Three more brilliant headliners announced for 2018
07 August 2018
We’re delighted to announce three more brilliant artists to headline this year’s festival.
Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet was formed in 2015 and has performed around the UK and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The sound comes from a mutual admiration between the band, creating endless new approaches and a wide palette of textures and colours, from traditional four horn writing to more contemporary classical music with the use of strings and vibraphone.
On Marsden Moor is a brand new suite commissioned by us that that sets five different poems by Marsden-born poet Simon Armitage in a combination of song form and spoken word. The instrumental parts combine to create new textures to complement and contrast with the poems. The group will perform on Sat 13 Oct in Marsden Mechanics Hall at 5.30pm.
The ‘Big Bad Trio’ describes its music as ‘free and of itself with no framework…with the aim to reach the finish line of the not said, not explored or defined’ with ‘the anguish in search of a landing or a departure’ that ‘do not actually exist.’ And yet everything we have heard indicates creative group improvisation of great style and harmony! The group is Antonio Farris (bass, electronics), Giuseppe Joe Murgia (sax) and Alessandaro Garau (drums) and will be appearing on Sat 13 Oct at Marsden Mechanics Hall at 12pm.
Polly Gibbons’ singing effortlessly incorporates American jazz, soul and blues influences. She has made regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s in the UK, and completed residencies in the iconic Birdland club in the US.
“A versatile artist who can switch from an emotionally subtle Cleo Laine-like purr to a soul-gospel wail in a blink, and a growing authority as a co-composer with Ronnie Scott’s jazz club pianist James Pearson. Gibbons is unmistakably a class act.” (The Guardian)
Polly will appear with Andy Davies (trumpet), James Pearson (piano), Chris Dodd (bass) and Chris Draper (drums) at Marsden Mechanics Hall on Sat 13 Oct at 7.30pm.