Seasoned duo set to entertain jazz fans

PAT McCarthy and Rick Woolgar will be Scarborough Jazz’s guests at the Cask tonight, to be followed next week by saxophonist Mick Donnelly.

Guitarist Pat McCarthy and tenor sax player Rick Woolgar have played together since the early 90s.

Pat has played with most UK jazz musicians of note. He is a member of the Jamil Sheriff Octet and Laura Fowles’ quartet. He recently played with Gareth Williams, John Horler, Spike Wells, Dave Green and fellow guitarist Jim Mullen. 

Last year Pat appeared at Birmingham International Festival with Art Themen and at Grimsby Festival with Alec Dankworth and Alan Barnes.

Described by Humphrey Lyttelton as “a world-class guitarist”, Pat is also a composer, arranger and jazz educator. 

“With Rick coming out of the ‘cool school’ and Pat championing the classic jazz guitar sound, we can look forward to a splendid evening of jazz,” says promoter Dick Armstrong. 

It will be third time lucky for Mick Donnelly’s return visit. Both his last performances were cancelled because of bad weather. A summer slot should give him a trouble-free journey. 

Mick is a talented musician who has played in many parts of the world; he has toured with Sting, Sammy Davis Jnr and Tony Bennett; and he has played with Shirley Bassey, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears and jazz notables as Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Shew and Michael Buble.

He began playing at the age of 11, and after leaving school worked as a semi-professional around his native Hartlepool. Moving to London, he appeared on Top of the Pops, The Tube and the Royal Variety Performance as well as doing six nights a week at the Cafe de Paris. 

Now back in Hartlepool, Mick teaches youngsters and works with the 25-strong big band Musicians Unlimited and still manages over 100 solo gigs a year.

Both acts will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio, starting at 8.45pm.

Admission to both gigs is £2.