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Blow the Fuse ON AIR
We’ve been awarded funding by the Arts Council of England to stream a series of weekly concerts from the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston from Thursday December 3 2020.

Blow the Fuse ‘On Air’ will feature live sets from vocalist Carol Grimes, trombonist Annie Whitehead, Alison Rayner’s quintet ARQ, the Deirdre Cartwright Group and British-born Greek-Cypriot music and comedy duo Martha and Eve, and more…plus interviews and archive film.
More details and guests will be announced soon.

Thurs 3 Dec 8pm Carol Grimes
Thurs 10 Dec 8pm Deirdre Cartwright
Thurs 17 Dec 8pm Liane Carroll

We’re going fortnightly due to new restrictions

Thurs 7 Jan 8pm Annie Whitehead
Thurs 21 Jan 8pm D’n’A present vintage Guest Stars
Thurs 4 Feb 8pm Martha & Eve + The  DaDa Dandies

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
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Last year 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 they run the Blow the Fuse record label.

 Performances for the ‘Resistance’ and ‘Tomorrow the Moon’ seasons take place at the Vortex Jazz Club and the Old Church on Stoke Newington Church Street. See our gigs page for details on all our events.

ARQ New Album ‘Short Stories’

ARQ new album ‘Short Stories’ was released on 25th October 2019.
Because of covid we’ve had to reschedule most of the album tour gigs to 2021.
Watch this space…
In the meantime  ‘Croajingolong Bushwalk’, the first single from ‘Short Stories’ is still available as a FREE download on
iTunes/ Apple Music and Spotify.

Thu 11 March Newcastle University
Fri 12 March tbc
Sat 13 March Scarborough tbc

Wed 17 March Sheffield Lescar
Thu 18 March Nottingham Bonington
Fri 19 March Derby Jazz

Wed 14 April Edinburgh tbc
Thu 15 April Aberdeen Blue Lamp
Fri 16 April Scotland tbc
Sat 17 April Eyemouth tbc
Sun 18 April Glasgow tbc

Fri 18 June tbc
Sat 19 June Gateshead Sage
Fri 25 June Orpington, Naturist Jazz Festival
Sun 27 June Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

Sun 11 July 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