Remembering the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival
For a number of years this was the official website for the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival which brought music, fun and entertainment to the historic quayside quarter of Plymouth, UK. They presented fantastic FREE live music. This was their website.
With a break in 2013 when they did not have the funding, content is from the site's 2010 - 2014 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.
A note from the festival director at the end of the 2014 festival announced that they would be unable to hold the festival in 2015 again due to lack of funding.
Enjoy this nostalgic look back at the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival.
I well remember the 2012 Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival. I can still list the groups that preformed:
• LUES CRUISE with harmonica and guitar men Johnny Mars & Michael Roach, with support from Thomas Ford
• JAZZ CRUISE with gypsy jazzers Hamer & Isaacs, and free G&T;, sponsored by Plymouth Gin
• Son of Dave, beatbox blues mayhem with Rambunctious Social Club’s DJ Hod’guez supporting
• Mama Tokus soul-gospel-blues-comedy at The B-Bar
• Becky Brine and the Threadbearz, at Plymouth Gin, playing dancefloor filling swing
• Maggie Reeday, at Plymouth Gin, paying tribute to Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton
It was the year that my brother started to drink heavily. I think back and wonder if his drinking started because of his tours in Iraq or the anticpating of a next tour in Afghanistan. By the time he returned home, his drinking had become worse.
Just as Covid hit the US I finally convinced him that he needed to get some help. He turned down the idea of AA and going into rehad. He said he would not start a program that labeled him with a disease and stigmatize him as an alcohlic AND would require he abstain from drinking for the rest of his life. No way. No how. I did some heavy research into drugs that help reduce alcohol cravings and discovered several. Some make you sick if you drink, others like Naltrexone are a habit-breaking, FDA-approved medication that targets Alcohol Use Disorder by disabling the reward circuit associated with consuming alcohol. BUT you have to take it 2 hours before you start drinking. I finally came across the drug, Baclofen, a FDA-approved medication traditionally used to treat muscle spasms which is being used off lable since one of its side-effects is it helps drinkers suppress alcohol cravings. The use of Baclofen is a treatment for AUD promoted in both in France and Australia with success.
I then came upon a website that offers a program suing either Baclofen or Naltrexone. My brother was eligible for either. He chose Baclofen. Luckily he didn't get any severe side effects that often result in people stopping its use. My nbrother was hyped when he learned he could continue drinking, which surprised me that drinking was allowed. Appearently, Baclofen stimulate the brain’s GABA receptors stopping the brain from craving alcohol and has anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. Anxiety disorders are very strongly associated with excessive drinking, and the co-occurrence of anxiety and Alcohol Use Disorder is remarkably common. Baclofen also relieved my brother's PTSD which was a secondary positive. It's been almost 4 years since my brother started the LifeBAC program. He could be a poster boy for their approach. They helped him make drinking a choice not a habit or out of control need. We are planning a trip to the EFG London Jazz Festival. It will be marking 30 years of the festival at the Barbican with live performances lined up from a host of exciting musicians from across the globe – in both our concert Hall and free performances in our foyer spaces. I'm so excited.
Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival 2010
We’ve created a whole day in our Festival to celebrate that foundation of jazz: Swing! We commemorate the famous names of swing with a packed day of free music and dance all over the Barbican.
Swing Sunday takes place on Sunday May 9 and is the climax to the Festival, with outdoor stages, bands and even dancers celebrating the wonderful legacy of swing music.
Look out for music on The Parade, the Mayflower Steps, at Queen Anne’s Battery and at the National Marine Aquarium.
We’ve teamed up with Plymouth dance teachers Mad About Swing, who will be staging their Big Weekend to coincide with our Festival, with taster swing dance lessons on Saturday May 8 with local teachers Duncan and Louise and UK Lindy Hop champions Gary and Sara Boon, a dance at Plymouth CityBus Social Club on Saturday night and outdoor dancing throughout Swing Sunday!
Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival 2011
New dates announced for 2011
The 2011 Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival will take place from April 29 through to May 2, we've just announced.
We'll be putting free music all over the historic quayside quarter of our beautiful city of Plymouth, showing off the music talen we have in this city as well as bringing international musicians to perform here.
