Although Kirkcudbright is traditionally known as the region’s art town, every year it’s home to the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival. The Galloway Holiday Cottages at High Kirkland are an ideal place to stay while you take it all in.
This year’s festival takes place from Thursday 14th until Sunday 17th June. The organisers have billed it as the best line up ever.
The festival began in September 1997 and this year marks its 21st anniversary. It has since grown in size and popularity and moved to its current date in the diary of June.
Kirkcudbright becomes the destination for bands from all over the UK and Europe. This year, international players come from France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. They’ll all be here to celebrate trad New Orleans, Dixieland and swing jazz.
The organisers listen closely to past visitors and have invited old favourites as well as new faces. There will be 15 bands taking over the town this June. These include Pedigree Jazz from Hampshire who are newcomers, as well as Jazz à Bichon from France and Jools and the Jazaholics from Gloucester who have developed a loyal following.
Jazz while you dine
There are a number of ways to see the visiting bands. These include the Saturday morning Brolly Parade, as well as jazz church services and pop-up performances throughout the town. A hugely popular idea that started in 1999 is the jazz dining experiences. Local restaurants host soloists and smaller groups while diners enjoy their dinner. These have proved hugely popular so booking in advance is highly recommended!
All of this entertainment takes place just a stone’s throw from the Kirkcudbright Holiday Cottages at High Kirkland. We’re ideally placed for your visit to the festival. You can book weekend, day, afternoon or evening tickets. These give you the flexibility to combine your favourite performers with exploring other parts of our beautiful region.
Tickets for Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival can be booked online or by printing off an order form from the website.
So, dust off your dancing shoes, discover your new favourite musicians and head to Kirkcudbright for a long weekend of top quality entertainment. Combine it with a stay in one of our luxury South West Scotland Holiday Cottages and you’re sure to step out in style.
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