Take to the Hills for return of jazz night

The Lumberjack Heartbreak Trucking Co perform at The Golden Lion in Lancaster on Saturday night.
The Lumberjack Heartbreak Trucking Co perform at The Golden Lion in Lancaster on Saturday night.

Friday night sees the return of the Jazz Mansion event at the lovely Forrest Hills venue near Lancaster University.

The Jazz Mansion, organised by Morecambe based promoter Steve Middlesbrough, takes place on the first Friday of each month throughout 2013 and the February date featured jazz-rock outfit Free Parking and swing crooner Si Conway.

This Friday’s event, from 8pm, welcomes a performance from jazz trio Vocalese featuring Sue Parish and Eliza Ramsey and talented newcomer Imogen Mechie.

And in April, there is music Blue Juice featuring Laura T and The Boogie Bill Duo.

In May it will be the Brian Acton Quarter and The Lancaster Royal Grammar School Big Band will perform outside on the deck overlooking the lake.

Tickets are priced at £15 including food and reservations can be made by calling Steve on 07771 692 626 or just pay on the door at Forrest Hills.

The Hothouse in Morecambe will be full of music and dancing this weekend with Songwriters Circle and The Hothouse Ceilidh.

Songwriters Circle, in association with LitFest, is a celebration of the arts of songwriting and features local songwriters discussing their craft on Friday March 1 from 8pm.

Hosted by showman and storyteller Gary Bridgens, the event includes Grammy nominated acoustic duo The Low Countries, Carpe Diem frontman Frenchie, singer songwriter Nancy Kent and folk duo Turnstone. This event is part of Lancaster Arts City’s First Friday. Tickets are £6/£4 conc.

On Saturday March 2 from 7.30pm, The Hothouse Ceilidh welcome festival favourites The Wierdstring Band to Morecambe, bringing their unique brand of Cumbrian inspired fun and frolics to a mix of traditional and modern tunes. Tickets are £6/£4 conc.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the website at www.moremusic.org.uk, call 01524 831 997 or email info@moremusic.org.uk.

Award winning Cumbrian music festival Kendal Calling announces its first batch of artists today, Thursday, for its weekend of “Fun in the Fields” on July 26-28. It will be interesting to see where organisers take the festival next, with some superb line ups over the last couple of years. Glastonbrewery, which takes place at Lancaster Brewery on May 18, has also released an updated line up, with tickets on sale tomorrow, Friday.

The event, which raises money for the charity Bay Aqua Therapy, sold out last year. The line up so far features Kassoma, Idol Minds, Cry Baby Aeroplanes, Ben Ruth & The Convulsions, James Geary, The Ordinary, Amy Jo Clough, Joe McCorriston, Stopwatch Wilson, Molly Warburton & The Shady Days, Fourth Time Lucky and Turning Pointe Theatre Arts.

Tickets vary in price depending on whether you go for the afternoon, evening, or the full day, and there are family tickets also available.

Generally adult advance tickets are £10 in advance for the full day, with child tickets at £5 advance. Check out Glastonbrewery Music Festival on Facebook for prices.

Tickets are available from the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity Office on 01524 516064, at the venue, The Sun Hotel and Pizza Margherita in Lancaster and The Palatine in Morecambe.

There’s plenty going on music wise (check out the Gig Guide), and if you would like to get your gig listed email nick.lakin@lancasterguardian.co.uk, or tweet @ribblerouser.rouser.