The 2022 Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival – Carlos Olmos and Matt Smith

After the previous day I think I was suffering from heat stroke, sound stroke and sleep deprivation. Who’s idea was it to start at 10.30 am??

It was OK though. Carlos and Matt were ideal for a slow groovy start to a Sunday morning. Their soft, gentle intricate exchanges of Jazzy guitar was just what I needed. I sat back in my lounger, closed my eyes and drifted along to the soothing but incredibly complex joys of two intermeshed acoustic guitars. Fabulous.

The 2022 Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival – The Alligators

After Dogfinger Steve had warmed us up it was time for the old festival favourites, The Alligators, to get us all up and bopping with their high-power Blues!! As a raw, dirty R&B Blues band they don’t come much better. Hot, sweaty and ROCKIN’.

Towards the end they were joined on stage by the saxophones of Ben Beatty and Simon Cunliffe-Lister for a raucous end to a great day.

The 2022 Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival – Elles Bailey

Blues power – dynamic and driving Blues Rock! Elles Bailey really stormed the stage with a fabulous band featuring brilliant searing guitar, great keyboards and a tight rhythm section. Took me by surprise. I’d never heard of them but I will certainly be going to catch them again. I think they are playing York!!