Official Festival Opening

Táimid fíor bhródiúl Féile Snagcheol na nGaillimhe 2018 a chur i láthair díbh.
Welcome to the 2018 Galway Jazz Festival. We are thrilled once again to be able to bring you four days of top class local, national and international jazz and improvised music.

We live in strange times, and one of the strangest things being talked about these days is the imminence of Brexit. With that in mind, we have 'reached out' as they say, to our jazz brethren and sistern in the former Great Britain to welcome some amazing musicians, and whatever about the single customs union, we'll make sure that there are no frontiers when it comes to music and art.

There is an astonishing amount of jazz talent in Germany right now, and we are delighted to launch with the kind support of the Goethe Institut Irland, hosting some of the finest German jazz musicians.

Over the four days of the festival, we will hear musicians from 14 countries, in 20 venues, and over 50 gigs. Plus plenty of talk, both formal and informal, some cinema, kids stuff, masterclasses and loads of unexpected and unplanned delights. Come and say 'Hi', we're a friendly bunch, and we value you, the listener, and your curiosity and sense of adventure, which was so inspiring for us over the past few years of putting together a cracking festival. Our borders are open. Brexit Schmexit.

Scaoil amach an snagceol.

Ellen Cranitch
Artistic Director

A host of the busiest musicians in town will play at the Festival Opening; Jimmy Fitzgerald on guitar, Ger Madden on Piano, John O Dwyer on Bass and Barry Duffy on Drums. Also appearing will be a number of soloists from the 'Headford Music Works' Jazz Ensemble