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Limerick Jazz Festival unveils showstopping 2023 lineup



12th Limerick Jazz Festival Launch, pictured are left to right, Rory Murphy, Bass, Gerry Kirby, Guitar and Eddie O’Donovan, Drums. Picture: Alan Place

The 12th Limerick Jazz Festival has unveiled a showstopping lineup to jazz up your September from 20th – 24th in Limerick

12th Limerick Jazz Festival unveils showstopping 2023 lineup
Limerick Jazz Festival Launch, pictured are left to right, Isidoro Grasso, Sax, Jamie Lundy, Sax and Gerry Kirby, Guitar. Picture: Alan Place

The Limerick Jazz Festival 2023 takes centre stage from 20 – 24 September. Prepare for a symphony of unparalleled talent, blending Irish and International jazz virtuosos.

Supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council, this year’s festival puts a spotlight on the trailblazing women who have shaped and continue to redefine the world of jazz. Luminaries like the enchanting Honor Heffernan, the piano prodigy Carol Nelson, the captivating vocalist Beverly Beirne, and the star saxophonist Camilla George from the UK.

And that’s just the beginning! The festival’s hits all the right notes with an all-star quintet led by the masterful Tim Garland, a multi-award winning UK saxophonist and composer, joined by the unparalleled Jason Rebello on keyboards.


Hold onto your high-hats as the Conor Guilfoyle group resurrects the timeless allure of “Art Pepper plus Eleven” in a big band recreation. The festival is also proud to present Joe O’Callaghan, a local luminary with national acclaim, leading a group that i’s sure to resonate with every note.

Enjoy a full-blown jazz experience that culminates in the much-anticipated Sunday afternoon triple bill concert at Dolan’s Warehouse. The festival brings you the dynamic Lee Meehan Quintet, the soul-stirring Nigel Mooney Quartet featuring the illustrious Jean Toussaint, and the brilliance of Nils Kavanagh, crowned as the Young Irish Jazz Musician 2022.

John Daly, the maestro behind the Limerick Jazz Society, expressed his anticipation: “Our 12th Limerick Jazz Festival is on the horizon, and we can’t wait to fill September with the magic of jazz. Building on last year’s resounding success, this year’s lineup is set to dazzle. With fringe events popping up across the city, we’re reaching out to every music lover. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council for making this possible.”

Get ready for a celebration of rhythm, melody and soul at Limerick Jazz Festival 2023.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.