2019 Concerts in Rye Announced

We are delighted to announce three of our confirmed spring concerts in early May as well as a handful of our August headline artists; all taking place in the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church, Rye. Early May bank holiday we present a series of eclectic concerts from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May. Opening the series is the ‘Godfather’ of bossa nova and Brazilian music the legendary Sergio Mendes. American jazz singer and instrumentalist Madeleine Peyroux has been confirmed for Saturday 4th May. Sunday 5th May we have 'An Audience with Jimmy Webb'. Looking ahead to the August festival we are delighted to announce the wonderful multi award - winning singer Rumer, Soul singer Beverley Knight, Jon Cleary from New Orleans, Bluesman Lucky Peterson, James Taylor Quartet aka JTQ and Folk Rock guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson.

Friday 3rd May - Sergio Mendes

Be transported to Brazil by legend of the 1960s bossa nova revolution Sergio Mendes, who came to stardom with his iconic band Brazil ‘66.

The band’s debut, which included the timeless single ‘Mas Que Nada’, cracked the Billboard top 10. Since then, Mendes has recorded over 35 albums, continuously exploring the very best of music. He has collaborated with artists across genres, including Stevie Wonder, Dave Grusin, will.i.am, Erykah Badu and John Legend.

Producer, composer, pianist and vocalist Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova, samba and pop instrumentation has come to define Brazilian music on an international scale. With a career spanning five decades, Mendes’ influence on the music industry continues to evolve.

One of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes has had an influence on the music industry which spans five decades, has won three Grammy awards and was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for ‘Real in Rio’.

With a sound that combines Brazilian rhythms with jazz, pop, soul and funk, his music is instantly recognisable, including his 1966 hit Mas Que Nada, which topped the charts again forty years later in collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas.

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Sergio Mendez

Saturday 4th May - Madeleine Peyroux

The festival is delighted to present an incredibly special and intimate concert with the highly acclaimed American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux.

Eight albums and 22 years since her debut ‘Dreamland’, Madeleine Peyroux continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music with unfading curiosity. This special concert follows the release of Madeleine’s 8th album Anthem, Anthem, which is produced and co-written by Larry Klein. The album came to life during the pivotal 2016 US elections, with the writers absorbing a “constant stream of news” over many months. The “consciously not too preachy” songs, fuse Peyroux’s, at times political outlook, with glimpses into her personal world. Honed and patiently refined with fellow writers they mix the public with the personal, striking that perfect equilibrium of dark humor and compassion.

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Madeleine Peyroux

Saturday 24 August - Beverley Knight

Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for two decades, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight.

She has sold over a million albums in the UK along the way, including four gold certified albums. Her latest album ‘Soulsville’ was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Her outstanding live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years, from David Bowie to Prince, Stevie Wonder to Quincy Jones. She has collaborated on stage and on record with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, Ronnie Wood, Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Take That and Chaka Kahn.

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Demand will be extremely high for this special concert so we encourage you to book early!

Beverley Knight

Monday 26 August - Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson performs a rare and special headline solo concert to close the 2019 festival at St Mary’s church, Rye on Monday 26th August.

Thompson was a founding member of the seminal British folk-rock group Fairport Convention and he remained with the band for five studio albums. Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.

In 2017, Ivor Novello Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated legend Richard Thompson gave himself up to the music itself. Picking up a guitar, emotions echoed through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, impassioned picking.Those transmissions comprise his nineteenth solo album, 13 Rivers.

‘The finest Rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix’ - Los Angeles Times

Richard Thompson

Demand will be extremely high for this special concert so we encourage you to book early!

Why not get a group of friends together or treat someone special, arrange a pre-concert meal or book to stay overnight at one of the many superb hotels, B&B’s or guest houses.

Since 2012 the festival has presented an array of artists including Dionne Warwick, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ginger Baker, The Christians, Hue & Cry, Nigel Kennedy, Rick Wakeman, Mica Paris, Joan Armatrading, Clare Teal, Gregory Porter, Courtney Pine, Russell Watson, Kandace Springs, Eric Bibb, KT Tunstall, Tom Chaplin, Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook and the legendary José Feliciano amongst others.

The Rye international jazz and blues festival is firmly established as one of the best music festivals of its kind in the UK attracting thousands of hungry music fans and families from across the region but also the UK.

The 2019 festival will take place from Thursday 22 to Monday 26 August which encompasses the August bank holiday weekend as usual.

The August festival programme includes world class artists in concert in the stunning and unique setting of St Mary’s church, Rye, East Sussex as well as live music on outdoor stages, in venues throughout the town and marching bands in the streets… think ‘New Orleans in Rye’.

We look forward to seeing you all in early May and late August.

Posted on 14/12/2018 by Ian Bowden

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