Things hotting up on the Lancaster music scene

Femi Tomowo
Femi Tomowo

Things are hottting up on the Lancaster music scene once again as we approach the merry month of May.

Next Wednesday, April 30 The Robert Gillow pub in Market Street celebrates jazz with a special free afternoon concert to mark UNESCO International Jazz Day.

Vocalist Sue Parish will lead a celebration of 100 years of jazz classics in collaboration with guitarist Jon Moore and bassist Dave Turner.

The gig will feature every style from New Orleans to contemporary via swing, bossanova and be-bop. And there will be special guest appearances from other frontline players.

The performance is one of many gigs taking place around the world to mark the importance of jazz as an international art form, recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights.

The music starts at 2pm until 4pm. Admission is free.

Also this weekend, live music will accompany the Lancaster Beer and Pie Festival at The White Cross Pub and The Merchants 1688.

The festival kicks off tonight, Thursday, and runs until Monday.

The beer and music theme continues next weekend, with the first Mariners Beer Festival at The Three Mariners Pub in St George’s Quay.

It starts on Friday May 2, at 12pm, and runs until Bank Holiday Monday May 5, with live music from Damon Kilcawley, Ewan Scarlett and the Bluegrass Gang over the weekend.

Also next Sunday, May 4, as part of the Scorton Bikes and Barrows Festival, folk artists perform between 12pm-4pm on the village field. Performances include Mark Dennis, Joe McCorriston, Megan S, Thistle, Jenny Brierley, Lune Valley Jazz Band, and Jay Diggins.

On Saturday night, April 26, More Music in association with Stepping Stones Nigeria presents the slick and melodic guitar sound of Femi Temowo plus support from Howard Haigh and Off The Rails.

He has played alongside George Benson, Courtney Pine, The Roots, Amy Winehouse among many others.

GIG GUIDE: April 24 - 30


Stonewell Tavern: French Connection jazz session (3pm),

Robert Gillow: Busk for your breakfast (10.30am), Boogie Bill’s Piano Bar (5pm), Howard Haigh (evening)

Gregson Centre: Acoustic folk session

golden lion: Songwriters open mic

the kenlis arms, garstang: The Gren Bartley Band


Robert Gillow: Busk for your breakfast (10.30am) Ukelele club with Sue Parish (2pm), Sue Parish Piano Lounge (5pm), Mike Pritchard and Damon Kilkawly (evening)


Stonewell Tavern: Chas at the piano (3pm), Intensely Staring Cats (evening)

Robert Gillow: Busk for your breakfast (10.30am), Jazz Café with Bill Wilding and friends (3pm), Avital Raz (evening)

holme parish hall: Alasdair Roberts

the royal, bolton-le-sands: Killer Bunny

the golden lion: Funky Lion

More Music, Morecambe: Femi Temowo, Howard Haigh, Off The Rails


The Robert Gillow: Busk for your breakfast (10.30am), The Sun Street Stompers (12.30pm), Jazz Cafe (3pm), Acoustic Blues Session (5pm), David Kelly (evening)

The Golden Lion: Folk session

stonewell tavern: Record Hop (5pm)


John O’ Gaunt: Jazz Unlimited

Robert Gillow: Busk for your breakfast (10.30am), Modern Jazz (evening)


The Pub: Open Mic Night

Golden Lion: Open Mic Night

Robert Gillow: Busk for your breakfast (10.30am)


Stonewell Tavern: Open Mic Night

Robert Gillow:Busk for your breakfast (10.30am), Lunch with a local musician (12.30pm), Celebrating jazz with Sue Parish, Jon Moore and Dave Turner.

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