Blazing Flame Quintet/6 is: Steve Day, Peter Evans, Mark Langford, Julian Dale, David Mowat & Marco Anderson.  They use jazz improvisation in interpreting the songs/text of Steve Day. BeforePoets is: Steve Day, Julie Tippetts, James Stallard & Phil Madden; a 2019 performing poetry collective.                     




Blazing Flame Quintet/6




Blazing Flame Quintet/6 on stage November 2018 at The Greenbank: David Mowat, trumpet, Marco Anderson, drums (hidden), Mark Langford, tenor sax, Steve Day, voice, percussion, Julian Dale, double bass, voice, Peter Evans, 5-string electric violin. 


  • Blazing Flame Quintet/6 - what was once five is now six. 
  • BFQ6 will be playing a range of venues in 2019 as well as continuing to play selected concerts in support of Amnesty International.  
  • BFQ6 will be releasing a new album on Leo Records in 2019. 
  • More live dates to be announced shortly.





  "The bloody loveliness of the Blazing Flames is once again electrifying."


George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly 2017, USA 


Alma Tavern Theatre

Bristol BS8 2HY 

Wednesday 15th May 2017

doors open 7.30pm, concert starts 8.00pm 

Blazing Flame Quintet/6

plus James Stallard & Steve Day

present Curving Sentences 


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Alma Tavern Theatre 

  • Steve Day Voice/hand-percussion.  Live, he enacts original song form through the ensemble's improvisation.  "Just like the other guys in the band, my interest is in improv.  Sure, my stuff is pre-written, the writing element equates to a personal practice, in performance my words undergo a transformation, perhaps even a translation.   Ornette Coleman to Langston Hughes are among my milestones.  I am who I am, carrying many different writers in my pocket; Yeats, Snyder, Plath and Beckett, plus jazz writers like the great Valerie Wilmer.  Eventually you realise you are somewhere on your own and you have to let them all go to some degree."
  • Peter Evans5-string electric violin/violin.  Peter Evans, the best electric violin player in the UK?  Sure, we've heard what some people are saying but we know there are other great players.  It's not about being 'the best'. Peter Evans has his own sound, there is nothing simple about his approach to music.  He had a long association with the Bird Architects, who bridged 'rock', 'jazz' and 'fusion'.  His composition Furlongs Dash is a classic of the genre. As well as being a central force within Blazing Flame Quintet/6, it is also possible to catch Evans performing the classical repertoire with the Dorian String Quartet and other orchestral ensembles. 
  • Mark Langford:  Tenor saxophone/bass clarinet.  Mark Langford was a founder member of Bristol Music Coop, a catalyst for free improvised music in the South West.  Wind & Fingers, Both Hands Free, Thinko Jazz, Outloud and Bullit were just some of the key bands in which he has played reeds, keyboards, and acted as composer.  He has quickly established himself as a vital voice within Blazing Flame Quintet/6, but is also involved in free 'jazz'/improvising ensembles with such players as Phil Gibbs, Paul Anstey, Bob Helson, Dominic Lash and Roger Telford.  Check out the recording Fringe Activity.
  • Julian Dale:  Double bass/cello/voice.  A former winner of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival's Young Composers Competition, Julian Dale first teamed up with the BF-Collective for the Murmuration album.  His career spans a number of key jazz and rock ensembles, playing with ace pianists such as Tim Richards and Raimundo Fernandez.  He  conducts and composes for string and symphony orchestras; recently producing and arranging a 'chamber version' of Steve Day's I Talk To Genius in which Dale performs all the vocal and instrumental parts.  His 'straight' compositions have been broadcast on Radio 3, his bass playing featured on BBC Radio 1,2,3,4,6 & BBC TV 1, 2 & Channel 4.   
  • Marco Anderson:  Drums/percussion.  Marco Anderson is an astonishingly gifted drummer; a creative rhythm hub and complete multi-instrumentalist, producer and teacher.  Anderson has played in a variety of settings and bands including jazz with Paul Dunmall, fusion with Peter Evans and blues with the legendary Tony (TS) McPhee.  He brings a dramatic tension to proceedings, offering a wide filigree of percussive colourings. "We are hoping that Marco will also be able to contribute his undoubted production skills to future recordings."  Catch Marco Anderson on all current Blazing Flame Quintet/6 dates.
  • David Mowat: Trumpet. Now a regular member of Blazing Flame Quintet/6, David Mowat will be in the line-up for the new Leo Records album 2019.  David is an eloquent trumpet explorer.  He has played with key figures like Brian Abrahams, Gail Thompson, Mick Beck and Harrison Smith.  He currently leads the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble and the Chai For All Ensemble. They have just brought out the cutting edge album Longing, Belonging And Balfour.  David's presence in Blazing Flame Quintet/6 not only contributes a brass voice to the mix, he connects closely with the philosophical heart of the band.   

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"Thanks so much for last night. It was a great evening....  the band were hugely impressive.... people there really enjoyed the challenge of your music and performance..... (and) came away raving about you and the band.  Good luck with your work in the future."


