2021 Limerick Jazz Festival celebrates the return of live music – Jazz bands from Switzerland, Chile and Scotland will perform live in Limerick this month

LIMERICK will host a host of local and international musicians for the tenth annual Limerick Jazz Festival, which takes place the week of September 20.st – 26e 2021.

Bands from Switzerland, Chile and Scotland will perform live during the festival with local music stars and offer a mix of online and live events. All live events will include assigned seats and other public health metrics. This year’s highlights include:


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  • Online events run from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22sd September and includes two specially commissioned performances by Limerick singers Jean McGlynn and Liam O’Brien recorded live at the Lime Tree Theater.
  • International guests are the award-winning Philadelphia University of the Arts Big Band and Irish-born New York guitarist David O’Rourke who will be offering and hosting a masterclass.
  • Online events conclude with a performance by Ronan Guilfoyle’s new band, Tudo Bem! playing classic brazilian jazz.


  • Live events run from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26e September in Dolans unless otherwise indicated. Highlights include:
    • Octet Conor Guilfoyle playing the music of Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool
    • A special Scottish night at the Belltable Arts Center featuring the groups of two young leaders from a booming jazz scene, pianist Fergus McCreadie and singer Georgia Cecile
    • Vein Trio from Switzerland with Domenic Landlof
    • The Nacho Mena Band of Chile, continuing our regular presentation of Latin jazz
    • The Nigel Mooney Quintet
    • The Joe O’Callaghan Quartet

Welcoming the festival, the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler said: “The Limerick Jazz Festival is now an integral part of the city’s cultural calendar. He has shown great imagination and resilience to stage a combination of online and live music in 2020 and 2021, and we look forward to his continued development in the future. “

Organizer John Daly of the Limerick Jazz Festival said he was delighted to announce this year’s festival schedule.

“We’ve worked hard to develop programming that works in the unusual times we live in with a mix of big events online and live,” he said. “Limerick was the only jazz festival in Ireland to feature live music in 2020, and in 2021 we are delighted to be the first jazz festival in Ireland to once again host live music, and that easing Progressive public health measures have enabled us to respond to a much larger audience than would otherwise have been the case.

The Limerick Jazz Festival is promoted by the Limerick Jazz Society. It is supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.

Limerick Jazz Society is the oldest continuously active jazz society in Ireland and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012 with the inaugural Limerick Jazz Festival. Its spring and fall performance seasons feature prominent international and Irish musicians. Since 2007 he has also offered jazz education programs through the Limerick Jazz Workshop, the only regular jazz workshop in Ireland outside of Dublin. Limerick Jazz Society is a registered charity.

For more information and full listings visit www.limerickjazzfestival.com

Ada J. Kenney