Fishguard rings to the sound of jazz

This year the 12th Fishguard Jazz & Blues festival is promising to be the best ever.

Between the 27th and 31st August around fifty acts will perform in twenty venues over 5 days mostly in Fishguard but also in Goodwick, Mathry and Trefin, the line-up is truly stunning.

In Theatr Gwaun the headline act on Saturday is the iconoclastic jazz band Polar Bear, twice nominated for both BBC Jazz wards and Mercury Music Prizes.  Also in Theatr Gwaun you can see the “absolutely brilliant” emerging jazz singer, Emily Saunders. 

Emily Saunders at Aberjazz

You can count 17 different things happening in Ffwrn (the world’s only music venue with its own bread oven), including Paul Lamb and the King Snakes, The Red Stripe Band, local star Jodie Marie as well as workshops and of course the opening ceremony on Thursday afternoon.

Jodie Marie at Aberjazz

In Pepper's Café you can enjoy some of the finest food and cocktails in Pembrokeshire while listening any of 7 jazz acts playing over the weekend. On the Sunday for example you can see Huw Warren, one of the finest jazz musicians in Wales, or on Saturday the fascinating jazz guitar partnership of Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier.

The weekend is full of musical entertainment as the Fishguard pubs come alive with jazz blues during the day and in the evenings. There are free workshops with something for everyone.  You can learn the ukulele from the greatest modern player of the metal-bodied resonator guitar, Del Rey, or the harmonica from Liam Ward of the Rumblestrutters. Some of the younger Aberjazzers might like to make musical instruments from recycled materials, or master the art of beat box and pedal loop.

Aberjazz must be considered the first among equals in the world of jazz and blues (alphabetically at least!) and it is here in North Pembrokeshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend. 

The 2015 programme will be on sale soon but it can be viewed online at Aberjazz.

Last year Visit Pembrokeshire sent along our roving reporters to the explore the jazzy delight of the 2014 festival - read what they thought.

Can't make this event? Put Tenby Blues Festival in your diary for November.

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