The Jazz Ceilidh Project is an exciting new ceilidh experience. Featuring the acclaimed saxophonist Tony Woods and up and coming box player Owen Woods, JCP deliver an unprecedented level of raw energy to a crowd. Tony and Owen are joined by Paul Tkachenko on tuba and Terry Knight on drums.
JCP play jazz music based on traditional tunes. Our music is heavily improvised, meaning that we can easily adapt what we do to suit every crowd. Every ceilidh of ours will be different, even if we play the same tunes!
Owen Woods, Melodeon. Owen has been playing ceilidhs for over ten years with a bewildering variety of bands. He is gaining increasing recognition as a talented solo artist, but still regards himself as a dance musician first and foremost. This project is the culmination of all of his experience and distils his own perception of what a ceilidh band should be.
Tony Woods, Saxes. Jazz musician Tony Woods is no stranger to folk music, learning it from his father (Owen’s grandfather) at a very young age. Since then his musical career has gone from strength to strength, winning awards for improvisation and taking his various jazz groups all over the country. Tony has been playing ceilidhs for even longer than Owen, but decided to work together with his nephew after a few scratch ceilidhs together resulted in an amazing sound.
Paul Tkachenko, Tuba. Paul is a musical polymath, but joins JCP on tuba. He has performed with an amazing variety of groups on an amazing variety of instruments. His bass lines give JCPs sound structure and serve as a springboard for the dancer’s feet.
Terry Knight, Drums. Terry is a musical collaborator of Tony’s, whose infectious rhythms give the dancers lift and drive and keep them (and the band) moving at the right speed and in the right direction!
Yarden Brody. Yarden is our caller, who tells the dancers what to do. Experienced ceilidh musician in her own right on whistle, she is in increasing demand as a caller in the Cambridge area.
JCP are available for ceilidh clubs, festivals, jazz clubs or private bookings in the London area and further afield. If you like our sound, please get in touch!
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Do please let us know when you record! And please record soon.
We’ll see! Recording would be fun and I’m sure we’ll get round to it at some point.