The Galway Jazz Festival

October 5th – 8th 2017

The Meilana Gillard Trio is the main attraction on the opening night of the Galway Jazz Festival, Thursday 5 October. The American-born saxophonist moved to Northern Ireland in 2012 and has become a well-known figure on the Irish jazz scene. She has played with Linley Hamilton, Dana Masters, David Lyttle and Terell Stafford among others. A robust and lyrical tenor-player, she was on the faculty at the Sligo Jazz Project last July. In Galway she will lead a trio with Neil O’Loghlen (bass) and Shane O’Donovan (drums) at 9 pm in the Bite Club, Upper Abbeygate Street.

On the same night, the Trondheim Voices from Norway provide something completely different in St Nicholas Collegiate Church at 8 pm. An all-female ensemble of improvising singers, they have been on the go since 2001.

The Ian Date Swing Combo is led by an Australian who sings as well as playing guitar and trumpet. With him are Myles Drennan (piano), Neil O’Loghlen (bass), Dan Walsh (drums) and Brian Wynne (tenor sax). They can be heard on the Friday at 9 pm in the Electric Garden.

Celebrating the centenary of Thelonious Monk’s birth, Ronan Guilfoyle will lead a tribute group in the Mick Lally Theatre on the Saturday afternoon at 2.30 pm. The septet includes son Chris Guilfoyle (guitar) and the Cork trombonist Paul Dunlea.

At 8 pm that night in the same venue, the Hugh Buckley Quintet combines with a quartet of classical cellists in an original cross-over collaboration.

Mike Nielsen will make three appearances at the Festival: one with fellow-guitarist Aengus Hackett, one with pianist Simon Nabatov and one solo.

On Sunday 8 October it will be worth while getting up early for a 10.30 a.m. screening of The Girls in the Band. This is aninspiring documentary about women musicians who kept on playing despite the chronic sexism in the music business. The film ranges from the 1930s to the present day.

For more details of this very interesting Festival, see

Grainne Farren.




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