Cork Folk Festival - Cork, Ireland - 28th Sep - 1st October 2017


The Cork Folk Festival 29th sept-2nd October is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capitol, Cork. The 37 year old festival is emerging as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the Streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Cuil Aodha music and song so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.
Festival Preview:
Cork Folk Festival 2016 29th Sept-2nd October 2016

Since its birth in 1979, Cork Folk Festival has earned a reputation for bringing together some of the biggest names on the traditional and folk scene – as well as championing some of its up-and-coming stars. Set in Cork city, is has a unique atmosphere, taking in 14 of the city’s famous venues, but the festival feels intimate, despite its diversity in venues. Whether it’s local foods; tripe and drisheen, or a bodhrán workshop, fiddle concert or trad session that you’re after, the festival is well catered and all at minimal cost. Put short, it’s an old school festival for audiences who appreciate world class acoustic music. This year’s line-up includes Mick Flannery, Lynched, Buttons & Bows, Unthanks, Dick Gaughan, We Banjo 3 and introducing Atlantic Arc Orchestra with Donal Lunny, Pauline Scanlon, Jarlath Henderson, Aidan O’Rourke and Padraig Rynne.

Our Top Five Picks…

Mick Flannery
Mick Flannery is a refreshingly unassuming artist from Blarney, whose stage presence exudes no superficial gimmicks, just a man sharing his songs in an understated but powerful manner. This attribute, combined with the heartfelt honesty in his lyrics, has won him worthy comparisons to such great songwriters as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits. “Mick is a songwriter of the first order … His voice is pained, gravelly, and powerful. Recorded or live, it carries through and stops you in your tracks.” Urban Folk, New York.
Self-styled Dublin folk miscreants Lynched involve the talents of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, who, legend has it, formed their own “experimental folk-punk psychedelic duo” around a decade ago. Their uilleann pipes, whistle and guitar are now joined in the band by Radie Peat (concertina, bayan, and whistle) and Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle, banjo). When they set out, they played folk-punk in Dublin pubs. They have since moved the focus to the city’s roots and its ancient song tradition. The repertoire includes anti-war songs, sing-along’s, children’s songs from the streets of Dublin and old Traveller songs.
The Unthanks
Northumbrian folk group the Unthanks took shape in 2004 as Rachel Unthank & the Winterset. Formed by sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, the Winterset released two albums and earned a loyal following in the U.K. before switching monikers in 2009. With a slightly different line-up in place — one that featured Rachel’s husband, pianist Adrian McNally, as well as fiddler Niopha Keegan and guitarist Chris Price — the Unthanks released their debut album, Here’s the Tender Coming, that same year. Here’s the Tender Coming made a big splash in Europe, where it was named one of 2009′s best releases by Mojo, The Guardian, and Uncut.

Buttons & Bows
With their roots firmly planted in their beloved Irish traditional music, Buttons & Bows was ready to experiment with graceful Quebecois waltzes, lively Danish quadrilles and achingly beautiful Shetland airs. Barriers were broken, energy and humour abounded, jigs and reels were given a new dusting of magic. When Buttons and Bows first landed on the Irish music scene in 1983, a new splash of colour was thrown into the mix. Decades later, the band’s repertoire still raises a smile at traditional music sessions in every corner of the globe. This influential foursome – made up of Jackie Daly, Séamus and Manus McGuire and Garry O’Briain – began its days with sessions in Kinvara and previously performed at the Cork Folk Festival in 1992 & 1998.
We Banjo 3
Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 from Galway, combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race. Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. They perform at Cork Folk Fest with the band Socks in the Frying Pan.
Atlantic Arc Orchestra
The festival will present the premier of a new musical project called Atlantic Arc Orchestra, featuring musicians & singers from Ireland, North and South and Scotland. It’s a project that has been co-produced by singer Pauline Scanlon, to draw on the shared musical heritage of the Atlantic arc region. The line-up features: Donal Lunny (musical director & bouzouki), Pauline Scanlon (Irish traditional vocals), Jarlath Henderson (border pipes), Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle), Padraig Rynne (concertina & electronics), and Davie Ryan (drums & percussion).
The 37th folk fest line-up continues with Scots troubadour, Dick Gaughan and gifted English songwriter Steve Tilston. Plus a very special concert, The Compánach Concert- The Music of Ireland with Fintan Vallely, Gerry O Connor, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Roisín Chambers, Sibéal Davitt and photographer, Jacques Piraprez Nutan .
The packed festival also includes trad singer Barry Gleeson, Ron Kavana, Sean O Se, Warwick Folk Festival, Cork Singers’ & Pipers Clubs, Lee Delta Blues Club, Seamus Creagh Tribute Concert and Stíleanna- Concerts in Fiddle, Pipes, Flute, Accordion/Concerting & Song. This year we will be back in the city hall for a Céilí Mór with the Allow Céilí Band.
So if you’re a fan of folk music Cork is the place to be this autumn.
Tickets on Sale at www.proc.ie & www.tickets.ie
www.corkfolkfestival.com infocorkfolk@gmail.com


