BALLYDEHOB JAZZ FESTIVAL is back on the May bank holiday weekend, April 29

The Ballydehob Jazz Festival is back on the streets on the May 2022 bank holiday weekend.

The village will host a free music trail through the village with over 30 performances by Irish and international artists – Fixity, Donald Dineen, Goodnight Circus, Paul Dunlea, Cormac McCarthy, Runaway Retros, the Jabin Ward Trio, Eve Clague & the Valentines , & much more.

Highlight concerts at Jazz Hall include a debut album in Ballydehob by Karen Underwood, which will combine stories from her Chicago roots with the timeless music of Nina Simone, Quincy Jones, Etta James and more, opening Friday night.

Saturday’s headliner comes from Brooklyn, New York – Tatiana Eva-Marie & The Avalon Jazz band. Tatiana explores her love for jazz through a wide range of musical styles, from 1930s pop to modern jazz, her own French and gypsy heritage; a love for the Parisian art scene from the 1920s to the 60s, a fascination for New Orleans Jazz; and a deep connection to the Great American Songbook.

Moonshine Shindig is BJF’s signature late-night jazz club. This year’s shindig returns on Saturday and Sunday night with old school blues delivered with the groovy modern twist of the Canibal Dandies followed by jazz and dance DJs until late.

The Jazz Parade returns with Ballydehob’s Jazz Giant Puppet Family, inspired by New Orleans-style street funerals and bringing the community together with visiting performers for a colorful and ecstatic display of joy and pageantry.

Dance all weekend long with swing dance classes, led by international dance teacher Peter Loggins, America’s foremost jazz dance historian, and his dance partner Katja Završnik.

This year launches the first Ballydehob Jazz Poetry Slam, in partnership with the Working Artist Studio, featuring some of Ireland‘s finest young poets and spoken word artists, including David Jackson, Katie Mathúna, Julie Goo, Pól O Cólmáin and many more. others.

BJF Micro Mural Exhibition is a brand new series of small murals under the theme The Rising Tide. Each piece of art will be created in modest areas of the village to be sought out by the public. Coordinated by muralist Shane O’Driscoll of Ardú Street Art Project

And that’s not all ! Browse the stalls of the Jazz Food & Crafts Market which will sell quirky artwork, crafts and delicious food on Sunday afternoons, accompanied by live music and pop-up circus performances.

There are plenty of free events for all ages, with some paid concerts. Tickets for the Early Bird festival €50. All information and reservations on www.ballydehobjazzfestival.org.

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