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

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


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