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Total price: £36.00

Saturday 25th August 2018: 8:00 PM - doors open at 7:00 PM

The festival proudly presents the sensational jazz singer Zara McFarlane live at St Mary’s Church.

She picked up the Jazz FM Vocalist of the year award in May and with recent performances including Later…with Jools Holland and the mammoth SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, as well as MOBO awards to her name, she’s definitely one to watch and we’re excited to welcome her to the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival.

Described as ‘vocally akin to early Nina Simone and Roberta Flack’, her most recent album traces her musical heritage from the Caribbean combining jazz with the pulsating reggae rhythms of Jamaica.

Zara’s music is seductive and earthy and as a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues with both her originals and choice of covers.

This concert is kindly partnered by Brewin Dolphin Wealth Managers.

“Her third and most impressive album to date” - MOJO

“Understated power” - Jazzwise

“Audacious” - Uncut

“A classy celebration of black British music” - The List

Zara McFarlane Unreserved Seated £36 SOLD OUT
Zara McFarlane Tier 2 Unreserved Seated £26
‘Soulful Saturday’ Unreserved Seated £50*

‘Soulful Saturday’ includes tickets for both headline concerts on Saturday 25th including Tony Momrelle and Zara McFarlane.

If you have purchased tickets to either Tony or Zara separately you can now upgrade your tickets to the ‘Soulful Saturday’ ticket. Please email us on [email protected] and we’ll get back to you with details of how to go about this.

Artist: Zara McFarlane

Listen to Zara McFarlane

With two critically acclaimed albums to her name and double winner of the coverted Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year, Zara McFarlane inhabits an unusual musical landscape, fearlessly exploring original material & reworking well known classics from the worlds of Jazz and Jamaican music.

September 2017 saw her return with her third studio album “ARISE” which traces her musical heritage of the Caribbean and explores her take on the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity.

“ARISE,” which is produced by multi award-winning drummer Moses Boyd and released on Brownswood Recordings, is a product of their exploration of the meeting points between British Jazz sounds and the rhythms of Jamaica namely; Reggae, Kumina, and Nyabinghi.

Both of Caribbean descent, the collaboration has resulted in a very sophisticated, honest offering of socio-conscious lyrics and pulsating
rhythm. The album, supported by funding from PRSF Women Make Music Fund, features a stellar line up of some of the key players on the London jazz scene; Moses Boyd [Drums], Binker Golding [Ten. Sax], Peter Edwards [Piano], Max Luther [D.Bass], Shirley Tetteh [Guitar], Nathaniel Cross [Trombone], Pete Eckford [percussion] and Shabaka Hutchings [Clarinet].

Zara’s music is seductive and earthy and as a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues with both her originals and choice of covers.

Her breakthrough 2012 jazz cover of Junior Murvin’s ‘Police and Thieves’, provided a jumping off point to further explore the blurred, colourful territory in between jazz and roots-reggae. On “ARISE” we see her continue to explore her Jamaican roots covering Nora Dean’s “PEACE BEGINS WITHIN” and a beautifully poised version of the Congos’ “FISHERMAN” teases out the poignant lyrical content of the 1977 classic.

This time her originals have a socio-political lilt, inspired by the political reggae movement of 70’s Jamaica, as well as her trademark compelling self-reflections and observations.

Venue: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.

  • Licensed bar during performances
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access

Address
St Mary’s Church
Church Square
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7HF

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