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Jazz And Trad To Take Centre Stage As Dolans Celebrates Culture Night 2018

Dolans Presents are delighted to once again play their part in Culture Night. This year’s celebration of culture, creativity and the arts takes place on Friday 21st September 2018.

As a dedicated venue for culture in Limerick we are delighted to be hosting two free events that celebrate just some of the multitude of music genres Dolans has showcased since opening in the city almost 25 years ago.

Culture Night 2018 at Dolans Warehouse sees the return of the fantastic Limerick Jazz Workshop Big Band. This 17-piece big band will see some of Limerick’s leading exponents of the jazz genre as they showcase the very best sounds of both Irish and contemporary jazz for this very special one-off celebration for Limerick’s Culture night.

Now in its 11th year, Limerick Jazz Workshop Big Band was formed two years ago mainly from students and teachers form Limerick Jazz workshop.

The brainchild of tenor saxophonist Ed Hansom and under the guidance the leadership of maestro extraordinaire Bryan Meehan the band has matured into a unit that is now performing on a regular basis.

Culture night at Dolans Warehouse is a perfect opportunity for the band to showcase these talented musicians. The band will perform and accessible and varied programme consisting of some familiar standards like American Patrol Li'l Darlin' and Sing Sing Sing to more testing tunes like Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo A La Turk and George Shearing's Lullaby Of Birdland. With 17 musicians on stage this promises to be a belter of an evening.

Dolans Pub will also play host to some of the very best traditional musicians Limerick has to offer as we host an extra special Culture Night trad session. Since the early days, Dolans has been a key exponent of traditional music.

Dolans opened the same year as The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at The University of Limerick. Over the past quarter of a century we have developed strong connections with the music students in the University.

Bands such as Beoga, Four Winds, Goitse, Moxie and Liadan have played in the sessions, sometimes after playing gigs upstairs or in the Warehouse. Martin Hayes, Sharon Shannon, The Dunne Family, Karen Hickey, The Daly Family, The Lyons Family, The Clohessy Family, to mention a few, are all regular visitors to the Traditional Irish nights.

This year’s traditional Culture Night session at Dolans is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the very best of Limerick’s trad scene and is not to be missed.

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star-studded line-up for Limerick Jazz Festival weekend

Dolans are delighted once again to act as a supporting venue for the Limerick Jazz Festival 2018. The festival, which has been running since 2012, has gone from strength to strength attracting a host of fantastic line-ups from all around the world.

This year’s festival is set to be the biggest yet. It is taking place from September 27th to 30th across the city.

Limerick has one of the most active Jazz scenes in Ireland. Limerick Jazz has been bringing outstanding Jazz performers to the city since the 1980s and the Limerick Jazz Workshop has been providing Jazz Education to the people of Limerick since 2007.

At Dolans we will be hosting a series of fantastic gigs over the course of the festival.

Friday 28th September

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Friday 28th September sees us welcoming the Julian Siegel Quartet at our Upstairs venue. With the Julian Siegel Quartet, the BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel has chosen to work with some of this generation’s most distinctive voices to create an in-demand Quartet on the UK and European Jazz scene.

The band features inspirational pianist Liam Noble, his fluid touch and dazzling imagination perfectly complementing Siegel’s music and playing, and providing a perfect foil for the many directions the music can turn. With the creative spark of dynamic drummer Gene Calderazzo and the deep groove of bassist Oli Hayhurst dove-tailing perfectly with Siegel and Noble this is unquestionably one of the UK’s most exciting and powerful quartets.

Saturday 29th September