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A Mozaik of styles and sounds by the Lee at the Cork Folk Festival

EVER go on a four-day, ‘round-the-world’ musical bender, and hear instruments you never knew existed, voices to die for and stories that live long in the memory?

The Lobby Bar book – available now

A handy stocking filler for the music fan in your life…

The Lobby Bar on No 1 Union Quay was an iconic live music venue in Cork City, which closed its doors in 2005. This book tells the story of the music and people who passed through the Lobby Bar during its seventeen year existence. At one time there were four public houses neighbouring the Lobby, with music becoming a key element linking each venue by the 1990s.

The Lobby Bar – Music Through the Windows of Union Quay, Cork also delves back into the history of the musicians and venues that shaped the musical landscape of Cork. It is a book that celebrates, in words and pictures, the many magic nights of music in the Lobby Bar.

More info at http://www.facebook.com/lobbybarbook

The Lobby Book is available from:
Easons and Waterstones on Patrick St,
The Pavilion bar on Carey’s Lane,
Liam Russells on Oliver Plunkett St,
Porters in Wilton and Douglas Court,
Carrigaline Bookshop,
Philip’s Bookstore, Mallow Town,
+ plugd in the Triskel Centre

From December 2011 The Lobby Bar book is available to buy on www.ebay.ie

Come Down And Meet The Folks at Fred Zeppelins

FredzCome down and meet the folks is a brand new live music night at Fred Zeppelins in Cork, focussing on acoustic/americana/folk songwriters from Cork and further afield. Each night will feature performances from at least two acts with a special guest host taking charge of proceedings and perhaps spinning a yarn or two to go with a song of their own along the way.

The night kicks off on Thursday May 6th, with a feature performance from locally based Louth man Aaron Dillon and Band. “Songs of fear, loss, Religion, Injustice, love, protest, anger and joy. And the voice, poetic flair, melodic sensitivity and lyrical audacity to deliver all those emotions. The music skates on the fringes of numerous genres, folk, rock, bluegrass, pop and blues”. Joining Aaron and long-time collaborator Dave Hackett in their newly begun step up from acoustic duo to full band (Judas!), will be the established and highly praised rhythm section of Donal Linehen and Shane Murphy (Circus Cat/Together We Are Nobody).

Also playing on the night, following his well received recent opening set for Richard Hawley, is Seattle native James Eliot Taylor. James recently released his brilliant debut album ‘Sink or Swim’ as an online only download on the music website bandcamp.com free of charge, and has since followed this with the ‘Parallel Universe’ EP.

With both acts clearly bound for larger venues and local folk legend Hank Wedel our special guest host for the evening, this promises to be a wonderful night and modestly priced at a recession busting €5. The night will continue on May 20th with Lynda Cullen and Band and Peter Delaney, where again we invite you to come down and meet the folks.

Beamish Cork Folk Festival 2009

The 30th Beamish Cork Folk Festival will take place between Thursday 1st October and Sunday 4th October 2009 at venues all over Cork City.
Beamish Cork Folk Festival

From the festival website:

Highlights of the festival so far include;

• Mícheál ó Súilleabháin & Mel Mercier, Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Garry O’Briain in concert with the backing of the Galway based ConTempo String Quartet.
• The première of a new composition by Niall Valley. This piece has been commissioned by RTE lyric fm. Its performance have been grant aided by the Arts Council. The line up included Niall, Caoimhín and Cillian Vallely, Niall Keegan, Ed Boyd & Karan Casey and a String Orchestra.
• Frankie Gavin & De Dannan will arrive back in Cork for a concert with a new line up ; Michelle Lally, Damien Mullane, Mike Galvin and Eric Cunningham and their special guests will be & Dolores Keane.
• John Spillane in a late night concert
• Julie Felix legendary Californian singer.
• Talvin Singh Mercury Music winning Tabla player, & fifth generation Sitarist Niladri Kumar
• A concert at the Douglas GAA Hall, where we ran the first concert of the 1st festival in 1979, featuring Al O Donnell, John & Pip Murphy and Conol o Grada & Colm Murphy.

Other artists confirmed are Andy Irvine, The Lee Valley String Band, áine Whelan & Sarah Corkery, Jackie Daly, Anxo Lorenzo ( Galician Piper) & Diarmaid Moynihan, Steam Packet Co.( Eoin O Riabhaigh, Christy Twomey & Noel Shine), The Four Star Trio, Small Town Talk featuring Hank Wedel & Declan Sinnott, Sliabh Notes, Four Star Trio and the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Throughout the festival weekend, audiences can sample everything from the very best fiddle, accordion, pipes and flute players in Ireland to a giant open-air Céilí Mór. As usual the festival will feature concerts from the Cork Blues, Pipes’ and singers’ clubs, plus lectures, children’s events and a music trail featuring 40 free sessions.

Beamish Cork Folk Festival 2008

October 2nd – 5th 2008

32 Acts, 22 Venues, 280 Musicians, 2,500 Dancers!

Cork Folk Festival logo

This year sees the Beamish Cork Folk Festival celebrating it’s 25th year, bringing us performances from the likes of Frankie Lane, Damien Dempsey, Lisa Hannigan, Geoff Muldaur & Karl Nesbitt. There will also be regular gigs and sessions in venues throughout the city, and the now famous Céilí Mór on the Grand Parade on Sunday, October 5th.

