The Yarl River Jazzmen

Disbanded in November 2010

Don buys the band a drink! (pass it on lads)
Sadly, Don Sinclair died suddenly on Friday 29th February 2008.
Harry Black died 1st July 2014

The Yarl River Jazz Band was formed in 1997 and has been busy in the South Lakes district ever since, playing high energy jazz which has proved popular with audiences at weddings, parties and other functions, including regular club sessions at the Conservative Club, Abbey Road, Barrow. The Yarls are a good-time band and include a high proportion of vocals in their repertoire of around 400 numbers. They set out to enjoy themselves and encourage their audience to do the same. The current line-up is:- 

Steve Humphries   - Trumpet
Harry Black       - Banjo
John Hutchison    - bass
Brian McQuillin   - Trombone
Phil Lister       - Drums
Neil Fisher       - Piano

The Yarl River Jazz Band have produced two CDs. Details of these can be found on the band's website (www. yarl. org) and all tracks can be downloaded in ogg or mp3 format. Band Contact: currently not known.

The Yarl River Jazzmen were formed in March 1997 from local musicians from the Furness and South Lakes area and have built up a repertoire of over 200 familiar and more obscure numbers. They attempt to produce high energy goodtime music and audience reaction suggests they're getting there. Lots of smiling faces and stomping feet. They play regularly in South Lakeland venues such as The Outgate Inn and the Whitewater Hotel. They consider that the current line-up is the best they've ever had:-

10/10/07 - John Hutchinson has decided to retire from active music and we now have Neil Harrison on double bass as frequently as his job commitments allow.  At other times Brian McQuillin plays tuba and we have a two-man front line or import a guest trombonist.

DON SINCLAIR  (died 29th Feb 2008)

Was the leader of the Yarl River Jazz Band, playing clarinet and occasionally other reeds. Favourite clarinet player was Edmond Hall but main influences were Johnny Dodds, George Lewis, Acker Bilk and Monty Sunshine. He also played with The After Hours R 'n' B Revue and HIJAZZ when he visited the North of Scotland and was a regular member of the Lakes Jazzmen. 


provides a strong trumpet lead for the band. For many years he played cornet/flugel/trumpet in brass bands in the North-East before coming to live and work in Cumbria. Since joining the Yarls he has developed into powerful soloist, much influenced by Louis Armstrong and Al Hirt. A keen collector of brass instruments, his collection has recently overflowed to his garden shed.


plays valve trombone in the band and provides a raunchy rumbunctious sound to the front line. His influences would have to include Big Jim Robinson and Kid Ory. He is also an accomplished sousaphone player. Replacing the bass with sousaphone on some gigs gives the band a pretty authentic West Coast sound. 


plays piano with the band. Another refugee from the Good Old Boys Blues Band he has now broadened his musical tastes to include jazz, and his stomping two-fisted style is a welcome addition to the Yarls' line-up.


is the regular banjo player with the band and his lively rhythm and popular vocals are a feature of the band‘s performances. Harry's CV is long, having spent many years doing the club circuit as a comic and appearing on Granada TV’s The Comedians. He is also the only member of the band to have played regularly in New Orleans and New York as leader of the house band at His Father’s Mustache clubs.

swings the band along from the drums. Phil is also the powerhouse behind the Good Old Boys Blues Band. Like all of the Yarls, he is aware of the blues heritage of jazz and he keeps this alive by playing regularly with a blues band called the Cahonies. 


Click on the Play Buttons to listen to "Harry's Blues" and "Get Out of Here (And Go On Home)"
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Recorded live at The Conservative Club in Barrow

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