Cork Gig Guide: 2nd May-8th May

The Great Balloon Race
This week in Cork: The Great Balloon Race, Saint Caoilian, Mary Ocher & more...
Late spring/early summer is a good time for opening your ears to new sounds and the next seven days in Cork gives gig goers a good chance to feast on new Cork releases. Both The Great Balloon Race and Saint Caoilian tussle it out on Friday evening with both releasing new records - Gently Gently album and The Faraway EP respectively. Fortunately, the latter show starts a little earlier with doors for the Saint Caoilian (the solo project of The Shaker Hymn's Caoilian Sherlock) gig in Cyprus Avenue unlocking at 8pm at least an hour ahead of TGBR in Coughlan's.

The other top tips for the week come courtesy of the international community with Moscow-born experi-popster Mary Ocher visiting Gulpd, also on Friday night, and folk-lovin' friends must get their bodies to Cyprus Avenue for Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, with the award-winning Rough Trade duo playing a Sunday evening set to nicely round off the week.

Also going down around town this week:
  • Reciprocity in Triskel Christchurch (Thursday)
  • Electro session The Electronic Folk w/ Circuits of Heaven in Long Valley (Thursday)
  • Interskalactic EP launch in Crane Lane (Saturday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.


Tuesday 2nd May
- Mr. Hanky, Crane Lane, 11.30pm, FREE
- Tunesday, Mr. Bradley’s, 9.30pm, FREE

Wednesday 3rd May
- Tigwara and Crojayn, Crane Lane, 11.30pm, FREE
- Oliver Plunkett Hooley, The Oliver Plunkett, 7pm, FREE

Thursday 4th May 
- Reciprocity, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm, €20
- C Duncan, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €16
- The Electronic Folk w/ Circuits of Heaven & more, Long Valley, 8pm, FREE*
- Atlantic Songbook Sessions, Crane Lane, 9pm, FREE
- James Leg & The Bonnevilles, Crane Lane, 11.30pm, FREE
- White Horse Guitar Club, The Everyman, 8pm, €20
- Mick Daly & Martina Stafford, Charlie’s Bar, 9.30pm, FREE
- John Spillane, De Barra’s (Clonakilty), 9pm, €10

Friday 5th May
- The Great Balloon Race, Coughlan’s, 9pm, €10
- Saint Caoilian, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €7
- Mary Ocher, Gulpd Café, 9pm, €8
- Rude Mood, De Barra’s (Clonakilty), 9pm, FREE

Saturday 6th May
- Interskalactic, Crane Lane, 8.30pm, FREE

Sunday 7th May
- Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €12.50
- Brewhouse Jazz,  Franciscan Well, 6.30pm, FREE

- Ariel Posen, Crane Lane, 11.30pm, FREE

Monday 8th 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
- Train Room, Crane Lane Theatre, 11.30pm, FREE

*Updated since initial post.

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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