Jazzin’ it up in Kinsale

Don O'Mahony says Kinsale has a lot to offer, with a jazzy trail
Jazzin’ it up in Kinsale
Swing dancers Timmy Murphy and Vivienne Kelly launch the Guinness Kinsale Jazz Festival, which has an exciting line-up this October bank holiday weekend. Picture: Clare Keogh

It is said during the Jazz Festival that Kinsale offers a less frenetic pace in comparison to the frantic activity taking place in the city. Do not believe it. There is proportionally as many venues on the Kinsale Jazz trail as there is in the centre of Cork City, which ensures the town will be a veritable cauldron of musical revelry. The difference is merely one of perception, a condition governed by the restorative powers of the sea air. While Gentlemen & Gangsters will be playing from the classic jazz hymn sheet, Kinsale’s jam-packed musical trail offers a wealth of musical styles, ensuring there will be something for everyone and you won’t have to wait long or travel far to find it.

Veterans of such festivals as the Kilkenny Roots, Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Cork Folk Festival and Cork Jazz Festival, Cork’s Two Time Polka bring a flavour of the bayou to Kinsale Bay. The 6-piece possess a raucous sound that mixes Cajun, Zydeco, and Bluegrass influences and will please any crowd.

Two Time Polka play Hamlet’s on Friday at 6pm and Blue Haven on Saturday at 4pm.

As the main man behind the Niall McCabe Band, Niall McCabe has mined a sound that draws from soul and rock influences. It can be sampled at Blue Haven on Saturday at 7pm and on Monday 8.30pm.

From Thurles via the UK, Gentleman Tim and his band The Contenders will serve up 1950’s style Chicago Blues and West Coast Swing at their Trident Hotel base on Friday and Saturday at 10pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 4pm.

However, a Jazz Weekend in Kinsale wouldn’t be the same without music scene veteran and jazz festival stalwart Billy Crosbie. Playing everything from ABBA to Van Morrison, with a special affection for the Rat Pack, Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday, Billy will be appearing with singer Deirdre McCallum on Friday at 5pm in the Trident Hotel, on Sunday at 1pm at the McDonald Hotel with Dixies legend Joe Mac, in the White House with his trio at 5pm with Deirdre McCallum and at 8pm Grainne Long.

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