AFTER capturing the imagination of Irish viewers and grabbing headlines for her powerful pop vocals and edgy stage performances on 2014’s Voice of Ireland series, followed up with a number of eye opening rounds in the UK Xfactor as part of a Louis Walsh backed pop group, West Cork’s Danica Holland decided to go against the grain and do things on her terms.
FOLLOWING their busiest year to date that saw them play dates across Europe, tour with Clannad and share the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury with Suzanne Vega and Jake Bugg, Donegal trio The Henry Girls begin 2015 with a series of Irish shows including Clonakilty before returning to the US.
Cork based Alternative Rock outfit Paradox return with their fourth official full length studio album to date which has been taking shape for over a year at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork. Formed in 1996 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac the early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90’s.The band has shaped and evolved their sound over the years while still
SKIBBEREEN Comhaltas summer Irish nights will return to the West Cork Hotel this summer on each Wednesday night starting on this coming Wednesday, July 9th at 9pm. Séisiún presents an authentic show of Irish traditional music, song, dance, stories and more, bringing Irish cultural traditions to life.
SCOIL Phobail Bhéara recently for the second year running hosted the Young Americans as part of their European tour. The Young Americans is a charitable organisation dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education and cultural interaction among student and their audiences.
The Mariner Music Venue in Bantry is proud to present the one and only Eric Bell on Friday 20th December. Eric Bell was a founder member of Thin Lizzy, playing guitar on their first three albums. In Belfast, Eric progressed through bands such as The Bluebeats, The Earth Dwellers, The Atlantics and The Jaguars. To make ends meet he also had stints as a street gas lamplighter, and as
AS part of its commitment to building the indigenous screen industries in Cork and promoting the city and county as a prime filming destination, Cork Screen Commission is hosting a series of workshops in December. “Music in Film” is a weekend, residential, workshop with Maurice Seezer and special guests Ray Harman and Carl Davis, which takes place in Grove House, Schull on the weekend of December 13th. “Training for Screenwriters
THE West Cork Chamber Music Festival in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre announces details of a Composition Competition for young Irish composers at the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to partner with the Contemporary Music Centre for this Composition Competition in 2014. It reflects the commitment of the Festival and the Centre to nurture the creation and performance of
THE annual ENGAGE Bandon Arts Festival presents a finely tuned medley of literature, music, dance, visual arts and theatrical delights in the scenic town known as the ‘Gateway to West Cork’ from Thursday, September 26th to Sunday, September 29th across ten venues.
THE annual Engage Bandon Arts Festival presents a finely tuned medley of literature, music, dance, visual arts and theatrical delights in the scenic town known as the ‘Gateway to West Cork’ from Thursday, September 26th to Sunday, September 29th across ten venues. Celebrating its sixth birthday in 2013, amongst the highlights of this year’s packed four-day Festival programme is a multi-sensory installation at The Farm featuring performance artist Aideen
MUSICIANS, such as Appalachian double-fiddling duo Cleek Schrey & Stephanie Coleman, have started to arrive for the Masters of Tradition in Bantry, Co. Cork, which takes place from Tuesday August 14th to Sunday, August 18th.
FROM 6th to 8th September 2013, a festival of great music taking place in a small village with a big heart, Schull on the Mizen Peninsula. Come and experience a variety of fantastic musical events in a beautiful setting over a three-day weekend. Ticketed and non-ticketed gigs in various locations around the village – Just follow the pints and the music!
THE Masters of Tradition is now just around the corner. Running from 14th to 18th August and now in its 11th year, this special festival is headlined by its Artistic Director, the County Clare fiddler Martin Hayes. He will be joined by a stellar cast including Dennis Cahill, Steve Cooney, Seamus Begley, Pipers Union, the Voice Squad, Tríona Marshall, Paul Brock, Pipers Union and many more.
AWARD-winning musician and TV producer David Bickley is hosting two workshops in Skibbereen as part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival. Electronic Music Mashup Wednesday the 24th 4-5pm, 7 to 10 year olds 6.30-7.30pm 10+ year olds
THE finest of Irish traditional musicians will be descending on Bantry for the Masters of Tradition from 14 – 18 August. Fiddler Martin Hayes will be joined by a stellar cast including Dennis Cahill, Steve Cooney, Seamus Begley, Pipers Union, the Voice Squad, Triona Marshall, Paul Brock and many more.
