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The Jig

Liam O Maonlaí & Ré in concert in Bantry

LIAM Ó Maonlaí and his all-star band are undertaking their first national tour in May and they will be performing in St Brendan’s Church in Bantry on Sunday May 3rd at 8pm. Tickets are €20 and available from www.tunesinthechurch.com and on the door on the night.

Folk Legend Martin Carthy to headline West Cork Festival

FOLK music fans are in for a treat this June, as legendary English musician and singer Martin Carthy tops the bill at the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival in Ballydehob. Martin Carthy, who was awarded an MBE in 1998 for his contribution to folk music, is highly respected as an innovative and influential guitarist, singer and interpreter of traditional and newly composed songs.

Review – Arsenic and Old Lace – The Peninsula Players

Review by John Baylis Post There’s no doubting the entertainment value of a Peninsula Players production, as packed and appreciative audiences at the Beara Bay found out. Arsenic and Old Lace is a well-made play, with plenty of neat jokes and frantic situations, but it still needs careful staging and sound acting to make it successful.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2015

THE Ballydehob Jazz Festival, the Boutique Festival in the Back of Beyond is back for its 9th year from the 1st to the 4th May. This year will see an array of talent landing into the creative hub of  Ballydehob from local to international ; from Skibbereen to New Orleans. The highlight of the Jazz Festival 2015 will be Saturday night’s Prohibition,Rum Running, Speakeasy Party in the secret Shebeen (aka the local community hall ). The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece brass band will

Oliver! comes to life at Briery Gap, Macroom

THIS year’s Briery Gap Musical “Oliver!” will begin on Friday 24th April for a run of just seven performances over two weekends. This is Briery Gap Player’s sixth spring musical, having already presented classics such as Oklahoma, Calamity Jane, Showboat and South Pacific. Last year’s production of “The Sound of Music” was so popular that Briery Gap was asked to perform at Cork’s iconic Everyman Theatre! The trip to Cork

Variations in Riverstick

THE Lucy French School of Dance proudly presents ‘Variations’. A full length dance production performed on a purpose built stage at Riverstick Community Centre.  The hall in the centre will be transformed into a theatre with a big stage and professional sound and lighting for the duration of the run. The show is fully costumed and will feature all of the school’s 300 pupils showing their talents at Ballet, Jazz,

Smells like Nirvana with Paradox

Sat. April 11th – DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty After a successful set of shows marking the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain in 2014 Cork based Alternative Rockers Paradox are back with a full set of Nirvana classics and more. Paradox recently launched their 4th album to date titled ‘Chapters’ which has been gaining momentum since it’s release in January. Although the Paradox sound has varied their sound over the years

Poetry – My Mother Speaks to me of Suicide by Dave Lordan

The poetry/film My Mother Speaks to me of Suicide is a collaboration between Clonakilty native Dave Lordan and Padraig Burke of www.runawaypenguin.com. The text of the poem, previously broadcast on RTE Arena, can be found in Lordan’s latest acclaimed collection, Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains. Lordan’s new project is the popular and iconoclastic website www.bogmanscannon.com.