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Overview
What You Need To Know
More About The Performers

Welcome to Fridays Unlocked! We're so excited to be back with an amazing series of live outdoor performances on the beautiful Tea Lawn at the back of the House.

Led by internationally renowned Guitar legend John Etheridge, Blue Spirits is completed by Pete Whittaker (Organ) and Nic France (Drums). 

Drawing on a vast reservoir of musical experience spanning 48 years, Etheridge distills the bluesier side of his musical world in a repertoire that has intensity and emotion as its main quality, with subtlety, fluidity and interaction as its centre. Pete Whittaker is a superb accompanist and soloist and drummer Nic France is celebrated for his drive and invention.

For tonight’s show the Trio will be joined by special guest vocalist Vimala Rowe, known for her soulful and passionate delivery. Expect edgy and engaging repertoire with a forceful drive. 

Come rain or shine we'll be there to entertain you so make sure you bring attire for all weathers! It's going to be a lot of fun! 

Don't fancy queuing up for your snacks and drinks? You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you.

We have done everything we can to keep you safe and make these events Covid-19 secure – please read the ‘What You Need To Know’ tab for more information. 

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

Covid-19 Secure
We want to make sure you and everyone else around you is safe so we will allocate you a specific area according to the size of your party, whether you are bringing chairs or sitting on the Tea Lawn.  

Every audience member will have their temperature checked on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds. 

Please help us to help you by following these instructions:

  • If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to the show - please stay home in line with Government Guidelines. Check for Covid-19 symptoms HERE.
  • If you are a vulnerable person who should not be going out please stay home - we hope we can see you in person soon but want you to stay safe.
  • Wherever possible please stay 2 metres from people outside your ‘bubble’ or household.
  • We strongly advise bringing a face covering along with you. 
  • Please co-operate with the stewards and volunteers when they show you to your seating area.
  • The toilets will be available but please follow the instructions in relation to keeping a distance when/if queuing and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.
  • The café will be open for purchases on the night. Please follow the instructions for queuing safely.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please arrive in good time. The Box office will open at 6pm. Please come to the box office at the front door ('East Entrance').
  • The Tea Lawn will be open for you to settle down and enjoy your picnics from 6pm. The show starts at 7pm.
  • Getting everyone settled will take longer than usual so please be patient – we promise not to start till everyone is in and comfortable.

Seating
We do not supply chairs. Audience members will sit on the Tea Lawn to watch the performance, so please bring either a picnic blanket or a folding chair to make yourself comfortable. We will ask you whether you are bringing chairs or blankets during the booking process. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group we will need you to all be on chairs or all on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two. If you have not said you are bringing a chair when booking and change your mind you will not be able to use it as it will block someone else’s view. 

Weather
The performance will continue regardless of the weather. Having run open-air events for many years, we know all too well that the weather can be deceptive and can change very quickly. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and an extra woollie!

Food and Drink
The cafe/bar will be open selling food and drinks before the performance starts.

You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you. 

Note that hot drinks cannot be pre-ordered but will be available from the bar.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 

When you book
We will be asking some extra questions when you book your ticket to ensure you and everyone else stays safe. In order to comply with the contact tracing scheme we are asking you to provide a name and phone number for each ticketholder. Please use the 'any special requirements?' box to make us aware of any ticketholders who are wheelchair users or have reduced mobility.

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

John Etheridge 

John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic' as he refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine. John is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar and his willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them. He has played with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others. 

Vimala Rowe 

From her training in Hindustani classical music in India to world music, soul and effortlessly swinging jazz, award winning singer Vimala Rowe has rapidly become a major talent on the British jazz scene. Performing at Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express jazz Club, 606, London Jazz Festival, Gateshead international Jazz Festival. Scarborough Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival and countrywide, always inspiring critical acclaim delighting and astonishing audiences with her passion, delivery and enormous range of expression. She has an abundance of musical projects such as 2016 duo album Out Of The Sky with legendary guitarist John Etheridge was top 10 critics choice in both The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Vimala co-composed a work with flamenco supremo Paco Peña performing at Sadler's Wells in 2015 and 2017. 2018 saw her as a soloist performing Duke Ellington Sacred Music at Lincoln Cathedral with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Ellington Orchestra. She is a long standing member of Alex Webb's Cafe Society in which she played Billie Holiday performing at the Theatre Royal in 2018. Most recently Vimala has been guest soloist performing with Jools Holland and his band in May 2019. She has had the good fortune of performing with such Jazz luminaries as the late great Bobbie Wellins, Tony Kofi, Nathaniel Facey, Andy Cleyndert, and many more.