The 19th Aberjazz Festival

Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders


Headlining our festival this year. Andy is originally from Cardiff and rose to prominence in 1960s as the front man in the chart topping band Amen Corner. Andy has produced several solo albums but by 1980 had already started his notable contributions to other people’s records with his appearance in 1978 on The Who’s album ‘Who Are You’ and continued to work with them through to 1993. From his work with The Who Andy became the ‘in demand’ guitarist to the stars with an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day. In the early 1990s Andy joined Eric Clapton’s band which he stayed with until 2003 recording ‘Unplugged’, ‘From the Cradle’ and other famous albums with him. Andy was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his ‘Live in Japan’ album and playing several of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute, the Concert for George. Through all of this time he has had a long working relationship with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. Andy is also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, a consequence of another relationship which stretches back to the mid 1980s. Inevitably Andy returned to the studio in his own right in 2006 producing ‘Sweet Soulful Music’ which signaled a welcome return for one of the UKs most distinctive artists. Andy’s current band, the Low Riders is also a who’s who of the best players on the rock scene. Paul Beavis on drums Chris Stainton on keyboards Dave Bronze on bass.

Saturday 27th August 7:30pm in Theatr Gwaun - Tickets £25

The Aberjazz Party with the The Pandas


FInish off the festival at the Aberjazz Party - this year we have The Pandas, a 7 piece female fronted band from Cardiff with a brass section who have been rocking audiences all over Wales with their exciting classic soul, funk, reggae and Motown hits, party music from 1960s to the present day. They also do what they call Bandaoke which is karaoke with the band. Why not have a go at singing your favourite song with the backing of a real band. They have played at Aberjazz when they were called Maddie & the Pandas - they have renamed the band but Maddie is still the lead singer.

Monday 29th August 8:30pm in Ffwrn - Tickets £15

Andy Twyman

A very funny and talented entertainer, Andy has played at Aberjazz a few years ago where he had his audiences in stitches with his very funny lyrics. Having performed on Radio 3 and Channel 4 his reputation is growing as a highly original and entertaining artist. He blends blues with humour and rock and roll so allow Andy to tickle your funny follicles with lyrics absurd and profound and dazzle your eardrums with music and sound.

Saturday 27th August 5pm in the Yacht Club- Tickets £5.50

The Achievers


A warm welcome back to Aberjazz for the Achievers who have become one of the most talked about and critically acclaimed bands on the UK Roots music scene where they have earned a reputation for innovation and originality. They bring their own brand of modern ‘dance-floor gospel blues’ which has led to rave reviews and big stage appearances across the world. Following the release of their 2019 album ‘The Lost Arc’ they received radio airplay by Cerys Matthews (BBC2 Blues Show) and were nominated for three UK blues awards and were selected to represent the UK at the International and European Blues Challenge in 2020. With their infectious rhythms, joyful melodies and four-part harmonies they stand proudly as British Blues and Roots outliers.

Thursday 25th August 5pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £12.50 Double bill with Onco Fonco

Almost Modern Jukebox


Almost Modern Jukebox put the Charleston into chart music! AMJ are a 1920’s band based in the Southwest of England performing modern songs in a vintage, swing style. A Gatsby band guaranteed to have you dancing the night away with the songs you know and love but not how you’ve heard them before! Songs from Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars and even Rhianna will have your toes-a-tapping, in true Roaring Twenties style! You will leave 2022 far in the distance and be transported back to 1922! Almost Modern Jukebox include the highest calibre of musicians in the industry, combined with their lead vocalist, who performs with passion & high energy every time, makes for a live band not to be missed! Don your feathers and sequins, braces and bow ties folks…Almost Modern Jukebox are coming to town!

Sunday 28th August 7:30pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £15 Double bill with The Debbie Bond Band

