Historical wounds have been known to fester in Ireland. In 1934 Father Peter Conefrey railed against jazz as “music borrowed from the savages of Africa by the anti-God society, with the object of destroying morals and religion.” Now the jazz community is getting its own back. Eighty years on the Improvised Music Company
, in conjunction with the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and the Arts Council of Ireland are taking off the gloves by proudly presenting the “filthy rhythms and diabolical airs” of 15 of Ireland’s best jazz groups.
The action takes place from 6th- 8th September in the fantastic, Irish weather-proof location of Meeting House Square - complete with retractable roof in the event of sunshine.
Friday’s program kicks off at 7.30pm and features the Chris Engel
Quintet, the Nigel Mooney
Band, Mike Nielsen Quartet
’s Ripe for Rebels and Yurodny.
Saturday’s line-up includes the Cormac Kenevey
Quartet, the Ed Deane Band
, Butter, Dublin Guitar Night, The Mulitiverse and ZoiD with Horns.
Sunday’s program runs from 2pm until 8pm and features UCD Gamelan, No Crows, the Paul Dunlea
Band, Khanda and Sun Ra
-inspired big-band Outer Spaceways Inc in a vibrant and diverse program.
Classic bebop-inspired jazz, electric guitar-driven trios, electronic-jazz, soul-jazz, world music rhythms, blues, iconoclastic big-band jazz, funk and much more besides will shake Meeting House Square over what promises to be three unforgettable days of outstanding music. Following the success of Workin II: Irish Jazz Showcase
in May it seems that Irish jazz has never been more vibrant. God-fearing and Devil-fearing folk beware!
For ticket details visit the Down With Jazz website.