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Billy Jenkins - The Silent Musician

29 Sep 2019

For nearly five decades, guitarist, performer, composer and bandleader, Billy Jenkins has followed a unique creative path. But, for now, he is silent....

Featuring rare showings of Antonio Rui Ribeiro’s 2014 documentary ‘The Religion Is The Blues’ and ‘Blues Al Fresco’ - the Blues Collective caught in concert and on camera in 2003 by Phil Vallentin.

Together with an interview and discussion led by BBC R3 jazz presenter and writer Kevin Le Gendre on ‘creativity in this binary digital age’, with photographer and podcaster Beowulf Mayfield - including a showing of some of his ‘music snaps’ inspired by Billy’s music.

'Billy Jenkins has the priceless ability to merge serious music-making with absolute lunacy, and make the one feed off the creative energy of the other'.  Kenny MathiesonThe Scotsman

'His humour surely springs from a deeply moralistic, even puritanical stance, and surely the adjectives normally applied to Jenkins - such as 'zany' and 'quirky' - actually diminish what in reality constitutes a serious and savagely satirical attack on commercialism and consumerism.'  Trevor Hodgett / Jazzwise

'There is a kind of genius on our doorstep. Don't let him die in poverty.' Stewart Lee / Q Magazine

'American readers will be baffled by him; but he is, along with the Princess Royal and Walthamstow dog stadium, one of our national treasures.' Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD

Image by Beowulf Mayfield


Performance times: 4pm
Ticket prices: £13
(Ticket price includes a £1 booking fee)
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