They’ve got my blessing

The Initiative
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Contemporary jazz heavyweights Get The Blessing perform in Morecambe next weekend with support from Lancaster’s The Initiative.

The band, from Bristol, formed in 2000 and features former Portishead drummer Clive Deamer and bassist Jim Barr, who won the Mercury Prize in 1995 for their acclaimed and trend-setting album Dummy.

They joined forces with the twin horns and electronics of saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge, and since then have forged a unique signature sound that defies easy classification, yet never loses sight of thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, or joyous collective spontaneity.

Barr is also a session musician, who has played with Peter Gabriel, while Deamer has sessioned for Radiohead, Jeff Beck, Alison Moyet and Siouxsie Sioux, as well as drum and bass act Roni Size and Reprazent, and more conventional rock groups such as Hawkwind. Get The Blessing won the BBC Jazz Award 2008 for their debut album All Is Yes, and have been described as “one of the UK’s most exciting live bands”.

Their 2012 album OC:DC, was released ahead of a tour which took them through 12 European countries and a 15,000 mile, 10 date North American tour.

Support at More Music’s Hothouse on Saturday October 12 comes from Lancaster’s The Initiative, described as a “constantly evolving anti-jazz/rap/funk/rock collective”.

Advance tickets are £8/£5 conc, and can be bought over the phone on 01524 831 997 or online at

Given the quality involved here, music lovers will be spoilt for choice in the Lancaster district next weekend, as Lancaster Music Festival also kicks off next Friday, October 11.

n Look out for our eight page pull out next week in The Guide, where I will be presenting the full music line-up for the weekend, alongside more detailed information about the bands, artists, musicians and venues involved in this huge celebration of sound.