Cork Gig Guide: 28th February-6th March

Pleasure Beach - Thursday, Cyprus Avenue
This week in Cork: Pleasure Beach, Benoit Pioulard, August Wells, Dinosaur, Benjamin Francis Leftwich & more...
Musicians from Michigan, New York, Belfast and York descend upon Cork over the next seven days giving this week's gig guide a particularly international feel. American sound-sculptor Thomas Meluch - a.k.a. Benoit Pioulard - comes to Cork courtesy of DIY promoters Fractured Air for an intimate show in Gulpd Cafe. Teaming up with local electronic mages Wry Myrrh, the Seattle-based musician has been receiving critical praise left, right and centre for sixth Kranky offering, Listening Matter so ensure to swipe this one into the virtual calendar.



Earlier in the week, BBC New Generation Artist Laura Jurd, heralded as “one of the strongest, most interesting new trumpet voices in jazz," brings her formidable group Dinosaur to Triskel Christchurch. Expect electronic bass and synths on top of drums and trumpet i.e. this is going to be bloody cool.

Belfast rockers Pleasure Beach continue their slowburn rise to the top of the Irish indie pile with a Thursday night date in Cyprus Avenue whilst August Wells complete a whole bunch of Cork shows beginning with a double-date in Coughlan's that same evening.

Seeing as spring is now here there will be those looking to make the most of the extra light in the form of a roadtrip. Look no further than the upcoming special screening in Connolly's of Lost in France, a brand new documentary which explores the rise of this Glaswegian music scene thanks to the formation of cult record label Chemikal Underground (Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand). Music on the night will be provided by founding Delgados guitarist/keyboardist Emma Pollock and Scottish guitarist RM Hubbert who played a beguiling set when supporting Mogwai in Cork a few moons ago. This all takes place on Saturday evening. York songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich completes the week with a show on Caroline Street on Sunday.

Also going down around town this week:
  • The Prairie Jaywalkers continue a new bluegrass session in Coughlan's (Tuesday)
  • New Valley Wolves and Beautiful Corruption in Crane Lane (Thursday)
  • 7th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention in St. Maries of the Isle National Scool (Friday-Sunday)
  • Cry Monster Cry in Coughlan's (Sunday)
  • 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 28th February
- Dinosaur, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm, €18
- The Prairie Jaywalkers, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
Jazz Improv, Crane Lane, 8pm, FREE
Herbie Macken, Crane Lane, 10pm, FREE
Acoustic Session, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE


Wednesday 1st March
UCC Battle of the Bands Heat, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €2
August Walk, Crane Lane, 11.30pm, FREE
- Sitting Room Session w/ Wasps Vs Humans, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €5

Thursday 2nd March
- August Wells, Coughlan's, 9pm, €12
- Traumer, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €16
- Pleasure Beach, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €10
New Valley Wolves and Beautiful Corruption, Crane Lane, 11.30pm, FREE
- John Spillane, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €10


Friday 3rd March
- August Wells, Coughlan's, 9pm, €12
- Brame & Hamo, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €12.50
- Colin McLean Latio Trio, L'Atitude 51, 10pm, FREE
- 7th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention with Jonathon Smith, St. Maries of the Isle N.S. Bishop St, 7pm, FREE
- Marlene Enright, Levis' Corner House (Ballydehob), 8.30pm, €TBC
- Joe Chester, Music Zone (Douglas), 4pm, FREE


Saturday 4th March
- Benoit Pioulard and Wry Myrrh, Gulpd, 9pm, €12.50
- Heroes in Hiding and MKAI, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €8-€10
- 7th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, St. Maries of the Isle N.S. Bishop St, 10am, FREE
- August Wells, Levis' Corner House (Ballydehob), 8.30pm, €TBC
- Crow Black Chicken, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 10.30pm, FREE
- August Wells, Music Zone (Douglas), 1pm, FREE
Lost in France (screening) with performance by Emma Pollock & RM Hubbert, Connolly's (Leap), 8.30pm, €8


Cork French Film Festival 5th-12th March

Sunday 5th March
- Cry Monster Cry, Coughlan's, 9pm, €10
- Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €15
- 7th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, St. Maries of the Isle N.S. Bishop St, 10am, FREE
Open Mic, The Friary, 9pm, FREE
- Darrell Scott, The White Horse (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, €20
- Liam Frost, Levis' Corner House (Ballydehob), 8.30pm, €TBC
- August Wells, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €10



Monday 6th March
- The Americhanics, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
- Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 9.30pm, 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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