More Music with Jazz Legend Neil Yates

A vital voice in British Jazz comes to Morecambe for one night only!

More Music Presents Neil Yates, jazz musician and the only person to successfully interpret traditional folk styles onto the trumpet, along with his Cool Ceol (Gaelic for “music”) Quartet featuring Steve Berry (Loose Tubes) on bass , Zsolt Bende on guitar, and Eryl Roberts on drums.

Now based in North Wales, Neil – who has just been commissioned to write a suite for 19 players to mark Manchester Jazz Festival’s 15th year – has played with NYJO, Peter King, Don Weller, Denys Baptiste, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Alex Wilson, Clark Tracey and has worked as a session musician for Brand New Heavies, Supergrass, Black Grape, Alison Moyet, Will Young, Raw Stylus, Suggs, and Robbie Williams.

As well as playing in jazz and pop settings Neil developed his breathtaking technique whilst living in a small caravan travelling round the folk music festivals of Britain and Ireland, learning and playing traditional Celtic music. He went on to play and record with folk music giants Michael McGoldrick, Kate Rusby, John McCusker and more.

This gig will be extra special as Neil will be joined by two cumbrian musical institutions: banjo player, singer, pipes player, producer, publisher and part-time farmer Bill Lloyd and The Lakeland Fiddlers, a string band led by Carolyn Francis.

Bill Lloyd is well known as a live performer at festivals and folk sessions in Cumbria, the Borders and North West England, both as a soloist and with The Wildwood Band. He plays old-time Appalachian dance music and songs, country-rock, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional Irish ballads, traditional European dance music and his own songs.

The Lakeland Fiddlers play traditional fiddle music from the English lakes collected and arranged by fantastic fiddler Carolyn Francis. They evolved from being a class to a community band appearing regularly at festivals, fairs and parties including appearances at The Sage, Gateshead, Solfest, Dent Folk Festival and Furness Traditions Festival.

More Music Presents gigs offer the chance for professional and community musicians to find meaningful, musical ways of playing together. As well as offering his own set, Neil Yates will solo with The Lakeland Fiddlers, and then the fiddlers will in turn accompany Bill Lloyd for a song.  Finally all acts will come together for The Big Play which will open and close the night!

One month later on Friday 5th March More Music Presents Tarang – The UK’s leading indian classical music ensemble, Dean McPhee – innovative electric guitar soloist and More Music’s resident Orbit Jazz Workshop Band

More Music Presents is open to all ages. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2 Under 18s/Concessions and are available on the door at More Music 13-17 Devonshire Road Morecambe, or in advance by calling 01524 831997 or on email at

More Music is a community music organisation based in the West End of Morecambe offering classes, gigs and events for all ages. More Music also organises the annual Kite Festival which this year is on Sunday 20 June. For more information about More Music’s events call 01524 831997 or visit


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