Castle Hotel

Address: Castle Hotel , Castle Square, Brecon, LD3 9DB

A fabulous location with a large child-friendly garden which has uninterrupted views of the Brecon Beacons. The Castle puts on a full programme of Fringe events with a jazz slant.

 Programme details may change and Entry Fees may apply. Please check with venue

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Friday 10th August

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    The Quay Street Band

    • Time: 8:00pm
    • Info: Quay Street are a Cardigan based rock and rhythm n blues outfit providing a quality blend of classic standards alongside original material.

Saturday 11th August

  • The Big Fibbers

    The Big Fibbers

    • Time: 12:30pm
    • Info: The Big Fibbers are back!!! Fronted by, Monster Raving Loony Party Minister for Blatant Lies, Nigel Knapp - (U saw him on the telly nodding sagely behind Jeremy Corbyn at the last General Election), The Fibbers entertain any and every audience with their songs about booze, madness, ghosts of love, aliens, fish, coal-mining crows and even more booze. A Riot of Absurdist Blues, Space-age Pop & Psychedelic Folk ! - The big fibbers One of the most energetic acoustic acts on the circuit - driven by Michael McDonough Jones' explosive and dynamic guitar playing, whilst colourful frontman Nigel Knapp entertains any and every audience.
  • Andrew Bazerley

    Andrew Bazeley

    • Time: 1:30pm
    • Info:  Andrew Bazeley and his skill at conveying the sound and the spirit of the old acoustic blues have drawn gasps of admiration wherever he plays: whether it’s the Son House/Charley Patton slide style (played on an authentic 1929 National) or the melodic fingerpicking style of players like Willie McTell and Robert Johnson (on his 1918 Gibson). But his range is broader: the hokum songs from Bill Broonzy and Memphis Jug Band can be heard alongside the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and even the soul classics of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. He’ s even been known to include The Who and some reggae in his set!
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    The Rite of Strings

    • Time: 3:00pm
    • Info: (TROY & Sonia Hammond) Fusing the raw elements of blues guitar with the stylish sophistication of classical cello, The Rite of Strings conjure up a heady mix of traditional roots, fiery improvisations and visceral originality.
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    The Bus Pass Blues Band

    • Time: 4:00pm
    • Info: Music changes over the generations, for better or for worse, but As they say, there’s no school like the old school and Over two years ago four talented ex pros got together and formed something that caused Jaws to drop all over South Wales. Front man, gentleman, family man and dear friend Todd Sadly passed away in March 2018. As Bus Pass seemed destined to be without a voice that seemed irreplaceable, legacy played its hand and Todd’s talented son Jamie took to the mic, once again. A true passing from father to son. Since then a synergy has evolved in Buss Pass that both father and son should and would be truly be proud of. This is a band for all the family, from all the family...
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    The Bay Rum Hounds

    • Time: 5:30pm
    • Info:  Anthony (harmonica) and Ed (guitar) formed Bay Rum Hounds to play traditional acoustic country blues, hokum, early Chicago blues, gospel and swing. Bob (percussion) and Jason (double bass) have been added to the line up, and gig as duo, trio or 4 piece. They say: This year we are playing Upton festival, Brecon Fringe, Tenby Blues as well as being regulars at Cardiff's Cafe Jazz, Cardiff and Bristol Bootleggers, and Goose and Cuckoo near Abergavenny. Have just gigged at Brown's in Laugharne and a very successful private garden party! We have recorded our first CD with a mixture of full band and duo songs. See us on Facebook and Reverbnation. Future plans include world domination and continuing to enjoy our music.
  • Krukke Band

    De Krukke Band

    • Time: 7:00pm
    • Info: De Krukke Carnival band from Holland. Part of the original Brecon Jazz festival line up since 1984! For more info please contact:
  • 4C 2017


    • Time: 8:30pm
    • Info: Brecon based covers band who mostly "do" the rock classics such as Bon Jovi, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Sterophonics. Available for birthdays, weddings and bar mitzvahs... one of Europe's leading acts!!! Contact John 07866639408

Sunday 12th August

  • Gwyn Kate 2018


    • Time: 12:00pm
    • Info:  Gwyn and Kate are a local brother and sister duo, following folk roots with subtle jazz influence and imagery infused lyrics Instagram is: lumamusic
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    Omega Two

    • Time: 1:00pm
    • Info: Jane Williams , originally from Cardigan in West Wales but now residing in Cardiff , has been singing since she was 15 and performing on stage, radio and with bands in Welsh and English . She sings and plays the ukulele and piano in - Omega Two with Pete Mathison guitarist with Ray Davies in 90’s and Wee Small Hours Duo - with pianist Gareth Hall .She is very much in demand as a jazz singer for The Keith Little Trio and The Rhythm Aces .She was recently performing on Van Morrison’s album - Roll with the Punches released September 2017.After being contacted by Wild Willy Barrett ( of John Ottway & ‘Really Free ‘ fame ) she is now lead singer in Wild Willy Barretts Roaring Touring performing all over the UK . Pete Mathison moved to Wales to join Jump Blues Pioneers, Red Beans and Rice. It was this line up that recorded the legendary album "Live at the Dublin Castle" and "RnB Jambouree" they toured extensively in Europe. Pete became an ‘In demand’ session musician in London, he went on to record and tour with Ray Davies of the Kinks for many years. Pete has also played with Paul Weller and is currently the lead guitarist for the Bella Collins Band.
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    • Time: 2:00pm
    • Info:  Bella Collins has been active on the Welsh music scene since the age of 14, cutting her teeth amongst Wales finest blues musicians. Now at 23, début album ‘Late & Blue’ was well received, with particular attention from BBC Radio 2 Blues Show. Bella possesses a unique vocal style, incorporating a crossover of genres; blues and jazz to folk. Earning recognition & praise on both British and American soil following a performance at The Bitter End, New York. Bella draws influence from the likes of Sister Rossetta Tharpe & Pearl Bailey, to Crosby Stills & Nash and John Martyn. With a second album and feature EP on the way the band will be performing previously unreleased new music.
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    Flipsy McCaw

    • Time: 3:00pm
    • Info: Sarah Birch is the voice of Lost Tuesday Society - ‘2018 has been a busy year for one of Wales best loved bands with appearances at Green Man, Kendal Calling & Shambala but despite this busy summer schedule Sarah has been in the studio with, producer, Dave Milsom recording her debut solo album to be released in October. Her simple, yet beautifully crafted songs have been honed to perfection over the last decade. Sarah has a wonderfully emotive voice and her songs will reach even the most world weary of travellers, lifting their hearts and souls to an unbelievable level’
  • Toriah Fontaine

    Toriah Fontaine

    • Time: 4:00pm
    • Info: “Her voice is powerful, she sings with passion and spirit and delivers her brand of blues in a way that entrances her audience. Think Amy Winehouse crossed with Etta James, a sprinkling of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and a soupcon of Mavis Staples and you'll be in the right area”. Toriah and the band have played some pretty big stages, including the British main stage at the Great British Rock and Blues Festival in Colne.    
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    • Time: 5:00pm
    • Info: An eclectic mix of Americana & Blue's, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott and a few originals.
  • Yoka and the Sugarbeats

    Yoka & The Sugarbeats

    • Time: 6:00pm
    • Info: Soul & Blues: When you just want to sit down and relax- Yoka & Big Ray as an acoustic duo. This a perfect opportunity to listen to an eclectic mix of blues & soul classics interspersed with original material-
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    TBC - to be confirmed!

    • Time: 7:30pm
    • Info:  TBC - the hardest working band in Wales! 

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