THE Swing in the Park music event returns to Cork this weekend by popular demand following a stellar inaugural event last year.
The event, organised by Cork’s own songstress Marguerite O’Connor, will take place on three separate dates at Fitzgerald’s Park between 1pm and 3pm.
Kicking off this Saturday, Marguerite will take to the stage with a selection of singers and musicians known as Cork Singers Collective to launch the 2019 event.
The event will also take place on August 17 and September 7 with other acts including The Loungeman, scheduled to take to the stage.
The lunchtime event is free to all and Marguerite told The Echo she hopes it will highlight the musical talent in Cork as well as the parks and recreation on offer.
“Last year went really well and we were asked to bring it back this year and jumped at the chance.
“We had backing tracks last year but this time we have live bands and more acts than before so we’re looking forward to a great event.
“It’s a fantastic way to showcase the great musical and dance talent we have here in Cork and to encourage people to get out there and enjoy our parks which are a great local amenity,” she added.
“As well as swing music, there’s a wide range of events on offer so there will really be something for everyone.” Marguerite promised an even larger event this year with more singers and a broad range of genres including jazz, pop, soul, even some musical theatre, and of course, swing.
There will also be live bands, performing on each day, and swing dancers adding to the fun.
While the event is free, Marguerite has chosen three charities that she hopes to raise awareness of through the Swing in the Park Facebook page.
The charities include the Make a Wish Foundation and locally, the Bru Columbanus in Wilton and Enable Ireland.
The event is run in conjunction with Cork City Council as part of their Summer in the Park event series.