A ST Davids-based jazz band has come to the rescue of the Llangwm lunchtime concerts in St Jerome’s, after the group booked to appear pulled out.

The Saint City Jazz band will take to the stage on Sunday, March 10, replacing a brass band ensemble.

With little time to spare, Alan Coy of Saint City managed to get band members together in record time.

Alan, a banjo player, lives in Cardiff and said the band leader, vocalist and trumpet player had recently set off on holiday.

“It was a bit of a challenge, but we managed it”, said Alan.

The nine-member band will be complemented by singer Jan Winkley.

The concert will see a first for the concerts, and for St Jerome’s – the appearance of a sousaphone, played by Alan.

A sousaphone is a large brass instrument, like a tuba, but it wraps around the body to make it easier to play while marching.

According to Alan they are “the real deal, a thing of wonder and beauty”.

Saint City, who’ve been going for two years, play regularly at the Royal Oak in Fishguard and at gigs elsewhere.

Those interested in finding out more about the band’s music can find an example on their website, saintcityjazzband.co.uk

The concert is sponsored by Cleddau Stores and Post Office.

Tickets for the concert, at 1pm in St Jerome’s church, Llangwm, cost £6 at the door and £5 online.

They are available online (heritagellangwm.org.uk/concerts), at Cleddau Stores, Llangwm, or from Pam Hunt on 01437 899966.

Remaining concerts in the series are The Skylarks on March 24 and Two Pianos (Sam Howley and Seimon Morris) on April 7.

The Music for Lunchtime series of concerts has been held at St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm every other weekend since the end of January.

The concert series was first held in 2018, and has returned this year after selling out the majority of last year’s shows.