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.
Who knows what class of devilment the capitol’s citizens will get up if the sun comes out, with hip swivelling music and decadent improvising from the country’s finest jazz musicians, and the trading of oysters and porter to boot?
If that weren’t enough, the festival coincides with the premiere of Ken Loach’s new movie
Jimmy’s Hall, documenting the life of agrarian communist Jimmy Gralton, deported from Co. Leitrim in 1933 after church and state colluded to shut down his jazzy parish dances. There was disorder on the border aplenty, but this murky episode from history, with its culturally oppressive overtones, now provides the context in which to consider the place of Irish jazz today.
And there is plenty to celebrate. Contemporary and inclusive, Down With Jazz is a big tent that welcomes musicians and music lovers of all persuasions, from funk and electronica, to chamber pop and free improv, with a line up that reflects our diversity today. If Jimmy was around, he’d surely approve and would encourage you to get down to Meeting House Square, because when you free your behind, your mind will follow.
More on the 1934 anti-jazz movement.
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“Music borrowed from the savages of Africa by the anti-God society, with the object of destroying morals and religion”(Father Peter Conefrey, 1934)
“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
Doors 7:30pm on Saturday, 6pm on Sunday with After party
in Sweeney’s Bar, Dame St on Sunday night