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Jiveoholics return as Van Morrison kicks off Derry jazz fest

By Brendan McDaid

Venues throughout Derry are readying themselves for the influx of musicians, local music lovers and tourists about to spill through their doors, as the 2012 City of Derry Jazz Festival gets into full swing.

Last year more 35,000 people flocked to enjoy the talents of over 300 performers from home and abroad, and this year promises to be the best festival yet.

Van Morrison kicks things off tonight at the Millennium Forum, with the first of two amazing shows by the music legend – the perfect start to a jam-packed weekend of jazz, blues, soul and swing.

On Thursday the Jive Aces will swing into action, fresh from their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, where they actually brought a smile to Simon Cowell’s face with their blistering performance of Wanna Be Like You.

Other highlights during the weekend include London based trio Troyka, Kitten and the Hip, Paul McIntyre Quartet with Jean Toussaint, David Lyttle and John Leighton.

Meanwhile, soul sensation Ruby Turner, supported by vocal harmony group the Swing Gals, are bringing a touch of glamour on Saturday night at the City Hotel.

Also appearing on Saturday at An Culturlann will be Irish singer-songwriter Mick Flannery, who knocked no less than Madonna from the top spot of the Irish album charts.

One of the UK’s leading jive bands have also vowed to return to this week’s City of Derry Jazz Festival despite their instruments being torched during last year’s events. The Jiveoholics were the victims of an arson attack when their van was set alight outside the City Hotel. The six-piece from Wales were woken by fire crews tackling the blaze on the first night of the festival.

For more information about the programme listing see www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com

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