Over the weekend of 14th– 17thJune, Kirkcudbright’s 21st Annual Jazz Festival filled the town with upbeat music and happy jazz fans; a terrific, unbroken record during a time when (allegedly) bigger and better music events have been and gone.
Sadly, I was unable to take advantage of this rich and varied jazz offering over the four days as Castleview House was fully occupied by ‘Jazz à Bichon’, an outstanding and rare French jazz combo specialising in the sounds of the Roaring Twenties.
Without the involvement of even a single curly-haired dog, Georges, Guy, Marc, Philippe, Jean-Pierre and Eric wowed full houses across five locations and all four days of the festival. Castleview House is reported still to be standing.
Other leading jazz attractions at the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival included the now established International All-Stars (two Germans, one Dutchman and two Scots), A Thé Dansant at the amazing Cocoa Bean Factory, Dumfries and Galloway’s Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Suppers, the stunning Saturday Brolly Parade and a Sunday Jazz Service.
New for this year in the town’s splendid new Kirkcudbright Art Galleries (see Blog 3) was a talk on the glorious career of Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong. All in all, a top-quality event in a great setting.
The next Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival is scheduled for 13th– 16thJune 2019, so if you are a jazz fan seeking luxurious five star, self-catering accommodation nearby, then we would advise you to book Castleview House now to avoid disappointment.
In the meantime, great jazz gigs emerge frequently in and around Kirkcudbright, with two acts well-known to us at our Wine Bar, Ann et Vin in Newark-on-Trent, the Tim Kliphuis Trio and Jeff Barnhart’s All-Stars, both of whom perform regularly in Twynholm and in Gatehouse on Fleet. Indeed, across the region, Dumfries and Galloway’s rich cultural musical tradition is seen in wide, accessible and inventive musical offers. Watch out especially for the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Live festival in May 2019 and the boutique family Eden Festival in June 2019.
Until next time.