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Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival April 29th to May 2nd May in Clitheroe, Lancashire

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Jazz and Blues in the charmingly pleasant Lancashire town of Clitheroe in the Spring—what more could a jazz fan want.

You can blend your Bank Holiday of music with study of the town’s great many real ale bars; or make sure you book your table at the many Michelin starred restaurants in the area. Perhaps, do some touring of the beautiful Trough of Bowland countryside. For walkers, Pendle Hill, the Forest of Bowland and the River Ribble provide wonderful rambles. The kids will love Pendle Hill—stop off at the artificial ski slope)—and explore the Pendle Witches Trail. The Georgia Cecile’s Quartet opens the Festival with a Friday night gig at The Grand – a delightful venue right in the middle of town. Georgia and her band are really going places and have been chosen to be the support band for Gregory Porter on his upcoming European Tour. She has the most wonderful voice, writes most of her own material and has a great band. What’s not to like?

Our main Saturday evening gig at The Grand is K.O.G. Kweku—born in Ghana and now one of Britain’s rising stars. This will be a great enjoyable musical feast with a truly great band. Before that, also in The Grand at 3pm, we have the Alison Rayner Quintet described by The Observer as “purposeful, full-toned and melodic....a beautifully integrated band.”

Throughout the Bank Holiday there is a huge variety of music available – the majority free! There are 45 gigs in all—many in quite delightful venues such as pubs by rivers, churches, a zero waste and ethical produce shop and most of the pubs in central Clitheroe.

So around all our fine pubs and eateries you will be able to enjoy some great jazz and blues.

Artists appearing include Kirk McElhinney, Peter Riley, The Gelatos, Arthur Geldard Quartet, Women in Jazz, The Mighty Revelators and Midnite Jonny—a superb, modern style Blues musician from Florida. His drummer is no less than Paul Burgess, 10CC’s drummer!

If you enjoy big bands we have five of the biggest and best big bands in the area. From Blowjangles—a street band—through to the Clitheroe Town Band followed by a Sunday pub lunch with the Swing City Big Band. On the Bank Holiday Monday, we’ve got The Northern Jazz Orchestra with the local Grammar School Swing Band playing The Grand.

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