June 2016 (1st – 11th)
We opened with Music Quiz in the HEART Cafe, the following day was the OWLS Tea Dance with The Annie Hawkins Trio in the afternoon and in the evening it was Indie Night at The Pack Horse with City Yelps, T-Shirt Weather, Milk Crimes, Syslak and Ladies Night, mostly a brilliant evening apart from technical problems which resulted in Ladies Night being unable to perform – keep a look out for them they look like fun!
At HEART on Friday 3rd, Louise Gibbs Quartet brought us The Jazz Song Uncovered – marking 100 years of the jazz song from its blues roots in Bessie Smith, through the American Songbook of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, the bebop of Anita O’Day, the Black Soul of Abbey Lincoln, to the jazz fusion of Esperanza Spalding. Included are some of Louise’s Seven Deadly Sings and other originals. A.nd also performing this night was The In/Out Trio at Cafe Lento
A jazz singing workshop was available on Saturday morning with Louise Gibbs workshop and at the New Headingley Club that night, Niss Stricker and France Ellul performed Celtic and Scandinavian songs and tales. At White’s was the ambient acoustic Arcarode
Sunday early evening we had a swing and rockabilly at Head of Steam followed later by folk music at The Chemic
An old favourite – Monday live music evening with Lebanese buffet at Mint Cafe
And another favourite – Des Hurley and friends at Cafe Lento on Tuesday
New to the festival on Wednesday – Peculiar Blue at The Hyde Park Book Club and Open Jazz Mic Session at LS6 The Clock Cafe.
We strayed into The Meanwood Institute on Friday 10th for Lunar Calling with support from Irish singer songwriter Sabrina Piggott
Final day Saturday 11th began with King & I at Headingley Famers’ Market. During the day 9 Choirs sang in the streets of Headingley – organised by Lawnswood Community Choir with
During the day 9 Choirs sang in the streets of Headingley – organised by Lawnswood Community Choir, with Leeds People’s Choir, Good in Parts, Asmarina Voices, The Headingley Swing Choir, Alwoodley Community Choir, Noteworthy Women, Harmony and Free Range taking part. They began with a mass sing at the Farmers’ Market and followed the street singing with a performance at Headingley Methodist Church.
Shire Oak CE Primary School held a Youth Music Day in the afternoon
And Jazz@HEART presented Sam Watts – A Dog’s Life. Sam presents an evening of music and film with a live band performing some of his own compositions as well as a live score to Charlie Chaplin’s classic movie ‘A Dog’s Life’.
And so another fascinating festival came to an end – and we hope many enjoyed the always varied programme.
This year’s festival began on Wednesday 3rd June – some extra days added for all the great extra music we had to fit in.
We opened with CoMA at HEART with contemporary orchestral music that’s accessible, expressive, surprising, different and great fun!
Music Quiz followed with some fabulous prizes.
Two events on the first Friday – The OWLS Tea Dance at HEART featuring THE RETROLETTES. Followed later that evening by DON KIPPER at HEART an innovative ensemble, playing a range of traditional music, from Turkish Fasil and Greek Rebetiko to Gypsy Jazz and Klezmer.
Saturday 6th was a new venue – Whites bar on Otley Road with BRUNO MERZ, HIDDEN GIANTS and KATE RYRIE started the evening with a set of her glorious folk songs.
iOrchestra on Sunday lunchtime – a fascinating idea put together by The Leeds Music Hub – an ensemble of massed i-devices -open to all ages and levels, the session will use apps to create and experiment with music and sound.
Monday brings us an evening of Latin American Folk with METISA at Mint Cafe plus a mouthwatering Lebanese buffet.
Cafe Lento on Tuesday with DES HURLEY, GEMMA IRVING and IAN PEARSON celebrated an Irish and Scottish musical crossover.
And at HEART Films at HEART showed the iconic NORTHERN SOUL.
Some great jazz at HEART on Wednesday with MIKE CONLIFFE TRIO.
Thursday was Indie night at The Pack Horse with BEARDS Other wordly angular post-punk,
THE WUB Garage-y jams from Leeds favourites, AUTOBODIES Post-punk with trebly riffs and clipped rhythms, BILLY BILLY 5p Leeds super-group, featuring members of bands you’ve never heard of playing covers of pop songs that don’t exist yet.
The penultimate day Friday 12th June was at Shire Oak Primary School witht the very entertaining Sergio Volumen and Dominic Berry presented their show WHEN TROLLS TRY TO EAT YOUR GOLDFISH to a hall full of enthralled school children.
Later that evening WANG DANG DOODLE a soul and r&b quintet from Leeds, who replaced THE JON STRONG BAND who were unfortunately unable to appear.
The last day began at the Farmers’ Market with SHARP INTAKE a 7 piece jazz band, with singer, performing well-loved songs and instrumental numbers.
12pm to 4pm @ Shire Oak Primary School for YOUTH MUSIC DAY which included Rock School * ukulele workshop * DJ skills * steel pans, bouncy castle * bungee bounce * crafts djembe * drumming circle * face-painting storytelling * futsal * stalls dancing * café and all the fun of the summer fair…#HYMusicFest
The grand finale TARANTISMO at the New Headingley Club – A Leeds-based seven piece band, playing salsa and Cuban son, with some Buena Vista Social Club classics alongside music from current New York salsa bands. Adding congas to the traditional line-up, for a salsa twist, the band successfully combines the authentic with the unique. Cuban Son is the root of most Salsa music today.
Another year of marvellous performances, starting with jazz from the Fat Face Trio and finishing with jump jive and red hot swing from Louis Louis Louis – visiting many genres in between.