The Bella Collins Band


Bella Collins is well known to Aberjazz regulars, having been a performer with us for a number of years. She works out of Cardiff and has performed, with others and solo, across Europe and in the US. Her solo album, “Late and Blue” was released in 2016 and got airplay on national radio including BBC Radio 2. She has also recorded an EP, Golden Days, with multi instrumentalist Gareth Evans, as Bella Collins and Gareth Evans. In 2018 Bella joined with the Pembrokeshire based singer/songwriter Jodie Marie, to form the duo Sister Bodhi, and they released the EP “Live at Carmel” in 2019, which also featured Andy Fairweather Low and Dewi Watkins. Bella’s music is firmly rooted in the Blues, but she has also absorbed and been influenced by jazz, soul and old style R’n’B, and her unique vocal style reflects aspects of all those genres. Bella plays with a number of bands and has recently put together a new line up, which will be playing Aberjazz, with the aim of recording an album of original material in the near future. The band line up is: Bella Collins - vocals and rhythm guitar Sam Andrews - guitar (The Algal Bloom, Zervas and Pepper) Owain Hughes - keyboards (Freshly Cut Grass) Andrew Brown - bass (Afro Cluster, Zervas & Pepper) Shane Dixon - drums (Man, Ginger Wildheart, Tri City

Friday 26th August 7:30pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £12.50 Double bill with Rosko Shakes

Billy Thompson Gypsy Style


This band stood in at the last minute last year when we had some cancellations due to Covid and were absolutely brilliant, so good we just had to invite them back again. They perform a mix of hot club and gypsy jazz classics, some fiery Hungarian tunes and some unusual covers along with some original tunes, bringing their musicality and passion to every performance. All of this is coupled with a presentation second to none and is led by the unleashable improvising violinist Billy Thompson himself. Billy was originally classically trained and in 1996 and 1998 reached the televised final of Young Jazz Musician of the Year. He has performed with some of the biggest names around, has played Brecon Jazz several times and headlined twice at Ronnie Scotts with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and being the main support for Tom Jones’ homecoming concert in Pontypridd in front of 25,000 people with The Amigos. We are delighted to have them back at Aberjazz.

Saturday 27th August 7:30pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £12.50 Double bill with Howlin' Mat

The Claire Roberts Trio


We are welcoming Claire and her trio to Aberjazz for the first time. Born in Wales, Claire began performing classical and folk music on the Eisteddfod stages. Her dad, a gypsy jazz violinist, gave her a taste for swing, and after graduating from Oxford with a choral scholarship she cut her teeth touring as violinist-vocalist with the Swing Commanders around the UK and Europe. Singing and fiddling on 1940s Western Swing, Claire soon began to make a name for herself as a versatile vocalist performing jazz, swing, bossa, folk and chanson. She has been broadcast on Radio 3, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru. Her debut album Cheating Hearts was a celebration of the swing music she perfomed with friends in Manchester, performing American Songbook classics as well as lesser-known vintage songs, her voice described as "bursting with delights" by Jazz Journal. Since then she has gone on to explore her own unique sound world on her latest E.P. 'NOIR', composing arrangements for the Treske Quartet, writing her own fiddle tunes, and interpreting the melancholy, cynical lyrics of her chosen jazz, swing and cabaret numbers.

Saturday 27th August 4:30pm in Peppers- Tickets £10

Dale Storr


A warm Aberjazz welcome back to Dale who has played at Aberjazz a few times but not for a couple of years. He has been described by Paul Jones as ‘a very, very fine piano player indeed and by Jazz Journal as ‘the piano man’s piano man and a national treasure. Dale is recognised as one of the UK’s leading exponent of New Orleans piano. Inspired by his parents’ record collection the evocative music of New Orleans became his passion and he immersed himself in the style of heroes such as Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino and others. His ‘sounds of New Orleans show has wowed audiences across the UK and Europe with his intoxicating piano mastery and vocals. He draws in his audiences with the rich history behind the music, telling often risqué stories of his much loved piano heroes. Be prepared for a musical rollercoaster ride of music and tales of the great New Orleans piano players.

Friday 26th August 4:30pm in Peppers- Tickets £10

Dangerous Flamingos


This is a local band (Ceredigion) and started out as the brainchild of two singer/song-writers Lisa Flude and Ali Moore. This resulted in an unusual combination of blues, Americana, country and jazz. They were then joined by Si on lead guitar and Jon on bass who each bring their own unique tones to the ensemble which is enhanced by wonderful harmonies from Lisa and Ali which Aberjazz fans are bound to enjoy.

Thursday 25th August 1pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10 Double bill with De Fuego

Dave Ferra


Dave appeared at Aberjazz fringe for the first time last year and we are very pleased to have him back again, this time in the main programme. He is an outstanding acoustic guitar player playing traditional and original blues, ragtime and spirituals. He has a new album out called ‘Starting Something’ in which his vocals convey an easy earnestness and his own compositions suggest that resilience and a sense of humour can get us through just about anything. He has been described by Blues Matters as “an acoustic blues man with a positive flair and a grasp of the tradition that shines through.”

