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
SATURDAY 29TH APRIL
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
SUNDAY 30TH APRIL
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
MONDAY 1ST MAY
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
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.