Performances - Hoofbeat
Chris Balch, Jane Wells, Dawn Loombe, Richard Hall, Derek Paice
Initiated in 2003 this group reaches places other groups can’t reach! Playing both in AND out of doors, the line-up of five East Anglian musicians brings together saxophones, accordion, trombone and percussion. The music is at its best unamplified – it’s already noisy enough – so if required the band can move fairly speedily to different locations between sets.
Repertoire ranges across musical styles with short and lively pieces composed especially for the group in jazz, folk and classical styles alongside arrangements of music ranging from Kurt Weill’s Mac The Knife and Tango to Bulgarian wedding music. More recently ‘world music’ repertoire has been added through working with Tony Haynes, director of the internationally acclaimed London-based Grand Union Orchestra.
From a first public outing in 2003 in front of ARGOS in King’s Lynn for Festival Too and the King’s Lynn Festival, the group has since played at many venues in the East Anglian region. These include: summer carnivals in Attleborough, Aylsham, Sheringham and Wells in Norfolk; Fulbourn, Linton and Sawston (Cambridgeshire Summer of Music); The Forum in Norwich; Dereham swimming pool during the opening celebrations of its new sports complex; the Dereham Festival; and Thetford for the switching on of its Christmas lights - a first woolly hats Winter gig!
In 2010 the group rehearsed up a full evening’s programme and played INDOORS on tour for Creative Arts East’s ‘Village Stage’.
“The Carnival was deemed a huge success. Hoofbeat’s musical contribution was very much appreciated …” (Aylsham Carnival)
“I received excellent feedback from friends who came across you by chance as they shopped” (King’s Lynn Town Centre Manager)
Rates are extremely reasonable so please do contact Jane for a free demo CD and a quote. Occasionally we are able to offer subsidised fees and, in this respect, the band is grateful for frequent support from Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund.
IN JULY 2015
Hoofbeat gave a 'pop up' performance in King's Lynn shopping centre as part of the King's Lynn Festival entertaining both passers by and seated listeners over the course of an afternoon.
DURING EARLY SUMMER 2013
Hoofbeat played as part of a large arts consultation, 'Transported', running in the District of South Holland and Borough of Boston. Hoofbeat played in Crowland on Sunday 9th June (village centre and garden centre)and Long Sutton (town centre and Silverwood Centre).
DURING SUMMER 2012 HOOFBEAT PERFORMED IN NORFOLK:
out of doors at Wells-next-the-Sea Carnival on Sunday 29th July - three short sets between midday and 4pm
AND in concert at the St Lawrence's Centre, South Walsham on Saturday 15th September from 7.30pm.
OVER SUMMER 2011 HOOFBEAT PERFORMED AT:
The Hub, Methwold Arts Programme, on Friday 27th May:
Salthouse Church for the North Norfolk Exhibition Project on Saturday 16th July:
Hoofbeat Streetband IN CONCERT
Saturday 16th July 7.30pm Tickets £8 from Holt, Sheringham, Cromer and Wells Tourist Information Centres.
Expect the unexpected from this lively evening of tunes and rhythms brought to you in a rich mix of jazz, rock, classical and folk-influenced genres. The band’s distinctive line-up of saxophones, accordion, trombone and percussion has been playing around the region since 2003 under the direction of Jane Wells. Musical ‘shorts’ will include Kurt Weill’s Mac the Knife, East European Wedding Music, 14th century Machaut and contemporary pieces.
As part of a ‘cultural olympiad’ event in Castleacre, Norfolk on Sunday 24th July:
Around town for the Holt Festival on Monday 25th July:
MONDAY 25TH JULY free music
APPLEYARD 3pm AUDEN FOYER 6.30pm FESTIVAL CLUB 10pm
Catch this five-piece acoustic band hoofin’ music around Holt. From raucous to velvety in sound, hear the musicians cook up a Morock’n Roll or Hungarian Goulash, improvise around a traditional Ghanaian song or visit Berlin for a taste of Kurt Weill. Hoofbeat’s repertoire comprises short pieces written or arranged especially for the band in a mix of jazz, classical, folk and ‘world music’ styles. The line up is saxophones, accordion, trombone and percussion and Hoofbeat has now played over several years in the region at many venues and locations.
Each set will last about 45 minutes.