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

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39th Cork Folk Festival

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Wednesday 3rd October
St Finn Barres Cathedral 8pm”Corcach: A Journey” The Casey Sisters; Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Nollaig Casey and Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh- Premiere of a new commission from the Casey Sisters for the 40th year of the Cork Folk Festival, Featuring Nollaig Casey (fiddle and vocals), Máire Ní Chathasaigh (harp), Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh (fiddle and vocals) and some of Cork’s finest musicians: Eoin Ó Riabhaigh (uilleann pipes); Johnny McCarthy (flutes); Eithne Willis (violin and viola); and Joan Scannell (cello) €15
An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs) 6pm ‘Barry Britton Posters’ Book launch & poster exhibition Free

The Corner House 9.30pm The Four Star Trio Free

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

Thursday 4th October
St Peter’s Church 1pm Concert FREE
Crane Lane 7pm Noel Brazil Song Competition €450 in prizes, to Enter email FREE
Triskel Christchurch 8pm Portuguese Fadó meets Irish Sean Nós; Claudia Aurora, Máire Ni Chéileachair & Nell Ní Chróinín €25
An Spailpín Fanach (upstairs) 9.30pm The Whileaways + Eileen Healy & Dan Linehan €15
The Corner House 9.30pm Lee Delta Blues Club FREE
The Crane Lane 12pm Late Concert FREE
Friday 5th October
St Peter’s Church 1pm Concert Rowan Piggott, Garry Cronin & Desi McCabe & more FREE
The Oliver Plunkett Bar 5.30pm Greenshine + Céilí Allstars €15
The Corner House 5.50pm 1st Friday Session Free
Triskel Christchurch 8pm Frankie Gavin, Dermot Byrne & 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 Laura ní Carthaigh €15
An Spailpín 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 speaks about FairPlé and its aims to achieve gender balance in Irish traditional and folk music. FREE
An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs) 1pm Stíleanna (Styles) Flute Concert: Conal Ó Gráda, 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 Carmen Cullen will present ‘Hello Delia Murphy’, a tribute in story and song to singer Delia Murphy FREE
An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs) 3.30pm Stíleanna (Styles) Concertina Concert: Niall Vallely, Eimhear Flannery, Meadhbh O’ Leary Fitzpatrick, Ann Kirrane Droney, Paul Clesham & Cliona Halley €10
The Oliver Plunkett 4.30pm Ye Vagabonds & Blind Poets €15
An Spailpín 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 MÓR 9.30pm Striolán Céilí Band €10
An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs) 10.00pm Manus McGuire & Emily Flack, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Ann Kirrane Droney & Catherine McHugh €15
The Oliver Plunkett 10pm, Two Time Polka FREE
Sunday 7th October
An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs) 12.30pm Lee Valley String Band with Mick Daly, Brendan Butler, Mick ‘Tana’ O Brien, Hal O’Neill & Siona Knepper €10
The 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  €10
An Spailpín 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,Rosaleen O’Leary and Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby , Shane Keating, Robert Fell,  Pipers from Abegondo €10
An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs) 3.30pm Box Concert: Dave Hennessy, Jackie Daly, Jack Talty and Derek Hickey €10
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 Spailpín 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


  1. Ami Zoran - June 16, 2015 7:30 pm

    Can you please notify me when tickets for the various events are available for sale?

    Thanks in advance

    Ami Zoran

    • William.H - June 25, 2015 5:12 pm

      Ami, tickets will be on sale next week,

      • Peter - June 26, 2015 7:44 pm

        hello,william—-peter from liverpool here—–what is “fireside ” session ?—-just deciding whether to come over from dingle on the wed. or thurs.–thanks—peter

        • William.H - July 6, 2015 3:07 pm

          Peter, it will be a song session, more details later. wm

      • William.H - July 10, 2015 4:10 pm

        Tickets now on sale

  2. Peter - July 8, 2015 11:03 am

    william—-thanks for reply—-i have bought my season ticket,but……there was no mechanism on the website–—to have it sent to me by post,since i live neither in ireland or northern ireland…….or if there was ,i couldn’t find it……i assume i can pick it up at the first thing i attend ?—peter

    • William.H - July 13, 2015 2:24 pm


      yes you will get a band to allow you into all the concerts at your first concert.

      • Peter - July 14, 2015 10:29 am

        william—-thank you—-peter

  3. Alice - July 19, 2015 2:15 pm

    What is the ‘late gig’ on 1st, Oct?(12am)

    • William.H - July 21, 2015 12:11 pm

      Late gig is a concert starting around 12pm and runs till 2am./ The act that night has not been decided yet.


  4. Ian M - August 8, 2015 9:22 pm

    I notice that some gigs have admission prices alongside – is that in addition to the season ticket price, or is it included?

    • William.H - September 1, 2015 3:23 pm

      Ian The Season Ticket permits entry to all events except the Cork Opera House, Douglas GAA Ceili, Cyprus Avenue Friday & Sunday (John Spillane gig there is part of the Season Ticket).

      If you do not want to buy a season ticket you can pay at the door or online the amount alongside.

  5. Tony - August 23, 2015 9:13 pm

    Does the season ticket permit entry to ALL events. Which ones are extra

    • William.H - September 1, 2015 3:19 pm

      The Season Ticket permits entry to all events except the Cork Opera House, Douglas GAA Ceili, Cyprus Avenue Friday & Sunday (John Spillane gig there is part of the Season Ticket)

  6. Judy - September 22, 2015 9:53 am

    We are traveling to Ireland next week. Will there be tickets at the event? If we purchase tickets in advance can we pick them up when we get there?

    • William.H - September 24, 2015 10:32 am


      If you purchase tickets on line you will get a code, bring that code to the door of the event you are attending to gain entry.
      You can also buy tickets at PRO MUSICA Oliver Plunkett St Cork or at the Door/box office of all the events. You would be very welcome.

  7. Clive - September 29, 2015 2:37 pm

    Hello, is there a map with all the venues on it please?
    Cheers Clive

    • William.H - October 1, 2015 7:37 am

      Clive there is a map now on the website.


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  9. Elizabeth - July 20, 2017 3:29 pm

    Hello, I am only interested in buying one-off tickets for a few shows at the Cork Folk Festival. However, I am only able to find season tickets. I went to this site ( and none of the shows are listed. Please can you let me know when these individual tickets go on sale and where? Thank you!!

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

      Elizabeth tickets will be available tomorrow,
      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 @
      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 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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