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Three great acts at Calstock Arts

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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THERE'S a host of musical talent coming up at Calstock Arts Centre.

It starts this when the brilliance of the original Modern Jazz Quartet is celebrated in a tribute by some of the best young performers on the UK jazz scene.

Formed by the late Michael Garrick in 2010, the quartet consists of vibraphonist Jim Hart and drummer Steve Brown, both winners in the 2013 British Jazz Awards. As well as heading his own quartet, bassist Matt Ridley works with the cream of London jazz, including Darius Brubeck and Nikki Iles, while pianist Barry Green's style has been compared to Bill Evans by no less than The Guardian's John Fordham. As well as many MJQ favourites this exceptional band will play some of Michael Garrick's original compositions. Plus there's the chance to enjoy a delicious pre-concert supper from 6pm in Calstock Arts's newly converted Kelly Room, courtesy of award-winning Food Dreckly who specialise in produce from the Tamar Valley.

Nominated by the Canadian Folk Music Awards as Vocal Group of the Year 2013, The Sweet Lowdown, pictured, blend original songwriting and three-part harmonies with an old-time instrumental groove.

This award-winning acoustic roots trio from Victoria, British Columbia, create a unique yet timeless sound that takes listeners on a pleasurable and memorable journey.

Now touring the UK for the first time, they will be appearing at Calstock Arts on Saturday.

Drawn together by mutual passion for old-time music, hard-driving bluegrass, sweet harmonies and well-wrought songs, The Sweet Lowdown (Amanda Blied on guitar, Shanti Bremer on banjo and fiddler Miriam Sonstenes) pays homage to their musical roots while simultaneously breaking new ground.

School's out on Saturday, April 26, when the newly formed Millfield Trio – Maria Marton (soprano), Mark Tromans (clarinet) and Nicola Bracey (piano) – perform at Calstock Arts. All music teachers at the prestigious Millfield School in Somerset, their repertoire ranges from the ever-popular Shepherd On The Rock by Schubert and six German Songs by Spohr to cabaret songs of the 20th century.

For ticket details see www.calstockarts.org

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