Genre-blending Tyneside trio Archipelago come to Lyme

AWARD-winning genre blending Tyneside trio Archipelago take audiences on a journey from lyrical melodies through more experimental moments and back again with great aplomb.

They combine jazz, cinematic improvisation, alt-folk and progressive rock in a compellingly innovative brew which they will be bringing to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Wednesday, October 30. 

Their music is inspired by musicians as diverse as trumpeter Don Cherry and singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and PJ Harvey.

Bandleader Faye MacCalman (saxophone/clarinet/vocals) is joined by John Pope (bass/FX) and Christian Alderson (drums/percussion) in this collaborative line up described as a “truly remarkable unit” by Newcastle’s arts magazine.

The band creates tidal waves of sound that change rapidly from one song to the next, moving between instruments and electronic effects that create illusions of several musicians before peeling back to their raw trio form.

Faye MacCalman toured with renowned pianist Zoe Rahman in 2017. She also performs with folk group The Unthanks, Paul Smith (Maximo Park), and various groups including “mutant funeral jazz big band” the Midnight Doctors, where her path crossed with the other two members of Archipelago.

In 2018 Faye had a commission from Lancaster Jazz Festival and was also a recipient of the esteemed Peter Whittingham Development Award. UK journalist Kevin Le Gendre has described her as “providing food for thought on what jazz is and can become”.

Since releasing their debut album ‘Weightless’ in 2017, Archipelago has played extensively across the UK and their music has been played on Tom Robinson’s BBC6 Music show.

This year they were selected to play on the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival, and they have a fast growing reputation for their compelling live performances. 

They will perform at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Wednesday, October 30 with the bar opening at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets cost £8 in advance or £12 on the door available by calling 01297 442138 or visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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