Caroline Podetti (FR)

Caroline Podetti has performed at the UK Boogie Woogie Festival over many years and is a firm favourite with audiences, largely due to her smile and infectious enthusiasm! Caroline’s energy and expertise has made her a popular figure in shows and festivals throughout Europe.

Having danced since her childhood, Caroline graduated with a State Diploma of Dance in France and now teaches as many as 250 students in classes in Paris. She first danced in jazz ballet with Bruno Agati in “Around the World” before joining Jelly Germain’s company for the music festival in Laroquebrou. In 2017, she obtained the first role in a French cabaret “La Nouvelle Eve” in a musical tribute to a famous French female singer Dalida.

Caroline once again joins Jelly at this year’s festival. Their fantastic Boogie Woogie dance style, energetic moves and sheer enthusiasm must surely make you want to get up and have a go! Why not attend one of their Dance Workshops at the Chivrick Room at the Exchange or just sit back and enjoy the dancing at the Friday and Saturday night concerts?

Nirek Mokar (FR)

Nirek Mokar has quickly established himself as a festival favourite, following his outstanding performances in recent year. When listening to the music of him play, it’s hard to believe he is a youngster of only 16 years of age! Nicknamed the Boogie Woogie Kid, Nirek has been influenced by the original pioneers of the music, together with the watchful eyes and hands of boogie woogie stars such as Jean Pierre Bertrand and Jean-Baptiste Franc. He has an incredible ear and an intuition for tempo, fine-tuned by his constant desire to learn more and more and become better and better.

Nirek has “rubbed shoulders” with the likes of pianists such as Axel Zwingenberger, Frank Muschalle, Big John Carter and Ricky Nye. He has played in the Boogie Woogie Speakeasy in Paris – a venue unique to the music and featuring no less than 6 pianos! His passion and enthusiasm is infectious and his influences many and varied. Nirek used Youtube to improve his technique and it’s likely that others in turn will now be influenced by him!

Boogie Woogie is in the safe hands of Nirek Mokar! You can see Nirek perform this year at Comins Tea House, playing two sets on Saturday.

Geert van Bon (Netherlands)

We are delighted to welcome back Geert to the Uk Boogie Woogie Festival for another weekend of music masters. Coming from a house filled with the music of the great boogie woogie and rock 'n roll pianists, Geert caught the boogie bug during a house concert by Dutch master Rob Agerbeek. A few years later his influences range from Albert Ammons to Axel Zwingenberger and from Jerry Lee Lewis to some of the Disney evergreens. He has performed at several house concerts in the Netherlands and featured as a guest artist at concerts while visiting Barcelona, Germany and the United States. Geert made his UK debut at the 2016 UK Boogie Woogie Festival. This year, once more, you can see Geert perform at one of our cafe venues Stur of the Moment, playing 2 sets there on Saturday.

 

 

Dan Moore (UK)

Dan is from the home of UK boogie woogie in Dorset. He started playing the piano aged 11 and discovered the boogie woogie sound five years later. Shortly afterwards he met Julian Phillips and is now a regular face at the UK Boogie Woogie clubnights in Sturminster Newton. Dan has been influenced by many quality boogie woogie players including Vince Weber, our own Julian Phillips and Johan Blohm.

His playing and singing are intense and full of soul.

He has played at various venues around Dorset and further afield, with Julian Phillips and other Boogie Woogie Club members, as well as performing with his own family- based trio, “3 Moore”. This year Dan plays two sets at the Sweet Pea Café on Saturday.

Rob Pokorny (UK)

Robert is a familiar face at the UK Boogie Woogie Festival, providing a solid beat behind both local and International performers. Robert is a freelance drummer, preferring Jazz, Swing, R&B and Boogie Woogie. He has also worked with Si Cranstoun, James Hunter and Chicago blues legend Billy Branch, amongst many others. In recent months, Robert has founded the quartet, Blues de Minuit, playing sophisticated instrumental music for a variety of settings. Robert has done extensive work in the blues festival circuit around the UK and abroad, and being based in London he occasionally gets the chance to play with the legend that is Big John Carter.

Matt Little  (UK)

We are very pleased to welcome Matt Little for his first guest appearance at the UK Boogie Woogie Festival. Matt was born in South London and had piano lessons from the age of six although he had already begun to pick out tunes by ear on the family piano prior to that. His father had an early Columbia valve record player, and a 78rpm recording of Meade Lux Lewis playing ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’ sold him on learning Boogie Woogie by slowing the speed down with a yellow duster! A recording of Jerry Lee Lewis ‘High School Confidential’ was next to get the same treatment.

Matt went on to play in semi-professional bands from his early teens, and eventually worked as a session and touring pianist for Chrysalis and EMI records in the mid - 1980s. Matt currently plays for former record producer Mike Vernon & the Mighty Combo performing vintage R & B material, along with his own bands and recording projects. Matt also plays solo gigs in the wine bar and restaurant circuit as well as jazz and blues clubs, mixing traditional material with retro adaptations of rhythm and blues songs. You can watch Matt perform 2 sets at the Swan Inn on Saturday.