Aberjazz round up

Now in it's 11th year the Aberjazz festival has demonstrated its longevity and popularity with music lovers internationally.

We sent along our roving reporter to sample the jazzy delights of the 2014 festival...

"Blues, rock, soul, funk. It may say ‘jazz’ on the label, but Aberjazz has grown into a full-bodied kaleidoscope of dance, music, voice and sound that’s sure to get your foot tapping and hips swaying.

A bluebird day, full of sunshine and music greeted the Aberjazz festivals goer’s in Fishguard this weekend. Lota Park carnival swayed to the beat of African Drums as Emmanuel Okuni Annang captivated crowds, young and old, with his drumming workshop. 

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The breadth of shows on offer means that everyone is going to find something they like and the fact that so many shows are bucketed means you can give jazz a try and take potluck – just turn up and walk the trail of gigs to experience everything on offer.

As the day rolls on a faithful crowd of pilgrims can be seen walking from venue to venue, festival guide in hand, searching out the next gig on this 5-day whirlwind tour of all things Jazz. Mr H filled the Transition Café, Delta Breaks raised the roof of The Royal Oak and there was standing room only at Julia Morris’ salsa class.

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Aberjazz will take you to corners of Fishguard that you might not have visited before. Seventeen different venues host gigs, all within walking distance, across Fishguard, Lower Town and Goodwick. And a short car ride away takes you to some special nights out in Trefin, Dinas and Mathry. 

One of the most impressive things about this festival is that its run entirely by volunteers and lots of the events are by donation. You turn up and enjoy what’s on offer and a volunteer, like the lovely Pam Jones – who plays with local four piece harmony band ‘Allspice’ – will pass a bucket round and you donate what you want for the gig.

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If you invested an afternoon at Fishguard you could come away with all the skills you need to bring jazz into your life all year round: salsa dance, fingerpicking, drumming, ukulele and swing hop were some of the workshops on offer at this years Aberjazz. And if the salsa workshop at Ffwrn was anything to go by, the workshops were enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd, eager to get stuck in.

Of course, a festival is only as good as the crowd you are gathering with. Aberjazz hosts an eclectic mix of fun-loving music aficionados, of every generation. You will be in good company all week long, rubbing shoulders with bands, locals and visitors alike and whilst you might feel like a stranger on Thursday you will be sure to leave as a friend by Monday. That’s Aberjazz!" 

Did you go to any of the events this year? Or attend a workshop? Join in the conversation on Twitter, or Facebook.

Miss this event? Put Tenby Blues Festival in your diary for November. 


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