Cork Gig Guide (May 28th-June 5th)

The Bad Plus

Alternative jazz genius in the form of Minneapolites, The Bad Plus is set to illuminate the aged altar of the Triskel Arts Centre's Christ Church. Thursday night (May 31st) will see the thrilling trio perform the music from 20th century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, a ballet first performed in 1913.

Fun-lovin' folks feeling a little frisky can extend their live music feast into the later hours with a choice of sinister psychadelia from The Altered Hours - just back from a successful jaunt in Berlin - in The Pavilion and a night of indie-pop perfection supplied by Terror Pop in The Crane Lane Theatre, both late shows on Thursday.

Rewinding all the way back to later tonight, legendary space rockers Hawkwind visit The Pavilion while Limerick's We Come In Pieces give an official Leeside launching to their second album - Night of the Living - in Fred's on Thursday. Blues rockers Crow Black Chicken launch their own debut record in the same venue on Friday as part of the Corrs Rocks Fred's weekend extravaganza.

Tuckey Street nightclub/bar The Bowery have their own weekend of live music prepared with two-time Choice Music Prize winner Jape headlining a weekend of rooftop gigs that will also include The Minutes and The Walls.

The weekend will also feature a book reading and acoustic performance in the Triskel (Saturday) by American songwriter Josh Ritter to celebrate the publication of Bright’s Passage, his debut novel.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble may be returning to The Pav for the umpteenth time but the boys from Chicago certainly put on one hell of a show. Sunday should be no different with local pop favourites Fred headlining Bandon's Music Festival that same night.

Monday, 28th May
- Ben Reel Band in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Lynda Cullen in The Pavilion (Bar - 9pm)
- Hawkwind in The Pavilion

Tuesday, 29th May
- Jazz Improv in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)
- Kantor Tzar Collectif in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Hank Wedel & Edel Curtin in The Pavilion

Wednesday, 30th May
- Breathin' Air: Howard Marks & John Sinclair in Cork Opera House
- Vinyl Junkees in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- We Come in Pieces (album launch), Paradox, VoxPossible and more in Fred Zeppelins
- Fireside Sessions in Bradley's of Barrack Street
- Jawbone in The Pavilion
- Sitting Room Sessions featuring Terror Pop and more in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Thursday, 31st May
- Terror Pop in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- The Altered Hours in The Pavilion

- Elly O'Keefe in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- The Bad Plus perform Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in Triskel Arts Centre (8pm)

Friday, 1st June
- Percussive Counterpoint with Alex Petcu in Cork School of Music
- Gretta Gunn and Carried By Waves in Plugd Records (1st Floor Triskel Arts Centre)

- The Minutes and Dead School in The Bowery
- Corrs Rocks Fred's featuring Crow Black Chicken (album launch) and more in Fred Zeppelins
- Sunil Sharpe, Jamie Behan, Warren Knowles and Fran Hartnett in The Pavilion
- Fivewilldie, Brigantia and Sticky Digit in An Cruiscin Lan

Saturday, 2nd June
- Jape and Protobaby in The Bowery

- Art Crimes in The Roundy
- The Frank & Walters in Reardons
- Black Sun presents Bolide, Hexenverfolgung and more in Triskel Arts Centre (Theatre Development Centre)
- Josh Ritter in Triskel Arts Centre (Christchurch)

- Mary Coughlan in The White Horse (Ballincollig)
- LiveStyles Hip-Hop Festival in The Pavilion (2pm until close)
- Bandon Music Festival: Bressie and The Hard Ground in The Shambles (Bandon)
- Corrs Rocks Fred's featuring Them Martyrs, Slugbait, Terriers and Adhocalypse in Fred Zeppelins

Sunday, 3rd June
- The Walls and White McKenzie in The Bowery
- Bipolar Empire in The Classic (10pm)
- David Kitt (DJ set) in The Classic (11pm)
- Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in The Pavilion

- The Dubliners in Cork Opera House
- Kíla in Cyprus Avenue
- Corrs Rocks Fred's in Fred Zeppelins
- Colin McLean in The Roundy
- Bandon Music Festival: Fred in The Shambles (Bandon)

Monday, 4th June

Tuesday, 5th June
- Hank Wedel & Edel Curtin in The Pavilion