Summer jazz is back as outdoor concerts get the green light


OUTDOOR jazz concerts will make a welcome return to the Inish Beg Estate outside of Baltimore this Sunday after an absence of more than a year due to Covid restrictions.

The The beer garden concerts have always proven to be popular with punters and musicians and it will certainly be a poignant concert for Filology, as it will be their first concert since the Cork Jazz Festival in October 2019.

Speaking to The Southern Star, Paul Keane of Inish Beg Estate said he was delighted to finally welcome his jazz concerts after such a long absence.

“We planned to host them every Sunday in July and August, but Covid restrictions banned indoor and outdoor concerts until the government announced changes to allow outdoor concerts,” Paul said. .

“It is so important that live music is treated fairly because it has been a terrible time for musicians. We are delighted to welcome them back as the last time we hosted these concerts was last summer when we hosted two concerts before the restrictions were put in place again.

Josephine Smyth, lead singer of Filology, whose repertoire consists of American Songbooks from the 1940s to the 1980s, said she was eager to get back on stage.

“This will be our first concert since the Cork Jazz Festival in 2019 and we would have a lot of concerts, but all of them have been canceled due to Covid-19. We’re pretty happy to meet again and it promises to be a good afternoon and the weather is good too, luckily. ‘

Filology will be playing at Inish Beg Estate’s Outdoor Café this Sunday August 15 and again on Sunday August 22 at 1 p.m. Tickets, priced at € 8, will be available in the gardens.

In the meantime, a new opening date of August 12 has been announced for the new part of MEBAS (Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme), which is part of a suite of media for the performing arts sector.

The aim of the program is to contribute to the overhead costs of businesses, especially musicians and associated teams who have been significantly affected by Covid-19 and have not been able to perform and cannot claim others commercial supports.

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