Lang Toun Jazz Festival: Organizers unveil weekend of music inside and outside the city

Lang Toun Jazz offers live music in several venues and a park on the weekend of June 24-26.

Run by volunteers, the festival features some of the best musicians around – and organizers are hoping for support from local people.

Langtoun Jazz was established in 2018, taking over from the former Fife Jazz Club.

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Cover of the Lang Toun Jazz Festival program

One of its aims is to establish a jazz festival in Kirkcaldy as well as regular concerts.

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And, after the frustrations of confinement, the 2022 festival should take place at the end of this month.

It offers live music in the Old Kirk and Kings Live Lounge, plus a jazz picnic in the Merchants House Gardens and even outdoor music at Dunnikier Country Park.

The organizers have also linked up with Jock’s Grill House in Kirk Wynd to offer pre-concert meals in a bid to encourage people.

The music begins Friday, June 24 with the Wendy Kirkland Quartet at the Old Kirk at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Ben Crossland Quintet.

On Saturday, the church formed historic host, Jerry Forde’s New Phoenix Jazz Band, and on Sunday it’s The Big Band Theory.

There is also a full day of jazz at the Live Lounge on the Esplanade on Saturday the 25th.

It takes place from midday until evening no less than six acts on stage.

They include quartets led by Toni Jannotta, Evelyn Laurie, Stephen Duffy Quartet, Sue McHugh and Morag McCall Quartet, as well as Marianne McGregor.

The festival then ends with a jazz picnic in the historic setting of the Merchants House garden with Let The Bird Out and the Andy Lawrenson Trio.

The event is also a fundraiser for Kirkcaldy Foodbank with £10 from each ticket sale going towards the charity.

The concert runs from noon to 2:30 p.m. before the jazz in the park grand finale at Dunnikier Park for three hours starting at 3:00 p.m.

It includes Shane Brogan, Clarke Stewart and the Andy Lawrenson Trio

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