Cork Gig Guide: 22nd-28th November

This week in Cork: John Blek, ECM Weekend in Triskel & more...

John Blek
Friday 25th November | Coughlan's Bar | 9.30pm, €12
Sunday 27th November | De Barra's | 8pm, €8
Friday 9th December | Levis' Corner Bar | TBC
John Blek & The Rats' head honcho unveiled his second solo album at the tail end  of September.Cork fans can catch their compatriot play songs from 'Cut The Light'  in the flesh with a trio of intimate shows spread around the county in late November and early December. Inspired and influenced by Bert Jansch and Fairport Convention, Blek's recent release confirms his status as one of the leading players in Ireland's contemporary folk scene.*

*As published in Totally Cork November edition.

Champions of improv. and long-running independent label Edition of Contemporary Music - otherwise known as ECM - take to the Triskel Christchurch for a three-day weekend starting with violoncellist Anja Lechner and pianist François Couturier on Friday evening. For the full rundown, visit

For those looking for an excuse to hit the road, Fight Like Apes play their last ever Cork show in Leap on Friday evening and David Kitt plays the same spot - Connolly's - the very next evening so could be worth a weekend in West Cork.

Also going down around town this week:
  • Claire O'Brien continues her November residency in Gulpd Cafe (Wednesday)
  • Improvised Music Club in Gulpd (Thursday)
  • First view of new Cork collective Some Rise Some Fall in Coughlan's (Thursday)
  • Glimmermen and Laurie Shaw in Fred's (Saturday)
  • Wyvern Lingo in Cyprus Avenue (Sunday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.


Tuesday 22nd November
- Blaming Hannah, The Kino, 8.30pm, €6
- CSM Pop Degree Showcase, Cyprus Avenue, 7.30pm, €TBC
- Abrústic Sessions, Brú Bar, 9.30pm, FREE
- Acoustic Session, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE

Wednesday 23rd November
- CSM Pop Degree Showcase, Cyprus Avenue, 7.30pm, €TBC
- Claire O'Brien - River Woman Song Cycle, Gulpd Cafe, 8pm, Donations
- Míde Houlihan, Brú Bar, 9.30pm, FREE
- Lee Sessions, An Spailpín Fánach, 9.30pm, FREE

Thursday 24th November
- Some Rise Some Fall, Coughlan's, 9pm, €10
- The Eskies, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €10
- Improvised Music Club: Oscar Wyers & more, Gulpd Cafe, 9pm, €3
- Clare Sands, Charlie's, 9.30pm, FREE
- Lee Sessions, The Cornerhouse, 6pm, FREE
- The Four of Us (acoustic), De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €20

Friday 25th November
- ECM: Anja Lechner and François Couturier, Triskel Christchurch, 8.30pm, €23-€25
- John Blek - Cut The Light album launch, Coughlan's, 9.30pm, €12
- Fight Like Apes (last ever Cork gig), Connolly's (Leap), 8.30pm, €15

Saturday 26th November
- ECM: Ralph Towner, Triskel Christchurch, 8.30pm, €23-€25
- Will Varley, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €12.50
- Crow Black Chicken, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €8
- Glimmermen and Laurie Shaw, Fred's, 9pm, €8
- Crazy Chester, Coughlan's, 10pm, FREE
- Mick Hanly & Dónal Lunny, Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh), 8.30pm, €20
- David Kitt, Connolly's (Leap), 8.30pm, €13
- Moon Looks On, Levis' Corner House (Ballydehob), 8pm, (pass the hat)
- My Fellow Sponges, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 10.30pm, FREE

Sunday 27th November
- ECM: The Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Triskel Christchurch, 8.30pm, €23-€25
- Wyvern Lingo, Cyprus Avenue, 9pm, €15
- David Kitt, Levis' Corner House (Ballydehob), 8pm, €10
- John Blek and Malojian, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 8pm, €8

Monday 28th November
- Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 9.30pm, FREE
- Hank Wedel & Ray Barron, Charlie's, 9.30pm, FREE
- The Americhanics, Coughlan's, 9pm, 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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