Jazz in North Wales

As a continuation of my “Who says nothing is happening in North Wales” post, here’s a list of upcoming events over the next month. if you would like to be on my mailing list (for North Wales or generally!) please email me warrenhuw@gmail.com

Some more North Wales Jazz activity coming up!

Starting this Sunday with the next Seiat Jazz session in the bar at Galeri Caernarfon. This is turning into a really great  informal place to listen to quality music (as well as have lunch at the Doc Cafe, a drink at the bar or a general chill….) Best of all, its free!

The Seiat Jazz sessions are every 2 months and have been set up to showcase the talents of up and coming musicians in the area.
This weeks’s session will be a trio with Ben Tunnicliffe on bass and Zoot Warren drums

Sunday March 25th,  Seiat Jazz, Galeri, Caernarfon, Doc Fictoria, 1pm

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Huw Warren – Piano

Ben Tunnicliffe – Bass

Zoot Warren – Drums

Reservations  DOC CAFE BAR : 01286 685 200

+ 2 more concerts to tell you about as well, both featuring the great US vocalist/trombonist/ conductor Scott Stroman…..

Tues April 3rd – Engedi Arts, Imperial Building, Station Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8BP 8pm

An “all star” line up to kick off things at this brand new venue!


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Scott Stroman – trombone/vocals,

Neil Yates – trumpet

Huw Warren –  piano,

Percy Purseglove-  bass

Zoot Warren – drums

more about Scott Stroman at http://www.scottstroman.com/

Weds April 4th – Gwynedd & Mon Youth Jazz Band with Scott Stroman
Victoria Hotel Menai Bridge 7.30pm

A great evening of big band music new and old, with the GYWM band under the direction of Scott Stroman, with Neil Yates as featured soloist. Expect the roof to be blown off several times!!

Thurs April 19th Galeri Caernarfon 7.30pm

Mark Lockheart + Huw Warren Trio

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Great opportunity to see one of the UK’s best saxophone players alongside Huw Warren, Steve Berry and Zoot Warren.
Mark won the Parliamentary Jazz Award last year and has featured in loose Tubes, Polar Bear and alongside Huw in Perfect Houseplants for over 20 years
Not to be missed!!

Mark Lockheart – saxophone

Huw Warren –  piano,

Steve Berry-  bass

Zoot Warren – drums

01286 685 222

Tickets £12/10


Friday April 27th Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor 8.30pm


Spoken Word and improvised music with poets Stuart Silver, Martin Daws and Richard Douglas Pennant

Huw Warren – Piano

Thanks once again for supporting live jazz in North Wales, and I hope to see you out there!

More Than the Average Number of Legs…..

From time to time, I’m going to make some of my compositions freely available as PDF’s here. Starting with:

More Than the Average Number of Legs

Download score here

  from my “100’s of Things a Boy can  Make” recording with Mark Feldman, Peter Herbert  Martin France and a UK octet.

Listen to the track here

Download a list of other scores

One of those titles that appealed to me after reading an article on statistics,would you believe? Logically the average number of legs is always going to be less than 2 – presuming there are people with with 1 or 0 legs. People with more than 2 legs are a little harder to find! On gigs I used to make a lenghty intoduction talking about this, finishing up with something along the lines of “anyway, lets play the tune…its just a ballad!”

The concept of the CD came from the actual book, which we scanned for the cover. Some great hand drawn illustrations inside as well, from artist/designer Gee Vaucher…

Here’s the original CD track listing and line up. The original Babel release is no longer available, but I hope to have it up on Bandcamp soon.

Huw Warren
Hundreds of Things a Boy Can Make
BDV 2442

Another Idea for Bookends
How to Make a Shocking Coil
Where the Debris…
…Meets the Sea
Lost Marbles
Water From Nowhere
Left a Bit
More than the Average Number of Legs
How to make a Violin out of a Cigar Box
Ravishing Indifference.

Huw Warren, piano; Mark Feldman, violin; Peter Herbert, bass; Martin France, drums; Mark Lockheart, saxes; Pete Whyman, clarinets; Sonia Slany,violin ; Maria Lamburn, Viola; Richard Bolton; cello; Dudley Phillips, double bass

If you are interested in more of my scores, I have a list of stuff available here; including large ensemble,big band and orchestral stuff. lead sheets are available from as little as £1.50 to download. E mail me if you have any queries or  requests warrenhuw@gmail.com

Who says nothing is happening in North Wales

Just realised what a fantastic and varied few days I’ve just had – without even leaving North West Wales! For anyone who thinks there’s nothing going on up here; my last seven days have included (1/3) playing accordion with young rising violin/singing star Ben Holder in Cricieth  (2/3) meeting and planning the ACW Parc project with Greg Byatt and David Woodfall in Denbigh, (3/3) Lovely duo concert in Powis Hall,Bangor with Iain Ballamy (video here) (5/3) gig with Benn Clatworthy, Neil Yates, Pete Turner and Eryl Roberts at the Ship in Colwyn Bay and yesterday an amazing art and improvised music workshop for primary school kids in Abererch, Pwllheli with artist Catrin Williams.Some pretty crazy energy in this!Some more audio from the Ballamy and Clatworthy sessions to follow hopefully……

Off to Rome next week for a more run-of-the-mill kind of week!

If you would like to be on my mailing list (North Wales or general) drop me a line to warrenhuw@gmail.com

North West Wales Venues for Jazz (and volunteer run organisations)

Galeri, Caernarfon www.galericaernarfon.com

Ucheldre Arts Centre, Holyhead www.ucheldre.org

Pontio,Bangor www.pontio.co.uk

Aberystwyth Arts centre www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

Theatr Clywd,Mold www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

Barmouth Jazz (Dragon Theatre) www.barmouth.com/dogfishdan

Cadwaladers, Cricieth www.cadwaladersicecream.co.uk

Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor www.blueskybangor.co.uk

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge (run by North  Wales Jazz society)


The Ship, Rhos-on Sea (organised by Neil Yates)


If I’ve left anywhere out, let me know!

Parc (3)

The Parc project continues to gather pace. Since the last update all three artists have been further immersing themselves in the community as well as planning the development and performance/exhibition stages for the summer and further on. Major highlights have been David’s visit to Bron y Graig old peoples home (including a 100th birthday party!); the Parc Eisteddfod on February 17th (not for the fainthearted – started at 5pm with the children’s competitions and ended in the early hours of the morning with the final result of the inter village competition!); David visiting the Merched Yr Wawr (Welsh language Women’s Institute founded in Parc) and of course David and Greg documenting many aspects of rural farming life (including the pregnant sheep being brought down for ultrasound scanning). We were struck at the Eisteddfod by the cultural richness and variety in this small community – as well as the usual singing, reciting, acting etc there were art and craft categories, and an incredible spread of items in the food competition!

Once again we have been struck by the open welcome and friendliness shown to us by all of the community. Here are a few of David’s photos (all copyright David Woodfall 2011/12)


We now have a provisional date for the opening presentation of the project – July 14th 2012, when we intend to present the project (exhibition, live video and live music performance) in Parc as a ‘private view’ for the community and interested parties. The exhibition will then move to several other galleries in gwynedd and further afield over the 12 months, starting in Bala in September 2012. However we have also been hard at work planning a potential expansion of the project, involving a possible DVD, dedicated website and performances involving more musicians.

Watch this space!

As a final thought – here’s a picture of David in the field (literally!) taken by local farmer, Gwynfryn. Living proof of the fact that work like this is good for the soul!!