2017 is going to be an amazing festival – here are some of the acts we have lined up for you

HOME JAZZ BAND is an innovative and playful traditional jazz and swing band from one of the most important places in the Jazz revival: Vilnius, Lithuania. Consisting of some of the best jazz musicians and guided by their band leader & international jazz dance instructor, Mindaugas Bikauskas, Home Jazz Band is a perfect match for dancers and people who love a Hot Jazz party. The band rediscover old jazz songs and spices them up with a hopping New Orleans flavour and the Swinging Style of Golden Era Jazz. Their concert is an easy time machine ticket back to the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Every song is a different story told by young musicians with old souls. This music will light up your heart, put a smile on your face and move your feet like they’ve never moved before

RHYTHM LORD BROTHERS Traditional jazz, The Roaring Twenties, The Big Band Swing Era, speakeasies, house rent parties, vaudeville shows, flappers, ragtime, women smoking cigarettes, sexual emancipation, gangsters, hedonism, and Prohibition symbolize what is also known as The Jazz Age. Despite all the careless behavior, illegal liquor and raucous parties, all of this delicious debauchery never lost its proper form or posture; dodgy cats in dapper clothing, improper looks within respectable conversations, a composed temper in the eye of the hurricane of decadence… That is the allure of Jazz.

Lord Mindaugas and Lord Arnas are united both by title and demeanour; driven by a love for The Jazz Age (Ages of Jazz) dance and music, as well as the whole culture that surrounds it. Under the A.K.A. of Rhythm Lord Brothers, they are committed to ferry their listeners almost a century back, to a time where a party was no paltry matter and a swinging dancer’s feet were never allowed to stop… ever.

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FREEDOMS TRIO is a remarkable international collaboration. A meeting between the extraordinary Norwegian acoustic guitarist Steinar Aadnekvam (Norway), amazing drummer and singer Deodato Siquir  (Mozambique), and bass virtuoso Rubem Farias (Brazil).

In February 2016 the new album Freedoms Trio was released by the respected Norwegian label Losen Records. (www.losenrecords.no) This is Steinar Aadnekvams 5th studio album and followed a series of critically acclaimed albums and international tours over the past decade.

“One of the most exciting guitar talents in recent years” – Orkesterjournalen
“Ein junger genius” – Jazz Podium
“The mastery of Steinar Aadnekvam of letter and spirit cogently demonstrates the depth and understanding, and supremacy of his playing.” – World Music Report

NOMADIC PIANO DUO This is where Trad meets the Blues. Esteemed pianist/composer Antoni O’Breskey known for fusing jazz and blues with folk and flamenco teams up with his fiddle and bodhrán playing daughter, Consuelo Nerea.
Consuelo Nerea is Antoni O’ Breskey’s daughter, singer, fiddle and bodhran player.
Since 2006 she has been touring with The Nomadic Piano Project all over Europe, and recorded in many of the albums of The Nomadic Piano Collection. In 2007 she concluded the Festival Jazz in Puglia with an original version of the traditional Italian song “Lu rusciu de lu mare”.
She is co-founder of the folk band the Morning Tree, which released its first album in 2014. Her version of “Do You Love an Apple” on this album was described by Siobhan Long in the Irish Times as “a particular standout, a cap doffing to the Ní Dhomhnaill sisters and a nod in the direction of Sandy Denny.”

STEPHANIE NILLES AND THOMAS DEAKIN DUO Chicago-born jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles blew audiences away when she played Ireland for the first time in 2016. Averaging 150 gigs a year through the US, Canada and Europe, Stephanie captivates listeners with a voice that would make Jelly Roll Morton look orthodox and Ma Rainey look sober.
Thomas Deakin is a multi instrumentalist based out of the American Pacific Northwest. He can be found playing cornet in New Orleans, saxophone in New York, clarinet in currently Spanish Occupied Basque Territories, or tuba in the living room. He is a wild tone enthusiast, seeker of bridges, tunnels, acoustic forests, echo glens, and underpasses the world over. A stylistic generalist, he is thrilled to bring the full measure of his experience to the music of Stephanie Nilles.

DANCE WORKSHOPS A central part of this years festival programme are the Jazz Dance Workshops, which are open to all. Our guest dance teachers have put a short, fun and concentrated program together for absolute beginners of all ages- their “Zero to Hero” workshops will put everyone one at ease, teaching simple skills for partner dance, and fun tricks for solo dancing, to get everyone ready to hit the the Festival Club with jazzy style in the spirit of the New Orleans Ballrooms.
Elisabet Monllor (ESP), Frances “Fancy” Dougherty (US) & Arnas Razgunas (LT) will also be teaching classes in Solo, Lindy Hop and Shag aimed at more experienced dancers as part of the Lindy Express in The West programme

PAUL DUNLEA QUARTET Although at home in a variety of musical styles, Cork trombonist/composer/arranger Paul Dunlea concentrates primarily on Jazz and Improvisation. This has furthered his reputation as one of Irelands most in demand trombonists.
Dunlea has performed/toured/recorded with the likes of Mick Flannery, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Bryce Dressner (The National), Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, Greg Gisbert, Tim Ries, David O’ Rourke’s O’ Rourkestra, Marshall Gilkes, Ryan Keberle,Taylor Eigsti, Bob Millikan, The Crash Ensemble, The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Hot House Big Band, Cormac McCarthy’s Cottage Evolution, Brian Deady, Niall McCabe Band & The Hard Ground.

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 BACKROAD SMOKERS CLUB Psychedelic funk rockers Backroad Smokers Club are Waterford’s most exciting up and coming band. Freddy (Vocals), Chez (Guitar/Bass), Cal (Vocals/Guitar/Bass), Killian (Keys/Banjo) and Darragh (Drums) have been tearing up the national live circuit with their 70’s inspired riffs since their inception a little over a year ago, performing at Body & Soul, Electric Picnic, Battle Of The Bay and Lúnasa Festival already under their belt, along with some infamous local shows in Waterford. Their message is quite clear; the funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk.

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.

BLACK BEAN They’re back! After highly praised performances last year the bluesy funk band with saucy sax solos will return.

EILEEN AND MARILYN GET THE BLUES Watch Mizen-based comic duo Karen Minihane and Terri Leiber laugh their blues away. Musical cabaret with outrageous cheek

GRACE NOTES Led by Caz Jeffreys, this vocal project delivers inspiring favourites and original work with a dynamic, harmony-filled sound

ICARUS LAUGHS Ballydehob’s very own Siobhán Heapes (vocals), Tim Abbott (guitar) and Dick Richards (percussion) deliver a thoughtful, emotional, and engaging set of songs from different genres and eras

PROTEUS are a jazz sextet [Sax, Piano, Bass, Lead Guitar,Drums, Vocals ] who have been gigging in Dublin/Wicklow for the past 4 years. We are delighted to return to Ballydehob Jazz Festival for the second year running. We play music from the eras of Ellington and Armstrong, Parker and Miles Davis, Oliver Nelson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver. With vocalist Aran McMahon, we perform Jazz Standards and also play the music of Tom Waits, Van Morrison and of the Cork band- Interference.”

TRIPLE TREATS – 3 Vocals, 2 Guitars and 1 Sax – Prepare to be spellbound by this jazz femme trois reperoire. Triple Treats features Eve Clague from Clonakilty on guitar, vocals & sax, Skibbereen’s own Marybeth O’Mahony on vocals and Emily O’Donoghue from Galway on guitar & vocals. This trio have been building up a loyal following around Cork and will trance you into a folky jazz dreamland

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