Folk and trad acts unveiled for new Cork festival

Folk and trad acts unveiled for new Cork festival
Slow Moving Clouds, one of the headline acts announced for Quiet Lights.

A NEW folk and traditional music festival has been announced for Cork, with more than a dozen acts performing in intimate and unique venues throughout the city this September.

Quiet Lights will take place from September 7 to 9, with the likes of Kate Kim, Ye Vagabonds and Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh of the Gloaming among those in the first announcement.

The festival is presented by Island, a music company set up by Jonathan Pearson in 2017.

Lisa O'Neill, who will perform in Cork as part of Quiet Lights. Pic: Jeannie O'Brien
Lisa O'Neill, who will perform in Cork as part of Quiet Lights. Pic: Jeannie O'Brien

The first announcement includes a range of folk and traditional acts, including Katie Kim and Radie Peat, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh, Slow Moving Clouds, Landless, Inni-K, Cormac Begley, Saint Caoilian, Dowry, Claudia Schwab, Elaine Malone, and more to be announced.

The sound of toes tapping and string plucking will be found across various intimate Cork venues, including Coughlan’s Live on Douglas Street, Cobh’s Sirius Arts Centre, The Roundy, St. Peter’s and The Chapel at Griffith College on Wellington Road.

“I am delighted to announce the first details of the inaugural Quiet Lights weekend, it’s going to be a beautiful blend of folk and traditional music in some of the finest venues in and around Cork city. The venues are traditional and non-traditional locations for concerts, which will add to the distinct and unique flavour of Quiet Lights,” said Jonathan Pearson of Islander Music. 

“I have worked with a lot of these artists over the past few years and I am delighted to bring them together for an exciting weekend in Cork. We hope you can join us in the southern city for a bit of warmth as the evenings begin to lengthen and Autumn’s pull draws in. It will be something quite different.”

Among the shows announced so far are Landless and Saint Caoilian at the Sirius Arts Centre, Inni-K and Elaine Malone at the Roundy, Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh at Griffith College, Slow Moving Clouds at St Peter’s and Ye Vagabonds at Coughlan’s. For full line-up details and tickets visit www.quietlights.net.

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