Congratulations to Blow The Fuse!


Women’s Liberation Music Archive says happy thirtieth anniversary to Blow the Fuse, and a big thank you for all they have done to advance women in music, jazz and feminism in the 30 years since they began running a regular jazz night in the theatre at the Duke of Welly on the Balls Pond Road, Hackney, London, in 1989! They say: Since then there’s been The Happening, Emma Peel Fan Club, Electric Landladies, the Kings Head Theatre, Samuel Pepys, the old Vortex, the new Vortex, 14 album releases and then the Alison Rayner Quintet won Jazz Ensemble of the Year in 2018. Children have been born and grown up, family members have passed away, many dear friends have gone from this life and still the music plays on.

With all this in mind and with a nod to our slightly ‘electric’ name, our new season is called ‘Resistance.’ Yes, Blow the Fuse is like a movement. Despite the vagaries of funding from different bodies which have left us high and dry so many times, we know we have the most wonderful followers, friends and fans. We could not have continued all this time without your support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Resistance badges and T-shirts will be out soon 🙂 – and we have a great Blow the Fuse season coming up for 2019! Highlights include:

Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project on Thursday 31st January. Fresh from their sold out concert at the Elgar Rooms, we’re looking forward to an evening of incredible tap dance improvisations with Jazz and Brasilian music played by a six piece band led by drummer Michele Drees. BOOK TICKETS NOW!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us and the one and only CAROL GRIMES. Friday 8th March The Old Church on Stoke Newington Church Street. An all-star band includes Annie Whitehead, Jessica Lauren and Alison Rayner plus a set from the UK’s top guitar duo Deirdre Cartwright & Kathy Dyson. BOOK TICKETS NOW

Carol Grimes

Carol Grimes ‘Equal parts Marsha Hunt, Julie Driscoll and Merry Clayton, turning her song poems into seductive, hypnotic and terrifying incantations. A remarkable piece.’ Lois Wilson MOJO

Mrs Dates Diary:

  • Thursday 31 JanuaryMichele Drees’ Jazz tap Project Vortex Jazz Club BOOK
  • Thursday 28 FebruaryPaint it Blue Deirdre Cartwright & Rachel Bartlett Vortex Jazz Club BOOK
  • Friday8 March International Women’s day with Carol Grimes The Old Church, Stoke Newington BOOK
  • Thursday 21 March Deirdre Cartwright PLAY groupfeaturing Louise Elliott (sax/flute) Vortex Jazz Club BOOK
  • Thursday 28 MarchARQLeicester Jazzhouse BOOK
  • Thursday25 April Annie Whitehead Vortex Jazz Club

Blow the Fuse team posts up new photos and news regularly on our facebook pages and our website






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