Before we get into the weekend’s gig guide, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to tonight’s Altered Hours gig at Live at St. Luke’s. The Leeside psych-rock outfit are a sublime live proposition, as anyone that’s seen them can attest to, and in the intimate surrounds of the Northside church, with Cork improvisers the Bonk in support, it’s shaping up to be a good one to say the least.
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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH:
- Aubrey Hennessy @ Winthrop Avenue (7.30pm, €5)
An early-evening gig from Cork-based bedroom-popper at the new room on Cyprus Avenue.
- Little Hours @ Cyprus Avenue (7.30pm, €18.50)
Donegal multi-instrumentalist heads upstairs in the same building, meanwhile, as part of his Irish album launch tour.
- The Altered Hours @ Live at St. Luke’s (7.30pm, €20)
A second appearance at the Northside sonic temple for Cork’s standard-bearing psychedelic rockers.
- Maria Doyle Kennedy @ Coughlan’s (7.30pm, SOLD OUT)
Veteran alt-folk singer, songwriter and film-maker kicks off this year’s Coughlan’s Live Music Festival.
- Mary Black @ Cork Opera House (8pm, €35)
The subject of a recent koan to her name, from none other than Altered Hours frontwoman Elaine Howley, for whom the above artist was her first gig.
- Danny Diatribe @ The Brú (9.30pm, free)
Spekulativ Fiktion presents another Dead Write hip-hop showcase, with Belfast man Danny Diatribe headlining and Calm D’Goolys also on the billing.
- Annie Bloch @ The Corner House (10pm, free)
Last Fridays at the Corner House, and another excursion to the Coburg Street venue from German-Irish songwriter Annie Bloch, with Luke O’Neill in support.
- Strange Attractor @ Coughlan’s (10pm, free)
Dingle funkers take to the stage at Coughlan’s to take night one of Coughlan’s Live Music Festival home.
- Umwelt @ Dali (10pm, €10)
Rave or Die founder and longtime techno exponent heads up this month’s Under the Rose session on Carey’s Lane.
- Boiler Room @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €15)
World-travelled electronic music showcase/online programming strand hits Cork for the first time as part of its debut Irish excursion. Tension and Roo Honeychild among those selecting.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH:
- Lisa Hannigan @ Coughlan’s (3pm, SOLD OUT)
Singer-songwriter hits the intimate back room of Coughlan’s for a CLMF ’19 appearance, with Robert John Ardiff opening.
- End Up @ The Brú (6pm, free)
Beats and pieces at the McCurtain Street venue’s monthly post-work electronic night.
- KULT @ Cyprus Avenue (7pm, €40)
A rare Cork excursion for legendary Polish punk-rockers, with thirty years of material to draw on.
- John Smith @ Coughlan’s (7.30pm, SOLD OUT)
British folk successor carries on the CLMF proceedings on Douglas Street, with support from Emily Donoghue.
- Daithí @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €10)
Genre-traversing wunderkind and No Encore podcaster heads under the hammers on a live excursion.
- TOY GIRL @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (8.30pm, donations)
Dublin indie types kick off two nights in Cork out west, with Eve Clague in support.
- EllyD @ Crane Lane Theatre (9pm, free)
West Dubliner Elaine Doyle hits the Crane while touring new single ‘Ghosts’. Full-band show.
- Dim the Lights @ The Roundy/PLUGD (9pm, €TBC)
At the decks this month on Castle Street: veteran disco/boogie/house crate-diver Eoin Kelly. Full summer mix also streaming at the link.
- RAUM Kingdom @ Fred Zeppelin’s (9pm, €7)
The Paranoid Beast’s monthly Paranoid Pit session at Fredz: Dublin post-metallers RAUM Kingdom and Restive Nation, joined by Cork debutantes Skellig. All sets recorded/video’d for future release.
- Toucan @ Coughlan’s (10pm, free)
More night-ending funk at CLMF ’19, this time from ten-piece groove specialists Toucan.
- Vinyl Below is 5 @ Dali (10pm, €TBC)
The Vinyl Below residents mark five years since their debut at the Sextant with an anniversary party.
- Stevie G @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €8)
Cork’s living hip-hop legend beats into the nineties and noughties faves, with the Hot Sauce Dance crew in tow.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH:
- John Smith @ Coughlan’s (3pm, €18.50)
Day two at CLMF ’19 for England’s current folk hope, this time with Paddy Dennehy in support. Get in early.
- Last Dance of Summer @ Vicarstown Bar (4pm, free)
The Soul Funktion crew pull the curtains down on their comeback summer with a day-long residents’ session.
- Sunday Times! @ The Bowery (4pm, free)
A stacked bill includes the Fleece crew, Aoife O’Neill and special guest SecretSunday, blessing the Bowery rooftop.
- Branwen @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (6pm, donations)
One-half of vocal-harmony specialists Twin-Headed Wolf strikes out solo, with her debut album. Support from Jocose Bird.
- Lisa Hannigan @ Coughlan’s (7.30pm, SOLD OUT)
Day two for Lisa Hannigan at Coughlan’s Live Music Festival, also sold out, with The Man Whom supporting.
- TOY GIRL @ The Roundy/PLUGD (8pm, free)
Night two in Cork for Dublin indie-poppers, with HAUSU’s Arthur Valentine opening up proceedings.
- Sara Ryan @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €10)
Cork-based and Christy Moore-endorsed, the sky’s the limit for Sara Ryan, launching debut album ‘Breathe’.
- People on Sunday @ Triskel Christchurch (8pm, €18)
Matthew Nolan (guitar and electronics) and Rachel Grimes (piano and electronics), with guest Mary Barnecutt (cello) bring a new, original live score to a cinematic paean to the last days of Weimar Germany.
- Niall McCabe @ Coughlan’s (10pm, free)
Transatlantic soulman Niall McCabe and band finish up proceedings at Coughlan’s Live Music Festival.