Cork Gig Guide: 24th-30th January

This week in Cork: Ballincollig Winter Music Festival, James Vincent McMorrow, Wallis Bird, Sillk EP launch & more...

Barely four weeks through the new year and already Cork is bouncing with festivals as the 8th edition of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival warms one of Cork's largest satellite towns from 24th-29th. Featuring a blend of international, national and local songwriters, the gathering not only features live performances but also workshops for the more hands-on listeners. Highlights include American banjo player Sarah Jarosz (Tuesday), and Cork's own indie masters The Frank & Walters (Saturday). For the full line-up visit

Elsewhere, James Vincent McMorrow shows his soaring popularity by playing a couple of nights at Cork Opera House (Wednesday and Thursday) with Wallis Bird back in Cork for a second week running with a Coughlan's-hosted Oliver Plunkett gig set for Friday following a venue move (from AMP.)

The delayed EP launch for gypsy folk foursome Sillk is officially unveiled on Friday evening in The Village Hall on St. Patrick's Quay with the €12 entry fee gaining you access on the night and a copy of Time is a Clock. Elaine Malone supports on the night.

Also going down around town this week:
  • James McMurtry in Coughlan's (Thursday)
  • Divan in De Barra's/Sirius Arts Centre  (Friday/Saturday)
  • January edition of BYOB electronic meet-up Diffract in The Kino (Saturday)
  • Laura Ní Carthaigh's Gan Ainm EP launch in The Roundy (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 24th January
- Winter Music Festival: Sara Jarosz and John Blek, The White Horse (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, €20

Wednesday 25th January
- James Vincent McMorrow, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €32.50
- Winter Music Festival: Mick Flannery, The White Horse (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, SOLD OUT

Thursday 26th January
- James Vincent McMorrow, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €32.50
- James McMurtry, Coughlan's, 9pm, €20
Winter Music Festival: Dirk Powell, The White Horse (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, €20
- Martin Hayes & David Power, Connolly's (Leap), 8.30pm, €20

Friday 27th January
- The High Kings, Cork Opera House,8pm, €31
- Wallis Bird, The Oliver Plunkett (Moved from Amp), 8.30pm, €24
- Ejeca, Cyprus Avenue, 10pm, SOLD OUT
- Sillk EP launch, The Village Hall, 8.30pm, €12
- Fionnuala Moynihan performs Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, Triskel, 1pm, €10
- Divan, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, FREE

Saturday 28th January
- Reeling in the Showband Years, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €28.50-€33.50
- Winter Music Festival: The Frank & Walters, The White Horse (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, €22
- Diffract: ooSe, Lambdancer, Hames & more, The Kino, 8.30pm, €10 (8 before 10pm) BYOB
- Divan, Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh), 8.30pm, €12
- Your Guilty Pleasures, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 10.30pm, FREE

Sunday 29th January
- Reeling in the Showband Years, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €28.50-€33.50
- Laura Ní Carthaigh Gan Ainm (EP launch), The Roundy, 8pm, €5
- Open Mic at The Friary, The Friary, 9pm, FREE
- Winter Music Festival: Máirtín O'Connor, Zoe Conway & Dónal Lunny, The White Horse, (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, €20

Monday 30th January
- Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 9.30pm, FREE
- Hank Wedel & Ray Barron, Charlie's Bar, 9.30pm, FREE
- The Americhanics, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
- Ó Bhéal - Poetry, Films and Music, The Long Valley, 8.30pm, 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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