Limerick is ready for four days of top jazz festivities

Varied line-up of musical greats ready to entertain the masses at fifth annual Jazz Festival

Limerick is ready for four days of top jazz festivities

Helen Hasenfuss, Boris Hunka, Peter Hanagan, Ed Hansom and Eddie O'Donovan at the launch of the festival Picture: Cathal Noonan/True Media

THE CITY will be filled with vibes driven by some of the world’s most renowned jazz virtuosos as the fifth annual Limerick Jazz Festival takes place this week.

From jazz workshops to highly-anticipated performances in a myriad of venues across the city, the festival will kick off this Thursday and will conclude on Sunday evening.

The festival will also mark the Limerick Jazz Society’s 35 years in operation, furthermore reaffirming it as the oldest and most inclusive jazz organisation in the country.

Drummer and festival organiser, John Daly, said that he was looking forward to “a weekend of mayhem.

“We have been doing the last bit of brochure distribution, and the response, so far, has been great. And we have been gaining a lot of traction on social media, reaching out to thousands of people.”

Homegrown  acts performing this weekend  include the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and artist-in-residence, David O’Rourke, who will be joined by a band featuring leading Irish jazz musicians and a jazz quartet, with Hugh Buckley, Tommy Halferty and Joe O’Callaghan.

International artists this year include renowned vocalist Norma Winstone and the Partisans from the UK plus Latin Jazz group Atchere from the Canary Islands.

“As well, all of the acts that are coming here, from all over the world, are really looking forward to this. Because Limerick jazz is known, they knew that the quality is going to be great.

“Jazz has no barriers. It’s not like something, like, classical music; jazz musicians just want to perform, and they love to come here, because Limerick is a great hub for jazz,” John added.

Arts officer, Sheila Deegan said: “Festivals are a great way of Limerick people coming together and celebrating, whatever the genre. Limerick Jazz Festival has been celebrating and programming quality acts since it started, and this year is no different!”

Limerick Jazz Festival is promoted by the Limerick Jazz Society.  It is supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council. Since 2007, the society has provided jazz education programmes through its Limerick Jazz Workshop, the only regular jazz workshop in Ireland outside of the capital.

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