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Bryony Jarman-Pinto

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Bryony Jarman-Pinto voice, flute / Geoff Bartholomew trumpet, backing vocals / Tom Werkha guitar, keyboards / Alley Lloyd bass, backing vocals / Jenny Walinetski drums

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Lancaster-based singer, songwriter and musician Bryony Jarman-Pinto seamlessly blends enchanting vocals and spellbinding jazz-infused melodies with intricately crafted and personal lyrics. Bryony grew up surrounded by music, attending singing workshops with her mum and BlueJam Arts from a young age. Bryony’s sophomore album Below Dawn (out 10th May) explores sentimental themes of societal change, untapped emotions, and the profound journey of pregnancy and motherhood. 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Ceitidh Mac

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Ceitidh MacLeod voice, cello, tenor guitar / Will Hammond vibraphone, synthesiser, percussion / Francesca Knowles drums 

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

With a progressive twist to her music, Ceitidh Mac is an alternative singing/cellist, tipped by Jude Rogers as a “Fascinating Welsh-born, Tyneside-dwelling singer-songwriter and cellist, with an unusual, stunning voice.” Absorbing in its originality, Ceitidh Mac creates songs that soar with contemporary arrangements and unusual instrumentation. A mesmerising live show, expect to be drawn in by bold songs and cello basslines. In Adam Walton’s (BBC Radio Wales) words: “Sublime & absolutely outstanding.” 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Dirty Freud

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Danni Skerritt aka Dirty Freud keyboards, voice / Ruby Tingle voice / Jono Allen saxophoneRob Andrews guitar 

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Hotter than Hendos! 

The unruly prince of electronica and Ninja Tune fave Dirty Freud is an electronic live and recording outfit whose music contains elements of dubstep, 2-step, garage, soulful vocals and jazz. It is simply Dirty Cinematic Electronica.  

Over the years, they have played headline slots at UK festivals including Glastonbury, All Points East, Citadel, Boomtown, Beat-Herder, as well as at gigs across the US and Europe.  

“Wonderfully wonky that, isn’t it?” – Nemone (BBC 6Music) 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Tom Harris

mjf @ First Street (HOME Stage)

Tom Harris electric piano / Lucy-Anne Daniels voice / Olivia Cuttill trumpet / Anna Chandler-King alto saxophone / Josh Vadiveloo double bass / Miles Pillinger drums  

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Tom Harris is a northern pianist who tries his best to make interesting music with kind people. 

His heartfelt compositions explore mental health, masculinity, acceptance, and joy, all filtered through the musical influence of his favourite artists (Nina Simone, Snowpoet, Cécile McLorin Salvant). 

Tom’s latest offering takes inspiration from Buddleia – the vibrant purple shrub which thrives in ‘ugly’ places. It’s tough, beautiful, and a reminder that some version of life will always persevere… 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Vipertime

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Ben Powling tenor saxophone / Matias Reed bass guitar / Josh Smout drums / Luke Reddin-Williams drums, percussion

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Vipertime explores the borders of jazz, post-punk, dub and Afrobeat to create a sound that is simultaneously unique to the band and a microcosm of the thriving UK scene. Since their birth in Leeds basement parties, they have released many albums and singles, including 2023’s critically-acclaimed Arise. The group has also made a name for itself with a series of incendiary appearances at UK venues and festivals, pushing their line-up of saxophone, bass guitar and twin drum sets to its sonic limits. 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

m.oe

mjf @ First Street (ask Garden Stage)

M.oe keyboards, loopers, sample pads 

“Music to make the body move and the mind wander.” 

An alumnus from the mjf Soundcheck programme, keyboardist M.oe creates piano-centred, jazz-inspired harmonies, supported by gritty, glitchy beats with complex grooves and driving rhythms. 

He likens the sound to an 808 synthesiser that suddenly became sentient, forcing its way out of the drum machine and into the real world whilst the soundtrack of its life plays in the background. M.oe’s tracks are thematically open and ambient, and in a live context he adds improvisation on resonant bass synths played 4 octaves too high… 

M.oe’s aspirations are to express what can’t be verbalised, and to invite people to connect with that through movement and thought, exploring the increasingly blurred lines of the human experience. 

