Gypsy jazz festivals are few and far between in the UK, when they happen, they become legendary on the scene. Over the last couple of years a fantastic new one in Wales has been gaining in popularity.The March Manouche Gypsy Jazz Festival in Anglesey Wales has grown in reputation and size since it’s conception by director, Stewart Rowles in 2015. The idea was to have performances and workshops by Gypsy jazz artists over a weekend with plenty of jamming going on till the wee hours in the pubs and venues around Menai. Next year will be the fourth year it’s been running and it just got bigger and better with some great events happening.
This time there’s camping, all night jamming, top workshops, fantastic artists, lots of opportunities to play, learn and hang out with like-minded people. Headlining this year will be the French Gypsy virtuoso, Angelo Debarre. One of the most incredible guitarists of his generation and a complete master of the style. Also some fantastic visiting artists like Denis Chang from Canada and Duved Dunayevsky from Holland. There’s great representation from the UK including Kourosh Kanani, violinist Matt Holborn and yours truly, Jonny Hepbir as well some fab home-grown bands. Featured artists holding workshops over the weekend are detailed in the picture below.
I feel very humbled and honored to be asked to come back and perform/teach for the 2018 festival, I was there in 2016 and it was fabulous fun with such a great vibe/feeling around the area. In 2018 the MM Team have gone a step further and got a snazzy campsite together close to the festival, where jamming (all night if you wish) is encouraged. Any regular Gypsy jazz festival goer will know the after-hours jams add to the atmosphere of the event, of course there’s always been jams happening in the pubs and venues around Menai during the weekend and there still will be, there’s just loads more opportunities now! A great way to learn, practice and communicate the style with others. Tickets are on sale now so check out the website HERE and head to March Manouche 2018! See you there!
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