Geraldine Hill-Male, Chew Valley Arts Project 



Wrecked Chateau (Leo Records CD LR 855)



Back Into The High Tide We Go * He's Crazy * Snap Shots Of The Boy * Russian Doll * Wrecked Chateau * Flaming Gershwin * Regular Queens With Three Stray Horns * Brutus And Caesar  


"The thoughtful notes of the bass clarinet accompanied by the double bass played with the bow introduce Snap Shots of the Boy…… In the middle of engaging solos, comes the violin entwined with the trumpet played with a mute, then the verses of a poet who truly has so much to say within the current contemporary music scene."

Music Zoom, Italy, March 2019


 "….. the Flames improvising Fire-and-Feline music.  They play hot, or just flicker bow strokes; flicker saxophone or accelerate on circulating trumpet - the best band that can do anything like this."

Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy, Germany, March 2019 


Click here to see and hear Blazing Flame Quintet/6 performing Snap Shots Of The Boy at the Alma Tavern Theatre on 24th March 2019 






Press Statement 


This new line-up of Blazing Flame exudes quality.  Wrecked Chateau is an exploratory album containing eight tracks harbouring words of targeted power - "…so roams the wolf pack through the Landfill of Eden"; instrumentally this is structured improvising of a high order.  Mark Langford's tenor break on Flaming Gershwin is a precise instant signature running abstraction very deep. The UK has a unique six piece quintet; part basking in non intentional 'jazz-rock', yet at the same time imploding such a description by delivering cutting edge song/poetry.  In its own way, a breakthrough revelation.     



Tony Benjamin,  B24/7, November 30th 2018, UK


Blazing Flame Quintet/6 "kicked things off with propulsive energy and a kind of subverted jazz-rock.... Mark Langford's tenor sax playing off Peter Evan's stabbing violin.  Back Into The High Tide....  (uses) incendiary verbal phrases thrown into and across the beat and howled throughout to provide as much a musical contribution as angry lyric...."


For the full review click here.  


In the same review, BeforePoets -

James Stallard: "His unhurried delivery was crisp and clear.... unfolded bewilderingly in a relentless collage of handheld movie clips, abstract ideas, well-honed connotative phrases.... and even the occasional joke.... a roller coaster ride."

Julie  Tippetts: "As she began reading pieces like Dismantling The Waterfall and Waterwings it was clear that she savoured the sound of her words.... (a) measured poetry and musical integrity that showed how the two could coexist on equal terms."

Steve Day: Think of combining poetry and jazz and you think, probably, of Greenwich Village coffee bars, black-shrouded beatnicks and finger snapping approval.... there is a definite echo of those days in Steve Day's declamatory performances...." 



are a newly formed performance poetry collective consisting of


Steve Day, Julie Tippetts, James Stallard, Phil Madden






BeforePoets performance consists of four separate acappella spoken word sets.  Sometimes Julie Tippetts and Steve Day bring 'small instruments' into play.  Nothing is certain, only that whatever happens they will make connections.  Musicians are often involved in BeforePoets whole evening concerts.  Usually in duet or solo performances between the poetry sets or collaboratively with a particular poet's reading.  These guests come from a coterie of musicians with established links with B-Poets.


Click here to see and hear: James Stallard reading - at the Alma Tavern Theatre on 24th March 2019.


Click here to see and hear:  Steve Day and Mark Langford performing spoken word/music - at the Alma Tavern Theatre on 24th March 2019.


Click here to hear: Steve Day reading three poems from his book The Edge Of England, in duet with Mark Langford playing bass clarinet.  Syd's Body, Connection Blues, I Know No Meaning For The Word Divine.




Steve Day spoken word

St Francis Church, Ashton Gate, Bristol BS3 1JP

Friday 3rd May 2019, 1.10 pm - 1.50pm

Musicians: Mark Langford, David Mowat

Free Entry - ‎recommended donation £3 - £5

Steve will be reading from The Edge Of England and Curving Sentences





An Evening With BeforePoets

Julie Tippetts, James Stallard, Steve Day, Phil Madden 

The Greenbank Hotel, 57, Belle Vue Rd, Bristol BS5 6DP

Thursday 13th June 2019, Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8.00pm 

Musicians: Mark Langford, Julian Dale, Peter Evans, David Mowat 

A charity event for Amnesty International 


  • Julie Tippetts is best known for her singing in partnership with Keith Tippett, Martin Archer and Maggie Nicols, and her early involvement with Brian Auger & The Trinity.  What many people do not realise is that Julie has always written poetry for spoken word.  Imaginative tales that hark back to the tradition of story tellers, yet infused with an insight that is totally contemporary.  Expect a charisma of words.
  • James Stallard currently has a collection of selected writings called Readings Edition 13, 5, 7 and 3 Poems.  His work is unique; short aphorisms or narratives that plunge possible interpretations into an abyss of meaning.  Intriguing, mischievous and targeted, sometimes garlanded with a humorous playful quality; always written as a result of acute observation.  He asks you to listen.  He's a man who rarely shouts. 
  • Phil Madden's work is literally drawn down, a poetry written in tandem to the work of fine art engravers Paul Kershaw and Peter Lazarov.  With Paul came the books, The Amphibious Place, Paths, Wings Take Us and Running Rings. With Peter, The Urban Moon and The Puppeteer and The Puppet.  "All sorts of shapes and references can be found..... above all we hope, the koan of stillness and movement."
  • Steve Day's solo spoken word performances are riveting recitals.  Following last year's publication of The Edge Of England, his new 2019 book of selected poems volume 2, Curving Sentences, is now available through Amazon and other retailers. 


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