Tops acts in town for Jazz and Blues Festival

Top music acts Ian Date and Grainne Duffy are in Limavady this weekend, along with a host of other artists from around the world for the Jazz and Blues Festival.

In its 12th year, 25 acts from throughout Ireland and the UK, and as far away as Australia will be playing in 17 venues throughout the town.

“The committee pride themselves on trying to provide something for all,” said a Festival spokesperson.

Organisers behind the festival say it is only one of kind in Ireland “to offer a true mix of both Jazz and Blues artists.”

He said: “The town looks forward to extending a warm welcome to all visitors. Whether you enjoy the ‘buzz’ of the free pub trail or prefer a bite to eat with some background jazz, even a relaxing stroll around the Roe Valley Country Park (Music in the Green Lane Museum) we aim to please.

“Should you consider yourself a ‘Culture Vulture’ why not drop in to the art exhibition (work will have a jazz & blues theme) or browse the shelves of the bookshop?”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Market Street will play host to a family afternoon with children’s entertainment and music by the Dixie Strollers.

At the former Roe Valley Hospital Grounds (LCDI) there is a jazz family fun day picnic and The Pub is putting on a family day with bouncy castle in the garden.

The Pub Trail has the eclectic mix of first timers to the festival, Grainne Duffy (rock&blues) The Blue Hyenas (Blues) The Rick Swann Band (Jazz,blues,funk and Latin) Sam Payne ( Jazz & Blues Piano) Trionna Sweeney & John Leighton (Jazz vocals, piano & electronics) to name a few.

Some old favourites return, Alan Niblock Jazztet featuring Bronagh Mullen on vocals, Rab McCullough (needs no introduction) Lee Hedley Band (rhythm &blues) Ronnie Greer & Anthony Toner (Blues/Jazz vocals and guitar) King Bz (Rock & Blues) Martello Jazz Band and last but not least local favourites, Graffiti Limbo.

For all times and venues or additional information see gig-guide on the programme or visit: www.limavadyjazzandblues.com

The spokesperson thanked Limavady Borough Council for its continued support of the event.