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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

CD Revview: Vula Viel: Good is Good

Bex Burch – Gyil; Dan Nicholls – Bass synth/keyboards; Dave De Rose – Drums; George Crowley – Sax; Simon Roth – Drums; Stephen Burke – Vibes; Jim Hart – Vibes (Bewa).
(Review by Steve H.) 
Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare this is the language of the Upper West Ghana Tribe where Bex Burch lived and studied for 3 years.  Starting off as an apprentice to the master Gyilist Thomas Segkura and graduating to become a teacher herself after the sad passing of her mentor in 2010.  
The music is based around the Gyil a xylophone type instrument made from sacred iliga wood. The Gyil is used primarily in funerals but the ambiance is anything but melancholy. This album fuses joyously the traditional Dagaare music with contemporary jazz. Bex has joined up with some of the cream of London jazz scene to produce this very fine crossover album  All the tracks have a light uplifting feel to them most  make you want to  just get up and dance. However there is enough going on to keep the listener interested at all times with blend of traditional and modern instruments.  It would be easy to sum up this album by its title Good is Good but I would like to go a stage further and say Good is Good is in fact very good indeed.
Available now on Vula Viel Records WMD1.
Steve