Of­fer­ings to suit ev­ery pos­si­ble mu­si­cal taste

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - KINSALE - Ma­jella Flynn — Ma­jella Flynn

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.

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