THERE were celebrations for the students of Kilcoe National School at the Feis Maitiú in Cork city recently as they were announced as the winners of the Under 15 Grúpa Cheoil competition. Now in its 87th year, Feis Maitiú is the second-largest festival of its kind in the world. Annually, almost 15,000 participants take to the stage to compete in a range of artistic disciplines at the Feis.
by Stephen Johnson MARK your calender now for Feile Neidin 2014: the weekend of April 25th, 26th and 27th 2014. This past weekend’s first Feile Neidin proved to be a great success, according to organizers, local businesses, musicians and visitors alike.
“I’ve hated most things at least once, so maybe now’s the time for some fresh devilry” From the opening strains of an ancient Canadian harmonium on ‘Sun in my Bones’, the new windings’s record I Am Not The Crow reveals itself as an album full of scope, dynamic musicianship and imagination. As the eight tracks play out, it also reveals itself as an album in the most meaningful sense
WATERFORD’S O Emperor return to Irish soil following their European Tour with a string of dates across Ireland and a new double A sided single, ‘Electric Tongues’/’Erman Gou’ set for release on November 1st. It was October 2010, O Emperor came into prominence with the release of their album, ‘Hither Thither’ with Universal records, reaching number six on the Irish album charts.
Roaratorio: an Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake was composed by John Cage in 1979, and realised in collaboration with sound engineer John David Fulleman.
A fantastic weekend of music taking place in beautiful Schull village from September 7th to 9th next. This year’s line-up is now finalised, tickets and info are now available on the festival website.
A FREE family fun day in Skibbereen is set to make the best of the forecast good weather this weekend as the “Lark in the Park” takes place on Sunday afternoon. The event which is sponsored by The Paragon in Skibb will see lots of fun and games for all the family.
BEARA-based musician David Syme will play a one-off concert at Cork’s Triskel Christchurch venue of Friday, August 17th next. The American piano virtuoso has had a long and colourful career performing in Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Centre, Kennedy Centre, Wigmore Hall, and in major venues in 17 European countries, Canada and Mexico.
THE 33rd annual South of Ireland Band Championships takes place in Clonakilty this Saturday, July 7th with 20 twenty bands from all over the country taking part in the competition. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome back our regular competitors”, said a spokesperson who added that this year there will be three new contestants.
THIS August sees the return and rebirth of the Liss Ard Festival – an intimate camping festival with great music, inspiring literary works and a delicious healthy food fair. Liss Ard was a boutique festival long before any of today’s similarly styled festivals were conceived of.
DEAD School set their stall out in 2011 with an opening salvo of singles, ‘Frailties’ and ‘3:17’ that caught the ear of Irish alternative radio. They made their first festival appearance at the Indiependence Music and Arts Festival, playing on a bill that included The Editors, Ash and Therapy?
by Alex Millar Trumpets of Jericho are a band that need to be talked about. Not in a long while has a band come out of Ireland that is so profoundly eccentric. They’ve just released their debut album, ‘Songs Like an Alum Ut It’s Nor Really’. And that’s not a typo. It’s just another example of the eccentricity and humour of the Trumpets. For all that humour, you would hope
by Alex Millar For the last thirty odd years, Connolly’s of Leap has played host to some of the world’s most influential artists. Nick Cave, Steve Albini, and some of Ireland’s most famous artists like the John Martyn, Frames, and Bell X1 have taken to its hallowed stage. Well, last Sunday evening it played host to a few newer artists and thankfully, Connolly’s of Leap seems to be back on
BOOKING has now opened for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival which runs from June 29th to July 7th in Bantry. A packed programme of concerts from morning to late night features more than 100 artists from as far a field as Russia and the United States.
LEADING musician and judge on the hit TV show The Voice of Ireland, Bressie will take centre stage at this year’s Bandon Music Festival, which takes place in the West Cork town this June bank holiday weekend (June 2nd to 4th). Other acts on the main stage at this year’s festival will include indie-rock band Fred, who are currently touring Canada with their new album. The Bandon Music Festival will