mjf @ First Street: Good Habits

mjf @ First Street (HOME Stage)

First Street, HOME Stage

7.30pm – 8.30pm / Good Habits 

Tickets: FREE entry to all events

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Good Habits

Bonnie Schwarz cello / Peter Shaw accordion

Good Habits are an alternative-folk band forged on the other side of the globe. Bonnie and Pete, met as music students in Manchester and wanted to travel with music and tour to New Zealand – where they became stranded due to covid and toured full-time for 2+ years. Their music is a meeting of folk and jazz, as their eclectic musical backgrounds and unique instrumental combination fuse together into narrative-led songwriting, tune arranging, and improvisation. Whilst leaning into jazz exploration, their individual style combines influences of Klezmer and other Eastern European traditions to explore the spaces shared by folk and jazz. 

Date: friday 19 may

Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Price: Free

Alligator Gumbo

Matt and Phreds

James Paylor  double bass, vocals / Greg Surmacz clarinet, saxophone / Chris Williamson  trumpet / Tim Hurst trombone, vocals / Mike Rudland-Simpson  steel guitar, vocals / Chris Lloyd  piano, vocals /Jose Williamson  drums, washboard, bells, whistles

Alligator Gumbo are a 6-piece New Orleans jazz band from Leeds, who have been playing together since 2011. Having played extensively around the country, and often packed out Matt & Phred’s, we can’t wait to see them again.

A gig with Alligator Gumbo sees jazz from the hey-day of the New Orleans swing/jazz era, when music was raw and largely improvised with melodies and solos happening simultaneously which has now become defined as the ‘New Orleans’ sound.

As well as the band’s unique and fast-tempo treatment of the classic tunes, Alligator Gumbo take this distinctive style and apply it to their arrangements of more modern and popular songs which everyone will recognise and happily head to the dance floor upon hearing.

Doors at 6pm
£7 entry, pay on the door – to reserve a table, call 0161 273 5495

Date: friday 19 may

Time: 9:30 pm - 12:00 am

Price: £7 entry, pay on door

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mjf @ First Street: Wizards of Twiddly and Yemi Bolatiwa

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

First Street, Main Stage

5pm – 5.30pm & 6.30pm – 7.15pm / Wizards of Twiddly
8.30pm – 9.45pm / Yemi Bolatiwa

Tickets: FREE entry to all events

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Wizards of Twiddly

Andy Frizell vocals, bass guitar, alto sax, trombone / Martin Smith trumpet, flugelhorn, strangehorn / Simon James vocals, tenor sax, flute / Carl Bowry guitar & backing vocals / Andy Delamere drums & backing vocals  

Celebrating their 35th year, Wizards of Twiddly blast open mjf2023 with their trademark combination of hi-energy eccentricity and virtuosity – and still know how to pack a punch. 

Formed in Liverpool 1988, the Wizards of Twiddly stuck out like a sore thumb! Creating wildly ambitious music from a vast and colourful palette with large chunks of humour and theatricality. On their own Fracture for Pleasure label they produced two idiosyncratic albums independent legs (1992) and man made self (1994). Largely ignored by the mainstream music press (‘Scouse Gets’ NME 1993) they managed to attract a collection of committed supporters including Cardiacs’ Tim Smith, Radio One’s Mark and Lard and the late, great Vivian Stanshall. 

In 1994 the Wizards of Twiddly embarked on a year-long collaboration with the very legendary Kevin Ayers. In 2000 Market Square records released the live Turn the Lights Down – Live in London 1995 with the band accompanying Kevin on some of his tunes. 

Yemi Bolatiwa

Yemi Bolatiwa voice / James Vezer guitar / Oliver Lamb keyboards / Bradley Ingham bass guitar / Miles Pillinger drums / TBC violins / Sophia Dignam viola, arrangements / TBC cello 

Yemi Bolatiwa is a multi-faceted vocal artist who has worked on numerous releases with electronic music labels across the UK & EU. As a live act she writes and performs tracks with RnB melodies, deep soulful vox over Hip-Hop, DnB & Garage inspired grooves and she’s taken her original live shows across the country and even across the EU.

Date: friday 19 may

Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: Free