Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Hermine Deurloo

Friday 29 October 2021

  • Doors: 29/10/2021 07:00PM

The Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club is thrilled to welcome the multi award-winning pianist Gwilym Simcock for a rescheduled concert performance.

He will be flanked by two virtuosic musicians in their own right, guitarist Mike Walker and harmonica player Hermine Deurloo, for a fabulous night of music that was initially planned for the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, 2020.

The two founder members of the much loved group “The Impossible Gentlemen” - Gwilym and Mike - have established a unique rapport through their love of music of all kinds from rock to classical, jazz and folk. These extraordinary improvisational talents explore a rich harmonic world that is highly accessible, emotionally engaging and often jaw dropping. They met Hermine Deurloo at Ambleside Festival last year and found an instant musical rapport. This is a new trio with much to explore.

“A world-class performance” Leicester Mercury

“Daring, imaginative stuff. Simply a thrill” Marlbank

Mike Walker’s passion for guitar was heavily influenced by his own interest in jazz but flavoured by a broad spectrum of genres across the musical spectrum. Mike plays in The Printmakers with Nikki Iles, Norma Winstone, Mark Lockhart, James Maddren and Steve Watts, and has also been busy composing and touring with The Impossible Gentlemen, a group he co-leads with Gwilym Simcock, They have released 3 albums and in 2013 the group were named ‘Best Jazz Ensemble’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Hermine Deurloo is a jazz chromatic harmonica player from Amsterdam. She has performed all over the world and has recorded several albums. Her most recent features Steve Gadd, Kevin Hayes, and Tony Scherr. In 2018, she was awarded the Bernie Bray Harmonica Player of the year award.