This year Lympstone Entertainments are bringing jazz bands to the village for the first Lympstone Jazz Festival featuring the unique ’Jazz in the Garden’ concept. (We have booked all the local halls, in case of rain!)

Saturday afternoon:

On Saturday 16th July, six bands will play in 5 gardens and the Village Hall between 1pm and 5pm. The glorious setting of the gardens around the village and the music as you stroll around will make for an afternoon to remember. The bands are:

The ‘Hearnshaw Barrett Duo’ playing from Bach to the Beatles,Pianist and vocalist duo James and Hilda Clemas perform in the Village Hall, ‘Bicton Street Blues’ from Exmouth,‘The Garry Bywater Duo’ from the Midlands, ‘Take 4’ from Exmouth and ‘The Failsworth Jazz Band’ playing trad jazz. Each band plays at staggered times through the afternoon. Three begin at 1pm and play three 40-minute sets until 4pm and three bands play their 40- minute sets between 2pm and 5pm.

The stroller ticket is priced at just £7, but only £5 if bought before the 1st July, with accompanied children (12 and under) free.

Friday and Saturday evening:

To open the Festival on Friday 15th we welcome the Gittisham Hall Jazz Band which is already well known to those who have enjoyed the Twinners’ Jazz Brunch event. On Saturday evening we are thrilled to have secured Charlie Hearnshaw with his Latin Quintet ‘Munjenta Café.’

Tickets for the evening concerts will sell out fast as only 80 will be offered each night. This is to allow for room to enjoy the music and dance if you wish. There will be a bar at each evening event. Tickets for Friday are £7 each and Saturday £8.

Sunday:

The Morning Praise service in church, well established on the third Sunday every month, will feature jazz on this special weekend. Coffee and croissants are served at 9.30am, before the 10 am service.In the afternoon the pubs will arrange their own jazz bands.

Box office: The box office will be at the Post Office from 1st June or call 07435 634 455 (booking fee of 50p on this line for posting tickets). There will be an opportunity for Lympstone residents to buy tickets at the Lympstone Entertainments’ booth under the railway arch between 9am and 12 noon on Saturday May 28th.

Brian Mather