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4-star REVIEW for CATCH A FIRE at Usher Hall

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Wow! Another 4-star review for Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Urban Soul Orchestra and Brinsley Forde, this time from Rob Adams writing for the Herald about the grand finale to the Catch A Fire tour and closing night of the Lively Up! Festival. And what a night it was!

Warm and very special thanks go to the Tinderbox Orchestra for setting the fuse for the final gig of our first Catch A Fire tour (we hope to do more!), and helping to make the closing night of the Lively Up! Festival utterly electric. You guys didn’t get a mention in the Herald review, but we were all seriously impressed with your performance and look forward to working with you under the aegis of Tomorrow’s Warriors. Soon come…!

We had a ball at Usher Hall. Big thanks to Karl Chapman for keeping faith with our ability to deliver the most amazing show. With over 1,000 pre-sales, we knew we were going to have a fantastic audience for our last night and what better place to have our party than in Edinburgh. It was a blast and we’re all still buzzing from it. Brilliant! 

We’ll post up the video from Edinburgh shortly, including the train journey home when we were joined by some Scottish footie fans on their way to Newcastle who refused to let Brinsley continue his journey without a song! One Love – it was a hoot! Watch this space…

Meantime, here is the 4-star review (thanks Rob!):

“Tweet if you’re having fun!” was the instruction from the stage and the information sheet handed out on arrival. It took a song or four before visible signs of enjoyment broke out in the audience, which wasn’t due, surely, to bassist and artistic director Gary Crosby’s mock-stern “don’t dance, this is serious music” directive being taken literally. But once one lone dancer had led the way, there was as much of a party going on in the stalls as there was on the stage. READ ON…

 

 

VIDEO: CATCH A FIRE – What the Leeds audience thought of it

We said the lovely people of Leeds had a fantastic time at Catch A Fire at the Town Hall last week. Don’t just take our word for it…watch this! And this response has been replicated at every venue the Lively Up! Festival has been to! AWESOME! Congratulations to all of our wonderful Festival artists!

Jazzwise Review: JAZZ JAMAICA ALL STARS evoke the true spirit of Marley

Ooh, another excellent review, this time from Black Music specialist, Kevin Le Gendre writing here for Jazzwise Magazine. Those of you who attended the Catch A Fire talk at the British Music Experience at the very start of the Lively Up! Festival will remember Kevin chaired an eminent panel of Tony Platt, Gary Crosby and Brinsley Forde talking about the making of Catch A Fire and its global impact. 

Like everyone else who went to the London Catch A Fire live show, he had a fantastic time!

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In 1973, when Bob Marley & The Wailers cut Catch A Fire, a landmark album not just in reggae but modern popular music, Jamaica as a sovereign state was just over a decade old. No greater celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary of independence could be conceived than in the form of Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ take on that chef d’oeuvre, because, to a large extent, the ‘small island’ has grown up with that original rebel music, so proud and defiant in tone, as an unofficial soundtrack. The re-imagining is about scale.  Read on…

 

Another CATCH A FIRE review from London Jazz/Rob Edgar

Here you go! Another review of the London Catch A Fire show. 

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1962 saw Jamaica confirm its status as an independent country. Last night saw the London leg of the Lively Up! Festival tour at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of 7 dates around the UK celebrating this with a reworking of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ seminal debut Catch a Fire, plus other well-known tunes.

The sold out concert featured the Jazz Jamaica All Stars, The Urban Soul Orchestra under the baton and watchful eye of Kevin Robinson, and Voicelab.  Read more…

 

FROM ALPHA TO THE QEH: review of CATCH A FIRE by Paul Bradshaw

A fab review by the great Paul Bradshaw (Straight No Chaser) on his blog Ancient To Future – thanks Paul!

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The Lively Up tour arrived in London town last night and the Queen Elizabeth Hall was rammed to capacity. There was genuine sense of anticipation in the air and as one scanned the stage which was set up to accommodate not just a full force – 30 strong – Jazz Jamaica but also the strings of the Urban Soul Orchestra one wondered how this project was going to drop…Read on 

 

ONE LOVE: Review of CATCH A FIRE by Stephen Graham

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Gold medal for the first review out of the blocks goes to the lovely Stephen Graham, with pics by Roger Thomas. (Thanks for coming Stephen and Roger – was great to see you!)

With over 110 people on the stage of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London last night the Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Urban Soul Orchestra and Voicelab with special guest Brinsley Forde celebrated 50 years of Jamaican independence in some style with a themed concert based on Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1973 classic album Catch a Fire.  Read on…