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Music, Sat 20 Jul 2019

Leeds Jazz Festival 2019: Mrs Boyes Bingo + Laura

Leeds Jazz Festival 2019: Mrs Boyes Bingo + Laura


Our first Fusebox presention this year is “Mrs Boyes’ Bingo” featuring Mark Sanders. It is a bog-standard game of prize bingo with simultaneous drumming and percussion / disruption. Conceived and produced by Simon Thackray, the event was premiered at The Shed in North Yorkshire in 1999. This totally unrehearsed performance brings together the 81 year-old bingo caller Mrs Eileen Boyes with leading drummer and percussionist Mark Sanders, in what remains one of the happiest accidents in the world of free improvisation. Rarely do two worlds collide and create so much fun.

The first set will feature the solo improvised piano of Leeds pianist LAURA COLE. Mrs Boyes bingo will feature one of Europe’s finest improvising drummers, MARK SANDERS with legendary bass player JOHN EDWARDS, in a 20 minute opener to an extraordinary bout of free improvisation and chaos.

“You would be mad to miss such delirium.” Charles Hutchinson, The Press.
“It shouldn’t work but it does. Great fun!” Belfast Telegraph.
Individual biographies:

MRS EILEEN BOYES – bingo caller: Eileen Boyes was born in Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire in 1938. She worked in Kays Bakery in Church Street until she married at the age of 25 and started a family. She called bingo in the town hall for over 20 years to raise money for local charities. Mrs Boyes is renowned for her ‘forthright personality’ and direct approach, which, to those who don’t know her, can seem quite scary!

MARK SANDERS – drums and percussion: Mark Sanders has played with the UK`s leading improvisers including Derek Bailey, Paul Rutherford, Barry Guy, Lol Coxhill, Phil Wachsmann, Evan Parker, Keith Tippett and Sarah Gail Brand, and in major festivals in the UK, Europe. USA, and Japan. Mark has performed in a duo with Mrs Boyes since in 1999 including a tour of village halls in North Yorkshire and performances at the Music Research Centre, University of York, and Belfast International Festival.

JOHN EDWARDS – double bass: John Edwards took up bass around 1987 and co-founded The Pointy Birds. In the early 1990s he started to perform solo and work with other improvising musicians, including Lol Coxhill and Phil Minton, while also touring as a member of B-Shops For The Poor, The Honkies and GOD. Since 1995 he has been a key figure on the British improvising scene

SIMON THACKRAY – artist, promoter: Simon Thackray founded the music and poetry micro-venue The Shed in 1992. This improbable performance space, in a tiny village in North Yorkshire, is renowned for presenting world-class music and poetry and for staging Thackray’s unique live-art

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 Jul 2019 16:00 to 00:00


£15 full price (Concessions for 25 and under £7.50)


3 Quarry Hill,



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Map reference: SE 309336  Lat: 53.79823 Long: -1.53125

Leeds City Station, situated on New Station Street, is approximately a 10-minute walk from Leeds College of Music.

Leeds Central Coach Station is situated on Dyer Street between Quarry Hill and Kirkgate Market, opposite the West Yorkshire Playhouse and just two minutes from Leeds College of Music. Regular services operate from Hull, London and Manchester Airport.

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Leeds is located at the crossroads of the M62 and the M1, and just a few kilometres from the A1.

When entering the city, follow the brown road signs for ‘West Yorkshire Playhouse’ at Quarry Hill, just off the A64 York Road in the centre of Leeds – or you can follow the City Centre Loop signs.

Major attractions, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, are identified on the Loop signs. The Conservatoire is at Loop Junction 12.

Please note the Conservatoire does not have any car parking space. We recommend that visitors use the multi-storey car park on Harper Street near Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality