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Opening the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival free music programme on Saturday 24th August is original songwriter, guitarist and master storyteller Mark Harrison and his talented band.
A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style - there is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK. His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and his band (consisting of some of the UK’s top roots musicians) to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes and we are delighted to welcome him back to the festival ion 2019.
Come check out the Mark Harrison Band on the Kino Outdoor Music Stage at midday on Saturday 24th August, grab yourself a drink and enjoy Blues and Roots at its best.
The festival gratefully acknowledges the very kind support of private individuals, patrons and companies which have supported these free events in 2019 including the Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Chalk Cliff Trust, Rother District Council, UBI International, Pets Pyjamas, Benenden Hospital Trust, Harvey’s Of Lewis, Beside The Sea Holiday Cottages, Space Co Working, The Gallivant, Country Property Group, Rush Witt & Wilson Estate Agents, Heringtons Solicitors, PizzaExpress Live, Wilson Wilson & Hancock, Booker & Best Ltd, Eye Dream, Bramley & Teal Holiday Cottages, Reeds Rains Estate Agents, JD Architects, Stamco Building Supplies, Hastings International Piano Festival and MRA Associates.
Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’, these mark him out even more as a unique artist.
Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel.
A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style. Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released six albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US.
Here are a few of the things that have been said about Mark and his music:
‘really excellent … he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them’ Paul
Jones, BBC Radio 2
‘totally and absolutely original’ Mike Harding
‘Mark Harrison keeps getting better‘ Classic Rock Magazine
‘innovative …… if Top Of The Pops was still around, he might well be on it’ Jazz FM
‘The more I listen to Mark Harrison, the more I admire the man. He’s a fantastic musician, he’s got a great voice and what a songwriter! He’s kind of reinvented the blues in this country. What a glorious sound he makes’ Frank Hennessey, BBC Radio 2
‘the playing is of the sort of standard that most players take years to fail to achieve…… He is a unique musician, and I really don’t think that there is a musician that can hold a candle to him at this time’ Music News
‘fresh as morning sunshine and as sharp as a well-honed razor’ Folkwords
‘singular lyrics …an original take on song writing’ Blues in Britain
This year the festival is pleased to continue alfresco jazz at the wonderful Kino cinema Terrace in the heart of Rye.
Situated in the middle of town, next to the Butter Market and St Mary’s Church, this beautiful building has been recently refurbished and transformed into one of the best boutique cinemas East Sussex has to offer, and is equipped with state-of-the-art digital high definition projection and sound equipment to ensure the highest quality viewing experience.
Kino Rye’s intimate and stylish café-bar and sunny outside courtyard is popular with film-goers and also with customers who just want to enjoy the excellent coffee, cake and other delicious offerings, many of which are supplied by local producers.
With a fantastic food menu and fully licenced bar, come relax on the Kino Terrace and enjoy some wonderful sounds.
Address & contact
Lion Street (opposite the Town Hall and near St Mary’s Church)
Telephone: 01797 226293
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