Friday 26 th August 5pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10 Double bill with Remi Harris & Tom Moore

Friday 26th August 7pm in Yacht Club- Tickets £5.50


De Fuego


It is lovely to welcome Edina and Tony back to Aberjazz after a few years’ absence. They are an exciting multi award winning Spanish guitar duo playing energetic instrumental Spanish flamenco and rumba music. In 2019 they won the Lucas Awards (UK/EU Latin Award) for best classical/jazz/folk band of the year. They have performed at major festivals and venues all over the UK and Europe, including Aberjazz of course. In 2016 Tony Calvo, acclaimed Spanish guitarist and composer took on the role of De Fuego’s lead guitarist bringing his exciting, lightning fast and melodic guitar playing to the forefront alongside Edina’s percussive and rhythmic guitar style, a perfect match for the high quality energetic sound that people have come to know and love.

Thursday 25th August 1pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10 Double bill with Dangerous Flamingos

The Debbie Bond Band


Returning to Aberjazz after a few years away, we are looking forward to hearing this exciting blues band all the way from Alabama. Debbie Bond is a long-time blues activist who founded the award winning Alabama Blues Project dedicated to promoting and preserving the state’s blues heritage. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a great blues artist. Debbie’s collaboration with her British born keyboard/harmonica player ‘Radiator Rick’ has added a swampy New Orleans edge to her sound and their recordings have received critical acclaim in the US and Europe where they tour regularly. ‘She is one of those too rare female blues players. She certainly deserves greater recognition by blues players everywhere. Blues Matters (UK)

Sunday 28th August 5pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £15 Double bill with Almost Modern Jukebox

Bella Collins and Gareth Evans

We always love to welcome Bella and Gareth to our festival, the combination of her fantastic, bluesy voice, their harmonies and his brilliant guitar playing are always a delight. They are a Cardiff based acoustic duo, 2 voices and 2 guitars. They play a mixture of jazz, blues, ska, soul, funk and rock and roll. What’s not to like?

Saturday 27th August 1pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10 Double bill with Washboard Resonators

Francesca’s Word Salad


Francesca performs original folk/anti-folk/indiepop featuring macabre ballads, pathetic stalking and unrequited love songs, reverse mermaids and zombie firefighters. She performs in English and Welsh and some of her influences include Amanda Palmer, Ivor Cutler and The Muppets. She is also a member of Swingin’ Bill’s Vintage Revue who played at Aberjazz earlier this year and The Pandas who will be playing at The Aberjazz Party. She is going to have a busy weekend! Francesca Dimech is a qualified bilingual community music tutor (through Community Music Wales), musician and actor based in Cardiff.

Sunday 27th August 1pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10 Double bill with Tapestri / Lowri & Lee

Friday 26th August 1pm in Yacht Club - Tickets £5.50

Gwenno Dafydd and David Pepper

Thursday 25th August at 4.30pm in Peppers - Tickets £10

Howlin’ Mat


Howlin' Mat has lived an almost nomadic lifestyle to become one of the hardest working solo blues acts around with gigs all over the UK and Europe. He started his blues journey some 15 years ago playing material by the likes of Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Earl Hooker, Robert Nighthawk, and Hound Dog Taylor. In this time, he gained quite a reputation as a blues guitarist and in particular, for his slide guitar skills. He is also a talented devotee of the Cigar Box Guitar and has had compliments for the likes of John Paul Jones [Led Zeppellin] and Mud Morganfield [son of Muddy waters]. He has played at Aberjazz several times over the years and always gives a most enjoyable bluesy performance with many amusing stories in between songs. He also hosts a fantastic guitar making workshop (Saturday morning)

Saturday 27th August 7:30pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £15.00 Double bill with Billy Thompson Gypsy Style

Jane Williams Quintet


Aberjazz is delighted to welcome The Jane Williams Quintet who will be playing a mixture of original jazz tunes and some classic jazz numbers. The original tunes were penned by Jane and Andy Leggett her sax player who produced a cd called Lockdown Larks last year. Jane has appeared at Aberjazz a number of times, particularly with Pete Matheson as Omega Two and with The Wild Willie Barrett Roaring Touring Show. Jane also leads our ukulele workshop. The quintet consists of : Jane Williams on vocals and ukulele Andy Leggett on sax Mike Frost on guitar Don Sweeney on double bass Greg Evans on drums

