Friday, 18 February 2011

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival 5th, 6th and 7th August


Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival
 5th, 6th and 7th August

Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes,
East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival returns for a fifth year with another something-for-everyone line-up of artists set over three days in the most beautiful of surroundings.  Set in the grounds of an historic Elizabethan hall, the festival is organised by its sax-playing owner Simon Cunliffe-Lister and jazz singer Saffron Byass.

“This is the only jazz event I know where your arrival is delayed by ducks crossing the road and performers are joined onstage by flitting bats...  Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended.”
Christopher Hirst, The Independent

Performing at this year's festival is the multi award winning Claire Martin whose 1992 debut album The Waiting Game received rave reviews and was chosen as a Times Album of the Year. Since then Claire has gone on to record and perform with many globally respected artists including Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (whom she toured with to celebrate his 70th birthday), Jamie Cullum, the late John Martyn, Curtis Stigers and even Noel Gallagher to name but a few.
Claire has also opened for Tony Bennett at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.
“For my money she's not only the finest female British jazz singer of her generation but possibly of all time.”
The Times - Jazz Reviewer
“Nobody does it like Claire Martin – a British singing sensation". The New York Observer

Also performing is jazz, singer-songwriter extraordinaire, and one of the UK’s most sought-after artists Jacqui Dankworth Quartet.
Given her musical pedigree – daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth - it’s no surprise that Jacqui is considered to be
“one of the classiest acts in British jazz singing”(The Guardian).
Jacqui continues to make an enormous impression wherever she performs, either with her own band or touring with other prestigious musicians, such as the Brodsky Quartet. From Ronnie Scott’s and the Royal Festival Hall in London to The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, she has been wowing packed houses at major festivals and other venues worldwide. Last year she performed with the legendary Marvin Hamlisch in New York to a standing ovation.
“Jacqui Dankworth…. has made it in every sense. She can do a ballad and a gospel number with the same relaxed, easy mastery. Her timing is terrific, she can pack a punch… and she’s buoyed up by a quartet who are marvellous players in their own right….a total delight." Daily Telegraph

This years festival will also see performances from Zoe Gilby Quintet - A young jazz vocalist that has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today, Paul Baxter Silver Septet featuring Alan Barnes, Nicola Farnon Quartet - an outstandingly swinging and propulsive bass player with an outgoing personality to match, Joel Purnell Quartet - Influenced by the American jazz masters of past and present they concentrate musically on a collective approach to melodicity, lyricism, jazz feel and expression in a contemporary jazz setting,  young Blues artist Oli Brown, who brings a freshness and excitement to every performance and is at the forefront of the UK’s new Blues movement, Rob Law Trio who are lead by Rob, an accomplished piano player who has earned himself a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting young artists, and finally, Safari with guest and festival organiser Simon Cunliffe-Lister who will play out their festival.

Many more artists are to be announced over the coming weeks - 
For up to date artists' info please visit

Festival Tickets info

Weekend Advance Ticket: Friday 6pm – 10pm, Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
Before 1st July - £40 / After June 30th - £50
Concessions: OAPs, Season ticket holders, students, children 12-15 years (Under 12 FREE with an adult)
Before 1st July £38 / After June 30th £48 
Day Ticket: Saturday 11am – 10pm
Before 1st July - £30 / After June 30th - £35 Concessions £28 / £32
Day Ticket: Sunday 11am – 6pm
Before 1st July - £25 / After June 30th - £30  Concessions £23 / £28
Evening Ticket: Friday 6 pm – 10pm and Saturday 6pm – 10pm
Before 1st July - £20 EACH DAY / After June 30th - £25 EACH DAY Concessions £18 / £23
Camping Voucher: Camping open Friday 3pm – Monday noon. Before 1st July £30 / After June 30th £35
Available online at and from the Festival Ticket Office Tel: 01262 490 324
Or visit Burton Agnes Hall and its courtyard shops.

Held over three days, with performances in the Elizabethan Hall and its beautiful grounds, you can experience the diverse range of laid-back entertainment that inspired the Independent to write that the 2007 Festival was Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’.
"...'tis the musical equivalent of a Sunday stroll through the grounds of a stately home… you won't find more beautifully serene surroundings this side of Woodstock for such an experience and just occasionally the music may well surprise you.” All Gigs 2010 review
The large stage on the Main Lawn in the Hall's award-winning grounds is where you’ll see the Festival’s main acts. With rolling fields behind the stage and pristine woodland to the side, you couldn’t ask for a more stunning setting. Inside the Hall, intimate acoustic performances mix with original Elizabethan carvings and French Impressionist art to create an inimitable festival experience. Festivalgoers are invited to picnic in the grounds whilst enjoying the music, and a campsite in the field adjacent to the Hall offers panoramic views of the Yorkshire Wolds, and there are hot shower facilities for those wishing to pitch a tent for a night or the whole weekend. Festival tickets also entitle festivalgoers entry to the Hall and its beautiful gardens, and award-winning local produce is on sale throughout the three-day festival, including the famous Wold Top beer.

Families flock to the Burton Agnes Jazz Festival for the safe, easy-going vibe. Of particular interest to children is a Children’s Corner with play area; 15 acres of magical gardens to explore including a walled garden with maze, jungle garden and giant games; and a woodland walk with forest creatures to find. Face painters and a children’s entertainer will also be on hand during the weekend to keep the children amused whilst you enjoy some of the finest Jazz and Blues music in the most beautiful and tranquil of surroundings.

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