What's on: Saturday, April 27

From book readings to musical gigs, there's lots on around Cork city tonight
What's on: Saturday, April 27
Cork singer John Spillane.


John Spillane in concert, Éire Óg, Ovens, 8pm, €20

Cork singer-songwriter John will be joined in concert by Castletownkinneigh choir, True colours and Cor Geal Whitechurch, in what promises to be a entertaining night full of songs and stories, arranged by Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association. Tickets at €20 from Mary, on 087 6568110 or from eventbrite. The proceeds will help the running of the voluntary museum and community centre in Kilmurry.

Charlie's, Union Quay Hot Blooded Animals 10.30pm, adm free

Hot Blooded Animals started life as the backing band for legendary American country star Dwayne Dwight. A real good time classic rock group with years of experience of playing both nationally and internationally and are armed with a jukebox sized catalogue of tunes that are all preformed with plenty of gusto. They play the kind of rock ‘n’ roll cover songs we can all relate to.

Dwyers Of Cork, 28 Washington St. The Guilty Judges 10.30pm, adm free

Sharpest dressed musical connoisseurs in Cork. Playing the best rock, pop and party music known to man and beast.

The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place The Spencers 10.30pm, adm free

The Spencers consists of Brian Hennesy and Eoghan Murphy and together they perform cracking covers. Anything from The Beatles to Otis Reading and many many more. 

Coughlan's, Douglas St. The Service 10pm, adm free

The Service are a six piece band from Cork who have been playing Ska, Reggae, 2-Tone and Rocksteady to applauding crowds for many years. 

Cyprus Avenue, Caroline St. True Tides 7.30pm, adm €12.50

Formed in 2017, True Tides is the intrepid pop project of Cian, Conor and Eoghan MacSweeny, three brothers from Cork, now living in Dublin. Through a reasonably simple set-up of drums, guitar, bass, electronics and vocals, they create bold and expressive guitar music that’s at once shamelessly catchy and sneakily complex. 

The Roundy, Castle St. Penelope Trappes (Aus, Houndstooth/Optimo Music) 8.30pm, adm €11.27

Following her debut album ‘Penelope One’ for Optimo Music, antipodean vocalist, musician and soundscaper Penelope Trappes presents sophomore longplayer ‘Penelope Two’, for Houndstooth. 

The Gables, Douglas St. Sounddog 10pm, adm free SoundDog are an acoustic two-piece act made up of singer-songwriters Brian Lalor and Christine B Phelan with a varied body of material resulting in an energy fuelled live show.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Transmission 9.30pm, adm free

Meet Cork’s newest all-male pop and rock style tribute band, Transmission.  Performing all your favourite hits from the 60’s, 70’s funk and right up to present day classics.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Andy Dunne 11.30pm, adm free

First and foremost Andy Dunne is an Entertainer. So many years of playing in pubs and keeping up with the “flavor of the month” songs has given Andy the edge over most other entertainers on the scene, especially when he has managed to do this with just vocals and an acoustic guitar. He has developed a style of Guitar playing that (although detrimental to any kind of guitar string!) is powerful, full and rhythmic yet when required it can also be tender and touching. The same can be said for his vocals.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Frets 7pm, adm free

The Frets are a guitar/vocals and mandolin duo based in Cork city, who play a wide variety of music, ranging from Jazz swing, Country rock, bluegrass and instrumental traditional music from Ireland, America Scandinavia,Greece and Italy. 

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Ill Winds 11.30pm, adm free

Playing upstairs in the Frisky Whiskey bar, The Ill Winds are a three piece  traditional/ contemporary band from the South East of Ireland featuring well-established musicians from both at home and abroad.

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Henge + Shunya 9pm, adm free

Henge is a band of intergalactic ravers. Shunya (Alan Keary) is an Irish born multi instrumentalist and producer, with a strong musical heritage, writing and producing music from the age of fourteen. 

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Lee Sessions 5pm, adm free

Supported by Cork City Council, this trad session series runs all year round, and features world-class musicians and singers, in Cork's most iconic bars.

Sin É, Coburg St. The Lee Sessions 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm adm free

The Lee Sessions is the umbrella term for all authentic, traditional Irish music sessions in Cork city.


Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. A Celebration Of New Books 8pm, adm Free but ticketed

As part of Cork World Book Fest, introduced by Fiction at the Friary writers Madeleine D’Arcy and Danielle McLaughlin, this is a celebration of new books by local writers. Like Catherine Kirwan, the protagonist of her first novel, Darkest Truth, is a solicitor working in Cork. This crime novel focuses on the investigation of the mysterious death of a young woman, linking back to the most famous film director in Ireland. Conal Creedon has dubbed his latest novel, Begotten Not Made, ‘a fairy tale for the 21st century’. Creedon’s poignant story of a cleric’s unrequited love for a nun was published by his own company, Irishtown Press. Billy O’Callaghan’s My Coney Island Baby is a powerful and intricate drama condensed into the course of a single day, against the eerie backdrop of an out-of-season resort during a snowstorm. Eibhear Walshe is director of Creative Writing at the School of English at UCC. His latest novel, The Trumpet Shall Sound, imagines what the personal life of renowned 18th century composer George Handel may have been like.

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Transformative Tales Of Unstoppable Women 4pm, adm €8 / €6

As part of Cork World Book Festival Salley Vickers and Nuala Ní Chonchúir will be in conversation with writer and academic Dr. Eibhear Walshe. Described by The Times as ‘a hymn to the power of literature’, Salley Vickers’ new novel, The Librarian, focuses on a woman intent on re-igniting enthusiasm for reading. 

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. The Ancient Art Of Storytelling 11 am, adm Free but ticketed 

As part of Cork World Book Fest Thomas McCarthy is an Irish Traveller, singer and storyteller hailing from Birr, County Offaly and based in England. Named Traditional Singer of the Year 2019 at the Gradam Ceoil Awards, Thomas seeks to show people the richness of his heritage. Storytelling is a key part of this, and Thomas delights children with stories of fairies, hunchbacks, banshees, druids, Finn McCool and Cú Chulainn.

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