Village jazz festival hits the right notes

Fyling Hall student Helena Johnson peforms.
Fyling Hall student Helena Johnson peforms.

STAITHES and Hinderwell hosted its fifth jazz festival in which has been hailed a huge success.

The 5th Heritage Coast Jazz Festival was organised by Trevor Readman, landlord of the Captain Cook Inn at Staithes who has been the driving force for the festival and has financed it from his own pocket.

Trevor has an encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz and has strived hard to encourage local talent.

Highlights of the event which took place earlier this month included a performance from Scarborough vocalist Claire Walton with New Orleans Heat who performed at Hinderwell Methodist Chapel and Hinderwell vocalist Helena Johnson who performed with the talented gypsy jazz guitarist Kourosh Kanani. The band Rhythm Futures also took to the stage at Staithes Village Hall.

Helena attends Fyling Hall School and has recently been awarded a place at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) which was co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney.

And by coincidence Helena’s music teacher at Fyling Hall School, Samantha Wormold had previously attended LIPA too.

Claire Walton has mentored Helena in stage performance skills over the past year during the regular Sunday lunchtime jazz sessions at the Captain Cook Inn.

In July, The Captain Cook Inn will host the Staithes Acoustic Music festival which this year has been extended for five days and will run from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 July.

This year the festival has the use of three rooms in the inn serving hand pulled beers. Entry to all events is free.

On the first Sunday of every month the pub also hosts its open busking singaround. All styles of music are welcome along with all levels of performers of all ages.

The only rule is nothing can be plugged in and only acoustic instruments can be played.