Music club welcomes Ugly Bug Ragtime Three

Ugly Bug Ragtime Three members John Burgess, Andy Sharkey and Ross Milligan will swing into Campbeltown.
Ugly Bug Ragtime Three members John Burgess, Andy Sharkey and Ross Milligan will swing into Campbeltown.

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The members of trad jazz trio Ugly Bug Ragtime Three are set to swing into Campbeltown later this month.

Kintyre Music Club welcomes the group which brings together three of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians to play a wonderful mix of hot rags, blues and stomps from the golden age of jazz, all delivered with real drive, swing and verve by the wee band with the big sound.

Ugly Bug Ragtime Three have played at jazz festivals all over their native land often playing with special guests, including Enrico Tomasso, Leroy Jones, Pete Rudeforth, Nic Ball and Roy Williams.

The band – comprising John Burgess, Ross Milligan and Andy Sharkey – have released three albums – 2014’s C’Mon Meet The Ugly Bug Ragtime Three and 2016’s Meet Me Tonight In Dream Land, as well as an EP with the wonderful piano player Brian Kellock.

John Burgess on clarinet and saxophone has played at jazz festivals and clubs all over the world, from the USA and Canada to Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe. John has also played on more than 100 recordings and has played and recorded with Jon Erik Kelso, Scott Robinson, Digby Fairweather, Forrie Cairns, Ian Bateman, Jim Fryer, Jim Mullen, Tom Kincaid, Stephanie Trick, Keith Nichols, TJ Johnson and Max Bygraves.

Ross Milligan’s guitar and banjo has graced live and studio sessions with artists as diverse as The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Trip Hop Artist Tricky, Horse, Pee Wee Ellis, Ute Lemper, Barbara Morrison, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir George Martin and The Scottish Guitar Quartet. Ross has also written music for the films Get Happy (2015) and Butterflies of Bill Baker (2013), and his compositions have appeared on TV worldwide.

An increasingly familiar face on the Scottish jazz scene, Andy Sharkey’s string bass has graced sessions with singers Todd Gordon and Niki King, pianists Brian Kellock and Euan Stevenson, saxophonist Konrad Wisniewski and guitarist Nigel Clark. Andy has toured in the UK and US with West End hit musical The Rat Pack.

The trio will perform at the Lorne and Lowland Church Hall on Friday March 20.

Tickets for the concert, which begins at at 7.30pm, can be bought at the door for £10, while entry is free of charge for students and children.