Monday, 3 July 2017

Fish tales gets in the swim...

Fish Tales, a commission from 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 and explores the myths, the misadventures and the realities of the fishing 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. A powerful and exciting evening of jazz and poetry evocative of any fishing port, and guaranteed to stir the memories of fishing communities everywhere.

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

Alan Barnes alto, baritone saxes, clarinet, flute, Gilad 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/ Sebastiaan de Krom drums, spoken word Josie Moon.

“Fish Tales” was inspired by a visit to Grimsby and meeting with the poet Josie Moon. It’s a unique line-up, 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

Appreciation and thanks to artist Dale Mackie whose amazing paintings have brought alive the subject matter on the CD and posters. Cleethorpes born, Dale has strong affinity with the Town’s fishing heritage.

Thurs 6th July Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull HU1 2AN Tel: 01482 317941  8.00pm start.

 Fri 14th July Grimsby Central Hall Duncombe Street, Grimsby DN32 7EG Box Office 01472355025 7.30pm start.

Sat 15th July Swanage Jazz Festival Swanage Dorset Tel: 01929 426127 9.00 -11.00pm

Sat 29th July Llandudno Jazz Festival, Bodafon Farm Park, Bodafon Road, Llandudno LL30 1BW.  10.15 – 11.30 pm

Wed 11th October Swansea Jazzland, St James Club, Swansea, SA1 6DR Tel 07802912789 Time 8.30 – 11.00 pm

 Thurs 12th October Leeds Seven Jazz 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Tickets: 01132626777 Time 7.45pm -11.15pm

 Fri 13th October Wakefield Jazz at Wakefield Sports Club (College Grove), Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR Tel: 01977680542 Time 8.30 – 11pm

Sun 15th October Herts Jazz Festival Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX Tel: 0300 3039 620. Time 4.45 - 6.15 pm

 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. Box office: 01942 410499

 Sat 18th November The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE Tel: 01743234970

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