Dick Gaughan

Cork Folk Festival - Cork, Ireland  3rd-7th October 2018

Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan Biography by Jason Ankeny
Dick Gaughan will not be performing at this years folk fest due to illness.
Though primarily steeped in the traditions of folk and Celtic music, Scottish singer/songwriter Dick Gaughan has enjoyed a lengthy and far-reaching career in a variety of creative pursuits. Born Richard Peter in 1948, he first picked up the guitar at the age of seven, and issued his debut solo LP, No More Forever, in 1972. Gaughan then signed on with the folk-rock group the Boys of the Lough, releasing a 1973 self-titled LP before returning to his solo career with 1976′s Kist o Gold. However, he soon returned to the group format, forming a band named Five Hand Reel and issuing another eponymously titled effort that same year; over the next two years, Gaughan issued four more records — two solo releases (1977′s Copper and Brass and 1978′sGaughan) as well as two more Five Hand Reel outings (1977′s For a’ That and 1978′s Earl o’ Moray). In the late ’70s and early ’80s, he worked as a critic and columnist with Folk Review magazine, and also acted as a member of the 7:84 Theatre Company; after a three-year absence from the studio, Gaughan also returned to regular musical duty with the release of 1981′s Handful of Earth. A Different Kind of Love Song followed in 1983, and in 1985 he released Live in Edinburgh; True and Boldappeared a year later. After 1988′s Call It Freedom, Gaughan again retreated from view; much of his time was devoted to his increasing interest in computer technology, and he later earned notice for his skills as a programmer and web designer. Finally, he formed a new band, the short-lived Clan Alba, who disbanded after releasing their 1995 self-titled debut; the solo Sail On arrived the next year, followed in 1998 by Redwood Cathedral. Gaughan’s subsequent solo releases have included 2001′sOutlaws & Dreamers and 2006′s Lucky for Some.
Dick Gaughan


  1. Angela Bradley - August 17, 2018 9:48 pm

    Looking forward to seeing him again in Cork! He played at The Lobby some years ago, a fab gig.
    Knew he’d not been in the best of health of late, so delighted to see he’s returning and will treat us once again..

    • William.H - August 28, 2018 12:11 pm

      Angela, sorry but Dick Gaughan will not make this years festival.

      here is our programme for 2018
      39th Cork Folk Festival
      Wednesday 3rd October
      St Finn Barres Cathedral 8pm The Casey Sisters; Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Nollaig Casey and Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh- “Corcach: A Journey”. Premiere of a new commission from the Casey Sisters for the 40th year of the Cork Folk Festival, featuring Johnny McCarthy, Eoin O Riabhaigh, & String Quartet featuring Eithne Willis, Joan Scannell & others €15
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 6pm ‘Barry Britton Posters’ Book launch & poster exhibition
      The Pigs Back (Douglas Mills) 8pm Jean-Michel Veillon and Yvon Riou €15

      The Corner House 9.30pm The Four Star Trio Free

      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 9.30pm Sara Corkery, Brendan Butler & Siona Knepper €10

      Thursday 4th October
      St Peters Church 1pm Concert FREE
      Crane Lane 7pm Noel Brazil Song Competition €450 in prizes, to Enter email admin@mutantspace.com
      Triskel Christchurch 8pm Portuguese Fadó meets Irish Sean Nós; Claudia Aurora, Máire Ni Chéileachair & Nell Ní Chróinín €25
      An Spailpin Fanach (upstairs) 9.30pm The Whileaways + Eileen Healy €15
      Corner House 9.30pm Lee Delta Blues Club FREE
      Crane Lane 12pm Late Concert FREE
      Friday 5th October
      St Peters Church 1pm Concert Rowan Piggott, Garry Cronin & Desi McCabe & more FREE
      Oliver Plunkett Bar 5.30pm Greenshine + Céilí Allstars €15
      The Corner House 5.50pm 1st Friday Session Free
      Triskel Christchurch 8pm Frankie Gavin, Dermot Byrnes & Paddy Keenan + Kevin Burke €25
      CIT Cork School of Music 8pm Abegondo Pipe and Dance Band with Douglas Comhaltas €10

