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16573 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 466 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (July 7).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 12: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The White Swan, Main Road, Ovingham NE42 6AG. 12:30pm. Free.
Fri 12: John Settle @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00. Settle (vibes) w. Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder & Tim Johnston.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 13: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Vieux Carré Jazzmen (12 noon); Trilogy of Four (1:35pm); Classic Swing (3:10pm); Archipelago (4:40pm).
Sat 13: East Coast Swing Band @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sat 13: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Prudhoe Riverside Park. 12:55-1:40pm. Free.
Sat 13: Michael Woods @ Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1BU. 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm. Country blues. An Ouseburn Festival event.
Sat 13: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The Beehive, Hartley Lane, Whitley Bay NE25 0SZ. 5:30pm. Free. Gig in the Secret Garden.
Sat 13: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 14: OUTRI + Slowlight Quartet @ The Bandstand, The Sele, Hexham. 12 noon-2:00pm. Free. OUTRI is Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson’s new solo bass project. ‘The Bandstand Sessions’.
Sun 14: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); Delta Prophets Trio (1:35pm); Abbie Finn Trio (3:10pm); River City Band (4:40pm).
Sun 14: MSK @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sun 14: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Jamil Sheriff’s Five Gold Rings @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 14: Lounge Lizards + King Bees @ The Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. The Tyne Bar’s 30th anniversary, top class blues double bill.
Sun 14: Richard Herdman @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Nathan Lawson Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Auntie Joy is organised by local enthusiasts NofC (of Coalburns) and TQ (of Ovington). The gents met many years ago in a professional capacity when working together in a health & social care setting. Years later a friendship was struck when their paths crossed at several local music events, and in 2019 they began discussing the notion of organising multi-media events with the primary focus being on music of various genres.

The primary locations for these events are two iconic sites in the Old Village part of Ryton; the Holy Cross Church, and the Function Room of its near neighbour, the community owned Ye Olde Cross public house.

Experimental, DIY, unusual, fun, free form, challenging, and at times with an element of voluntary participation, these events will be multifarious and suitable for all ages, interests and abilities. 


There will be no introductions, no breaks, no mid-performance applause.

At the rear of the space (by the kitchen), there will be a seating area where audience members can relax and enjoy light refreshments

AUNTIE JOY 3. At 4.30pm The Bells of the Holy Cross Church will commence ringing to herald the start of this continuous and uninterrupted 150-minute performance. They will be silent for 2-minutes as NofC and TQ promenade the space to soothing percussion. The bells will then recommence and be joined by John Pope, who will continue as a soloist before being accompanied by Christian Alderson and Sally Pilkington.

After a short set by this trio, John fades out, leaving the space to the duo, who are eventually accompanied by Faye McCalman in a free-form piece that culminates in a solo performance by Faye who is eventually joined by a number of improvising musicians from the early afternoon Tyneside Improvisers Workshop being ‘conducted’ by Chris Bartholomew. The event culminates in a 10-minute finale with the previous performers (including a single tolling bell), joining the throng for a multiple ensemble climax concluding at 7.00pm.

The Bells

“A ring of eight bells was installed in December 1999 just in time to ‘ring in’ the new millennium. Four new bells joined three cast in 1763 and one installed in 1868 placed in a cast iron frame. The heaviest bell, the tenor in E, weighs three quarters of a tonne.

During the performance the bell order will change to create a range of different sounds. Ringing always begins and ends with the bells in order 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

By ‘calling’ in stages different patterns are formed.

·         Rounds                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8       

·         Queens Change.          1 3 5 7 2 4 6 8

·         Kings Change.        7 3 5 1 2 4 6 8

·         Titums                 1 5 2 6 3 7 4 8

·         Reverse.                 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 8

Other orders will also be heard” (John Robinson – Tower Captain)

John Pope – double bass, electronics.

John is an open-hearted improviser from the North of England. A double bass player and composer with a rising profile on the UK creative music scene, John leads his own acoustic avant-jazz quintet, is a founding member of genre-crossing alt-jazz trio Archipelago and has collaborated with a host of musicians from across the spectrum of modern music, from Evan Parker and Joe McPhee to Richard Dawson and Field Music. Described by The Guardian as a “powerful Tyneside bassist”, John’s boundless dedication to spontaneous music and his tactile, intuitive voice on the instrument have made him a favourite of adventurous audiences across the UK.

Christian Alderson - drum kit, percussion and found objects.

