What's on: Thursday, January 31

The Cask Ales and Extraordinary Brew Festival gets underway today at the Franciscan Well. See what else is on around Cork city tonight...
What's on: Thursday, January 31

DRUMMER BOY: Jeff Ballard plays the Triskel on January 31


Brú, 57 MacCurtain St. Double Strum 9pm, adm free

Double Strum are two Cork Gals singin' the blues... or at a minimum twisting modern songs out of shape and giving them new vibes. The band features "Voice Of Ireland" and "KWC" finalist on lead vocals and self-titled "Musical Director extraordinaire" Ciara Howard on guitar and Harmonies. 

The Corner House, Coburg St. Lee Delta Blues Club 9.30pm, adm free

Tonight it's jam night for those interested in giving a performance.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Midnight Rambles 12 am, adm free

'The Midnight Rambles' are a jamming session. Join some of Cork's finest musicians for an almighty shindig! An acoustic session in the middle of the downstairs bar covering all styles of music. All musicians and music lovers are welcome to join us to play or just sit back and listen.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Fred and Wilma 10pm, adm free

This 2-piece band Jenny O’Keeffe and Niall O’Riordan come together to entertain to the maximum with an extensive, powerful and energetic set list of Acoustic, rock, pop and chart, past and present.

The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place Ballads & Banjos 9.30pm, adm free

One of Cork's finest traditional and folk sessions. A different blend of musicians every week but always the same result; daecent music and mighty craic. 

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds 8pm, adm €20.90

The Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds makes music that feels like the 21st century – open, fluid and ever-developing, a sound informed by jazz but truly coming to life where worlds collide: acoustic and electric, swinging and ambient, analog and digital, accessible and experimental. 

Charlie's, Union Quay Snaggletooth 9.30pm, adm free

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

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St. The Lee Sessions 6pm, adm free

Features international giants of trad music, Aidan Coffey, Eoin Ó Riabhaigh, Johnny McCarthy and Colm Murphy with special guest musicians every week.

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

Features some wonderful musicians and singers led by Cork’s own William Hammond!


Franciscan Well Brew Pub, North Mall Cask Ales & Strange Brew Fest 1.30pm, adm free

The Cask Ales and Extraordinary Brew Festival runs from today, January 31 to Saturday February 2. Featuring a range of special brews using curious and interesting ingredients, the festival will showcase the growing experimentation of Irish brewers and their ability to challenge the norms of brewing.


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. 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.


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

Alys Tomlinson is an award-winning editorial and fine art photographer based in London. ‘Ex-Voto Naomh Ghobnatan’ is an extension of Alys’ previous work in Lourdes. Taken at the pilgrimage site of Reilig Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney (Ireland), 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 Public Talk | Nature In Design - Earth, Wind & Fire 6pm, adm free

Dr Eoin Lettice (Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UCC) will be joined in conversation by Anne Kiely, Nuala O'Donovan, Mary Palmer, and Alex Pentek, all featured artists in Earth, Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary. 


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 Heroes and Villains 10 am, adm free

Heroes & Villains, a selection of works from the collection, explores the archetypes of good and bad characters, and the middle ground between them. 

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