Cork Gig Guide: 9th May-15th May

Cormac O'Caoimh - Triskel (Saturday)
This week in Cork: Cormac O'Caoimh, Music Cork & more...

Celebrated Cork songwriter Cormac O'Caoimh celebrates the launch of his 4th album with a Saturday night concert in Triskel Christchurch. Shiny Silvery Things, available on the night and included as part of the €12 entry free to the concert, follows on from 2014's critically acclaimed work, The Moon Loses Its Memory. Accompanying him on the night will be Martin Leahy with special guest Lynda Cullen opening proceedings. For those bunking out of work early, O'Caoimh will be playing an in-store session in Music Zone Douglas at 4pm on Friday.

Dominating mid-week will be the first ever industry showcase to take place down south as Music Cork rolls into town, bringing internationally experienced speakers such as Darcus Beese (president of Island Records), Sarah Desmond (VP of Universal Music UK), Geoff Meall (Head of Music UK) and more to The Clayton Hotel. The three day meet-up climaxes each night with Irish artist showcases taking place in multiple venues around the city such as Cork Opera House, Cyprus Avenue and Crane Lane. For further details, visit

Also going down around town this week:
  • Bluegrass and americana with The Prairie Jaywalkers in Coughlan's (Tuesday)
  • Zolala gathering #8 with talks and performances in Siopa Gan Ainm (Wednesday)
  • Interference guitarist and songwriter Paul Tiernan in Coughlan’s (Thursday)
  • Diffract's May meet-up in The Village Hall (Friday)
  • Son of legendary E-Street Band sax-man Jake Clemons in Cyprus Avenue (Saturday)
  • Vinyllove for Repeal - Lots of good folks spinning good records for a good reason in Gulpd (Sunday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.


Tuesday 9th May
- Tunesday, Mr. Bradley’s, 9.30pm, FREE
- The Prairie Jaywalkers, Coughlan's, 9pm, FREE
- Jazz Improv, Crane Lane, 9pm, FREE

Wednesday 10th May
- Music Cork: Talos, Columbia Mills, Callum Stewart and The Coronas, Cork Opera House, €155 (full delegate ticket)
- Zolala #8, Siopa Gan Ainm, 7pm, FREE

Thursday 11th May
- Billy Ocean, Cork Opera House, 8pm, €39
- Music Cork: Le Boom, Jack O'Rourke, Ailbhe Reddy & Lyra, Cyprus Avenue, €155 (full delegate ticket)
- Music Cork: Fang Club, BARQ, Rob Burch, Alex & Echoes, Crane Lane, €155 (full delegate ticket)
- Music Cork: Cry Harridan, Jafaris, Little Hours & Super Silly, Triskel Christchurch, €155 (full delegate ticket)
- Music Cork: Ryan McMullan, Heroes In Hiding, Gypsies on the Autobahn and Audible Joes, Old Oak, €155 (full delegate ticket)
- Paul Tiernan, Coughlan’s, 9pm, €10
- Snaggletooth, Charlie’s Bar, 9.30pm, FREE

Friday 12th May
- Perc, Cyprus Avenue, 11pm, €16
- Diffract w/ Aoife O'Neill, African Fiction & more, The Village Hall, 8.30pm, €10/€12
- Order of the Mess, Chasing Felix and Painful Perfection, Fred's, 8.30pm, €donation
- Underscore Orkestra, Brú Bar, 9.30pm, FREE
- Cormac O'Caoimh, Music Zone (Douglas), 4pm, FREE

Saturday 13th May
- Cormac O’Caoimh, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm, €12
- Jake Clemons, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €17.50
- Replete, Gulpd, 9pm, FREE
- The Oddities EP launch, Crane Lane, 8.30pm, FREE
- Hot Guitars, Charlie’s Bar, 10.30pm, FREE

Sunday 14th May
- Dan Owen, Cyprus Avenue, 8pm, €10
- Vinyl Love for Repeal, Gulpd, 2pm-late, FREE
- Brewhouse Jazz, Franciscan Well, 6.30pm, FREE

Monday 15th May
- The Americhanics, Coughlan’s, 9pm, FREE
- Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 9.30pm, FREE
- Freeman's Folly, Crane Lane, 11.55pm, FREE
- Ó Bhéal – Poetry, Films & Open Mic, The Long Valley, 9.30pm, 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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