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Rye International Jazz Festival

2017 Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival 24-28 August - The Boutique Music Festival that Packs a Punch


The 2017 Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival, now in its 6th year, has announced an array of superb world class headline acts and events featuring the best in Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, R&B, Latin and World Music.

Headline concerts take place at the stunning and intimate setting of St Mary’s Church throughout the festival and include;  Hue & Cry, brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane will be performing a very special ‘Stripped Back’ concert on Friday 25 August.

To date they have sold in excess of two million records worldwide, and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’.

This special performance will include an eclectic programme of their classic hits, material from their awaited new album ‘Pocketful of Stones’ and contemporary repertoire performed in their own distinctive style with beautiful arrangements.

On Saturday 26 August, American singer, pianist and composer Kandace Springs will be performing songs from her new album Soul Eyes with her gifted Trio.

There’s an increasingly loud buzz around Kandace Springs, the 27-year-old Nashville-based singer-pianist who combines old-soul jazz sophistication with a tasteful touch of R&B and pop. 

Eric Bibb, Blues power house, headlines the St Mary’s stage on Sunday 27 August, where blues meets gospel and soul when he sings from a beautifully realised repertoire of soulful, gospel-infused folk and blues; a melding of traditional American style with a subtle contemporary sensibility.

On Monday 28 August the festival presents a very unique and special afternoon concert ‘The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars’ and the ‘Ronnie Scott’s Songbook’ live at St Mary’s Church.

This fantastic show will take you on a musical journey of amazing music, providing you with an insight into the heritage of the world’s most famous and iconic jazz clubs.

Later on Monday 28 August, West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman, graces the stage at St Mary’s to perform an intimate unplugged solo concert.

Seth will be performing songs from the new album and other live favourites from his back catalogue.

Seth’s eighth studio album Ballads of the Broken Few is a stunning combination of his dynamic song writing and playing, produced by Ethan Johns and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin.

Free music takes place at two dedicated outdoor locations within Rye over the main festival August weekend, and to add to the great music and atmosphere, street food and bar facilities are provided.

Other free events also take place at many fringe locations at local wine bars, hotels, pubs, restaurants, and freestyling brass bands also wind their way through the cobbled streets of the town during the weekend.


Tickets can be purchased directly from the festival website

You can also find more information on Facebook and Twitter @RyeJazzBlues


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