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ART FIX: Dynamic duo keep the beat at the Blue Note

ART FIX: Dynamic duo keep the beat at the Blue Note

Friday 18 March 2022

ART FIX: Dynamic duo keep the beat at the Blue Note

Friday 18 March 2022


A dynamic duo will be helping a Jersey-born blues star keep the beat at the Blue Note next week - Nina Simone's drummer of 20 years and the protégé of Paris-based blues giant Memphis Slim.

Every Friday, Express presents a selection of online and offline exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic, creative and delicious content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture.

Here's this week's offering...

Craft Market in St. Ouen

Spring equinox

This Sunday (20 March) between 10:00 to 15:00, La Hougue Bie will host a celebration of the Spring Equinox.

There will be lots of activities such as tree gazing, nature therapy yoga, mindfulness and meditative music under soothing canopy trees with the help from wellness practitioners.

There is no strict schedule so islanders are encouraged to drop by and join in whenever they wish to. There is a no parking available at the site, so consider catching a bus or riding a bike. Usual entry fees apply. The 'Sacred Spaces' event is free to Jersey Heritage members.

Dive into Lord of the Flies

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This is the fifth month of the Jersey Library’s Big Book Group and the next upcoming discussion group will take place next Thursday 24 March at 14:00.

Attendees will be discussing the works, quotes and life of William Golding who is famous for writing Lord of the Flies.  It is free admission and to reserve a place click HERE.

The Out There Book Group is for fans of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and all the weird and wonderful literature that defies categorisation.

They are also meeting this month at the Jersey Library on Thursday 31 March at 19:00. This month, they will be discussing works in the realm of fantasy. The Out There Book Group are encouraging people to come along and pick up a fantasy book. It is a free admission and there is no booking required.

Skellig

YouTheatre is this month presenting David Almond's own adaption of his renowned modern classic, Skellig, winner of many prestigious awards.

The story follows friendship, family and even touches on the poetry of William Blake, aiming to touch the hearts of all ages. 

It will be taking place at the Arts Centre from 23 March to 26 March, at 19:00. Tickets can be booked online HERE.

The Thirteenth Fish returns

Dr Adam Perchard is returning to Faldouet Dolmen this month for a special performance of The Thirteenth Fish.

There will be four performances across 20 and 21 March. The performance, which was first performed in 2021, explores the people who built Faldouet Dolmen and those who are buried among them through a theatrical ritual and song.

There is a special performant at 05:45 on 21 March to mark the equinox. Find out more and book HERE.

The Starving Artist

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The Starving Artist, is a collection of paintings by US artist Ally Zlatar which explores living with eating disorders. 

Her paintings will be exhibited at ArtHouse Jersey's HQ at Greve de Lecq Barracks from Friday 25 March until Saturday 2 April 2022 between 10:00 and 17:00 (with a private view taking place on the evening of Thursday 24 March).

Ally will also be meeting and sharing her experiences with school students while on the island.

Upcoming Francophonie Events

Last week marked the start of the Alliance Française's 'Mois de la Francophonie' - a month of events celebrating French culture.

This Saturday (19 March), there will be a wine tasting in English by Noémie Favrat as well as a screening of L'Ame du Vin (documentary about Burgundy wines). A vocabulary sheet in French/ English/Jerriais will be provided. The event will take place in the Arthur Mourant room at Société Jersiaise, 7 Pier Road, St. Helier.

On Sunday (20 March), there will be a guided tour around the Royal Square between 11:00 and 13:00.

Led by Montfort Losh, it will focus on the ties between Jersey and France and end with free wine and cheese at the Alliance Française. 

There are more 'Mobs de la Francophonie' events to come, which will be featured in the upcoming editions of Art Fix.

Listen to Nina Simone's drummer of 20 years

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Next Thursday and Friday (24 and 25 March), islanders are being invited to enjoy a dynamic performance from Jersey-born blues star Giles Robson, accompanied by the show stopping talents of Paul Robinson and Philippe Lejeune at the Blue Note Bar.

Nina Simone's drummer of 20 years, Paul Robinson (pictured above) is currently the full-time drummer for the Eric Bibb band and has done sessions and live work for the like of Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Michale Bolton and Rod Stewart.

Described by Giles as "perhaps the greatest living French Blues and Boogie Woogie piano virtuoso", Philippe Lejuene was honoured to the protégé of legendary Paris-based blues giant Memphis Slim.

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Pictured: Memphis Slim (left) and Philippe Lejeune (right), who will be performing at the Blue Note next week.

In 1980, Slim recorded a highly regarded double album with him called 'Dialog In Boogie' in 1980, and took him on tour. Philippe has gone on to tour the world, releasing many of his own records.

The Blue Note performance will be fronted by Jersey’s own blues music award-winning Giles Robson on harmonica and vocals. He has previously played on a sell-out tribute to Etta James at London's legendary 100 Club on Oxford Street with Paul Robinson on drums.

"We will of course be playing a combination of Nina Simone tracks, Memphis Slim tracks and some of own material," explained Giles.

"I am delighted to work with these two legendary musicians and we are really enjoying an incredible run of successful sold out shows at The Blue Note, kindly sponsored by Icecap LTD. They show that there is an audience for outstanding internationally celebrated musicians on a regular basis in the island. The other wonderful aspect of this series is the incredible reaction all the artists have to the beauty and people of Jersey. I put them up in the charming Dolphin Hotel so they stay in an in credible location and I always make sure I give them a tour of the coast so they can see the wonderful landscape.”

What's your town's story?

Jersey Archive's much-loved series delving into the history of some of Jersey's oldest streets is back tomorrow (Saturday 19 March) at 10:00 with a talk on Old and New St. John's Road.

If you fancy a flavour of what's to come, why not have a read of this preview story of the Sarum Hotel?

The hotel has been a fixture of New St. John's Road for almost a century and has its own story to tell.

Book your place for the talk by calling 833300 or emailing archives@jerseyheritage.org. The Archive will also be open from 09:00 until 13:00 for general research.

Teach your pup Jèrriais

Crufts fever appears to have taken over Jersey Heritage this week, with the organisation sharing a number of posts promoting our island's historic links with canines.

Did you know there is a 'Road of the Dog' in Grouville?

The team also picked out some local works of art highlighting man's best friend...

But our favourite was a set of instructions to teach your dog Jèrriais...Why not give it a go?

'Ousse!' means 'Fetch!'

Click HERE to learn more phrases.

Missed last weeks Art Fix? Catch up HERE.

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