2016 is going to be an amazing festival – here are some of the acts we have lined up for you

LAKE STREET DIVE has evolved from an eclectic alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut. This New York based quartet is powered by the clear and strong voice of vocalist Rachael Price. Their astounding vocals and virtuosic instrumentals, combined with the unstoppable joy of their live show, will knock your socks off!

Racking up millions of views for their online video creations, Lake Street Dive have also appeared in on many television shows ; The Colbert Report,  The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Lake Street Dive’s Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony, was  released on February 19. The four band members – drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson – worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record which is now available on iTunes and at nonesuch.com.

Lake Street Dive play two Irish dates as part of their European Tour, Whelans Dublin and Ballydehob Jazz Festival


MESCHIYA LAKE & THE LIL BIG HORNS will deliver the rhythms, sounds and of the Big Easy era all over this year’s Jazz Festival The ever evolving band dish up a gumbo of traditional jazz, blues, swing, speakeasy struts, ragtime, torch songs and stories about love, woe and the inherent magic of music itself.
Meschiya Lake’s voice casts a smoky, seductive sorcery over audiences. Ms Lake and her mischief makers take over the hall for the last night of the festivals. After a festival weekend of swing and jazz dance workshops, this party is not to be missed.


THE UNDERSCORE ORKESTRA are coming back to Ballydehob after a great spell of gigs at last years festival.

American Band, The Underscore Orkestra play a blend of balkan, klezmer, gypsy jazz and swing, with a repertoire of both original and traditional material.


GARY BAUS will Once again be joining us at the Ballydehob Jazz Festival, both DJing and blowing his sax about the village.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, as opposed to Baltimore, West Cork, Gary has graced many welcoming venues for the last 14 years as a saxophonist and dj in his adopted home of Ireland. He has a passion for American music of the early 20th century and in 2002 he founded the legendary swing dance night ‘Doubletime’ in Cork City to great acclaim. He will spin the best big band swing jazz of the 1930’s and 40’s. The kind of jazz that gets you up so you can really get down.

THE SAM HUDSON QUARTET – Berlin based saxophonist Samuel Hudson is joined by long time collaborators and fellow local boys Karl Penney (Drums) and Darren McCarthy (Bass) featuring guest guitarist hotshot John Kelly playing an original take on the American songbook. Feel Good Music!

NELSON LUNDING The travelling Pianoman is travelling to Ballydehob for the jazz festival this year.

Nelson Lunding is a modern-day version of the travelling piano men, a tradition that traces roots back to the early 1890’s. Lunding is a saloon piano player, band leader, juke joint singer, itinerant troubadour, and keeper of the flame. He plays a rocking, muscular piano propelled by a driving left hand. It is a gripping kinetic music that demands to be danced to. When he plays for a crowd, they are experiencing the true embodiment of this very American genre.

THE EAST COAST JAZZ BAND – Described as the “lively band with cool sounds from the sunny side”, the East Coast Jazz Band perform an eclectic mix of popular jazz styles ranging from Dixieland, Ragtime and Swing to Bossa Nova and Blues.

Hailing from the sunny south east, the band has been playing festivals and gigs throughout Irelandfor almost twenty years. They had their inaugural performance at the world renowned Guinness Cork Jazz festival in 1998 and have been welcomed back EVERY year since. This culminated at 2013 festival when the band played 3 performances at the flagship Metropole festival club in addition to other venues.

Their high energy take on jazz classics ensure they appeal to all walks of music fans. The band tours various festivals throughout Ireland, including the Kilkenny Arts Fest, Arklow Maritime Fest and the Jazz festivals at Doonbeg, Ballydehob and Bray.

Keep an eye out on our news section for any new acts added to the bill