The noisiest Jazz Brunch in the south

Tom Bancroft
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It’s just over the boundary in Midlothian, but Borders jazz fans may want to groove over to Pathhead this weekend.

The Pathhead Music Collective (PMC) welcomes vintage Scottish jazz vocalist Fionna Duncan and her band to perform at a Jazz Brunch on Sunday, February 2, at Pathhead’s Stair Arms.

Tom Bancroft, jazz musician and founding PMC member, said he is delighted to have the chance to play with Fionna in his home village.

He said: “Fionna Duncan is a singer who just gets better and better, and is simply a master of her craft.

“Playing drums in her group is like having the best seat in the house.”

Joining Fionna on vocals and Tom on drums will be Brian Kellock on piano and Ronnie Rae Sr on bass.

Tom explained: “Brian Kellock is truly world class and a phenomenal force of nature as an improviser.

“In this group Fionna and Brian play mainstream and swing standards which conjures up a certain expectation in your mind, but they do it at such a high level that it kind of goes onto another plane.”

A staunch supporter of traditional jazz styles, Fionna’s voice has been described as part silk and part sandpaper.

Whether you are a newcomer to jazz, or someone who remembers Fionna Duncan’s legendary performances with the Clyde Valley Stompers in the 60s and 70s, you can log on to the PMC website www.pathheadmusiccollective.org.uk for details.

Doors open from noon, when food will also be served. The music is running from 1pm to 3pm. Tickets cost £8 (£4 concessions for OAPs, students, and the unemployed. Under-5s enter free.