Saturday, 16 December 2017

Jazz and blues week plays out

Jazz and blues week plays out

HENLEY pub company Brakspear’s 10-day jazz and blues week is drawing to a close this weekend.

As in previous years, the event sets out to showcase some of the best local musicians around — in Henley and beyond.

With a repertoire that ranges from Fifties classics to contemporary hits, Steph Willis will get things off to a flying start at 7.30pm tonight (Friday) at the Anchor in Friday Street, Henley.

Half an hour later it is the turn of Joyce Grove jazz chanteuse Rebecca Poole and her trio. They play the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove at 8pm. Meanwhile, over at the Catherine Wheel in Station Road, Goring, some no doubt curious sounds will be issuing forth when The Curious Sounds take to the stage, also at 8pm. The band describe themselves as a mix of New Orleans jazz and waltzing sea shanties with a pinch of travelling circus.

Back in Henley, the Row Barge in West Street is the venue for an 8pm show by multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Claire Nicolson.

Classically trained but with a diverse musical style, Claire’s solo set includes hints of jazz as well as acoustic pop, rock, country, folk and indie.

Then at 9pm, Niall Kelly will close out the evening with some “rockin’ soulful blues, folk and jazz” at the Angel on the Bridge in Thames Side, Henley.

Tomorrow night (Saturday), the Catherine Wheel in Goring hosts an 8pm set by Berkshire-based four-piece Heather Jayne and the Red Shoes.

Last but not least, at 7.30pm on Sunday the Catherine Wheel House Band will take to the stage to showcase an evening of classic jazz and blues.

Entry to the above events is free, but for details of menus and offers, visit www. brakspearjazzandblues.co.uk

n On Monday at 8pm, Nettlebed Folk Song Club resident Jackie Oates is hosting an invitation evening at Nettlebed Village Club in the High Street featuring four of her favourite acts: Lady Maisery, O’Hooley & Tidow, Jack Hogsden and Megan Henwood. Tickets are £14 in advance. To book, call (01628) 636620 or visit www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk

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