What's on: Saturday, January 26

Comedy, a piano recital and exciting new music projects are all part of Saturday night's line up in venues across the city.
What's on: Saturday, January 26
Comedian Edwin Sammon is at City Limits Comedy Club tonight.


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-fueled live show. Their set consists of a collection of original songs, unique covers and folky duets. 

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Andy Dunne 12.30 am, 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. They have toured internationally throughout Scandinavia, Holland and Belgium. 

Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. The Grunts EP launch 9pm, adm free

They create magic… Punk, garage, country, rock’n’roll, southern Americana, blues, grunge.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Blue Steel 9.30pm, adm free

Blue Steel is made up of three former members of Live as Kings who have been lighting up the Cork music scene since 2006. With the recent addition of Mark 'the guitar' McCarthy of Celtic Knights fame, the collaboration of sick tone, creative beats, smooth bass lines and tantalizing vocals has created a cocktail worthy of the most partying of pallets. 

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

Through friendship, sessions and copious amounts of tea, Bunoscionn was created - a musical love-child, mothered by Irish folk music and fathered by dance/reggae/rock, (paternity tests pending)! Based in Ireland the band consists of five musicians brought together from jams, sessions and the craic to form a group rooted in the traditional but with one foot held firmly outside the box.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Mick, Sick and The Vomits 12.30 am, adm free

Kicking off after midnight upstairs at The Oliver Plunkett, Live Music from Mick, Sick and The Vomits to keep you dancing into the early hours of the morning.

The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place Tim Mullane 10.30pm, adm free

Tim Mullane has been wowing our audiences for many years now, an energetic and very accomplished musician he has been known to cover everything from Neil Young to the Bee Gees and everything in between.

Cian Sweeney is at Cyprus Avenue.
Cian Sweeney is at Cyprus Avenue.

Cyprus Avenue, Caroline St. Soma Ft 1000 Beasts & Ghostking Is Dead 7.30pm, adm €5 

Cork native and multi-instrumentalist Cian Sweeney is artist and producer. 1000 Beasts, one of the most exciting emergences on the current Irish music scene: an ambitious collaborative effort that sees each unique track worked with a new vocalist; the ‘beasts’ behind the name. 1000 Beasts is a new Irish creative offering an innovative way to create music. 1000 Beasts’ early successes include tracks Wonderland and Lord (It’s OK) being featured on cult reality TV smash Made In Chelsea, with Lord (It’s OK) also making Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. 'Ghostking is Dead' is the product of years of artistic growth from the project's puppeteer Matt Corrigan. Taking on a live-band in late 2017, Ghostking is Dead (or GKID) has seen unprecedented growth, with an array of gigs and always adapting and improving presence sonically. 

Dr Fionnuala Moynihan is at the Triskel. Picture: Barry McCall
Dr Fionnuala Moynihan is at the Triskel. Picture: Barry McCall

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Clementi – The Piano Sonatas – Recital 1, Dr Fionnuala Moynihan, 1pm, adm€11.50/€9.50

The first of a four-concert series with two of Clementi’s op.10 piano sonatas. Clementi’s early works exhibit a delicate virtuosity, a lightness of touch and a freshness of style. In contrast to this Clementi’s op.40 no.3 bears the hallmarks of Clementi’s compositional maturity. Its dramatic nature and dark character is operatic in style. It is a formidable sonata to perform and a musical journey for both listener and performer. 

Charlie's, Union Quay Hot Guitars 10.30pm, adm free

Hot Guitars is a five-piece band whose 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. 

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

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

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. 

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

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St. The Lee Sessions 9.30pm, adm free

 This weekly session takes place in one of Cork's most famous bars, An Spailpín Fánach, and features the brilliant Thirsty Scholars. A fantastic night's entertainment is guaranteed.


City Limits, Coburg St. Edwin Sammon (Bridget & Eamon) Mark O Keeffe . Plus Guests 9pm, adm €15 /€18

Award-winning Edwin Sammon has established himself as one of the most popular comedians in the country over the last few years, his unpredictable and crowd pleasing style saw him win the Tedfest Golden Duck Award and led to him working the likes of Jason Byrne, Phil Jupitus and Ardal O'Hanlon He has appeared on RTÉ's New Comedy Awards and is a regular guest star on Republic of Telly. In 2013 he was part of the sold-out nationwide "Lads Of Comedy " tour. He also stars as Fr. Gabriel in RTÉ sitcom "Bridget and Eamon". 


Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place Harry Clarke Watercolours: Dreaming In Blue: 10 am, adm free

Modern Galleries, Screening Room & Harry Clarke Room Explore the unique imagination of Harry Clarke in our first annual exhibition of his Eve of St Agnes (c.1923) watercolours. Limited run - must close on Valentine's Day.

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

Triskel Gallery Space - Aesthetic Distance is a photographic exploration of desire and the sense of self within the concept of social and cultural belonging, and it features a series of staged self-portraits by artist 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. The first style of work is inspired by her time working on Oscar nominated Loving Vincent, where she and 124 artists hand painted over 65,000 frames in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. The second body of work is a style Hickey has been developing for years and was making in the lead up to Loving Vincent. 


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

Exhibition by Alys Tomlinson, an award-winning editorial and fine art photographer based in London continues.  ‘Ex-Voto Naomh Ghobnatan’ is an extension of Alys’ previous work in Lourdes. Taken at the pilgrimage site of Reilig Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney, the project encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-lifes of the objects and markers left behind.


Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place Earth, Wind & Fire: Made In Cork Contemporary 10 am, adm free

From ancient processes to new (machine) technologies, the exhibition Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary will showcase the work of Nuala O’Donovan, Eoin Turner, Alex Pentek, Mary Palmer / Anne Kiely and Joseph Walsh. Six Cork-based contemporary artists whose artistic practice exemplifies excellence in craftsmanship. Curated by Anne Boddaert.

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place Harry Clarke 10 am, adm free

One of Ireland’s best-known and loved artists, Harry Clarke was born in Dublin in 1889, and trained in the art of stained glass in his father’s church decorating workshop, and in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. While he went on to develop a unique style that was very much influenced by Symbolism, the three windows in the Harry Clarke room on the second floor of the Crawford Art Gallery are important works. Purchased directly from the artist by the Gibson Bequest Committee in 1924.

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place Heroes and Villains 10 am, adm free

Heroes and Villains, a selection of works from the collection, explores the archetypes of good and bad characters, and the middle ground between them. While some heroes and villains are easily identifiable through certain recognisable traits, it is often the case that these categories are not so self-contained. Depending on the contexts of time and place, someone who is once celebrated as a hero may be transformed into a villain, or vice versa. Indeed, these shifting contexts can act as formative influences, with artists and writers alike recognising the power of settings and scenarios on the decisions we make.

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