“For music lovers who want to catch some outstanding sounds in relaxed and pleasant surroundings… kick back and bask in some of the finest jazz and grooves Ireland has to offer “
A Year of Festivals in Ireland, The Irish Times, 2013
Down With Jazz, the festival that reels back the decades to the anti-jazz movement of the 30’s, is back for a third edition; this time over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
The 2014 festival coincides with the premiere of Ken Loach’s new movie Jimmy’s Hall, documenting the life of agrarian communist Jimmy Gralton, deported from Leitrim in 1933 after church and state colluded to shut down his jazzy parish dances. This murky episode from history provides the context in which to consider the place of Irish jazz today. And there is plenty to celebrate!...