|Andy Stott - Triskel TDC, Saturday|
...and it's off to Cyprus Avenue on the 26th for John Blek & The Rats who are the perfect group of rambunctious rebels to get a party popping on Stephen's Day. For those looking to keep it a little more intimate then it's short trip to the former Lobby bar as master craftsman Ger Wolfe is charged with enthralling all in attendance at L'Attitude 51.
Limerick lads Windings scratch that infinite itch to get back on the road on the following night as they visit The Slate's roof-garden on a nippy December evening.
Saturday 29th caters for all tastes as dance-pop deviants Le Galaxie return to The Pavilion, local legends The Franks revisit nineties classic Trains, Boats and Planes in The Savoy, 2012 being the 20th anniversary of the group's debut record while Manc producer Andy Stott spins some discs on Tobin Street in Triskel Art Centre's TDC.
New Year's Eve belongs to Mick Flannery who completes a year that has seen the Blarney balladeer play major festivals on the continent and knock that old hag Madge off the top of the charts to claim his first number one album with a date in Cork Opera House.
And that's me out of here for a week or two. Talk to y'all in the new year.
*Film fans see Triskel Arts Centre's listings for the week over on the official website here.
Monday, 24th December-Sunday 6th January
26th - Ger Wolfe in L'Attitude 51
26th - John Blek & The Rats in Cyprus Avenue
26th - G.I.M.P. in Fred Zeppelins
26th - Corkscrew: Brian Deady, Toy Soldier, John Barry and more in The Mardyke
26th - Cork Penny Dinners fundraiser with Stevie G, Colm K, Jim Comet and more in The Pavilion (6pm)
27th - Turn in Cyprus Avenue
27th - Pat McManus Band and Crow Black Chicken in Fred Zeppelins
27th - Windings and We The People in The Slate
28th - Abjo (San Diego) in Gulpd Café (Triskel Arts Centre)
28th - The Shed in The Roundy
28th - Declan Sinnott in The White Horse (Ballincollig)
29th - Hermitage Green in Cyprus Avenue
29th - Le Galaxie in The Pavilion
29th - The Frank & Walters play Trains, Boats and Planes (20th Anniversary) in The Savoy
29th - Andy Stott (Modern Love) in Triskel Art Centre's TDC
31st - Trumpets of Jericho, Grave Lanterns and Replete in Triskel TDC
31st - Mick Flannery in Cork Opera House
31st - Slow Motion Heroes in Bradley's of Barrack Street
31st - Tomas McCarthy and friends in Fred Zeppelins
31st - New Year's Eve fancy dress with Crow Black Chicken in Pine Lodge (Myrtleville)
4th - Cian Finn and T-Lab in The Pavilion
4th - Rag and Bones and Before The Ghosts in The Roundy
5th - Emigra, Broken Remnants and The Legionnaires in Fred Zeppelins
If I have forgotten anything feel free to let me know!
Coming early in 2013
January 26th - Ping Pong present: High Wolf in Triskel Arts Centre's TDC
February 1st - Martha Wainwright in Cork Opera House
February 2nd - Maria Minerva in Half Moon Theatre
February 22nd - Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) in Cyprus Avenue
February 25th - John Prine in Cork Opera House
March 19th - Cyprus Avenue presents: Villagers in The Savoy