Sligo Jazz Festival launches at Hargadons Wine Shop 4:30pm Tuesday 23 July. Please read on!

Home of the 2019 Hargadons Sessions, you’ll find it easier this year to see and hear the amazing line up of afternoon sessions in Hargadons’ specially converted Wine shop in Johnston Court. Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach, Tom McSharry will officially launch Sligo Jazz 2019 followed by a world premiere performance of a rare combination of supreme talents. First-call London percussionist Paul Clarvis, whose recording and performing credits include Nina Simone, Hozier, Hans Zimmer, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder to name just a few, will be joined by Sligo-based vocalist Cathy Jordan making her first real foray into the Great American Songbook, joined by Sligonian guitar supremo Mike Nielsen and Mr Sligo Jazz, Eddie Lee. What better way to celebrate a new festival year than with some of Sligo’s finest.

Sligo Jazz Festival jam sessions have attained legendary status over the years, this year Andersons will be bursting at the seams with Irish and international jazz talent, with well over 100 summer school participants residing there for the week along with a dream team of twenty-six music educators from USA, Asia, Europe, UK and Ireland. Jam sessions take place at 6pm and 10pm each day before and after the main concerts at the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Some rare and interesting additions to the roster this year include Indian Konnakol percussionist Ghatam Giridhar Udupa, German overtone singer Anna-Marie Hefele, and the Lincoln Centre’s singer of choice for its recent Nat King Cole 100 Celebrations, New York-based Sachal Vasandani.

The festival also features a UK and Ireland exclusive appearance of the Michael Pipoquinha Quartet (Brazil) on their European tour, plus the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland with special guest trumpeter, Yazz Ahmed, Federico Malaman’s Malafede Trio (Italy) and of course the SJP International All Stars. Fringe events include stints by Sue Rynhart and Huw Warren, Ryan Quigley and an internatioanl All-Star sextet, highly regarded Steely Dan tribute act, Aja, Sligo’s own The Little Big Band and The Kobe Trio. Amongst the stellar summer school faculty of tutors performing are Paul Booth, David Lyttle, Shannon Barnett, Liane Carroll, Sara Colman, Cathal Roche, Mike Nielsen and Hugh Buckley.

Full programme downloadable from


Sligo Hub