Cork Gig Guide: 13th-19th September

This Is How We Fly - Friday
This week in Cork: Culture Night, Alexis Taylor, Brigid Mae Power, Clonakilty's International Guitar Festival & more...

Long time no gig guide! Well enough with the weepy eyes, let's get cracking as a busy week lies in store for gig-going Corkonians. 

The increasingly popular Culture Night is upon us again on Friday night with a personal highlight taking place in Sirius Arts Centre. Swedish folk-jazz drums and Appalachian tap dancing do not tick the boxes of a typical traditional rhythm section but This Is How We Fly is anything but conventional. Yet, the multinational quartet with an Irish core still manage to retain a sound of the familiar. An exhilarating live act, This Is How We Fly back-dropped by a blustery Cobh harbour is not to be missed.

Those itching for a weekend road trip then wind your way towards West Cork as Clonakilty's International Guitar Festival returns for a full weekend of rock 'n' roll shows with 90% of the concerts scheduled between 15th-18th September FREE. Sydney alt-folk quartet All Our Exes Live in Texas's harmony-laden songs are a must catch on Sunday afternoon, following an all-action sweatfest for The Rednecks on Sunday night of course. See the full programme over on

Once you're on the road that day maybe take a swing across to Cobh, for very good reason. Continuing on their absorbing array of gigs, Sirius Arts Centre welcome the wonderful talents of Brigid Mae Power who will showcase songs from latest album I Told You The Truth with support from Brumes.

Did I even mention that Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and D.A.R.K. (featuring Dolores O'Riordan & Andy Rourke) will be in Cyprus Avenue this weekend? No? Well they will be. Friday and Saturday respectively. Now go and get your tickets and support your local music scene.

Also going down around town this week:
  • Tedx Cork Salon: Cork Loves Music in Coughlan's (Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Hank Wedel's album launch in The Oliver Plunkett (Friday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.


Tuesday 13th September
Mark Daly, Brú Bar & Hostel, 9pm, FREE
Tedx Cork Salon: Cork Loves Music, Coughlan's, 7.30pm, FREE (donation)
Acoustic Session, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE

Wednesday 14th September
Good Music: Stevie G & John Bosteels, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €5
Tanya Louise, Brú Bar & Hostel, 9pm, FREE
Tedx Cork Salon: Cork Loves Music, Coughlan's, 7.30pm, FREE (donation)

Thursday 15th September
Clon International Guitar Festival (CIGF): Wyvern Lingo, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €15
Cork Improvised Music Club, Gulpd Cafe, 9pm, Free

Friday 16th September
Culture Night 2016, Various Venues, All day, FREE
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €17.50
Raging Speedhorn and By Any Means, Crane Lane Theatre, 8pm, €16
All Our Exes Live In Texas, Levis' (Balldehob), 8pm, €10
The Service, Coughlan's, 10pm, FREE
Sudden Culture Night Party - Singalong Social & Southern Hospitality DJs, The Everyman, 9pm,, FREE
Not How, When!, Gulpd Cafe, 8pm, Free
Hank Wedel - album launch, The Oliver Plunkett, 6.30pm, Free
John O’Connor, The Welcome Inn, 10.30pm, FREE
This Is How We Fly, Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh), 8pm, FREE
CIGF: Marc O’Reilly, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 6pm, FREE
CIGF: The Membranes, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 11pm, FREE

Saturday 17th September
Luka Bloom, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm, €22
In aid of Enable Ireland: Mick Flannery & Moody Roots, Crane Lane Theatre, 8pm, €20
D.A.R.K. feat. Dolores O'Riordan & Andy Rourke, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €20
Brigid Mae Power and Brumes, Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh), 8.30pm, €12
Crazy Chester, Coughlan's, 10pm, FREE
Andy Dunne Full Circle, The Oliver Plunkett, 12pm, FREE
The Rivets, The Welcome Inn, 8pm, FREE
CIGF: All Our Exes Live In Texas, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 2pm, FREE
Frankie Gavin & De Danaan, Riverside Park Hotel (Macroom), 8.30pm, €20

Sunday 18th September
CIGF: The Redneck Manifesto, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.45pm, €12 SOLD OUT
Lee Trad Music Session, Charlie's, 3pm, FREE
Brewhouse Jazz, Franciscan Well, 6pm, FREE
Niall McCabe Band, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
CIGF: The Vespertine Quintet w/ Adrian Crowley, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 2pm, FREE
CIGF: The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock w/ 18-piece guitar orchestra, Kilgarriffe Church (Clonakilty), 3.30pm, FREE
CIGF: Brett Newski, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 7pm, FREE

Monday 19th September
Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 9.30pm, FREE
Hank Wedel & Ray Barron, Charlie's, 9.30pm, FREE
The Americhanics - Monday Music Session, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
Traditional Irish Session, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE

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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