Latest blow to a devastated Irish jazz scene as Sligo Jazz Project calls off this year's gathering

This summer's Sligo Jazz Festival and Summer School, one of the most significant series of events happening anywhere on the jazz festival calendar in Ireland, has been called off, another casualty of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. On Instagram, …

Published: 22 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 months.

This summer's Sligo Jazz Festival and Summer School, one of the most significant series of events happening anywhere on the jazz festival calendar in Ireland, has been called off, another casualty of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

On Instagram, festival director Eddie Lee and the Sligo Jazz Project team related their decision: ''It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that, due to the massive uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we have no choice but to cancel our July summer school and festival event.

''The reasons are many, but suffice to say the SJP board has unanimously taken this decision and I back it fully, believing it is the only way forward for us to ensure we survive and flourish again in bringing you magical musical events in the future.

''We put so much energy and time into SJP we will really feel a huge void in our lives this year. As soon as the crisis has passed rest assured we will again be programming great year-round performance and education events here in Sligo and Leitrim.

''We know that we will then come back stronger and with an even more love-filled event in 2021. We have already booked the entire summer school faculty and are confident that we will have a supercharged SJP in place in 2021. Dates for your diary are 20-25 July 2021.''

Full statement.

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