Monday 29 th August 7:30pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10


Lowri and Lee

Tapestri is a band sparked by a chance meeting between Welsh singer-songwriters Lowri Evans and Sera Zyborska at Festival Interceltique de Lorient in the summer of 2019. Fuelled by their passion for Roots and Americana music and the desire to form a bilingual female-fronted band, they have carved out songs that take their musical colours from a broad palette that includes Americana, Roots, Folk and Country and sing in harmony from the heart. Sera and Lowri have been performing as solo artists for a number of years, performing across Wales, the UK and internationally and played on national and international radio but this collaboration presents a united front and takes their creativity to another level. Between them they have been championed on BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, performed everywhere from Greenman, Underneath the Stars and Festival Number 6; from Wales to Europe to America. They have released 2 singles which have been playlisted on BBC Radio Wales, performed at Focus Wales and Between the Trees in 2021 and were selected to represent Wales in the first ever Global Music Match. They will be playing the main stage at Cambridge Folk festival this year and releasing their debut album in September.

Lowri Evans and Lee Mason are Aberjazz favourites and regulars. Lowri is blessed with a voice capable of wide emotional power. As a duo they perform songs in both Welsh and English and Lee’s beautifully judged guitar playing and subtle harmonies have been integral to Lowri’s music from the outset.

Sunday 27th August 1pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10.00 Double bill with Francesca's Wordsalad

Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe


Bessie Smith was an American blues singer, known as ‘The Empress of the Blues’ and was the most popular female blues singer of 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers. Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe perform to a narrated show featuring the music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie’s hit songs. The production chronicles her life from a one roomed shack in Blue Goose Hollow through to becoming the highest paid black entertainer of that time to the tragic accident in September 1937 which resulted in her untimely death aged 43 years. The troupe consists of: Julia Titus as Ma Bessie MD

/Piano – Dom Barnett Drums – Sam Kelly Bass – Marianne Wyndham Guitar – Tony Qunta Sax/Clarinet – Clare Hurst/Richard Exall Trumpet – Claude Deppa Narrator – Andy Wilkin

Monday 29th August 6pm in Theatr Gwaun - Tickets £15.00


Mario Bakuna (Brazilian Twist)


Mario Bakuna is a London based Brazilian composer, arranger, singer and guitar player with 20 years professional experience. A graduate of the Free University of Music in Sao Paulo he focused on the development of a music repertoire inspired by Afro-Brazilian music, Samba, Jazz and Bossa Nova. He travelled to Europe to expand his knowledge and skills and and since settling in London has become one of the most prominent names of Brazilian music in England and is one of the most acclaimed and prestigious Brazilian musicians currently living in Europe. Mario’s current album is Brazilian Landscapes and that is the show that he is bringing to Aberjazz. It is an authentic piece of Brazilian jazz and a tribute to the culture and memory of the Brazilian people, a result of years of inspiration he drew from travelling through Brazil experiencing its rhythmic and harmonic richness. The band consists of: Mario Bakuna on acoustic guitar and vocals Junior Toniato on percussion Filippe Oliveira on bass Uccio Gaeta on drums

Friday 26 th August 7:30pm in Theatr Gwaun - Tickets £12.50

The Nye Banfield Quartet


Originally from Leicestershire but with links to Pembrokeshire and now a key member of the South London jazz scene, Nye Banfield is an ambitious jazz saxophonist and composer. He combines his distinctive and raw approach to the music with inspiration from classic 60s Blue Note recordings as well as drawing on aspects of hiphop and classical music, creative an honest and intense contemporary sound. Nye’s group create a gripping live experience not to be missed.

Saturday 27th August 59:30pm in Peppers- Tickets £10

Onco Fonco

A coming together of two popular local bands, Honey Fungus and Daisy B featuring the lovely voices of Angharad and Daisy in perfect harmony. Onco Fonco are a Pembrokeshire based 5 piece band with two powerful female vocalists ringing guitar riffs and a driving rhythm section creating modern folk based music inspired by the wild seas and rolling hills that surround them. .

Thursday 25th August 5pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £12.50 Double bill with the Achievers


Remi Harris & Tom Moore


Acclaimed jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris and virtuoso double bassist Tom Moore present an evening of music ranging from the acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to the electric blues of the 60s and 70s; influenced by such greats as Django Reinhardt, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and more.

