Bray Jazz Festival returns for its 17th year this May Bank Holiday Weekend and The Harbour Bar as always, will host some fantastic acts every night Thursday to Monday, with some extra treats in store throughout Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons and evenings.

Persian Classical meets Irish Traditional music with the unique Navá, as they play spellbinding sounds on Thursday 28th April, these guys are ones to watch.

According to themselves, Retro Fix are “a bunch of high brow savages playing jazz, funk and rock music”, what’s not to love about that? See for yourselves on Friday 29th April.

Vernon Jane: Saturday 30th April. The energetic and very expressive Vernon Jane are a collection of eclectic and talented musicians with multiple influences such as jazz, blues and psychedelia. They’ve toured extensively throughout Ireland and have caught the eyes and ears of industry folk.

Tongue Bundle’s music ranges from pop flavoured stompers, through free jazz, mad grooves and noise. With an emphasis on improvisation the group focus on originality and humour. Based in Dublin, Tongue Bundle have played several engaging shows around Ireland and Europe, catch them on Saturday 30th April.

The wonderfully talented CC Brez joins us on Sunday 1st May. You might recognise CC Brez from his Republic of Loose days or his time fronting electro pop band Cars Love Girls but now the exceptional guitarist has stepped out alone.

On Sunday 1st May check out Umbra – with the energy and power of a punk rock band and a broad range of influences, this five piece jazz band from Dublin stretch the boundaries of the form.

On Monday 2nd May we’ve got a double header with BARQ / Sax Panther. Prepare for some serious talent and originality coming from these two Dublin based bands. Five piece instrumental Sax Panther and then BARQ, fronted by Jess Kav who’s previously sung with Hozier and Jape and has a soulful and strong R&B vocal.

Saturday 30th April it’s the turn of Edel Meade, who sings original jazz and neo-soul inspired tunes as well as contemporary arrangements of music written by Joni Mitchell & Michael Jackson always surrounding herself with the most inventive and groovy musicians she can find.

Firm Roots play on Sunday 1st May, they are a very creative and swinging band put together by drummer Jerry Fehily with Mike Nielsen, Myles Drennan and Dave Fleming who are among Ireland’s finest Jazz Musicians. They play the music of Cedar Walton, Bobby Darin, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter amongst others.

On Monday 2nd May- Feather: An eight piece futuristic Afro soul band led by Emma Garnett. Originally from Sierra Leone, their music combines Emma’s African roots with her and her band’s irresistible hip hop and funk forays to create a sound that’s simultaneously forward looking and referential to the past.

All events are FREE! Full info about the festival can be found at www.brayjazz.com

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