Our guide to what's on in Cork this weekend

From music gigs to theatre, art exhibitions and more. Here's what's on in Cork this weekend
Our guide to what's on in Cork this weekend
Singer-songwriter Stephanie Rainey from Glanmire, who is at Crane Lane on Saturday January 12, as part of Therapy Sessions Ft; First Fortnight. Picture Dan Linehan

FRIDAY JANUARY 11


LIVE MUSIC

Reardens, Washington St. Gorilla Radio 10.30pm, adm free before 11pm

Exciting cover band “Gorilla Radio” hit the scene with a killer set mixing commercial rock, hip-hop and rap to name just a few genres which will have crowds coming back for more more more. Familiar faces to the avid Irish rock fan this brand new foursome will definitely shake you to your boots, have you dancing in the streets and bouncing off the walls with high energetic stage performances you won’t forget in a hurry.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Ceol Coolroe 7pm, adm free

Playing live in The Frisky Whiskey Bar, upstairs in The Oliver Plunkett, Ceol Coolroe is the Traditional Irish Music Session and sure to be full of “ceol agus craic”.

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

Downstairs in The Oliver Plunkett Live Music from the fantastic, ‘Rubbersoul’ band.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Guilty Judges 12.30 am, adm free

The Guilty Judges are a three-piece pop covers band that are quickly making a name for themselves as one of the most coveted wedding bands in the country. With high-energy live shows the Judges perform a wide range of genres that is sure to keep you on the dancefloor from start to finish.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Corca 10pm, adm free

A new band to The Oliver Plunkett, Corca will be playing upstairs and sure to make a splash.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Cameros 12.30 am, adm free

An Irish vocal and guitar duo playing live Upstairs in the Oliver Plunkett.


DJ / NIGHTLIFE

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Fiesta Latina with DJ Wilros 9pm, adm free

Latin night event playing the best in, Reggaeton, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Samba

Cyprus Avenue, Caroline St. Revelation Sound Present Dougie Consious and Danman 10pm, adm €8/€10

Dougie Wardrop started his career in music production with humble means while running Dub Shack Records at Camden lock market. Inspired by early digital steppers such as Warrior stance by Dread & Fred and Seventh seal – Sound Iration (Manasseh), his first attempt at mixing was the instrumental Stepping time – recorded on four-track at Nick Manasseh´s house. It was released under the name Centry in sept 90 and became the launch of his imprint Conscious Sounds. Conscious Sounds is now an independent label in the hands of Dougie and has in recent years seen something of a new golden age.

New means of exposure through the internet has meant that a new market has opened. With a new generation of dubheads taking an interest in the music, the demand has been supplied for re-releasing long out of stock material and the side-label Lovedub has also been launched to feature tunes and remixes previously only heard as dubplates.


ART

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Aesthetic Distance – Vera Ryklova 10 am, adm free

Aesthetic Distance, continues.

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Sandra Hickey – Where Two Styles Meet – Loving Vincent Inspired 10 am, adm free

Exhibition by Cork-based artist Sandra Hickey continues.


PHOTOGRAPHY

Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Co Chorcaí ‘Ex-voto Naomh Ghobnatan’ 10 am, adm free

An exhibition by Alys Tomlinson, an award-winning editorial and fine art photographer based in London continues.


THEATRE

CORK OPERA HOUSE

Aladdin continues at the Opera House until January 20, offering glittering costumes, wonderful dances and lots of fun to enthral the entire family

For tickets, call 021 427 0022 or see www.corkoperahouse.ie

EVERYMAN

Cinderella has to finish this Sunday, January 13, so hurry up if you haven’t seen its wonders yet

For tickets see www.everymancork.com


Sam Perkin is at the Triskel on Tobin Street on Saturday January 12. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Sam Perkin is at the Triskel on Tobin Street on Saturday January 12. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

SATURDAY JANUARY 12


LIVE MUSIC

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Spotlight Chamber Music Series III 1pm, adm €12 / €10

The penultimate concert in the series will present two pinnacles of the chamber music repertoire – Beethoven’s so-called “Ghost” Piano Trio and Brahms’ Horn Trio – alongside a work for solo piano, “Comet”, by the featured composer of this year’s Spotlight Series, Sam Perkin. The Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 1 is arguably the most famous trio of Beethoven’s oeuvre, due in no small part to the soaring lyricism and sparkling brilliance of the outer two movements.

Cyprus Avenue, Caroline St. Pearl Jem 7.30pm, adm €12.50

Pearl Jem are a 100% Irish tribute to the greatest band on the planet. As Pearl Jam fans first and foremost, we have taken a great amount of time and effort to ensure that our show is nothing but a marker of love and respect to the source material.

The Gables, Douglas St. Leif 10pm, adm free

Leif are one of Cork’s most popular and dynamic acts. Their song choices range from soft acoustic traditional and folk to rock and roll classics. Expect to hear the likes of James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, The Everly Brothers, Bill Withers, John Denver and a few surprises.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Andy Dunne 12.30 am, adm free

First and foremost Andy Dunne is an entertainer. 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.

