The JamBox professional jam night launched in Boxpark recently with a surprise guest appearance from chart-topping singer-songwriter Emili Sande.

The project is supported by the council’s Cultural Partnership Fund and gives musicians the chance to perform alongside some of the top names in the business.

The next session is likely to happen in November – so keep an eye on the Boxpark website.

Those wanting to take part are encouraged to get along early to sign up for a slot as the first night was one of the busiest live music sessions the Boxbar space has had this season.

The organisers are keen to see performers take part who don’t just sing or play guitar. The hope is that the house band of session musicians will eventually be providing backing to a wide range of different instruments.

Speaking before the opening session, Emili Sande said:

“I love getting together and having a jam with other musicians. It’s not often you get to express yourself spontaneously and authentically. My favourite part of music is the creation and when you jam. It’s an honest expression of everyone’s mood and energy that day – including the audience.”