Nicki Allan’s ability to interpret Jazz Classics effortlessly and stylishly has made her a well-respected Jazz singer over recent years. She was awarded Jazz Yorkshire Vocalist of the year 2011.
Once in a while along comes the ‘complete vocalist, that rare and talented individual who can take any style and turn it effortlessly into their own. Nicki Allan is that vocalist – Whether it be Jazz, Soul, Gospel or Blues, Nicki’s rich timbre and superb vocal range enable her to move the hearts of the most hardened sceptic and draw in the listener to connect in a way rarely experienced nowadays.
Kathy Dyson is a jazz guitarist, composer, researcher and educator based in Manchester. She first studied at Leeds College of Music in the early 80’s, co-founded Leeds Jazz, then set off on a five year tour of Europe with John and daughter Ruth. We performed at the Sorgues, Ulm (in Germany) and Avignon Festivals, were taken in by the gypsy communities in the South of France and Germany and performed at gypsy clubs and gatherings. We also played for innumerable private parties and functions including riverboat trips down the Rhine and busked under the disapproving stare of Beethoven to an audience of 600 in Bonn. She took an MA in Jazz Performance, taught as a lecturer at Arden College and then spent several years working on a PhD at Sheffield University. She formed a duo with guitarist Deirdre Cartwright “Emily Remembered”, which is a tribute to Emily Remler which she has performed at Seven Arts .
John Dyson is a saxophone player specialising in mostly modern jazz. He plays tenor, alto, soprano saxophones and EWI, (that’s a synthesiser which any wind player can use to access the world of synthetic sounds). He also writes music, not all of it jazz
Sam Baker is a Texan singer-songwriter whose first CD, Mercy, in 2004 brought him an ardent and extensive following in North America and Europe. In 1986 Sam survived a bomb blast perpetrated by Peru’s Shining Path rebels and has since become one of the leading singer-songwriters around as well as an accomplished painter. On this national solo tour Sam Baker will be previewing songs from his long-awaited fifth album, Land of Doubt. His 2013 album, Say Grace, was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 country music albums of the year. This is a unique opportunity to see and hear one best song-writers around.
“Baker might be the most captivating songwriter in America.” – LONE STAR MUSIC
Keystone are Pam Stone, vocals and tenor ukulele, husband Peter, acoustic guitars and bouzouki.
Based in Featherstone, West Yorks they play a mix of Americana, folk, jazz and blues tailored to suit their audience.
At a gig you are likely to hear songs by Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bob Dylan as well as material from newer artists like Tift Merritt and Kasey Chambers. Original material, written by Pam now appears in the sets. Her composition, ‘Freddie Gilroy’ was recently voted in 3rd. place at BAMfest’s Songwriters Competition.
Doors open 7.15 pm.
Admission £5.00 (children free)
Wrap up warm. Bring your own drinks. Homemade soup and hot drinks available.
The Rob Dylan Band was formed by a group of musicians who share a passion for the songs of Bob Dylan and The Band. Recreating the ‘Rolling Thunder” style, their performance brings together the lyrical nature of the songs within a powerful musical arrangement which constantly changes and evolves. Described as “the UK’s best tribute to Bob Dylan” this six piece band have been delighting audiences across the country and we are thrilled to have them appearing at the mill.
“They rocked the Dylan repertoire with a sleek, tight, passionate performance.” – STEF BRICKLEBANK
YouTube Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Lu58fMMTY
Folk and acoustic singer Bella Gaffney is from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. She started her acoustic music career several years ago at the Topic Folk Club. In January 2016 Bella won a ‘Danny’ at the prestigious Danny Kyle competition at Celtic Connections. Bella gave a memorable performance at the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue last year and we are delighted to have her back.
“Great singer, great guitarist, really interesting songwriter.” – MIKE HARDING
Supported by Henry Parker (TBC):
“A gifted young guitar player and singer who has been impressing local audiences with his dexterity and choice of material.” – Tykes News