One Day Music Festival at Shoreham’s Ropetackle

Shoreham Rope

Spokesman Sam Carelse promised an “incredibly long day of live local music from Brighton’s biggest and brightest music community”.

“In 2015, The Enid bassist Terry Pack had an idea. Armed with folk-tinged melodies he had written for an imaginary jazz orchestra, Terry gathered a small group of friends at the Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton to play through his creations.

“As Terry’s compositions proved popular, the gathering became regular, new music was written, the group grew and the seeds were sown for this fledgling ensemble to become Trees.

“This ‘incredibly big’ big band, as Trees has become affectionately known as the Trees, is an inclusive community group made up of musicians of all skill levels, from professional to enthusiast. Trees’ beautiful and accessible melodies, cinematic soundscapes and driving grooves with roots in musical styles around the world quickly became his signature sound. Since its formation, Trees has recorded two critically acclaimed albums, performed at top clubs and jazz festivals, including Love Supreme, and continues to produce rich and sumptuous original music of exceptional quality.

“Over the past six years, Trees has included 80 very talented musicians from different backgrounds and experiences. Inevitably, Trees proved to be fertile ground for producing exciting new collaborations and musical offshoots; a testament to Terry’s enthusiasm and generosity.

“The Trees Conference is a timely celebration of the Trees family’s accomplishments, bringing the Trees community and its many branches together under one roof in a day-long festival featuring 8 different groups of different sizes.

“This is a rare opportunity to hear lavish reimaginings of the music of Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Carole King, Brad Meldahl, Tom Waits, Ennio Morricone, and of course, many original compositions. After a long hiatus , we think it’s time to celebrate with an “incredibly long” day of live local music.

1 p.m. – GIN Trio (foyer, free)

2pm – Blue Calluna (auditorium, afternoon pass required)

3 p.m. – Joss Peach Trio (foyer, free)

4pm – Mingus Underground Octet feat. Sara Oschlag (auditorium, afternoon session pass required)

6 p.m. – Butxaca (foyer, free)

7:15 p.m. – Bonsai (auditorium, evening session pass required)

8:30 p.m. – Lucy Pickering’s Court & Spark (foyer, free)

9:45 p.m. – Le Cloggz (auditorium, Evening Session Pass required)

Performances at the Foyer are free. Performances in the auditorium are chargeable.

Afternoon session pass (until 5pm): £25

Evening session pass (6pm-10.30pm): £25

Afternoon + evening pass (must be booked in same transaction): £40


Gerald R. Schneider