RVJB: A Triple Bill for International Women’s Day

On the evening of Wednesday 8th March 2023, the Grand joins Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues in a celebration of International Women’s Day.  Emma Johnson and Gravy Boat, Northern Live 2023 star, Sarah Heneghan, and local women’s jazz band Elbow Room, led by Trish Ferrarin, have put together a show that’s buzzing with uplifting tunes and funky beats.

It’s the result of months of collaboration from Emma, Sarah and Trish. These three musical leaders have provided new compositions and performance workshops hosted by Clitheroe’s local band Elbow Room, which emerged from the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues project Women in Jazz. With the help of Emma, Sarah and Trish, the stage is set for an exciting musical journey with showcases from Emma and Gravy Boat, Sarah Heneghan’s Power Out and Elbow Room – a real Triple Bill.

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a Leeds based saxophonist, composer and the bandleader of Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat.

Gravy Boat perform Emma’s melodic, cinematic jazz compositions and have been described as ‘one of the most refreshingly imaginative and perfectly configured acts in contemporary jazz’.

Originally hailing from Lancashire, Emma has recently written a new set of music ‘Northern Flame’ commissioned by Lancaster Jazz Festival, which will form the basis of her second album.

Sarah Heneghan

Originally from South Wales, Sarah Heneghan is a Sheffield-based drummer and composer involved in numerous collaborations across the North. Her solo project, ‘Power Out’, tells a story of entrancing electronic music contrasted with improvised live drumming, blowing apart expectations of what solo drumming can be. It has received funding from Arts Council England, and performed at Shambala Festival, London Jazz Festival & Manchester Jazz Festival, to name a few. 

About Ribble Jazz Valley International Women’s Day:

“Sometimes I stop and reflect on what I do for a living. Being asked to contribute to this event, an ethos which I deeply care about, is an absolute dream. I’m so grateful and excited to be supporting other women in music.”

Elbow Room

Elbow Room is a music project based in Clitheroe nurtured by the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club.

It provides regular rehearsal and development sessions especially designed to help women increase their musical skills in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.   

The sessions provide a respite from the extra energy required to take musical risks in mixed settings.  We aim to empower women with the confidence and pride to hold the stage and communicate with an audience so everyone can enjoy music making. 

Elbow Room have delighted in working with three musical giants committed to equity in creativity, Emma Johnson, Sarah Heneghan and Trish Ferrarin and the show for International Womens Day will celebrate music and the journey.

Emma, Sarah and Trish have one aim in common – to welcome as many people as possible into making music and enjoying jazz.  Each have been inspired by building confidence and performance for the women of Elbow Room, and by the end of the show, everyone involved will be together on stage to make  some big sounds to make International Women’s Day in Clitheroe a really fun time for all – we really hope you can be with us so reserve your place right now!

Purchase your tickets here: https://www.thegrandvenue.co.uk/events/rvjb-presents-a-triple-bill-for-international-womens-day/

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