Jazz & Blues Events in Ireland

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Kinsale Jazz Festival

Guinness Kinsale Jazz Fringe Festival

An offshoot of the Cork Jazz Festival this event has a slightly less frenetic pace than the larger festival but there is still plenty on offer for Jazz lovers.

It being Halloween, there is a theme of suitably themed events running though the programme, including a Thriller weekend and a Scary Dance off.

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Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival

Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival

The Banjo may not be an instrument that often gets top billing but that is certainly not the case in Longford in September, where some of the best players from Ireland and abroad will gather.

As well as performances there are workshops, a buskers competition and lots of sessions in the town’s pubs.

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Ballydehob Jazz Festival

Ballydehob Jazz Festival

This is a small friendly jazz festival held in the lovely West Cork village of Ballydehob and is one that you should get along to even if you are not a huge jazz fan.

The local area is a very beautiful part of West Cork, making for an ideal weekend combination of sightseeing, great music and the best of company.

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Cork Jazz

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Since 1978 Ireland’s biggest and longest established jazz event and has hundreds of musicians and many thousands of music fans to the city for an annual feast of jazz of all kinds.

As well as the core performance there are fringe events taking place throughout the city and it is a festival known for the friendly welcome given to visitors.

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Bray Jazz Festival

Bray Jazz Festival

This popular jazz event has steadily grown in stature since it started in 2000, with ever increasing crowds making the trip to Bray.

The emphasis is on contemporary jazz and it gives Irish audiences an all to rare opportunity to hear some of the best exponents from around Ireland and (well) beyond.

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12points

12 Points Jazz Festival

Dublin city’s only jazz festival aims to highlight new and emerging jazz artists and ensembles from around Europe.

Unless you are a hard core jazz aficionado you’ll probably never heard of any of those playing, but you’ll certainly enjoy the very varied feast of music that is on offer.

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