Announcement

It is with absolute devastation we inform you that the founder and organiser of the Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival Phillip Martin was taken from us on Wednesday 15th November. His wife, Susan and daughter, Abbigail want to thank everyone for their condolences and kind words at this unbearable time. To say a final farewell to this wonderful man, a celebration of his life will be held at 1pm on Monday 4th December at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich. Family flowers only please. (Donations to Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group).

Phillip was so proud of the jazz festival and the town it was hosted in. He loved Nantwich and it was always his dream for the festival to live on and continue as his legacy. Next year’s festival will go ahead as he had planned and as he would have wanted.

A jazz event, now dedicated to Phillip, is being held at Nantwich Civil Hall on November 24.

Starting the Festival on Thursday 29th March is a fabulous evening at Nantwich Civic with former Squeeze member Glenn Tilbrook in a solo performance sharing a double bill with upbeat British Blues from Nine Below Zero.

Friday 30th March sees two local artistes perform with Thea Gilmore at The Civic and a special performance by Both Sides Now at The Crown Hotel who present a homage to the Joni Mitchell Songbook.

A real Blues treat is on the cards for Saturday 31st March with the now annual triple bill at The Civic.  Canvey Island’s most famous sons, Dr Feelgood play their high-speed Rhythm & Blues, The Climax Blues Band celebrate 50 years together and stepping up from a previous Round the Town roster Walklate and Fuschi perform their engaging acoustic set.

Back again on Sunday 1st April is probably the hardest working band in the UK. The Jive Aces will be filling the dance floor with their signature yellow suits and highly entertaining vintage swing repertoire ably supported by local Roackabilly heroes VaVoom.

Easter Monday has 2 gigs on the programme.  Back by popular demand and with a rich Festival history, Nearly Dan take to the stage in the Studio Venue in the late afternoon.  Not so much a tribute but an homage to the great Steely Dan this one sells out quickly.  Over in The Civic and featuring original artistes Brian Poole, Mike Pender, Dave Berry and Vanity Fare, the “Oh Boy ! It’s the non-stop sixties” show closes the festival.

“Around the Town” goes from strength to strength.  We introduce a fabulous 9 piece soul band, Brassmonkees on Nantwich Square on Saturday and Festival venues will be hosting gigs from Thursday evening right through until late on Easter Monday”.  The full Around the Town line up will be announced in the New Year.

Nantwich Jazz Blues & Music Festival has been held over Easter every year since 1997, will be from 29th March ‘til 2nd April 2018 and looks forwards to welcoming music fans old and new.