National Trust of Guernsey are excited to welcome Edward Jay, world-class accordion virtuoso, as a performer at the Summer Courtyard Concerts on Wednesday 25th July at 6pm, at The Courtyard, Folk and Costume Museum, Saumarez Park.
Edward was born into a family who had a musical instrument leaning against pretty much every vertical surface in their family home. With the notable exception of an accordion.
So, on his 8th birthday, after some petitioning, Edward was duly presented with a 48 bass Galotta. And by the age of 12, Edward and his family were playing professionally for weddings and barn dances.
Both Edward’s brothers pursued careers in music at the earliest opportunity, but being something of a rebel, Edward decided to undertake a Maths degree instead, and consequently pursued several other careers first (mainly software design, data analysis and 3D CAD)
However, Edward did in fact eventually return to music, and found himself teaching music in schools, selling accordions, writing for TV and films, and performing for several international theatre shows (including Noel Coward’s ‘Brief Encounter’ which eventually swept him to Broadway, New York)
But more recently, Edward has formed a close collaboration with world-leading harmonica player Will Pound. This surprising and unique combination of instruments has led to the development of unusual and rarely seen techniques for both instruments, which has consequently established a reputation for both instrumentalists as world-class virtuosos in their respective fields.
And whilst the duo continue to perform on international concert stages together, they also both have parallel solo careers, pushing technical and musical boundaries even further with their respective instruments.
As well as pursuing a musical career, Edward is also actively establishing himself as a tuner, repairer, builder and designer of free-reed musical instruments. And, using his array of 3D CAD skills, he is currently setting up a brand for the next generation of digitally-designed acoustic instruments.
We look forward to experiencing Edward’s talent at what is sure to be a captivating performance – and for a promising taste of that talent, please see here
How to find us:
Location Map: The Folk and Costume Museum, Saumarez Park, Castel, GY5 7UJ
Perry’s Guide Map: Reference 15 G2
Bus Routes: 41 and 42
Buses leave the Town Terminus every 15 minutes. Alight from the bus at Saumarez Park.
No ticket purchase. Entry at the gate.
Seating and refreshments are available, but please feel free to bring your own picnic, chairs and rugs and be at home, in your heritage Courtyard.
‘Preserving Guernsey’s heritage for future generations’