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.
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.
St Mary’s Church
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