Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Saltaire's Winter Bandstand

Throughout the summer, there is a regular programme of music on Sunday afternoons in the bandstand in Roberts Park - an  electic mix of big and small bands, choirs, jazz, folk...  It's very pleasant to laze and listen.  This year, the Caroline Street Social Club has arranged to continue the music throughout the winter.  Every second Sunday of the month, the Club is hosting a free concert from 2-4pm.  The first was this last Sunday, so I went along just to see what it was like ... and I was very glad I did.  The bar is open, so you can enjoy anything from Saltaire Blonde through diet Coke (me) to tea or coffee (at very reasonable prices).  The audience was small but appreciative and the atmosphere very genuine and friendly.

The performers this time were four young jazz musicians from the Leeds College of Music: Ben Powling - sax, George Birkett - guitar/leader, Sam Dutton-Taylor - bass and Finn Booth - drums.  Now, to be honest, I don't know that much about jazz but I did enjoy the concert.  It was obvious that they were individually very talented and I enjoyed watching the way they they worked together, very sensitive and responsive to each other and to their music.  I do love watching people engaged in doing what they love.  And I liked the way that jazz can be enjoyed as a kind of wave flowing over and through you or in a more focussed way, concentrating and watching.   I took along the Sunday paper, got myself a drink from the bar and relaxed into their music, sometimes paying attention, sometimes letting myself drift.  A good way to spend a wet and windy Sunday afternoon.  I shall do it again.  Thanks guys.

The concerts through til Christmas are:
13th November - Arcomnia / The Broken Hearts Club
11th December - The Delvaux

and they continue monthly until 13th May.  So if you live in or near Saltaire, get yourself down here, enjoy the music and support our local Club.


  1. The drummer seems to be from and in another world:)

  2. Sounds (and looks) like it is worth a visit.Saltaire Blonde you say! Mmmm

  3. You're a great ambassador for Saltaire Jenny! I'm sure the musicians appreciated your attendance and promotion. Keep up the good work!

  4. Great to have such a venue. Yet, I'm not ready for winter; I'm enjoying Indian Summer too much! Jim

  5. This looks like so much fun!

  6. A great way to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon and support some young local musicians. It sounds like a great program, for the community and the musicians.

  7. I like your tilted picture. Matches the music.
    I would have chosen a Saltaire Raspberry Blonde.....

  8. What a fun event to have continue through the holidays and into Spring. Sounds very relaxing and I'm sure the audience attendance will expand as word gets out. ~Lili


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