Artists and venues announced for new Richmondshire jazz festival

Hot Club du Nord.

Artists and venues have been announced for a new jazz festival taking place in Richmondshire later this year.

Ian Shaw, Josephine Davies and Paul Edis are amongst the artists performing at Leyburn Jazz Festival this October.

The event will take place from October 22 to 24 with fringe performances happening in the town’s pubs and main events staged at the Garden Rooms at Tennants.

The Garden Rooms will host Hot Cub du Nord and Josephine Davies’ Sartori on Friday, October 22, with Voodoo Brass Band, Paul Edis’ Triptych, and a solo performance by Ian Shaw on the Saturday.

The event is rounded off with an educational workshop for young people led by Paul Edis on Sunday and a closing afternoon performance from the Pedigree Jazz Band.

Free events during the afternoon at Tennants each day will feature local musicians.

Fringe events include an open-air performance in the town square by Voodoo Brass band, and pub performances from Liverpool vocalist Danny Pye, Leeds-based Alligator Gumbo and saxophonist Ben Lowman.

Leyburn is a busy market town in the heart of Wensleydale with easy access to the M1, M6, and rail links via nearby Northallerton.

Festival spokesman Gerald Hodgson said he was is delighted the event was going ahead after plans to launch last year were curtailed by Covid-19.

He added: “I’m looking forward to welcoming these wonderful musicians to our town.

“The facilities at Tennants are exceptional, and with plenty of great accommodation available locally we hope jazz fans will make a weekend of it and enjoy seeing live music once again.”

Full information including links to ticket sales at www.leyburnjazz.co.uk