Future looks bright as sun sets on Bute jazz festival

The Tim Saul Quartet, with special guests Chris Clark, Ruth Wilson and Robert Henderson, bring down the curtain on the 2013 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival at the Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay on Monday afternoon.

The Tim Saul Quartet, with special guests Chris Clark, Ruth Wilson and Robert Henderson, bring down the curtain on the 2013 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival at the Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay on Monday afternoon.

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The feedback from visitors and Bute residents attending the island’s 26th jazz festival over the May bank holiday weekend has given the organisers plenty of optimism for the future.

So said festival chairman Tim Saul as the echoes of the last note died away at Monday afternoon’s farewell gig at the Glenburn Hotel ballroom in Rothesay.

“The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive,” Mr Saul told The Buteman.

“We’ve had a lot of feedback forms returned by both visitors and locals which will allow us to make a strong case for funding for future festivals.

“Until we’ve done a proper post-event analysis we won’t know exactly how many people bought tickets for the festival, but the number of tickets ordered in advance was up on last year, which is a very encouraging sign.”

* For more on the 2013 festival, including three pages of full colour photographs, make sure you get your copy of this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, May 9. If you don’t live on the island you can order copies, and reprints of any of our photographs, by calling (01700) 502931 during our usual business hours (9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm Friday).