Sligo Jazz Project Ready to Roll Again


Sligo Jazz Project’s (SJP) International Summer School of jazz and improvised music returns as a live event this July 19-24 at ATU Sligo with a faculty of 30 international and Irish tutors and a full-blown jazz festival hand in hand with Europe’s most inclusive jazz education event

SJP’s Youth Academy partnership with Music Generation Sligo has also been renewed, with 20 subsidized places for young Sligo resident musicians aged 10-18 available at this world-class event.

SJP is a well-established international event running for 17 years, with a hectic schedule that leaves all who attend elated, inspired and educated. SJP’s visiting tutors, many of them major international figures in the jazz world, play host to morning workshops from 10am each day at ATU Sligo, on a variety of subjects, then give masterclasses till lunch. Participants and tutors have lunch together in the IT canteen, and then get down to the business of working on their performance skills in ensembles. SJP Youth Academy has its own dedicated faculty to work with its youth ensembles.

Bray Jazz Returns for 21st Year

Bray Jazz Festival makes a welcome return to the annual calendar, and has announced yet another great line up of international talent it will bring to Irish shores on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Missing due to Covid for the past two years, the festival returns for its 21st edition on April 29th, 30th and May 1st - with legendary American guitarist Bill Frisell set to make a welcome return to Ireland as the opening night headliner, at Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray.

Alongside Frisell on the headlining bill are one of the stars of the contemporary UK jazz scene, trumpeter Yazz Ahmed, who brings her quartet to Bray on Saturday, April 30th, while on May 1st it's the turn of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, who is set to release his newest album on the ECM label next month, to play the festival's main stage at Mermaid.

New music from Ríona Sally Hartman entitled SEED & BLOOM

Double A side single releases from Ríona Sally Hartman released on February 24th 2022, two sister songs called SEED and BLOOM. Available now from Bandcamp, Apple Music and Spotify

“I want these songs to get people out of bed in the morning. Seed starts gentle, and joyful, to wake you up while you make your coffee. By the time you’ve reached the end of Bloom the whole band is in full ecstatic mode, cheering you on so you’re ready to go out to face the day.”

- Riona Sally Hartman

New Single - Gold Goes Out from Dorota Konchevska

Dorota Konchevska is releasing a new single entitled “Gold Goes Out” on 18 February 2022 on the Max Min Records label. Gloriously dark Polish -via-Dublin electronic diva producer conjures up emotional introspective sketches writing them in a woodland hut during lockdown.

Dublin based artist Dorota, began her career as a jazz singer and has evolved into a multifaceted artist & producer, capable of breathtaking feets of alchemy that fuses her ethereal vocals with leftfield electronic music.

AOIFE DOYLE shares new song LOVE CONQUERS ALL from upcoming album INFINITELY CLEAR

Irish singer songwriter Aoife Doyle released LOVE CONQUERS ALL, the fourth single from her upcoming album on 11th of February. It's a soulful song about love released just in time for Valentines Day.

'LOVE CONQUERS ALL is about coming to a realisation that love truly is the answer to many of life's problems and questions.'

'Aoife Doyle combines the guts and vulnerability of a blues singer with the poise and musicianship of a well-schooled jazz artist .... Her albums to date have charted her growth from singer to songwriter, and she always keeps impeccable musical company.'


'One of the most eagerly awaited albums... and it doesn't disappoint. It's right up there with anything I have heard this year.' 


Aoife Doyle is originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow now living in Co. Clare. While she has been performing for many years, it was upon moving to the West Coast of Ireland that she found her songwriting voice.

New album from The Celtic Hotclub - A Meeting Of Strangers

The Celtic Hotclub’s new album “A Meeting Of Strangers” was released on November 28th 2021 and is now available on Jazz Ireland, Bandcamp, Apple Music and Spotify.

The Celtic Hotclub are a band who play celtic fused Jazz Monouche (gypsy jazz). Traditional Irish melodies and devices are drawn upon liberally, to inform and inspire our gypsy jazz themes, interplay and improvisation.

Virtuoso Violinist Anne Phelan (RTE Concert Orchestra) joins seasoned guitarist Eamonn Moran (Cotton Club Quartet), Rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Vincent “Teck” Jézequel (Brittany France) and rising star of the double bass Derek Whyte, to produce an album that creatively blends Traditional Irish music and Jazz Manouche.

The Sofa Sessions at Yulefest Kilkenny

The Sofa Sessions, Kilkenny’s long-running jazz and creative music series, is moving from its home at Billy Byrne’s bar to the Yulefest Bandstand on Parade at Kilkenny Castle for Christmas week.

Programmed by Irish Times jazz critic and Sofa Sessions curator Cormac Larkin, the evening concerts at 7pm on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd will present some of the biggest stars in Irish jazz in suitably festive form: internationally renowned bassist Ronan Guilfoyle’s Brazilian project, Tudo Bem! (20th); Dublin blues eminence Nigel Mooney’s special Christmas show (21st); and legendary rock guitarist Jimmy Smyth with his Xmas Organised band (22nd).