Shetland JAWS Festival 2015
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Public sales for individual gigs - Early bird tickets from 3 April
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Shetland Jazz Festival 2014

Jazz & Literature

the story so far...

Friday 30 May 7.30pm Mareel

Shetland Jazz Showcase

The cream of Shetland's jazz community perform their own brand of Shetland Jazz firmly in the grand tradition of Peerie Willie - "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"

Alan McKay & Robert Bennet - following on from their sensational Christmas gig appearance
Mahogany - Shetland very own swinging jazz and vocal unit - always a pleasure to hear
Full Swing - one of the newer fresher Shetland bands doing what it says on the tin
Jane McLaren & Norman Willmore bring a fresh Shetland look to the Great American Songbook
Shetland Improvisers Orchestra - now firmy established as a free music ensemble
School Staff Stormers - music staff and teachers who love a jam session after a busy day
Shetland Community School of Ballet - performing to a 78rpm version of Dr Jazz

with readings from Shetland Literature by Laureen Johnson and other Shetland writers

Only 20 tickets available
Saturday 30 May 7.30pm Bop Shop

Kerouac: On the Road with Jack, Ken Kesey & the Magic Bus

Jeff Merrifield reads from a facsimile version of the 100 metre roll on which Kerouac typed his Beat Generation masterwork and Norman Willmore supplies the bebop jazz score to accompany.

" nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rages of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty."

With film footage of Kerouac and Neal Cassady on their journey through mythical America. Also film footage with stories of Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and the Magic Bus. Plus slides taken by Merrifield when he rode on the Magic Bus from western Scotland to Edinburgh and took a trip with Ken Kesey.

Sunday 1 Juney 1.00pm Tingwall

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Tingwall Hall

Alan & Robert (aka Alan McKay and Robert Bennet) perform their own enrapturing guitar tunes that neatly cross the boundaries between Shetland folk and Shetland Jazz - Peerie Willie would have been proud of these guys - and so are we.

JaneMcLauren and Norman Willmore cast a young fresh Shetland eye over the Great American Songbook and discover lots of musical treasures.

Light lunch included in ticket price and Sunday bar available.

Sunday 1 June 7.30pm Mareel

The Jazz Age - an all-star band play the music of the 1920s with readings from the work of F Scott Fitzgerald and other Jazz Age writers

World music genius Gilad Atzmon on kletzmer clarinet and soprano sax leads an all-star band with Brian Kellock on piano, Ronnie Rae on bass and Tom Bancroft on drums, playing music of an age when jazz first came into the public consciousness.

Plus readings from the greatest Jazz Age writers by Irving Rappaport and Izzy Swanson. A night of Gatsby-style indulgence, not to be missed

Tickets for Mareel gigs from Mareel and Shetland Box Office 01595 745555
Tickets for the Kerouac Bop Shop gig can only be obtained here before the event as membership is incuded