Derry’s Walls are still ringing to the sounds of more than 300 musicians who performed across the city over the weekend as part of a hugely successful Jazz and Big Band Festival 2012 which drew to a close yesterday.
Visitors and locals thronged Derry’s restaurants pubs, clubs and open spaces to enjoy some of the best live music around with talent from the East Coast of America to Eastern Europe taking part in one of Ireland’s biggest celebrations of jazz music.
The good weather held out for most of the weekend and there was as much craic to be had outdoors as well as indoors with both Guildhall Square and the Craft Village coming alive to the sound of music - much to the delight of shoppers and families out and about for the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
The city’s Mayor, Maurice Devenney, said the festival had once again shone the spotlight on the city and its ability to host major events.
“I think the festival really has shown what the city can achieve in terms of hosting such events and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this year’s festival such a success. This year’s event had a very family friendly focus and it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying themselves.
“The standard set by the artists participating is rising each year and this year was another fantastic success.”
Derry City Council’s temporary Director of Development, Oonagh McGillion, said the success of the event had set a benchmark for the festivities to come over the coming months.
“Once again, we have been inundated with visitors who got to enjoy some of the best local and international music on offer. And it’s only the beginning of our summer events.
“At the beginning of June, we will host the Olympic Torch Relay event and, on June 21, we stage the Peace One Day music concert, welcoming even more musical talent to the city. In early July, we have another landmark festival planned as we welcome the Clipper Race to the Foyle.
“It’s certainly going to be an exciting few months for the city.”
Click on the links below to watch some of the best bits - clips courtesy of Derry City Council
JayDee Brass Band return to City of Derry Jazz Festival
Young performers at City of Derry Jazz Festival
Cafe Jazz Project at Fitzroys
Bridie Monds Watson
Errigal Groove Orchestra - Guildhall Square
Jazz Lads - City Hotel
Kids love Jazz 2 at the Gasyard
Saturday Night at the City of Derry Jazz Festival
Sunday afternoon Jiveoholics & University of Ulster Big Band
City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival 2012