Balbriggan is the place to be on Sunday 22nd when the whole town is going to come alive with the sound of Jazz pouring from every building. The Autumn Jazz collective are organizing a great day of Jazz. The one-day festival is in its third year having started in 2011. The organizing body have a mission statement
“To promote and enhance the cultural experience through alternative music and art in the heart of Balbriggan”…….
Art is supplied in the form of a pop up art gallery in Molly’s Coffee Gallery and the tourist office where patrons can brose throught a selection of Jazz related images designed especially for the occasion. The collective also release a limited edition lithograph with a unique design print created by local artist Alison O’Grady specific to each years event. The introduction of art goes back to 19th century Moulin Rouge where art and music went hand in hand.
The one-day event receives tremendous support from the Balbriggan town council and marketing support from Fingal events. However the big supporters on the day are the local traders who have rallied around the Jazz festival and who have all pro-actively come forward seeking to be involved.
The music of course is the main attraction of the day and the organisers lead by Marc Halligan have certainly managed to line up an impressive array of talent.
Starting proceedings at 11.30am with Pat Collins of The Cafe Orchestra fame.He will be playing a chirpy set of music in Molly’s Coffee Gallery. Commencing at 1.00pm and running until 3.00pm will be The Jazz Park Quartet, a group of young and talented musicians who are all studying Jazz at the Newpark Music Centre. You will find them in the Laveer Restaurant in the Bracken Court Hotel. The action moves to The Central Lounge where at 3.00pm 3DB take to the stage. This is a local piano trio playing some smooth Jazz. The Lounge will be the place to be at 5.00pm when one of the best tribute bands in the world will be performing. They are Aja and they play the music of Steely Dan, not to be missed!
The spotlight shifts to Jack Doyle’s Bar at 7.00pm when The Julien Colarossi Quartet will be appearing. Julien is one of the more sought after musicians in the country as well as been one of the coolest cats on the Irish Jazz scene. Bobcat will be entertaining audiences with their brand of Gypsy Jazz in the Harvest Lounge from 9.30pm until 11.30pm.
The main event of the day for most will be the Hot House Big Band featuring the singing talents of Sharon Gaynor. The Band is made up of 17 professional musicians who individually play with the concert orchestra or appear on RTE. The Band is playing in The Bracken Court Hotel.
All events throughout the day are free except for The Hot House Big Band. Their show will cost you €10.00, which is tremendous value for money considering the amount of talent on stage. Tickets for the Big Band can be purchased from Goldsmiths Jewelers, Molly’s Coffee Gallery and the Bracken Court Hotel.
Considering that 90% of the events are free then Balbriggan is sure to be buzzing on Sunday 22nd and I hope to see you there.