June 20 - 22nd 2014:
JUMPIN' HOT JAMBOREE FESTIVAL
Tickets can be purchased on-line from wegottickets & also in person from The Cluny ( Tel 0191 2304474 )
(Under 5's are free & under 18's - £10 - through wegottickets) wegottickets-link. & facebook page
LATEST NEWS (8th April 14) - Well, our brilliant new posters should be around town this week. Also the awesome singing/playing around the big campfire on Friday night will be hosted by Jack Burness from Beamish Folk Club .. Everyone is welcome, of course.....We will have lights this year too, & a little pa
Adam & Berni might be organising an early morning run, on Saturday , if enough people are interested.Its lovely surronding for one, & probably a case of just putting your names down at the gate, when you enter the site. There will be a guide (map & walks) given out again too.
Fri 20th - Sun 22nd June14'
Jumpin Hot Club in partnership with " The Barn at Easington" present . The Jumpin Hot Jamboree @ Thorpe Lea East Farm, Easington Colliery, Co Durham SR8 3UT.
Tickets £40.00 full weekend and £35.00 (Sat only )
Camper-vans (Caravans) are £10.00, on the gate but you will need to contact us ( firstname.lastname@example.org) to put you on the list. You will need to have bought a jamboree ticket.There will be buses to The Jamboree on Sat 21st June only. They will leave The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle @ Midday, returning after Midnight. You will have to put your name on the list for this email@example.com & you will have to have purchased a Jamboree ticket. Return fare £5.00
Stalls are available with the purchase of a £30 Jamboree ticket and then its £20 a day for the stall. BTW - No dogs are allowed on site
Fri 20th - Gates open 6pm : Live music from 7.30 pm, campfire session 9pm.
Sat 21st - Live music from Midday – Midnight + summer solstice campfire
Sun 22nd - Live music all afternoon.
The whole weekend offers hot authentic music, along with great food, tea’s coffee & cakes, real ale & wine bar, stalls, The Living Archive Project, free camping, 6 posh plumbed in toilets, two great beach/forest walks by the farm, kids games (ping pong/volleyball) a big real campfire & loads parking space on the farm and a safe environment near the quaint beach at Hawthorn nr Easington.
“Teasy Does It“ from Heaton will have a very special Texas BBQ menu for the whole of Jamboree & their speciality Teas & Cakes, alongside English Breakfast’s & veggie options.
We'll have Jarrow Breweries on board again , making our very own Jamboree Ale in the festival bar, alongside all the other beers/wines & soft drinks.
The Jamboree is also delighted to present the living archive project through Newcastle University live recordings on a 1938 Presto lathe will take place in a specially designed space at the Jamboree. The results will defy time and place, creating living music inspired by ghosts.
We will have a special summer solstice event, late on Saturday night (Summer Solstice) & World Cup football on somewhere, if requested -
The Delines featuring Richmond Fontaine - Retro country soul supergroup from USA ...They feature Willy Vlautlin - leader of Richmond Fontaine who wrote all the material, fellow Fontainer, Sean Oldham, with vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations TX), alongside the keyboard work of Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) and on pedal steel Tucker Jackson (Minus 5) " Like a beat-up Dusty Springfield after too many long nights working a dreary after-hours bar "
Rebecca Pronsky. The queen of twang - Brooklyn native Rebecca Pronsky is one of New York City's finest singer-songwriters & tours with lead guitarist Rich Bennett who "puts the trimmings on the music with a battery of echo drenched, twangy leads"
Mary Jean Lewis & The Low Men (USA)
Southern Belle, Mary Jean Lewis is part of a musical legacy that started back in the fifties with her uncle, the rock n roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis. She's a dynamic personality and performer exuding all the charm you would expect from a Louisiana woman, just like her piano playing rock n roll mum Linda Gail Lewis. Accompanied by Martin Barrett (guitar) JT Davidson (Pedal steel) and Sy McBain (Upright Bass) her music is a ‘up close and personal’ look at vintage retro-roots music .
Dom & The Iko’s
Cooking up a hot mardi gras gumbo, London based quintet the iko iko’s are led by Dom Pipkin who’s piano playing is inspired by the New Orleans greats Professor Longhair, James Booker & Dr John, Dom is also MD for pop sensation Paloma Faith.
