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Top  Upcoming Gigs
October 28th Sat
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Private Party
, Hamburg.
November 1st Wed
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra
The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol.
November 2nd Thu
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra
Hatch Court, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge

Top  As warm as a July Tomato...

As the nights slowly start to draw in and the cool autumn winds begin to chase the odd stray leaf around the streets, I`m very pleased to be able to announce the dates for our album-launch concerts in England followed by a 12-date tour of Scotland... and (for all you technophiles and iphone strokers) that D`rect from the Shire is now available to download digitally onto your favoured device (as long as that device is not a tractor, bench-saw or similar...)
The dates and details are as follows:

November 1st - BRISTOL - The Wardrobe Theatre
Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

2nd - DEVON - Hatch Court, Loddiswell, TQ7 4AJ
Tickets: email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com

3rd - BATH - Priston Village Hall
Tickets - villagehallgigs.wordpress.com

4th - NORTHANTS - King`s Cliffe Village Hall
Tickets - email/paypal thesofasessions@live.ie

6th - LONDON - Official Album Launch
The Old Queen’s Head, Islington, N1 8LN
Tickets - wegottickets.com/event/414343 www.theoldqueenshead.com

December 1st - EYEMOUTH - Hippodrome

2nd - MONIAIVE - Craigdarroch Arms Hotel

3rd - INVERNESS - Hootananny

4th - ABERDEEN - Blue Lamp

5th - GLASGOW - Star Folk Club

6th - KILBARCHAN - Centre for Peforming Arts

7th - FALKIRK Folk Club


9th - FIFE - Letham Nights

10th - EDINBURGH - Edinburgh House Concert*

Tickets: email contact@jezhellard.com for info

11th - HAWICK - String Theory

For those of you out west (no, not that far west), my apologies for failing to inform you via this mailing list about our shows in Glastonbury and Bath a couple of weeks ago. I realised my mistake on the way to the Bath show, but by that time there was nothing I could do about it. I normally feel like I write too much, so at least it`s a novelty to get chastised for writing too little.

I trust you`ll forgive me, and very much look forward to seeing you all either at The Wardrobe Theatre, Priston Village Hall or Hatch Court, depending on where in the west you`re nestled.

To those of you who enjoy my more poetic (and oft long-winded) ramblings, I`ve spent so much of this summer either going through endless boxes of tat accrued over thirty years, or sitting at this screen doing album-related admin, that I fear I`ve little to report, and my neck is currently so seized up that I shall now retired to lie on this spiky plastic ball.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the concerts in the autumn. Please help us spread the word amongst your music loving friends, and remember to get yourself a copy of the new album, either in a jam-swaddled old fashioned CD or its new-fangled digital incarnation. Everyone so far says it`s the best we`ve ever done.

All the best from a slightly twisted computer-based troubadour.

Posted: 5th Sep 2017 | Contact


Top  A pallet load of jammy goodness...

Many thanks to all who have pre-ordered a copy (or even multiple copies) of our fantastic new live album, D’rect from the Shire, and to all the delightful audiences who’ve come to hear The Djukella Orchestra play around Kent, Sussex, London, Hampshire and Dorset these past couple of weeks.

I’m very excited to say that the physical copies of the album have now arrived, neatly stacked on a pallet of jammy goodness, and are both looking and sounding marvellous. I’m just sealing up envelopes for the first batch of lucky recipients and heading to the post office. (For those of you who think CDs are old hat, it will be available to download to your favoured device shortly.) Now we just need to pay £3000+ of invoices in the next 28 days… Eeek!

It will be released officially to the general public with a run of concerts in the cool winds of autumn, but YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON ONE RIGHT NOW (or as soon as the Royal Mail can oblige), and help save us from going bankrupt in the meantime.

So if you’ve been thinking “I’d like to get myself one of those” but have forgotten to click the link and initiate its arrival, now’s the time to act!

If you have friends who like music, jam, poetry, wit, wisdom, singing and/or dancing, get them a copy, or tell them to buy their own (depends on the friend, I suppose). If you don’t like music, songs, jam or people, then buy several copies for people you don’t like. Everyone’s a winner…

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been lucky enough to wallow a little in the sights and sounds of the south coast, from the Isle of Thanet to the Isle of Purbeck (both are in fact peninsulae if you want to be picky) and back, taking in a touch of East London, with plenty of Hampshire downs and a good chunk of the High Weald thrown in for good measure; singing to a catholic selection of sailors, hipsters, gentlefolk and geomancers, ramblers, gamblers, musos and mermaids. It has been an absolute pleasure play for, sing to and chat with you all along the way.

Thanks to Kevin & Jean at The Square and Compass, Paul, Retta, Charlie and the Cheriton Sessions team, Andrew, Doug, Tony and all at Kipp’s, the incredibly hardworking Laura at Jamboree, Michelle and the crew in Wingham (not to mention Steafan, Saskia and Clan Hannigan… what a coincidence!), Chris Basford for saving our bacon at short notice and Nye Parsons, James Gavin and Alastair Caplin for being so darned brilliant.

