Islay Jazz Festival 2009 Programme

Presenting the best jazz you can hear anywhere in Scotland in the most unusual, atmospheric and inspirational venues. The whole of the Hebridean island is the backdrop for the Festival which takes in distilleries, bird sanctuaries, stately homes, village halls, a gaelic college, and even Finlaggan the historic seat of the Lord Of The Isles. The Islay Jazz Festival in association with Black Bottle. Fri 11- Sun 13 September. Tickets/Info: 0131 467 5200 web:

Friday 11th

Trygve Seim & Frode Halti / Laura Macdonald & Tom Bancroft
World Premiere for two new commissions celebrating Homecoming, Somerled, the Viking Lord of the Isles and Founder of the Clan Donald, 5.30pm, Finlaggan

Alan Barnes & Paul Harrison
Leading English saxophonist and top Scottish pianist play tunes by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. 7.30pm, Ionad Chalium Chille Ile

The Source
First time in the UK for international super band ranging from meditative improvising to tango, from folklore-inspired pieces to state of the art jazz. 8.30pm, Bruichladdich Hall

Subie Coleman & Kevin Mackenzie
Intimate and soulful vocals. 9pm, Islay House. Continue reading......

Saturday 12th

Talk: Alan MacNiven & Arne Kruse
More Viking than you thought? The Scandinavian settlement on Islay. 10am, Ionad Chalium Chille Ile

Alan Barnes /Bruce Adams Quintet
Mainstream jazz, swing to bop, with two of England's finest swinging musicians and sharpest jazz wits. noon, Portnahaven Hall, + legendary homebaking

Niki King sings Billie Holiday
King's bluesy, smoky voice is the perfect vehicle to interpret the songs made famous by Billie Holiday. 4pm, Bunnahabhain Distillery

Trygve Seim & Frode Halti
The plangent cry of the saxophonist in duet with the accordion's atmospheric timbre. 6pm, Ionad Chalium Chille Ile

Batchelors of Jazz
Great Traditional jazz night with Dave Batchelor's Band, featuring trumpeter, Lennie Herd; clarinettist, Forrie Cairns and Alistair Macdonald on banjo and vocals. 8.30pm, Bruichladdich Hall

Laura Macdonald Sextet
World premiere of new suite commissioned from the saxophonist by Islay Jazz Festival and PRS Foundation. 9pm, Ionad Chalium Chille Ile

Sunday 13th

Alfie's Raw Talent
Young collective emerging out of the current NYJOS hotbed, led by Jura's Alfie Perring on trumpet. 12.30pm, RSPB Centre. 11:30am Birdwatching walk. Light lunches available.

Subie Coleman sings Esther Phillips
Arresting singer with hard hitting emotional punch pays homage to the great soul star Esther Phillips, with a jazz/soul Quintet. 12.30, Ardbeg Distillery. Lunch menu available

Trio AAB
A seriously fun band exploring a whole range of influences - post Ornette bop, ECM jazz, Celtic folk, new beats. 4pm, Lagavulin Distillery

Perring, Edwards, Peters: Compound Fracture
Percussionist/guitarist, Giles Perring; bassist, Simon Edwards and flute/ saxophonist, Finn Peters create spacious melodies and improvisations. 6pm, Laphroaig Distillery

Alan Barnes/Phil Bancroft Band
with special guests Laura MacDonald and Sheena Swanson. 8.30pm, Machrie Hotel

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