We will be linking venues and eateries in a network across the Barbican, spreading the Festival further and creating a great atmosphere for all the family and highlighting the heritage of the Barbican.
Look down the line-up to see where and when the music's happening during the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival 2010 (all acts subject to change).
In the run-up to the Festival, you can pick up a printed brochure from Festival HQ at the B-bar on Castle Street, The Barbican, or call us on 0800 145 5838.
Plymouth Barbican International Jazz And Blues Festival 2011
2013 No Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival this year
Our event will not be going ahead in 2013.
A lack of funding is behind the decision to put the event on ice this year.
Dan Thompson, whose company Kaos Production Ltd created, produced and invested heavily in the annual event, said that the event’s public funding had been pulled and therefore the Festival could not continue.
He said: “We’re sorry to say that we can’t put on our Festival in 2013 because we have no public funding, and that’s a real shame for The Barbican, for Plymouth and for the region.
“In half a decade, we’ve built a reputation for a quality event on the Waterfront that attracted visitors from beyond the city and across the Channel to enjoy what Plymouth has to offer. This year, that won’t happen.
“I hope to get something rolling for 2014, with aspirations for the City of Culture bid and beyond,” he said.
The Festival, which started life in the quayside quarter of Plymouth in 2008, raises income from ticket sales, advertising and sponsorship deals, but uses public money to place high quality free music shows on the streets of The Barbican.
The event attracts thousands of visitors to the Barbican each summer, presenting excellent live music on outdoor stages and within participating venues, creating vibrancy, colour and fun. It’s one of the city’s best loved, accessible music events.
Images of the Festival and its musicians are regularly used to illustrate Plymouth culture, displaying packed crowds of all ages enjoying the Barbican and its atmosphere.
Last year the Festival partnered with Plymouth’s Classic Boat Rally and the Port of Plymouth Regatta to make a July bonanza of boating and great sounds. Musicians were put afloat for ocean-going gigs, expanding the event’s reach into Plymouth Sound.
However, the Barbican will be a quieter place this summer without the Festival. Plymouth City Council, which had supported the event with funding since 2009, cannot continue the funding and promised funds from the newly-formed Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, have not materialized in time for an event in 2013.
Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival 2014
Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival 2014
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th June 2014
The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2NX, England
The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival 2014 will be bringing excellent music, fun and entertainment to the historic quayside quarter of Plymouth from Friday 13th until Sunday 15th June 2014.
Friday: Jimmy Appudurai-chua & Steve Whiteway, The Roosters, The Diehards, Solitaire du Figaro, Robin Henkel & guests, Dom & The Iko's
Saturday: The Co-operative Big Band, The Blow-Up, Primitive Noise Band, Rabbit Foot, Brassroots
Sunday: Jade Gall, Roger Marks & his Armada Jazz Band, Michael Campari & The Solar System, Company B
Free live music begins on the Festival's outdoor stage at 12noon each day.
This event does not have camping but there are a number of hotels, hostels and guest houses in the area.
This year the event presents free live music alongside the international yacht race the Solitaire du Figaro.
Slide Mississippi Blues from Robin Henkel, from San Diego, California
Playing sounds influenced by Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell and Elmore James on Friday night
For more details, visit www.robinhenkel.com
Award-winning drummer and Bayou Brother Ric Lee, from San Diego, California
joining Robin on Friday night
For more details, visit www.bayoubrothers.net
Dom Pipkin & The Iko's - playing classic New Orleans funk and blues
Climax to Friday night's events
For more details, visit www.dompipkin.co.uk
Rabbit Foot - punk rock blues from Brighton - performing Saturday
For more details, visit www.rabbitfootmusic.com
Brassroots - headlining Saturday night at the Festival
Brass Roots is a 7-piece East London-based brass-band and percussion outfit, fusing an eclectic collection of musical genres played by a group of international musicians with groove, energy and an incredible funkiness.
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In return, you'll get great music from local, national and international artistes, and the knowledge that you're helping this wonderful event bring colour and entertainment to Plymouth's Barbican.
Thank you kindly.
The Barbican International Jazz & Blues was a creation of Kaos Production Ltd
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