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Sunday 27 May 2018

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

Blathnaid Treacy, Aisling Lanigan adn Eoghan Meakin at the Charlie Mooney Quartet at the Wicklow Wolf Brewery
Blathnaid Treacy, Aisling Lanigan adn Eoghan Meakin at the Charlie Mooney Quartet at the Wicklow Wolf Brewery
Tommy Rafferty Trio at the Harbour Bar
Colm O'Hara.
China Moses at the Mermaid Arts Centre.
Lara Kiang, Cora Venus Lunny, Colm O'Hara and Betty O'Shea at the Jazz Workshop with Music Generation in the Town Hall.

Mary Fogarty

The 19th Bray Jazz Festival brought thousands of music lovers from all over the world to the seaside town for the bank holiday weekend.

International and home-grown musicians alike made their annual pilgrimage to Bray to make beautiful music, this time in equally beautiful weather.

The atmosphere was electric all over the town as the bands and solo artists displayed jazz in all of its many incarnations.

Acts performed in nooks and crannies all over the town, from the expanses of Mermaid Arts Centre, to the corners of the most humble of bars. They were even in the historic Bray Town Hall and more modern Wicklow Wolf brewery.

Close to 40 shows go audiences swinging in Bray with acts including Bray phenomenon Aoife Doyle, American diva China Moses and supergroup Sound Prints. Also featured on this year's bill were performances by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, US-based German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, American drummer Jim Black, Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, up and coming French star Laura Perrudin, amongst others.

The festival was founded by husband and wife team George and Dorothy Jacob as a response to the Governments call for proposals to mark the new millennium. As well as concerts, the festival included a series of music education workshops at the Town Hall hosted by Music Generation Wicklow.

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