Welcome to the 12th UK Boogie Woogie Festival.
We hope that you will find an event or concert that will light your Boogie Woogie flame
Online ticket sales will stop at 5pm for Friday and Saturday evening concerts and 12pm for Saturday Matinee. Tickets available from the pop-up shop or The Exchange from 7pm for evening concerts and 1pm for matinee concert. Please phone the hotline for further setails or offline ticket sales: 07484 274 196
For a PDF of the programme for the whole weekend please <click here>.
It seems hard to believe that Chris Conz appeared at the 1st UK Boogie Woogie Festival back in 2005! Since then, he has truly become a renowned International performer.
Born in Uster, Switzerland, Chris has dedicated himself to mastering the art of boogie woogie, drawing influences from the original pioneers as well as his contemporaries such as Hamp Ruosch, Silvan Zingg, Axel Zwingenberger and Vince Weber.
In addition to performing across Europe, Chris has played in Las Vegas, the United Arab Emirates and Australia! Chris plays solo and also as part of a duo and trio. Since 2011, Chris has organised and presented the International Boogie Nights in his home town of Uster.
Jo was first inspired to play boogie woogie when he attended a concert by fellow German pianist Axel Zwingenberger in the 1980’s. Since then, he has pursued his own career, playing his unique brand of blues, contemporary tunes and classic boogie woogie.
Jo has played in concerts and festivals across Europe and he first appeared at the UK festival in 2011. Those who attended the concert at St Mary’s church will recall that Jo lead prayers during the service before performing a concert in the wonderful setting of the church. Jo is a pastor at the Evangelical Church of St Nikolai in Mahndorf, Bremen.
In 2009, together with other enthusiasts, Jo founded the “Pinetop Awards” – the only music award for boogie woogie in the whole of Germany. The Pinetop Awards take place every two years in Bremen and the Hall of Fame contains an impressive list of exponents of the music.
In 2005, Julian Phillips had a notion to create a festival of Boogie Woogie music in the small Dorset town of Fontmell Magna. He and other founder members brought together pianists from the UK and Europe and so the UK Boogie Woogie Festival was born.
Fast forward to Sturminster Newton in 2016 and the festival has gone from strength to strength, attracting wonderful performers from all over the world.
Born in Denmark in 1991, Lasse is a firm favourite at the UK festival, having first appeared here in 2008.
Known then as the Danish Boogie Boy, he has now become the Boogie Dane!
Lasse’s early musical influences include Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson. Contemporary influences are headed by Axel Zwingenberger and a host of other European pianists.
In 2009, Lasse recorded his first CD, Energetic Boogie.
Since 2011, Lasse has hosted his own Boogie Woogie Festival in Denmark which has attracted a number of International performers.
Hamish is a blues singer in the mould of Big Joe Turner and has performed with legends of the International music scene over many decades. He was a good friend and indeed best man for the late Ian “Stu” Stewart, the piano player for the Rolling Stones.
He first appeared at the UK Boogie Woogie Festival in 2011, journeying from his home in Dorset to see what all the fuss was about. He made an impromptu performance of “Roll ‘em Pete”, accompanied by Patrick Smet at Caffe Espresso and has been a festival and boogie club night favourite ever since!
Mike Denham was awarded 149 marks out of a possible 150 in his Grade 1 piano exam at the age of 8. It’s all been downhill from there! His solo piano playing ranges from the earliest days of ragtime and blues, through Fats Waller's “stride” style and the Great American Songbook of the 1930s, to Fats Domino and rock and roll.
As a young man Mike was asked to duet with the great Humphrey Lyttleton on Humph’s hit “Bad Penny Blues”, a number derived from boogie pioneer Cripple Clarence Lofton. This kindled a lifelong interest in the music which was re-ignited by attending the first UK Boogie Woogie Festival 12 years ago.