Ivo Neame Quintet


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Time: 20:00


  • Ivo Neame-piano
  • Jim Hart-vibes
  • Tori Freestone-sax and flute
  • Huw Williams-bass
  • Dave Hamblett-drums

This band features some of the finest young jazz musicians from London playing melodic contemporary original music.

Influenced by musicians such as Keith Jarrett, The Claudia Quintet, Paul Hindemith and Arve Henriksen, the ethos of the band is to play music that moves seamlessly from freely improvised explorations to tightly arranged sections.
Ivo Neame is a forward thinking and innovative pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. As a musician of exceptional ability, Neame is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting and original pianists to emerge in some time.

Well known as the pianist with Phronesis and with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, his most recent release Strata saw him reach new heights as a composer leading a quintet in a set of exuberant and creative originals. With an abundance of ideas, his career is travelling on new trajectory set to emulate the profile achieved by the likes of Django Bates.

Extensively touring with his quintet, octet and now solo piano, as well as with Phronesis and Marius Neset, Neame is destined for great things. Watch this space!

The group has performed all over the UK and Europe, receiving a standing ovation from a full house at the 2013 North Sea Jazz Festival. The most recent album Strata was released to universal critical acclaim

“Jazz composition and improv in beautiful balance” – John Fordham, The Guardian

“Shaping the future of British Jazz” - Irish Times

“One of the finest multi-instrumentalists, composers and arrangers of his generation” -
Peter Quinn, The Arts Desk

Ivo Neame    website

Sarah McQuaid


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016
Time: 20:00
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Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th).

Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows.

A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover.

Like its predecessors, her fourth solo CD has drawn international critical acclaim: The Musician (UK) called it “A work that grows with each listen,” while Germany’s Folker hailed it as “Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit” (A courageous album that includes a potential pop hit). “Sending out a trembling resonance, this is a collection of songs that feel their way into your being,” wrote FolkWords (UK), where it prevailed over stiff competition to be selected as Album of the Month.

“Brilliant musicianship, a warm and welcoming stage presence and a voice as rich, matured and knowing as the finest thrice-distilled Irish malt whiskey.” – fRoots
“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it’s all lovely.” –
Ian Pickles, R2/Rock 'n' Reel

Sarah McQuaid    website

Nigel Price Quartet


Support - Demeanour

The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016
Time: 19:30

  • Nigel Price (guitar)
  • Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone)
  • Ross Stanley (Hammond Organ)
  • Matt Home (drums)

Nigel Price  - who led his organ trio to pick up the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble” is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today.

He spent three years with UK funk legends, the James Taylor Quartet, was placed third in the 2014 British Jazz Awards for “best guitarist” and is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he has played over 400 times.

His blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences.

asilis Xenopoulos makes a great sound on his Cannonball tenor sax and shapes every solo superbly with facility and fluency.

Matt Home is always impeccable and crisp and precise, but I don't think I've ever heard him play with the sense of adventure he had last night.

At the heart of every texture is Ross Stanley, finding the variety of a Jimmy Smith or a Joey de Francesco, but also pulling the time around with fabulous madcap inventiveness.

“There’s an exhilarating tight-loose swing and old-school honestly about Price’s brand of soul-bop that leaves you panting” – Mojo

“Very few players could manage playing as fluent, imaginative and technically impeccable guitar as Price does here” –
Evening Standard

Nigel Price   website

Demeanour - Matt Johns – Piano, Tom Dauncey - Double Bass, Tom Jackson - Drums
(will be on stage 7.30 – 8.15pm)

Sarah Gillespie Quartet


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Time: 20:00

  • Sarah Gillespie – guitar, vocals
  • Tom Cawley – piano
  • Tim Thornton – double bass
  • Emiliano Caroselli - drums

Sarah’s critically acclaimed albums Stalking Juliet (2009), In The Current Climate (2011), Glory Days (2013) and her anti-war narrative suite, The War on Trevor (2012) all received 4 and 5-star reviews in the broadsheet and music press.

Sarah has since performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, been interviewed by Andrew Marr on Start The Week as well as receiving radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and numerous radio stations world-wide. She has performed in jazz venues in Europe and across the UK including headline shows at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as ‘(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”

Sarah also writes political papers published on various news websites, paints, performs poetry and hosts song-writing workshops.  She lives in London with her partner and daughter.

Sarah Gillespie     website

“Humorous impressionistic lyrics oscillate between the intimate and the infinite” * * * * The Independent

“Beat Poet Adventurer Strays Beyond Bounds of Singer Songwriter”  * * * * Mojo

“Brilliant, the bees knees” Robert Wyatt

Michael Chapman in Concert


The Bosuns, Charlestown

Date: Thursday 14th July 2016

Time: 20:00

This year, Michael Chapman celebrates Fifty Years on the road with the final ever gigs to be held at the Count House in West Cornwall ( No !. He's not retiring).  Here's a rare chance to see him in St Austell prior to those already sold out gigs in West Cornwall

Although not as well known as his peers (Roy Harper, John Marytn, and Bert Jansch), the name Michael Chapman is an important one in the lineage of English folk rock guitarists and singer/songwriters of the late 60’s/early 70’s.

For those unfamiliar with Chapman’s work, Roy Harper might be his closest musical cousin (and both artists were signed to EMI’s seminal stoner record label Harvest – also home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett).

Chapman was first championed by John Peel in the 70s and he’s still selling out venues in 2016!

His Career retrospective double CD and booklet package 'Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010' came out on Tompkins Square in 2012, and Light in the Attic re-issued his classic 'Fully Qualified Survivor'.   Both releases have received stunning reviews.

Still producing innovative and acclaimed albums such as an instrumental album Fish (dedicated to John the Fish) and a joint release with Hiss Golden Messenger, Michael Chapman is reaching a new generation of musicians and fans.

This is a rare chance to see and hear a legendary guitarist and songwriter who like a maturing fine wine – gets better with age.

“Chapman's expansive guitar work creates a filmic soundtrack of the American South-west that's as compelling as anything Ry Cooder might muster”. Rob Beattie

"This is the sound of a real songwriter who's lived a real life and all that entails"
Q Magazine

Michael Chapman   website

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