Jazz and folk concerts at King’s Lynn Festival

Claire Martin and Ray Gelato
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato
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This month’s wide-ranging King’s Lynn Festival programme will bring top names from the worlds of jazz and folk to the town.

Ray Gelato, known as Britain’s “godfather of swing”, will team up with multi award-winning singer Claire Martin for a celebration of swing at the Corn Exchange on Friday, July 22.

The Unthanks

The Unthanks

The pair, praised for their “great combination of jazz artistry”, will explore the Great American Songbook, sharing the stage with a world-class trio led by David Newton.

Highly successful Lynn Festival gigs by Scottish groups Blazin’ Fiddles and Capercaillie in the last two years will be followed by Lau’s first visit to Lynn on Monday, July 18.

Four times Radio 2 Folk Award winners, Lau take their name from the Orcadian word for “air” – one of the trio, Kris Drever, is from Orkney. Aiden O’Rourke is from Oban and Martin Green from England.

They are one of the most sought-after groups on the Scottish scene, known for their “sublime musicianship and empathetic interplay” in their exciting brand of British folk music.

Lau are to appear at King's Lynn Festival; picture by Richard Ecclestone

Lau are to appear at King's Lynn Festival; picture by Richard Ecclestone

Another big name appearing in Lynn for the first time is that of The Unthanks, exponents of the traditional and folk music of the North-East of England who have also featured prominently in the national folk awards.They are also known for their clog dancing!

They will perform at Lynn in a 10-piece band on Wednesday, July 20.

Half-price concessions for under 18s are available for all three events. Call the box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.