The Ugly Bug Ragtime Three are a brand new band that brings together three of Scotland’s finest jazzers to play a wonderful mix of hot rags, blues and stomps from the golden age of jazz all delivered with real drive, swing and verve by the wee band with the big, big sound.
John Burgess on clarinet and saxophones has played at Jazz Festivals and clubs all over the world from The USA and Canada to Northern Africa, The Middle East and Europe. John has also played on over one hundred recordings and has played and recorded with Roy Williams, Enricco Tomasso, Digby Fairweather, Forrie Cairns, Ian Bateman, Jim Fryer, Jim Mullen, Tom Kincaid, Stephanie Trick, Amy Roberts and Max Bygraves. Ross Milligan’s guitar and banjo has graced live and studio sessions with artists as diverse as The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Trip Hop Artist Tricky, Horse, Pee Wee Ellis, Ute Lemper, Barbara Morrison, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir George Martin and The Scottish Guitar Quartet. Ross has also written music for the films Get Happy (2015), Butterflies of Bill Baker (2013) and his compositions have appeared on TV worldwide. An increasingly familiar face on the Scottish jazz scene, Andy Sharkey’s string bass has graced sessions with singers Todd Gordon and Niki King, pianists Brian Kellock and Euan Stevenson, saxophonist Konrad Wisniewski and guitarist Nigel Clark and he has toured in the UK and US with West End hit musical “The Rat Pack”.
Following the success of their Chet Baker tribute – “Remembering Chet” – Iain Ewing, Colin Steele and Euan Stevenson make a welcome return to The Blue Lamp with a brand new project. “Skylark” is a celebration of the music of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, two of the finest contributors to the Great American Songbook. Between them they have produced countless classic songs such as “I Remember You”, “Georgia”, “One For My Baby”, “Stardust” and, of course, “Skylark”.
With Colin Steele, one of Scotland’s finest trumpeters, the sublime piano accompaniment of Euan Stevenson and the smooth vocals of Iain Ewing you can expect something truly magical.
The dancing exuberance of South African Township music, the convivial groove ofgospel-influenced soul jazz, the joyful sway of Cuban guaguanco rhythms, the bluesy melodies of middle eastern praise songs and so much more all come together in pianist Philip Clouts’ superbly accomplished quartet. Clouts was born in Cape Town and the music of his homeland has stayed with him as he has continued on a voyage of discovery that has led him across all five continents, soaking up Caribbean calypso and the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent while honouring and learning from jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Lloyd.
As a key member of the popular London-based world jazz ensemble Zubop and its offshoot ZubopGambia, a collaboration with BBC World Music award-winner Juldeh Camara, Clouts created a solid body of work with African roots and since moving to Dorset in 2006 he has responded to his new surroundings with impressionistic compositions that complement and chime with his world music interests, resonating with folky themes and packing pungent rhythmical punch. His quartet’s latest album, The Hour of Pearl, which has been enthusiastically received by Jazzwise magazine and the Jamie Cullum Show in particular, captures this wide-ranging music superbly and in concert, Clouts, saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Alex Keen and drummer Dave Ingamells bring it alive with tremendous imagination, vim and vigour.