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The 21st Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival

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2007 Scottish Jazz Festivals Kirkcudbright

A Celebration of Trad New Orleans, Dixieland and Swing Jazz in South West Scotland

Welcome to information on

the 21st annual

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival,

a celebration of

traditional New Orleans jazz

and featuring musicians from

across Europe and the UK,

in our best lineup ever!


We are delighted to be holding our Annual Festival in June this year and, from a beginning 21 years ago which saw 6 bands play over a day and the preceding evening, to be able to offer Festival fans 14 bands plus several soloists and impromptu groups for special occasions during 4 days of celebrations at multiple venues across the town.  We think this will be our best ever Festival so do come and join us in Kirkcudbright between Thursday 14th and Sunday 17th June this year.

This year we have a distinct international flavour, with musicians travelling from central and southern France and Germany as well as from Holland and Switzerland to play in one of our favourite bands, the Kirkcudbright International All Stars and, new to the Festival, the exciting Jazz a Bichon (more on them below).  Having reviewed the Festival feedback from 2017, we have arranged for some other returning favourites combined with some bands that are new to the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, all of whom are featured below or via links on the Our Bands page.  We are confident that there is something for everyone and much for all in our 2018 lineup.

The Venues

Happily we have secured some tremendous venues for our 2018 Festival.  First we have the excellent Cochran Hall as our focal venue; it offers plenty of room for our largest audiences, great acoustics and space for both a cafe and a bar which, judging by the majority of our feedback, has become particularly appreciated.  We intend both opening the Festival on the Thursday evening and closing it on the Sunday night with what we believe will be some really popular music.  To complement this we will be using the Parish Church Hall for several of the acts during Friday, Saturday and earlier on Sunday.  There will be the free concert in the Parish Church after the Brolly Parade on Saturday, jazz church services at both the Parish and Greyfriars churches and soloists or groups playing at a variety of hotels and restaurants around the town.  There is plenty of variety - both in the bands and the venues - to keep the most avid jazz fans going over the full Festival and we hope many of you will join us over the whole 4 days.


The Bands

The Festival will open on Thursday evening with a combination of newcomers the Pedigree Jazz Band and the internationalists who make up Jazz a Bichon plus a band returning by request, the lively and entertaining Jools and the Jazzaholics.  On the Friday we will welcome some of our younger and more local musicians when the D&G Youth Jazz Orchestra will open the day in the Cochran Hall.  The evening will see, in response to strong feedback, The Big Easy joining the Kirkcudbright International All Stars in the Cochran Hall while newcomers the Eagle Jazz Band and long time favourites the Penman Jazzmen will play in the Church Hall.  Jazz Dining opportunities start on the Friday evening and continue through the weekend but we strongly suggest you book - they are very popular occasions!

Over the weekend we have some exceptional acts.  By popular demand the Jake Leg Jug Band are returning as are the ever entertaining Spats Langham's Hot Fingers.  We are excited to have Hamish McGregor's tribute to Ball, Bilk and Barber while the Dave Donohoe Band and Mike Lovell's Six-in-a-bar Classic Jazz Band will also appear.  The Kirkcudbright International All Stars and Jazz a Bichon will keep the international flavour going throughout the Festival and, again in response to our Festival feedback, we will ensure some great dance music through to the climax at midnight on Sunday.


Brolly Parade & Free Concert

With the hope that the weather cooperates a little better than last year, we will be holding the Jazz Festival Brolly Parade on Saturday morning, with a parade band to accompany the dancers and decorated brolly owners on a tour around the town centre.  Stopping off at the Moat Brae, the parade will finish in the Soaperie Gardens before everyone is invited in to the church for some free entertainment.  Join us for some fun on this hard to miss occasion!

People sometimes say “I don’t like jazz” but the music of this Festival is mainly from the 1920s and 30s, is very melodic, features songs from “The Great American Songbook”, is excellent for dancing and will be played with great skill and love by the band members so come along and give it a try – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

The programmes, on sale at a number of outlets in Kirkcudbright, show this year’s Festival again promising to provide locals and visitors with an extravagant feast of entertainment and fine musicianship played in a variety of styles and catering for all tastes.

For further information on the festival please call 01557 330467.  Festival tickets will be available from The Working Print Studio, 28 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright; programmes will be on sale in a number of local shops and from band venues on Festival days.  See also the Tickets Page on this site.