If it says ‘Peppery’ on the poster,

You’re guaranteed a good time!


SON YAMBU play authentic Cuban Son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African music that that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba and gave rise to Salsa. They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin music experience.

Since their debut album ‘La Maravilla’ was released to rave reviews (**** Songlines, **** The Evening Standard), Son Yambu have gone from strength to strength. The band members, who all have a lifetime’s experience playing Son, mainly come from Santiago De Cuba (the birthplace of Son) and are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre and continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map.

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& the Lost Cowboys

Peppery regulars will know that Hank Wangford exudes star quality and The Lost Cowboys never disappoint with their deadpan humour and second-to-none musicianship.

Expect an unforgettable roller-coaster ride ‘Country’ style, with harmonies, steel guitar wizardry, tears and laughter with stories of tragedy, love and broken hearts in obscure honky tonk classics and originals from Hank and co.

With Martin Belmont (Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash) on Stratocaster and 6-String Bass and world famous pedal steel guitar ace BJ Cole (Elton John, REM, The Verve etc.) in the band you get three legends for the price of one!

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1 Big Multicultural Festival

Peppery are again working with the Bangladeshi Support Group to programme the main stage at this unique event which celebrates the diversity in Ipswich and Suffolk as a whole, bringing communities together through music, dance, arts and crafts, and food in a fun environment. See https://www.bscsuffolk.org.uk for details. Acts include Kodjovi Kush and the Afrospot Allstars with the joyous sounds of West African music: highlife, afrobeat; and Rajastan Heritage Brass Band (pictured). 

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Global Rhythm

free festival of world music

For this, the 9thyear of Global Rhythm, we’ve again got an exciting lineup of the best world and roots music on the Martin Burley Peppery Stage.

SON YAMBU at 1pm - A truly, sensational, authentic Latin music experience. 'Absolutely tremendous…. extraordinary music.’   Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3
JUSTIN THURGUR’S AFRO JAZZ PROJECT at 2.30pm - The trombonist from seminal folk group Bellowhead brings his Afro-Jazz Project to Ipswich, playing tracks from their acclaimed debut album “No Confusion”.
CUBAFROBEAT at 3.30pm - A Cuban / Afrobeat Experience bringing together music from both sides of the Atlantic. Havana meets Lagos in Ipswich. 
THE DESTROYERS at 5.30pm - With madcap energy and grooves that you simply cannot stand still to, The Destroyers will launch the audience into a celtic spin, serving up a high octane closing set that must not be missed.

Global Rhythm 2018 also features the Global Village Stage, with local musicians from the diverse communities in Ipswich, the Missile Sound Stage, with Caribbean Sound System Culture, free workshops for all ages and abilities, fairground rides, cultural catering and crafts. You can find the full programme at https://www.ipswichentertains.co.uk/global-rhythm-christchurch-park-culture/

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Rumba de Bodas

Celebrating their tenth anniversary, these Italian troubadours make it their mission to party. Their exciting music blends together latin grooves, Balkan, Swing, Ska and Reggae and has had people dancing under stages everywhere from Italy to London, and from Romania to Spain. This wonderful band had a great residency at last year’s Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and after seeing them there we just had to bring them to Ipswich.  See them on video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTsOhnv8qU8 (and go to https://www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk to find out more about this weekend mix of live music, film, art and musicians’ workshops )

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The Baghdaddies

‘The best party music around’ Froots

The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours. They take themselves incredibly seriously so you don’t have to.

“If Jerry Dammers and Terry Hall had grown up listening to world music, The specials might have sounded very like the Baghdaddies.” — Uncut Magazine

See the Baghdaddies on video here...


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