I hope you have had a lovely summer break.
We’ve just got back from the BRILLIANT Solfest, where BlueJam Youth Jazz smashed it playing the Main Stage and our samba band BJamba entertained excited crowds around the festival (and our Gamelan got an outing too!). The sunshine came out and it was so wonderful to play live again. Earlier in the summer we also had a great time playing at new festival 42 Degrees too. Other things we’ve been up to include music to visitors, patients and staff at Cumberland Hospitals with Healing Arts, going ‘live’ every Sunday evening on Facebook with our Creative Challenge (members of the BlueJam Team writing new music every week) and running a workshop and parade at Kirkby Stephen At The Helm.
Over the last month we’ve also been posting clips of our ‘How To Get Gigs’ webinar, put together by young leader Hazel. You can check the clips out on our playlist on YouTube.
We’re starting our regular in person groups again from September (Children’s Orchestra, BJamba and Girls in Jazz) plus we’re hoping to re-start our BJamba2 group soon (contact us if you’d like to be included). Folk Group is continuing on Wednesday evenings and Jilly’s Online Jazz Practice continues via zoom every Monday evening.
Jilly is having a “Launch into Space” event on Sunday 5th September at BlueJam Arts Space for her Open Studio up in the Dragon Gallery as part of the EVAN Art Trail – come and see her abstract paintings plus the amazing painted pots and collages of Alice Burford.
You’ll next spot BJamba at Kendal Torchlight on 24th September (5:40pm) and then at Ulverston Lantern Festival on 25th September (they’re also playing at the Penrith Winter Droving in October). We’re also taking the Gamelan to Kendal Torchlight on 25th September, with a participatory performance workshop happening on the World Stage outside the library at 12:50pm. It’s free! We hope to see you there.
Jilly’s also on Worldwide Fm tomorrow (Saturday 4th September) from 2-4pm – do tune in!
Our Poetry Garden at the Space is being used often too with upcoming visits from community gardeners, Op Shop Volunteers and a storytelling session – it’s looking great!
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you to make some music soon.