From the age of seven Remi has dedicated himself to a life of guitar. His playing has taken him from busking on the streets of his local towns to performing at many prestigious events and venues around the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, and on national radio and television.

Remi has been performing with Tom for over ten years, during which time they have developed a remarkable musical affinity. Since graduating from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Tom has performed around the UK and has appeared at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and The North Sea Jazz Festival, and more recently supporting Jools Holland. 

The show features an eclectic mix of jazz and blues standards, original compositions, improvisations and new arrangements of familiar tunes. Remi plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars. The ease and warmth of Remi’s stage presence, together with his virtuoso talent, will have concert goers captivated by his passion for the guitar.

"He's an absolutely extraordinary musician"
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

"astonishing stuff"
Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6 Music
"Remi's live performances have audiences totally mesmerised with his artistry, virtuosity, musicality, and deeply felt passion for music" 
Martin Taylor MBE

"a tremendously gifted player”
John Etheridge
"The standard of playing is stunning" ★★★★★
Guitar Techniques Magazine
"a remarkable musician" ★★★★
Jazz Journal
“seriously good... a player of skill and versatility" ★★★★
"extraordinary guitar talent" ★★★★
R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine

Friday 26 th August 5pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10 Double bill with Dave Ferra

Rosco Shakes


A high energy jump blues and rock and roll band. Inspired by greats like Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and T-Bone Walker, Rosco Shakes deliver their music with extraordinary prowess and showmanship. The band have a unique set up, led up front by a boogie-woogie piano dynamo, an exciting guitar showman, an unwavering bassist and a raucous singer/drummer. They are rapidly gaining recognition as a band to look out for, having recently had airplay on the BBC Radio 2 blues show. They have also been making waves on the festival circuit with three stand-out performances at Glastonbury.

Friday 26th August 7:30pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £12.50 Double bill with The Bella Collins Band

The Shirley Smart Trio (Long Story Short)


Shirley Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in jazz and Middle Eastern music, as well as classical music. Her latest project ‘Long Story Short’ is what her trio is bringing to Aberjazz. Originally trained under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guilldhall School of Music, and Janos Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem, where she remained for 10 years, studying and performing a wide variety of musical traditions from the North Africa, Turkey and Middle East. She was also highly active on the jazz scene, working with artists including Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yasmin Levy. Since returning to the UK, she has quickly become known as one of the most creative cellists on the music scene and has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups, including Antonio Forcione, Mulato Astatke, Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley, Julian Ferraretto, Robert Mitchell, and Alice Zawadski. She leads her own trio, with John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat on drums. Shirley is Head of Performance and a Lecturer in Music at City University, and also teaches Improvisation and Jazz at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She is a visiting tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective, and an in demand workshop leader.

Sunday 28th August 7:30pm in Theatr Gwaun- Tickets £12.50

Taeko Kunishima


Taeko is a Japanese pianist/composer with a background in both classical and jazz who is acknowledged for her trademark lyricism. She studied classical but on hearing Miles Davies her direction changed. Her compositions are beautiful, haunting melodies with her Japanese heritage informing the parts of the shakuhachi which is played by Clive Bell. Taeko has released four albums and her music has been played on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and other jazz radio stations. Recently she played at the EFG London Jazz Fest.

Sunday 28th August 4:30pm in Peppers- Tickets £10.00

Tango Jazz Quartet


This wonderful quartet have played at Aberjazz a few times in the past and mix the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of jazz. This new approach to tango and jazz has received an enthusiastic reaction both in Argentina and internationally. The music of the Tango Jazz Quartet goes from the traditional tango to the music of Astor Piazzola without ever abandoning the territory of jazz.

Monday 29th August 4pm in Peppers- Tickets £10.00

Victoria Klewin  


Victoria is a young British jazz singer/songwriter with an authentic voice full of sass and sophistication.  Known for her extensive range, finely crafted tone and keen rhythmic styling she has earned comparisons with the likes of Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
Hailing from Bristol she has found a comfortable home in the straight ahead jazz scene, though her original material carries more varied inspiration.  Her quartet is made up of some of the best young jazz musicians in the UK to help convey her new work.  Jazz is never far away but heavy shades of folk, classical and soul also enter this rich mix with echoes of treasured song-writers such as Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Carole King. Contemporary influences include the likes of Lianne La Havas and Laura Mvula but at the heart of it all is a raw tenderness all of her own. 

