Theo Travis Double Talk


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 21st October 2015
Time: 20:00

 Theo Travis – tenor sax , flute / Mike Outram – guitar / Pete Whittaker – Hammond organ / Nic France - drums

 Tenor saxophonist and flautist Theo Travis has an international reputation as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary British jazz scene. He is also increasingly regarded as one of the foremost saxophonists and flautists in progressive music in the world.

 Described on BBC Radio 2 as “One of the very best young tenor saxophonists of this or any other jazz generation in Britain”, he has appeared on over 115 albums and played at Ronnie Scott’s in London over 75 times. Recently he has toured with John Etheridge & Soft Machine Legacy and is currently playing sax on the first part of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s European tour.

 Theo on his latest album Transgression “It is an instrumental, bluesy, progressive jazz album, it reflects many of my influences and inspirations and I think it is both personal and of broad appeal – at least if you are into melody and powerful bluesy electric jazz with a strong 1970s influence.”

 “Transgression - This is a great album and an important one. It comes at a time when less and less music of real worth is hitting the mainstream and it delivers music on many, many levels so that the ride through the album leaves the listener breathless but satisfied.

I so want to see this live”.

Andy Snipper – Music News

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Theo Travis Website

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Friday 9th October 2015
Time: 20:00

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Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer’s latest album, Maritime, captures a moment in time and place from their seaside home.

Upon early release in Europe, Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months and ranked among the Best Albums of 2014 by The Daily Telegraph, praising it for “…soulful songs, intuitive musicianship, and fine singing.”

They live on the San Juan Islands, in the current-swept inland seas between Seattle, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia. This archipelago of serene islands, where handcrafted wooden cabins are nestled into small farms, still beyond the reach of mobile phone towers was the inspiration for this current set of songs.

Instead of travelling from their natural solitude to record an album in a bustling city, McGraw and Fer called on their producer and cohort of kindred musicians to come together from across the country to make what they were calling their "island record." Recorded live in a home, at the end of a dirt road, amidst towering evergreens, a story of a patient island is told.

Together, their exceptional vocal harmonies coupled with Fer’s pioneering electric guitar work have become a vehicle to carry them around the world. The pair has honed their skills touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, sharing stages with fellow troubadours including Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kelly Joe Phelps, Birds of Chicago and many others. "On stage, McGraw and Fer’s harmonies drew the seated crowd to their feet.” ; Boise Weekly (Idaho)

“Dave and Mandy create a confluence of soulful lyrics, musical chops and harmony in their music that is as beautiful as it is thought provoking.”; Willy Porter

These guys are great live and no doubt will have entertaining stories to tell of the inspiration for their work.


The Ralph Freeman Quartet


The Bosun's Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 13th May 2015
Time: 20:00

Ralph Freeman Quartet featuring Chris Biscoe
performing an exciting programme of new original compositions and arrangements.

  • Chris Biscoe – saxophones
  • Ralph Freeman – piano
  • Marcus Vergette – bass
  • Andrea Trillo - drums

Chris Biscoe - A saxophone virtuoso of great lyricism, passion and versatility, steeped in the Jazz tradition, his conception embraces everything from Blues & Gospel to free improvisation and Jazz Rock. He has worked with leading international composers such as George Russell, Hermeto Pascall, Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook and has appeared as a soloist on more than 40 albums including New York Composers Orchestra and David Murray.

Ralph Freeman - Pianist, composer, artist. Founder of St Ives Jazz Club, now shortlisted
Jazz Venue of the Year 2015
in the All 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
- A 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 - A 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.

“ An exceptional evening of vibrant, energising, music, with compositions spanning from bluesy to bossa-esque and all with beboppy brio….” Dan Matlin 2014

Ralph Freeman   website

Chris Biscoe   website

Photo credit : Dragan Tasic  website


Dave O'Higgins Quartet


The Bosun's Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 8th April 2015
Time: 20:00



Dave O’Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes / Graham Harvey - piano / Geoff Gascoyne – bass /Sebastiaan de Krom - drums

Dave is a popular & well known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 14 albums as leader with various line-ups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte and went on to work with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, Chico Chagas and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.
2013’s critically acclaimed CD release, Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) by the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, Graham Harvey on piano and co-led with bassist, Geoff Gascoyne comprises a selection of “contrafacts” (new tunes written to changes of favourite standards) and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dave’s new specialist jazz recording studio (JVG). “Real Note Vol 2” is due out March 2014 and the band will be on tour in April and May.
 “One of the most vigorously compelling tenor players on the UK scene, and on this wholly enjoyable, powerful album, he nods to the great saxophonists – Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Dexter Gordon chief among them – who so clearly influenced him, without unduly compromising his individuality; In the Zone  is archetypal O'Higgins: unpretentious, accessible, no-nonsense acoustic jazz addressed with skillfully controlled energy.”
reviewing In the Zone (Jazzizit)
“A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” JAZZ GUIDE
“Dazzling post-bop tenorist with a magnificent range and a dramatic turn of phrase”                     


Supported by and

Marcus Vergette


The Marsyas Suite

The Bosuns Charlestown

Date:  Wednesday 11th March 2015

Time:  20.00

Roz Harding - alto sax  / Janna Bulmer - cello / Lucy Welsman – cello / Tom Unwin – piano /

 Marcus Vergette - bass

Marcus Vergette is a sculptor, film-maker, composer and working musician and a much sought after double bass player.


Inspired by the painting by Titian "The Flaying Of Marsyas". The music tells the story of the Greek myth behind the painting; a shepherd boy who finds a flute thrown away by Athena, is challenged to a musical dual with Apollo that and ends in the usual way of a Greek tragedy. This piece was first premiered on Radio 3 in the 90's.


This is a unique piece with many facets, chamber jazz with a kaleidoscopic story. The suite is performed by some of the South West’s leading jazz musicians.



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