HIGHLIGHTS

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

HIGHLIGHTS

The Cork Folk Festival 28th sept-1st October is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capitol, Cork. The 38 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 Irish Traditional and folk musicians and singers, so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.
Festival Preview:
Cork Folk Festival 2017 28th sept-1st October 2017

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.

The line up of this years festival includes, Donovan, Andy Irvine, Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrnes & Bríd Harper, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Granny’s Attic, Mick Daly, Jarlath Henderson, Cathy Jordan, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Nollaig Casey and Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh, Colm Murphy, Sean Ryan & Brendan Begley, Geanntrai, Mary & Sorcha MacNamara and many more….

Our Top Five Picks…

1. DONOVAN

Friday 29th Sept 8pm Everyman Palace Theatre

Donovan Leitch was born in the Maryhill area of Glasgow, Scotland in 1946. Donovan burst onto the musical scene in 1965 with the folk songs “Catch the Wind” and “Colours,” and as his songs took on the psychedelic flavours of the day, he was soon helping to define the era. With hits like “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Season of the Witch” and “Mellow Yellow,” Donovan cemented his reputation as a hitmaker who could bring the 1960s subculture to the mainstream with verve. At his induction into the R & R Hall of Fame in 2012 it was stated, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the Psychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman”. Donovan is one of the most consummate solo performers of all time.

DONOVAN HIGH RES

2. ANDY IRVINE

Thursday 28th Sept 8pm Triskel Christchurch

Andy Irvine has enjoyed a long and successful career as a traditional Irish musician. He began touring with Sweeney’s Men in 1965 and then went on to form Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O ‘Flynn in 1982. They quickly revolutionized and popularized Irish folk music, touring and recording to great acclaim. In the last few years Andy has continued to tour the world and gig with Mozaik, Patrick Street and Paul Brady. As a musician and a living icon, Andy Irvine will remain in the Irish music scene for a long time to come. With Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill at his Triskel Concert.

Andy Irvine colour Kása Béla (1)

3. Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

Sunday 1st October 8pm Cyprus Avenue

In 1977 Limerick violinist and composer Joe O’Donnell released Gaodhal’s Vision, fusing Celtic, Rock, Indian and other influences. It was recorded with top musicians of the day, including the late Rory Gallagher, with whom Joe enjoyed a close musical friendship. Over his musical lifetime Joe has associated with leading names in rock and folk music; Thin Lizzy, Alan Stivell, Paul Young, Henry McCullough, Gay and Terry Woods (Steeleye Span) and Chris de Burgh. It is his breadth of experience and musical understanding that shapes Shkayla so powerfully today. O’Donnell‘s Shkayla line up is: Joe O’Donnell – electric violin, mandolin, vocals. Si Hayden – guitar, Vocals. Martin Barter – keyboards, Vocals. Adrian Litvinoff – bass and Karen Milne drums. On Saturday at the Rory Gallagher Library, Joe will talk about his influences and motivation, in the release of his seminal CD Gaodhal’s Vision featuring Rory Gallagher and his experiences at the Macroom Mountain Dew Festival in 1977.

Joe O Donnell Recent photo

4. A Tribute to Seamus Creagh

Saturday 30th Sept 8pm CIT Cork School of Music

Featuring; Na Mooneys; Mairéad & Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, Gearóid & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Nia Byrne & Manus Lunny,  Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Aiden Coffey & Eoin O Riabhaigh & Mary MacNamara & Sorcha Costello.

Séamus Creagh (1946-2009) was born in Killucan, County Westmeath.  In 1977 Seamus Creagh made his first recording with accordion player Jackie Daly on the Gael Linn label. This album is now generally acknowledged as one of the seminal recordings of the music of Sliabh Luachra.

A Tribute to Seamus Creagh

5. The Corner House Set, (De Cork De Dannan Connection)

Sunday 1st October 5pm The Oliver Plunkett Bar

Celebrating the launch of Aidan Coffey’s CD, ‘The Corner House Set’, this concert features Aidan Coffey combined with Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn and Colm Murphy who all feature on the album and have played with De Dannan. This is Frankie’s and Alec first stage appearance since their widely publicised break up in 2003. It promises be a hugely memorable concert that will once again feature the fiddle-accordion-bouzouki combination that became synonymous with the sound of De Dannan.   Also special guest at this concert will be Charlie Piggott who played with De Dannan in those early prolific years.

Aidan Coffey The Corner House Set (1)

The packed festival also includes 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 Arundo.
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

8 comments

  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 ?

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

      Noel,

      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

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  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

    Reply
  3. Fred - July 10, 2017 3:05 pm

    Hi, Where on the website does it show exactly who is playing and where they are playing, and where can I purchase tickets for individual events?