  1. Noel Casey - July 10, 2016 8:42 pm

    Where exactly on the website does it give the detail of who is playing and where they are playing,when the tickets will be available and the cost ?

    • William.H - July 18, 2016 3:14 pm


      here is the line up for this year, I’ll have tickets for all the major
      events on sale by tomorrow–enjoy.

      37th Cork Folk Festival 28th sept-2nd Oct 2016 Programme
      Wednesday 28th Sept
      Live at St. Luke’s 8pm The Unthanks Tickets €25 + €2.34 booking fee

      Thursday 29th Sept
      St Peters Church 1pm Concert to commemorate 1916
      Cyprus Avenue 8.00pm Steve Tilston + Karrie O’ Sullivan €15
      The Corner House 9.30pm: Blues Club
      An Spailpín Fánach 9.30pm: White Horse Guitar Club €15
      Crane Lane 12am Band

      Friday 30th Sept
      St Peters Church: 1pm Meet Warwick Folk Festival Rod Halligan & The Harvesters €10
      Crane Lane 7pm Noel Brazil Contemporary Song Contest
      Cork School of Music 8pm: Atlantic Arc Orchestra Donal Lunny, Pauline Scanlon, Jarlath Henderson, Aidan O’Rourke, Padraig Rynne, Davie Ryan €20
      Cyprus Avenue 8pm Cyprus A. to programme
      Live at St. Luke’s 8pm Lynched Tickets €22 + €2.15 booking fee
      The Oliver Plunkett 10pm-2am: We Banjo 3 + Socks in the Frying pan €20
      An Spailpín Fánach 9.30pm: Concert

      Saturday 1st October
      Cork School of Music 11am-1pm Workshops fiddle Gerry O’Connor,
      Grand Parade 11am-5.30pm Food & Folk
      Cork School of Music 1pm Concert
      An Spailpín Fánach 2pm Flute Concert with Karl Nesbitt, Fintan Vallely & more..€10
      Cork City Children’s Library 3pm Song and stories for children, Free
      Venue 3pm: Percussion Workshop
      Cork City Library 3.30pm Jacques Stotzem, Free
      The Kino 5pm: The Compánach Concert- The Music of Ireland with Fintan Vallely, Gerry O Connor, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Karan Casey, Emma O’Sullivan, Jacques Nutan €15
      Cork School of Music 8pm Seamus Creagh Tribute, Buttons & Bows Jackie Daly, Seamus McGuire, Manus McGuire & Garry O’Briain + €20

      An Spailpín Fánach 9.30pm Dick Gaughan + Ron Kavana €15
      The KINO 10.30pm Late Concert, €10

      Sunday 2nd October
      An Spailpín Fánach 12.30pm Fiddle Concert Manus & Seamus Maguire, Matt Cranitch, Geraldine O Callaghan, €10
      City Hall 2-5pm Céili Mór Allow Céilí Band, Seán O’Sé, Douglas Comhaltas Céili Band €5 family 10
      St Peters Church 2.30pm Cork Pipers’ Club- Ceiliúradh Micheál Ó Riabhaigh
      The Oliver Plunkett 5pm Tír na nÓg+ nicole Maguire €15
      An Spailpín Fánach 5pm Concertina/Box €10
      Cork Opera House 8pm Mick Flannery €22.50
      An Spailpín Fánach 9 pm Cork Singers Club, 1916 Event with Barry Gleeson, Paddy Galvin – Irish Songs of Resistances. Free
      Crane Lane 12am Band

  2. B COLLINS - May 23, 2017 8:29 pm

    Hi is there a recording of the 1st cork folk festival of 1979 in existence can any one help many thanks Barry


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