What's on: Friday, February 1

From pop covers, to trad sessions, photographic exhibitions and a brew festival... tonight Cork city has something on for everyone.
What's on: Friday, February 1
The Pearls


Brú, 57 Mac Curtain St. Crop Top 9.30pm, adm free

Crop Top is a unique and fun band combining experienced musicians from all walks, some having played metal, others reggae and pop, whilst others have been busting their chops touring Ireland and Europe, performing major festivals, and performing on the Late Late show and beyond with an eclectic mix of musicians. This tight 6 piece performs all those tacky 90's covers that you love to hate, but with a fun musical twist that will have you telling all your friends how you actually really like the Spice girls now. Though this is a relatively new band they have already hit most of Cork's heavyweight venues from the Cane Lane to Dali (The Pav) and beyond.

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. The Ill Winds 10pm, adm free

Playing upstairs in the Frisky Whiskey bar, The Ill Winds are a three piece traditional/contemporary band from the South East of Ireland featuring well-established musicians from both at home and abroad.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. She Said 9.30pm, adm free

Downstairs in The Oliver Plunkett, seven piece band She Said will be playing the best in soul and funk.

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. The Guilty Judges 11.30pm, 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 Welcome Inn, Parnell Place Kenny Live! 10.30pm, adm free

Kenny Live has long been a mainstay here at The Welcome. A powerful vocal performance coupled with vibrant acoustic guitar proves a massive hit with locals and visitors alike. A very wide range of songs with everything from Johnny Logan to the Dubliners involved. 

Reardens, Washington St. The Pearls 10.30pm, adm Free before 11pm

The Pearls are a lively band of versatile musicians with years of experience perfect for any crowd. After four years on the road with one of Ireland's most successful live bands, Marlow and John know a thing or two about putting on a great show! The Pearls bring all that experience to the West of Ireland, together with new young Galway talent, singer and keyboard player Niamh O'Brian. Whether there is three, four, or five piece formation, you will always have a great fun with them.

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. 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. 


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

The Cask Ales and Extraordinary Brew Festival continues until 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.  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, 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 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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