About Us

How we came to be Freewheeling…..

Well, in fact we were Freewheeling from the start but then we re-named our project rickwoolgarmusic because our intention was to promote Rick’s live jazz performances and his music…

Rick Woolgar and Steve Haresign, two old friends who hadn’t seen each other for some time met by chance one late Thursday afternoon in Louth in September 2017… good fortune as it turns out.

Rick was well known on the British jazz scene and particularly in his native Lincolnshire. Steve had retired from full-time employment and was looking to set up a blues club in Louth (which he did – The Hoochie Coochie Club – check it out).
Steve was also keen to try his hand at promoting jazz gigs – and particularly the music of Rick Woolgar.

So after coffees and chats and consideration times, it was decided to give it a try. David Morgan, the manager of the newly refurbished Masons Arms Hotel was keen on the idea, enthusiastic and very supportive and it was agreed that there would be a trial period of three gigs.

As was always the case, Rick was playing with many different musicians in many different line-ups at the time, but it was Jazz Orbit (led by drummer Andrew Bishop) who he invited to The Masons Arms for our very first gig on Monday 9th October 2017. Steve remembers walking to the Hotel on the night, nervously thinking “..well, ..here we go… probably be just me, the band and the bar staff…”

Actually it was well attended and the audience laughed when they heard those same words repeated back to them. It was an enjoyable evening of live jazz though the £2 admission charge didn’t send the six musicians home with bulging wallets and plans to book foreign holidays…

But that’s how it started – the so called “trial period” lasted about one hour as David Morgan kept coming over to share his thoughts of how we would go about these evenings next time round and then in the new year…

From that point onwards, we had some great nights of jazz every month courtesy of Rick and the many talented musicians he invited over to play; all the musicians bought in to what we were trying to do and were fully supportive even though they were not well remunerated for some time – perhaps for too long on reflection – but collectively we built up an appreciative audience which enjoyed listening to live jazz. We were also invited to be part of the annual Jazzfest, the gigs got better and better, the audience larger and then one day Rick said how he felt his playing had improved since we had started to perform Jazz at the Masons…

A magic moment to be cherished indeed…

All was going well, until Cousin Covid came to town and put a stop to all that …

… and then tragically, Rick passed away in January 2021…

A hugely talented musician and performer, a wonderful human being and a great loss to all of us, Steve is determined to continue to build on the blueprint he and Rick established and, emerging from rickwoolgarmusic and then rickwoolgarlegacy (his legacy is far bigger than just his work in Louth), that’s what Freewheeling Jazz is and that’s what it will continue to be….keeping live music alive with quality musicians playing quality music for people who want to listen.