Cork Gig Guide (15th July - 21st July)

Bruce Springsteen
The Cave
Jeffrey Lewis

The Boss, The Cave and The Lewis...

Bruce Springsteen will play Cork for the very first Thursday evening, quite surprising seeing as the New Jersey native released début record Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. four decades ago. The 63-year-old livewire will rock out with his legendary E-Street Band to 140,000 Irish fans this Summer including the Páirc Uí Chaoimh concert on 18th July. Tickets were swallowed up within minutes for the Leeside date, the first live concert held in the park since Oasis played in 1996 (I think) but I'm sure the more resourceful will find a way.

The night before sees an artist who delivers his own brand of "epic" as Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain visit The Crane Lane Theatre for an early show. I have never failed to love a Jeffrey Lewis show, I could just listen to the man talk for hours. Hopefully he will have time to read from his collection of Sonnet Youth sonnets come Wednesday in The Crane .

For those who prefer their music with a subterranean twist, look no further (down) than The Cave. The annual Opera House underground gathering will see Roisin O, Liam Ó Maonlaí (Friday), Soak, Declan O'Rourke (Saturday), West Cork Ukulele Orchestra and Henry Girls (Sunday) descend the 88-steps down into the heart of Mitchelstown's caverns. Pay particular attention to Derry's Soak, the 16-year-old who has been winning hearts a-plenty since both before but particularly after her recent Other Voices début. Limited tickets are available over on It also may be worth the ticket price alone to see how they manage to physically cram in every member of West Cork Ukulele Orchestra.

It's not often folks cross Patrick's Bridge for an alternative folk show, making New Yorker folkies Relatives' gig in Mother Jones' Flea Market on York Hill (just off MacCurtain Street) all the more special. Set to release a brand new EP (The Signs That Mock Me As I Go) on Cork-based micro-label MDR, the duo have crossed the Atlantic for a number of Irish shows including the MJ show which could turn out to be a little bit magical. A slightly louder experience can be found within the cavernous walls of the Triskel TDC, as monsters of black metal Altar of Plagues play one of only four live performances in 2013.

Also going down around town this week:

Monday: Hope Is Noise in The Pavilion Bar. Hard-rock with a hook, the Cork rockers always deliver a high-energy live performance. What a way to start the week!

Monday, 15th July 
- Elly O'Keefe and Noel Barrett in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Hope Is Noise in The Pavilion Bar

Tuesday, 16th July 
- Songwriter Sessions with Paula Gomez in L'Attitude 51
- Jazz Improv in The Crane Lane Theatre (9pm)
- Stone Fox in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Fred's Open Mic: in Fred Zeppelin's

  Wednesday, 17th July 
- Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain in The Crane Lane Theatre (8.30pm)
- Larry Miller Band in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Sundown Sessions in The Raven
- The Empty Orchestra presents Dr. Caligari in The Roundy
- Sitting Room Session: Relatives in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Thursday, 18th July 
- Bruce Springsteen in Pairc Uí Chaoimh
- Larry Miller Band in The Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm)
- Pulses of Tradition in Triskel Christchurch
- Pierce Turner in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Friday, 19th July 
- Relatives in Mother Jones' Flea Market
- Dubstation Alpha Steppa, Revelation Sound System and more in The Pavilion
- Penny Dreadful issue #2 launch featuring literary talks and music in The Roundy
- Pulses of Tradition in Triskel Christchurch
- Altar of Plagues, Siorai Geimhreadh and Safe Triskel TDC
- The Cave: Roisin O and Liam O'Maonlai in Mitchelstown Caves
- RSAG in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Saturday, 20th July
- All ages open mic: The Kino (6-9pm - all ages)
- Vegans in Fur in Bru
- Ricky Lynch Trio in Coughlan's
- The Black Stalks in Cyprus Avenue
- The Confusion in Fred Zeppelin's
- The Maori John Wayne in The Pavilion
- Andy Irvine in Triskel Christchurch
- The Cave: Soak and Declan O'Rourke in Mitchelstown Caves

Sunday, 21st July 
- Relatives in Gulpd (6pm)
- Rooftop gig: The Hard Ground in The Bowery
- The Translocation Sessions (Americana & country) in The Hub
- Sweet Pang Is Innocent in The Pavilion
- Idiot Songs in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- The Cave: Henry Girls and West Cork Ukulele Orchestra in Mitchelstown Caves

If I have forgotten a show or listed a gig incorrectly feel free to let me know! Please make sure to confirm gig details with the official site in advance.

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

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