Leading UK and German performers announced for October Jazz Festival

German Jazz harpist Kathrin Pechlof whose trio will be performing at this year’s festival.
German Jazz harpist Kathrin Pechlof whose trio will be performing at this year’s festival.

Vocalist and pianist Liane Carroll, rising piano star Ashley Henry, composer and performer Poppy Ackroyd, jazz-punk outfit World Service Project, ECM recording artist Huw Warren, and DJ double-act Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi will be among the acts at this year’s Galway Jazz Festival.

Performing under the banner of ‘Brexit Schmexit’, they’ll be taking part in the event, which runs from October 4-7.

In all, more than 120 musicians from 12 countries will present 60-plus events across the city as part of a festival that’s going from strength to strength.

The expanded line-up for this year’s Jazz Festival boasts a particularly strong UK representation.

“Nobody knows what’s going to happen with Brexit,” explains

Festival Director Ellen Cranitch of this decision. “It could be that UK artists will need visas to come to Ireland in the near future, we just don’t know. We want to put a bit of a spotlight on what this may mean for the Arts in general, and music in particular.

“We also want to bring people’s attention to the burgeoning UK jazz scene, something that sometimes gets overlooked in favour of more exotic European scenes,” she adds.

A triumvirate of Germany’s top musicians will also take part in the festival, with ‘the poet of German jazz’ Julia Hulsmann bringing her trio. Jazz harpist Kathrin Pechlof will do likewise. And one of the most in-demand jazz musician in Europe at the moment, saxophonist Anna-Lena Schnabel will also make her Irish debut.

■ More details and ticket information on www.galwayjazz.ie.