FEATURE: Dove holes Jazz festival celebrates 25 years of hitting the right notes

Now in its 25th year the Dove Jazz festival is back this weekend July 1-3.
Now in its 25th year the Dove Jazz festival is back this weekend July 1-3.

All eyes and ears will be on Dove Holes this weekend as the annual international jazz festival turns the village into a mini New Orleans as bands and visitors flock to hear the toe-tapping, easy listening tunes.

This year is a milestone as the festival in the village hall marks a quarter of a century and organisers hope it will be bigger and better than ever.

Dancing in the street at a previous Dove Jazz festival

Dancing in the street at a previous Dove Jazz festival

Festival co-ordinator Roger Marshall said: “Join us for the celebration of our 25th festival of mainly New Orleans music up here on the fault where the Dark meets the White Peak.”

Formed in 1992 the festival has gone from strength to strength over the years.

Roger said: “Be prepared for a special celebration for our ‘silver do’.”

With music from the Deep South festival goers this weekend, July 1-3, will be entertained in the place dubbed by jazz performer Martin Bennett as the ‘centre of the universe’.

Hitting all the right notes at Dove Jazz Festival.

Hitting all the right notes at Dove Jazz Festival.

Some musicians are well-known festival faces in Dove and will be making a return to the stage for the twentieth time.

Roger said: “Of course our anniversary year will, in the main, see a continuation of our tried and tested format including old favourites.

“Of course in today’s hi-tech world there are still odd things in life that see very little change and here in our rugged, quarry scarred hamlet Dove is happy to be cast in that mould.”

Although in a break with tradition the festival has hired a marquee for the cricket club venue.

Nothing to feel blue about listening to music at teh Dove Jazz Festival

Nothing to feel blue about listening to music at teh Dove Jazz Festival

He said: “Group The Bull Ring Sage, prophesied years ago that Dove folk have no need to travel far as anyone of importance will eventually cross their threshold.”

That certainly seems to be true as jazz fans from far and wide, both musicians and supporters heading to the festival.

There will be performances from Baby Jools and his Midlands-based Jazzaholics who will be featuring alongside the Buxton born and bred Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers Combination and the classically trained vocalist Emily Campbell.

Hot Fingers will also be entertaining the congregation at the Sunday morning praise service at the methodist church.

Sun is shining and the music is playing as bands take to their music outdoors

Sun is shining and the music is playing as bands take to their music outdoors

Roger said: “Following an acclaimed performances last year we invite you to dose yourself with two sessions from Doctor Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band.

“Our very own redoubtable Ragtime Band will be playing two sets and the Bibbington Limeburners Parade Band will head the second line under the guidance of our parade marshall Barry Pryme.”

Roger said it would not be a Dove festival without Martin Bennett and his entertaining Jazz Friends giving their all in the friend marquee for three sessions.

Festival new faces Tom Kincaid’s Three Bears will be playing two sets with the role of Goldilocks being shared by Jamie Brownfield, John Hallam and Adrian Cox.

Bringing the festival to a close will be the ever popular Sunday Night Jam Session in the cricket club marquee.

Last year 250 people attended the weekend and almost 100 people camped to get into the true festival spirit.

Toe tapping music through the years when the Dove Jazz Festival comes to town.

Toe tapping music through the years when the Dove Jazz Festival comes to town.

Any profits raised at the event goes back into supporting local community activities.

The beer and jazz festival is once again being supported by Tarmac at Tunstead which has contributed to the running costs. Roger said: “We are extremely grateful to Tarmac for their continuous support over the past 24 years.

“During this time, the festival has grown to be a popular national event, but we wouldn’t be able to run it without the support of our sponsors. It gives people a real chance to get a feel for jazz performed by local musicians and bands as well as others from much further afield.”

He added: “Let us welcome you into our village for our once in a lifetime event.”

Visit: dovejazzclub.co.uk.

The festival always pulls in a good crowd.

The festival always pulls in a good crowd.