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Bray Jazz Festival returns for its 18th year on the May Bank Holiday weekend

Ireland’s leading contemporary boutique jazz festival returns for its 18th year on the May Bank Holiday weekend, with some of the top stars and emerging players in jazz lined up to play this year’s Bray Jazz Festival.

Star attraction at this year’s festival in the North Wicklow town will be New York-based West African guitarist Lionel Loueke, who will be the opening night headliner at this year’s Festival, on Friday, 28th April next.

The 2017 event has a strong Nordic tinge to it too, with visiting performers from each of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Estonia all set to appear. Elsewhere there will be performances featuring artists from Switzerland, Australia, India, the Middle East and the United States on the festival bill.

Bray Jazz 2017 will take place from Friday to Sunday, 28th-30th April next, and will present more than 40 concerts, recitals and jazz trail shows in the seaside town. The festival will stage its main shows at the town’s Mermaid Arts Centre, the heritage Town Hall building and at the medieval ‘The Well’ church in the town centre.

Amongst this year’s other festival performers will be the ultra-hip UK ‘Beats and Pieces Big Band’, a Swedish quartet led by emerging saxophone star Malin Wattring, the cult Australian trio ‘The Necks,’ Norwegian virtuoso accordion player Stian Carstensen, and Estonian ambient folk singer and fiddle player Maarja Nuut.

A staunchly independent music festival that has built a reputation for showcasing some of the hottest emerging talent in jazz from across the globe, this year’s Bray Jazz will also present concerts and jazz trail at more than a dozen bar, club and hotel venues across the town.

Described by one critic as “one of the very best small jazz festivals in Europe,” Bray Jazz Festival is expected to attract upwards of 6,000 concert goers to the town on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
To find out more about what’s taking place at Bray Jazz Festival this year visit: www.brayjazz.com

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