Cork gig guide: 15th-21st September 2015

This week in Cork: Pretty much everybody.

Dear G-Man, With Electric Picnic closing the curtain on the Irish summer festival season, I'm having problems adjusting to the thoughts of not being able to see dozens of international and Irish bands in a small geographical area over the course of a long weekend. Please HELP! 
Yours truly, Dirk from Douglas

Well concerned reader, I have just the fix for you! Over the course of the coming weekend, make sure to wrap up warm, keep yourself out and about and take two spoons of Clonakilty's International Guitar Festival if out west or else gargle some Sounds From a Safe Harbour with water. You'll be right as rain in no time!

For further details on Sounds From a Safe Harbour see a recap on the blog here but must-sees surely include 21st century trad titans The Gloaming (Thursday, Cork Opera House), a dancehall date with This Is How We Fly (Friday, Firkin Crane), an escape into the imagination of Lotte Reiniger with Amiina's Animagica (Saturday, 4pm, Triskel Christchurch), St. Luke's mass with Julianna Barwick (Saturday, 6pm, St. Luke's Church) and Bedroom Community and pals antics in Everyman Palace, Saturday (10.30pm). That's not even mentioning the FREE music trail which sees This Is The Kit play The Bodega on Saturday!

Out west the audio adventures are laid out by Sam Amidon, Jeffrey Lewis, The Octopus Project, Valerie June and more. For all the details on Clonakilty's International Guitar Festival visit

Apologies if there are lots of shows missing from this week's preview but, due to a certain pesky festival and the physical limitations of a particular writer's body, it had to be done a week in advance. 

Also going down around town this week:
  • Peter Bruntnell & Clive Barnes in Coughlan's (Thursday)
  • Culture Night in various venues including Hope Is Noise and Hags in Cyprus Avenue (Friday)
  • The Vincent(s) in Cyprus Avenue (Saturday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.
Tuesday, 15th September 
- Jazz Improv (9pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre

Wednesday, 16th September 
all quiet

Thursday, 17th September 
- Sounds From A Safe Harbour: The Gloaming (8pm) in Cork Opera House
- Peter Bruntnell & Clive Barnes in Coughlan's
- Young Phantom and Hope Bello (8pm) and Tek Tok (10pm) in Cyprus Avenue
- Clon International Guitar Festival: Valerie June (9pm) in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
- Live Room in The Roundy

Friday, 18th September 
- Culture Night 2015 in various venues
- Hope Is Noise, Hags and Johnny Rep in Cyprus Avenue
SFSH: This Is How We Fly (6pm) in Firkin Crane
SFSH: Mina Tindle (7pm) in Crane Lane
SFSH: Aaron Dessner & Lisa Hannigan and This Is The Kit (8pm) in Cork Opera House
SFSH: Live Music Trail in various venues (see here)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Sam Amidon (6.30pm), Octopus Project (11pm) in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Land Crabs (9pm) in Fahey's (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Richard Gilewitz, Rachel Sermanni, Tommy Madden, Khyam Allami, Casey Black (7.30pm) in O'Donovan's Hotel (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Paula Gomez Band (9.30pm) in Scannell's (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Matty Gordon & Leonard Podalak (9.45pm) in Shanley's (Clonakilty)

Saturday, 19th September
- The Vincent(s) in Cyprus Avenue
- SFSH: Heima (12pm - FILM) in Gate Cinema
- SFSH: Amiina (4pm) in Triskel Christchurch
SFSH: Julianna Barwick (6pm) in St. Luke's Church
SFSH: My |Brightest Diamond (7pm) in Crane Lane
SFSH: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (8pm) in Cork Opera House
SFSH: Crash Ensemble with Sam Amidon, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Bedroom Community (10.30pm) in Everyman Palace
SFSH: Live Music Trail in various venues (see here)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Khyam Allami (2pm), Mama Kin (6.30pm), Rusangano Family (9pm), The Minutes (11pm) in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Shookrah (11pm) in The Courtyard (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: The Verspertine Quintet (7.45pm) in The Parish Centre (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Trad Session w/ Jim Murray (9pm) in The Brewery Bar (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Casey Black (1pm), Mo Kenny (4.30pm) in Shanley's (Clonakilty)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Arthuritis (2pm) in Con & Maura's (Clonakilty)

Sunday, 20th September
SFSH: Mistaken For Strangers (12pm - FILM) in Gate Cinema
SFSH: James McVinnie & special guests (2pm) in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
SFSH: Kjartan Sveinsson & Skuli Sverrison (6pm) in St. Luke's Church
SFSH: Richard Reed Parry/Quiet River of Dust (7pm) in Crane Lane
Sunday Sessions (5.30pm), D Major 7ths (9pm) in The Roundy
SFSH: Eat My Noise (10.30pm) in Triskel Christchurch
SFSH: Live Music Trail in various venues (see here)
Clon International Guitar Festival: Joel Plaskett (2pm), Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band (4pm) in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Monday, 21st September
- 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:
22nd-27th September - Coughlan's Live Music Festival in Coughlan's
24th September - PingPong: Spires That In The Sunset Rise in Gulpd Café (Triskel Arts Centre)
26th September - PingPong: The Jimmy Cake in Cyprus Avenue
3rd October - Girl Band and The Altered Hours in The Pav
7th October- Ron Sexsmith in The Pav
9th October - The G-Man presents...Marisa Anderson in The Black Mariah (Triskel 2nd Floor)

- 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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