Rye Jazz & Blues Festival proudly present a wonderful triple bill concert with the acclaimed singer Sarah Jane Morris, Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione, and the incredible, award winning singer Liane Carroll.
Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione come together in a worldwide tour to promote the launch of their collaborative album: Compared to What.
This duo have each been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) – a comparison Antonio wears with pride. Django Reinhardt also comes to mind.
In truth, Sarah Jane and Antonio are great artists in their own right. Channelling their energies together, they share audiences in Italy, Britain, and all over the world.
Together they increase their spheres of appreciation, giving loyal fans the chance to experience favourites afresh, as well as attracting new audiences with the strength and artistry of their unique partnership.
Compared to What is the result of a fruitful and varied songwriting collaboration. It covers a number of traumatic social issues and many songs of emotional intensity which reflect the urgent concern both artists feel for the tragedy of refugees.
Alongside the songs of conscience, Compared to What includes some wry comedy, also love songs and some memorable covers, notably Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan.
‘River deep, mountain high, Sarah Jane Morris has a magnificent, enormous voice’ - The Sunday Times
‘Her excellent voice soars and swoops with the agony and ecstasy of the delta and smoky Chicago clubs’ - Daily Telegraph
‘Antonio is one of the great acoustic guitarists’ - The Guardian
‘Antonio, you have a beautiful touch’ – Sir Paul McCartney
The Rye Jazz and Blues Festival welcomes back multi award winning Hastings based singer Liane Carroll to perform a very special solo set, as part of this outstanding feast of world class music.
Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty- five years and is one of the UK’s greatest musical treasures. A soulful, emotive singer, she is capable of moving an audience to tears with her heart-breaking ability to inhabit a lyric or to have them jumping for joy with her breathtaking vocal virtuosity.
Her latest album The Right To Love is due for release in July 2017 and is the eagerly anticipated follow up to Seaside,
an homage to her life by the coast which won a ‘British Jazz Award’ for ‘Best New Album’, received a Parliamentary Jazz Award nomination and appeared on several ‘Best Jazz Album’ lists.
“She seems in some magical way to be made out of music” - The Observer
“She doesn’t just sing jazz, she IS Jazz… ” - Mojo Magazine
“Close to musical perfection.” - Jazzwise
“Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest.” - The Times
“Utterly brilliant.” - Time Out
Ticket Price: £30.00
Sarah Jane Morris is a jazz, pop, rock and R&B singer and songwriter.
In 1982, Morris joined The Republic as lead singer. A London-based Afro-Caribbean-Latin band with leftish tendencies, they received enormous publicity from the music press including cover stories with NME and City Limits and a documentary for Granada TV. But the band was deemed too political for radio play, with the exception of Capital Radio. The Republic were signed to Charlie Gillet’s Oval Records Ltd and released an EP entitled Three Songs From The Republic and two singles entitled “One Chance” and “My Spies”. Success did not follow and the band split up in 1984.
Morris then sang with The Happy End, a 21-piece brass band named after Bertolt Brecht, Elisabeth Hauptmann and Kurt Weill’s musical play. Playing a circuit that included Brighton’s Zap Club and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Happy End explored protest music from Africa, Ireland and Latin America on a way that emulated Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra.
Morris explored her more theatrical side on Brecht/Eisler’s There’s Nothing Quite Like Money and Brecht/Weill’s Pirate Jenny from The Threepenny Opera.
The Happy End released two albums on the Cooking Vinyl label with Morris. Following a successful Edinburgh run in 1986, Morris then decamped to chart success with The Communards.
Morris found fame initially with the Communards, who are best known for their hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. Morris featured prominently on many Communards tracks, her low vocal range contrasting with Jimmy Somerville’s falsetto. She has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing albums since 1989. These have enjoyed most popularity in Italy and Greece.
Morris also contributed to the opera The Fall of the House of Usher (1991) by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith, singing the part of the chorus.
Forcione was born in a village on the Adriatic shore in southern Italy. He first drew public attention at 13 when he toured Italy with his own band as a guitarist, mondolinist and drummer. A few years later he obtained a diploma in art and sculpture from the Art Institute in Ancona where he also studied percussion. For a further two years he studied harmony and mime in Rome, before moving to London in 1983. Unable to speak English, he initially made ends meet by busking in the streets of London’s Covent Garden. Within two months he had won an award which led to a BBC television appearance before being whisked off to open for the rock band Barclay James Harvest on a European tour, culminating in a concert at Wembly Arena. Since his first European tour he has collaborated with many artists, touring the world and performing both solo and with other artists in duo, trio or quartet. p Olé.
Forcione is also a composer, and most of the pieces performed are his own. His compositions show influences from African and the Latin American countries, interwoven with classical, flamenco and Indian rhythms. Forcione currently lives in London.
His awards include Best Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Festival with a resulting tour of Australia, doing both straight music and music-comedy. Other awards include the Award for Excellence in Adelaide, the Premio Enriquez in Italy for best musician of the year, and the Premio Internazionale di Cultura Re Manfredi for his unique and innovative approach to music. Reviews of his albums have included his being dubbed “21st century ‘Jimi Hendrix’ of acoustic guitar”.
Born in London and raised in Hastings, from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE, Joe Stilgoe and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined this year at Finsbury Park’s ‘Hospital in the Park’ festival. Equally at home in intimate jazz venues and vast performance spaces, earlier this summer Liane took part in the BBC Late Night Proms performing at The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Of Scotland.
Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching. She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.
As a recording artist Liane has gained much critical acclaim. Her four most recent albums (Slow Down, Up and Down, Ballads, Seaside) all earned a four star reviews in The Guardian newspaper. Her latest release Seaside (Linn Records), homage to her life by the coast, is her third with Grammy nominated producer James McMillan of QuietMoney Studios and holds a coveted ‘British Jazz Award’ for ‘Best New CD’ (2015).
As well as Liane’s solo performances; her current projects include her Trio with her husband bassist Roger Carey and drummer Russell Field and a vocal trio with long time friends Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman.
Winner: ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best of Jazz’ - BBC Jazz Awards 2005
Winner: ‘Musician Of The Year’ - British Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008
Winner: ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’ - Parliamentary Jazz Award’s 2012
Nominated: ‘Best UK Vocalist’ - Jazz FM Awards 2013
Winner: ‘Best British Vocalist’ - British Jazz Awards 2013
Winner: ‘Best new CD’ - British Jazz Awards 2015 (Seaside)
Nominated: Jazz Album Of The Year – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016 (Seaside)
Nominated: ‘Vocalist Of The Year’ – Jazz FM Awards 2016
Winner: ‘Vocalist Of The Year’ - British Jazz Awards 2016
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