December news from the fuse….

Hello friends and b r e a t h e ….

Blow the Fuse has had such a rich and varied musical Autumn this year – London Jazz Festival gigs, ARQ touring, a new website and a first album from LUND. Local gigs and jam sessions and throughout it all we’ve been supported by YOU.
Many, many thanks for making our 25th anniversary year such a memorable one.

There is still just time to vote in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
If you’d like to vote for ‘August’ by ARQ for the jazz album of the year or vote for Blow the Fuse as promoters under the Jazz Venue category, we’d really appreciate it. Last day for voting is this Friday 12th December.

Click here to nominate in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards! <>

Christmas is coming – and 
we’ve all got too much STUFF.
Time spent with friends is so much more precious. Why not book tickets for the
Electric Landladies Christmas party for you and some friends? Presents sorted!

THE ELECTRIC LANDLADIES Friday 19th December Chats Palace, London E9
It is such a joyous evening. Old favourites, new sing-a-longs and a real laugh and dance.
Laka Daisical vocals/kbd, Sarah Pritchard vocals/perc, Deirdre Cartwright/guitar
Diane McLoughlin kbd/sax, Alison Rayner bass/voc, Ann Day drums

Book online


You can also buy tickets from us this Friday…
Fri 12 Dec Jan’s Bar, London N16 Deirdre Cartwright Trio
Deirdre, Alison and Winston plus Diane McLoughlin sax and Chloe guest vocals.

We’ll have the Quality Street out again and a few Christmas songs.
Jan’s Belgian Bar (on Stoke Newington Common)
16 Northwold Road, Stoke Newington N16
Doors 8pm Music 8.45pm
Free entry but we’ll be passing the hat round for contributions.


November News catch up 2

We’re just recovering from our BIG weekend.
Nottingham with ARQ, St Mary’s Old Church with Norma Winstone & Emily Remembered and our London Jazz Festival stage ‘takeover’ on Sunday afternoon. Yes, Blow the Fuse programming 5 bands (one was an impromptu set with Roz Harding – on very good form). A varied, interesting afternoon of music with some great original writing. It was all wonderful.

Starting with a Jazz & Gender panel discussion. Yes, there should be more women involved in Jazz. We’ve been saying it for 25+ years – well, it’s about time the other big festivals took note and.. And.. YES please book more women.
There is now a new generation of great players joining our ranks and there is absolutely no excuse to see yet another festival announcing its almost entirely all male programme as Deirdre did this morning!


Public nominations for the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards open on the 17th November, close on the 12th Dec.

Can you think of anyone? Ahem…. VOTES FOR WOMEN

Moving on as the magnificent ARQ hit the water this week at St Austell Bosun’s Thursday 26th and Exeter Barnfield Theatre Friday 27th and The Vortex Jazz Club next Wednesday 3 December.
Slider BTF ARQ

Led by Alison Rayner, the group are now in full flow. This is their LAST LONDON gig for several months.

ARQ were also on Jazz Record Requests last Saturday – you can listen again on the iPlayer:

Did you know ARQ is an acronym for Alison Rayner Quintet? Of course you did!
Did you know that Deirdre Cartwight is an anagram for Gitar Wretch did err?
Let us know if you have a better one from your name!

Christmas is coming – 
here’s the Christmas present that friends will really appreciate.
When all the shopping, cooking, decorating and work is over again – ask yourself. Did I really go to a great party and dance to some of my all time favourite songs? This year book tickets for the Electric Landladies for you and some friends. Presents sorted!
It is such a joyous evening. Old favourites, new sing a longs and a real laugh and dance.

Friday 19th December
 one of London’s best live groups
THE ELECTRIC LANDLADIES return to Chats Palace.
Year after year this great evening of festive fun and dancing sells out..
Laka Daisical vocals/kbd, Sarah Pritchard vocals/perc, Deirdre Cartwright/guitar
Diane McLoughlin kbd/sax, Alison Rayner bass/voc, Ann Day drums

Tickets have just gone on sale. Book online

November 2014 catch up with the news

Such a lot going on this month. ARQ are touring the UK, LUND have a mini tour of Cornwall and then…

Deirdre leads her trio at two North London local gigs.
Yes, the thrill is gone – I’m sorry, I’ll read that again. The grill is on, for some great food and a mix of some beautiful originals and standards.
Book a seat for Ajani Grill  289 Hornsey Road N19 020 7272 5566. Music 8pm
Fri 14 Nov Jan’s Bar, N16 Deirdre Cartwright Trio with Diane McLoughlin guesting on sax. 8.30pm for a seat.

