Ralph Freeman Quartet


Featuring Rob Townsend

The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 8th June 2016

Time: 20:00


  • Ralph Freeman, piano
  • Rob Townsend, saxophone
  • Marcus Vergette, double bass
  • Andrea Trillo, drums

St Ives Jazz Club founder returns to Cornwall with some of his London buddies, to play a programme of their own distinctive take on some classic jazz material, along with new originals from Freeman himself.   ‘…vibrant, energising music, with new compositions that span from bluesy to bossa-esque, all with be-boppy brio.’ Dan Matlin.

Saxophonist, Rob Townsend has spent much of the last three years touring with iconic prog-rock guitarist, Steve Hackett. He also plays and records with acid-jazz hammond legend James Taylor. Over the years Rob has performed with many great names in British jazz such as Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Laurence Cottle, Tim Garland and Arnie Somogyi as well as with USA legends such as Sam Rivers and Eddie Henderson. 

Rob is an acclaimed jazz teacher, co-leading the excellent degree jazz programme at Middlesex University in London.

Ralph Freeman, pianist, composer, artist and founder of St Ives Jazz Club, which was awarded Jazz Venue Of The Year 2015 in the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As well as performing with his own ensembles and various original projects, he has worked with many of Britain's leading jazz musicians both at the Club and in London.

Marcus Vergette, bass player, composer and artist whose work includes jazz, classical, improv and pop. Present projects include London Sinfonietta, performances for the South Bank Centre and touring his Marsyas Suite.

Andrea Trillo,  drummer, originally from Rome, who has performed with many British jazz icons including Don Weller, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi and Julian Segal and has toured with the legendary Herbie Hancock.

Ralph Freeman    website


Restormel Arts is supported by PRS for Music Foundation

Sirkis / Bialas International Quartet


The Bosuns Charlestown


Date: Wednesday 18th May 2016
Time: 20:00

Sirkis / Bialas International Quartet

  • Asaf Sirkis (drums)
  • Sylwia Bialas (vocals)
  • Frank Harrison (piano,keys)
  • Kevin Glasgow (bass )

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK resident
drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis (known for his work with the Lighthouse trio
, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis
) and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas.

The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed
Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between.

Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.

The quartet`s latest album - Come To Me was released in 2014 at the London Jazz Festival
and the band has been touring in the UK and Europe since

"Sylwia Bialas‘ poetic lyric and sensual sounding language underpinned by Asaf Sirkis‘ sensitive musical setting created a particular mood from the off.  Come To Me developed into a fine example of Bialas’ vocal technique which never became clichéd, out-and-out scat but integrated beautifully into the ensemble as an instrument"; Gary Corbett The Jazz Breakfast

"Come To Me, is a true tour-de-force of musicianship and innovation...this is what music is all about: colourful, infinitely creative, and full of heartfelt, emotional intensity. Each musician is such a talent unto themselves that when playing together you cannot help but feel completely transported to a better place while you listen. This album is truly magnificent! ...a musical experience without peer! COME TO ME IS A MASTERPIECE! " John Prichard, Jazz-Rock.com (USA) *****

Asaf Sirkis website

Scary Little Girls "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Minute!"


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Friday 22nd April 2016

Time: 19:30

'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Minute' is a radio programme on tour and it is coming to Charlestown, St Austell on Friday, 22nd April !

Following their recent tour of It’s Your Round , Scary Little Girls return with their delightfully bonkers Sorry I Haven’t a Minute! cabaret radio show.

Audiences are invited to join the team of a fictional radio magazine show. They can contribute live sound effects as well as record an episode of the Dirk and Daphne Chronicles, join in taste tests and interviews along local themes, and get to see the relationships behind the broadcast…

Can the stars of the show, Summer and Charlie be professional enough to not break up live on air?

Can sound effects girl, Pearl convincingly create a farm-yard of animals, a travelling library and a barbershop quartet?

Find out in this hilarious evening!

Comedy, stories and radio for the communities - what could possibly go wrong?

"These spoof shows are much harder than they look . . . this easy going show is daft, enjoyable and fun ! " ; The Scotsman

"Scary Little Girls . .  stars of rural touring!"; Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Scary Little Girls Productions        website


Sam Crockatt Quartet


The Bosuns Charlestown

 Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016

Time: 20:00

Sam Crockatt Quartet

  • Sam Crockatt – tenor saxophone/compositions
  • Kit Downes – piano
  • Oli Hayhurst – double bass
  • James Maddren - drums

Sam Crockatt has been playing jazz since the age of 10. He started out listening to Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet, and Jimmy Noone and playing the clarinet. He soon switched to saxophone and began listening to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and realised he was hooked!

Since then Sam has completed a degree in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music and played in venues all over the UK including Ronnie Scott's, The Albert Hall, the Jazz Cafe, and the Sage Centre.

This gig is part of the launch tour for the Sam Crockatt Quartet’s third album - Mells Bells, on Whirlwind Recordings.

Formed in 2002, the Sam Crockatt Quartet is made up of 4 of the most in-demand, creative young jazz musicians in London. Each member of the group has a strong individual voice and these voices blend to form a cohesive, swirling band sound equally at home on Crockatt’s originals as jazz standards.

The music is highly lyrical and though sometimes very free, never loses touch with melody.

Their first album -‘Howeird’ - won Album of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2009.

“Sam is a relaxed and confident improvisor and the sun shines in his music” Tim Garland

“Haunting Lyricism” John Fordham - 4-Star review of 'Howeird' in The Guardian

"His love of an elegant melody is apparent throughout, his light but strong, warbling, slightly smoky tenor sound perfectly gauged to bring out his tunes' freshness, grace and vitality"
Chris Parker - Vortex Jazz

Sam Crockatt website

Restormel Arts is supported by PRS for Music Foundation

Tom Green Septet


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Time: 20:00

Tom Green Septet

  • Tom Green - Trombone/Compositions
  • James Davison - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
  • Tommy Andrews - Alto/Soprano Saxophones
  • Sam Miles - Tenor Saxophone
  • Sam James – Piano
  • Misha Mullov-Abbado - Double Bass
  • Scott Chapman - Drums

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as "a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM).

The Tom Green Septet is an outlet for Tom's original compositions: elegant and lively contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves, and memorable melodies at their heart.

The Septet was formed in November 2012, bringing together seven in-demand young musicians who are all prize-winning bandleaders, composers and performers in their own right. Together, they create a warm and distinct sound world, using the unique range of textures available in the seven-piece ensemble.

Their debut album "Skyline" was released in February 2015 to unanimous critical acclaim. Dave Gelly in the Observer (4*) described it as "a kaleidoscope of harmony that is not only phenomenally skilful, but absorbing and endlessly entertaining, too."

The CD was recorded at Real World Studios and released on Tom's own Spark label. It was described in Jazzwise as "startlingly good and a delight to hear" (4*), and according to Peter Bacon of the Jazz Breakfast blog, "there's little point in picking out highlights - the whole album is a highlight."

"I've been involved in jazz for more than 60 years and this is some of the most exciting original new music I have heard for a long time. Tom's writing has complexity, depth and intensity but above all a strong melodic thread… played with fantastic energy and a true band sound"; Dame Cleo Laine, June 2013

A band with big sound, and big prospects"; John Fordham, The Guardian, Feb 2015

"Mighty impressive... this band is one to look out for"; Ivan Hewett, The DailyTelegraph, Feb 2015

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