Tel: 01981 240814
Cost: £17.50 in advance, £20.00 on the door.
About the band
Celtic folk/jazz pioneers Carmina have released five albums to date and toured worldwide.The line-up features established professional musicians of the highest calibre. Singer and songwriter Pippa Marland has “a wondrous voice, capable of enchanting and emoting” (Time Out) and is also an accomplished saxophonist, adding alto/soprano saxes and whistles to the mix of instruments.
She and masterful arranger/songwriter Rob King(acoustic guitar, mandola, bodhrán) are the founders of Carmina, and compose the songs around which the band weave their magic, crossing musical boundaries effortlessly and blending styles organically into a subtle but powerful original sound.Pippa and Rob both have strong academic arts backgrounds, having met at Bristol University many years ago.
However, unlike many bands, they started not in the city, but in deep countryside very near Abergavenny, so this concert has a particular significance for them.
London jazz pianist Geoff Castle has been with Carmina since Pete’s death and is a true UK jazz legend, having started his career in the Natio nal Youth Jazz Orchestra, Ian Carr’s Nucleus and numerous other high-profile jazz ensembles. He has featured on many film soundtracks, e.g. ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ and ‘The Return of the Jedi’, and his music is frequently heard on Jazz FM.
A regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, Geoff’s live work is incredibly diverse: his first high-profile appearance was not on a jazz stage at all, but playing support to Jimi Hendrix! Since then British bands he has worked with include Morrissey Mullen, Ian Dury, Sax Appeal, Georgie Fame, John Martyn as well as several cross-over Irish folk and jazz artists, including NZ harmonica player Brendan Power.
For this Abergavenny concert Carmina’s band is completed by Paul Bradley. Paul is a brilliant, maverick guitar virtuoso, originally from Belfast and currently living in Bristol – he is also a wonderful singer, with a great harmonising ear and a voice which perfectly complements Pippa’s own lead vocals.
Carmina’s performances are often regarded as being spiritually very moving, and this concert should be no exception, especially given the magical setting of Part-y-Seal House.