Jazz Festival hits right note

Naoimi Berrill, who will be performing in Kieran Moloney's Music Shop as part of the intimate performances that can accommodate just 15 people.
Naoimi Berrill, who will be performing in Kieran Moloney's Music Shop as part of the intimate performances that can accommodate just 15 people.

This year’s Galway Jazz Festival which runs from October 5 to 8, is spreading its wings, with a broad range of shows, many of them free. Many of this year’s performances will be in new and unusual venues.

The Black Gate Cultural Centre wasn’t around for last year’s festival but has made its mark on Galway’s cultural scene since it opened in January. And it will be the lunchtime hub for this year’s Festival, with performances there at 1pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 5-7.

Thursday’s performance features readings by poet Eva Bourke and music from multi-instrumentalist Olesya Zdorovetska.

The five-piece Irish Memory Orchestra Jazz Ensemble will perform on Friday, while Saturday will see violinist Cora Venus Lunny and trombonist Colm O’Hara in concert. All these shows, in this intimate venue, are €7.

And a new development sees Galway Jazz Festival getting even more intimate, with four performances by visiting artists in two city-centre venues. These will be strictly limited to 15 people because of space.

Cellist and vocalist Naomi Berrill will perform in Kieran Moloney’s Music Shop on High Street on Thursday, October 5, at 5pm and trumpeter Neil Yates will give his show there at 6pm.

Coffeewerk +Press on Quay Street is the venue for saxophonist Sam Comerford on Saturday, October 8, at 2pm. The following day, October 9, Rauno Niemenen who performs on traditional Finnish instruments will give a recital there at 3pm.

Tickets for these unique events are free but must be reserved and are on a first-come first-served basis.

The four-day Festival will feature some of the leading names in jazz and improvisation, as well as talks and film screenings.

More details on all events at galwayjazz.ie