The Convulsions leading the way as city gets funky

THE Dalton Rooms will be cooking up a fine feast of the highest quality funk tomorrow night, Friday, with the Hammond Eggs Live Funk and Soul night.

Headlining is Lancaster’s The Convulsions, playing organ heavy, funk, soul and blues, with DJ Donald and DJ Roc Vicar, preparing rare and heavy original funk and soul, and new and classic funk and jazz.

Entry is £5/4 and the night runs from 9pm until 2am.

Tomorrow night, American singer songwriter Alex Winston performs at Lancaster Library from 8.15pm.

Tickets are £6.50 from, and the show is for all ages.

With four awards at the British 2010 Jazz Awards and twice winner of the BBC Jazz Awards, Alan Barnes, who performs at the Dalton Rooms on Sunday night, has a tremendous impact on the UK jazz scene.

With nearly 50 album recordings, including projects with Van Morrison, Björk, Humphrey Littleton, Bryan Ferry, Scott Hamilton and Jamie Cullum, Alan’s repertoire of styles is vast and covers hard bop, pop, swing jazz, mainstream, modern, big band and even gypsy jazz.

Organiser Ben Ruth said: “A tremendous talent, consummate wit and continuing educator, Alan promises to be one of the highlights of this jazz series.” Tickets £5 on the night or can be booked in advance on 01524 845785 or by email at

Also on Sunday, experimental folksters join forces for a full day of music at St John’s Church in North Road, Lancaster.

Two sessions in the afternoon and evening feature music from Nancy Elizabeth, Stranded Horse, Dan Haywood’s New Hawks, Paddy Steer, Harvey Lord, Ponies, Mikey Kenney and Sam and The Plants.

The first session starts at 2pm and runs until 6pm, and the second starts at 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Tickets are available from, under 16s are free, and a limited number of session tickets will be available at the venue on the day, priced at £6.

It’s Rough Beats Festival this weekend in Clapham and the anticipation mounts.

Festival organiser Michael McSherry said: “We’re really excited, and I admit a little nervous, we’ve been working really hard to get where we are and I imagine this feels a bit like walking up Wembley way on the way to the final.

“Four months ago we didn’t have a venue or a licence, today we have a stunning location, an exciting programme across four stages, a ten year licence and although we haven’t yet sold out, ticket sales are good.

It really feels like we’re at the beginning of a brilliant weekend but maybe also the start of a new phase for Rough Beats Festival.”

Looking further afield, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall is holding a series of gigs in June and July, welcoming American legends The Impressions, capturing the soul of Curtis Mayfield, pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis, and jazz vocalist Al Jarreau.

The Impressions perform the songs of original band member Curtis Mayfield, including People Get Ready, Move on Up, I’m So Proud, It’s Alright and many more on Saturday night.

Tickets, priced between £22.50 and £32.50, can be purchased at

The Ramsey Lewis Sun Goddess Tour hits Manchester on July 3, and Al Jarreau takes to the stage on July 25.

Finally, on Saturday, June 25, Free Reed Band, Lancaster’s longest-established ceilidh band is celebrating its 30th birthday at the Gregson Centre from 8pm.

The night will feature lively, danceable traditional music from Andy, Charles, and Tony, who are widely regarded as some of the finest folk musicians in the area.