THERE’S a busy weekend ahead for Holmfirth-based jazz musicians the New Orleans Wiggle.
Tomorrow they are off to Wensleydale to play at Leyburn Festival of Food and Drink. Their distinctive New Orleans’ style should help the festival go with a swing on both Saturday and Sunday when the band will play sessions between 10am and 3.45pm.
There will be no slacking on Saturday night with the musicians scheduled to play a concert at Middleham Parish Church near Leyburn at 8pm.
And on Sunday, once they have completed their stints at the festival, the Wiggle team will be heading back to the Holme Valley and their usual monthly gig at the Old Bridge Hotel in the centre of Holmfirth. But don’t expect to hear them before 8pm. The pressure doesn’t ease next weekend when the band plays in St John’s Church in Golcar on Saturday (May 9) as part of Golcar Lily Day.
With that village event under their belts, the Wiggle will then head to the Lakes on May 10 for Keswick Jazz Festival. Be sure to catch them somewhere on their travels.
The Savannah Jazz Band mark their 30th anniversary this year.
To celebrate, they have released a new CD out on Lake Records, called Let Us Take You To The Mardi Gras.
The band are well-known locally for their infectious, upbeat style of New Orleans jazz. The album will be on sale at the band’s gigs, which include Golcar Royal British Legion Club, Scar Lane, on Thursday, May 7 and Leeds Jazz Club on Tuesday, May 12.
In between, the band will perform at Keswick Jazz Festival on the May 10, with guest trombone player Lucien Barbarin, from New Orleans.
The band will be back in Golcar on June 4 and will perform at Kirkwood Hospice on June 6, from 3pm.