Dart Music Festival – Blues and Big Band…

When we said there’s an eclectic mix of music on offer at this year’s Dart Music Festival – 13th, 14th & 15th May 2016 – we weren’t kidding..!

If blues is your thing, we know you’re going to love KRIS BARRAS

Inspired by his father at the early age of only six years old, Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning ten and has since gone on to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live.

The UK based guitarist has extensive experience touring in various bands throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, as both a solo artist and as a session musician.


A published author who has written many guitar-technique columns, books and instructional DVDs, Kris has also been a feature lecturer at the distinguished Academy if Music and Sound. Kris currently writes a guitar technique column  for ‘Blues Matters’ magazine.

Read what other s have to say about Kris Barras – then come and see for yourself!

Kris Brras reviews

“A natural blues guitarist with a great feel” – Guitar Technique Magazine

“Stunning performance!” – Blues Magazine, Holland

“A complete triumph of independent blues” – Strike Magazine, USA

“Instrumental mastery” – Blues Rock Review

“Barras’ fingertips have a direct connection to the soul” – Rock Times, Germany



Or if you’re into the BIG BAND SOUND

– welcome back to the Dave Hankin Big Band

It’s great to see you again!

Yes, they’re back – and we are sure they will be just as popular, entertaining and just downright EXCELLENT as before…! And if you don’t believe how great they are – just read on…

 “Jaw-droppingly good…the finest large-scale Jazz Unit he City has ever had”

“Without any exaggeration, The Dave Hankin Big Band is by far the finest large-scale jazz unit that we have ever had in Plymouth”

“Superb instrumentation and orchestration….the blending of the reeds and brass was exceptional.”

“I really felt The Dave Hankin Big Band could not be bettered”

With press accolades such as these it is not surprising that The Dave Hankin Big Band is regarded as the leading big band in the South-West.

Dave Hankin solo 2016Want to know more about Dave Hankin? Well, born in Glasgow, he started his musical journey being taught trombone at school by Maynard Ferguson’s lead trumpet player John Donnelly and afterwards developing his writing skills with Maynard Ferguson’s arranger Adrian Drover.

He became a professional musician in 1983 when he worked in Singapore and Malaysia, after which he went on to become a Musical Director working in London. Dave recalls being given 10 days to write music for a 2 hour show ~ he made it with literally 30 minutes to spare!


Dave has always been interested in the ‘extended’ big band ~ writing for and including non-standard instruments to his big bands. One of Dave’s favourite line-ups is the addition of a French Horn and Tuba section to the usual trumpet, trombone, saxophone and rhythm sections.

He now lives in Plymouth where he runs a hotel and also his own music publishing business ~ Dynamic Music Publications ~ which specialises in trombone ensemble music.



13th, 14th & 15th May 2016