Jazz Festival - Saturday: never more than a few feet away from great music

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

Town Crier Mike Tupman catches the mood of the day with a couple of festival goersTown Crier Mike Tupman catches the mood of the day with a couple of festival goersMusic, music, everywhere.......

Organiser Nick Fogg's quote of more than 100 different acts appearing at this year's Jazz Festival hit home on Saturday when at almost every point in the centre of the town, from Bow Belles by St Peter's to the Rope Works in Kennet Place there was music to be heard within a few feet, and performers carrying, dragging or lugging instruments, PAs and other gear in and out of the many venues.

A wide and embracing range of styles and genres, from the delicacy of the Marlborough Community Choir in St Mary's in the afternoon to Straight Six playing hard driving blues at their farewell set in The Bear at the other end of the day.

Lil' Jimmy Reed going walkabout at The Castle & BallLil' Jimmy Reed going walkabout at The Castle & BallA great day with something - in fact plenty - for just about everyone.

Lil' Jimmy Reed was the star turn, wowing the crowds in the Cattle & Ball marquee, launching into a walkabout through the audience in his opening number.  Best way to get the audience onside?  Go join them...

Lots of acts, too many to mention so below are pics of a selection.

The sign complete with 'Shakespearean' graffitiThe sign complete with 'Shakespearean' graffitiAs promised by the Jazz Festival committee (see 'Jazz Festival road closure - latest: No Road Closure') the roads were kept open.  They upheld their decision to not to take up the 5pm Road Closure order that was issued by Wiltshire Council on the Friday.  A sign proclaiming 'Road Closure refused by Wiltshire Council' appeared on a wall in London Road opposite Pinos restaurant which was later enhanced by the addition of some 'Shakespearean' graffiti wishing 'A pox on the Council'....

There was some confusion regarding whether the roads were to be closed.  The Council closed the parking area in George Lane on Saturday morning, which was undone later, and the Bus Stop by 'One Stop' informed passengers that the road would be closed from 10am.

Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable day providing superb entertainment for the many visitors who thronged the town for the weekend and for those of us to whom Marlborough is home.  

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Bob Hall of the Lil' Jimmy Reed band at The Castle & Ball MarqueeBob Hall of the Lil' Jimmy Reed band at The Castle & Ball MarqueeLil' Jimmy Reed and band at The Castle & Ball MarqueeLil' Jimmy Reed and band at The Castle & Ball MarqueeLil' Jimmy Reed at The Castle & Ball MarqueeLil' Jimmy Reed at The Castle & Ball MarqueeLil' Jimmy Reed - pic courtesy of John BordissLil' Jimmy Reed - pic courtesy of John BordissBen Cupola with band at The Fire StationBen Cupola with band at The Fire StationBen Cipolla at The Fire StationBen Cipolla at The Fire StationBudapest Ragtime at The Fire StationBudapest Ragtime at The Fire StationBudapest Ragtime at The Fire StationBudapest Ragtime at The Fire StationMue at the Royal OakMue at the Royal OakMule at The Royal OakMule at The Royal OakMule at The Royal Oak - pic courtesy of John BordissMule at The Royal Oak - pic courtesy of John BordissA familiar sight on Saturday....A familiar sight on Saturday....Gilmore 'n Jaz busking outside Valentiner Designs in the High StreetGilmore 'n Jaz busking outside Valentiner Designs in the High Street100 Chai Street, food to savour - pic courtesy of John Bordiss 100 Chai Street, food to savour - pic courtesy of John Bordiss Ibou Tall at The Rope WorksIbou Tall at The Rope WorksIbou Tall at The Rope WorksIbou Tall at The Rope WorksIbou Tall at The Rope WorksIbou Tall at The Rope WorksTensheds performing in the new space at The White Horse bookshopTensheds performing in the new space at The White Horse bookshopTensheds performing in the new space at The White Horse bookshopTensheds performing in the new space at The White Horse bookshopTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallTim Whitehead's Personal Standards Quartet at The Town HallAdam Winslet at The Priory - pic courtesy of John BordissAdam Winslet at The Priory - pic courtesy of John BordissAdam Winslet at The Priory - pic courtesy of John BordissAdam Winslet at The Priory - pic courtesy of John BordissMike Booth of Marcella at The BearMike Booth of Marcella at The BearMarcella at The BearMarcella at The BearRay Harris at ASKRay Harris at ASKRay Harris band at ASKRay Harris band at ASKRay Harris band at ASKRay Harris band at ASKRoger Winslet band at The Fire StationRoger Winslet band at The Fire StationRoger Winslet band at The Fire StationRoger Winslet band at The Fire StationSarah Spade at The MarlboroughSarah Spade at The MarlboroughSarah Spade at The MarlboroughSarah Spade at The MarlboroughJonny Gee of Sarah Spade and The Noisy Boys at The MarlboroughJonny Gee of Sarah Spade and The Noisy Boys at The MarlboroughSteve Clayton and the 44s - pic courtesy of John BordissSteve Clayton and the 44s - pic courtesy of John BordissJane and Amanda of Skedaddle at The BearJane and Amanda of Skedaddle at The BearEd Witcomb of Skedaddle at The BearEd Witcomb of Skedaddle at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStraight Six' farewell set at The BearStuart What of Straight Six - pic courtesy of John BordissStuart What of Straight Six - pic courtesy of John BordissLast but not least:  Marlborough was graced with this immaculate 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short Chassis Continental......Last but not least: Marlborough was graced with this immaculate 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short Chassis Continental......

All pics Copyright Neil Goodwin and Marlborough News Online LLP unless stated otherwise in caption

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