Remi Harris is regarded by many as one of the UK’s Top Up and Coming Young Jazz Guitarists and has toured the UK, Australia, France, Norway and Italy as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. His unique style blends elements from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop and World Music.
In 2014 Remi was awarded runner up in the British Jazz Awards in both the Rising Star and Guitar Category.
Following Remi’s May 2015 performance on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show live from The Cheltenham Jazz Festival his album ”Ninick” went to number #7 in the iTunes Top Jazz Albums Chart, it peaked at number #6 in Amazon’s Best Sellers in Jazz and he went to #28 in that week’s “Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart”.
Remi’s band The Remi Harris Project take Traditional Gypsy Jazz and Swing Characteristics and infuses them with influences from Bebop, Blues, Rock, World Music, Hip Hop, Funk and Pop. They offer a 2-hour show including solo, duet and trio playing, interspersed with Remi’s commentary and demonstrations of various guitar styles from across the years from Django Reinhardt to Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery to Peter Green.
“incredible guitarist… I’m absolutely blown away by his talent…amazing” Jamie Cullum
“The standard of playing is stunning…5*****” Guitar Techniques Magazine
“This young guy is seriously good…4****” www.thejazzmann.co.uk
“he is a tremendously gifted young player” John Etheridge
“astonishing” Digby Fairweather
“sensational guitarist” Jazz Rag Magazine
Tickets: In Advance: £10 (adults), £8 (concessions and Poly Members) On The Door: £12
110% ENERGY, PITCH PERFECT SINGING, AND PLAYFUL DANCE
AN ACAPPELLA SENSATION THAT UPLIFTS AND INSPIRES
Simply Soweto Encha are a five-piece a cappella group that sing gospel, soul, jazz, doo-wop, and R’n’B both in African and popular styles. In their shows, Simply Soweto Encha celebrate South African oral and dance traditions by performing Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Swahili songs, full of rhythm and harmonies. Dumi, Jabu, Morgan, Lwazi, and Sbu all come from the South African township of Soweto where they have developed their talents being inspired by rich local culture. Discovered in Johannesburg, the group have toured across Europe to share their unique music style since 2008. Their shows have generated great reviews and standing ovations.
Described as ‘very creative in combining the physical with the music,’ ‘non-stop joyous irrepressible harmonies and rhythms,’ their performances have been awarded with numerous titles, incl. Spirit of Edinburgh & Buxton Fringe, Brighton Fringe Best Performance, Trigon Jazz Festival Best Vocal Group and Ethno Jazz Festival Best Performers.
In June 2014, Simply Soweto Encha released their independent album entitled ‘The Journey’ which showcases the group’s creativity in composing music that blends genres, cultures and languages.
The group are unstoppable!
Mercury Prize nominated Folk singer, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateur, in June 2015 released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own’ comprised of songs learned 1st hand from the Gypsy Traveler community. The recording is a new musical manifesto, reflecting Sam’s unique artistic journey. Winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, he is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today. Likewise his band ‘Sam Lee & Friends’ perform unconventional and contemporary interpretations challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.
First Set: ‘Always’ Keith’s widely acclaimed new Album
Keith’s first original Album for 10 years, performed in its entirety.
After more than a decade of dedicated study and more than 1500 acclaimed concerts performing the work of much admired Songwriters and Poets, Keith is releasing what can only be described as an amazing landmark original Album entitled ‘Always’. These 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell ), meticulously written and arranged, have come together slowly over the past 10 years or so and have matured with a strong sense of both personal and collective awareness, a tone that has been caught through older eyes; surreal, sub-textural, daring and provocative, showing anger and disturbance, humour, resolve, vision and sometimes compelling sadness.
‘A bold, fresh and imaginative album containing tender, thoughtful and observant songs’ Anthony Weightman, AAA music
‘Master of musical phrasing. A superb songwriter with faultless delivery’ Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales.
Second Set: ‘Solid Air’ The Songs of John Martyn from 1970-76
John Martyn OBE, simply the most unforgetable and deliciously evocative songwriter and guitarist this country was ever blessed with. A wild card and a maverick, more of a soul singer with an acoustic guitar. His music is entirely emotionally driven and often incomparably beautiful and tender – somehow opposite to the man himself, excessive and ill behaved.
This very personal and studied concert visits his most rich and potent songs, those that have found themselves in the most loved and preserved corner of our collective consciences.