City of Derry Jazz Festival 2012 in pics and video

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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.

A passer-by stops for a dance to the Kings of Rhythm on the outdoor stage in Derry during the City of Derry Jazz Festival at the weekend. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � please by-line 6-5-12

A passer-by stops for a dance to the Kings of Rhythm on the outdoor stage in Derry during the City of Derry Jazz Festival at the weekend. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � please by-line 6-5-12

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

Last year’s favorites make a return to Shipquay Street

Young performers at City of Derry Jazz Festival

Luke McLaughlin and Foyle College Jazz Band perform as part of the Practice Makes Perfect event while St Cecilia’s College play Guildhall Square

Cafe Jazz Project at Fitzroys

Two local musicians bring Guitar and Clarinet together in Fitzroys

Bridie Monds Watson

Bridie performs and tells the story of her song, Don’t Go.

Errigal Groove Orchestra - Guildhall Square

The Donegal based Orchestra fill Guildhall Square with Jazz

Jazz Lads - City Hotel

Bringing Craic and Skiffle to the City Hotel, the lads are celebrating their 50th year

Kids love Jazz 2 at the Gasyard

Deirdre McDaid from SureStart Edenballymore explains Kids Love Jazz 2. With a performance from DJ.

Saturday Night at the City of Derry Jazz Festival

Wild boogie in the Craft Village whilst The Palais Swing Band play the Waterfoot

Sunday afternoon Jiveoholics & University of Ulster Big Band

The Jiveoholics and the University of Ulster Big Band jazz up Guildhall Square.

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival 2012

The 11th City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival draws to a close, attracting over 40,000 people to the city with over 500 musicians across 90 venues