The Lost Bros (Ireland)
"The Lost Brothers offered exceptional interplay between their acoustic guitars, building from deceptively simple folk structures with tight paired harmonies from their recent The Passing of the Night, while their cover of “Moon River” reinforced their affable Simon & Garfunkel style: THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Sarah Jane Scouten (Canada)
Sarah’s based in Montreal, Canada, & writes and performs original folk and old-time country songs
David Broad & Serious Sam Barrett
David Broad and Serious Sam Barrett are well - established country folk blues performers from Leeds. Together they are like those real old country duets but with Woody Guthrie hanging around in the corner.
The Cornshed Sisters
Back after a brief hiatus, a very rare performance from Sunderland’s finest all-girl folk harmony group The Cornshed Sisters.
Big Red & The Grinners
Big Red and The Grinners perform a crazy mixture of familiar musical songs in their own distinctive & special way ……. It’s bluegrass, folk and country delivered with a South Shields surprise.
Skylark Song are an acoustic duo of guitar, fiddle, & vocals and play folksy, bluesy and jazzy songs old & new with lush harmonies.
FRi & Sun Artists
Fri - Gem Andrews
Gem Andrews is an engaging country singer, who’s played her dark brooding songs all over the world, from Vancouver to Toronto to Kings Cross.
Kennedy and Masamba
Kennedy and Masamba bring Zimbabwean folk styling’s to the mix, recently described as an African Simon and Garfunkel, they’ll bring some sunshine music to the jamboree
Campfire Songwriters session
With Jack Burness, Bill Read, Kathy & Chet & more TBC
Sun - Shipcote & Friends
Local favourites Shipcote & Friends promote their latest album “Perambulatin” & their gentle geordie country swing here matches a perfect lazy Sunday.
Band members come from all parts of the world. Some are refugees or are seeking asylum, others have settled here as practising musicians and yet others are local musicians. All are united by their passion for making music, and want to share their traditions.
Side Café Orkestrar
Klezmer, gypsy swing, euro-folk from the lots of piece band
J’Hot Club Jamboree is delighted to present the Living Archive Project through Newcastle University which combines music, heritage and culture to develop a living archive of music, stories and song on old technology. The Living Archive Project will bring the spirit of the early folk collectors especially Alan Lomax into the present, by pairing contemporary musicians with the songs and technology of the past. Live recordings on a 1938 Presto lathe will take place in a specially designed space at the Jamboree. The results will defy time and place, creating living music inspired by ghosts.
JUMPIN HOT JAMBOREE FESTIVAL Review;- 13/15th SEPT @ Thorpe Lea Farm, Easington, Durham
This festival was the first attempt by the Jumpin Hot Club to put on their own show in a ‘festival setting’, and true to it’s word it was a stunning place to be. I didn’t make the Friday night songwriter sing-along, but it was said to be a great success! With a unusual battery operated PA , alongside the crackling campfire & Skylark Song, Gem Andrews, Jack Burness, Bill Read & Kathy & Chet serenading everybody & with a glorious dirt dark setting on the horizon , it was said to be not unlike Texas. I think Michelle Shocked would have had her recording gear out for this evening session !!!
Saturday events were the centre of the festival.
I had slight problems finding Thorpe Lea East Farm resulting in the usual comedic twists and turns, as we haven’t been to Easington before, but on finally arriving I was pleased to see familiar Jumpin Hot faces at the gate (Luke, Berni & El Sid) and a spectacular view of the countryside with the sea beyond. Having familiarised myself with the surroundings it was time to enter the lovely decorated barn to hear some good music.
First up were Mush, & you must know the Mushes, they’ve been entertaining us for years with their soulful blend of keyboards, cello and bass. No, I wasn’t making notes on the titles of their songs, just the pleasure of listening to the sound they create. Surely Mush were the first to introduce the cello into the popular local music scene. Their music is strangely attractive and mesmerising, it’s seductive and cool. Mush were followed by Samson & Delilah quartet who gradually got their fine music going, after the longest sound-check of the day (20 mins) & it was all drone’s & grooves ……They reminded me of Iron & Wine & that isn’t bad. Norfolk rambling folkster’s Cakes & Ale, of which I hadn’t heard anything of before, lined-up with accordion, banjo/vocals, double bass and guitar & it couldn’t have been more interesting. It took a while but it turned out fine in the end, with the audience sitting comfortably on straw bales - a site and sound to behold.
