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Jazz Cafe Plus


Dear Lostwithiel Jazz Café Subscriber,

Since our last communication a lot has happened. Firstly the last gig at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery where we hosted La Vie en Rose at a ‘sell out’ performance, what a band!!

On a warm sunny evening we were treated to as if Django and Steffen were there on the Woodland Terrace with us, under the stars on that memorable night, what a band what a band.

The other piece of information to share with you is that since our last communication where we suggested that this could be our very last gig for all those reasons previously discussed, we have been in communication with Restormel Arts and after two or three meetings we will now be slowly handing over our organisations to them with our reduced involvement but with our full blessing and retaining our long held ethos of keeping quality and local music live and affordable. From now going forward the duo of Lostwithiel Jazz Café and Restormel Arts will forthwith be known as Jazz Café Plus.

The first such event will be a full-on gig at Lerryn Memorial Hall, on Friday November 24 th featuring The Hoodle, (Kickin’ Country Blues and Swamp Boogie), as they were so great the last time they played for us, they are now invited back after sheer popular demand, you might call this ‘unfinished business’. See below for The Hoodle biography, it makes stunning reading.


Lesley and Richard Bower.


For ten years Lesley and Richard have worked tirelessly to build and sustain Lostwithiel Jazz Cafe. Always bringing excellent musicians and bands to the area as well as providing a high quality experience for sold-out audiences. We’d like to add our thanks to them for their passion and enthusiasm in creating such an amazing track record.

All of us at Restormel Arts are delighted to be working with Lesley and Richard to keep live music happening in the Lostwithiel area. In launching Jazz Cafe Plus we aim to continue the Lostwithiel Jazz Cafe ethos of presenting high quality artists and bands from across Cornwall, the South West, and beyond at affordable prices.

Restormel Arts is a registered charity and we’ve been promoting the arts (including music, theatre, dance, film and literature), in Mid Cornwall since 1992. We currently host out-door theatre in the summer, and jazz/blues/spoken word, etc., in the winter with a team of dedicated volunteers.

More always welcome!

Phil Webb
Restormel Arts

Lerryn Sessions present The Hoodle SOLD OUT



Songs from the Folk, Country Blues & Country Rock genres, with rich vocal harmonies and superb musicianship.

"Good rootsy stuff, with good sounds & classic tunes - really well played"
(Albert Lee)

THE HOODLE were formed around 10 years ago and the four members have many years of touring, performing & recording experience under their belts, including collaborations with Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and with singer-songwriters such as Ralph McTell, Al Stewart & Kirsty MacColl.

Steve Turner - Guitars/Slide & Vocals

Started in music with his Dad, Ken Turner who was a celebrated band leader in Blackpool in the days of the dance bands and first played the bass on a bandstand at aged 12. He is now a celebrated slide and lap steel guitar picker and has featured with Kirsty MacColl, Ralph McTell, and Kneehigh Theatre as well as appearing with Simon Latarche and Viv Rod.

Tim Renwick - Acoustic guitar & Vocals

His work in the '70s and early '80s with bands and artists including Eric Clapton, Elton John, David Bowie, Dionne Warwick, The Bee Gees, Kenny Rogers, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Little Richard, Mike & The Mechanics and Pink Floyd ensured that he developed a fan following all of his own.

Tim was part of the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver. They wrote some of the best songs of the seventies including the hit single "Lying in the Arms of Mary". Tim then went on to play with Pink Floyd on tours for “Delicate Sound of Thunder” and “The Division Bell” and “Live 8”.

Emma Spires - Acoustic Bass & Vocals

Started off playing classical guitar then moved on to bass. She has played on the Cornish music circuit since age 14. Emma was part of the band Blues Connection who played supports for Wilko Johnson, Larry Miller, and Little Feat. She has also played bass on UK tours with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat, and occasionally with Phil Beer of Show Of Hands.

Willie Wilson - Drums, Percussion & Vocals

Also part of The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, his early work had been with Cochise, who produced two fine albums, before he moved on to Quiver. After SBQ, Willie worked with the touring version of Pink Floyd, performing on the concerts and film sound track of “The Wall”, as well as playing on David Gilmour's first solo album and on “On an Island”. He has also performed and recorded with Lonnie Donegan, Syd Barret, Hank Wangford, Joe Brown and Ralph McTell. More recently, he worked with The Coyotes, an award winning country music band.


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