Ma Boyle’s is a true Liverpool institution. The intimate hideaway is just off Water Street and nestled by the beautiful St Nick’s church gardens, an alehouse and eatery which is part of Liverpool’s maritime soul. Food and drink is served all day long, from breakfast brunchers and liquid lunchers to brilliant bistro dishes, and complimented by a wonderful range of beverages and irresistible cocktails at the stunning site infused with a touch of bohemia and history.
And of course there’s the music, too. Partnering with ParrJazz, Ma Boyle’s offers their irresistible weekly Jazz Saturdays which are now back for an opening run of free shows through January and February, with the first live event this Saturday 15 January with The Manouchetones.
Iain Hoskins, Ma Boyle’s owner, says: “We can’t wait to see Ma’s buzzing again and as always the ParrJazz guys are programming some wonderfully diverse artists in the coming weeks. Ma’s suits it all so well, jazz compliments our home and there’s something special about the music these very talented people create. It’s a highlight in our programming and we love having the sounds of jazz at Ma Boyle’s.”
Expect sultry grooves and aural delights each Saturday with some very talented artists dropping in. It’s free entry for all Jazz Saturday shows which start from 8.30pm. Reservations are via www.maboyles.com
Saturday 15 January – THE MANOUCHETONES
Take a moment and picture the swinging dance halls of the Champs Elysee or the smoke-filled jazz clubs of the Montmartre – The Manouchetones have the perfect soundtrack to take Ma Boyle’s there.
Saturday 22 January – ED KAINYEK
Ed is a saxophonist with an earthy and expressive style. Originally from Sierra Leone, he has long been an established and respected figure on the Manchester Jazz scene and is always welcome at ParrJazz.
Saturday 29 January – BLIND MONK
Liverpool’s own Blind Monk cascading Black Sabbath/Stranglers/Coltrane hitting hard and fast with sax and bass. Not to be missed.
Saturday 5 February – FRANK GRIFFITH
Renowned saxophonist, clarinetist and arranger, Frank developed his distinctive New York jazz sound living and performing in the fabled city for over 20 years. Counting Joe Henderson Lester Young, Duke Ellington and Burt Bacharach as some of his main influences, Frank plays many forms of jazz including modern, mainstream and traditional alongside funk and soul.
Saturday 12 February – THE MONOUCHETONES
The Monouchetones are back for a second show in February.
Saturday 19 February – ROB STRINGER
Music from the very talented man who performed on Christmas eve last year at Ma’s. A gifted and highly regarded jazz singer and pianist with interpretations of classic swing tunes from the Rat Pack and Tony Bennett to The Beatles, Jamie Cullum and even Michael Jackson – Rob always makes the songs swing.
Saturday 26 February – NEIL YATES
Multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger and educator Neil Yates worked initially for the BBC Big Band and Johnny Dankworth Orchestra and as a high-profile session musician performing and recording with the Brand New Heavies, Black Grape, Lighthouse Family, Alison Moyet and Robbie Williams. Also has his own sublime solo material too including jazz album’s ‘New Origins’ and ‘Five Countries’.
Further dates will be announced soon.
Ma Boyle’s Alehouse & Eatery, 7 Tower Gardens, Liverpool, L3 1LG