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Therapy Sessions Ft: First Fortnight & Stephanie Rainey 7.30pm, adm free

First Fortnight’s intimate, eclectic mix of music, poetry and spoken word returns to Cork. The line up includes the six time Munster Slam Champ, Fergus Costello and the rising voice of Alana Daly Mulligan and Kevin P. Gilday, the award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow. Stephanie Rainey will be the guest music curator for this very special Therapy Session.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Boom Band 9.30pm, adm free

The Boom Band are a Cork based rock and covers band, consisting of four accomplished musicians. The band, popular for their strong acoustic roots, first came together as a two-piece in 2009, and have since been joined by a bass guitarist and drummer to become one of the most sought-after live cover bands on the circuit today.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Clann Eireann 10pm, adm free

Upstairs at The Frisky Irish Whiskey bar — Clann Eireann is a traditional Irish folk/ballad band from Cork city that plays songs of culture, resistance, history and of course peace and reconciliation. Clann Eireann meaning “family of Ireland” are a politically outspoken band from the working class northside of Cork city with foot-stompin’ rhythm, sing-along choruses and humorous banter.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Ill Winds 12.30 am, adm free

The Ill Winds are a three piece traditional/contemporary band featuring well-established musicians from home and abroad.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Lee Sessions 3pm, adm free

The Lee Sessions is the umbrella term for all authentic, traditional Irish music sessions in Cork city. Supported by Cork City Council, this trad session series runs all year round, and features world-class musicians and singers.

DJ / NIGHTLIFE

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. DJ Fadd Jnr 11pm, adm free

Mixed and scratched by Fadd Jnr, an alternative musical take on Saturday night club music. Expect classic electro cuts, indie fused pop and a mixture of Rock’n’Roll staples, along with plenty of new upbeat tunes for your dancing pleasure.

ART

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Aesthetic Distance — Vera Ryklova 10 am, adm free

Exhibition continues by Vera Ryklova.

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Sandra Hickey – Where Two Styles Meet – Loving Vincent Inspired 10 am, adm free

This exhibition will contain two bodies of work by Cork based artist Sandra Hickey.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Co Chorcaí ‘Ex-voto Naomh Ghobnatan’ 10 am, adm free

Exhibition by Alys Tomlinson, award-winning photographer.


THEATRE


FIRKIN CRANE

Ally’s Three Wishes is presented by the Trish McCarthy School of Modern Dance at the Firkin Crane this Saturday and Sunday, Jan 12/ 13, showcasing the talents of these lively young dancers. It’s on Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Booking at the box office on 021 450 7487 or www.firkincrane.ie.

CORK OPERA HOUSE

Aladdin continues at the Opera House until January 20, offering glittering costumes, wonderful dances and lots of fun to enthral the entire family

For tickets, call 021 427 0022 or see www.corkoperahouse.ie


SUNDAY JANUARY 13


LIVE MUSIC

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

One of the longest running traditional music sessions is in Charlies bar every Sunday. The session is hosted by Cork’s own Sean O’Driscoll, both a sweet and rhythmic banjo player and a fine hand on the old style button accordion, along with his wife Mary O’Driscoll on the fiddle. To keep the session fresh and real, each Sunday features a different guest musician.

The Gables, Douglas St. Traditional Irish Music - The Lee Sessions 9.30pm, adm free

The Gables has had a rich history of traditional Irish music sessions in the city of Cork for almost four decades. The Gables has been the recipient of many awards including Oireachtas na Gaelige music award for pub session. The walls are lined with framed posters from past Cork Folk Festivals, the history of the music of a city, with some featured names of those appearing having played the Gables on many occasions. The session has been visited by travelling musicians from far and wide with many diverse cultures.

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

A lively fun Sunday jazz session, joined by some of Corks best swing dancers, this weekly event offers a relaxed end-of-weekend, with the 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.

Reardens, Washington St. The Boogie Band 10.30pm, adm free

Formed in 2005 the Boogie Band quickly established themselves as an exciting live act and gained a large following throughout Munster. The Boogie Band specialise in providing 100% live music entertainment for weddings and corporate events.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Big Swinging Mikeys 6pm, adm free

Born in the Folk House and a neighbouring apartment in Kinsale in the hot summer of 2013, the Big Swingin’ Mikeys are a band that was set up as a “non Saturday night” band.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. What’s That Sound 9pm, adm free

What’s that sound are a four piece Funk and Blues acoustic outfit consisting of four well established singer songwriters (Joey Ryan, Pierre Morrisey, Evan Prendergast and Clare Sands).

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Ceol Coolroe 7pm, adm free

Upstairs at the Oliver Plunkett’s ‘Frisky Whiskey’ bar ‘Ceol Coolroe’ will be playing. The traditional Irish music session.

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Salsa By The Lee in aid of Aware 3pm, adm €5

Ceili By The Lee is running this special event in Aid of Aware. Learn some Salsa moves in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

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. Featuring Gerry Quigley & The Dirty Blues Band as the house band. All blues musicians welcome to join the band. If you have never played with a band it doesn’t matter, give it a go! They have a Fender Tele and Marshall 100w amp for visiting guitarists. Or bring your own instrument, all instruments welcome.




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