Ben Crosland’s “Solway Stories” – Thursday 31st March 7.30pm £16/14


Yorkshire-bassist Ben Crosland presents his new suite “Solway Stories” inspired by a visit that he made to the South West of Scotland. Support – Panagiotis Kotsiopoulos Project.

Ben Crosland (bass), Steve Waterman (trumpet & flugelhorn), Chris Allard (guitar). Steve Lodder (piano, keys) and Caroline Boaden (drums).

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Yorkshire-based bassist and composer Ben Crosland has been a regular presence on the jazz scene through his projects “Threeway” and the “Ray Davies Songbook”. He has fond memories of the countryside around the Solway Firth and this inspired him to write these “Solway Stories” compositions. “We were captivated by the gorgeous landscape and engaging place names” recalls Crosland. Over the course of eighteen months a further seven pieces were completed, creating the twelve part ‘suite’ that constitutes “Solway Stories”

“The pieces have a typically light touch, the improvised parts and the solos deftly woven so that you scarcely notice the join. Its sunny tunefulness sounds especially appealing in the dark days of winter” Dave Gelly **** BBC music magazine

Thursday March 31 Ben Crosland’s “Solway Stories” @Seven Arts 7.30-10pm £16/14 conc, 25s and under £8