  • Guy Shotton on piano
  • Bill Frampton on double bass
  • Alex Goodyear on drums.


Friday 26th August 9.30pm in Peppers - Tickets £10.00

The Washboard Resonators


The Washboard Resonators Jack Amblin and Martyn Roper are The Washboard Resonators who hail from Leeds and can be described as sounding and looking like ‘a ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere in around 1932’. Their favourite performers include the jazz, ragtime, hokum, blues, comedy and vaudeville sounds of Louis Armstrong, Blind Boy Fuller, Fred Astaire, The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Robert Johnson, Gene Krupa, Max Miller, George Formby, Tampa Red and The Memphis Jug Band. The spirit of these long gone artists and their music is summoned back to life every time Martyn and Jack take the stage with their mixture of old traditional songs and new songs written by the band. Formed in 2014 they started out busking while playing together in blues trio Leeds City Stompers. Word spread and quickly the duo was in demand, playing many times per week. This lead to many major festivals and shows such as The Great British R&B Festival and Upton Jazz Festival as well as completing tours of the whole of the UK every spring and winter.

Saturday 27th August 1pm in Ffwrn- Tickets £10.00 Double bill with Bella Collins & Gareth Evans

Aberjazz Pre-Festival Party

Eddie Martin - Solo Blues


“The stuff of legend” Guitarist Magazine “Absolutely Superb” BBC Radio 2

Winner of Best Solo Artist in 2018 European Blues awards

aka "The Ambassador of British Blues"

Eddie Martin has toured 35 countries with 17 acclaimed original albums and a string of national and international awards. His new album the Birdcage Sessions has been voted one of the top 10 best blues albums of 2021 and Mojo magazine described his latest release as the best European Blues Album of 2021. This one is a must for lovers of blues guitar and harmonica.

Eddie will be running a free workshop at 4pm pror to his performance - so bring your harmonica in the key of C or you can buy one from Eddie.

Pre-festival party on 20th August in Ffwrn at 7pm- tickets £12.50



Pre-Festival Party

The Chalk Outlines


A lively 8 piece playing a decidedly dark and twisted take on two-tone.  The band lays fat horn lines, samples and twin vocals over a pumping rhythm section to create their unique and up-beat sound.  Expect tunes that draw as much from Balkan, Latin or Jungle influences as they do from traditional ska and reggae that will keep you stomping and not quite sure what is coming next.

Pre-festival party on 20th August in Ffwrn at 7pm - tickets £12.50



Eddie Martin's Harmonica Workshop

Bluesman Eddie Martin is running a harmonica workshop from 4pm to 5pm, prior to his concert in the Aberjazz Pre-Festival Party at 7:30pm . If you have a harmonica in the key of C, if not he has a few to sell.

Saturday 20th August in Ffwrn at 4pm

Dave Ferra - Slide Guitar Workshop

The Workshop will include

  • Tunings, basic right hand technique
  • Holding the slide and getting a note.
  • Chords in open tunings
  • Learn a slide guitrar song

Friday 26th August in Tregroes Caravan, Cammping and Glamping site at 10:30am

Click on the Google Map link for directions

Experience the "Chicago vibe" with basic Charleston steps that will take you rignt back to the 1920's! You will witness the routine from the Arts Care Gofal Celf community dance group of adults performing a 2 minute dance routine to the classic Hot Honey Rag tune from the famous Chicago film

Friday 26th August in Ffwrn at 10:30am

Guitar making workshop with Howlin' Mat (£10 for materials)

Each person attending the workhop will leave with a completed 3 string canjo-style guitar which will be a purely acoustic instrument. You will make a guitar out of pre-cut parts which will be provided by Mat and will learn how to make your own bottle neck from a wine bottle. This will be followed by a lesson on tuning and how to start playing the 3 stringed canjo with your homemade slide - the aim is for a canjo orchestra to play a simple blues groove

Saturday 27th August in Ffwrn at 10:30am

Learn Welsh through song with Francesca

Come and have fun by singing and learning some Welsh in this singing workshop for all ages. You will learn some basic greetings, how to correctly pronounce Welsh words whilst getting an introduction to some well known and well loved Welsh songs. All levels welcome - suitable for absolute beginners.

