Limerick to become Ireland's Jazz Capital this September

Press Release Friday, September 7th, 2012

Limerick to become Ireland's Jazz Capital this September

September 28-30, 2012

Top International and Irish artists descend on Shannonside for inaugural Limerick Jazz Festival

Limerick will celebrate its first-ever jazz festival with a line-up of some of the most exciting live performance groups ever to play in Ireland, free live concerts and a festival fringe programme.

The inaugural Limerick Jazz Festival was launched by Minister of State, Jan O’Sullivan TD at the city’s Clarion Hotel and will take place between September 28 - 30th 2012. The event will include exclusive performances by the Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group from the USA and the Lianne Carroll Trio from the UK.  Irish performers will include the Black Magic Big Band and Crisis Point.

Limerick Jazz Festival also announced details of the festival fringe to accompany the headline acts appearing over the weekend.

A vibrant jazz trail will feature a number of acts including Jazzology, Linda Galvin and Idol bones at various venues across the city on Friday September 28th at 10pm.

Saturday, September 29th sees lots more music across the city, with concerts at the Hunt Museum (1pm, Limerick Jazz Youth Workshop) and the Limerick City Gallery of Art (3pm, Blue Monk Quartet). Limerick Jazz Workshop's ensembles will be performing in the centre along with the Limerick Youth New Orleans Band.

As well as performances, the festival fringe includes an exhibition of photographs by Tony Rodgers staged in collaboration with Roches Street Traders and educational outreach at the Learning Hub Limerick.

"The Limerick Jazz Festival Fringe shows just how strong the jazz scene is here in Limerick,” said John Daly, Chairperson of Limerick Jazz Society.  “As well as established local acts we have around 30 students participating in Limerick Jazz Workshop and our outreach activity will further strengthen the links we have been building with local schools.  The photo exhibition features pictures of world famous jazz musicians performing at Limerick Jazz events over the 30 years of Limerick Jazz Society's history,” he said.

The festival is being staged by Limerick Jazz Society and is supported by the Arts Council and Shannon Development.

The headline acts will perform at Limerick’s leading venues, including the Lime Tree Theatre, Dolan’s Warehouse, the Belltable Arts Centre and Pery’s Hotel.  There will be many other performances across the city over the festival weekend, and lots of other special events in the preceding week to get Limerick “in the mood” including a jazz trail of local venues.

“The festival is building on our thirty years’ experience of bringing the best of jazz to the mid-west,” continued John Daly. “The jazz scene here is recognised as one of the strongest in the country with a lot of educational activity as well as performances and we can’t wait to welcome such tremendous jazz musicians to Limerick city.”

The inaugural Limerick Jazz Festival has been welcomed by Eoghan Prendergast Limerick Development Division Manager Shannon Development who hopes it will be a successful and exciting weekend.

“Shannon Development is delighted to be of support to the Limerick Jazz Festival, particularly as the Limerick Jazz Society celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. Limerick’s culture is incredibly diverse in its richness and variety and music has a huge role to play in that. The ability of the Limerick Jazz Society to get some of the world’s top jazz performers to play in Limerick over the years is testament to the respect in which the society is held by the jazz community and we are very pleased to support them in this exciting and special event for them and for Limerick’s cultural offering.”

Jazz legend Brian Priestly is excited to be performing in Limerick later this month.

“You have to applaud the initiative that's led to the first ever Limerick Jazz Festival. Especially as in one sense it's only the culmination of the 30 years of activity, since Limerick Jazz Society was formed. Of all their achievements, this has to be the best and biggest - so far.”

Limerick Jazz Society is the longest continually active jazz society in Ireland celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Its regular spring and autumn seasons include regular performances by leading international and Irish performers.  Since 2007 it has also provided jazz education programs through Limerick Jazz Workshop, the only regular jazz workshop in Ireland outside Dublin.

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Laura Ryan
Head of Communications
Limerick Communications Office
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Last update:07/09/2012