Weekly Cork Gig Guide: 19th-25th May 2015

Villagers - Opera House
This week in Cork: Villagers, MNDSGN, Arthur Russell's Instrumentals and more.

Conor O'Brien and team returned earlier in the year with Darling Arithmetic, Villagers' third - and far more personal - studio album so expect lots of new songs when they roll into Cork Opera House on Saturday evening, drawing close to the end of a mammoth couple of months which has seen the Dubliners pack in both a U.K. and European tour.

For those that fancy something a little more sonically adventurous, head to Triskel Christchurch for Crossings, a special concert which sees The Vanbrugh Quartet collaborating with a number of composers and musicians including Linda Buckley, Niall Vallely and the wonderful Iarla Ó'Lionáird. With nothing recorded as of yet, the official word promises "the ensemble will perform original compositions by Linda Buckley and Niall Vallely incorporating flute, fiddle and electronic music". Sounds good to me.

Rewinding back a day to Friday there's another clash, again involving Triskel Christchurch which, in collaboration with Plugd Records, plays host to Arthur Russell's Instrumentals. Having only been performed six times ever, this performance will be the European premiere of what is believed to be one of the New Yorker's most important pieces of music.

Across town, MNDSGN (pronounced "mind design"), STINK, ApocalypsE and Midnight Marauder DJs combine to create Sudden Club, local promoters Southern Hospitality Board's start of Summer celebration in The Sextant.

Anyone in the mood for some midweek mayhem then to Barrack Street with you for Midweek Mixer #2 featuring Horse, Ealadha, Catacombs and a DJ set from New Noise (DJ set) happening in Mr. Bradley's of Barrack Street on Wednesday night.

Also going down around town this week:
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.

Tuesday, 19th May 
- Jazz Improv (9pm), Cari & Becks (11.30pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre

Wednesday, 20th May 
- Áine Duffy in Coughlan's
- Midweek Mixer #2: Horse, Ealadha, Catacombs and New Noise (DJ set) in Mr. Bradley's of Barrack Street
- Russian Songwriters Night in The Roundy

Thursday, 21st May 
- Atlantis Fire Department (9pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre
- Mark Geary in Cyprus Avenue
- Freddie White in Crowleys Musician Centre (Oliver Plunket upstairs)
- Live Room in The Roundy

Friday, 22nd May 
- Terriers and Ropemaker in Fred Zeppelin's
- MNDSGN, STINK, ApocalypsE and Midnight Marauder DJs in The Sextant
- Arthur Russell's Instrumentals in Triskel Christchurch
- David O'Doherty in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Saturday, 23rd May
- Villagers in Cork Opera House
- Crossings: The Vanbrugh Quartet featuring Iarla Ó'Lionáird Triskel Christchurch
- Don Baker in Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh)
- The Hard Ground in Levis' (Ballydehob)

Sunday, 24th May
- Roesy in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Monday, 25th May
- Monday Session in Coughlan's

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.

Coming in 2015:
16th June - Beck Live at the Marquee
17th June - Mogwai in Cork Opera House
13th July - St. Vincent in Cork Opera House
17th-20th Sept - Sounds From A Safe Harbour

- For more gigs and dates see the overall gig guide here
- For those more interested in independent cinema visit the Triskel cinema listings here

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