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Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 kicks off this September

This year’s Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 was launched on Monday, 11 September upstairs at Dolans Pub. Pictured at the launch are John Daly, Chair of Limerick Jazz, Valerie Dolan, owner of Dolans Pub, and Emma Langford. Picture: Maxine Bramley/ ilovelimerick.

Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 kicks off this September

Limerick Jazz invites everyone to come and take part in the Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 which marks its sixth year running this month.

Once again, Limerick Jazz will be presenting an outstanding mix of Irish and international musicians and a programme of events that combines quality, accessibility, and great value for money.





International artists performing this year will be multi award-winning saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch and Acid-Jazz legends The James Taylor Quartet. Limerick Jazz welcomes back The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra & special guest vocalists Pia Dunne and Keith McDonald for a programme of music entitled: “Independence Airs”, and on Sunday afternoon at Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick Jazz is delighted to welcome one of Ireland’s hottest new live acts Booka Brass.

There will also be free performances across the city during the festival. On Thursday evening, September 21, the Jazz Trail will feature live bands and DJs across six Limerick City venues. Limerick Jazz Festival will also be contributing to Culture Night on Friday, 22 September with a free concert at the Limerick City Gallery of Art. On Saturday, there will be a free children’s music workshop at Ormston House, an open-air concert at Chez Le Fab and a Music Workshop with Soweto Kinch The Hunt Museum.


Limerick Jazz Festival 2017

Award winning musicians prepare to wow Limerick audiences as part of the upcoming Limerick Jazz Festival 21-24 September 2017 at venues across Limerick. Picture Sean Curtin/True Media.

John Daly is chair of Limerick Jazz Society who was heavily involved in organising this year’s and previous Limerick Jazz festivals and says that they hope to attract a range of different people to attend the four-day long festival this year.


“This year we are hoping to attract a lot of different types of music lovers, not just jazz, by incorporating different music genres in the acts and performances we have organised. We want as many people as possible to come and get something out of it,” John told I Love Limerick.

Speaking at the launch of the Limerick Jazz Festival in Upstairs at Dolan’s John Daly said “We are delighted to present a very attractive lineup for Limerick Jazz Festival 2017.  Once again, we are presenting world-class Irish and international artists, and also highlighting the strength of our local jazz scene.  Our ticket prices will be extremely good value and the great range of venues in Limerick will make for an unbeatable audience experience.”

Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Cllr Sean Lynch said: “Limerick Jazz Festival is now an established part of the city’s cultural calendar and we look forward to its continued development in the future as part of Limerick’s burgeoning culture offering.”

Limerick Jazz Festival 2017

Pictured at the launch of Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 are John Daly, Chair of Limerick Jazz and Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Sean Lynch. Picture: Maxine Bramley/ ilovelimerick.

Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Officer added: “I love Jazz, it’s like a good conversation, you’re not sure where it began and where it will end.  This year’s Limerick Jazz Festival is full to the brim of opportunities to hear big sounds like the Booka Brass and the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.  The free Jazz Trail will be animating the city and this year the festival coincides with Culture Night so don’t miss out on the free gig at Limerick City Gallery of Art with the Mysterious Mr. Valentine!”


“It’s wonderful that the award winning Soweto Kinch one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in British Jazz and hip hop scenes will be part of the programme.”

Limerick has one of the most active Jazz scenes in Ireland. Limerick Jazz has been bringing outstanding Jazz performers to the city since the 1980s and Limerick Jazz Workshop has been providing Jazz Education to the people of Limerick since 2007.

Limerick Jazz Festival is working to capitalize on this track record by creating an event with national and international reach. The successful regeneration of UK cities such as Glasgow and Liverpool shows that a strong cultural profile is vital in transforming a city’s image and outlook. As Limerick Jazz Festival reach their sixth year, they are a well-established part of Limerick’s cultural calendar and as such are receiving plenty of positive national and international media coverage.

The festival is being promoted by Limerick Jazz and is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and Failte Ireland. Limerick jazz festival 2017 is also pleased to welcome Stellwagen Group as their main sponsor.

The festival is funded by grant aid, ticket sales and private financial support, however, Limerick Jazz festival also encourage everyone to become a friend of the Limerick Jazz Festival, where by you will play a vital role in the success of the highly acclaimed event. You can become a festival friend for 2017 at a cost of €300.

You can also volunteer in running the Limerick Jazz festival by getting in touch on their site.

The Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 takes place from Thursday, 21 September to Sunday, 24 September 2017 and is sure to be an event not to be missed. Tickets for the festival events can be bought online now.

For a full listing of the Limerick Jazz Festival click here

To read our stories on the Limerick Jazz Festival from previous years click here

To buy tickets to events on during the Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 click here 



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.