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Presented by The Modern Jazz and Folk Ensemble

The Modern Jazz and Folk Ensemble present a celebration of the classic folk album Bryter Layter by Nick Drake on the fiftieth anniversary of its original release.

The Modern Jazz and Folk Ensemble (MJAFE) are a collective of Jazz and Folk musicians from the contemporary British music scene who come together to work on projects to celebrate the work of great singers and song writers. Bryter Layter by Nick Drake is now recognised as an iconic British album and is included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

MJAFE arose from previous projects where award winning multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and Jazz FM live performer of the year plus the world re-knowned classical flautist Rowland Sutherland re-imagined Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and the Pentangles Basket of Light as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival to highly critical acclaim.

From the folk side comes the highly acclaimed folk singer and musician Emily Portman. Emily is a holder of the BBC2 UK Folk Award for writer of best original song and is part of the Furrow Collective, who were awarded best band in the 2017 UK Folk Awards.

Joining Emily is fellow Furrow Collective member Alasdair Roberts, a Scottish guitarist and singer songwriter, who has released several albums with Drag City Records. Mojo Magazine maintains he is quietly escalating towards Scottish national treasure status.

Bryter Layter: A Nick Drake Celebration

Fri 19 November


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