A City of Culture: Limerick Jazz Festival

On the journey to reimagining Limerick and reawakening the appreciation and celebration of arts and culture in the city, Limerick Jazz Festival holds centre stage. In its sixth year, the festival, which is run by Limerick Jazz, has become a well-established component of both the jazz and the music scene in Ireland, having been nominated for ‘Best Festival in Ireland’ in the Pure M Awards 2017.

In 2014 Limerick was named as the Republic of Irelands City of Culture, which made for a great year for the Jazz Fest with iconic artists such as Van Morrison and David Sanborn amongst the lineup.  Limerick Jazz will once again not disappoint with an excellent lineup and a range of events and workshops throughout the weekend promoting culture and music to all generations.

The Jazz Trail kicked off on Thursday 21st with numerous music venues throughout the city hosting free events including Downtown Dixieland Band at The Georges Boutique Hotel, Judy O’Connor and Aiden Boland of Midnight Café and many more live acts and DJs.

Friday hosts a free concert by The Mysterious Mr. Valentine at the Limerick City Gallery of Arts in corporation with Limerick Culture Night and multi-award-winning saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch at Dolans Live Music Venue at 22:30 with tickets available at Dolans.


Saturday 23rd sees The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra back with special guest vocalists Suzanne Savage and Charlie Mooney at the Belltable Arts Centre, 8:00 pm. Legendary Jazz Funk band The James Taylor Quartet will be playing the festival also, at 21:30 in Dolans Warehouse with tickets available at Dolan’s Restaurant and Live Music Venue. Saturday will also see free workshops take place with Soweto Kinch’s Jazz workshop being held in the Hunt Museum at 14:00.

An important addition to this years festival is the Music Workshop for Kids being held at Ormstorn House at 10:30am on Saturday 23rd as part of Limerick City’s Music Generation which aims to introduce kids to the wonderful world of music by showing them different instruments and getting them to try them out in a fun, lively environment. A must for all kids with an ear for music!


Sunday will welcome one of Ireland’s hottest new live acts Booka Brass Band to Dolan’s Warehouse at 14:30, bringing a fantastic end to the celebrations with their energetic and lively set.

This years festival aims to attract a wider range of attendees with an introduction of different music genres being mixed into the festival to ensure everyone gets something out of the weekend and enjoys the festivities.

Information about the events and ticket prices are available on the website (http://www.limerickjazzfestival.com/)

Author: Chrissie McMahon

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