Cork Gig Guide: 15th-21st December 2015

This week in Cork: Lisa O'Neill, Peter Broderick, The Altered Hours, Glen Hansard, Ash, Elastic Sleep and more.
The weather may be wild, Christmas is just around the corner and the live music trail in Cork approaches its apex with a festive-filled array of concerts and gigs taking place in the last week before the jolly guy goes rootin' in your chimney. Pick of the list is the Live At St. Luke's session on the Saturday featuring Lisa O'Neill, Peter Broderick and Cork's own Damsel. I spoke with the two latter ahead of the concert. See here for the full scoop.

Glen Hansard returns to Cork - Frames-less - for a couple of concerts that I suppose counts as intimate these days for the Oscar winner. See the star of Once play songs from Grammy-nominated album Didn't He Ramble in Everyman Palace Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

With another new track from their highly anticipated debut record, In Heat Not Sorry, premiering online last week, The Altered Hours go west for a very first appearance in the newly reopened, and very much welcomed back, Connolly's of Leap on Saturday, a day after Donal Dineen and Talos play the very same spot.

To add to that there's A Very Hagsy Christmas celebration in Cork Community Print Shop, need-no-introduction northerners Ash in Cyprus Avenue (both Friday), the wrap this year up party-style Feel Good Lost Xmas Party with Young Wonder, DaithĂ­ and Talos in Cyprus Avenue, Elastic Sleep, Naoise Roo and Barchester Chronicles in Triskel TDC (both Saturday) and Brian Deady's album launch in St. Luke's Church on Monday. I'll even be chatting with on air with The Co-Present live in The Roundy from 5pm, Saturday.

Plugd Xmas Party in Gulpd with Woven Skull, Laura Hyland & Eimear Reidy, and Roslyn Steer on Sunday evening!

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, 15th December
Bluegrass Tuesday in Callanan's
- The Americanics in Coughlan's
- Glen Hansard in Everyman Palace Theatre
Acoustic Session in De Barra's (Clonakilty)

Wednesday, 16th December 
- Gavin James SOLD OUT in Cyprus Avenue
- Glen Hansard in Everyman Palace Theatre

Thursday, 17th December 
- Crazy Chester plays the songs of Neil Young in Coughlan's
- Gavin James SOLD OUT in Cyprus Avenue
Live At St. Luke's: Hermitage Green in St. Luke's Church
- The Grahams in Levis' (Ballydehob)

Friday, 18th December 
- A Very Hagsy Xmas: Hags in Cork Community Print Shop
- Raglans (9pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre
- Ash in Cyprus Avenue SOLD OUT
Live At St. Luke's: St. Luke's Male Voice Choir & Jingle Belles in St. Luke's Church
Live At St. Luke's: The Bonny Men in St. Luke's Church
- The Hard Ground and Anna Mitchell in The White Horse (Ballincollig)
- Donal Dineen and Talos in Connolly's (Leap)

Saturday,19th December
- Camden Christmas Party: Paradox & more (2-6pm) in Camden Palace Hotel
- The Co-Present live: Jack O'Rourke, The G-Man & more (5pm) in The Roundy
- Niall McCabe Band Xmas Special in Coughlan's
-  Feel Good Lost Xmas Party: Young Wonder, Daithi and Talos in Cyprus Avenue
Live At St. Luke's: Lisa O'Neill, Peter Broderick and Damsel in St. Luke's Church
- Elastic Sleep, Naoise Roo and Barchester Chronicles in Triskel TDC
- RTE ConTempo Quartet (Free lunchtime) in Triskel Christchurch
- The Four of Us in The White Horse (Ballincollig)
- Cry Monster Cry in Levis' (Ballydehob)
- The Altered Hours in Connolly's (Leap)
- Fenton & The Phantoms in Pine Lodge (Myrtleville)

Sunday, 20th December
- Niall McCabe Band in Coughlan's
- August Walk in Cyprus Avenue
- Plugd Xmas Party: Woven Skull, Laura Hyland & Eimear Reidy, and Roslyn Steer in Gulpd Café (Triskel Arts Centre)
Live At St. Luke's: Voiceworks Christmas Special in St. Luke's Church
Live At St. Luke's: Panti and Julie Goo in St. Luke's Church
- White Horse Guitar Club in The White Horse (Ballincollig)
- The Vespertine Quintet and Camilla in Connolly's (Leap)

Monday, 21st December
- Christmas Concert feat. Majella Cullagh, Ronald Samm and Karen Underwood in Cork Opera House
- Coughlan's Christmas Concert in Coughlan's
Live At St. Luke's: Deady and Jack O'Rourke in St. Luke's Church
- Strange Attractor in Connolly's (Leap)

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
- For those more interested in independent cinema visit the Triskel cinema listings here

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