Cork Gig Guide: 14th-20th February

Claudia Schwab
This week in Cork: Claudia Schwab, Leap-ington '17, John Blek, Jack O'Rourke & more...
Fiddle-playing folk-fuser Claudia Schwab unveils her new record, Attic Mornings, with a couple of Cork dates this week beginning with Clon's De Barra's on Thursday evening. The Austrian composer has been living in Ireland for quite some time, passing through recently with gigs in Gulpd and Connolly's. Fans of Schwaub, who slips seamlessly from hoedown scrawl to yodel, can catch a free afternoon concert in UCC on Friday afternoon.

Elsewhere there's an abundance of local talent on display as both John Blek (featured #3 on Totally Cork's Albums of the Year lists, see below) and Jack O'Rourke (charted #5 in Irish album charts with debut record Dreamcatcher) commit to county Cork dates playing Connolly's of Leap and Sirius Arts Centre of Cobh on Friday night respectively. Connolly's heats up Saturday evening with the annual Pine Lodge gathering (Pine For Your Loved Ones) finding new residence to accommodate the raw power and thrust of Leap-ington '17 featuring rock in all shades from Hope Is Noise, Rest, Horse and Liminals. Bus details can be found via the official FB event.

#3 John Blek - Cut The Light (Independent)
John “Blek” O’Connor’s solo folk expeditions permit him passage through heady terrain best traversed alone, simultaneously providing a platform for his increasingly dexterous fretwork (most notably on instrumental piece ‘Newborns.’) It’s not all lonesome work though with The Hard Ground’s Marlene Enright wispy vocals conjuring contrast on ‘Lightness vs. Weight’ over Davie Ryan (Hard Ground, Paul Dunlea Group)’s thoughtful brushes.*

*Taken from Totally Cork Dec/Jan '16 edition


Also going down around town this week:
  • The Prairie Jaywalkers continue a new bluegrass session in Coughlan's (Tuesday)
  • dowth, t-woc and underling in The Kino (Saturday)
  • Ó Bhéal - Poetry, Films and Music in The Long Valley (Monday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.

Day-by-day

Tuesday 14th February
- Gilbert O'Sullivan, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €46
- The Prairie Jaywalkers, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE

Jazz Improv, Crane Lane, 8.30pm, FREE
- Tuo Duo, Crane Lane, 11.50pm, FREE
Acoustic Session, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE

Wednesday 15th February
Atlantic Songbook Sessions: Herbie Macken, Crane Lane, 10pm, FREE

Thursday 16th February
- Black Pope and Kashkao, Crane Lane, 11.50pm, FREE
- Claudia Schwab, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €10

Friday 17th February
- Claudia Schwab, Aula Maxima, UCC, 1.10pm, FREE

- The Sleepwalkers, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 10.30pm, FREE
- Jack O'Rourke, Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh), 8pm, €15
- John Blek, Connolly's (Leap), 8.30pm, €10




Saturday 18th February
- dowth, t-woc and underling, The Kino, 9pm, €10 (BYOB)
- Neon Atlas and Paradox, Crane Lane, 9pm, Free
- Black Pope, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 10.30pm, FREE
Leap-ington: Hope Is Noise, Rest, Horse & more, Connolly's (Leap), 8.30pm, €10



Sunday 19th February
- Open Mic at The Friary, The Friary, 9pm, FREE

Monday 20th February
- Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 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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