What's on: Sunday, March 17

There's lots on in venues across Cork city to celebrate St Patrick's Day, here's our gig guide
What's on: Sunday, March 17
Hot Guitars, are at Charlie's on Union Quay tonight.


Brú Bar & Hostel, 57 MacCurtain St. Vegan Mattie & The Tank Show 4pm, adm free

Vegan Mattie & The Tank Show are a four piece instrumental jazz-fusion band from Cork. The members have being playing consistently with each other in various projects for years so expect a free-flowing, gun-showing gig with music from artists such as Snarky Puppy, Chic Correa, George Benson and many more.

Charlie's, Union Quay Hot Guitars 10pm, adm free

Hot Guitars - This five-piece bands blues, rock style is popular with young and old audiences as they play a variety of covers ranging from The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Dylan, Muddy Waters, Clapton, Van Morrison, Steely Dan and more. Fronted by lead singer Joe O’Callaghan who is also an accomplished harmonica, sax and keyboard player. Joe’s high energy performance ensures that audiences are dancing from the very first number. They are rich in talent from skilled guitarists Tom Stephens and Tony Burke who lend to the great vocal sound of Hot Guitars topped off with the unique bass playing of Pete Brennan. 

The Gables, Douglas St. Traditional Irish Music Session 9.30pm, adm free

The Gables is home to the “Trad Session” for over 30 years. The session has been visited by travelling musicians from far and wide with many diverse cultures. They have been tutored in all forms of music, classical, jazz, folk and blues but in some way all are drawn to the allure of traditional Irish music.

Charlie's, Union Quay Snaggletooth 6pm, adm free

Declan Hogge playing the music of Planxty, Paul Brady, Bob Dylan etc. Combination of guitar, mandolin and mouth organ along with a strong voice.

Charlie's, Union Quay Lee Trad Music Sessions 3pm, adm free

One of the longest traditional music sessions is in Charlie’s bar every Sunday at 3pm. The session is hosted by Cork’s own Sean O’Driscoll, both a sweet and rhythmic bango player and a fine hand on the old style button accordion, along with his wife Mary O’Driscoll on the fiddle. To keep the Sessions fresh and real, each Sunday features a different guest musician, an ever-changing array from some of Cork’s and Ireland’s finest traditional players. 

Franciscan Well Brew Pub, North Mall Brewhouse Jazz 6.30pm, adm free

A lively fun Sunday jazz session in our beer garden, joined by some of Cork's best swing dancers, this weekly event offers a relaxed end-of-weekend, with space to bop along too! With influences including Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Oscar Peterson and a plethora of many other jazz giants, Pinky Trolley bring a classic approach to equally classic music.

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. The Service 2pm, 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. 

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Baile An Salsa 5pm, adm free

Baile An Salsa brings together an international mix of world-class musicians to deliver a phenomenal blend of Latin rhythms and traditional Irish music.

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Dirty Sexy Money 9.30pm, adm free

Dirty Sexy Money is a multinational collective of artists from all over the world. Irish based, they met almost two years ago with a similar passion of art and love for the same style of music, they spent an intire summer forming and became the strong team they are today. Dirty Sexy Money bring an electrifying live performance filled with so much passion and more.

The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place The Velvetones 8pm, adm free

Tony & Audrey, another long established act at The Welcome. Classic songs in acoustic style is the order of the day! Hits from Gilbert O’ Sullivan, Albert Hammond and Steely Dan are all performed with enthusiasm and precision.

Dwyers Of Cork, 28 Washington St. Clann Eireann 12.30 am, adm free

Clann Eireann are a five  piece Irish folk and ballad band. They have a banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, guitar, bass and fiddle.

Dwyers Of Cork, 28 Washington St. Flat To The Floor 3pm, adm free

Flat to the floor are a trad band not to be missed this St.Patrick's day!

Dwyers Of Cork, 28 Washington St. Acoustra 6pm, adm free

A Limerick-based band who have been writing and performing together for the past eight years. Along with doing their own unique cover versions they also write their own original material. Rock/Folk/Trad fusion would be a good way to describe them.

Dwyers Of Cork, 28 Washington St. Meitheal 9pm, adm free

A traditional Irish band delighting you with jigs and reels and a lot of excitement. Not to be missed!

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Sunday Blues Jam with Gerry Quigley & The Durty Blues Band 9pm, adm free

Blues Jam session every Sunday from 9pm to 11pm. All players are welcome to the stage and featuring Gerry Quigley & The Dirty Blues Band as the house band. Prepare to be captivated as Gerry Quigley and The Dirty Blues Band house band take the stage for a night of laid-back and classy blues. Sundays is musicians jam night, all blues musicians welcome to join the band for some fun, laughter and music on stage! If you have never played with a band it doesn’t matter, give it a go! You’ll have lots of fun! They have a Fender Tele and Marshall 100w amp for visiting guitarists.

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. “Them” and Legendary Billy Harrison 7.30pm, adm free

Billy Harrison founder and lead guitarist of Them, the man that devised two of the most recognisable riffs in the history of R&B on 'Baby Please Don’t Go' and 'Here Comes The Night' and not forgetting his arrangement of GLoria, his version of which in deducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Billy has continued to work in Europe over the years.

The Cotton Ball, Mayfield Mason's Apron 9pm, adm free

There is no better way to celebrate St.Patrick's Day than with the fabulous Mason's Apron . These guys will rock the house with their upbeat and lively set. 


Cyprus Avenue, Caroline St. Sunday Times! - St. Patricks Day Special 10pm, adm €10

A big Sunday Times! party takes place this St. Patrick's Day in the recently renovated Cyprus Avenue.


Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Asylum Archive – Vukašin Nedeljković 10 am, adm free

The Asylum Archive is an art, activist and academic platform that examines the notion of Direct Provision Centres; the localities and sites where asylum seekers are being held while in the process of seeking refugee status. It is the continuation of Vukašin Nedeljković’s ongoing work highlighting the injustices, confinement and incarceration of asylum seekers in Ireland.

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