DOLANS Presents this week is thrilled to be one of the venues for the Limerick Jazz Festival 2021. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s event will be a special celebration of local, emerging and international talent.
Many local and international artists will participate in this festival which is fast becoming an unmissable event on the Irish musical calendar.
Limerick Jazz has been promoting music in West Central Ireland for over 35 years and has Spring and Autumn seasons featuring the best of contemporary Irish and international jazz live.
After months of uncertainty, careful planning and readjustments, we are delighted to be able to welcome exceptional musicians both live and online.
This Wednesday, September 22, we will welcome Conor Guilfoyle Octet in our room upstairs. Led by one of Ireland’s best drummers and educators, the octet’s members are handpicked from its former Newpark Jazz (now DCU) program students and represent some of the best young players in the current scene.
The Dolans Pub will host the popular Limerick Jazz Workshop on Thursday evening, an evening that will see students perform from 7pm. Limerick Jazz Workshop has been offering jazz education to a very diverse group of over 200 students since 2007. Artists of all ages united by their love of jazz and their willingness to run the risks of live performance.
We are very happy to welcome Nacho Mena Quintet & Vein (Switzerland) with Domenic Landolf Sax to Dolans Warehouse on Saturday September 25th. These musicians stand out for their creativity and impeccable interpretation. They are all leading groups with extensive international experience. All the compositions are original and the majority by Nacho Mena. A fusion of Chile-Brazil and the United States, since Nacho has lived in these three countries and has integrated his musical roots.
On Saturday our upstairs room will also welcome back Nigel Mooney. Hailed as the ‘Irish King of the Blues’, Nigel Mooney has long been recognized as Ireland’s premier jazz singer / guitarist. Infused with the blues from a young age, Mooney formed his Gripewater Blues Band in the early 1980s, spearheading the Irish blues movement, performing with and opening act for BB King, Lowell Fulson, Bo Diddley, Dr. John , Hubert Sumlin and Louisiana Rouge.
The festival will close with the very popular Sunday afternoon jazz session at the Dolans Warehouse. With the Joe O Callaghan Quartet and four very experienced musicians who have performed on the Irish jazz scene for many years. This is the first time that the four have played together in a single group. They will play high energy electric jazz, playing compositions by Joe. The group is made up of Joe on guitar, Derek Whyte on bass, Izumi Kimura on piano and John Daly on drums.
John Daly of the Limerick Jazz Festival said: âWe are delighted to announce this year’s festival program. We’ve worked hard to develop programming that works in the unusual times we live in with a mix of big events online and live. Limerick was the only jazz festival in Ireland to feature live music in 2020, and in 2021 we are delighted to be the first jazz festival in Ireland to welcome live music again, and that the gradual relaxation of Public health measures allowed us to respond to a much larger audience than could have been the case otherwise.
Tickets for individual events can be purchased on the Dolans website. We hope you join us for what promises to be an exciting week of jazz in the heart of Limerick City.