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Sounds From A Safe Harbour: Feist, Wilco, Bonny Light Horseman & more announced for Cork festival

Sounds From A Safe Harbour: Feist, Wilco, Bonny Light Horseman & more announced for Cork festival


Sounds From A Safe Harbour is the festival returning to Cork for the first time since 2019.

Curated by Festival Director Mary Hickson, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, actor Cillian Murphy and playwright Enda Walsh, Sounds From A Safe Harbour features four days of music, dance, literature, theatre, and conversation across the city from Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September this year.

The first shows have been announced for the festival and include:

Feist’s Multitudes show

Canadian singer-songwriter Feist brings the show that inspired recent album of the same name to Cork city at Cork Opera House, Thursday 7th September.

Tickets €45 (+booking fee)

European premiere of Bonny Light Horseman with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

A collaboration between Bonny Light Horseman and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ames, with orchestral arrangements by Bryce Dessner. Produced by SFSH, the show takes to the stage at Cork Opera House (8th Sept), the National Concert Hall, Dublin (14th Sept), and on to The Barbican, London, with the London Contemporary Orchestra (15th September). Folk trio Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson and Josh Kaufman perform their loving ode to the past in this European Premiere.

Tickets €40 (+booking fee)

Wilco, with support from Anna Mieke

Closing out their European tour, Chicago-based band Wilco headline Cork Opera House, Saturday, 9th September, with support from Wicklow singer songwriter Anna Mieke.

Tickets €50 (+booking fee)

Ye Vagabonds Lighthouse Constellations, an evening of SFSH collaborations

Collaboration and shared experiences are at the heart of this biennial Festival, every year SFSH facilitates an intimate artist residency, the results of which traditionally populate the smaller stages throughout the city. This year, with the help of Quiet Lights, SFSH is experimenting with a new approach by inviting the Irish folk music duo Ye Vagabonds to interact and respond to the residency and host the festival finale Lighthouse Constellations at Cork Opera House, 6pm on Sunday 10th September.

Tickets €25 (+booking fee)


Tickets for FEIST, Bonny Light Horseman with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Wilco, and Ye Vagabonds will go on sale on 10am, Friday 12th May from

“It’s a lovely feeling to be able to bring projects that are close to my heart back to Cork to share with you, particularly projects and artists I have a deep connection with. I have been working with FEIST as Creative Producer on her new show for the last 4 years, so it’s a major highlight for me to get to present this show in Cork Opera House. Being in the room for the inception of Bonny Light Horseman as a band back in 2018 was a moment I will never forget. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand the orchestral programme we started with them at MusicNOW (2021/Ohio) with Bryce Dessner and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, presenting it to Cork for SFSH23. Together with Quiet Lights, we have invited the inimitable Ye Vagabonds to interact with and respond to the residency programme (an exciting programme which is yet to be revealed) and host a music finale for the festival. We have SO MUCH more to come for SFSH23 – keep an eye out for lots more announcements.”

Director of Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Mary Hickson

Further programme announcements on the way.

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