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Fish Tales A commission of original music and poetry Touring July to December 2017

A commission of new original music reflecting on the fishing heritage of Great Grimsby, using diverse musicians to create a dynamic suite of music, led by composer Alan Barnes. The suite of music was written by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy for a unique combination of regional and London musicians. The pieces are based on Grimsby’s rich heritage with poems between each piece from local poet Josie Moon. The musicians are Alan Barnes, Dean Masser, Gilad Atzmon saxes, Mark Nightingale trombone, Neil Yates Trumpet, Pat McCarthy guitar, Dave Green bass, John Perry / Seastiaan de Krom drums. 

A CD of the music and poetry is available from Gill Wilde or Alan Barnes

We wish to thank our business sponsor for this commission
Ultrasonic Cleaning Company, Charlton Street, Grimsby


Arts Council funding is enabling this fantastic suite of music to tour the UK. Dates are

Thursday 6th July 8.00pm Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull HU1 2AN Tickets £12

Friday 14th July 7.30pm Grimsby Central Hall Duncombe Street, Grimsby DN32 7EG £13/15 Box Office 01472355025 or online or TIC Cleethorpes 01472 323111

Saturday 15th July 9.00pm Swanage Jazz Festival Swanage Dorset Tel: 01929 426127

Saturday 29th July 10.15pm Llandudno Jazz Festival, Bodafon Farm Park, Bodafon Road, Llandudno LL30 1BW.

Wednesday 11th October 8.30pm Swansea Jazzland, St James Club, St James Crescent, Swansea, SA1 6DR Tel: 07802912789 e:

Thursday 12th October 8.00pm Leeds Seven Jazz 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Friday 13th October  8.30pm Wakefield Jazz at Wakefield Sports Club (College Grove), Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR

Sunday 15th October 3.15pm Herts Jazz Festival Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX

Thursday 19th October 8.30pm Folkestone Jazz Club, Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. CT20 3HL. Tickets: 01303 277175 or e:

Saturday 11th November  8.00pm Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY Box Office: 01522 873894

Sunday 12th November 1.30pm Wigan Jazz at The Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA.

Saturday 18th November 8.00pm The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

It is a musical memorial to the heritage of the Grimsby fishing industry, honouring the contribution made by those in the fishing industry who were instrumental in feeding the nation. The bespoke ensemble for this work comprises 3 saxophones, trumpet, double bass, guitar, trombone and percussion, and will commission new music from Alan Barnes working with Pat McCarthy, interspersed with humour form Alan, and poetry from Josie. Josie Moon has written the poems especially for the commission.

We wish to thank the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre for the opportunity to use the Ross Tiger for the photo shoot.

Alan Barnes worked closely with local musician Pat McCarthy. Pat has a great deal of knowledge and understanding of Grimsby and the surrounding area, an outstanding guitarist and composer, but with a history of boat building and remarkably as a youth a thatcher by trade!  Alan is an outstanding saxophonist, composer and arranger with an innovative repertoire of exciting music. 

Their response to this unusual subject matter is both humorous and respectful of what was a dangerous trade. By selecting the best musicians in their fields to perform the work Alan ensured that the production and performance of the music was of outstanding artistic quality. By bringing together an experienced ensemble of musicians from different regions and backgrounds he ensured that the music will have texture and depth to reflect the subject matter, but also the character of each musician and instrument.

Grimsby Jazz has been promoting music successfully for 12 years and has established an outstanding reputation for high quality programming, collaborative and education projects.
Alan Barnes is a popular and regular performer in Grimsby and has developed a strong connection with the people and the place. It is a measure of our success that we have managed to secure a positive relationship with such a significant international performer and composer. 

Musicians :-

Alan Barnes, Dean Masser, Gilad Atzmon saxophones

Mark Nightingale trombone

Neil Yates Trumpet

Pat McCarthy guitar

John Perry drums

Dave Green double bass  

REVIEWS of A Grimsby Fish Tale

What a wonderful evening of jazz. We came to see and hear our favourite player Gilad Atzmon and we’re used to him being the star; but last night he was “just” one of eight terrific players. It really couldn’t have been any better !!. Ken

Josie's poetry really brought it all together well. R Edgerton

Yet another brilliant evening of jazz at Gy Jazz
Loved the music, and the poetry was the icing on the cake.
It brought back memories of a time when my own city of Hull was a thriving fishing port. … It's appropriate, that such a piece, as we heard last night, does honour  to the men and women of our fishing heritage. Kath .

Saw some AWESOME jazz and poetry at the Old Clee Club, it honestly blew me away that it was right on me doorstep, A Grimsby Fish Tale was an amazing amalgamation of expressive and lyrical jazz accompanied by the poetry genius of Josie Moon taking us on a somewhat nicer journey than what those fishermen would've taken but boy were we immersed.

A great night of music and poetry.
The subject means a lot to me personally as I went up to the Faeroe Islands and then on to Iceland in 1966 with a fiver kin my back pocket and spent a couple of months working as a deckhand leaner on an Icelandic trawler in Arctic waters and experienced the life and the booze ups afterwards in Reykjavik!  Paul Croft

A big thank you to our business sponsor for this commission. 

Ultrasonic Cleaning Company