2017 Jazz festival Press release

Ballydehob, the village of festivals, is now ready for another swinging weekend! The Jazz Festival is back bigger and even bolder this year hosting over 45 events, all popping up in unusual venues around the village, throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend 28th April – 1st May. The 2017 Ballydehob Jazz festival features artist and performers from three continents – Europe, Africa and the Americas and includes: –  Dance workshops, Art, Cabaret, Live Music & Street spectacle.

This year’s headline acts are HOME JAZZ BAND and FREEDOMS TRIO. HOME JAZZ BAND are an innovative and playful traditional jazz and swing band from one of the most important places in the Jazz revival: Vilnius, Lithuania. This band rediscover old jazz songs and spices them up with a hopping New Orleans flavour and the Swinging Style of the Golden Era Jazz. – A ‘must see’ for anyone who loves a Hot Jazz party.  FREEDOMS TRIO are a remarkable international collaboration of Norwegian  guitarist  Steinar Aadnekvam ,Mocambiquen drummer and singer Deodato Siquir and Brazilian bass virtuoso Rubem Farias .These three extremely gifted musicians have performed at most prestigious Jazz Festivals across Europe and the Americas  and we’re delighted to have them perform at Ballydehob jazz.

One of the festival family entertainment highlights is the New Orleans Jazz Funeral  spectacle, it is back again this year on both the Saturday and Sunday evenings. Last year it was led by a Giant Puppet Katrina but rumour has it this Mexican beauty will not be alone in the skies over Ballydehob this year.

This ambitious music event is run entirely by volunteers- led by creative director Joe O’Leary, and an eclectic gang of music lovers and festival buffs who share a vision to promote the arts and entertain the masses in one of the last outposts

A very hard working Ballydehob Jazz Committee led by creative director Joe O’Leary, are excited to announce the epic programme. Its been a busy year ! Bands booked, Bands cancelled (Thanks Mr. Trump), New Bands booked…Ballydehob, the village of festivals, is now ready for another swinging weekend!

“Its been a big year building up to The Jazz Fest Holiday  weekend.The excitement is brewing ….where else on earth can you have over 30 nationalities; revellers  and musicians mingling together , 20 times the population of the village  coming in and all to celebrate the unique power of music ,dance,spectacle  and community?..its very special…shur half of Vilnius is coming to Ballydehob this year….”

“Anything can happen here, Last year we had Lake street Dive headline in the Festival Hall and the following week they were visiting Mr Obama in the White House.Basically from one centre of the universe to another !”

“In our thoughts this year will be the founding father of the Ballydehob Jazz festival;John Fagan who very recently passed away.We are eternally grateful for his vision, passion and perseverance when back in 2007 he decided to step up and put on a jazz festival in the back of beyond  in Ballydehob. May the Blow in Blow on”

Joe o Leary

For more information on how to book workshop places, buy event tickets, purchase BIG FAT FANCY RAFFLE tickets [ prizes include a hotel break, Jewellery voucher, & night paddle on Lough Ine] or to become a Jazz sponsor, go to the festival website – www.ballydehobjazzfestival.org.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival is supported by the Art Council, Cork County Council and by local business sponsorship.

Full listing of events for the 2017 Ballydehob Jazz Festival

Friday 28th April

Levis Corner – house Nomadic Piano Duo 7pm

Budds – Stephanie Nilles & Tom Deakin 7.30pm

Rosies Bar – Stephanie Nilles & Tom Deakin 10.30pm

The Irish Whip – The East Coast Jazz Band 10pm

Vincent Coughlans – Nelson Lunding 8.30pm


Festival Hall  – Freedoms Trio 5.30pm  Followed by   The Moonshine Shindig  10pm

Main Street – New Orleans Style Jazz Funeral Parade 8ish

Levis Corner House – Stephanie Nilles & Tom Deakin 5pm   Followed by   Freedoms Trio 9pm

Rosie’s Bar – Backroad Smokers Club 10pm

Budd’s – Icarus Laughs 3pm Followed by  Nomadic Piano Duo 8pm

O’Brien’s – East Coast Jazz Band 6pm Followed by  Black Bean  9.30pm

Vincent Coughlan’s – Nelson Lunding 9pm

The Irish Whip – Nomadic Piano Duo 5pm Followed by  Proteus 10pm

The Sand Boat –  Nelson Lunding 6.30pm


Festival Hall – The Jazz Craft Fair West Cork artisan food and craft stalls with music 12 – 5pm

Festival Hall – The Moonshine Shindig 8 till late

Main Street- New Orleans Style Jazz Funeral 6 ish

Levis Corner House – “Gimme a Pigfoot” – Nelson Luning 11.30am Followed by  Paul Dunlea            Quartet 5pm finishing with  Black Bean 10pm

Rosie’s Bar – East Coast Jazz Band 4pm Followed by  Freedoms Trio 10pm

Budd’s – Eileen & Marilyn 3pm Followed by  Nelson Lunding 6.30pm

The Sandboat – Triple Treats 4.30pm

Vincent Coughlans – Triple Treats 7.30pm Followed by  The Nomadic Piano Duo 9pm

O’Brien’s – Eileen & Marilyn 5pm Followed by  Proteus 7.30pm finishing with Backroad Smokers Club 10pm

The Irish Whip- The East Coast Jazz Band 7pm Followed by  Paul Dunlea Quartet 10pm


The Irish Whip – The Nomadic Piano Duo – 4pm

Rosie’s Bar – East Coast Jazz Band  5pm

Levis Corner House – CLOSING PARTY 8pm


All gig’s in the pubs and restaurants are free

Hall gigs are ticketed @ €15.00 each [combo and Early bird offers available]

Tickets are available from: LEVIS’ CORNER HOUSE, BUDDS, POST OFFICE,

THE IRISH WHIP & ROSIE’S BAR or online – www.ballydehobjazzfestival.org/buy-tickets/

Ballydehob Jazz Festival is supported by the Art Council, Cork County Council and by local sponsorship

For Further Press Queries please contact: 

Joseph O’Leary, C/O Levis’ Cornerhouse Bar, Ballydehob, West Cork
086 078 6943


Ballydehob Jazz Festival was established in 2007 by local resident John Fagan and a small community group who ran the event 2007 – 2010.  It is now run by a new committee led by creative director Joe O’Leary, who is committed to presenting 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,Lake Street Dive,The Neil Cowley Trio Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, 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.

Photos Attached. Please Credit @Jamie Budd. Permission received to republish in press. If you need higher resolution images, please contact ballydehobjazz@gmail.com