2020 Concert Announcements

In January the festival heads to a new venue, St Mary In The Castle, Hastings where we proudly present legendary American singer-songwriter Judy Collins on Thursday 23 January, followed by acid-jazz giants JTQ (James Taylor Quartet) on Saturday 25 January. We then return to Rye for the May bank holiday weekend when we present six exceptional concerts, here we announce four of the confirmed artists, with an additional two artists to be announced early 2020.

Thursday 23 January: ‘An Audience with Judy Collins’ at St Mary In The Castle, Hastings

We are thrilled to have secured a rare and unique opportunity to present this female music icon as part of Judy’s European tour schedule. Judy is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Tickets will be in high demand and we have limited availability so we would encourage you to book early.

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Saturday 25 January: JTQ + support from The Fabulous Red Diesel at St Mary In The Castle, Hastings

We present a night of funky acid-jazz with the acclaimed James Taylor Quartet aka JTQ plus support from the Fabulous Red Diesel. For over 30 years, JTQ have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of mighty albums and at their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become a byword for distinguished British creativity.

“One of the great British Hammond organ players of his generation” Nitin Sawhney

“Taylor’s organ sound first sears the ears and then goes straight to the feet” Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine

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John Williams

Friday 22 May: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan (SIX HANDS) at St Mary’s Church, Rye

We proudly present an exceptional concert with three of the finest and acclaimed guitarists ‘Six Hands’. John Williams and John Etheridge are two giants of the guitar, loved by audiences all over the world. Their influence has spread to multiple genres and musical traditions, and their artistry has inspired a legacy of new work. John Williams reached millions of ears and even hit the charts when he played the main theme to the Oscar-winning 1978 film The Deer Hunter.

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PP Arnold

Saturday 23 May: PP Arnold, London’s First Lady of Soul at St Mary’s Church, Rye

As part of a selected number of UK concert dates we are thrilled to bring PP Arnold to Rye. Having started her career in California as a backing singer for Ike and Tina Turner, she eventually found herself in London where a tour with the Rolling Stones helped her strike up an unlikely friendship with Mick Jagger.

It was Jagger who convinced her to begin a solo career, signing to immediate records, with which she recorded iconic tracks such as “The First Cut is the Deepest” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”.

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Graham Gouldman

Sunday 24 May: Graham Gouldman’s Heart Full of Songs at St Mary’s Church, Rye

An intimate, stripped back acoustic concert with one of the most legendary and prolific British singer songwriters. Graham Gouldman is one of the founding members of the iconic band 10CC, who have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. You can expect to hear many of the classic 10CC hits which Graham has either solely or co - written such as the timeless I’m Not In Love, Things We Do For Love and Rubber Bullets and many more.

It’s the enduring popularity of these tracks and Graham’s love of playing songs acoustically that led to the formation of Heart Full of Songs. The show features many of the 10cc numbers, as well as Bridge To Your Heart (from Graham’s time in Wax) and material from his acclaimed solo album Love And Work.

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Ronnie Scotts All Stars

Monday 25 May: The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars at St Mary’s Church, Rye

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic music venues we present a special afternoon concert featuring classic music from the many jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s. The All Stars perform alongside projected images and footage, giving you a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history.

Hosted and performed by the award-winning Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars, led by the Club’s Musical Director, this is a unique evening celebrating the music and history of Ronnie Scott’s and is a must for any music fan.

Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to’ The Observer

‘Full-on brilliance’ The Guardian

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We will be making further announcements in the near future, so keep checking the website, social media or sign up to our newsletter where you can receive our latest news. We look forward to seeing you at our concerts in January and May.

Posted on 21/12/2019 by Ian Bowden

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