Kicking off their first ever appearance in Dublin at the Sugar Club last night the reunited seminal 1970s funk band Cymande who have been wowing audiences in London and Paris did the very same in a vibrant show as they opened their set with ‘Brothers on the Slide’ in front of an up-for-it crowd at the Lower Leeson Street venue. Their appearance followed the launch of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival earlier in the evening where members of the band including core members guitarist Patrick Patterson, and drummer Sam Kelly talked happily with guests about the band’s tour so far reminiscing about touring with Al Green, Kelly mentioning that a new album Crazy Game is in the works to be released later this year.

The Cork festival runs from 23-27 October this year with headliners Dianne Reeves, Ginger Baker, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Michel Legrand among those to appear. Imelda May opens the festival at the Cork Opera House where she is appearing over two nights. Highlights of the mostly free-entry Guinness Music Trail taking place in more than 50 pubs, clubs, and hotels include the Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble and soul man Rob Strong.

At the launch festival artistic director Jack McGouran introduced Guinness jazz festival manager at Diageo Ireland Mark Hogan who said in a brief speech: “It should be another hugely successful festival and we are expecting up to 40,000 people to attend.”

Stephen Graham

Cymande at the Sugar Club, above