Bands on Saturday

Dark Town Strutters

Hot Swing jazz from the 1930s and 40s.

The lyrical swing and syncopation of classic American Swing meets the rhythmic pulse of French Gypsy jazz. The Darktown Strutters feed your soul with uptempo goodtime swing music and heartbreakingly blue ballads. The quartet can be seen regularly in their home city of Cork, and have featured in the Cork Jazz Festival for several years running. The band has also played all around Ireland and Europe.

Gary Baus (USA, alto saxophone), Bren Ó Ruaidh (jazz guitar), Pat Barrett (double bass) and Niall Dennehy (drums).

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joan talbotOriginally from Dublin, Joan Talbot’s vocal talent has well and truly been embraced by local audiences who can’t get enough of her easy listening style. Joan has been a favourite in the city for over ten years, performing all the great jazz standards of the day. Such is her talent that music fans can catch her shows throughout the country, and she has even been a special guest singer in Andy’s Jazz club in Chicago.



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East Coast Jazz Band

Described as the “lively band with cool sounds from the sunny side”, the East Coast Jazz Band perform an eclectic mix of popular jazz styles ranging from Dixieland, Ragtime and Swing to Bossa Nova and Blues.

Hailing from the sunny south east, the band has been playing festivals and gigs throughout Ireland for almost twenty years. They had their inaugural performance at the world renowned Guinness Cork Jazz festival in 1998 and have been welcomed back EVERY year since. This culminated at 2013 festival when the band played 3 performances at the flagship Metropole festival club in addition to other venues.

Their high energy take on jazz classics ensure they appeal to all walks of music fans. The band tours various festivals throughout Ireland, including the Kilkenny Arts Fest, Arklow Maritime Fest and the Jazz festivals at Doonbeg, Ballydehob and Bray.


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Jazz Lite – Limerick

Good Ol’ Bevis “That’ll be extra”, and his friends are back with “Jazz Lite” from Limerick and will be entertaining us with their music. This four piece band have appeared regularly at the Cork Jazz Festival as well as many functions in the Limerick area.


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The Busquitos – The Netherlands

The Busquito’s from The Netherlands play a very catchy mix of brilliantly played music and dazzling, funny entertainment that will put a smile on everyone’s face!

Skazz – Ireland

This five piece are the embodiment of the ska movement starting out as a swing and jazz outfit and converting in early 2007 to pure ska vibes.In keeping with their jazz roots, Skazz have chosen the original Jamaican scene Ska of the 1960s – when Caribbean mento and calypso first met American jazz and rhythm and blues. Fans of the 2 Tone sound of the late 1970s will feel at home on the dancefloor with the added bonus of an education in pre-reggae/rocksteady tempos and cross rhythms.

Having already shared stages with the likes of The Skatalites, Prince Buster, The Pioneers, Syramip, Dennis Alcapone, Winston Francis and Delroy Williams, and with dates this year including the Cork Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic and Waterford Spraoi and Bray Jazz Festival, this promises to be a very special band.

Getting everyone into the skanival mood, Skazz will be skanking the weekend away in style. This lively Clare band have appeared at venues all over Ireland, and with rave reviews everywhere have acquired a huge following. Ska! Ska! Ska! Skandalous Skazz will be joined by a host of musicians to have you all moonstompin.

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