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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

"A Fish Tale" going swimmingly...

A Fish Tale, a commission from Gill Wilde of Grimsby Jazz, is an amazing new work co-written by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy with poetry by Josie Moon. It tours the UK for the first time from July 2017 with support from Arts Council England, The music and poetry draws on the vibrant, dark and dangerous history of Grimsby's fishing trade, the commission explores the myths, the misadventures and the realities of the trawling life.

It is a tribute to the contribution made by those in the fishing industry who were instrumental in feeding the nation and protecting it in times of war.

It is a powerful and exciting evening of jazz and poetry completely evocative of any fishing port, and guaranteed to stir the memories of fishing communities

Line up: Alan Barnes alto, baritone saxes, clarinet, flute, Glad Atzmon soprano, alto saxes, bass clarinet, Dean Masser tenor sax, clarinet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Neil Yates trumpet, flugelhorn, Dave Green double bass, Pat McCarthy guitar, John Perry drums, and spoken word Josie-Anne Moon.

Arrangements by Alan Barnes one of the most renowned and in-demand composers, arrangers and saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene, well known for his themed compositions has brought together a unique combination of all-star quality handpicked musicians.

 “Fish Tales” was inspired by a visit to Grimsby and meeting with the poet Josie Moon. It’s a unique lineup, bringing together some of the best regional and London musicians, playing great straight-ahead music, and Josie really can work a crowd”.

“I hope we have done justice to the memory of all those people who gave their lives to bringing the fish in”. Alan Barnes

A CD of the music and poetry is available is about to be released and is available to purchase from Gill Wilde 01472873730. Many congratulations to Gill for pulling this huge project together and trawling the country for all those top musicians. It's ripe for all those Jazz puns everyone - get going!

Tour dates
Thurs 6th July Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull HU1 2AN

Fri 14th July Grimsby Central Hall Duncombe Street, Grimsby DN32 7EG Box Office 01472355025

Sat 15th July Swanage Jazz Festival Swanage Dorset Tel: 01929 426127

Sat 29th July Llandudno Jazz Festival, Bodafon Farm Park, Bodafon Road, Llandudno LL30 1BW. 

Wed 11th October Swansea Jazzland, St James Club, Swansea, SA1 6DR

Thurs 12th October Seven Jazz Leeds 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Fri 13th October Wakefield Jazz at Wakefield Sports Club (College Grove), Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR

Sun 15th October Herts Jazz Festival Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX

Thurs 19th October Folkestone Jazz Club, Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. CT20 3HL. Tickets: 01303 277175 or e:

Sat 11th November Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY Box Office: 01522 873894

Sun 12th November Wigan Jazz at The Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA.

Sat 18th November The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

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