Carolyn Hume and Paul May

Carolyn Hume and Paul May

Sunday 23 January 2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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Carolyn Hume: piano and keyboard
Paul May: drums

With guest in the second set, Andy Williamson (saxophones)

Paul May and Carolyn Hume have been playing and recording together for over 20 years. They have released 7 critically acclaimed albums on Leo Records as a duo.  Hume and May create potent ambient atmospheres moving from minimalist sci-fi to rhythmic landscapes reaching for the unspoken depths.

Elements of jazz, free improvisation and neo-classical. Hume & May travel along the heart’s haunted lanes to that place where they can dance in the darkness of a light unseen. A journey into sonic intimacy.

At their invitation, Andy will join them in the second set, as he has several times before.

Paul May is one of the most respected drummers on the improvising circuit. His CV includes work with the likes of Alexander Hawkins, Petra Jean Phillipson, Tim Hodgkinson, Klaus Filip and Matthias Eick, as well as electro-acoustic improvisers Sonnamble and the improv trios Elvers (with trumpeter Ian R Watson) and Found Drowned (with guitarist James O’Sullivan). He was also responsible for co-founding the critically acclaimed spiritual jazz collective Woven Entity alongside Lascelle Gordon and Patrick Dawes. May’s longstanding duo with Carolyn Hume has resulted in several well received albums on Leo Records and led to the formation of Fourth Page. He’s also worked closely with UK bluesman Duke Garwood for some two decades and features heavily on Garwood’s critically acclaimed recent albums ‘Heavy Love’ and ‘Garden of Ashes’.

Carolyn Hume has released 7 albums since 2000 on ‘Leo Records’; five collaborations with Paul May and two solo albums featuring compositions for cello and voice. She has performed Internationally, in Europe and the UK and also provided music for short films, including work by Sub Gravity Films, Pan MacMillan and ‘Elegy Japan’ with photographer Darron Davies. Her collaborations include work with Oliver Coates, Sonia Hammond, Judie Tzuke, Kuljit Bhamra, Duke Garwood, Neil May, Pete Marsh, Russell Webb and John McGeoch. She has released on Leo Records, Forwind and The 52nd. Hume is a member of Fourth Page, alongside Paul May and Charlie Beresford.


Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Update: April 2022

  • Face masks: In the Main Hall, on the ground floor, these are recommended at all times, but are optional. Anyone who sits upstairs in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with NO exceptions (not even those who are exempt). This is to allow people who are clinically vulnerable to have a place to sit where seats are naturally separated, so: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask; (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. Although we have heating, this might mean that the ambient temperature is a little cooler than some might like, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • Please, if you can, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and if this is positive, don’t come. These tests aim to pick up anyone who is infectious at the moment of testing, so please take the test as late as possible on the same day before coming to the Arts Centre. If you test positive, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the start of the event, by emailing