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25 gigs & clubs to see in Cork this weekend

25 gigs & clubs to see in Cork this weekend

Mike McGrath-Bryan


The Connolly’s Songbook @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €10)
Saint Caoilian leads the monthly reverie for music trailblazers as Corkonian artists come together to reinterpret their work in their own ways. This month: Paul Simon.

Fleece @ Dali (9pm, free)
The Fleece regulars continue a monthly stint at the decks on Carey’s Lane, joined by the Looptown boys.

DRUMSQUARE @ The Roundy (9pm, €10)
An all-percussion nine-piece comprised of some of Cork music’s leading lights: Paul Leonard, Aileen Wallace, Cathal MacGabhann, James Christie, Elaine Howley, Solamh Kelly, Emmet O’Riabhaigh, Wayne Dunlea and Dan Walsh. This month’s instalment of Cork Improvised Music Club.

The Maes @ DeBarra’s of Clonakilty (9pm, €10)
Melbourne folk duo continue their Cork run after city and Ballydehob dates last weekend.

In Clouds @ Triskel Christchurch (10.30pm, €25)
Visual artist Peter Power hops in with composer Michael Gallen, dancer/choreographer Stephanie Dufresne, contemporary choral ensemble Tonnta led by Robbie Blake, writer Sara Baume and designers Sarah Jane Shiels, David Mathúna and Izabelle Balikoeva. Marking the Triskel’s fortieth year, and continuing at the venue throughout the weekend in 7.30/10.30 shows.


First Music Contact: What Next for Music in Cork? @ Crane Lane Theatre (3pm, free)
Angela Dorgan, Joe Kelly, Willie Ryan and Ashley Keating take a look at the past, present and future of music in Cork. Moderation by The Point of Everything’s Eoghan O’Sullivan. Free, but ticketed – check the link.

Kíla @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €20)
Trad-fusion legends head out West for another trip under the hammers, performing landmark album ‘Tog É Go Bog É’ to mark its reissue and 21st anniversary.

Little Green Cars @ Live at St. Luke’s (8pm, €25)
Folk/alternative five-piece headline at St. Luke’s as part of Cork Midsummer Festival, with support from Bleeding Heart Pigeons.

Grease My Paw! @ The Roundy (8.30pm, €5)
Sample Studios present a fundraiser gig after relocating to Churchfield on the city’s northside. African Fiction & Chloe Tetrault are among those on the billing.

Not How, When! @ Dali (10pm, €tbc)
Dancing music across the genre spectrum with Not How When residents Flukey, Sonny Emerald and Jean-Luc Razza.

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock @ DeBarra’s (10.30, free)
Experimental folk-rockers expand to a 9-piece electric guitar orchestra to play music from their new album ‘Lockout’, detailing the 1913 Strike and Lockout.

Stevie G’s Old-School Party @ Church (11pm, €8)
Cork’s eternal hip-hop hero brings the classics to Church on Hanover Street, accompanied by the Hot Sauce dancers.

Steve Davis @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €15)
The six-time World Champion of snooker continues his fine post-retirement pursuit of crate-digging and DJing, taking his NTS Radio residency with Gong man Kavus Torabi on the road.


Can I Kick It? @ UCC (2pm, free)
A hip-hop takeover of UCC’s Devere Hall & outdoor amphitheatre in collaboration with Union Black & Cuttin’ Heads Collective, featuring rappers, singers, Turntablists and musicians such as Ophelia, Outsider YP, Spekulativ Fiktion and Jus’Me.

Townlands Carnival Launch Gig @ Crane Lane Theatre (8pm, free)
Ghetto Funk Allstars, Strange Attractor and No Show Band provide a sneak peek at the stages of the Macroom community music festival.

MaiMaiMai @ The Roundy (8.30pm, €10)
As a child, noise-hound Toni Cutrone followed his parents around Europe and the Near East, ending up in the south of Italy, assimilating different cultures, atmospheres and sonorities. Support from GNOD’s Paddy Shine and folk experimentalists Woven Skull.

FairPlé @ Live at St. Luke’s (8.30pm, €20)
Karan Casey and Pauline Scanlon lead a showcase concert for FairPlé, the gender-balancing initiative in Ireland’s folk and trad scene. Support from: The Whileaways, Kate Ellis, Anna Mieke, Julie Goo, Niall Vallely and more.

County Vinyl @ Connolly’s of Leap (9pm, free)
The residents of the County Vinyl collective go beyond the Leap and beyond the law for a big Saturday night of tunes.

This Place Hell @ Fred Zeppelin’s (9pm, €5)
Dublin metal agitators head upstairs on Parliament Street, with Corkonians Worn Out and Dubs Rouen in tow. A PYRE Promotions show.

mynameisj0hn @ The Poor Relation (9pm, €7)
Known these days as one third of Rusangano Family and for his ‘Still Breathing’ mix series, MynameisjOhn is a powerhouse in Irish music.

Get Down Edits @ Dali (10pm, €10)
Veteran DJs/edit masters take to the wheels of mechanised steel upstairs on Carey’s Lane.

MASS Launch Party @ Amp Venue (11pm, €10)
Deep Blue, Wired Deep, The Hanley Brothers, Elision help launch Dubland promoters Paradox’ MASS festival with a shindig on Hanover Street.


Blues & Jar Jar Jr. @ The Vicarstown Bar (3pm, free)
Chef Bubby Halz cooks up the craic alongside beatmaker Blues as part of Cuttin’ Heads’ series of Vicarstown all-dayers.

Steph Geremia @ Coughlan’s (8pm, €15)
World-travelled session and solo flautist heads to the back room on Douglas Street for an intimate performance, off the back of new album ‘Up She Flew’.

Chic Afterparty @ Dali (10pm, €tbc)
Hit the Lights proceed to issue further disco and house grooves after Nile Rodgers and the lads run through the classics out at the Marquee.

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