Diverse world of jazz to be found in the heart of Limerick city during festival

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Diverse world of jazz to be found in the heart of Limerick city during annual festivities

At the launch of the Limerick Jazz Festival was Mollie Hunka, Liam Hunka and Ella Hunka - Picture True Media

FOR THE fifth year in a row, Limerick Jazz Society will deliver one of the city’s most renowned music festivals, taking place this week.

From Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, 25, US, UK and Latin jazziacs will head to the city’s finest venues to expose the seminal genre to the public. 

The festival will also mark the Limerick Jazz Society’s 35 years running, furthermore reaffirming it as the oldest jazz society in the country. 

International artists include renowned vocalist Norma Winstone and the Partisans from the UK plus Latin Jazz group Atchere from the Canary Islands. Homegrown Irish performers include the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and artist-in-residence David O’Rourke. He will be leading a band featuring leading Irish jazz musicians and a guitar quartet with Hugh Buckley, Tommy Halferty and Joe O’Callaghan.

There will be a great programme of free events, starting with the festival jazz trail across four city venues on Thursday evening and continuing on Saturday with music for children in Ormston House and masterclasses by David O’Rourke at Music Generation and the Hunt Museum.

John Daly of Limerick Jazz Society said: “We’re delighted by the continued success of Limerick Jazz Festival. The first festival in 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of Limerick Jazz and it has given us a great opportunity to build our audience in the mid-west region and beyond.”

For more information and full listings visit www.limerickjazzfestival.com.