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UK - England - South East

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Hilary Burt's Blue Calluna

Hilary Burt's Blue Calluna is an 8 piece English jazz-folk band from Brighton playing original music by composer Hilary Burt. They play a mixture of vocal led story-songs and exciting instrumentals featuring flute and sax with a rhythm section of piano, bass, drums and percussion.

The players in the band are all regulars on the Brighton jazz scene: Lucy Pickering on vocals and flute; Beccy Rork - soprano, tenor sax and flute; Kate Hogg - alto sax, flute, bansuri flute and penny whistle; Hilary Burt - alto sax, flute; Steve Morgan - keyboards; Dave Barnard - bass guitar; Alex Eberhard - drums/guitar; Chris Stockel - percussion/drums.

This is taken from Andy Batkin's review of their first performance in September 2018:

"Monday morning Facebook comments said: ‘mesmerised’, ‘unique’, ‘outstanding’, ‘total triumph’. 
The songs were a mix of Hilary’s Big Band originals (Sarah’s Hour, Mojo, Golden Animation), now part of the Sussex Jazz Orchestra regular set. Lots more originals: The Kestrel, dedicated to Simon D'souza, Ingrid’s Song, Step off and Fly, and gorgeous quirky re-imaginings of Eleanor Rigby (familiar to Trees’ fans), Big Yellow Taxi and Dublin’s Fair City. 

So what made it new?

First was the quality of the writing: accessible, catchy, lovely melodies, funky grooves.

Second, the depth of arrangement. Instead of familiar big band scores and small group minimalist arrangement, when someone puts hours into inter-weaving eight voices into such rich, varied soundscapes, it feels, well… new. 

And lots of solo space.

Special mention must go to Steve Morgan – now up there with the very best; Beccy Rork – wonderful as ever; Lucy Pickering, joining Red Grey at the top of the spine-tingle league. And Kate Hogg, especially with her Bansuri flute. No, I didn’t know what it was either; find out: it’s the most beautiful thing. And all driven by the drums/percussion/guitar versatility of Alex Eberhard and Chris Stockel, and the ‘main man’ Dave Barnard on bass. 

Oh yes: and when did you last see a band where the entire front-line is women and all the blokes are at the back in the engine-room?"

'Step Off And Fly' is the first album by Hilary Burt's Blue Calluna. It was released on 19th November 2018.