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Guy Barker Big Band - Inferno 67

17th – 19th September 2024

Inferno 67 features his 18-piece big band plus Clarke Peters as narrator plus vocalists Vanessa Haynes and Joe Stilgoe. It reflects Guy’s love of every stage of jazz’s evolution, from the 1920s to the contemporary, and his abiding affection for film noir and classic TV series.

Ticket prices

£50 – £70

Line-up

GUY BARKER – conductor
CLARKE PETERS – narrator
VANESSA HAYNES, JOE STILGOE – vocals
NATHAN BRAY, TOM REES-ROBERTS, LOUIS DOWDSWELL, PAT WHITE, GEORGE HOGG – trumpets
ALISTAIR WHITE, WINSTON ROLLINS, DAN HIGHAM, MARK FROST – trombones
SAMMY MAYNE, BEN CASTLE, GRAEME BLEVINS, PER 'TEXAS' JOHANSSON, JESSAMY HOLDER – saxes, woodwind
JIM WATSON – keys
AL CHERRY – guitar
FERG IRELAND bass; ED RICHARDSON drums
ACTORS – TBC

Inferno 67 began with a simple instruction to his long-term collaborator, author and screenwriter Robert Ryan: imagine an episode of The Twilight Zone, but one written and directed by David Lynch and scored by Miklos Rosza, Bernard Herrmann and Johnny Dankworth...and maybe the Beatles.

The powerhouse Guy Barker Big Band is filled with world-class soloists, can manage every switchback that its titular leader can throw at it and much more besides. The firebrand soul and funk come courtesy of the incomparable Vanessa Haynes; the narration is provided by that consummate storyteller, writer and actor Clarke Peters (The Wire, Five Guys Named Mo, His Dark Materials etc. etc,); the wit and devilish charm is supplied by the urbane Joe Stilgoe; the shape-shifting love story involves two of the UK’s top actors.

A world where time, music, people and sexuality are fluid and malleable. A place where sixties funk and soul rub up against the outer limits of John Coltrane. 

Welcome to hell.  Welcome to love. Welcome to Inferno 67.

Music composed an arranged by Guy Barker
Story and script by Robert Ryan
Song Lyrics by Joe Stilgoe