After a busy 18 months that have seen discussions, talks and performances in Cork City’s favourite music venues; one-on-one clinics with First Music Contact; and panels at festivals like Sounds from a Safe Harbour, Townlands Carnival, Quarter Block Party and Cork Midsummer, community music group #CorkLovesMusic presents the first instalment of Season 2 of its events series, designed to open up discussion and provide a place to share ideas in Cork music.
As the city comes alive in celebration of Culture Night on Friday September 21st, some of the Cork music community’s most dedicated facilitators and artists assemble at The Roundy, the home of PLUGD Records and a long-running venue in its own right. Aisling O’Riordan of Quarter Block Party, Declan Synnott of community bookshop Rebel Reads, and Goldenplec photographer/editor Shane J.Horan comprise the speaking lineup, with discussion this time addressing the challenges and positives the city’s music scene faces, amid a period of profound change and redevelopment for the city.
Accompanying the discussion will be live performances from three exponents of ambient electronics and improvised music, in The Roundy’s typically understated tradition: avant-garde duo MueseuM; solo electronic explorer Lighght, and a solo set from ambient beatmaker Jake O’Riordan.
To help with discussions on the night, the group has also formulated a survey for musicians and music professionals to take on their events, potential music projects for Cork City, and the general temperature of music in Cork. Take the survey here.
Streaming below: Aisling O’Riordan and Southern Hospitality Board collaborator Caoilian Sherlock talk about their experiences running live music in Cork, at the first TEDx CorkLovesMusic in January 2017.