Cork Gig Guide (25th February - 3rd March)

John Prine
So apparently Monday is the new Saturday...

Get the glad-rags outta' the dryer quick as the weekend is here already, gig-wise at least. Legendary - and I mean legendary - country singer John Prine visits the Opera House this evening for a sell-out show on Emmett Place. Beloved by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Roger Waters, the American songwriter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2003 and continues to release records with 2011's Singing Mailman Delivers double disc dipping way back into his past. Night owls may rove across town to catch Maryland quartet Arbouretum's late show in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm) to wrap up one of the best gig nights of 2013. I repeat: on a Monday!

Early week expeditions don't stop there as Portland's Loch Lomond say hello to Cyprus Avenue on Tuesday night. Signed to Scottish indie label Chemikal Underground (home to Mogwai, King's Daughters And Sons and more), the Ritchie Young solo-project-cum-snowballed-sextet are currently touring their 2013 long player Dresses.

Head to Gulpd Café on Wednesday for something different as performance poet and former playwright Wasps Vs Humans presents his one man show: 'Influence/Me'. There are not many better locations for an intimate show than Plugd Records' café so get there early if you fancy a seat to accompany your chocolate Beamish cake. New blood is on show for those looking to see the noisemakers of tomorrow as first The Pavilion play host to the second Colaiste Stiofain Naofa Live & Gigging night this month (Wednesday) whilst the same night sees the wildcard heat of UCC Live Music Society's annual battle of the bands competition descend upon Cyprus Avenue. It's all about folk on the Friday night in Coughlan's as Belfast-based songsmith Chris Campbell takes to the cosiest of rooms on Douglas Street.

Weekend highlights include Vyvienne Long teaming up with the Balanescu Quartet in Triskel Arts Centre's Christchurch (Friday), Cut Hands in the Triskel Arts Centre's TDC on Saturday and Quantic in The Crane Lane Theatre on Sunday.

******************************Competition Time******************************
To stand a chance of winning a couple of tickets to Loch Lomond in Cyprus Avenue on Tuesday (26th February) night, all you have to do is click like on Facebook followed by a mail to containing :

- a subject of 'Loch Lomond'
- your full name
- your mobile number
- your favourite mythical monster

The winner will be announced on the morning of Tuesday, 26th February.

Thursday: It's seriously tough to beat Carey's Lane for free gigs these days. Next up for their series of downstairs bar shows sees the revamped and reinvigorated Circus Cat - now going under the guise of The Shaker Hymn - in The Pavilion.

*Film fans see Triskel Arts Centre's listings for the week over on the official website here.

Monday, 25th February
- John Prine in Cork Opera House
- Arbouretum in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)

Tuesday, 26th February
- Songwriter Sessions with Paula Gomez in L'Attitude 51
- Jazz Improv in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)
- The Amazing Apples in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Loch Lomond in Cyprus Avenue

Wednesday, 27th February
- Fireside Sessions: Sean Kelleher and Pat Harris in Bradley's of Barrack Street
- Heritage Centre in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- UCC Battle of the Bands - Heat 4: Mint, Lowlek, Root, Brass, Tacks and Sons Music Solutions in Cyprus Avenue
- Wasps Vs Humans presents Influence/Me and special guests Chunky Planet in Gulpd Café (Triskel Arts Centre)
- CSN (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa) Live & Gigging in The Pavilion

Thursday, 28th February
- The Shaker Hymn in The Pavilion (Bar)
- Porn For The Blind and Míde Houlihan in The Roundy

Friday, 1st March
- Friday night feast: Chris Campbell, Cormac O'Caoimh and Marelen Enright & Jack O'Rourke in Coughlan's
- Time Is A Thief in Cyprus Avenue
- Surgeon, Jamie Behan and Veronica Monaghan in The Pavilion
- Vyvienne Long's String Collision featuring Balanescu Quartet in Triskel Arts Centre Christchurch
- Windings in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Saturday, 2nd March
- Time Is A Thief in Cyprus Avenue ALL AGES (2pm)
- Ari Sheehan & Mick Hoey in Crowley's Music Centre (5pm)
- King Kong Company in Cyprus Avenue
- Black Mariah present: Cut Hands and Trace in Triskel Arts Centre's TDC
- Garth Knox/D'Amore in Triskel Arts Centre Christchurch
- Crow Black Chicken in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- Windings in Pine Lodge (Myrtleville)

Sunday, 3rd March
- Quantic DJ Set Nomad Ep3 in The Crane Lane Theatre (8pm)
- The Jacks in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)

If I have forgotten anything feel free to let me know!

Upcoming The G-Man Presents... Gigs:
3rd May - The G-Man Presents... Angel Olsen in Half Moon Theatre

- For more gigs and dates see the overall gig guide here

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