Events at Zeffirellis


date calender icon Tuesday 15th October

A quartet of experienced Lakes based musicians:

  • Pete Kassel - Guitar and vocals (Guitarist Magazines ' Guitarist Of The Year 1997)
  • Julie Rogerson - Alto, Soprano saxes and vocals
  • Steve Wildgoose - bass
  • Mike Kidson - drums (ex drum technician for Phil Collins / Paul McCartney amongst many others and Tour Manager for many years with Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike and The Mechanics , Robert Plant, The Who , AC/DC...... and so many more!)

The band plays a vibrant and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues, Soul, Jazz, Rock and Funk classics by such artists as Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

Cost: Free Event

Kevin Hassett's Redux

date calender icon Tuesday 15th October

A first visit to the venue by a versatile vocalist and his fine band. Clearly rooted in and focussed on jazz, Redux doesn't offer a straightforward repertoire of accurately played standards but seeks to entertain via a diverse mix of witty and original arrangements, supplemented by some self penned material.

Cost: Free Event

Wagon Train

date calender icon Tuesday 15th October

The Wagon Train are

Steven 'Billy' Buckley Guitar

Matt Owens Bass

Eryl Roberts Drums

Formed back in 2009 by Steve 'Billy' Buckley, The Wagon Train was the eventual realisation of different influences which were brought together whilst making the album 'The Damnation Twist'. Bringing dustbowl Americana together with contemporary Jazz, cry in your beer balladry, hypnotic psychedelia, rockabilly, blues and most importantly the overall feel of a cinematic soundtrack, The Wagon Train subsequently gave sold out performances at the Manchester Jazz Festival and also an invite to play at the Glastonbury festival. Having rested the project for a while, Steve Buckley now has a new set of pieces with a slight change in direction, yet still retaining the original feel of the band which are to be recorded for a new album.

Cost: Free Event

Groove Crusade

date calender icon Tuesday 15th October

A heartfelt tribute to the work of the Crusaders, the great and enduring jazz-funk-soul masters, Groove Crusade is back by popular request after the band brought the house down on its first visit.

Formed in Texas in the 1960s as the Jazz Crusaders, the original group gradually gained a loyal following, breaking through to a worldwide audience in the early 1980s in its capacity as the backing band on such classic songs as Bill Withers’ ‘Soul Shadows’ and, most notably, Randy Crawford’s ’Street Life’ , and going on to collaborate with the likes of BB King & Eric Clapton into the 21st century.

Very much a labour of love from the six players involved from across the North of England, who have painstakingly transcribed, arranged and adapted far more material than can be squeezed into tonight's show, they combine to give their interpretation of the Crusaders’ classic repertoire, instantly recognisable from its signature tenor saxophone-trombone front line, rich Fender Rhodes piano sound and distinctive grooves.

Cost: Free Event

Kent Duchaine

date calender icon Tuesday 15th October

Kent was born in Wyzata a town in Minnesota & was taught to play ukulele, guitar & clarinet by his father by the age of 11. He later learned to play piano & electric guitar at school. He played in a local band with school friends performing 60’s music. While reading the sleeve notes on an Eric Clapton album he was intrigued to find out more about Blues music & eventually he opened up for & performed with many of the greatest Bluesmen & women, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White,John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans.

In 1979 Kent found his beloved “Leadbessie” a beat up 1934 National Steel guitar & kitted it out with heavy gauge strings to cope with his ferociously powerful playing style. He decided to move down South to be nearer to the roots of the Blues music he now embraced. Kent now lived the “Blues Life” riding the rails & running the roads, living in an old Cadillac then a tent & a motorhome playing venues all across the U.S.A playing nearly every night.

1989 Kent met & established a partnership with the legendary Bluesman Johnny Shines ( a travelling companion of Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues” ) Together with harmonica great Snooky Pryor they were honoured with the coveted W.C.Handy award for the best country Blues album of the year. Kent & Johnny performed over 200 shows together across North America, while Kent also continued his solo career. In 1992 Kent was one of the pallbearers who carried Johnny Shines to his grave.

In the early 1990’s Kent decided to spread the Blues he loved in the UK & Europe & to date has well over 100 overseas tours completed & 8 solo CDS & 1 DVD under his belt.

The Sunday Times listed him as one of the 5 best concerts in the UK in 2001 & a further crowning honour came when he was asked by Alabama’s State Culture Officer to represent the State on a cultural visit to Italy despite him no longer living in Alabama.

Kent had just finished a 6 week tour in the UK in 2015 & was about to fly home, when he was asked by Ben “Boogie” Waters if he would cancel his flight in order to play in a B B King tribute concert in central London in aid of the British Heart Foundation together with a number of luminaries including music legends Bill Wyman & Elliott Randall. Kent was only too happy to be part of such a superb evening.

When not thrilling music lovers with Delta Blues, Urban Blues & his own original compositions Kent can be found in beautiful South Georgia pursuing his favourite hobby fishing, on the shore of a large lake on the border between Georgia & Alabama, in a house which Kent has literally built with his own hands, reading D.I.Y. manuals along the way. Since the divorce from his fourth wife Sarah he has invested in a large motorhome in which he travels to gigs across the length & breadth of the USA & Canada.

Cost: Free Event