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In no particular order . . 

Music Bios

Richard York

Liz and Richard York will bring a mix of traditional and historical music on an unusual array of instruments, including Harp, Northumbrian Smallpipes and other non-Scots bagpipes, Renaissance Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, and a variety of squeezeboxes. There may be a song or two, and a story thrown in for good measure.

 
He’s also a traditional style storyteller, so stories often form part of some of their presentations.

 

“...wholly captivated by the winning mix of storytelling and music, played with irresistible enthusiasm by Richard and Elizabeth York – their stories and music complemented one another in a quite magical way. As soon as the performance was over, we asked them to return to give another one.”  (Duston Local History Group)


"your skills and choice of music - which were beautifully matched to the surroundings and to the splendour of the occasion"... (Banquet for the Freemen of the City of London)

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Mim Grey

Get ready for the unforgettable soul-stirring melodies and heartfelt lyrics in the enchanting world of MIM GREY!

Born and raised in North London with a voice that resonates deep within your soul, telling powerful stories that tug at your heartstrings, Mim is the embodiment of classic songwriting.

Renowned music icon Sir Tom Jones himself can't help but sing her praises, declaring her as his favorite singer. And that's not all – the legendary Michael Ball hails her a as "the most beautiful voice to come out of the UK in a very long time." Even the charismatic Robert Elms from BBC Radio London admits, "She's rather good and rather gorgeous, but don't let that influence you."

Mim Grey's illustrious journey in the industry has seen her collaborating with the crème de la crème. The iconic Sir Paul McCartney is a devoted admirer, repeatedly inviting her to grace his personal engagements. Her talents have also resonated across the globe, with her role as an in-demand stage and studio session vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for international household names. Her creative prowess has undoubtedly adorned the soundscapes that have graced your ears, and she's even co-written songs for none other than the sensational Kylie Minogue.

But that's not all – Mim Grey's musical journey boasts chart-topping triumphs that have left an indelible mark. Her singles 'Just As You Are' and 'Ways Of Love' soared to the coveted No.1 spot on the UK Country Charts, showcasing her undeniable prowess. She even penned and released the enchanting 'Xmas Kiss', a BBC Radio 2 play-listed track that soared to No.1 in the UK Country Charts, No.5 in Nashville, and graced the heartwarming film 'Foster', starring Richard E Grant and Toni Collette.

An evening with Mim Grey is an evening of musical enchantment that lingers long after the final note fades away....... 

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Ash Mandrake

Ash Mandrake travelling minstrel, 1st Bard of Bath, was born in Manchester, the son of immigrants. He's half Polish, a quarter Indian, and a quarter Irish. He holds post graduate degrees in the Biological Sciences and Applied Linguistics. At 40, he stopped drinking and became a self-taught professional musician and milliner, living on the road and touring the UK with his show.

 

The Ash Mandrake Act incorporates music, loop machines, stories and comedy. He designed the double necked guitar, hats and costumes. This is folk rock, but many styles are used. He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.

Graham Roberts

A leading guitarist who has worked as a guest soloist with many top orchestras.

Graham has performed Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions and has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Edinburgh Festival) and the London Sinfonietta (Meltdown Festival) amongst others.

He is Head of Guitar studies at both Radley College and Rugby School as well as being director of the Northampton Music Festival. He was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2001 for his distinguished work in the profession.

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Dave Browning's Jazz Cat's

Long Established six piece Jazz band led by Dave Browning one of the UK's top stride pianists. The band takes inspiration from freewheeling, spicy tang of Chicago style jazz and features some of Britain's most established and exciting musicians.

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Airmail Special

A new, HOT 10-piece swing-dance orchestra has arrived. Formed by drummer John Watson (Pasadena Roof Orchestra and Chris Barber Band), featuring players skilled in the specialised swing style of the late 1930s and 1940s. With original arrangements from the period, and performing all the dance favourites from the repertoire of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and Gene Krupa. Airmail Special has accurately recreated the sound of an era with infectious enthusiasm, which will have you dancing and swinging from the rafters . . but not the tent poles please.

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Paul Taylor (Trombone Poetry)

Paul Taylor is the inventor and sole purveyor of trombone poetry, a solo performance project that interweaves live music and original poetry.

World music wordplay, free verse fanfares, binge thinking, bad news blues: Paul Taylor’s globe-trotting musical journeys are distilled into a trunkful of engaging poetry, bounced along in a solo set of classic standards, original pieces, and spontaneous compositions.

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Amy Roberts and Rebecca Barnes

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Flautist, Clarinettist and Saxophonist Amy Roberts is a multi-award-winning musician now based in Northamptonshire, UK.
Over the past 10 years she has been celebrated in the in the annual British Jazz Awards, winning the Rising Star Category in both 2009 and 2011, then topping the Miscellaneous category for her flute playing in 2015. Amy has earned an enviable reputation throughout the UK and Europe as a charismatic performer, and has had the privilege to tour with some of the worlds finest musicians. Amy is joined by Rebecca Barnes who has her own following for her sensitive and expressive Harpistry for weddings.

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Geoff Tooley

Geoff is a freelance session guitarist, vocalist, electric bass, double bass & banjo player, performer, entertainer, both as a soloist and band leader, composer & arranger. . . . teacher of individuals and small groups, providing lessons in all styles. . . 

