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Hello and welcome to our March 2022 roundup.

We’re very excited to be back in the heart of Stoke Newington for our new Friday night season in the superb space of St Matthias Hall.

22 April River Cruz + Michele Drees BOOK
27 May Deirdre Cartwright’s PICNIC feat. Annie Whitehead BOOK
24 June Carol Grimes BOOK

This season has been generously supported by DissentersN16 as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations.

Regular slots at Ronnie Scott’s and the Clapton Country Club, Electric Landladies play in Walthamstow Trades Club and if any of you are thinking now’s the time to put on that postponed birthday, anniversary celebration then do get in touch. The Electric Landladies play at many a private ‘do’ and a wonderful and fun evening is guaranteed!

Blow the Fuse ‘On Air’ 
In 2020 – 2021, we were awarded funding by the Arts Council of England to produce a series of online concerts recorded exclusively by Blow the Fuse from the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston plus archive film footage and interviews. We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us through these extraordinary times and to all of you who became a BTF Patron through donations. Your support was crucial and helped us to produce TEN shows in all. A very steep but rewarding learning curve.

All shows can now be viewed anytime on our You Tube channel HERE

Carol Grimes • Deirdre Cartwright • Liane Carroll • Annie Whitehead
D’n’A present vintage Guest Stars • Martha & Eve + The  DaDa Dandies
Back to the 70s • The Casimir Connection + Add3io • Ian Shaw • ARQ

Please join our club by clicking here and receive links to the shows. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and look on our fb page for more updates. See you ‘On Air’ soon!

Many thanks to the Arts Council Of England for their support….

We’ve won the 2020 award for ‘Services to Jazz’ at the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Thanks to everyone involved, it means a lot to us. Congratulations to all the other winners, we’re really honoured.

Our new season of Tomorrow the Moon, supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund began in January 2020.

We were also delighted to have been awarded funding to record the new ARQ album ‘Short Stories’ and for a national tour promoting the album.

Both of these projects are being rescheduled as a result of Coronavirus measures.
See you live again in 2021.

and to the equally wonderful people working at the PRSF for the Women Make music fund.

Thank you to all our supporters and watch this space for more news…

BTF we are..

C R E A T I V E    •   C U R I O U S
E X P E R I E N C E D  •

In May 2019, Blow the Fuse celebrated 30 years. Started in 1989 by musicians and composers Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner who were members of the internationally acclaimed jazz group The Guest Stars, BTF have played a crucial role in raising awareness about women jazz musicians and importantly giving them support, a space and opportunity to perform in times which have sometimes been very challenging.

BTF have been very much part of the new resurgence of jazz musicians, which contain many talented young women. Beginning in 2012, Blow the Fuse seasons Tomorrow the Moon one small step for women’ have featured groups led by composers Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Laura Cole, Dee Byrne, Shirley Tetteh, Lauren Kinsella, Roz Harding, Nikki Iles, Shama Rahman, Daphna Sadeh, Flo Moore, Chelsea Carmichael, Camilla George and Nubya Garcia.

BTF have managed many UK jazz tours with new musical works, innovative collaborations and educational projects and run the Blow the Fuse record label. Last year we produced Blow the Fuse ‘On Air’ a series of online performances recorded live from The Vortex. We’ve had over 10,000 views for these shows on You Tube and Facebook.

 Performances for the ‘Resistance’ and ‘Tomorrow the Moon’ seasons took place at the Vortex Jazz Club and the Old Church on Stoke Newington Church Street. 2022 sees our new season at St Matthias Halls in N16. See our gigs page for details on all our events.

ARQ New Album ‘Short Stories’

ARQ new album ‘Short Stories’ London launch was in February 2020.
We’ve now been able to resume the tour Autumn 2021 into Spring 2022.

In the meantime  ‘Croajingolong Bushwalk’, the first single from ‘Short Stories’ is still available as a FREE download on
iTunes/ Apple Music and Spotify.


Sat April 2 Scarborough Spa
Sun April 3 Leeds Seven Arts 1.30pm
Tues April 26 London Eastside Jazz Club
Thurs April 28 Folkestone The Tower Theatre
Sat April 30 Ribble Valley jazz festival 3.30pm
Sat May 14 Birmingham Jazz Festival
Sun May 15 Colchester Arts Centre
Fri June 17 York NCEM
Sat June 18 Gateshead The Sage
Sun June 26 Orpington Naturist Jazz Festival
Sun July 10 Swanage Jazz Festival

Bright, open jazz music that rejoices in human experience without sentimentalising it. A collection of eight perfectly formed originals that makes the most of three standout soloists.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

‘A Celebration of life itself ‘ LondonJazzNews

LIVE preview of songs from new album
‘Short Stories’ released October 2019

New ARQ website HERE