Ballydehob Jazz Festival



Ballydehob Jazz Festival

Ballydehob, Co.Cork, Ireland – 4th to 7th May 2012




As whimsical wisdom dictates, a rock musician plays three chords in front of 3,000 while a jazz musician plays 3,000 chords in front of three, however Ballydehob Jazz Festival is set to turn that myth on its head.


Knowing the challenge of attracting a large jazz audience to the outskirts of civilisation, the line-up for 2012 is aimed squarely at broadening that appeal. And whilst jazz mythology evokes dark smoky clubs and seedy coffee houses, this boutique festival consistently manages to transform it’s rural village atmosphere into a magical venue for what is a decidedly unique event.


Regularly drawing enthusiastic crowds to its free and festive street concerts, the popular Pub Trail; and the funky late-night Festival Club, filling ticketed headline concerts to capacity always remains a challenge. With a commitment to high standards and current trends, each year the organisers book internationally renowned artists including star names such as pianist Joe Davidian, saxophonist Michael Buckley, and vocalist/ pianist Liane Carroll. 2012 builds on that experience with a programme to elevate the festival even further.


The headline additions of Paddy Cole, an Irish jazz legend with a notable 50-year career and a household name, and Camille O’Sullivan whose dramatic interpretations of narrative songs are causing a stir in New York, London, Australia and throughout Europe, are set to be delight audiences with the diversity of musical talent on offer. Both will be performing in separate concerts in a transformed community hall with an attractive price of €15 per ticket.


In support of these will be a string of gifted musicians filling the street, pubs, cafes, and schools of this idyllic village known for throwing a festival at every change of wind. Events of particular note include the annual charity concert, starring the East Coast Jazz Band, the Sam Hudson Quartet in concert, and a much anticipated workshop for all instruments hosted by UK sax legend Nik Turner.


Street and pub concerts are free and will feature Henry Lowther, Nik Turner, Tuxedo Jazz, Ciara O’Driscoll, Earthship and many more, rivalling any other line up in the Irish jazz circuit.


With its unrelenting enthusiasm and a high profile line up this year promises the highest attendance since the Ballydehob Jazz Festival’s inception in 2006. The festival will run from Friday 4th May to Monday 7th May 2012. Tickets available at select local retailers and on