Saturday 27th August in the library at 11am

Throw away music workshop

Bring your musical imaginations and creative sides along to market hall where Francesca will help you to make your own very own musical instruments all from recycled items - ALL MATERIALS SUPPLIED or bring your own clean recycling. Suitable for lyoung children. You can then join in and play your instruments at the parade in the afternoon.

Francesca has been the Director of Throwaway Music Cardiff since 2012, an initiative which aims to teach children and adults about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling through making musical instruments from scrap.

Sunday 28th August in the market hall at 10am

Finger-picking guitar workhop

Leo Morshead a Bristol based singer songwriter teaches finger picking guitar style for hte more experienced guitar player. The workshop is limited to 10 people so book by email to

Sunday 28th August in Ffwrn at 10:30am

African Drum Workshop with Emmanuel Anang

Emmanuel is a master drummer from Ghana, West Africa, bringing the beats of Africa to Wales. His workshop is vibrant, full of energy and fun, and will make the ground shake with the beat of the drums and stomping of feet. No drumming experience necessary, suitable for all ages, just come along, join in and enjoy as Emmanuel helps you find your innner rhythm. All drums and shakers are provided.

Sunday 28th August at the back of the Market Hall at 11:30am


The Aberjazz Parade

Not really a workshop but everyone is welcome to jion in the parade, starting at the Gorsedd Circle at the end of Penslade, then follow the dragon through the town with marching band Wonderbrass. Bring you umbrellas, fancy dress - bang a drum and join in the fun.

Sunday 28th August at 4pm

Ukulele workshop with Jane Williams

Bring your own ukulele and if you have one, a music stand. Suitable for beginners, Jane will guide you through the basics of the ukulele and teach you some the chords for a few simple tunes.

Monday 29th August in Ffwrn at 10am

Harmonica workshop

If you have your own harmonica in the key of "C" bring it along but if not there will be some for sale at £5. Suitable for beginners Radiator Rick from the Debbie Bond Band will take the basics of blues harmonica.

Monday 29th August in Ffwrn at 11:30am


The AberjazzFringe bands


Goodwick Brass Band

Award winning local brass band

Thursday 25th August at 6pm in the Royal Oak

The Freewheelers

We are pleased to welcome back to the Festival popular local band 'The Freewheelers' with their programme of foot tapping songs by Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others, from the 'Great American Songbook'. Fronted by Denis on alto sax and vocals, with Chris on tenor sax and clarinet, Brian on keyboards, Clive on bass and Graham on drums, the band has delighted regular Aberjazz enthusiasts for many years.

Lower Town Quay on Friday 26th August at 10:30am

Hoochie Coochie Band

Local blues band led my Tony Morgan aka Mojo

The Royal Oak on Saturday 27th August at 6lmn

No Mean Biscut

Llandeilo based jazz band playing jazz standards from the American Song book and other famiilar jazz songs

The Royal Oak on Sunday 28th August at 2pm

James Oliver Band

Rock and Roll led by Welsh guitar legend James Oliver

The Royal Oak on Monday 28th August at 2pm


#AberJazzClub (non-members welcome)



ATLANTICUS is a unique British-American musical partnership bringing together two powerfully distinct musical personalities, US saxophonist Peter Fraize and UK organist Terry Seabrook, to explore their common interest in the rich transatlantic heritage of jazz.

Drawing from the storied tradition of the great Hammond organ groups, with a postmodern sound echoing the ground-breaking organ quartet of Larry Young’s Unity album. The music is mostly original, spanning a stylistic spectrum from the hard bop blowout of the album's title track ‘Blue Haven’, the modal explorations of ‘That's What’, the odd-metered boogaloo of ‘Swank’, and the Afro-Cuban reimagining of the Bobby Timmons classic ‘Moanin'’.

Peter and Terry were introduced through a mutual friend and first teamed up for a short UK tour in 2016, recruiting Brighton heavyweights trumpeter Jack Kendon and drummer Milo Fell to round out the lineup. From the very first gig, their immediate and natural musical rapport sealed the transatlantic bonds for what has now become ATLANTICUS. The band delivered exciting highenergy performances to delighted crowds, culminating in a head-turning performance at the Love Supreme festival. Building on that success, the quartet convened once again in the summer of 2018 for a 25-date, month-long tour of the southern UK, playing clubs and festivals from London to Wales

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales Night-out scheme

Wednesday 20th July in Peppers at 8pm - tickets £12.50