The Admiral 2010 Mumbles Mostly Blues & Jazz Festival presents another world-class program of music by the seaside for the May Bank Holiday Weekend, April 30th to May 3rd.

The Admiral 2010 Mumbles Mostly Blues & Jazz Festival presents another world-class program of music by the seaside for the May Bank Holiday weekend, April 30th to May 3rd.

The Year of Women in Blues & Jazz

Talented women singers and musicians have already made their mark in the festival’s remarkable five-year history. (Think Tina May and Lee Gibson, two of the finest women jazz singers in the country. Or Zoé Schwarz and The Baddest Blues Band — Ever!). And for 2010, the programme, which is once again generously sponsored by Admiral, will be led by top international female talent.

Friday night in the Festival Pavilion stars Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly & The BBQ. Yup, that’s Maggie Bell of Stone The Crows, together with Dave Kelly (last seen at the festival with the bill-topping Blues Band in 2007) and some of the finest blues, R&B and rock musicians in the land. The good times will certainly roll — this is a great band with big reputations and fabulous voices. A review of soul, blues and classics, with some thumping rock’n’roll thrown in. In support will be festival favourite the Sean Webster Band!


Saturday equals Big Blues Day 2010. The afternoon concert in the Pavilion features the powerful Steve Arvey & Blues Move plus festival faves Derik and the mOOn Dogs. The evening will rock to top European combo and North American favourite the Ana Popovic Band. Their album ‘Still Making History’ reached No. 3 in the US Billboard after 19 weeks in the chart. Serbian-born Ana (on guitar and vocals) and her band have been touring the European and U.S. festival and club circuit to ever greater acclaim since 2001. On the bill with them, from the U.S.A., are Earl Thomas & The Kings of Rhythm – classic R&B, soul and contemporary blues from a master singer working with the late, great Ike Turner’s backing band.


Sunday is Jazz Day in the Pavilion. In the afternoon, Claire Martin, the first lady of British jazz, acclaimed star of innumerable UK and international jazz festivals, winner of multiple awards and with 16 albums under her belt, returns to her favourite Welsh city with the Gareth Williams Band, supported by those great trad entertainers the Pete Allen Jazz Band. Heading the evening line-up will be Protect The Beat, five masters of jazz/funk, plus trombone supremo Mark Nightingale with his All Star British Jazz Quintet.

In fact the whole 2010 festival oozes with talent…from the return of the Hamsters to close the festival on Monday night in the Pavilion to a classic double-bill of local talent on Monday afternoon: The Amigos followed by the Brian Breeze Rhythm and Blues Band with Taff Williams — plus, as they say, much, much more. Watch this website for further announcements, or register now to join the list of subscribers who will receive periodic eFlyer updates about the 2010 festival.

And, as ever, you can expect all the special flavours that make the Admiral 2010 Mumbles Mostly Blues & Jazz Festival such a high-quality boutique music festival: a great bar, lashings of tasty festival food, and that indefinable Mumbles seaside atmosphere in the Festival Pavilion and other venues on Swansea Bay. Absolutely unmissable!

* Congratulations to Byron Calloway from Newport, Gwent, who is the winner of our competition. He will receive two individual festival concert tickets and a meal for two at Café Valance over the festival weekend.
* Vibe TV, the festival’s official TV partner, has made a video about the festival. They talk to local talent Brian Breeze and Ray ‘Taff’ Williams, Gary Phillips of The Amigos and festival musical director Dave Cottle, and ask members of the local business community about what they think the festival brings to the seaside village of Mumbles. They also take a glimpse at some of the top talent heading to Mumbles for 2010, including Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly & The BBQ, the Ana Popovic Band and Protect the Beat. As well as use for general promotion, the video will be shown in bars, cafés and clubs in Swansea and Mumbles both during the run-up and the actual festival. It’s all part of the effort to spread the ‘festival feel’ further and wider.
* Claire Martin, who stars in the Sunday afternoon Big Jazz Day concert in the Festival Pavilion, regularly co-presents jazz programmes on BBC Radio 3. Click here to watch a very good video on, in which she discusses her work on air and her love for jazz.
* For the first time at the festival a new stage will present local talent entertaining audiences while they stroll up to the Festival Pavilion. Called the Side Stage, it will allow performers to play in the open air. One confirmed attraction is the 25-strong Phoenix choir, who on Big Jazz Day, Sunday 2nd May, will be singing jazz numbers, with Siân Pearce as Musical Director. See for further info about Phoenix. Details of this and other performances on the Side Stage will follow later.
* The Admiral Mumbles Mostly Blues & Jazz Festival has been nominated for the Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2010, sponsored by Chevron and the Royal Mail Group. The award ceremony is at the Cardiff Millennium Centre on April 29, the night before the festival opens.
* We’re delighted to welcome the following as the festival’s official media partners for 2010: South Wales Evening Post – official news partner; 102.1 Bay Radio – official radio partner; Vibe TV – official TV partner; and Swansea Life – official magazine partner. Adding these partners to the ongoing support of the festival’s sponsor Admiral and our patron Spencer Davis, this undoubtedly provides the strongest platform we’ve ever had to build on for the future. A big thanks to all is due.

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