Monday, February 6, 2017

Cork Gig Guide: 7th-13th February

Mark Eitzel - Cyprus Avenue (Saturday)
This week in Cork: Mark Eitzel, Jim Ghedi, Frightened Rabbit, Loah & more...

Mark Eitzel
Saturday 11th February | Cyprus Avenue | 8pm, €20

As the voice of cult indie group and slowcore pioneers American Music Club, Mark Eitzel forged a cult following throughout the 80's and 90's, before setting out down a more solitary path. A tenth solo record - Hey Mr Ferryman - will have reached record shop shelves by the time the San Francisco singer reaches Caroline Street in February.*

Saturday night is only disappointing in the fact that there are three shows happening simultaneously that I would love to take in. As Mr. American Music Club settles into Cyprus Avenue, Sheffield guitarist Jim Ghedi will be getting cosy in Gulpd Cafe. Rory O'Brien (Ten Past Seven, Rory Francis O'Brien)'s Dancing Bears open proceedings on Tobin Street at 7pm. Carried By Waves play their/his first live show in quite some time with an early Crane Lane gig on Saturday night. See an extract below from my Top Cork Albums of 2016 article which featured CBW's record at #2.

2. Carried By Waves - Resolute (Independent)
Ronan McCann’s (mostly) one-man magnum opus has largely gone unnoticed due to a distinct lack of touring (excluding a solitary afternoon launch show at Cork School of Music.) Heartfelt laments (‘The Sea Between’) and dreamy anthems (‘Resonation Day’) surf a tide of electronica that any other year could have carried Resolute to top spot.*

*Taken from Totally Cork Dec/Jan '16 edition


The top two stand-outs from earlier in the week come in the very contrasting guises of Scottish folk-rockers Frightened Rabbit (Cyprus Avenue, Wednesday) and soul-folk via Sierra Leone/Maynooth's Loah (Sirius Arts Centre, Friday.)

Also going down around town this week:
  • The Prairie Jaywalkers continue a new bluegrass session in Coughlan's (Tuesday)
  •  Preston Reed in De Barra's (Thursday)
  • Jack O'Rourke in Levis' Corner House (Sunday)
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 7th February
- The Prairie Jaywalkers, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
Jazz Improv w/ Eric Ineke Quartet, Crane Lane, 8.30pm, FREE
- pSoken Wrod, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 8pm, FREE

Wednesday 8th February
- Frightened Rabbit, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €17.50
- Raising Jupiter, Crane Lane, 11.50pm, FREE
- Zolala Klub #5: Allison "Little" Forbes & Gunther Berkus, talks & more, Siopa Gan Ainm, 6pm, FREE


Thursday 9th February
- Cult Called Man, Crane Lane, 11.50pm, FREE
- Martin Simpson, The White Horse (Ballincollig), 8.30pm, €15
- Preston Reed, De Barra's (Clonakilty), 9pm, €15


Friday 10th February
- The Man in Black: A tribute to Johnny Cash, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €29
- Oscar Mulero, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €15-€20
- Loah, Sirius Arts Centre, 8pm, €15


Saturday 11th February
- Mark Eitzel, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €20
- Jim Ghedi and Dancing Bears, Gulpd, 7pm, €5
- Carried By Waves and Stuck on Repeat, Crane Lane, 8.30pm, FREE


Sunday 12th February
- Niall McCabe Band, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
- Open Mic at The Friary, The Friary, 9pm, FREE
- Jack O'Rourke, Levis' Corner House (Ballydehob), 8pm, €10

Monday 13th 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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