MUSIC filled the streets of Lyme Regis over the Bank Holiday weekend, as performers of all ages and genres took part in Jazz Jurassica and B Sharp’s Busking Festival.
Jazz Jurassica – the new name for Lyme’s annual jazz and blues festival – was held last Thursday to Monday, with headline acts performing at the Marine Theatre, including Georgie Fame, the Fliss Gorst Band, the James Taylor Quarter and the Liane Carroll Trio.
Free musical performances were held on Marine Parade throughout the weekend, with crowds dancing on the seafront to the varied programme.
Events were also held in the gardens of the Mariners Hotel and at new seafront restaurant SWIM, where the weekend was topped off on Monday evening with Slinky Machine’s ‘Guestival’ with surprise guest, R&B and soul star Kieran Alleyne, a former X Factor finalist who is about to set off on his world tour.
Julie Sheppard, Jazz Jurassica organiser, said: “The sun shone, the bands played and the audiences partied hard – that’s how we’ll remember this year’s Jazz Jurassica. Our performers spanned both musical genres and the generations. From funk to gypsy jazz, from swing to soul, from jazz reggae to R&B.
“We were proud to host the fabulous Georgie Fame, still going strong at 75, after a musical career spanning decades. And Kieran Alleyne, 23, the young R&B, soul star and former X Factor finalist, just starting out on his solo career and first world tour.
“The breadth of music continues to attract new audiences to the festival and perhaps convinces those who say ‘we don’t like jazz’ to come along and give it a try.
“The headline acts at Marine Theatre exceeded our expectations – there’s something about the Marine which seems to bring out the best in performers and audiences alike.
“Liane Carroll who played the festival finale delivered a stunning performance there which had the audience laughing one minute and crying the next – it was one of the most remarkable performances we’d ever seen at the festival.
“We’d like to thank everyone who performed and helped. And Lyme Regis Town Council and their staff who worked so hard over the weekend to keep everything looking so spic and span despite the crowds. We were truly blessed by the good weather fairy too.
“Finally, thank you to everyone who came to listen, watch and enjoy themselves – without your support it wouldn’t mean a thing.”
Youth music charity B Sharp added to the entertainment on Saturday with its annual Busking Festival, which saw enthusiasts of all ages and abilities taking to the mic and trying out the ‘Play Me Piano’ and ‘Play Me Drums’.
Entertainment varied from young bands and singer-songwriters, drummers and saxophonists to a school choir, pianists, music producers and even beat boxers.
B Sharp’s music leaders and young trainees were on hand to support and jam with them, as well as offer the technical support needed.
To help with the cost of running B Sharp’s on-going music programme for young people over the whole year, buskers happily donated 40 per cent of their collection to the charity and many donated all their takings.
Fran Williams, CEO of B Sharp, commented: “Our festival, and the weekend was a shining example of just how good things can be in communities when people work together to make it happen.
“The Busking Festival is one of our most popular and favourite events and the fact that it coincides with the brilliant, action-packed Jazz Jurassica makes it all the more worthwhile.”
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