Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise….

I’m not normally a “chirpy in the morning” kind of woman.  So it has come as something of a surprise to me that I’ve greatly enjoyed doing a series of Jazz Breakfast gigs at my Lancaster base The Robert Gillow.  Starting at 10am and running to midday, these sessions have been an opportunity to make some laid back music, explore new material, and offer a suitably relaxed and subtle environment for customers wanting to imbibe a coffee and fuel up for the day.   Initially conceived as part of the Lancaster Jazz Festival, the breakfast gigs have become a regular feature of the Gillow’s weekly music schedule.  I’m likely to be there most Saturday mornings until Christmas, sometimes solo, but more commonly singing with guitarist Jon Moore.  Full details are on the gigs page.

At the other end of the day, 20th November also brings my favourite annual concert gig in Hornby, with Paul Kilvington, Ed Harrison and Hugh Lawrence.  Plus a first visit to The Boathouse in Windermere on 27th with Jon Moore, and a Winter Dinner jazz event at Stockport Plaza on 28th November,  with the musical assistance of Vinny Parker, Dave Turner, Nigel Cretney and Harold Salisbury.

Whether you’re an owl or a lark, it would be great to see you!

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Here I Go Again…

…I hear the trumpets blow again…

Well, actually that second bit’s not true (although I will be playing with marvellous saxophonist Dean Masser a couple of times in the coming months…)

But I am about to embark on a bunch of nice Autumn gigs, including a solo slot at Morecambe’s sensational vintage festival this weekend, return dates to the Plaza at Stockport and North Wales Jazz, and my annual concert at Hornby Village Hall.   Plus plenty of gigs at my Lancaster second home the Robert Gillow, and a North West Air Ambulance fundraiser out in the Lune Valley at the lovely Arkholme Village hall.
As always, I’m honoured to be working with many of the Northwests very finest jazz players, and you’ll find further details of all gigs and personnel here.

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August Antics (plus a few in July…)


sue eileen gillow po#7B9A1E  Well the previously mentioned Boaters and Blazers event in Williamson Park went better than my wildest expectations, and as you can see above we had glorious weather.  You can see some more pics and an account of the day here:

However, I’ve now given back the megaphone… and am returning to more contemporary approaches to sound amplification.  I’ll be back in front of the microphone at the end of July in three places with my longstanding and excellent musical colleague, pianist Eileen Guppy, so please do come and say hello at one of our gigs, which you’ll find on the Gig Calendar.    I’ll also be back at Stockport Plaza towards the end of August for another jazz cafe outing in the beautiful dining room.

And in the meantime, I hope you have a lovely, and not too damp Summer….

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Summertime…. On an occasional basis

… So here we are past the Solstice.  Which must mean it’s about time for me to get together for my annual set of gigs with long time collaborator Eileen Guppy, a wonderful pianist, arranger and friend.  We’ll be doing gigs in Lancaster, Garstang and Eccles at the begining and end of July, and you’ll find further information on the gigs page.

A4B&Bposter1I’m also having another session with Andrzej Baranek and Frank Grime on 14th July, and when I’m not singing my head off through a microphone I’ll be bellowing Edwardian classics through a megaphone accompanied by dozens of ukuleles for an event I’m running in Lancaster’s Williamson Park on 19th July.  More information about Boaters and Blazers here:

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And Now for Something Completely Different…

plaza mainhouseI’m back at the wonderful Stockport Plaza this Saturday 6th June, for a very special gig.   I’m honoured to be be a guest vocalist with the refined and lovely Palm Court Orchestra as part of an evening of Cine-Variety in the spectacular main auditorium.  You’ll find more information about the event here.

The Plaza is such a special and glamorous place, and this event is part of an “Anything Goes” weekend celebrating everything about its Art Deco heyday.  Plus you get to see vintage film stars in togas…..Do come along and find out more!

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I’ll be With You in Apple Blossom Time…


…because here we are in lovely May, and all is blooming.  Thank heavens.

A couple of special gigs on the horizon this month – I’ll be doing my first ever performance at the Railway in Stockport on Tuesday 26th May, with the assistance of notable NW jazz performers Paul Kilvington (keys), Ed Harison (bass) and Eryl Roberts (drums.

The day after (Wednesay 27th May) I’m heading from the metropolis down to  the gorgeous greenery of Wales, with a date at the Farmers Arms in St Asaph.  Hosted by North Wales Jazz Club, this gig will feature rising tenor sax star Liam Byrne.   And we’ll have Andrzej Baranek, Frank Grime and Eryl Roberts to keep things swinging.

Further details can be found on the gigs page, or contact me if you want to know more.

See you there?

ps If you’re horticulturally minded, you’ll probably notice something particular about the picture/title combination.  Answers on a postcard please!

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Come Dine with Me…!

sajt-bor-szolo-csendelet… because I’ll be performing at the Red Well Inn on Tuesday 28th April for an evening of fine food and great music.

Award winning chef Rob Talbot and his team will serve a delicious three-course meal, and I’ll serenade you, with the assistance of Andrzej Baranek on piano.   So I’m looking forward to being in the best of company.  Hopefully including you!

Advance booking is essential: cost is just £20 per head – a bargain for feeding your tummy and your ears so well.  The Red Well Inn website is here, including contact details.

And if you check them out on Trip Advisor you’ll find they come very highly recommended.

As do I!

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They Say It’s Spring…


… so I’m gearing up for April and May with some lovely gigs on the horizon, including a return visit to the Grand Theatre on 8th May courtesy of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues who do a fantastic job of keeping live jazz going at lots of venues in the region.  Nearer to home, and nearer to now, I’m back with the very wonderful Andrzej Baranek and Frank Grime at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster on 21st April.  Various other exciting things on the horizon, so I’ll be updating the gig calendar again soon.

Don’t forget that if you want to know what I’m up to I can add you to my monthly email newsletter.  Just use the contact form here, and send me a request.

I’m also including below a link to a nice little video which a friend took of a recent performance.  Low key, and low tech, but gives an idea of what I sound like in action with Jon Moore on guitar…  It’s a link on my facebook music page, and you can see it if you just scroll down a little.

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Springing into March….

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February was a lovely month, and I particularly enjoyed my solo performance in the extraordinary acoustic of the Ashton Memorial, with a lovely supportive (and large!) audience helping to create a really special atmosphere.  Thanks to Liz Dean who invited me, for her kind remarks here:

However, here we are well into March, so I’m getting ready for a solo gig tonight, a trio performance with the amazing Andrzej Baranek and Frank Grime on Tuesday, and all my usual piano and ukulele antics throughout the month.  I’ve just started on my fourth year of playing weekly solo piano on a Friday afternoon at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster, and am enjoying it more than ever.  As Tchaikovsky once said (although not to me personally….)  “Music is enough for a lifetime – but a lifetime is not enough for music.”

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New Year – New Plans

I’m starting to work on repertoire for a series of forthcoming gigs, including two rather thrilling solo outings which I’m looking forward to.

One is providing romantic music for diners at the Borough in Lancaster on Valentines Night.

And the second is performing in the breathtakingly lovely Ashton Memorial in Lancaster’s Williamson Park. Further details on these and other things in the pipeline will be found on the “Where and When” page.

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