Events at Zeffirellis

Wes Finch

date calender icon Monday 20th May

Songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch’s musical style feels rooted in folk but has the ambition and sophistication of pop. His live shows are engaging, energetic and intimate and over the last few years he’s shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Lucy Ward at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.

Recently relocating to Yorkshire, Wes continues to play throughout the country in between recording new material both as himself and with the poetry-inspired The Rude Mechanicals Band.

Hear songs from the two bands as well as some well chosen covers of classic pop and rock songs in a solo performance in this unique and intimate setting.

"...a welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music...Non-trad acoustic roots delivered with an edgy, risk-taking sonic boldness" (Nigel Williamson in Uncut)

Cost: Free Event

Chris Hodgkins International Quartet

date calender icon Monday 20th May

An outstanding Anglo-American quartet led by award- winning trumpet player Chris Hodgkins, with 29-year old South Korean pianist from New York, Jinjoo Yoo, “one of the most exciting pianists on the scene in New York”, guitarist Wayne Wilkinson , “one of the best, most underrated jazz guitarists in the USA”, and Alison Rayner on bass, winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Award 2018 for Best Ensemble.

The band takes a fresh look at music ranging from original compositions to lesser-known standards.

“This live chamber jazz album exhibits a wonderful chemistry between trumpeter Chris Hodgkins and guitarist Wayne Wilkinson. Captivating.” The Musician.

"In my life I don't think I've ever heard a more magnificent guitar player than Wayne. His CD "It's a Lark" is the greatest guitar playing I have ever heard." Bill Watrous.

“……One of the most listenable albums I’ve heard in many a turntable revolution! Although very bop-influenced in her solos, Jinjoo is able to spread her fingers across many genres; she takes them all in her stride.. Bebop Spoken Here

Cost: Free Event

Kent Duchaine

date calender icon Monday 20th May

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

Zoe Gilby Trio

date calender icon Monday 20th May

Now established as one of the UK’s finest young jazz vocalists, Gilby features her excellent accompanists, bassist Andy Champion and guitarist Mark Williams, covering fresh interpretations of jazz standards, blues & pop classics.

Cost: Free Event

Billy Kemp

date calender icon Monday 20th May

A Baltimore native and Nashville resident, Billy Kemp is a musician, songwriter, singer, composer and producer. He performs passionate home made songs and compositions, mostly roots music. For the past ten years, Kemp wrote, recorded and performed with the Appalachian Folk duo, Jeni & Billy. Over the past forty years, Kemp has recorded five solo albums and written over two hundred songs. He’s performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and played electric guitar on international rock tours. He has worn the hat of producer, facilitator, teacher and composer. He ran a successful studio in the mid-Atlantic area for fifteen years and composed music for Maryland Public Television. Kemp is currently promoting his latest project, Another Life.

Cost: Free Event