Jumping jazz festival pulls in record crowds

Jumping jazz festival pulls in record crowds

CROWD PLEASERS: Mr Wilson's Second Liners wowed the crowd with their unique style in a collaboration between Aberjazz and Fishguard Carnival. PIC: Western Telegraph. (9644507)

BRILLIANT BEATS: Youngsters enjoyed a drumming workshop with Emmanuel Okuni Annang, Master Drummer from Ghana, as part of a collaboration between Aberjazz and Fishguard Carnival. PIC: Western Telegraph. (9644509)

EXQUISITE: Jacqui Dankworth and her band delivered a flawless performance to a packed Theatr Gwaun. PIC: Western Telegraph. (9644513)

INTO THE BLUE: Bella Collins and the Blue had the Sunday lunch crowd dancing at Ffwrn. PIC: Western Telegraph. (9644515)

HONEY VOICED: The mellifluous Lady Nade and her band the Silhouettes gigged and jammed at Aberjazz PIC: Western Telegraph. (9644517)

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Fishguard was funking, Goodwick was grooving and Lower Town lost in music as the Aberjazz festival got the twin towns and beyond boogying for the bank holiday weekend.

Now in its eleventh year, the festival has had record audiences , pulling in around 3,000 people to a wide variety of music loosely linked around the jazz genre but encompassing soul, funk, blues rock and salsa.

With more than 40 gigs and workshops held in multiple venues throughout the twin towns, many of which have been sold out, this year's festival had something for everyone.

Highlights included sell-out evening sessions in Ffwrn; On Friday night the venue was jumping to King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys' lively brand of rhythm and blues, they were followed by the esoteric and accomplished Cut the Funk.

On Saturday the honey-voiced Lady Nade took to the stage, her mellifluous performance paving the way for the wildly eccentric Mr Wilson's Second Liners; a New Orleans style street band playing 90s dance tunes that had the crowd going wild.

On Sunday evening Jacqui Dankworth's Live to Love tour played a packed Theatr Gwaun. Exquisitely controlled and vocally flawless, Jacqui and her band delivered a gracious and graceful performance.

"We've had some fantastic crowds," said festival chairman Alice Stonhold. "It's been beyond my wildest dreams. The pubs and venues have been packed. Lots of locals are coming to the festival now, as well as people from away.

"There have been so many highlights, but for me it's been seeing everybody enjoying it and realising what Aberjazz is and what we are trying to do. We've had loads of people saying how good it's been.

"I'm hoping we can keep up the quality, the diversity for next year and get the same sort of crowds in again."

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