Thursday June 1st:
Fixity @ Gulpd Cafe (9pm, €10)
Having released a third album of new material in the past 12 months (not including concert recordings or full-multitrack studio albums) an all-star local line-up joins drummer Dan Walsh for a Cork Improvised Music Club session.
Bank Holiday Weekend:
Open Ear Festival @ Sherkin Island (all weekend, tickets at the link)
A weekend excursion to Sherkin Island with some of the cream of Irish electronic and experimental music. Recommendations include Fixity, Magic Pockets, Whirling Hall of Knives, Naive Ted, The Smoke Clears, and Gadget & the Cloud.
Friday June 2nd:
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill @ Live at St. Luke’s (7.30pm, €26.05)
The Gloaming fiddler reunites with former jazz/fusion partner Dennis Cahill for a set influenced as much by minimalism as tradition.
Cuttin’ Heads Collective Soul Special @ The Brú Bar and Hostel (8pm, free)
Leeside’s resident beat auteurs take a dig into their collections for the soul classics and lost gems that formed the backbone of hip-hop’s most iconic tunes. Part of Soul in the City festival.
Magic Pockets @ Gulpd Cafe (9pm, €6)
Ruadhán O’Meara and his mystical array of synths & other divilment will be set up in Gulpd Cafe, with support from Eilís + African Fiction.
Saturday June 3rd:
The Calvinists @ Coughlan’s Live (9pm, free)
Folk fusionists, brought to the world’s attention by the New York Times, pack ’em in for a full set at the Douglas Street venue.
Sunday June 4th:
Cook Out x Sim Simma @ The Vicarstown Bar (3pm, free)
The musical chefs of Cook Out are joined by Dublin disc-slingers Sim Simma for a special excursion in the Vicarstown. Afternoon food and beers, also.
Soul Review @ Live at St. Luke’s (7.30pm, €22)
The centrepiece of McCurtain Street’s Soul in the City programme, Soul Review sees adopted Corkonian Karen Underwood chronicle the genre, from the cotton fields to the present day. Buck Taylor, Velvin Lamont, Gemma Sugrue, Niall McCabe Band & Paul Dunlea are all on the bill.
Bon Voyage & Arveene Juthan @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €10)
Intercontinental hip-house project Bon Voyage goes beyond the Leap (and beyond the law, etc.) for a Bank Holiday Sunday takeover. Support from Cork disc-slinger Aoife O’Neill.