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Jazz Café Back to the Blues - SOLD OUT

"The Weekend Starts Here"

Friday January 29th 2016

Another stonking sell out night at Jazz Café Lostwithiel

The evening kicked off with Mike Hawkey, all the way up from proper Cornwall somewhere down by Praze an Beeble walking the bar with his waling solo Saxophone. This being a tradition of the old Speakeasies of old town New Orleans in the 1900s and resurrected for Jazz Café this last Friday night.

This was followed by 78DJ or better known as a remarkable 78 wind up gramophone loaned by local entreponair Mike Edwards and with a new needle, miked up and lit playing a 1938 edition of Bessy Smith singing Summertime without a pop hiss or hum.

Click here to listen to Horse and Hedges "Nightshift" on Paul Jones' Rhythm and Blues show on Radio 2. Tracks can be bought at CD Baby or Amazon

John Higgs and Mike Hawkey played an instrumental set of haunting Hammond organ and harmonica followed by……..

Another sell out audience at Lostwithiel Jazz Café were entertained by a fabulous young college quartet by the name of The Alley Cats and they truly were walking on the wild side with a range of numbers including a blues of Texas Whisky and Elvis’s, Jailhouse Rock and get this they are all just 17 years old, what a wealth of talent we have in Cornwall.

Pictures courtesy of and copyright Pete Ellis.



Good friends of Lostwithiel Jazz Café are Jeff The Horse Horsey and his pal and partner in crime Gareth Hedges who played a set of great Blues classics and with an inter round jesting repartee. Jeff and Gareth will always be welcome Lostwithiel way.

Next in the year will be Jazz Café Blues to Beats at LostFest on Sunday May 15th.

Where among a plethora of musical talent we will be showcasing three or more local Poets providing readings from the Beat Poets of the late 50 and early 60s. Comfy seats, all day bar, a number of bands, poets and lots more and it’s free.