Four new shows for North Devon Festival

What do a blues superstar, a funky jazz band, and a politician have in common? The answer is they will all be appearing at North Devon Theatres this spring during the North Devon Festival. The new spring season at North Devon Theatres is about to get

WHAT do a blues superstar, a funky jazz band, and a politician have in common? The answer is they will all be appearing at North Devon Theatres this spring during the North Devon Festival. The new spring season at North Devon Theatres is about to get going, but there are some additions to the line up that didn't quite make the brochure. On Sunday, May 31, the outstanding jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon returns to North Devon this time performing in the atmospheric surroundings of the Barnstaple Parish Church with a string quartet. Winner of a BBC Jazz Award, Gilad and his jazz quartet (saxophone, piano, bass and drums) join forces with a string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) to play their highly acclaimed version of the late Charlie Parker's legendary With Strings album of 1949. Then politician Paddy Ashdown recounts his varied and interesting experiences at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple on Wednesday, June 24. The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, ex Royal Marine officer, diplomat, and the international community's High Representative in war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina has led a life packed with drama and adventure. He will tell his story in this informative talk that accompanies his autobiography A Fortunate Life. Now from politics to grinding blues as the celebrated and revered musician John Mayall will be at the Queen's Theatre on Friday, June 26. He has spent five decades in the professional music industry with a staggering 56 albums to his name, and was a founding member of The Bluesbreakers which saw the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Mick Taylor pass through its ranks. Then the sound of funky jazz will round off the season on Saturday, June 27 as the groove based dance band, Dennis Rollins' Badbones & Co head to the Queen's Theatre. Trombonist Dennis Rollins is a multi-award winning jazz star and acclaimed musician who has played with the likes of Courtney Pine, Jamiroquai and The Brand New Heavies. He has released three albums with Badbone & Co, Badbone, Make Your Move, and last year's Big Night Out! All four shows are part of the North Devon Festival and tickets are on sale now. For further information or to book tickets call the Box Office on (01271) 32 42 42 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk


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