Calling Nottingham! Alison Rayner steps out from behind the double bass to lead her super combo ARQ.
They’re all packing into the Ford Transit and steaming up the M1 to JazzTrane. Our tour gigs have been such fun with the group really opening out and making the most of Alison’s great compositions. Let your friends in Nottingham know about this.
If you’re not on the ARQ tour lines or have missed the London gigs; why not buy the new CD?

Thurs 20 Nov ARQ on tour JazzTrane, Nottingham

OK here’s the BIG WEEKEND.

Friday 21 November Vocal jazz legend Norma Winstone MBE with Nikki Iles and Mark Lockheart and support from Emily Remembered.
One of the UK’s most celebrated singers, Norma Winstone is performing at St Mary’s Old Church in Stoke Newington.
Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014, this will be a memorable concert set in the candlelit medieval church and filmed for Mezzo/Arte Euro TV channels.
Right now, she is at the peak of her form…there is no jazz singer in the country to touch her.
Alyn Shipton, The Times
Emily Remembered: Deirdre Cartwright, Kathy Dyson guitars with Sarah P vocal.
Doors 7.45pm Lovely bar drinks at reasonable prices but no food.
Book tickets now

Sunday 23 November Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre. Free all afternoon.
Blow the Fuse presents
2pm Chelsea Carmichael Quartet,
3.15pm Deirdre Cartwright/Baluji Shrivastav Ensemble,
4.45pm Roz Harding’s Wave
6pm ARQ

12.45 Panel discussion Jazz & Gender with Professor George McKay, Deirdre Cartwright, Gary Crosby OBE and Roz Harding.

Finally we’d love to tell you more about TWIYO, The Word is Your Oyster at the Russet on Nov 17 with
Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, LUND, Kim Wei, Annie Whitehead, Jennifer Maidman and Ruby Thompson.
Hosted by Sarah P but we’ve run out of space.

Just time to flag up LOOK MUMMY LOOK….
Friday 19th December one of London’s best live groups THE ELECTRIC LANDLADIES return to Chats Palace.
Year after year this great evening of festive fun and dancing sells out..
Laka Daisical vocals/kbd, Sarah Pritchard vocals/perc, Deirdre Cartwright/guitar
Diane McLoughlin kbd/sax, Alison Rayner bass/voc, Ann Day drums

Tickets have just gone on sale. Book online

LUND album launch HACKNEY

The Word is your Oyster & Blow the Fuse Records present

LUND SarahP, Deirdre Cartwright, Ann Day
Annie Whitehead and Jennifer Maidman
Ruby Thompson


The Russet Art Café, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
Doors 7.30 1st set 8pm  

£7.00 advance £8.00/£5.00 conc on the door

Buy one get one half price cocktails and beers before 9.00pm and lovely food and cakes!

Buy album Flawed Heroine at the gig
or order online:

EFG London Jazz Festival dates

Friday 21 November

St Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington Church St N16 Norma Winstone with Nikki Iles and Mark Lockheart.
Plus Emily Remembered: Deirdre Cartwright, Kathy Dyson and guest vocal from Sarah P.

Sunday 23 November

We’ve programmed the QEH front room stage. Bands are Chelsea Carmichael Quartet, Deirdre Cartwright/Baluji Shrivastavar ensemble, Roz Harding’s Wave and Alison Rayner’s ARQ. Music begins 2 pm and continues all afternoon til 7pm. Great atmosphere and it’s free.

ARQ + Element: VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, Wednesday 2nd Jul

Wednesday 2nd Jul 2014 20:00

ARQ  A winner of the Jazz Services Recording Subsidy Award for 2013, bass player and composer Alison Rayner leads this contemporary jazz quintet.
Original compositions draw on a love for lyrical melodies, deep grooves and influences from folk, funk and Latin.

Diane McLoughlin saxophone, Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Steve Lodder piano, Buster Birch drums.

With her big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability, she clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists.”Digby Fairweather

Plus Flo Moore’s Element with Ralph Wyld and Rod Oughton.

Buy tickets online:

Bookings: 020 7254 4097 Online:
Doors 8pm

The Vortex Jazz Club 11 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH
Bookings: 020 7254 4097 Online:

Great gig last night in St Mary’s old church with Annie Whitehead playing her socks off!

We were once again sold out. The 22 piece world music workshop big band played a terrific set, numbers from Bhundu Boys, Don Drummond and some great original arrangements. Annie’s quartet featured the groove of Jennifer Maidman and Liam Genocky and the fluid lines of Steve Lodder. We’ll be back at the old church in the Autumn.

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