The Ask Garden Stage is proudly sponsored by Ask Real Estate.

 

 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

AJB3

mjf @ First Street (ask Garden Stage)

Ajay Bebop voice / Wisdom Udensi electric piano / Gabe Weber drums  

 Ajay and Wisdom are recent graduates from mjf’s Soundcheck programme.   

Jazz trio AJB3 make music for your mind, body and soul! Singing bebop for the 2020s, swing with them and find out exactly what that entails… if you need a hint, there’ll be a lot of notes – but only their best notes! There may even be some words to the notes you already know and love. But it’s for you, whether you like to think about music, feel music in your soul, or just get up and move to it. 

The Ask Garden Stage is proudly sponsored by Ask Real Estate.

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Floorkin

mjf @ First Street (ask Garden Stage)

Robin Forkin keyboards, turntable / Emyr Penry Dance trumpet / Samantha Brown violin / Rhianna Wade cello / Hayden Wood double bass / Dom Kilsby drums, percussion  

Led by mjf hothouse alumnus artist Robin, Floorkin are a trio whose music falls outside the sphere of genre & categories. Their performance will bring eclectic electro-acoustic improvisation, using an array of electronics and instruments. Expect to hear turntablism stretching and expanding old recordings into scattered fragments, alongside sporadic inflections of drums, percussion and distant horns weaving across one another. 

Alongside this spectral and cosmic cacophony, they will be accompanied by a scored string trio, taking inspiration from projects by Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra and Floating Points & The London Symphony Orchestra. 

The Ask Garden Stage is proudly sponsored by Ask Real Estate.

 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Archipelago

mjf @ First Street (HOME Stage)

Faye MacCalman voice, clarinet, tenor saxophone, synthesiser / John Pope bass, voice / Christian Alderson drums, percussion  

‘Very original, evocative, and at times haunting’Kevin Le Gendre, BBC Radio 3

Archipelago is a genre-defying trio of adventurous musicians, formed out of the North East of England’s creative musical underground. Their sound is a dreamlike collision of otherworldly atmospheres, heartfelt song-writing and energetic off-kilter rhythms.   

Moving between instruments and effects to create the illusion of a much larger ensemble, before peeling back to their raw, improvisational trio form, Archipelago’s uncompromising refusal to fit into one genre makes for a fully-charged musical experience. With influences stretching from Joni Mitchell to Don Cherry to Esperanza Spalding, Archipelago draws on a deep pool of sonic references and the diversity of their individual musical histories.  

Their latest album Echoes to the Sky received critical acclaim, with a nomination for UK Jazz Act of The Year award at the Jazz FM Awards, support from Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music and BBC Radio 3 and slots at Love Supreme Festival, London Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival. 

 “A quiet fire …a gently held back power and energy that I absolutely love.” – Corey Mwamba, Freeness, BBC Radio 3  

 “**** Superb…epically adventurous… An impressive unity of vision.” – Jazzwise 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Time: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Amy Thatcher & Francesca Knowles

mjf @ First Street (HOME Stage)

Amy Thatcher accordion, lead vocal, synthesiser / Francesca Knowles drums, vocals, keyboards  

Envelope-pushing accordion and percussion duo Thatcher and Knowles defy the preconceptions of what their instruments can do, breaking with tradition while tactfully adopting it as a foundation for playful experimentation. Their live show is one of both raucous energy and sympathetic intensity, incorporating drums, synths, keys and vocals into an unapologetic brew of colourful and creative composition. Their debut album Emergency of the Female Kind showcases a spectrum of humanness rarely captured in just 46 minutes and the pair’s undaunted attitude to kicking off a genre revolution. 

“Their debut album is an envelope-pushing blast of excitement that warps folky jazz and prog into new and unfamiliar shapes. Exhilarating stuff.” The Crack 

“Together, they are DYNAMITE. – The Crack 

“Perverse, and often fantastic.” – MOJO

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Time: 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required