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Debarra’s celebrating 40 years with DeBarra-Palooza free shows this weekend

Debarra’s celebrating 40 years with DeBarra-Palooza free shows this weekend

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Iconic Cork venue DeBarra’s Folk Club is celebrating 40 years of being a live venue this weekend in Clonakilty, West Cork with a series of free shows.

From this Friday August 25th to  Sunday August 27th, DeBarra’s presents a series of free live music events, celebrating the venue’s 40 year anniversary.

Friday evening features live music from ADT, Fir Beag, Windings and Naive Ted. Saturday is dubbed the DeBarras House Party and features The Céilí Allstars, the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Rawney, The Monks, The Kates, Christopher Luke, Donal Tupper, Dj Gustaff’s Garden Party, and special guests.

Sunday, keeping with Debarra’s tradition on Sunday features a trad session welcoming back many of the musicians that have laid their hands and tunes on this session over all the years.

DeBarra-Palooza events are free to attend, no booking necessary. Full list below.


About DeBarra’s

‘There’s Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert, Sydney Opera House – and then there’s de Barra’s’, said Christy Moore.

The instant one enters the pub, the musical ambience envelops. The wall, stage left, is covered in flutes, fiddles, bodhráns, pipes and saxophones. Unlike most rock cafes, these instruments have a very real history. The uileann pipes were played by a Tullamore piper at the Chicago World Fair in 1893. The mandolin criss-crossed Ireland for four years with Paddy Keenan and The Bothy Band. The fender jazz bass guitar belonged to the late Noel Redding, the former Jimi Hendrix bassist, and a celebrated resident of Clonakilty.

“DeBarras is very special place but of course much of that is due to its location. Clonakilty is a magnificent Community with DeBarras both figuratively and literally at its centre. Leonard Cohen said of his time spent in a zen buddhist monastery that ‘pebbles in a bag polish each other’, I think of that quote often when I think of Clonakilty, and it’s been a privilege and an honour for me and my family to serve this community for the last 4 decades. Hopefully we’ll continue to do so for a few more years yet!”

Ray Blackwell, manager at DeBarras Folk Club.

Friday 25th August:

7:30pm ADT:

ĀÐT writes soundscapes wrapped with stories of the heart.

Hugely influenced by the Atlantic Ocean

8:30pm FIR BEAG:

West Cork Boy Band Fir Beag are a collective of musicians that emerge every once in a while from the ocean, salt crusted & sea weed draped. Their folk rock is musical, evocative and uplifting, combining harmonies, lyrical hooks and flights of instrumental whimsy.

Feat: Gavin Moore, Liam Ahern, Anthony Noonan, Justin Grounds

10pm Windings: 

Windings are a 4-piece rock/alt/pop/indie/folk band from Limerick City, Ireland. Over the past few years, they have shared stages, supporting, and touring with the likes of Daniel Johnston, Smog/Bill Callahan, Bob Mould, Okkervil River, Caribou, Iron And Wine, Villagers, Teenage Fanclub, Kurt Vile, and Modest Mouse, amongst others. They have performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit (Irl), CMJ (New York), CMW (Toronto), Clonakilty International Guitar Festival (Clonakilty)

11:15pm Naive Ted: 

Naive Ted is a founding member of international skratch DJ collective Community Skratch and of groups Vince Mack Mahon, Flying Buttresses & Grandeurs of Delusion.

He has been releasing music since 2007, notable releases include “Send in the Hounds” (“the most important Irish electronica/dance record ever”, Homoludo) and “The Inevitable Heel Turn” (Album of the week, Irish Times)


Saturday 26th August

DeBarras House Party

FEAT: The Ceili Allstars, West Cork ukulele Orchestra, Rawney, The Monks, The Kates, Christopher Luke, Donal Tupper Dj Gustaff Garden Party and some special mystery guests…..

Front Bar 3pm The Céilí Allstars

The Céilí Allstars are an exciting traditional Irish music band from Cork.
They formed from a group of friends playing the session trail in Cork city in the late nineties. Their musical style includes shades of Sliabh Luachra – where they originate from – combined with generous sprinklings of folk & country.

They’ve played residencies in some of Cork’s legendary folk venues including DeBarras and the Lobby bar and have also performed at festivals around the globe. 

5pm ish The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra:

The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra is comprised of 9 disparate musical talents brought together for one purpose: to rock the planet, ukulele-style! Leapfrogging over barriers of genre, time and taste, The WCUO plunder the last 60 years of musical awesomeness to put on a rip-roaring show full of lush harmonies and death-defying ukulele-playing.

Together since 2010 where they played their first ever gig in DeBarras they have performed throughout Ireland from sellout gigs in the Cork Opera House to Áras an Uachtaráin and every festival in between.

7pm ish Rawney:

An integral part of the West cork music scene for nearly 20 years and continuing the rich musical tradition of the Calnan family Rawney returns to the DeBarras stage where he made his debut as a teenager .t

8pm ish DJ Gustaff’s Garden Party:

DJ GUSTAFF is back underneath the apple-tree in DeBarra’s Feel free to ask him for requests just don’t feel upset when he says ‘No!’

8:30pm ish The Monks:

Comprised of the local Fire Chief, his son, a carpenter and an IT recruiter dont be fooled by their mild manored demeanor they attack rock n roll n’ jaeger with a religious fervour!

10pm ish The Kates:

The Kates are Liz Clark, Mide Houlihan, Eve Clague, MaryBeth O Mahony and Paula K O Brien, a group of West Cork artists who celebrate the rock Goddesses that have come before them, torching a trail through a man’s world. They only perform songs written or performed by women, from Patti Smith &  Courtney Love to Sharon Van Etten & Lizzo.

8pm ish DJ Gustaff’s Garden Party:

DJ GUSTAFF is back underneath the apple-tree in DeBarra’s Feel free to ask him for requests just don’t feel upset when he says ‘No!’


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