Christian is a percussionist and improviser based in Newcastle. He spent his teens and early twenties gaining a very much informal musical education playing drums, recording and touring internationally in a variety of post-punk / post-rock groups.  

His formal education in, and subsequent working within visual arts have focused an inherent love for deconstruction and re-invention which informs his approach to percussion. As such his practice often explores the imprecise, fluid and immediate possibilities of acoustic percussion using a range of conventional / extended techniques and devices. 

The last two decades have seen him working across various areas from avant-rock to jazz to noise, as well as forays into film and theatre. He can be currently found performing and recording with, amongst others, “jazz-art-rock” trio Archipelago, the avant-rock trio The Unit Ama, free-improvising trio The Long Lonesome Go, as well as regular procrastination on the idea of solo work.

Sally Pilkington – Church organ, Roland JDxi, Roland VT3 vocoder.

Sally is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer hailing from Blackburn via the Yorkshire Dales and now living in nearby Clara Vale. She's a member of wonky-pop band Hen Ogledd with whom she's made two highly-eclectic albums on Domino Records, 'Mogic' and 'Free Humans'.

Over the past three years her primary musical emissions have been in the form of Bulbils, a home-spun duo with partner Richard Dawson which began as a way of keeping sane and connecting with the outside world throughout the anxiety of Covid-19 lockdowns. Initially aiming to put out one release a day through Bandcamp (though at the this point the pace has slowed to a comparative crawl), the duo have coughed up no less than 72 albums of resolutely lo-fi, spontaneous, relaxing, frankly shonky music employing all manner of dilapidated synths, bad bass, drum machines and plenty of 'oooohs' and 'ahhhhhs'.


She is currently working extensively with the pipe organs at Holy Cross Church in Ryton and St. Matthew's Church in Newcastle, exploring the instrument's rich textures and vast harmonic possibilities. Today sees the first performance of her new collaboration with percussionist Christian Alderson. Their music together reaches from the widest plains of deep pedal drones through cloudbursts of vigorous sticksmanship to soaring celestial heights.

Faye MacCalman will be blending improvised woodwind/voice with fragments of pre-existing compositions/songs, merged with electronic delays and the sounds of the bellringers. 

She is an imaginative performer, composer-songwriter and improviser on saxophone, clarinet, electronics and voice, fusing experimental song writing with off kilter patterns, heartfelt melodies and surreal atmospheres inspired by under the surface emotional worlds and jazz, folk, rock and improvisation. 

Faye leads jazz-art-rock trio Archipelago, nominated for UK Jazz Act of the Year in the 2021 Jazz FM Awards, and was awarded a Jerwood Arts/Cheltenham Jazz Fellowship, creating performance-installation ‘Invisible, Real’ for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 which illuminated anonymous experiences with mental illness through ‘floating’ projections, live performance and sound spatialisation.  “Moving…I lost myself” - Huw Stephens, BBC6 Music 

Chris Bartholomew is a composer, improviser and electronic musician based in Newcastle. Whilst studying at the Guildhall School of Music, Chris developed his improvisatory practice in two duos: “Umami Music” with composer and Shakuhachi player Laonikos Psimikakis, and “perCloop” with jazz drummer Dave Ingamells. With these duos Chris performed variously at Shunt, the ICA, RichMix and the Sibelius Music Academy in London. 

Chris’s improvisation practice is constantly developing, and he greatly varies the tools to adapt to different contexts. The commonalities that exist are live sampling of other improvisers and diverse sound sources and gestural playback rather than static looping. Feeding into his setups are a range of esoteric noise makers - from electro-magnetic-field sonifiers to amplified frying pans and found percussion. 


Whilst studying for a Masters Degree at Goldsmiths University, Chris began studying Sound Painting - a language for leading group improvisation and real-time composition invented by Walter Thompson. Sound Painting is a language of physical gestures that prompt improvisors to respond and shares aspects with Butch Morris’s Conduction and John Zorn’s Cobra. After traveling to Sweden to study with Walter Thompson, Chris formed Skulk ESP, combining Sound Painting with live electronics, culminating in a performance at The Albany, Deptford. As he becomes more established in the North East, Chris is excited to bring Sound Painting to the improv community through regular workshops.

Curators NofC and TQ wish to thank;

o   Charlie McGovern – Broadcast Sound – for engineering, sound balance and recording.

o   John Robinson and the bell ringers for their time, contributions and understanding.

o   Glynis Thompson – Church Warden - for her unwavering support, advice and encouragement.

o   All performers

o   Audience members

o   Behind the scenes grafters.

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