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Ballydehob Jazz Festival Returns This Weekend | 29 April – 2 May 2022

April 28, 2022

The boutique festival that packs a bombastic punch, Ballydehob Jazz Festival, is back on the streets this weekend, 29th April – 2nd May.

Headline Concerts in the Jazz Hall include a Ballydehob debut from Karen Underwood opening the Friday night; Saturday’s headliner comes all the way from Brooklyn, New York – Tatiana Eva-Marie & The Avalon Jazz band.

And dance til late o’clock at Moonshine Shindig, BJF’s signature late night Jazz Club, featuring old time blues delivered with the groovy modern twist of the Canibal Dandies followed by Jazz DJs.

The village will also host a FREE Live Music Trail featuring over 30 performances from Irish and International acts – Fixity, Donal Dineen, Goodnight Circus, Paul Dunlea, Cormac McCarthy, Runaway Retros, the Jabin Ward Trio, Eve Clague & the Valentines, and many more.

The Jazz Parade returns starring Ballydehob’s Jazz Giant Puppet Family, is inspired by New Orleans style street funerals and brings the community together with visiting performers for one colourful, ecstatic display of joy and pageantry.

Dance your way through the weekend with Swing Dance classes, led by international dance instructor Peter Loggins, the foremost historian on American Jazz Dance, and his dance partner Katja Završnik.

This year launches the first Ballydehob Jazz Poetry Slam, in partnership with the Working Artist Studio, with some of Ireland’s finest young poets and spoken words artists including David Jackson, Katie Mathúna, Julie Goo, Pól O Cólmáin & more.

BJF Micro Mural Exhibition is a brand-new series of small murals under the theme ‘The Rising Tide’. Each artwork will be created in unassuming areas within the village to be sought out by the audience. Coordinated by muralist Shane O’Driscoll of Ardú Street Art Project

And that’s not all! Browse the Jazz Food & Crafts Market stalls which will be selling original artwork, crafts, and delicious food Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Live Music and pop-up Circus performances.

There’s plenty of free events for all ages to enjoy, with some ticketed concerts. The festival currently have a ‘Sweet Deal’ for festival tickets, which allow full festival access, priced at €65.

Full information and booking at

The Ballydehob Jazz Festival is made possible by the support of Cork Co Co and Cork County Arts, Pure Cork, The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Local Businesses and vibrant community that cannot be kept down.

29th April – 2nd May 2022

Ballydehob Village, West Cork

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