Musician wants to bring back Budleigh’s jazz festival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 October 2018

Patrick Brandon is looking to bring a jazz festival back to Budleigh. Picture: Contributed

Patrick Brandon is looking to bring a jazz festival back to Budleigh. Picture: Contributed


Festival could bring a range of jazz and blues concerts to Budleigh, if local businesses are prepared to support it

A musician in Budleigh is on a mission to bring back the town’s annual jazz festival, and is calling on local businesses to back him.

Jazz pianist Pat Brandon performed at a concert in May which filled the public hall to capacity, and he believes the idea of a bigger event would be music to many people’s ears.

“There was for some years an annual jazz festival, but after April 2017 it ceased, although nobody seems to know why that was,” he said.

“My wish is for there to be such a programme again, but involving some of the many local talented musicians, to use a variety of local venues, to spread the event over several days, and to include a range of jazz-related styles: a mainstream band with vocalist, several smaller groups playing more intimate or esoteric jazz, a blues band, a Trad or Dixieland band, and maybe some Bluegrass music.

“So far a couple of local venues have shown interest in being involved, but nothing has been firmed up yet.”

He is now appealing for sponsorship, to pay for musicians’ fees and the costs of hiring venues and publicising the festival. And he says there would be plenty of flexibility for anyone wanting to come on board.

“Any person or business who would like to support the venture could choose to cover the cost of a particular gig, whether band fees, hire or the cost of the PA, or they could sponsor the cost of a printed programme or brochure.

“Or they could underwrite some part of the costs so that we could be guaranteed to have enough to cover the costs, then of course if enough tickets sold there’d be less, or nothing, to pay. In return sponsors would get a mention and acknowledgement in publicity, and other benefits could perhaps be negotiated.”

The chairman of Budleigh Chamber of Commerce, Mike Hilliar, said he was in favour of the idea and would encourage local businesses to find out how they can get involved.

“Personally I believe it is good for the town to have more festivals, to hopefully draw more people into Budleigh,” he said “Businesses do get involved in the festivals that happen already, and there’s no reason why they wouldn’t want to get involved in a jazz festival.”

Anyone interested in supporting the jazz festival can contact Pat via email

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