by Kerrie Hunt
Submerge yourself into Irish culture and indulge in a weekend of music and art at the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival.
This annually run festival is a celebration of Clonakilty and its rich, diverse musical history, with artists such as Noel Redding of The Jimi Hendrix Experience having ties with music scene of this little town. As a variety of guitarists from around the globe flood to the small seaside town in west cork, watch as the streets, parks, pubs and venues come alive as they play host to music varying from rock, folk, blues to trad, celtic and country.
This voluntarily run non-profit festival is host to some incredible free gigs, with a sole focus on music and experience.
This year as the festival celebrates its 13th year, 90% of the gigs across the weekend are free, with only one main show a day being ticketed (at very reasonable prices). West Cork’s music scene is something phenomenal, and is definitely brought to life during the annual festival. Clonakilty prides itself on being a town for families, so it is no surprise that the International Guitar Festival is also host to a programme of workshops, masterclasses and seminars, where anyone can attend and get tips from some of the world’s best performers and experts.
Noel Redding, the original Bass player with The Jimi Hendrix Experience made Clonakilty, his adopted home for near three decades. His contribution to the world of rock’n’roll has impacted this small seaside town and his legacy continues within the towns venues and the artists drawn to the town. Debarras Folk Club is at the heart and soul of this festival, it’s walls home to a history of the musical talent that has passed through it’s doors. If you are looking for a true taste of Irish culture, or are not familiar with Clonakilty, I recommend attending one of the gigs at DeBarras and enjoying a pint of Murphys as you join in the town’s outstanding celebration of guitar.
Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2017 20th – 24th of September