    Reply
    • William.H - August 21, 2017 3:06 pm

      Fred, tickets will be available tomorrow for all events,
      38th Cork Folk Festival 2017 28th Sept -1st October Working Doc
      Times, Artists and venues may change, so keep in touch with website for updates.
      Thursday 28th October
      St Peters Church 1pm Lunch time concert fee
      Crane Lane 7pm Noel Brazil Song Competition €450 in prizes, entries @ admin@mutantspace.com.
      Triskel Christchurch 8pm Andy Irvine plus Tríona & Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill €22/€20
      Corner House 9.30pm Lee Delta Blues Club Free
      Crane Lane 12pm The Band Anna Free
      Friday 29 September
      CIT Rory Gallagher Theatre Bishopstown 3pm The Hayes Sisters (Manchester) Free
      Aula maxima UCC 1pm Concert with Colombian Visiting Musicians Free
      Oliver Plunkett Bar 6pm Granny’s Attic (from Warwick) & Torcán €10
      The Framemaker 6pm Colm Murphy Painting Exhibition (all weekend) Free
      Everyman Palace 8pm DONOVAN in concert + Jessie Kennedy €32
      Triskel Christchurch 8pm Mick Daly, Jarlath Henderson, Cathy Jordan €18/€20
      Cyprus Avenue 8pm Jake Carter €15
      An Spailpin Fánach 9.30pm Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Nollaig Casey and Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh plus Maire Ní Chéileachair €15
      Oliver Plunkett 11pm late gig, Band Free
      Saturday 30th September
      SMA Community Hall Wilton Cork Pipers Club, Tionol Classes, Beginners, Advanced & Reed Making 9.30-5pm €25 Booking corkpipersclub@gmail.com 0857426565
      CIT Cork School of Music 11am Master classes; Steve Cooney (Guitar), Mary MacNamara (concertina), and Sliabh Luachra Tune Workshop with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly €15
      St Peters Church; Pitch’d – A Circus Arts Festival, Children’s Workshop at 11.30am & 2.30pm Free
      Emmett Place 11-5pm Food & Folk with Granny’s Attic & Colombian Musicians, Free
      St Peters Church 1pm Lunch time Concert; The Hayes Sisters (Manchester) Free
      An Spailpin Fánach 2pm Flute Concert; Sean Ryan, Aoife Granville, Mike Walsh, Joanne Quirke & more €10
      Counihans Bar 2pm Bodhran/Percussion Workshop with Johnny Bongos Free
      An Spailpin Fánach (downstairs) 2pm The Ford Workers, song event Free
      Cork City Children’s Library 3pm Storytelling Pat Speight Free
      Rory Gallagher Music Library 3.30pm Joe O Donnell, Lecture/Talk Free
      The Oliver Plunkett 5pm Colm Murphy, Sean Ryan & Brendan Begley (on stage at 5pm) + Geanntraí €15
      An Spailpin Fánach 6pm ‘Gals at Play’ Mary Green, Josephine Marsh, Lynda Cullen, Áine Whelan, Karrie Sullivan & The Hayes Sisters €15
      CIT Cork School of Music 8pm A Tribute to Seamus Creagh; Na Mooneys; Mairéad & Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, Gearóid & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Nia Byrne & Manus Lunny, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Aiden Coffey & Eoin O Riabhaigh & Mary MacNamara & Sorcha Costello €20
      Cyprus Avenue 7.30pm KILA €18.50
      An Spailpin Fánach 10.00pm Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrnes & Bríd Harper + Granny’s Attic €15
      Oliver Plunkett 12am late gig, Two Time Polka Free
      Sunday 1st October
      An Spailpin Fánach 12.30pm Fiddle Concert Bríd Harper (Tyrone), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Donegal), Kieran Fahy, Sorcha Costello (Clare) €10
      An Spailpin Fánach 1.30pm (downstairs) Song Session with George Sansome (Grannies Attic) Free
      Deerpark CBS 2pm Céilí Mór – ARUNDO + Young Co Clare Céilí Band (Tulla), Fear a’ Ti William Hammond Free
      St Peters Church 2.30pm Cork Pipers Club Concert; Diarmuid Moynihan, Ciarán Ryan, Dave Hegarty, Rosaleen & Ciara O’ Leary and Eoin O Riabhaigh €10
      An Spailpin Fánach/Oliver Plunkett 3pm Concertina/Accordion Concert Josephine Marsh, Mary MacNamara, Cliona Halley €10
      The Oliver Plunkett 5pm Frankie Gavin, Aidan Coffee, Colm Murphy, Charlie Pickett, €20
      Cyprus Avenue 8pm Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla -Gaodhal’s Vision, (The Diviners – Eoin Jordan, Anthony Ruby & Mick Pierce) €15
      An Spailpin Fánach 9.00pm Cork Singers Club Free
      Crane Lane 11pm late gig- The Bluez Crew Free

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  4. John & Shaun McBain - July 30, 2017 2:59 pm

    What is the schedule and list of events for this years Festival 2017. My Wife and I will be in Cork and will love to attend. Thank you

