Jazz Jurassica to open with Georgie Fame in Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 March 2018

Jazz Jurassica. Picture: Contributed

Jazz Jurassica. Picture: Contributed


The legendary jazz and blues artist Georgie Fame will open this year’s Jazz Jurassica festival in Lyme Regis.

Jazz Jurassics. Picture: ContributedJazz Jurassics. Picture: Contributed

The legendary jazz and blues artist Georgie Fame will open this year’s Jazz Jurassica festival in Lyme Regis.

He will perform in a special concert at The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, on Thursday 24 May, on what is rumoured to be his last-ever UK tour.

This year’s busy festival line-up also features the iconic James Taylor Quartet, award-winning jazz singer Liane Carroll and saxophonist Fliss Gorst’s swing band.

As well as ticketed events, there will be hours of free music on the seafront and around the town, many showcasing local talent, including young musicians from music charity BSharp at its annual Busking Festival.

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Julie Sheppard, festival organiser, said: “It’s a real coup for Georgie Fame to open the festival, which we’re delighted to do in conjunction with The Marine Theatre.

“This is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ opportunity to see a jazz legend perform up close in one the country’s most intimate .”

Fame’s concert adds a fifth day to the Jazz Jurassica weekend, previously known as Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend.

Held over the May spring bank holiday, organisers say the 2018 programme will be bigger and more varied than ever.

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“Jazz Jurassica builds on the growing reputation and success of previous years,” said Julie.

“This year we’ve got swing, latin, funk, soul, gypsy jazz and even jazz reggae! It’s a real treat for jazz lovers and for those who say they don’t like jazz.

“We can promise to entertain and excite – and even surprise you.

Lyme Regis will be THE musical destination this spring bank holiday weekend. Bring it on!”

Georgie Fame has over 20 albums and 14 hit singles to his credit, including three Top Ten hits: YehYeh, Get Away, and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.

During his 40-year career he’s collaborated with the likes of Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton, and Van Morrison

Jazz Jurassica – Lyme’s festival of jazz – takes place from Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.

For tickets and more information, visit www.jazzjurassica.co.uk

Alternatively, go to Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre or phone: 01297 442138.

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