German jazz piano trio like to push the boundaries
One of Europe's most accomplished piano jazz trios play the Gallery Cafe at Barnstaple's Queen's Theatre on Thursday, February 14 – one of just four UK dates this month.
Internationally acclaimed trio Michael Wollny's [em] combine the talents of piano virtuoso Michael with the rhythm section of double bassist Eva Kruse and drummer Eric Schaefer. They have been causing a deserved stir on the European scene since the 2005 release of Call It [em], their first album on ACT Records' Young German Jazz series. The following year saw the release of their much revered [em] II, demonstrating their growing musical understanding and maturity, while [em] 3, saw them make a departure to focus more on melodically blurring the line between pre-composed and free-improvised material. Last year's Wasted & Wanted garnered widespread critical acclaim, propelling them to the forefront of the international scene, with a mix of punk, jazz, rock and classical sounds. Call the North Devon Theatres box office for tickets.
Breaking stars spice up the blues with an alt-rock twist
Giles Robson (pictured) and the Dirty Aces continue their breakneck speed romp to stardom in the contemporary blues world with a return visit to Plymouth this month.
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The band's raw and visceral sound has been winning ears in all the right places – notably those of BBC Radio presenters Tom Robinson and Chris Evans, who championed their debut single. Their untamed alt-rock influenced squall echoes The Black Keys and the gothic lyrical imagery of Nick Cave, delivered with a Jagger sneer. With a voice that recalls the legendary Charlie Musselwhite, Giles is establishing himself as one the freshest, most exciting new blues singers on the scene, as well as a being hailed as a harmonica virtuoso by blues harp names like Sugar Blue and Paul Jones. His band come armed with an impressive pedigree, having played on stage alongside Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Jimmy Page and Mick Fleetwood to name but a few.
There's a chance to see what all the hype is about when Giles and the gang play at Annabel's on the Barbican on Saturday, February 23.