, Demi studied at the Barcelona Conservatory of Music and the London College of Music. He is an exceptionally versatile percussionist who also performs with various jazz, Latin, and Arabic groups and artists around the UK and Europe, such as guitarist Nicolas Meier's World Group and cellist Shirley Smart

Mark Crooks (Tenor Saxophone) Nigel Price (Guitar) Marianne Windham (Double Bass) Demi Garcia Sabat (Drums)

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