Cork Gig Guide: 27th September - 3rd October

This week in Cork: Cork Folk Festival, Laurie Shaw & more...

From the blazin' banjos of We Banjo 3 to the Northumbrian shantys of The Unthanks, the 2016 edition of the Cork Folk Festival returns for the 37th time. Mick Flannery, Lynched, Dick Gaughan, DOnal Lunny and more will fill various rooms around the city with their own brand of folk. For the full programme visit

Katie Kim, Adrian Crowley, Irene Buckley, Crash Ensemble and more brighten up Bandon as part of Engage Arts Festival. See the website for the full programme.

Also going down around town this week:
  • Cork Improvised Music Club in Gulpd Cafe (Thursday)
  • Oldseed in Pine Lodge (Friday)
  • The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back in Fred Zeppelins (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 27th September
- Laurie Shaw, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €7
- The Prairie Jaywalkers, Callanan’s, 9pm, FREE
- The Unknowns, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
- Jazz Improv, Crane Lane Theatre, 9pm, FREE
- Dowsing, Crane Lane Theatre, 11.30pm, FREE
- Acoustic Session, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE

Wednesday 28th September
- Folk Festival: The Unthanks and John Blek, St. Luke’s Church, 7.30pm, €25
- Picture This with Luke Power & Orla Gartland, Crane Lane Theatre, 7.30pm, €15 SOLD OUT

Thursday 29th September
- Folk Festival: Roy Harper and Caoilian Sherlock, St. Luke’s Church, 7.30pm, €25
- Engage Arts Festival: The Passion of Joan of Arc w/ Irene Buckley, St, Peter's Church (Bandon), 9.30pm, €18 
- Folk Festival: White Horse Guitar Club, An Spailpín Fánach, 9.30pm, €15
- Folk Festival: Steve Tilston & Karrie O’Sullivan, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €15
- Folk Festival: Lee Delta Blues Club, The Corner House, 9.30pm, FREE
- Cult Called Man, Crane Lane Theatre, 12am, FREE
- Cork Improvised Music Club, Gulpd Cafe, 9pm, Free

Friday 30th September
- A Celebration of Queen - Dirty Harry, Cork Opera House, 7.30pm, €26
- Folk Festival: Lynched, St. Luke’s Church, 7.30pm, €22
- Folk Festival: Atlantic Arc Orchestra feat. Dónal Lunny, Pauline Scanlon & more, Cork School of Music, 8pm, €20
- Folk Festival: We Banjo 3, The Oliver Plunkett, 8pm, €20- Wayfarers, Triskel Christchurch, 7.30pm, €16-€18
- Engage Arts Festival: Katie Kim w/ Crash Ensemble, The Court House (Bandon), 9pm, €15 
- Suzanne Jarvie & Hugh Christopher Brown, The White Horse (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, €12
- Folk Festival: The Harvesters, An Spailpín Fánach, 9.30pm, €10
- Cork City Community Radio fundraising Table Quiz, Market Tavern, 8pm, €40 (table of 4)
- Limit 60, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, FREE
- Oldseed, Pine Lodge (Myrtleville), 10pm, FREE

Saturday 1st October
- Smokie, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €30
- Folk Festival: Tribute to Seamus Creagh
- Buttons & Bows, Cork School of Music, 8pm, €20
- Folk Festival: Ye Vagabonds, St. Luke’s Church, 7.30pm, €17
- Folk Festival: The Compánach Concert - The Music of Ireland, The Kino, 5pm, €15
- Folk Festival: The Henry Girls, The Harvesters & Claire O'Mahoney, The Kino, 10.30pm, €15
- Folk Festival: Dick Gaughan, An Spailpín Fánach, 9.30pm, €15

- Engage Arts Festival: Adrian Crowley w/ Crash Ensemble, The Court House (Bandon), 10pm, €15 
- Folk Festival: Gerry O’Connor’s Workshop in Fiddle, Cork School of Music, 11am, €10-€15
- The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, Fred Zeppelins, 8pm, €5
- Folk Festival: Food & Folk, Grand Parade, 11am, FREE
- Folk Festival: Pluck On Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett Street, 1pm, FREE
- Folk Festival: Songs & Stories for Children, Cork City Library, 3pm, FREE
- Folk Festival: Jacques Stotzem, Cork City Library, 3.30pm, FREE

Sunday 2nd October
- Folk Festival: Mick Flannery, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €22.50
- The Everyman Sunday Songbook, The Everyman, 7.30pm, €20
- Folk Festival: Tír na nÓg, Nicole Maguire & Rod Halligan, The Oliver Plunkett, 5pm, €15
- Picture This, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €12
- Folk Festival: Fiddle Concert w/ Manus & Seamus Maguire & more, An Spailpín Fánach, 12.30pm, €10
- Chris Wise & The Hidden Revolution, Cyprus Avenue, 9pm, €10
- Lee Trad Music Session, Charlie's, 3pm, FREE
- Niall McCabe Band, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
- The Rivets, The Welcome Inn, 8pm, FREE

Monday 3rd October
- 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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