Cork Gig Guide: 25th-1st May

Percolator - Coughlan's (Friday)
This week in Cork: Percolator, Right Here Right Now Festival,The Handsome Family, Joan Shelley & more...

*Percolator & The Sunshine Factory
Friday 28th April | Coughlan’s | 8pm, €10
Prepare for the perpetual Krautrock pummellings of Percolator who roll their blend of shoegaze and industrial rock ‘n’ roll into Coughlan’s at the end of the month. The Dublin-based trio of Ian, Spud and Ellie will have just released new record Sestra on Cork indie label Penske Recordings earlier that month thus providing the perfect opportunity to hear the new songs up close and personal. The Sunshine Factory support.

*Right Here, Right Now
From banging R&B and indie rock to balladeers backed by lush orchestral arrangements, Right Here, Right Now will showcase both the quality and diversity of the current Cork music scene. From Friday 28th April until Sunday 30th April, Cork Opera House – in association with Coughlan’s Live Promotions - will cater for three different stages of Cork-based music from Jack O’Rourke, Anna Mitchell (both backed by Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra), Shookrah, Mick Flannery, The Shaker Hymn and more. 
Full details on Right Here Right Now can be found here.



*Ballydehob Jazz
It may be a small village in West Cork, but they’ve always got something brewing down in the ‘Hob. Over 5,000 revellers descended upon Ballydehob for last year’s Jazz jamboree, and this year’s no different as bands flock from far-off to the west. Swing jazz from Vilnius (Home Jazz Band) and punk vocals meets charismatic horn-blower from the States (Stephanie Nilles & Thomas Deakin) provide the international sweetener for this year’s festival, running Friday 28th April-Monday 1st May.


*Extracts from April edition of Totally Cork


On top of all of that Talos finally unveils his new long player, Wild Alee, with a stop-off at St. Luke's (Friday); Booka Brass boom Connolly's (Friday) and Coughlan's (Saturday and Sunday) into life; Overhead, The Albatross cut up Cyprus Avenue (Saturday); and Helsinki electro hellhounds K-X-P rock into Connolly's (Sunday).

Also going down around town this week:
  • #corklovesmusic in The Village Hall (Thursday)
  • Joan Shelley in De Barra's (Thursday)
  • Therapy? in Cyprus Avenue (Friday)
  • The Trews in Crane Lane (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 25th April
- Tunesday, Mr. Bradley’s, 9.30pm, FREE
Jazz Improv, Crane Lane, 9pm, FREE
- The Bate to Debt Blues Band, Crane Lane, 11.50pm, FREE

Wednesday 26th April
- Heck & Employed To Serve, The Poor Relation, 8pm, €10
- The Grunts, Crane Lane, 11.50pm, FREE
- Sara-Beth, Gulpd, 7pm, €donation

Thursday 27th April
- Cork Loves Music 2: Music and Media w/ Lowli, The G-Man, Shiv, Circuits of Heaven & More, Village Hall, 8pm, FREE
Cork Improvised Music Club, Gulpd, 9pm, €3
- Joan Shelley, De Barra’s (Clonakilty), 9pm, €10
- Wheatus, Old Oak, 9pm, €10
Atlantic Songbook Sessions, Crane Lane, 9pm, FREE
- Mark Daly & Band, Crane Lane, 9pm, FREE



Friday 28th April
- Percolator & The Sunshine Factory, Coughlan’s, 8pm, €10
- Talos, Live at St. Luke’s, 8pm, €20
- Therapy?, Cyprus Avenue, 7.30pm, €20
- Mia Cooper, Katherine Hunka, Ioana Petcu-Colan & Helena Wood, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm, €18
Revelation Sound System, AMP, 10pm, €10

Right Here, Right Now Festival:
- Interference w/ Glen Hansard, The Right Room at Cork Opera House, 7.30pm, €20
- Green Room Ramble, The Green Room at Cork Opera House, 10pm, FREE

- Booka Brass Band, Connolly’s (Leap), 8.30pm, €18
- West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, De Barra’s (Clonakilty), 9pm, €15
- Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Various Venues
- Al Copley, Ballymaloe Grainstore, 8pm, €20



Saturday 29th April
- The Handsome Family, Crane Lane, 7.30pm, €30
- Overhead, The Albatross, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €16
- Booka Brass, Coughlan’s, 9pm, €18
- Wolff, Fred's, 9pm, €8

Right Here, Right Now Festival:
- Jack O’Rourke, Anna Mitchell, Strung and Cork Opera House Orchestra, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €20
- Green Room Ramble, The Green Room at Cork Opera House, 11pm, FREE

- Fish Go Deep, Connolly’s (Leap), 8pm, €13
- Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Various Venues



Sunday 30th April
- Booka Brass, Coughlan’s, 9pm, €18

- Daithí, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €12.50
- Roamer, Gulpd, 7pm, €8

- Brewhouse Jazz, Franciscan Well, 6.30pm, FREE


Right Here, Right Now Festival:
- Mick Flannery & Marlene Enright, The Right Room at Cork Opera House, 2.30pm, €20
- Hank Wedel, Clare Sands & Greenshine, The Green Room at Cork Opera House, 4.30pm, €10
- Súp Trio & Rowan, The Right Room at Cork Opera House, 7pm, €15
- Ian Whitty & The Exchange and The Shaker Hymn, The Green Room at Cork Opera House, 8.30pm, €10
- Marc O’Reilly and John Blek & The Rats, The Right Room at Cork Opera House, 11pm, €20
- Shookrah, The Green Room at Cork Opera House, 11.59pm, €10

- K-X-P, Connolly’s (Leap), 9.30pm, €13
- Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Various Venues



Monday 1st May
- The Americhanics, Coughlan’s, 9pm, FREE
- Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 9.30pm, FREE
- Ó Bhéal – Poetry, Films & Open Mic, The Long Valley, 9.30pm, FREE
- The Trews, Crane Lane, 11.55pm, FREE
- The Trews, Connolly’s (Leap), 7.30pm, €TBC
- Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Various Venues

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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