Mount Stuart teams up with Bute jazz festival

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Holders of full day and ‘Weekend Rover’ tickets for the 2016 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival will be able to combine jazz with a touch of cultural history thanks to a free entry special offer from the Mount Stuart Trust.

During the period of the Festival, from April 29 to May 2, Mount Stuart is allowing free access to the house on production of rover or day tickets.

“We are delighted that Mount Stuart has agreed to this promotion which adds significant value to the ticket,” said Festival chairman, Tim Saul.

With the Pavilion closed for renovation this year and next, the Festival has only been able to provide a generous choice of daily events and concerts thanks to the co-operation of the owners of other venues such as the 292 Club, the Esplanade Hotel, Gambas Bar and the Craigmore Bowling Club who have allowed more intensive use of their premises.

Commented Tim: “The venues are all within reasonable walking distance of the main hotels and guest houses and several are concentrated in the middle of the town.

“The one thing we don’t have this year is a large performance space which came into its own on the Sunday evening but to compensate we have put on extra concerts at the Glenburn Bar, the 292 Club and Gambas Bar so Sunday evening will have a slightly different feel about it.

“I think people will tend to move around from venue to venue more which is where the tremendous flexibility of a rover ticket or day ticket comes in and I will be getting around to as many of the venues as I can to meet and greet our audience.”

As ever the Festival’s grand finale will be at the Glenburn Ballroom on Monday lunch time, which is a separate ticket event unless you have a super saver ticket, where musical entertainment will be provided by the Tim Saul Sextet.

As well as Tim on keyboard, expect to see Festival favourites such as Chris Clark (guitar), Robert Henderson (trumpet) as well as Paul McKay (bass), Alec Mac (guitar) and David Gray (drums). Monday’s event will also see the welcome return of Norman King (tenor sax) after eight years working in Thailand.