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Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2011

Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2011

Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2011


Thirteen year-old jazz talent Andreas Varady is headlining the Ballydehob Jazz Festival on Friday April 29, 2011 in Ballydehob, Co. Cork, Ireland

The 2011 Ballydehob Jazz Festival is taking place from April 29 to May 2 featuring 15 jazz groups playing 28 shows. Most musical performances are free of charge and performed in the street, pubs and cafes throughout the village. Tickets for the concerts and the festival clubs can be purchased online or at selected Ticket Outlets listed on the website. A Festival Ticket, available for €30, will cover entry to Andreas Varady and Liane Carroll concerts and the Festival Clubs.

Varady is a young jazz virtuoso who gained notoriety on RTE’s ‘Guitar Competition’ in 2009. Described as a brilliant jazz guitarist, it is predicted by experts that Varady may become one of the greats of Irish Jazz. Having recently appeared on the Late Late Show and the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, Varady returns to the Ballydehob Jazz Festival for a second year to perform at its launch concert at 8pm, tickets - €8 adult/ €5 under-18.

The festival headliner on Saturday 30th is the multi-award winning Liane Carroll Trio. Carroll, winner of BBC’s Double Jazz Triumph for Best Vocalist and Best Jazz Artist, will take stage in the Community Hall at 8:30pm, tickets - €20.

In May 2007 she picked up the award for ‘Best female jazz vocalist’ at the first ever Ronnie Scotts Jazz Awards and in June 2007 the Trio headlined at Glastonbury Festival. Time Out Magazine describes Carroll as, “Swinging like hell one minute, brutally expressive and heart breakingly tender the next…utterly brilliant.” This is Carrol’s first trip ever to Co Cork.

Back by popular demand, the Festival Club (€5 per night) will be running on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 from midnight. Clare-based jazz-funksters Earthship will play Saturday night and will be joined by special guests to keep the dance floor going until the early hours of the morning. Sunday night the Niwel Tsumbu Band will take stage offering original Afro-jazz fusion: a high-energy, virtuosic and funky sound ensuring an amazing night.

Other notable performers include the Bourbon Swing Jazz Band, of Belfast, and the Swingin’ Bluecats. Playing in the best New Orleans tradition. Bourbon Jazz has been invited to Jazz events around the world, their influences range from King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton to Louis Armstrong. The Swingin’ Bluecats is a six-piece jazz ensemble who perform regularly at the Cork Jazz Festival and are renowned for their signature style of blue zoot suits. With a playlist of jump, jive and swing music they are always a crowd pleaser.

Daytime events include outdoor concerts, a street market and busking competitions. Workshops will include “It’s a Rap” - Music in Film, offering the unique opportunity to learn from multiple-award winning songwriter and film music composer Maurice Seezer.

A full programme of events is available at the festival’s website


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