Here’s, Just a quick look around the festival to see the amenities. There was a wine bar in the entrance to the barn & a comfy settee to relax on. A bar next to the barn in an old stone building beautifully decorated with Jarrow Ales specially brewed- Jamboree beer, here & the cheerful Martin Ellis holding court behind the bar. Are there many people who are as knowledgeable about beer as Martin? I doubt it. A ‘love shack’ - see pics - for photo opportunities, La Fiesta café/restaurant serving a healthy selection of gumbo grub, the barn for music with a comfortable covered seating area just outside the main door and fields a plenty for walks & visits to the beach. Vintage clothes stall, ample parking and camping space and large silk flags adorning the site plus the big campfire. Back to the music!
Next up was Hannah Rickard & the Relatives playing that good old vintage R&R. Hannah, you know her work with the Kentucky Cow Tippers, looked and sounded amazing. She had brought her cousin’s band up from London to play the gig and play it they did. I remember them kicking off with that Leiber & Stoller classic, ‘Hard Headed Woman’, a song that’s been running through my head for years with it’s clever lyrics and ‘machine gun’ vocals. The band were joined by Daniel Jeanrenaud, The Camden Cat, a French rock ‘n’ roller - what else! Fair to say they injected some energy in to the proceedings.
Not billed in the programme but a pleasure to see was Brendon Croker from my days in Leeds in the 70’s. He’s a good guy and always a delight to hear as he strolls through classics from bygone days that deserve to see the light of day once again. Playing that weird guitar that Ralph Bowen made for him, and someone insists he should play on-stage, he charmed the audience as he always could. Good on you Brendon, we hope to see you soon. After Brendon it was time for the inimitable Archie Brown with his band augmented by Jim Hornsby on guitar. I find Archie and Jim great company with a great sense of humour. Archie is one of the North East’s most under-rated songwriters with a unique vocal style. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play a bad set and this wasn’t one of those days. With a line-up from his ‘Prisoner of Fender’ days he, as usual, stormed the place. He certainly knows how to turn back the years for his audience who have followed him for many a decade. What about Holy Moly & the Crackers? I had seen them once before and was impressed, not only by there musical talent but by their confidentpresence on-stage. I kid you not, this is a band to watch! They played a set which sounded authentic and sincere, I really like them and, not often I say this, but they should go places. Can’t really remember if Holy Moly played before or after Archie but never mind, you get the idea.
You can’t have a ‘proper’ Jumpin Hot gig without the inimitable Martin Stephenson. Martin, as you know, is an amazing song-writing talent and a formidable performer. He always seems to personally know half the audience by name and usually has some dark secret about them to reveal. Such good fun and aided by Jim Hornsby on guitar it was, as usual, another wonderful performance. With his ability to break that barrier between audience and stage and make them feel part of the whole show it was yet another magical experience. Really everyone needs Martin Stephenson in there lives. I can’t pay the guy any greater a compliment, he’s a ray of sunshine in all of our lives.
The last act I saw was Bob Stork (Heron) and the Heaton Playboys (Teapad Orchestra). The first time I saw Bob it all seemed a little ‘tight’ if you know what I mean. Now he seems far more relaxed and comfortable in his shoes and it shows. This time it was a ‘Cajun’ performance that, to me, I preferred to his usual set. Maybe it was just that the festival needed an injection of some Cajun gumbo to make it really work and Bob and the guys did that with aplomb. Last band of the night was Minnesota based jazz & blues pro’s Davina and the Vagabonds but I couldn’t stay that long but heard they travelled that day from Inverness & put in a performance that had people crying with joy.
Sunday morning was a wet & rainy affair but Shipcote & friends would have put a little sunshine into the hardy souls left, I’m sure.
Overall this festival was a great success, maybe not in numbers but the word will get around for next year’s gig. All music festivals have a ‘feel’ about them, all different. This had the feeling of Cropredy, which I’ve been to a few times. I really enjoyed myself and it was a shame that there was that autumn chill in the air come nightime, but I do feel the cold more than others do. The huge campfire was of some relief! Personally I loved this festival. It was friendly and everyone seemed happy and relaxed. Let’s do it again next year, let’s have more vintage clothes stalls, more food stalls, more music and more fun. Thanks Graham,Jon, Nicola & Ellie - you worked hard and it all paid off.
Little Nemo - most pics CJ Holley