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Pat Reyford is a one - off. He's a prolific recorder of a huge range of tunes - just check out the www. Pat heads up his Symphony 5 which includes our own Richard Exall and Mark Adams following a 2023 summer season of European gigs and studio recordings. The band also features East Anglia top Trumpeter Simon Nelson and a thumping back line who will get your toes tapping and feet a dancin'. Get ready now!  

 

"Over the past years, Pat has simply studied and trained himself to be one of the top artists of today becoming enormously respected and regarded as one of the very best. Pat can play almost any instrument you put in front of him. His singing, well, Pat can sing across the board from big time jazz ballads to reggae and pop. Talented and inspirational, Pat's love for music and life has never waned. He continues to this day to produce some of the best recordings around, playing in some of the best bands and still leading his own outfit (Pat Reyford's Symphony 5) If you are either involved in the UK music scene or a music lover, it is virtually impossible not to have heard of Pat Reyford. This self-taught, multi-disciplined musician and vocalist has been fronting bands since the 1980's. From the rockin' sounds of Sunny 56 and Sugar Ray Ford And His Hotshots, to fronting a Big Band orchestra (One of his dreams) and also touring the world with The Big Six a very successful Neo Swing band who were featured in the Soundtrack for The Truman Show with their energetic cover of Marc Bolan's "20th Century Boy" Pat has always been incessantly and passionately involved in music. While his heart is always set on vintage sounds from the 30's to the 70's and his voice is reminiscent of the great singers of the Golden Era, he is versatile enough to go for pinch of 60's and 70s funk and make it totally his. It is the intensity of his voice and his ease on stage that makes him an absolute and refreshing sensation. Pat lives, dreams and breathes music and it is his passion, endless creativity and a humorous take to his art are what sets him apart from his peers while the sounds embrace the nostalgia and romanticism of times past, his approach to music is totally modern thus making it appealing to both older and younger generations who enjoy the simple yet rare pleasure of listening to and or watching pure talent”

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T Bone Afrika All Stars

T Bone Afrika are a 8 piece African influenced band playing songs from the heartlands of Southern Africa with a fusion of High Life & Afro Beat.

T Bone Afrika create an intoxicating musical experience of cultural wonderment with their songs from Africa! Led by Thabani NYONI, the band have just recorded their debut EP at the famous Abbey Road studios and will be performing in festivals in UK and Europe in 2024!

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Lincoln Noel

Lincoln Noel was born at the Barratt Maternity Hospital in Northampton on Christmas Eve Night in1965 and started playing the Piano with his late father at the age of three. Formal lessons began a year later with the late Mollie Tomalin on the same day he started his compulsory education at St James Infants School in Northampton. With the aid of a Northants Music School Scholarship, he studied at the age of 16 in London with the celebrated Broadcaster and Concert Pianist David Owen Norris; during this period he made his Concerto Debut performing 2 Piano Concertos by Dimitri Shostakovich and Richard Rodney Bennett in 7 days; whilst taking his 'A' level Examinations! He also studied the violin and was a member of the Northamptonshire Youth Orchestra under the late Malcolm Tyler. As a child, he attained a Grade 8 Distinction on both the Piano and Violin.

After his 'A' levels, Lincoln spent four years studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Narine Arutiunian and the late Alexander Kelly on Piano, and Jean Harvey and David Angel on Violin. Highlights included performances in the presence of HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edindurgh, Charles, the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Whilst still a student, Lincoln started Piano Teaching back at home in Duston and made his Professional debut at the Young Vic Theatre, London in 'Robeson-Song of Freedom'.

Since graduating, Lincoln has worked, on Tour, in Repertory Theatre and in London's West End, as Musical Director on numerous shows as diverse as on 'Ain't Misbehavin,' 'Robeson - Song of Freedom,' 'The Adventures of Mr Toad', 'Choo Choo Ch'Boogie', 'The Old Tyme Music Hall,' 'The Gingerbread Man,' 'The Wizard of Oz,' and 'Tappin' Harlem.'

Having also performed at Weddings since age 12, with his vast repertoire of music of many styles, Lincoln is in huge demand as an Event Specialist, whether as a soloist, accompanist or leading his Jazz trio. He has performed locally at virtually every major wedding venue in Northants and has also worked extensively at many venues throughout Britain. Since 1994, he has been the Wedding Co-ordinator for Civil Ceremonies at the Prestigious Whittlebury Park Complex in Northants. Additionally he has a very comprehensive Corporate Client list and is a member of the Northants Business Club and the Federation for Small Businesses.

For over 15 years, Lincoln has also been a principal concert performer for 'The Council For Music In Hospitals,' working nation-wide in Hospices, Residential Homes and Hospital wards with many of the country's leading Singers and Instrumentalists. As an ambassador for the organisation, he has appeared numerous times in the print and broadcast media. Additionally, he has performed for both Anne, The Princess Royal and the Duke of Gloucester. Lincoln is featuring in the current drama series of 'Hotel Babylon' on BBC Television (Carnival Films).

To celebrate 25 years in music performance, Lincoln has been giving numerous concerts with his trio and also as a soloist and accompanist. Highlights have so far included callaborations with the Northampton Male Voice Choir, the Northampton Philharmonic Choir and live broadcasts for both local and national radio.

Since the Summer of 1983, he has continued to enjoyed his role as Organist and later Director of Music at Victoria Road Congregational Church in Northampton.

Football-mad Lincoln is married with 3 daughters (one is in heaven)

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