CALSTOCK’S SECOND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
A Message from the Chairman
Well, the 2nd Calstock Jazz & Blues Festival is over and was another wonderful success. Loads of people stop me in the street to say how much they enjoyed it.
On Friday night Louise Parker packed out the Boot. Matthew Halsall’s Quintet brewed a storm in a very full Chapel. The Tamar was packed for the Organisation. And those of us with stamina had a wonderful end to the day with Jazz on a Summer’s Day in the Hall. Susan’s Peace & Cake Cafe did good business all evening.
Saturday was another good day. Callington Town Band had a good number of listeners. The Boot was well full for Gareth Hedges. There were 41 for the Big Jazz Sing In. Helen says the School hall was perfect for it. The singers’ workshop and scat showcase went really well – perfect in the Limekiln. The Callington Community College Band and Choir were superb. Time after time through the afternoon & evening people said to me how inspiring they were. Just Friends was well supported. Jeff Horsey packed out the Tamar. The Social Club was quieter than last year but Freshly Squeezed at the Hall had ‘em dancing the night away. We ate at Food Dreckly, which was full. I recommend it heartily. Jacqui Dankworth was superb.
Sunday, even with the weather, was another great day. It kicked off well with the Gospel Choir to which about 50 gallant souls made it. Vintage Love Songs were a knockout. It was packed. Well done, Helen. The Blues talk couldn’t have squeezed any more into the small Hall. The Boot was as full as I have seen it for Elaine Davies & Julian Piper filled the Tamar, which was pretty good since both events were on simultaneously. We had even more than expected for Swingology & for those who attended Jean Toussaint’s workshop it was a knock out – and well supported. Lindy Hoppers had 19 people though unfortunately because of the weather the Jazzacadabra gig was cancelled, much to the band’s relief. Again the Poets in the Limekiln were incredibly moving, words, music and art coming together so perfectly. And was Jean Toussaint’s gig good? It was great, and packed despite the storm.
Thanks to everyone who came. Thanks to all the venues. Thanks to the hard working committee without whom this would not have been possible.