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Lagavulin Sponsor Islay Jazz Festival 2013


25th July 2013
Lagavulin have announced they will once again be the headline sponsor of the Islay Jazz Festival.

Lagavulin will once again be the headline sponsor of the popular Islay Jazz Festival. The Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival, which this year will take place from 13th - 15th September, attracts hundreds of jazz lovers, from Scotland and further afield, to the world-famous whisky island on Scotland’s west coast.

This is now the fifteenth year that the Festival has been held on Islay, and the fourth year that the Festival has been sponsored by Lagavulin, whose continued backing has enabled the Festival to develop into the success story that it is today.

One of the highlights of the Lagavulin sponsored Festival from a whisky drinkers point of view is the much-acclaimed special Islay Jazz Festival limited-edition bottling of Lagavulin which is released during the Festival and only available to those attending the Festival. The Festival bottling of Lagavulin has become highly sought after by malt whisky connoisseurs and will be announced closer to the time of the Festival so watch this space.

Lagavulin Distillery manager, Georgie Crawford, commented:

"This is now the fourth year of our sponsorship of this excellent Festival. The island’s economy really gains from the extension of the season. Another bonus has been the discovery that the Malt Mill at Lagavulin has great acoustics for live music! And the last four years have brought many more visitors from neighbouring countries, reflecting continental European interest in jazz, and many more ‘whisky tourists’ too. We are delighted to welcome them to Islay and to Lagavulin."

Once again there is an extraordinary line-up of leading international and Scottish musicians who will gather for what many regard as the jewel in the Scottish jazz calendar. Leading European drummer Magnus Öström brings his sweeping cinematic soundscapes to play at Lagavulin distillery’s Malt Mill and Bruichladdich Hall. ECM superband Trio Libero blend folk melodies, infectious grooves, and ambient Nordic cool. Making waves on the UK jazz scene, pianist Kit Downes debuts his Trio at Islay. The master of American Stride piano, Stephanie Trick delivers ragtime and boogie-woogie classics. The Festival has also formed a super Islay trio featuring musicians who are regular visitors to the Festival: bassist Mario Caribe, trumpeter Colin Steele, and guitarist Graeme Stephen. Local vocal star Sheena Swanson presents a brand new band comprising five Islay musicians.

Please click here to download the 2013 Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival programme
 

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