Now to hit the streets and busk until I’ve got three grand to pay these bills, or my fingers fall off.

Much love to all of you.

Posted: 18th Jul 2017 | Contact


Top  D`rect from the Shire for your listening pleasure...

As the sun starts to burn steam off the trees and and the funk of this sweltering summer begins to rise once more, I find my self ready, at last, to send the new Djukella Orchestra album on its merry way to the factory. Resplendently swaddled in jars of the finest King`s Cliffe jam, chutney and home-grown chillies, and packed to the gills with the musical wizardry of Messrs Caplin, Gavin, Henderson, Parsons, Coulthard and Black-Roff, it really is the best thing we`ve ever crafted.

Recorded live in concert on consecutive nights last year, and entitled "D`rect from the Shire" it captures The Djukella Orchestra in majestic form, performing a repertoire described by one happy audient as "wall to wall bangers", and featuring amongst other wonders, the most incredible recordings of Nye Parsons caressing his double-bass we`ve ever managed to preserve.

We`ll be releasing the album to press and public with a run of shows in the first week of November, followed by a tour of Scotland in early December, but for those of you who are keen to get your hands on a copy, you can order one right away via the link above and help us pay the huge bill which will be on it`s way to us imminently.

I know it`s coming out a little later than promised, but it`s always worth getting everything just right, and between my endless ramblings on country roads near and far, I have found myself in recent months (even more so than usual) gawking aghast at the endlessly unfolding tragicomic pantomime of our news-cycle, and losing whole days to wondering just what on earth is going on.

To think that just a month ago, we were being promised a repetitive and tautological hard breakfast by a strong and stable answering-machine seemingly conceived in an unholy union between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a handbag, marching ever onward towards a total man date...

How things change. I must offer my sincerest thanks to all the people (and indeed unseen forces) who`ve contrived to reinvigorate our national political consciousness over the past few weeks. While our understanding of the world seems to crumble all around us, buffeted this way and that by outrageous fortune and increasingly mind-numbing and senseless tragedy, some are left agog, rocking backwards and forwards muttering "strong and stable...strong and stable...sarong and table...thong and sable...", but others are thinking.

For the first time in my adult life, it seems that people everywhere are actually starting to discuss really important issues. On the bus, in restaurants, in the pub, walking along the street, I keep overhearing people in lively debate about a host of issues, instead of the usual celebrity gossip and inanity, however hard the red-tops try to distract us. Sometimes filled with the old bile and vitriol, from whichever political angle, but often much more interesting than the mindless shouting which for so long has passed as debate.

As a performing musician, particularly in the less salubrious venues, I`m well practiced at singing meaningful songs whilst selectively tuning out "So Frank said to Helen, that Sue had been on the phone to Mike, and he said..." or that guy who insists on giving detail directions to the recycling centre centre round the back of the station in Basingstoke, "you know, the one down the lane just past that phone-box with the broken door, where John used to..." I still listen to it all, but have managed to train myself not to join in. So after years of developing this inanity filter, I find my ears constantly pricking up at actual snippets of real conversation. It`s often a little bleak, but so refreshing for these old ears.

Much has been made of the remarkable rise in young people`s engagement with the democratic process, but it`s not just confined to the young. I have been deeply inspired to find people of all ages, and from all walks of life, who`ve spent the past decade and more totally disillusioned and increasingly apathetic, develop a new-found engagement with their community and a distinct twinkle in the eye.

As Mr. Trump throws all of Obama`s toys out of the pram in a puce-faced septuagenarian tantrum across the pond, and our continental cousins look on in bewilderment and the strength and stability of our leadership, it seems increasingly apparent that we`d better just get on with sorting things out ourselves. The incredible community response to the wanton sacrifice of countless souls in Grenfell Tower last week may contrast starkly with the official response, but is testament to the resourcefulness and compassion of our citizenry. Admittedly there are some nutters out there, but the vast majority of us are more than happy to help out where help is needed.

Thanks to all the people who`ve come out to listen to us in London over the past few days, and to Seamus and Clan Gavin for hosting the best GavFleadh to date. At some points it has been so hot that I`ve been worried I`d melt into a puddle, but it`s been a joy to be surrounded by such abundant musical talent. Alastair Caplin and Nick Hart down at the Magic Garden, Johnny Cage and the Voodoo Olive appearing (as if by magic) from Cardiff, Amadis, Tell Tale Tusk and the Freddy-Stitz Rock n` Soul Collective at Jam in a Jar, and Hugh O`Neill jetting in from Armagh with his banjo, we`ve been inundated with music of the highest calibre.

The Djukella Orchestra will be back on the road for a few shows in July, first down in Kent, in Broadstairs, Wingham and Folkestone respectively, then a rare London show at our favourite bohemian hideaway, Jamboree, at Cable Street Studios in Limehouse, before heading to the south coast to Worth Matravers and Cheriton. All the dates and details are on the gigs page of the website. Looking forward to seeing many of you along the way.

Posted: 20th Jun 2017 | Contact