More information and the full festival programme can be found on the festival website:

www.corkfolkfestival.com

Cork Folk Festival 2007

28th August – 2nd September, 2007
Concerts, Céilithe, Master Classes, Seminar, Sessions, Festival Club, Music Trail
www.corkfolkfestival.com

2007: Programme

Tuesday, 28th August
Johnny’s Bar 9pm “Northside Stories and Songs” with Elaine Flannery €5

An Spailpín Fánach 9pm Munster Buttermilk €5

Wednesday, 29th August
The Sportsman’s Arms 9pm “A Southside Song Session” with Áine Meirbhic €5

An Spailpín Fánach 9pm Tommy Cunniffe + Diarmuid O Brien + Ray O Brien €8

Thursday, 30th August
An Spailpín Fánach 9pm “Tunesmiths” with Karl Nesbitt €8

The Crane Lane 9pm “Irish Ways” with Ron Kavana €10

The Corner House 9.30pm The Dizzy Blues Band

The Crane Lane 11.45pm Hank Wedel and friends

Friday, 31st August
Triskel 2pm Seminar – Sources of Funding for Irish Tradional Music

Metropole Hotel 9pm Lúnasa + Seamus Creagh and Aidan Coffey €20

An Spailpín Fánach 9.30pm Kris Drever + Éamonn Coyne €10

Metropole Hotel 11.30pm Festival Club with
Áine Whelan and Sarah Corkery, The Polskadots, & more €10

Saturday, 1st September
10am (all day) Trad on the Streets with Cork County Comhaltas

An Spailpín Fánach 11am Fiddle Master Class with Matt Cranitch €10/8

Triskel 1pm Peadar Ó Riada

An Spailpín Fánach 2pm Flute Master Class with Seamus Tansey €10/8

Cork City Library 3pm John Maguire presents “Songs and Stories for Children”

An Spailpín Fánach 5pm Fiddle Concert with Matt Cranitch €6

St Fin Barres Cathedral 8pm Iarla Ó Lionáird €20

An Spailpín Fánach 9pm “Songsmiths” Concert with Ricky Lynch €10

Metropole Hotel 9pm Chris Stout, Catriona McKay and Tommy Sullivan,
Kris Drever + Éamonn Coyne €10

Metropole Hotel 11.30pm Festival Club with Two Time Polka, Michael Marra,
& The Box Car Preachers €10

Sunday, 2nd September
An Spailpín Fánach 12.30pm Box Concert with Dave Hennessy €6

Patrick Street 2.30pm Céilí Mór 2007 with the Kilfenora Céilí Band

An Spailpín Fánach 4pm Cork Pipers’ Club €5

The Crane Lane 6pm “After the Céilí Mór” with Ger Murphy and friends €5

An Spailpín Fánach 9pm: Seamus Tansey & Mo O’Connor €10

The Roundy 9pm Michael Marra €10

The Crane Lane Festival Club €10

City Sessions @ The Woodford

City Sessions with Gavin Moore & friends
Every Tuesday night Gavin Moore hosts the city sessions at the Woodford on Paul St. Gavin is an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right, as well as belonging to a famous extended family including Christy Moore and Luka Bloom.

Each week starting at about 9pm guest musicians perform mostly acoustic solo sets, and usually conclude the night with a few collaborative numbers. The atmosphere is quite intimate yet laid back; the audience often subdued at first but more enthusiastic as the evening wears on (and the drinks are racked up).

My only complaint is the interference from noisy revellers in the other end of the bar when there’s a football match on TV. I’m not against watching football in pubs, but it’s a shame the management don’t switch off the TVs for a few hours on the one night every week that there are musicians performing live in the bar. Now that the Champions League has concluded we can hope for a short period of respite before the onset of the world cup!

The City Sessions is a great addition to the live music circuit in Cork, and having been running since February (I think?) it is quickly becoming a very popular — and did I mention free — weekly event. Get in early to grab good seats!

Dónal has a few photos and a brief review from a few weeks ago here: http://donal.wordpress.com/2006/03/15/mick-flannery-at-the-acoustic-sessions/

Guest acts have so far included Ger Wolfe, Mick Flannery, Gavin Glass, Tadhg Cooke, Nell Bryden, John Leo Carter, Jennifer Clark, Myles O Reilly (Juno Falls), Tom Rogers, Ross Breen, Jim Barrett, Nicole Maguire, Hank Wedel, Sara Petite, Annette Buckley, Alan Tobin and Andy Wilson.

More info can be found at these websites:
www.gavinmoore.com/sessions.php
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Roy Harper @ De

Latest news on Roy Harper’s July dates from De Barras’ website:

Roy Harper returns for 3 dates in July & August 2006 following on from sell out show’s in 2005 and what is quickly becoming an annual event. Also Joining the fold this year will be Nick Harper for a Solo show on the 2nd August.

The date’s for 2006 are:

Roy Harper:

Thursday 27th July – Only 50 remaining

Sunday 30th July – SOLD OUT

Thursday 3rd August – SOLD OUT

Nick Harper:

Wednesday 2nd August, Only 50 Remaining

Buy Tickets here: http://www.royharper.co.uk/shop/index.php

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