My Generation Apr – July 2017

NEW season beginning at the Vortex in Dalston, London N16

MY GENERATION’ features a wonderful line up of mini double bills and women musicians who grew up listening to music on vinyl and transistor radio… and decided that they also wanted to PLAY! Inspiration from Joni Mitchell to Suzi Quatro, mostly self taught, they became the first wave of British women jazz musicians in the 1970s and 1980s.


First gig on Thursday 6th April was with Michele Drees and  Kathy Dyson (Emily Remembered). Thursday 1st June features Deirdre Cartwright with Louise Elliott. Annie Whitehead 6th July, all with with BTF hosts Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner. See gig page for more details

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BREAKING NEWS: We are delighted that we have been awarded funding from the PRS Foundations’s The Open Fund and we will be continuing our acclaimed season ‘ Tomorrow the Moon ‘

Double bills of outstanding original jazz led by women. Performances at the Vortex and at the Old Church on Stoke Newington Church Street.


Blow the Fuse are thrilled to have been awarded public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, ACE.

This is towards the recording of ARQ’s second album ‘A Magic Life’ and the costs of touring Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017. The funding will also enable us to incorporate ‘Tomorrow the Moon’ events and workshops into selected gigs in 2017.


See our gigs page for details on all our events.

ARQ New Album ‘A Magic Life’ tour 2017

ARQ have completed the first leg of their ‘A Magic Life’ tour of 30 UK dates, ending with a full house at Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club. We’re writing, resting and refreshing now – and will be back on tour later this year.

Dates so far confirmed are:

November 20 Appledore Beaver Inn
November 21 St Ives Jazz Club
November 22 St Austell
November 23 Cambridge Jazz Festival

February 8 Jazz Coventry
February 9 Birmingham Jazz
February 10 Shewsbury Hive
February 16 Chichester Jazz Club

A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.” Jazzwise ★★★★

…infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures.
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

‘A Celebration of life itself ‘ LondonJazzNews

LIVE ‘The Trunk Call’ from the latest album
‘A Magic Life’

Alison Rayner double bass/composer
Deirdre Cartwright guitar,
Steve Lodder piano,
Diane McLoughlin saxophone,
Buster Birch drums.