      The Roundy 9.30pm John Blek with Erika Kulnys €15
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 9.30pm Desi Wilkinson & Patrick Moulard (Brittany), Rowan Piggott + Pete Coe (UK) €15
      Oliver Plunkett 11pm late gig, FREE
      Saturday 6th October
      Emmett Place 11-5pm Food & Folk Open-air Food market with Abegondo Pipe and Dance Band, Douglas Comhaltas Adult Group, Rowan Piggott Free
      CIT Cork School of Music 11am Master classes; Kevin Burke (fiddle) and Sliabh Luachra Tunes Workshop with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly €15 Adults & €10 Students
      Cork City Children’s Library 11.30-12.30am Tall Tales for Children with Pete Coe FREE
      St Peters Church 12pm Karen Casey speakers about FairPlé and its aims to achieve gender balance in Irish traditional and folk music. FREE
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 1pm Stíleanna (Styles) Flute Concert; Conal O Grada, Aoife Granville, Joanne Quirke, Brendan Ring €10
      The Long Valley 2pm Song Session (approx 60 mins) BALLADS,BROADSIDES & BAWLING HAWKERS session/informal concert with Pete Coe & Jimmy Crowley and songs from audience €10
      Counihans Bar 2pm Bodhran/Percussion Workshop with Johnny Bongos FREE
      Rory Gallagher Music Library 3.00pm Tribute to singer Delia Murphy with Carmen Cullen FREE
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 3.30pm Stíleanna (Styles) Concertina Concert; Niall Vallely, Eimhear Flannery, Ann Kirrane Droney, Paul Clesham & Maura O Connor €10
      The Oliver Plunkett 5pm Ye Vagabonds & Blind Poets €15
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 7pm ‘Gals at Play’; Mary Green, Liz Kane, Lynda Cullen, Ellie Shine & Emma Langford €15
      The Corner House 6pm Songwriters @6: Leif, Pat Horgan, Martina Stafford, Leah, Sara & Brendan FREE
      CIT Cork School of Music 8pm Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra, Special Guest Mairtín O Connor €20 (Students €15)
      St Finbarr’s GAA CEILI MOR 9.30pm Striolán Céilí Band €10
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 10.00pm Manus McGuire & Emily Flack, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Ann Kirrane Droney €15
      Oliver Plunkett 11pm late gig, Two Time Polka FREE
      Sunday 7th October
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 12.30pm Lee Valley String Band with Mick Daly, Brendan Butler, Mick ‘Tana’ O Brien, Hal O’Neill & Siona Knepper €10
      Oliver Plunkett 12.30pm Stíleanna (Styles) Fiddle Concert; Matt Cranitch, Caoimhe Flannery, Niamh Varian-Barry, Leah Murphy, Manus McGuire, Seamus Sands, Liz Kane, Garry Cronin and Gerry O Connor €10
      An Spailpin Fánach 1.30pm (downstairs) Song Session FREE
      Deerpark CBS 2pm Céilí Mór – ARUNDO, CLUB CEOIL, Abegondo Pipe and Dance Band Family Event Free
      The Roundy 2.30pm Cork Pipers Club Concert with Brendan Ring, Dave Hegarty, Pipers from Abegondo & others €10
      An Spailpin Fánach (downstairs) 3.30pm Session with Jackie Daly & Jack Talty
      The Oliver Plunkett 4pm John Spillane + Hanora George+ Ger Wolfe €15
      The Corner House 4pm Album Launch Paddy Tutty and Caoimhín O Fearghail Free
      The Corner House 6pm The Prairie Jaywalkers Free
      The Corner House 8pm The Lee Valley & Rough Deal String Bands Free
      Cork Opera House 8pm Kate Rusby & Band + Séamus Begley & Jim Murray €32
      An Spailpin Fánach (upstairs) 9.00pm Cork Singers Club with Special Guest Seán Ó Sé, remembering Lena Bean Uí Shea and John O Shea (the singing fireman) FREE
      Crane Lane 11pm late gig- FREE


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