ABOUT THE BALLYDEHOB JAZZ FESTIVAL
THE BOUTIQUE FESTIVAL IN THE BACK OF BEYOND PACKING A BOMBASTIC ARTISTIC PUNCH
Since its inception in 2007, the Ballydehob Jazz Festival has grown in stature and standard due to its commitment to a first-rate and varied programme of events. Over the years this off-beat little hamlet has hosted a string of extraordinary musicians and performers that include award-winners, child prodigies, Irish legends and pop stars such as Liane Carroll, Andreas Varady, Paddy Cole and Camille O’Sullivan, to name-drop but a few. Each May Bank Holiday weekend sees over 40 performances that range from big name concerts to small workshops; from lively pub gigs to intimate side shows and a healthy dose of fringe attractions to compliment.
It is perhaps no wonder that such an amazing event emerged out of this improbable corner of the world. Ballydehob in West Cork has long been a mecca for artists from all over, creating a unique community where the traditional and the alternative sit shoulder to shoulder at the pub counter. In the same way, this festival cozily combines lively swing and dance hall classics with smooth contemporary and hard hitting fusion jazz, culminating in a whole lot of world class talent couched in a pretty little country village.
This year the Ballydehob Jazz Festival will undoubtedly secure its position as an important part of Ireland’s music festival calendar.
This ambitious music event is run entirely by volunteers- an eclectic gang of music lovers and festival buffs who share a vision to promote the arts and entertain the masses.
THE BALLYDEHOB JAZZ FESTIVAL COMMITTEE.
Artistic Director: Joseph “Fred” O’Leary
Secretary: James Arnold
Treasurer: Steve Donsbach
Music Director: Godfrey Fitzsimmons
Grants & Funding: Barry O’Brien
Design: Muireann Brady of Cruthú Creative
Dick Miles, Sarah Canty
BJF was the inspiration and work of local resident John Fagan and a small community group. The event grew in size over the first two years however John decided to step down in 2010 and a new committee was formed. John sadly passed away in 2017 and we are eternally grateful for his vision, passion for developing and promoting what is now an annually anticipated event.
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