The 2011 edition of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival takes place from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September. The 15 concerts include stellar Swedish vocalist Viktoria Tolstoy, three inspirational pianists Tom Cawley, Jacob Karlzon Trio, Brian Kellock Trio, the world premiere of Tom Bancroft's Red Trio, Mario Caribe's Boteco Trio and his all-star Jazz Crusaders homage, the irresistable brass quartet sound of Brass Jaw, driving blues guitars from Otis Grand and Sandy Tweedale, the beguiling duo of Graeme Stephen and Fraser Fifield, Konrad Wiszniewski leading a trio featuring Brian Kellock and a late night jazz/soul dance fronted by Subie Coleman.
Plus there is Islay Ales, Islay Chocolates, local seafood, afternoon teas, birdwatching walks, drams courtesy of Lagavulin, championship golf courses, spectacular beaches and all the other good stuff the island has to offer.
The festival website is almost live and when that happens tickets for individual concerts will be sold via the website or via Mairi Clark, Celtic Craft Shop, Main Street, Bowmore, 01496 810 262. Weekender Tickets priced Â£65 are only available from 0845 111 0302 (0131 467 3660). Please note there is a Â£1 premium for the first concert with Viktoira Tolstoy at Lagavulin Distillery that will be recorded by the BBC. For enquiries call the organisation on 0845 111 0302 (or 0131 467 5200 if calling from outside the UK)