Cork Gig Guide Dec 12th-18th

Earlier this year, Becky and Rachel Unthanks impressed quite a few Leesiders with their unbelievably-difficult-to-dislike (as if we ever would) brand of northumberland folk in the Cork School of Music. Thursday will see the sisters return to Cork - this time to Cyprus Avenue who promoted their April appearance - with the songbooks of Antony & The Johnsons and Robert Wyatt in tow...

Later in the week, Fearghal Mckee and Whipping Boy set loose their first new material in over a decade. Cellist Vyvienne Long has been enlisted to add a little drop of class to the affair which takes place in The Pavilion. Stay tuned for a G-Man interview closer to the date.

Jam-packed full of top notch gigs (including an appearance by ex-Marillion vocalist Fish in the Firkin Crane), the week beginning Monday, 12th December mostly belongs to local talent: Agitate The Gravel, probably Cork's breakthrough band of 2011, officially launch their Christmas single in An Réalt Dearg; indie kids Hush War Cry are set to chase the 2012 equivalent of that title as they support O Emperor in the Triskel Christchurch; Cyprus Avenue host the annual showcase of Cork's perennial talent breeding ground Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa; and last, but certainly not least, John Blek & The Rats ready themselves to end a very successful year with a bang in the The Crane Lane Theatre on Friday night.

Monday, December 12th

- The KC Sessions featuring Karma Parking, Martin Vallely and Band, Anna Mitchellin and more The Crane Lane Theatre (8.30pm)
- Hank Wedel & guests in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- CSN (Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa) Live & Gigging in Cyprus Avenue

Tuesday, December 13th

- Jazz Improv! in The Crane Lane Theatre (9.30pm)
- Souldriven The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- CSN (Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa) Live & Gigging in Cyprus Avenue
- Candle Sessions with Hank Wedel and Edel Curtin in The Pavilion
- Fish's Fishhead Tour (former Marillion) in Firkin Crane

Wednesday, December 14th

- We Come In Pieces (Single launch) and Saint Yorda in An Réalt Dearg

- Alamo Bandit The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Fireside Sessions featuring Fintan Lucy in Mr. Bradley's of Barrack Street
- Forward Jazz in The Roundy

Thursday, December 15th

- The Unthanks perform the music of Antony & The Johnsons and Robert Wyatt in Cyprus Avenue
- Fundraiser Night For Cuig Project with Crackin’ Christmas Covers
presented by Mayfield Arts featuring
 Mick Flannery, Ger Wolfe, Slow Motion Heroes, The David Nelligan Thing and more in The Pavilion

- The Coronas in Savoy Theatre
- Damien Dempsey in The Pavilion
- Oddsocks Revival in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Degani Ensemble with Lynda Lee in Triskel Christchurch

Friday, December 16th

- O Emperor and Hush War Cry in the Christchurch (Triskel Arts Centre)

O Emperor- Some Small Matter by O Emperor

- John Blek & The Rats and Paul Creane & The Changing Band in The Crane Lane Theatre
- Agitate The Gravel (Xmas single launch) and When Good Pets Go Bad in An Réalt Dearg

- The Coronas in Cyprus Avenue
- Jukebox Gypsy in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- 21 Outs, Big Red and Mishap in An Cruiscin Lan
- Electric Underground Xmas Bash featuring Al Torette’s and Warren Knowles in The Pavilion
- Rebel County Drunk Punx Presents Section 4 in Fred Zeppelins
- Rise Up Xmas Party in Cyprus Avenue

Saturday, December 17th

- Whipping Boy and Vyvienne Long in The Pavilion

- Cork Community Trust, Suicide Aware Charity Event in The Crane Lane Theatre (3pm)
- Pontius Pilate & The Naildrivers in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)

Sunday, December 18th

- The Dan Clan in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)
- Revolution Rock in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- R.S.A.G. in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

- Trans Fatty Acids in The Pavilion
- Celestial Cafe in The Roundy
- Sarah & Sylvia, Aisling O' Riordan and Christine Deady in Bourbon Street Bar