Offerings to suit every possible musical taste
Whether you want to listen to music or play music, Kinsale provides all the opportunities.
Right throughout the year, you can hear everything from rock, blues, and pop to country and traditional Irish music played by top-class musicians in the hotels and pubs of the town.
A highlight for music fans and anyone interested in a lively and entertaining weekend is Kinsale Fringe Jazz Festival. An offshoot of Cork Jazz Festival, the annual Kinsale event this year runs from October 27 to 30. Featuring a big line-up of local and international performers, it brings jazz, blues, swing and boogie to some 20 venues across the town each day from lunchtime to late night.
The independently run Kinsale Music Academy operates in five local schools and centres, and provides individual instrumental tuition, group classes, ensemble music making and singing classes. Kinsale Amateur Orchestra Society is a community orchestra with members ranging from young children to older adults in the Kinsale area.
Kinsale, Co Cork, is the original, but travel across the Atlantic to the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean and you will find another Kinsale.
Montserrat has been nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean because of its geographic similarities to coastal Ireland and the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants. The Irish, who arrived on the island as either indentured labourers or merchants and plantation owners, comprised the largest proportion of the white population from the founding of the colony in 1628. They made sure to honour Kinsale by naming one settlement on the island after the town.
Kinsale was also kept in the hearts and thoughts of Irish people who travelled to Australia over the centuries. Look at a map of Australia today and Kinsale pops up across the continent. Roads, crescents, and streets in Western and South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland proudly carry the name Kinsale.
The French Connection, a French marching band, playing on the street at The Guinness Kinsale Fringe Jazz Festival last year.