Karen Tweed is unwell and the gig on Friday is cancelled.

Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

WOW! The Jonathan Kriesberg Quartet gig turned out better than expected, thanks to all those that came and to the Be Bop Club and Bath Ales for their help. I knew Kikoski was very good and now Bristolians do as well. Kreisberg I knew was good, but he was better than even I expected! Described as “Volcanic” in Jazzyblogman’s review

Karen Tweed celebrates 27 years in music with a Birthday, Concert, Party on Fri 27 with entry FREE. She is bringing along some friends to help swell the sound and we hope you will come along, have some fun and donate to the charities at the end. We round off the month with a brilliant collaboration between Partikel Trio and guitarist Ant Law, reproducing the music from the String Theory Project. These guys are flavour of the year and I'm pleased to have them in the programme.

Please note there is a change to the line-up for the Partikel gig (29 May), due to ‘Artistic Differences’. Ant Law replaces Benet McLean.

Just in....a small gem! Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood is in the country touring. Initially we couldn’t fit him in to the programme, but as he’s having a day off, staying with us (his agent is Lorraine), so we are going to do an intimate House Concert at 38 Eldon (Tues 31 May), details to follow in a few days, but obviously it will be intimate with very limited availability.

Cheers, Ian

*EBA* means Early Booking Advised

Karen Tweed (& Friends)

Fri 27 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£donations)Hen & Chicken Book

Karen Tweed is unwell and the gig on Friday is cancelled.

Karen Tweed

Karen Tweed, the mercurial and lyrical accordionist extraordinaire, is celebrating her birthday on Friday 27th May 2016, which coincides with her 27th year of professional and diverse musicality! To celebrate, there will be a concert-birthday-party, in Bristol, which promises to be fun, frivolous and decorative!

Initially this is a free event, but we ask you to donate something at the end of the evening. Apart from some musician and venue expenses the majority of donations will support Alzheimer’s UK and The Samaritans, charities selected by the musicians performing and having fun, to celebrate Karen’s 27 years. Her career has seen a myriad of breathtaking collaborations such as The Poozies, SWAP, The Kathryn Tickell Band, The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra, Circa Compania and May Monday. She is also a respected illustrator and designer which is now revealed in the first publication of her compositions – some of which she will be playing and re-telling the stories about them. Karen may even shed a little light on her other love, cartoons.

She has performed on over 60 albums, featured in 5 publications including The Severn Suite – a collection of new dances and music with John Kirkpatrick which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Wales in October.

Tweed’s sensibilities straddle classical and traditional modes with the agility of Margot Fonteyn and the fluency of someone bi-lingual since birth. This is a music tethered to neither a time nor a location. ~ Siobhan Long, the Irish Times

She is an inspirational teacher, composer and arranger whose mission is to keep inspiring live music in universities, village halls, pubs, street corners and seafronts! A rough outline of the evening will see two sets with Karen performing solo, then her friends and guests joining in. Later and after, it may develop into an Irish music pub jam!!! So, bring your party hats and come along to Karen Tweed 27 and have some fun.........read more

…and none of this lovely music falls short of expectations. I honestly can’t remember the last time I enjoyed folk-music as much. ~ Paul Pledger, Allgigs.co.uk

Partikel +Ant Law

Sun 29 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book


Partikel take a unique and fresh look at the saxophone trio format, their exciting live performances led them to being dubbed as One of the hottest young bands on the UK scene according to Jazzwise magazine.

After years of extensive touring throughout the UK, Europe and China, Partikel have established themselves as one of the best and most consistent of contemporary British jazz groups ~ Ian Mann.

Partikel began 2015 touring throughout the UK teaming up with one of Europe's most virtuosic jazz violinists, Benet McLean, performing music from their critically acclaimed album "String Theory". Many other high profile bookings for this year include Love Supreme Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club as part of the London Jazz Festival. Partikel released their third album 'String Theory' in 2015. This latest project sees the band pushing their own sonic and compositional boundaries by teaming up with four of the most in-demand string players on the UK scene, fusing their love of jazz, rock and world music with the sounds and textures of a string quartet to create a high energy album that merges a bewildering array of unique soundscapes.

The album was released on Whirlwind Recordings in the spring to critical acclaim and lead to a number of high profile appearances throughout the UK including the London String Quartet Festival and the EFG London Jazz Festival. The year culminated in seeing the band rise to new heights with performances from Shanghai to Seville. Last October Partikel embarked on a month- long tour of China performing in nine cities across the country. The band were able to perform at various concert halls, arts centres, festivals and intimate clubs as well as delivering workshops at some of the countries leading educational institutions. On returning to the UK in November it was straight into the London Jazz Festival and then off for three performances in Seville as part of the Festival en la Provincia.

The band has also been running a successful residency night at one of London's premier jazz venues The Hideaway in Streatham. As bassist Max Luthert rightly states we have been hanging out and playing together so much over the past 6 years this is really starting to develop a strong and cohesive band sound. Rarely do jazz groups get the opportunity to work together and develop their art as much as Partikel have, resulting in a fresh, melodic and fiercely interactive set of passionate and sincere music............read more

One of the most exciting trios in improvised music ~ Jazz Podium (Germany)

*EBA* Andy Sheppard & John Parricelli

Sun 19 Jun 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

Andy Sheppard John Parricelli

Little did I know, when I asked Andy and John to perform their first ever duo gig at The Albert in late 2001, that these two would still be playing as a duo today. After that gig, they decided to continue with the format the following year, gaining many rave reviews about their chemistry together. That led to recording the album ‘PS’ in early 2003 (Provocateur). Prior to 2001, Andy was searching for an acoustic guitarist to join his latest project at that time, which would end up as the band which recorded Andy’s albums Learning To Wave and Dancing Man and Woman. The need for an acoustic sound was to compliment the music he had in his head and his desire to work with percussion instead of full drum kit and using a Tabla player. He asked if I had any ideas for who he could use (based on musicians I had heard or booked) and was available, I suggested a very talented Welsh based player Dylan Fowler and John Parricelli. I knew John from working with other bands and through his own group (w/ Dudley Phillips: bass, Mark Lockheart: saxophone and Martin France: drums) that released a beautiful album Alba and had played twice at The Albert. Dylan wasn’t available and John didn’t own an acoustic guitar at that time....but he soon got one and that was the start of a beautiful relationship...as they say!

So it is with great pleasure we have these two exceptionally talented musicians back in town for this gig. Andy Sheppard one of Britain's foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists and stellar guitarist John Parricelli mix delicate bossa novas, achingly evocative ballads and super-charged excursions into funk and rock for this remarkable duo performance. Their music is enhanced by a creative and uniquely personal use of electronics and new music technology, yet the music retains it’s lyrical and melodic feel and is wonderfully enjoyable to listen to.

John rose to fame as one of the founders of super-group Loose Tubes and since then has pursued a typical ‘Pro’ musicians career, working with many well respected and influential jazz musicians including Annie Whitehead, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Lee Konitz as well as performing as a session musician for some of the biggest pop artists around (Leona Lewis, Mike Oldfield) and for major film soundtrack, TV and theatre projects. Andy has worked with an incredible array of stars from Gil Evans, Carla Bley and George Russell, to Joanna McGregor and Benjamin Zephaniah as well as leading numerous of his own renowned ensembles.............read more

Sheppard and Parricelli have clearly made the leap from formidable ability to sheer musicality. ~ All About Jazz