Taliesin Live - Butterfly's Wing


Featuring Jacqui Dankworth (voice) and Christian Garrick (violin)

David Gordon (piano), Ben Davis (cello)

'The most expressive voice of her generation.' THE OBSERVER

Four fantastic musicians. A wonderfully transparent sound-world. By turns magical, witty, powerful and a panoply of seductive rhythms. Cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal. Grammy-Award-nominated singer Jacqui Dankworth is joined by an all-star line-up: award-winning composer and jazz pianist David Gordon; Ben Davis, whose group Basquiat Strings have been Mercurynominated; and Christian Garrick, widely recognised as the UK’s leading jazz violinist.

'Jacqui Dankworth is one of our finest singers, regardless of category.' SUNDAY TIMES

Tonight Butterfly’s Wing perform songs and pieces from their brand new album Le Départ released in 2018 on Flying Blue Whale Records and distributed by Proper Note Music.

'Sweeter than wine.' SEAN RAFFERTY BBC RADIO 3

'I was spellbound by the tranquil and spacious atmosphere created by the mellifluous Butterfly's Wing.  I often had the impression of a much larger ensemble.' Anon (Audience member)

Thursday 21 March 7.30pm

Prices and Times:

Thu 21st Mar


Pricing Information:

Full price:£ 16
Under 18's:£ 14
Full time students:£ 14
Senr.Citizens:£ 14
Other Conc.:£ 14

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Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui’s unique musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues, and numerous other influences. She is also an accomplished actor, having performed leading parts with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and in London’s West End. Jacqui’s performance and recording include a diverse array of celebrated musicians, including the Brodsky Quartet, Courtney Pine, Marvin Hamlisch, Paloma Faith, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Gretchen Parlato, Clare Teale, Georgie Fame, Charlie Wood, Gregory Porter, The London Symphony Orchestra, and legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea.


Christian Garrick is an award-winning British jazz violinist and was the first jazz violin graduate of London's illustrious Royal Academy of Music.  Christian has featured as soloist with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Bireli Lagrene, Dolly Parton, All About Eve, Duffy, Van Morrison, Dame Cleo Laine and the late great Sir John Dankworth. Christian has recorded six solo albums and is also leader of the legendary Budapest Cafe Orchestra of Harringay. He is also a busy studio musician and has added his violin to a wealth of film soundtracks including Les Miserables, The Hobbit, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnasus, Chocolat, Brideshead Revisited, La Vie En Rose, Chicago, Borat, An Ideal Husband, Tomorrow Never Dies and The Book Of Life.  He is a professor of jazz violin studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


David Gordon is something of a polymath on the British jazz scene, having gained degrees in mathematics and logic, before going on to study piano and harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music. As harpsichordist, he has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert and Andrew Manze, toured Europe and South America with the European Baroque Orchestra, and played at the Melbourne Festival and EXPO 98 in Lisbon with Opera Theatre Company of Dublin.  He leads Respectable Groove, a revolutionary experimental early music/jazz band, with the star-recorderist Evelyn Nallen.  David has played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and visited many international jazz festivals including the Red Sea festival in Eilat.  His own trio toured the UK and Denmark - including two appearances at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse - and has also performed with Andy Sheppard, Norma Winstone, Harry Allen among many more.


Ben Davis is a member of the F-IRE Collective and he leads the Mercury-nominated group Basquiat Strings. Ben studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later at the Banff School of Fine Arts with bassist Dave Holland.  He has since pursued a varied musical career encompassing classical, world, pop, early music and jazz. He has performed with Django Bates, Hassan Erraji, The Dufay Collective, Evan Parker, Christine Tobin, Steve Buckley, Huw Warren, Jason Yarde, Kylie Minogue, Julian Joseph, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the R. S. C. Ben also teaches jazz cello and has led workshops for kids. Recently he has toured with Ethiopian "Father of Jazz" Mulato Astake, featured in Graeme Steven's score for the silent film "Sunrise", a series of concerts with saxophonists Gilad Altzman and a tour with Ingrid Laubrock's International octet which included Tom Rainey, Dress Gress, Mary Halverson and Liam Noble.