Ballydehob Jazz Festival will bring summer sessions back to the streets in West Cork

The Ballydehob Jazz Festival is back for a May holiday bonanza.

Artists, musicians and festival-goers return to the streets of the small village of West Cork as Ballydehob does its jazz from April 29 to May 2.

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.

Ballydehob Jazz Festivals, Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland.

And this year launches the first Ballydehob Jazz Poetry Slam featuring some of Ireland’s finest young poets and spoken word artists

The village will host a free Live Music Trail through the village with over 30 performances by Irish and international artists including Fixity, Donald Dineen, Goodnight Circus, Paul Dunlea, Cormac McCarthy, Runaway Retros, the Jabin Ward Trio and 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.

Cannibal Dandies must perform for a shindig

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, the Ballydehob Jazz Festival’s signature late-night jazz club, returns Saturday and Sunday nights with old school blues delivered with the groovy modern twist of the Canibal Dandies followed by jazz DJs and dancing until late.

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

Ballydehob Jazz Festivals, Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland.

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.

And the Jazz Food & Crafts Market stalls selling quirky artwork, crafts and delicious food on Sunday afternoons, accompanied by live music and pop-up circus performances.

There are a whole host of free events planned for all ages, and some paid gigs have featured top class jazz, you can find out more about booking here.

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