The Brexit Debate Comes to Galway Jazz Festival

Protests outside the Houses of Parliament (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images).

The Brexit Debate Comes to Galway Jazz Festival

Musicians and music promoters to discuss the implications for music and the arts.

Brexit and music will be the subject of debate this weekend at the Galway Jazz Festival. The festival is hosting a discussion on Saturday morning at 11am in the Mick Lally Theatre to discuss ‘the spectre of Brexit’ and how ‘culture and artistic interaction will … have to re-calibrate’.

Taking part in the discussion are several musicians and music promoters, including Olga Barry, recently appointed as the new Director of Kilkenny Arts Festival; Ciara Higgins, Head of Artistic Programming at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Artistic Director of the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival; pianist Huw Warren; saxophonist and co-founder of Diatribe Records Nick Roth; and Brian Carson, CEO of Moving on Music. The discussion will be moderated by Toner Quinn, Editor of The Journal of Music.

Brexit Schmexit
‘No aspect of modern life will be unaffected’ by Brexit, say GJF organisers Ciaran Ryan and Ellen Cranitch. The discussion – titled ‘Brexit Schmexit’ – will explore ‘the implications, the machinations, the solutions, and will we need a passport?’ 

The Galway Jazz Festival starts this Thursday 4 October with the Radio String Quartet and runs until Sunday with over 60 events including many free concerts and jazz sessions. Featured artists include Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, Tommy Halferty with his work for nonet Seven Musical Steps to Camus, Hamburg-based saxophonist Anna-Lena Schnabel, pianist Ashley Henry, singer Liane Carroll, ECM artist Julia Hülsmann, harper Kathrin Pechlof, Peter Broderick, formerly of Efterklang, and more.

Listen to our Galway Jazz Festival Spotify playlist below. For concert tickets, visit

Published on 1 October 2018


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