Exciting line up for Guinness Kinsale Jazz Festival 2016

Posted on: 11th October, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Plans are well underway for the 2016 Guinness Kinsale Jazz Festival, with a bumper programme for the Kinsale ‘fringe’ Festival from October 28-31. The Kinsale Jazz Festival runs concurrently with the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and always attracts visitors from near and far.

As well as the popular residencies in many of the Kinsale hotels and bars, this year Kinsale welcomes Chicago born Lila Ammons, who has won fans of blues to jazz to bossa, performing in the US Midwest and at Europe’s largest Boogie Woogie, Blues, and Jazz Festivals.

Lila will be accompanied by legendary jazz musician and impresario Billy Crosbie at The Trident Hotel on Friday, October 28, from 5-7pm. She will then travel around various Kinsale venues accompanied by Jack Crosbie.

Also, a fabulous French Marching Band called ‘The French Connection’ will roam streets of Kinsale as troubadours. This spectacle is bound to cause great excitement, as they surprise people in various venues around Kinsale.

Both acts are also scheduled to play in the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, October 28-31,  2016.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Lila Ammons and the French Connection to Kinsale, as we know there is an appetite for jazz and blues and the Jazz weekend remains a popular date in the Kinsale calendar,” said Jack McGouran, Jazz Programme Musical Director.

There are several gigs from lunchtime to late in over 20 venues throughout Kinsale over the October Bank Holiday weekend. The Guinness Kinsale Jazz Festival Programme will be continually updated on www.kinsale.ie.


Lila Ammons, born in Chicago, has forged a path in music that at once honours tradition and her own expressive impulses. Beginning her vocal career in opera houses and concert halls, she later returned to her familial roots in jazz and blues tradition. She is the niece of tenor sax titan Gene ‘Jug” Ammons and the granddaughter of the great boogie woogie pianist, Albert Ammons.

Lila gained popular and critical acclaim touring Europe and Brazil with German pianist Axel Zwingenberger and as feature vocalist with the ABC&D Quartet with Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones.

She performs regularly in her home base of the Twin Cities and continues to attract new audiences with her nuanced vocal narratives, a respect for the jazz idioms, and an unpredictability that delights.

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