Neil C. Young at Stamford - SOLD OUT
Jazz guitarist Neil C. Young is a gifted guitarist who is establishing his unique talent internationally through a raw combination of expression and technique.
Neil has performed both nationally and internationally, at festivals such as the Romerias de Mayo, Holguin, Cuba (2010), the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, Mexico (2006), the Manchester Jazz Festival (2011) and the 2008 London Bossanova Festival. This is alongside regular performances in the UK and as well as numerous gigs in both Europe and the United States.
In a contemporary musical climate, which is often overcrowded with an eclectic range of guitar styles, Neil not only acknowledges these various influences, but also displays an in-depth knowledge of performance and composition, which were key to his studies with Gary Boyle and with Fred T Baker at renowned Birmingham Conservatoire.
Canadian American Records nominated Neil and the trio in 2011 and 2012 for the initial ballot of the Grammy awards, for best improvised solo and best instrumental jazz album respectively. Also, the trio were nominated for the UK Jazz Services promoters choice award in 2008.
Neil has played and worked with many other artists across different genres through his career, Gary Boyle, Steve Tromans, Pat McCarthy, Pat Sprakes, Barnaby Dickinson, The Earlies, Sara Lowes, Denny Laine, King Creosote to name a few. This all add to the influences already within Neil’s playing and the influences continue to grow.
One of Britains best kept Jazz secrets (Zeffirellis, Ambleside)
Guitarist, composer and arranger Neil C. Young has been recording since 2005 with the release of his first recording, the 3 track E.P. ‘Take a seat’ which Keith Ames of the Musicians Union, declared ‘Excellent feel good instrumental jazz!’.
Since then Neil has released 2 further EP’s (My Crazy Pony + Chick(pea) Soup) and two albums ‘Where’s yours?’ (2010) and ‘El Camino’ (2011) which were distributed through Canadian American Records (U.S.A) and WOA Records (India.) Both received initial entries into the Grammy awards by Canadian American Records in 2011, 2012 and 2014 in the Improvised Solo, Instrumental Jazz and Jazz Single categories respectively.
Incorporating aspects of bands led by John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, George Benson and Billy Cobham, the music is ‘full of soul and energy’ and, ‘the arrangements are beautiful’, writes Eric Elias from the US magazine Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.
Neil has performed with Stray’s house band P.R.S. on several occasions, so get ready for something special!
Our headline artists play with the Stray’s House band P.R.S. who are Si Potts (drums), Steve Rodda (geetar) and Stray’s own Mat Short (bass).
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During the Covid-19 restrictions, we have changed the format of our events slightly.
In order to continue to offer live jazz safely, we ask you to read through these points and make sure you’re happy with them, before purchasing tickets.
We really want you to enjoy the jazz, but safety is of paramount importance.
Mat and the Stray’s Jazz Collective
|We will limit the number of people/tickets at each event, based on each shop, but for indoor performances, his will typically be around 30 persons per event.|
|We will sell virtual tickets online to remove one layer of unnecessary contact. These will be sold on a first-come, first served basis via the website or relevant shop. Tickets will be virtual, so no physical ticket will be issued. On the night, we will greet you at the door and take you to your table. At this point, we register your attendance for Test & Trace, using your booking details.|
|All ticket holders will have a table for their party size and we will allocate each table. We will not allow customers to move chairs/tables around, so if you have a preference, please use the ‘notes’ section to request close, middle or rear seating when ordering tickets.|
|We have safety screens to provide a barrier between tables where required|
|We will provide table service, to remove as many queues as possible, but won’t take orders at the table, once the performance has begun. This is to limit the need for shouting over the music! To order during the performance, you will need to come to the bar/servery, where we have installed full height screens, and we will bring orders to your table when they are ready.|
|We will only take card/contactless payments, as we do now.|
|We will operate a one-way system for customers where practicable.|
|Musicians will be 1-2m apart and there will be 1-2m space between the band and the first row of tables. The stage area will be marked out to ensure distancing between band members.|
|We may limit the lineup to 4, to allow suitable space between the musicians.|
|We request that you wear a face mask when leaving your table to move around the building. This can be removed when ordering at the counter and of course, once you return to your table. We respectfully ask you to observe the general government guidelines regarding who you attend our events with.|
|We will provide a free disposable face mask for any customers who have come without one. Hand sanitiser will be available and clearly marked at various points throughout the shop.|
|The table layout plan is an indication of how we will ensure tables are safely spaced. The layout is likely to change, depending on the various numbers who book, so for example, a table of 6 may be shown on the plan, but we may put two tables of 2 in that space, if it is safe to do so. So the seating will be in approximately the same areas as shown, albeit in different formats to conform to our risk assessments.|
|We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone who is unable to comply with our Covid Secure measures.|