The fourth in the highly successful series of summer concerts at Wainsgate Chapel takes place this Sunday (June 22) and features the enticing combination of poetry and jazz.
Providing the words for A Midsummer Afternoon of Words and Music, is Leeds-based performance poet Rommi Smith who has been performing from the age of 14.
A spellbinding, dynamic and powerful performer, Rommi works in collaboration with dancers, music producers and musicians (and with her own band), to create a synthesis of lyrical spoken and sung word.
Performing her work regularly, both nationally and internationally, at arts, music and literature festivals Rommi has achieved a reputation for sharp, socially conscious poetic imagery, fused with astute harmonies, and jazz, funk and soul rhythms.
Joining her at Wainsgate are double bass player Jenni Molloy and pianist Laura Cole. Jenni has performed all over the world, but has also developed a strong reputation more locally with Bach Re-Loaded, Tongue & Groove, Peadar Long’s Celestial Echoes and many other projects. Laura Cole is also well known as a composer and arranger- notably with Metamorphic, the group she directs alongside singer and composer Kerry Andrew. Laura also co-leads a Leeds-based improvising big band, The Bennett Cole Orchestra, with bassist Seth Bennett, and she is also part of Martin Archer’s group Engine Room Favourites, which has recently been chosen to take part in the Jazz North Scheme.
A Midsummer Afternoon of Words and Music starts at 3pm and tickets, which can only be bought at the door are £10 and £5 (concessions). Wainsgate Chapel is on Wainsgate Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge HX7 8SU. Parking there is limited and reserved for disabled drivers. There are plenty of footpaths for those who’d like to walk from Hebden Bridge or there’s an hourly bus service to Old Town Mill Lane (opposite Wainsgate Lane) where parking is also available. More details of all events can be found at www.wainsgate.co.uk.