The Sessions bring something special to diners at Amélies on selected Fridays in June and July and are a great way to lead up to the main summer season.
Owner Sam Sheffield-Dunstan has grown up surrounded by music, as her Dad, Norman Sheffield, who sadly passed away last year, was the founder and owner of the renowned Trident Studios in Soho.
Sam said: “We’ve been running the Sessions now for three years and I’m delighted to be in a position to bring another great line-up of talent our customers to enjoy this year.
“One of my absolute favourite music venues is Ronnie Scott’s in London, one of the world’s oldest jazz clubs and the aim is to recreate the amazing atmosphere of a night at Ronnie’s with a Cornish twist here in Porthleven. The atmosphere at the sessions is always so unique and uplifting that I often wish I could bottle it!”
Below is the line-up of events coming up this summer at the harbourside venue:
The Grace Notes – Friday, June 26
A retro sound infusion of musical moods and genres from the power and inspiration of gospel to the cool, smooth tones of groovy jazz and the rhythmic vibrations of soul, motown and funk. The Grace Notes went down a storm on Sunday night at this year’s Porthleven Food Festival and now they’re back for more music on the harbourside.
Makin’ Whoopee – Friday, July 10
Cool, sophisticated jazz will be the order of the day as Makin’ Whoppee take the floor. Stephanie Johnson has performed many times at Amélies with her burlesque group The Slinky Minskys. Now this dramatic diva and her silky smooth voice are returning to entertain diners, accompanied by pianist Don Deacon, whose career has seen him perform as a soloist, band member and session musician. He’s also written songs and composed and arranged music for film, television and ballet.
Kai Hoffman – Friday, July 17
If you love jazz and a great night out, you’ll adore the silky, rich voice, joie-de-vivre and infectious performance of blonde bombshell Kai Hoffman. ‘The Queen of Swing’ (Ian Shaw — BBC Jazz Awards winner Best Vocalist 2004 & 2007) is a resident singer at Ronnie Scott’s and has gained much critical praise for her latest album Do It While You Can.
Charlie Wingfield – Friday, July 24
This charismatic singer-songwriter from Porthtowan performs acoustic folk songs that tell tales of his life and environment and echo the contours of his Cornish homeland: harsh and rugged at times, but refreshed with waves of sunshine and good vibes.
You can book a table for the evening by calling Amélies on 01326 554000 or book online at ameliesporthleven.co.uk.