Cork Gig Guide (June 25th-July 1st)

Sam Amidon

Incredibly gifted folkie Sam Amidon is just one of a half-dozen or so critically-acclaimed names to appear on the jaw-smackingly excellent bill that is the Cork Midsummer Festival's Bowerbird: Modern Folk & Beyond.
The hauntingly beautiful Triskel Arts Centre's Christchurch is the venue for two nights of music that will also see the tremendous talents of Malcolm Middleton, Andy Irvine, Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells and more visit Cork for a weekend. Worth the ticket price for Amidon alone. Well that's my tuppence anyhow...

Retreating back to tonight the monthly KC Sessions return to The Crane Lane followed by a late show from well-travelled American traditionalist Morgan O'Kane & Band on a busy night on Phoenix Street. Britpop renegades (or should I say Britpop survivors) Gomez will bring "the hits" to Cyprus Avenue on Tuesday. The number of times 'Get Myself Arrested' has been broken out during a drunken singsong over the years is bordering on the triple digits so it would be good to see it live and "sober".

Limrockers Windings opened the Monday of Forbidden Fruit in Kilmainham at the beginning of the month, returning to Cork with a Thursday night show in An Bróg on Olly Plunky (Oliver Plunkett Street to non-Corkers although Corkonians don't call it that either). The Hot 8 Brass Band succeeded where most fail by getting my hips a jiggling on the dancefloor at last year's jazz weekend. The The Crane Lane is their destination on Friday. Strongly recommend you be there if you like boisterous brass.

Besides the various Cork Midsummer Festival events the weekend sees The Island Jam invade Cobh for a couple of days Cobh whilst Myrtleville's in Pine Lodge welcomes a trio of quality bands in the shape of Axis Of, Gascan Ruckus and Cork's very own Terriers who ripped up The Pavilion on Saturday night.

*Movie lovers should begin the week at the Triskel Arts Centre enjoying their two night sci-fi extravaganza.







Monday, 25th June
- Cork Midsummer Festival in various venues: Click here to see the full programme
- The KC Sessions featuring Polly Barrett, Silta, Ghosthead Revival, Stephanie Rainey, Grainne Cotter & The Blue Moods and Kevin Glavin in The Crane Lane Theatre (8.30pm)
- Morgan O'Kane & Band in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Sci Fi Season: Forbidden Planet (Movie) in Triskel Arts Centre (6.15pm)
- Sci Fi Season: Fahrenheit 451 (Movie) in Triskel Arts Centre (8.45pm)



Tuesday, 26th June
- Cork Midsummer Festival in various venues: Click here to see the full programme
- Jazz Improv in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)
- The Calvinists in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Sci Fi Season: The Andromeda Strain (Movie) in Triskel Arts Centre (6.15pm)
- Sci Fi Season: Robocop (Movie) in Triskel Arts Centre (8.45pm)
- Gomez in Cyprus Avenue



Wednesday, 27th June
- Cork Midsummer Festival in various venues: Click here to see the full programme
- The Bambir in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Blue Note Jazz Sessions in The Roundy
- Sitting Room Sessions featuring Rose Cousins(Canada), Jethro Pickett and David Ferriter in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- Cork Midsummer Festival presents David Kitt performing Small Moments in Triskel Arts Centre (8pm)



Thursday, 28th June
- Cork Midsummer Festival in various venues: Click here to see the full programme
- Summer Carnival with Ham Sandwich, Toy Soldier and more in Beamish & Crawford Brewery Site
- Windings and We The People in An Bróg (Moved to July 5th)
- Declan O'Rourke in The Pavilion
- Cross Pollination with Liz Clark and Tessa Perry in The Roundy
- Otis Gibbs (US) in De Barra's (Clonakilty)


Friday, 29th June
- Cork Midsummer Festival in various venues: Click here to see the full programme
- Summer Carnival with Ryan Sheridan in Beamish & Crawford Brewery Site
- Hot 8 Brass Band in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)



- The Deans in Cyprus Avenue
- Mutant Cabaret in The Roundy
- Dead School in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- Cork Midsummer Festival presents: Bowerbird featuring Andy Irvine, Sam Amidon, Adrian Crowley and Serafina Steer in Triskel Arts Centre



Saturday, 30th June
- Cork Midsummer Festival in various venues: Click here to see the full programme
- Cork Midsummer Festival presents a:Volution (Peter Power/Eat My Noise) in Cork School of Music (10.30pm)
- Summer Carnival with Rubberbandits in Beamish & Crawford Brewery Site
- Mundy in The White Horse (Ballincollig)
- Cork Midsummer Festival presents: Bowerbird featuring Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells, Martin Carthy, Malcolm Middleton and Serafina Steer in Triskel Arts Centre

- The Island Jam featuring Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Royseven, Republic of Loose and more in Cuskinny Court, (Cobh)
- Axis Of, Gascan Ruckus and Terriers in Pine Lodge (Myrtleville)




Sunday, 1st July
- Cork Midsummer Festival in various venues: Click here to see the full programme
- Cork Midsummer Festival presents The Trailblaze Sunday Service w/ Katie Kim, Niwel Tsumbu and more in Triskel Arts Centre (8pm)
- Summer Carnival with Hermitage Green in Beamish & Crawford Brewery Site
- TBC in The Bowery/The Slate (Roof garden)
- Cork Midsummer Festival presents a:Volution (Peter Power/Eat My Noise) in Cork School of Music (4pm)
- Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Jessie J at Live at the Marquee
- Stink in The Pavilion
- The Island Jam featuring Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Royseven, Republic of Loose and more in Cuskinny Court, (Cobh)