BUTE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017 CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF JAZZ

 
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The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival began in 1988 and has been staged annually on the first weekend of May ever since – 2017 marks our 30th Festival.

This year’s event will run from 28th April – 1st May 2017.

BUTE JAZZ FESTIVAL

BUTE JAZZ FESTIVAL

The first Festival in 1988 was a modest affair with only six bands, and the organisers held their breath to see if anyone would come to a small Scottish island with little tradition of jazz (although big dance bands certainly played regularly at Rothesay Pavilion in the 1950’s and 60’s).

Happily enough fans turned up that first year to encourage another venture the following year, and the Festival has continued to grow in reputation and stature ever since.

Some very well known jazz names featured on the programme over the next few years – Acker Bilk, Monty Sunshine, Martin Taylor, Tommy Smith, Andy Sheppard, Carol Kidd, The Temperance 7, and The London Community Gospel Choir amongst others, and the Festival continues to attract top class UK and international bands in mainly the Traditional New Orleans idiom.

The Festival is a great supporter of young musicians who feature prominently in the annual programme.

The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival began in 1988 and has been staged annually on the first weekend of May ever since – this year’s event will be no exception.

The first Festival was a small affair with only six bands, and the organisers held their breath to see if anyone would come to a small Scottish island with little tradition of jazz (although big dance bands certainly played regularly at Rothesay Pavilion in the 1950′s and 60′s).

Happily enough fans turned up that first year to encourage another venture the following year, and the Festival has continued to grow in reputation and stature ever since.

The Festival is a great supporter of young musicians who feature prominently in the annual programme.

BUTE JAZZ FESTIVAL

how to get there

The five-day Isle of Bute Jazz Festival is held over the first weekend of May.

Bute is easily accessible from the mainland. There is a regular train service direct from Glasgow Central station to the ferry port at Wemyss (pron. Weems) Bay.

The wee ferry at the north end of the island brings you across the 470m wide Kyles of Bute from Argyll.

Hotel and Bed and Breakfast accommodation is booked up fairly quickly every year; however, we are delighted to be able to refer you to good quality self-catering accommodation.

For advice regarding Travel, Accommodation  please contact: Isle of Bute Discovery Centre (Tourist Information).

There’s lots to do on Bute. Hire a bike, take a walk and enjoy our fabulous scenery.

Play golf on one or more of our three excellent golf courses at Rothesay, Port Bannatyne & Kingarth, visit Rothesay Castle and Museum.

 
 
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