Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival this weekend

The annual music extravaganza that is the Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival hosts a series of great live events at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre/Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró this weekend.

Johnny Dickinson and Henry McCullough perform alongside each other tonight - Friday, 10 June, at 8pm. Now a major draw on the international festival circuit, Johnny has recorded four studio albums including Castles and Old Kings, his debut solo release.

One of the greatest unsung guitar heroes of the Irish music industry, Henry was not only part of Paul McCartney’s Wings but can also claim to have performed at Woodstock and toured with Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd to name a few!

You can also enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable swing favourites in the Centre’s lovely Drumceatt Square when The Limavady Big Band Sound perform on Saturday, 11 June from 1-3pm. Including music from the days of the big bands such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, this is a perfect family afternoon outing.

The Festival events at the Arts centre round off with an evening of sublime contemporary jazz thanks to acclaimed Northern Irish musician and composer David Lyttle who teams up with 13 year old jazz wunderkind Andreas Varady for a concert on Saturday, 11 June at 8pm.

Both have received international acclaim for their joint album Questions and recently performed to standing ovations at London’s historic Ronnie Scott’s as well as on RTE’s The Late Late Show. Tickets - £8, £6 concession.

Delighted

A spokesperson from the Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival Committee said: “We are delighted to work in conjunction with the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre to stage these events for the 15th annual festival, and look forward to working together with them in the future.”

Desima Connolly, Arts & Cultural Services Officer, added, “The longevity of the Jazz & Blues Festival is testimony to its ongoing success. It brings a host of acclaimed musical talent to venues throughout the borough.

“We are absolutely thrilled to support them this year and that, at long last, they have their own local dedicated arts venue to use!”

For tickets call 028 7776 0650 or go online at limavadyjazzandblues.com for more information.