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


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.





Andy Sheppard Trio


The Bosun's Charlestown

Date:  Wednesday 18th February 2015

Time:   20.00

  • Andy Sheppard – saxophones
  • Dan Moore – Hammond Organ
  • Tony Orrell – drums

One of the UK’s most compelling and charismatic saxophonists, Andy Sheppard, has been a mainstay of the European jazz scene for over twenty years.

A powerful soloist with a distinctive glowing tone he has illuminated the bands of post-war jazz greats George Russell, Gil Evans and Carla Bley as well as recording a series of brilliant albums for Blue Note, Island Records and most recently ECM.

Andy Sheppard bought his first saxophone at the age of nineteen after being introduced to the jazz music of John Coltrane. He has since established himself as one of Britain’s foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists.

During the late eighties, the British Jazz Awards awarded him not only Best Newcomer but Best Instrumentalist, Best Album and Best Big Band.

Known as a serial collaborator, Andy Sheppard has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and is in huge demand for both his composing and arranging skills and for his legendary live performances.

Andy Sheppard has composed over 300 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.

Dan Moore - Known primarily for playing piano and Hammond organ, Dan is also a composer/producer/arranger.

Tony Orrell - has a long history of collaborations most recently with conductor Charles Hazelwood.

‘Romanticism, carefully managed anarchy and accessibility subtle, elegant jazz…’ The Guardian

“Sheppard's wholly distinctive saxophone playing, which combines considerable subtlety with immediate accessibility, has never sounded better.” The Times

‘Sheppard is always a compelling voice...’ Time Out

Andy Sheppard Website


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