Cork Gig Guide: 20th-26th September

This week in Cork: Coughlan's Live Music Festival, Ger Wolfe, The Frank & Walters, Rats on Rafts & more...

The most eclectic Coughlan's Live Music Festival dominates this week's listings as Cavan folkie Lisa O'Neill, the incendiary Rusangano Family and alt-country Corkonians John Blek & The Rats descend upon Douglas Street for self-imposed long weekend. Many of the shows are free but the ticketed ones are selling out quickly so come prepared!

Taking place across the same weekend is The Great Irish Beer Festival featuring The Frank & Walters, Slow Motion Heroes, Hope Is Noise and a whole host of Irish rock bands ready to put tunes to the booze. See for the full details.

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:
  • Acid Mother's Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO in Crane Lane Theatre (Wednesday)
  •  Cork Improvised Music Club in Gulpd Cafe (Thursday)
  • Rats on Rafts in Crane Lane Theare (Monday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.


Tuesday 20th September
- The Prairie Jaywalkers, Callanan’s, 9pm, FREE
- Jazz Improv, Crane Lane Theatre, 9pm, FREE
- Acoustic Session, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE

Wednesday 21st September
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Crazy Chester play Neil Young, Coughlan's, 9pm, €10
- Acid Mother's Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO, Crane Lane Theatre, 8.30pm, FREE
- Crow Black Chicken, Crane Lane Theatre, 11.30pm, FREE

Thursday 22nd September
- Ger Wolfe with Edel Sullivan and Paul Frost, L'Atitude 51, 9 p.m. €12.50
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: John Blek & The Rats and Ian Whitty, Coughlan's, 9pm, €12
- The Great Irish Beer Festival feat. Slow Motion Heroes & Crow Black Chicken, Cork City Hall, 4pm, €11
- Cork Improvised Music Club, Gulpd Cafe, 9pm, Free

Friday 23rd September
- Ejeca, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €20
- Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch, Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh), 8pm, €20
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Lisa O'Neill and Anna Mitchell, Coughlan's, 8pm, €15 SOLD OUT
- The Great Irish Beer Festival feat. King Kong Company & MKAI, Cork City Hall, 2pm, €12-€13.50
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Two Time Polka, Coughlan's, 10pm, FREE

Saturday 24th September
- Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power, Triskel Christchurch, 8.25pm, €16-€18
- The Great Irish Beer Festival feat. The Frank & Walters & Hope Is Noise, Cork City Hall, 2pm, €12-€15
- Tripeo: Bastardo Electrico 14th Birthday, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €10-€12.50
- Hero In Error and Bailer, Cyprus Avenue, 7.30pm, €10
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Hermitage Green, Coughlan's, 7.30pm, FREE
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Silent Disco, Coughlan's, 10pm, FREE
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Rusangano Family, Coughlan's. 10.30pm, FREE
- Andy Dunne Full Circle, The Oliver Plunkett, 9.30pm, FREE
- Ger Wolfe, High Tide Club (Castletownbere), 8.30pm, €15
- Luminos, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 10.30pm, FREE

Sunday 25th September
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: The Voice Squad, Coughlan's, 4pm, €15
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Mary Coughlan, Coughlan's, 8pm, €15
- Lee Trad Music Session, Charlie's, 3pm, FREE
- Coughlan's Live Music Fest: Niall McCabe Band and Marlene Enright, Coughlan's, 10pm, FREE
- One Horse Pony, Crane Lane Theatre, 11.30pm, FREE
- The Velvetones, The Welcome Inn, 8pm, FREE
- John Blek (solo), Pine Lodge (Myrtleville), 5pm, FREE

Monday 26th 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
- Rats on Rafts, Crane Lane Theatre, 12am, 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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