THOUSANDS FLOCK TO TOWN FOR BRAY JAZZ FESTIVAL
THE 17th Bray Jazz Festival did not disappoint, with four days packed full of jazz in all its forms.
Magnus Öström was the opening night headliner with a great and totally sold out show at Mermaid Arts Centre.
There was a large turnout for pianist Kenny Werner’s fascinating ‘Effortless Mastery’ workshop also at Mermaid.
That particular event was presented with support from Music Generation Wicklow and the US Embassy’s Creative Minds series and was free of charge for everyone.
Several thousand people attended the festival this year, which had plenty of free gigs on the Wicklow Wolf/Black Castle Jazz Trail all over the town, as well as anchor concerts in Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Town Hall, The Martello, The Well and more.
Artists from the UK, France, the Ivory Coast, Sweden, Norway, Mexico and even Kilcoole, came to Bray to take part in the musical highlight of the year.
There was a strong ‘roots and traditional’ music dimension to the early evening ‘Duos Series’ at the Town Hall, including Shetland Islanders Catriona McCKay and Chris Stout, and Scottish/ Irish guitar duo Nigel Clark and Hugh Buckley.
The Well, formerly St Paul’s Church, across from the Royal Hotel, was a new addition to the stable of venues.
One of the concerts there was the premiere of a special work by renowned composer Ronan Guilfoyle’s six-piece band commemorating his grandfather’s role in the 1916 Rising.
The Well comes equipped not just with wonderful natural acoustics, but also a rather magnificent in-house sound-system, making it a perfect place for live performances.
Night owls got the chance to enjoy some late night shows in the Martello on Saturday and Sunday night, with French band Chromb! and Latin jazz outfit Conclave, with a programme morning, noon and night in bars, restaurants and theatres all over Bray and north Wicklow.
Chris Guilfoyle at ‘A Shy Going Boy’ at the Well on Saturday.
Anabel Hands, Linda Syrja, Sorcha Telli, Janet Kerr, Pauline Edmondson and Sinead Regan at Retrofix on Friday night..
Retrofix, who performed at the Harbour Bar on Friday night.
Joe, Eva and Angela Duggan at ‘A Shy Going Boy’ at the Well on Saturday.
Elaine Carey, Karen Marie Millar and Christine Stack at ‘A Shy Going Boy’ at the Well on Saturday.
Dobet Gnahoré at the Mermaid on Saturday.