What's on: Friday, January 25 

Art exhibitions, traditional music sessions and blues sessions make for an interesting Friday in Cork city.
What's on: Friday, January 25 
Artist Eoin Turner at the opening of: Earth, Wind, and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary which runs in the Crawford Gallery, until February 17.


Brú, 57 Maccurtain St. Tanya Louise Trio 10pm, adm free

A trio full of contagious musical chemistry. With a setlist of much-loved classics, it'll be a night of singing your lungs out and dancing your feet off. From Bowie to the Beatles, Marvin Gaye to Amy Winehouse, there's something for everyone!

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".

Reardens, Washington St. Rob O'Shea 6pm, adm free

Rob O’Shea on guitar and vocals, (The Guilty Judges) playing solo, covering artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Munford & Sons, Neil Young, Johnny Cash and Paolo Nutini.

Reardens, Washington St. J90 10.30pm, adm free before 11pm

J90 are a five piece band gigging throughout Ireland. For more music, videos, gigs, pics, news etc: Go to: www.j90.ie

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

The Watermelons are a three-piece blues band based in Cork. With a lineup, consisting of drums, bass, guitar and sax, the band boasts some of Cork's finest musicians. The set journeys from Chicago blues to blues-rock containing blistering tracks from Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, The Allman Brothers, Junior Wells, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendric etc. Expect many wailing guitar and sax solo’s driven by a formidable rhythm section.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Guilty Judges 12 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 Guilty 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. Hell For Leather 10pm, adm free

High octane five-piece trad rock band from Cork playing all genres of music with an Irish twist. No frills just hardy ceoil.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Hot Snakes 12 am, adm free

Upstairs at The Oliver Plunkett live music session with The Hot Snakes.

Charlie's, Union Quay Dr. Dec & The Side Effects 10.30pm, adm free

Blues-rock aficionados will get their fix this weekend when Doctor Dec and the Side Effects return to the iconic Charlie’s Bar on Union Quay. Driven by Declan Pender’s signature guitar sound, the band delivers an electrifying blend of blues and classic rock drawing from an ever-evolving song list. Their set list delivers classics from Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Cream whilst also paying homage to blues greats Otis Rush, Freddie King, Peter Green, Tampa Red and many more.

Dwyers Of Cork, 28 Washington St. King K 10.30pm, adm free

Five-piece cover band that play all varieties of music specialising in good time tunes. They take pride in being able to play any style of music if requested! King K covers music of many styles from the 50’s right up to the present day. With an absolutely huge repertoire we can cater to all ages and tastes.

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.

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St. The Lee Sessions 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. 


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, 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.


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

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


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 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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