Karen Tweed is unwell and the gig on Friday is cancelled.

Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

WOW! The Jonathan Kriesberg Quartet gig turned out better than expected, thanks to all those that came and to the Be Bop Club and Bath Ales for their help. I knew Kikoski was very good and now Bristolians do as well. Kreisberg I knew was good, but he was better than even I expected! Described as “Volcanic” in Jazzyblogman’s review

Karen Tweed celebrates 27 years in music with a Birthday, Concert, Party on Fri 27 with entry FREE. She is bringing along some friends to help swell the sound and we hope you will come along, have some fun and donate to the charities at the end. We round off the month with a brilliant collaboration between Partikel Trio and guitarist Ant Law, reproducing the music from the String Theory Project. These guys are flavour of the year and I'm pleased to have them in the programme.

Please note there is a change to the line-up for the Partikel gig (29 May), due to ‘Artistic Differences’. Ant Law replaces Benet McLean. The website has not yet been amended to reflect this.

Just in....a small gem! Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood is in the country touring. Initially we couldn’t fit him in to the programme, but as he’s having a day off, staying with us (his agent is Lorraine), so we are going to do an intimate House Concert at 38 Eldon (Tues 31 May), details to follow in a few days, but obviously it will be intimate with very limited availability.

Cheers, Ian

*EBA* means Early Booking Advised

Karen Tweed (& Friends)

Fri 27 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£donations)Hen & Chicken Book

Karen Tweed is unwell and the gig on Friday is cancelled.

Karen Tweed

Karen Tweed, the mercurial and lyrical accordionist extraordinaire, is celebrating her birthday on Friday 27th May 2016, which coincides with her 27th year of professional and diverse musicality! To celebrate, there will be a concert-birthday-party, in Bristol, which promises to be fun, frivolous and decorative!

Initially this is a free event, but we ask you to donate something at the end of the evening. Apart from some musician and venue expenses the majority of donations will support Alzheimer’s UK and The Samaritans, charities selected by the musicians performing and having fun, to celebrate Karen’s 27 years. Her career has seen a myriad of breathtaking collaborations such as The Poozies, SWAP, The Kathryn Tickell Band, The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra, Circa Compania and May Monday. She is also a respected illustrator and designer which is now revealed in the first publication of her compositions – some of which she will be playing and re-telling the stories about them. Karen may even shed a little light on her other love, cartoons.

She has performed on over 60 albums, featured in 5 publications including The Severn Suite – a collection of new dances and music with John Kirkpatrick which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Wales in October.

Tweed’s sensibilities straddle classical and traditional modes with the agility of Margot Fonteyn and the fluency of someone bi-lingual since birth. This is a music tethered to neither a time nor a location. ~ Siobhan Long, the Irish Times

She is an inspirational teacher, composer and arranger whose mission is to keep inspiring live music in universities, village halls, pubs, street corners and seafronts! A rough outline of the evening will see two sets with Karen performing solo, then her friends and guests joining in. Later and after, it may develop into an Irish music pub jam!!! So, bring your party hats and come along to Karen Tweed 27 and have some fun.........read more

…and none of this lovely music falls short of expectations. I honestly can’t remember the last time I enjoyed folk-music as much. ~ Paul Pledger, Allgigs.co.uk

Partikel +Benet McLean

Sun 29 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book


Partikel take a unique and fresh look at the saxophone trio format, their exciting live performances led them to being dubbed as One of the hottest young bands on the UK scene according to Jazzwise magazine.

After years of extensive touring throughout the UK, Europe and China, Partikel have established themselves as one of the best and most consistent of contemporary British jazz groups ~ Ian Mann.

Partikel began 2015 touring throughout the UK teaming up with one of Europe's most virtuosic jazz violinists, Benet McLean, performing music from their critically acclaimed album String Theory. 2016 has many exciting things in store for the band including a headline performance at London's iconic Ronnie Scott's. Many other high profile bookings for this year include Love Supreme Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club as part of the London Jazz Festival. Partikel will also be joining forces with Benet McLean on their next album due for release in 2017 where they will be exploring the world of electronics.

Partikel released their third album String Theory in 2015. This latest project sees the band pushing their own sonic and compositional boundaries by teaming up with four of the most in-demand string players on the UK scene, fusing their love of jazz, rock and world music with the sounds and textures of a string quartet to create a high energy album that merges a bewildering array of unique soundscapes. The string quartet has been integrated seamlessly into Partikel's trademark style of raw emotion and fiercely interactive improvisations, striking an intriguing balance between intensity and rich harmony. It's an excellent example of a band not content with resting on their laurels. The approach to this album has been very different to the last two albums where the band went through periods of non-stop rehearsing and fine-tuning on arrangements before going into the studio.

The album was released on Whirlwind Recordings in the spring to critical acclaim and lead to a number of high profile appearances throughout the UK including the London String Quartet Festival and the EFG London Jazz Festival. The year culminated in seeing the band rise to new heights with performances from Shanghai to Seville. Last October Partikel embarked on a month long tour of China performing in nine cities across the country. The band were able to perform at various concert halls, arts centres, festivals and intimate clubs as well as delivering workshops at some of the countries leading educational institutions. On returning to the UK in November it was straight into the London Jazz Festival and then off for three performances in Seville as part of the Festival en la Provincia.

The band has also been running a successful residency night at one of London's premier jazz venues The Hideaway in Streatham. As bassist Max Luthert rightly states we have been hanging out and playing together so much over the past 6 years this is really starting to develop a strong and cohesive band sound. Rarely do jazz groups get the opportunity to work together and develop their art as much as Partikel have, resulting in a fresh, melodic and fiercely interactive set of passionate and sincere music............read more

One of the most exciting trios in improvised music ~ Jazz Podium (Germany)