    Reply
    • William.H - August 21, 2017 3:05 pm

      John, here is the programme,
      38th Cork Folk Festival 2017 28th Sept -1st October Working Doc
      Times, Artists and venues may change, so keep in touch with website for updates.
      Thursday 28th October
      St Peters Church 1pm Lunch time concert fee
      Crane Lane 7pm Noel Brazil Song Competition €450 in prizes, entries @ admin@mutantspace.com.
      Triskel Christchurch 8pm Andy Irvine plus Tríona & Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill €22/€20
      Corner House 9.30pm Lee Delta Blues Club Free
      Crane Lane 12pm The Band Anna Free
      Friday 29 September
      CIT Rory Gallagher Theatre Bishopstown 3pm The Hayes Sisters (Manchester) Free
      Aula maxima UCC 1pm Concert with Colombian Visiting Musicians Free
      Oliver Plunkett Bar 6pm Granny’s Attic (from Warwick) & Torcán €10
      The Framemaker 6pm Colm Murphy Painting Exhibition (all weekend) Free
      Everyman Palace 8pm DONOVAN in concert + Jessie Kennedy €32
      Triskel Christchurch 8pm Mick Daly, Jarlath Henderson, Cathy Jordan €18/€20
      Cyprus Avenue 8pm Jake Carter €15
      An Spailpin Fánach 9.30pm Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Nollaig Casey and Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh plus Maire Ní Chéileachair €15
      Oliver Plunkett 11pm late gig, Band Free
      Saturday 30th September
      SMA Community Hall Wilton Cork Pipers Club, Tionol Classes, Beginners, Advanced & Reed Making 9.30-5pm €25 Booking corkpipersclub@gmail.com 0857426565
      CIT Cork School of Music 11am Master classes; Steve Cooney (Guitar), Mary MacNamara (concertina), and Sliabh Luachra Tune Workshop with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly €15
      St Peters Church; Pitch’d – A Circus Arts Festival, Children’s Workshop at 11.30am & 2.30pm Free
      Emmett Place 11-5pm Food & Folk with Granny’s Attic & Colombian Musicians, Free
      St Peters Church 1pm Lunch time Concert; The Hayes Sisters (Manchester) Free
      An Spailpin Fánach 2pm Flute Concert; Sean Ryan, Aoife Granville, Mike Walsh, Joanne Quirke & more €10
      Counihans Bar 2pm Bodhran/Percussion Workshop with Johnny Bongos Free
      An Spailpin Fánach (downstairs) 2pm The Ford Workers, song event Free
      Cork City Children’s Library 3pm Storytelling Pat Speight Free
      Rory Gallagher Music Library 3.30pm Joe O Donnell, Lecture/Talk Free
      The Oliver Plunkett 5pm Colm Murphy, Sean Ryan & Brendan Begley (on stage at 5pm) + Geanntraí €15
      An Spailpin Fánach 6pm ‘Gals at Play’ Mary Green, Josephine Marsh, Lynda Cullen, Áine Whelan, Karrie Sullivan & The Hayes Sisters €15
      CIT Cork School of Music 8pm A Tribute to Seamus Creagh; Na Mooneys; Mairéad & Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, Gearóid & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Nia Byrne & Manus Lunny, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Aiden Coffey & Eoin O Riabhaigh & Mary MacNamara & Sorcha Costello €20
      Cyprus Avenue 7.30pm KILA €18.50
      An Spailpin Fánach 10.00pm Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrnes & Bríd Harper + Granny’s Attic €15
      Oliver Plunkett 12am late gig, Two Time Polka Free
      Sunday 1st October
      An Spailpin Fánach 12.30pm Fiddle Concert Bríd Harper (Tyrone), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Donegal), Kieran Fahy, Sorcha Costello (Clare) €10
      An Spailpin Fánach 1.30pm (downstairs) Song Session with George Sansome (Grannies Attic) Free
      Deerpark CBS 2pm Céilí Mór – ARUNDO + Young Co Clare Céilí Band (Tulla), Fear a’ Ti William Hammond Free
      St Peters Church 2.30pm Cork Pipers Club Concert; Diarmuid Moynihan, Ciarán Ryan, Dave Hegarty, Rosaleen & Ciara O’ Leary and Eoin O Riabhaigh €10
      An Spailpin Fánach/Oliver Plunkett 3pm Concertina/Accordion Concert Josephine Marsh, Mary MacNamara, Cliona Halley €10
      The Oliver Plunkett 5pm Frankie Gavin, Aidan Coffee, Colm Murphy, Charlie Pickett, €20
      Cyprus Avenue 8pm Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla -Gaodhal’s Vision, (The Diviners – Eoin Jordan, Anthony Ruby & Mick Pierce) €15
      An Spailpin Fánach 9.00pm Cork Singers Club Free
      Crane Lane 11pm late gig- The Bluez Crew Free

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