Holywood Jazz Festival relaunches this weekend

Country blues band Alabama 3 are set to headline the Holywood Blues and Jazz Festival at the end of this week.

Over 40 local and national acts will converge on Holywood as part of the newly relaunched festival sponsored by Phoenix Gas.

Running from Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31 10-piece ska band Doghouse and Celtic Soul, who play homage to Van Morrison, are also set to headline one of the nights.

Local artists such as blues legends Rab McCullough, Linley Hamilton and Ronnie Greer will also take to one of the many stages throughout the town.

Alabama 3 will bring their Acoustic & Unplugged show to the festival marquee at Holywood Rugby Club on Saturday May 30 while Doghouse will take to the stage on Friday 29. Celtic Soul will close the festival at the Holywood Yacht Club on Sunday 31.

Also on the bill are acts such as Rough Diamonds, Ricky McQuillian, Cavehill, Pogoes, The Boozehounds, Wookalily, The Ronnie Greer Duo, The 77’s, Scorpion Jack, The Half Stoned Cowboys, The Small Mercies & Ludwig & Co and Jackie Flavelle.

Belfast based blues-Americana two-piece Drop Circus are among the acts lined up to support Alabama 3 alongside Shock Treatment 21 and Mike Donaghy while Pogues tribute The Pogoes will open the show for Doghouse.

Local musician Mari Jackson is heading up the festival.

She said: “I decided this year that I would volunteer my time to ressurect the festival as I’m passionate about bringing more music and entertainment to the town.

“We’ve had some great support from local businesses such as Whiskin Engineering as well as other companies including Phoenix Gas, our principal sponsors, BDO and Ulster Weavers among others.

There are some fantastic acts on the bill this year and we’ve ensured that we have put together a varied mix of music to suit everyone.

There will be music on in most of the local pubs, clubs and eateries from approx 6pm on Friday, May 29, all day Saturday from 2pm and from 3pm on Sunday until midnight.

We have also added a family area at the marquee so parents can bring their kids along. Just contact us through our facebook page for more details about this.”

Tickets for Alabama 3 (£17.50), Doghouse (£10) and Celtic Soul (£10) at the Holywood Blues & Jazz Festival running from Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31 are available from Garry’s Barber Shop in Holywood or from www.wegottickets.com.

For more information log onto www.facebook.com/HolywoodBluesJazzFestival or @BluesJazzFest

Post Author: Belfast Times

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