Jazz Festival Programme is ‘hot off the press’

Anth Purdy will appear at the 2015 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival - his first time at the event.
Anth Purdy will appear at the 2015 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival - his first time at the event.

To come or not to come to Bute’s brilliant Jazz Festival? – Of course there’s only one answer – ‘Yes!’

And you can find out why from the hot-off-the-press Isle of Bute Jazz Festival programme, now available from Brechin’s on Bridgend Street, Rothesay.

“With about a month to go this is the earliest we have ever had it ready and printed,” commented Festival chairman, Tim Saul.

Among those featuring in this year’s four day event starting on Friday 1 May is first time visitor, Anth Purdy’s Swing Jazz Guitar, who will be playing three two hour slots on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Influenced by Les Paul and Charlie Christian amongst others, Anth plays as a solo artist, having adopted a technique pioneered by Les Paul in 1948 using sound on sound with a looper pedal to create all the guitar parts.

His music spans the Swing, Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz and 50s Guitar instrumentals in the style of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

“We love welcoming new acts which helps to keep the Festival vibrant and alive,” said Tim. “Anth is totally unique and a breath of fresh air.”

Anth will be performing at Gamba’s Bar on May 1, starting at 8pm; at the Glenburn Bar from 5.30pm on Saturday, and again at the Glenburn Bar from 4pm on Sunday.