Bray Jazz Festival returns to The Harbour Bar for its 17th year this May Bank Holiday Weekend and will host some fantastic acts every night through to Monday. Highlights include Sierra Leone/Irish act Feather, Vernon Jane, CC Brez and BARQ.

From Friday on check out Retro Fix “a bunch of high brow savages playing jazz, funk and rock music”. On Saturday Vernon Jane bring their energetic and expressive set to The Harbour Bar. Vernon Jane are a collection of eclectic and talented musicians with multiple influences such as jazz, blues and psychedelia. Dublin based Tongue Bundle’s music ranges from pop flavoured stompers, through free jazz, mad grooves and noise. With an emphasis on improvisation the group focus on originality and humour. Former Republic Of Loose Member CC Brez has recently come to national attention with his new solo album “Nightfall” and earworm singles. He joins the impressive lineup on Sunday 1st May. Also on Sunday see Umbra – with the energy and power of a punk rock band and a broad range of influences, this five piece jazz band from Dublin stretch the boundaries of the form.

There’s a double header on Monday with BARQ / Sax Panther. Prepare for some serious talent and originality coming from these two Dublin based bands. Five piece instrumental Sax Panther and then BARQ, fronted by Jess Kav who’s previously sung with Hozier and Jape and has a soulful and strong R&B vocal. Also, on Monday 2nd May make sure you get the chance to see the group Feather. An eight piece futuristic Afro soul band led by Emma Garnett. Originally from Sierra Leone, their music combines Emma’s African roots with her and her band’s irresistible hip hop and funk forays to create a sound that’s simultaneously forward looking and referential to the past.

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