Homegrown Gigs Worth Checking Out in Cork this Summer!
June 12, 2019 (No Comments) by Kaleigh Ahern

Summer is coming, and the ‘Rodfather’ has given us a taste of more in the Rebel County. On the banks of the lovely Lee, the current crop of Cork bands is making big waves, so much that it would lead you to think there must be something special in the water, like.

The surge in homegrown talent is testament to the heart-rate of the People’s Republic and we at The Sharpe were delighted to catch up with lots of homegrown acts to find out more. So, let’s whet our appetites with some of the most exciting gigs in Cork this summer.

1. Columbia

Columbia is a fresh up-and-coming Rock and Roll band from Cork. They may be young, averaging 18 years among them, but this four-piece group have already supported big industry names such as Aslan, Mundy and legendary Cork Indie-Pop band The Frank and Walters.

Columbia’s latest single release ‘Shout it out Loud’, a feel-good anthem about self-belief and taking risks, hit airwaves on May 31st. Replete with earwig guitar solos, Columbia’s melodic and energetic Rock and Roll sound is sure to take off in Cork and nationwide as the young band evolves.

The lads have secured their slot at the Indiependence festival this coming August bank holiday weekend, a three-day event in their hometown of Mitchelstown that boasts big names such as Lewis Capaldi, Gavin James, Biffy Clyro and Bastille.

You can find these bright Cork prospects supporting Fallen Lights, an Irish Electro/Indie act, in Coughlans on the 14th of June (tickets €10). You can also catch Columbia performing in Crane Lane on June 20th (pre-ordered online tickets €10/ €13.50 at door). Check out the video for ‘Shout it out Loud’ below;

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Columbia.IRE/

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/808621209488927/

2. Audible Joes

Not just any old Joes, this Punk Rock band packs a hardcore melodic punch that can only be described in the People’s Republic as ‘pure class’.

Currently working on their third release, Cork band Audible Joes are kept busy writing, recording and putting on Punk shows across the Emerald Isle. They’ve even scored themselves a main stage performance at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool (UK) to wrap up a busy summer of gigging. But nothing beats blasting out tunes in their beloved Fred Zeppelins on Parliament Street, says Passage West man and vocalist/guitarist of Audible Joes, Mick Stone. The band will play four gigs in ‘Fred’s’ this summer.

On the 15th of June, Audible Joes are inviting Jobseekers – Longford’s best Punk band, down to the Rebel County to put on a Punk Rock showcase. On June 29th, Fred Zeppelins hosts Audible Joes with Molarbear and Selkies, a collaboration made possible by Paranoid Beast Promotions. On July 26th, the four-strong band will play on the Fred Zeppelin stage alongside fellow Corkonians, Screams From The Attic, a horror-Punk band.

To wrap up their Fred’s summer streak, Audible Joes will be hosting The Babes from the UK on their Ireland tour, along with The Nilz from Dublin, on the 17th of August. Door-tax will vary from gig-to-gig, so be sure to keep an eye out for posters and posts on social media. Listen recklessly!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AudibleJoes/

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/Fred-Zeppelins-168849603167891/

 3. Míde Houlihan

Míde Houlihan is a gifted singer-songwriter from West-Cork’s Clonakilty. Her latest EP ‘Shifting Gears’, released on Cork city record label, Unemployable Records, illuminates one of many emotive messages she hopes to get across in her honest lyrics – that it’s ok for people to share their pain with others. With a new single coming out in July, Míde is set for a busy summer – and we’re more than happy to support her and her spellbinding storytelling.

Catch Míde Houlihan headlining Coughlans alongside ‘BOYS’ singer Jess Leen & Band on July 11th (tickets €10). Míde is also set to join Eve Clague in De Barra’s Folk Club – Clonakilty on the 9th of August (tickets €10). Check out ‘Shifting Gears’ below.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/midehoulihanmusic/

Event Page: http://debarra.ie/listings/double-bill-eve-clague-amp-mide-houlihan/

4. Tiz McNamara

Ex-drummer Tiz McNamara has been singing ever since he dropped a piano on his foot while studying music in Liverpool. Now based in Toronto, Canada, the Cork man fills his days writing and performing across North America.

Racking up over 6 million streams on Spotify, the folk singer’s independent releases have received rave reviews from various media outlets including BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio and NMW, as well as featuring on UK TV shows ‘Hollyoaks and ‘Emmerdale’.

Tiz MacNamara’s debut EP ‘April Fool’ is due for release on April 1st, 2020 and is set to coincide with his European and North American tours. Tiz’ love of Cork heralds a well-anticipated trip home to play Mitchelstown’s Indiependence (August 3rd) and his own show in Coughlans on Douglas Street on the 9th of August (tickets €10). Be sure to catch him while he’s home!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TizMcNamaraMusic/

Event Page: http://www.coughlans.ie/whats-on/tiz-mcnamara-11111445

5. The Underscore Orkestra

Vegetable oil-powered bus tours, hot air ballooning, double bass-clad hitchhiking – no musical venture is too whacky for The Underscore Orkestra, a US-based act with a ‘daycent’ splash of Cork. With Brian Leach, a Cork-born member in the troupe and an original song called ‘Whiskey All Night Long’, it’s no wonder The Underscore Orkestra have made their vibrant stamp on a city a stone’s throw from the Old Jameson Distillery.

The Underscore Orkestra started in Portland Oregon in 2007 after a circus tour evolved from 33 musicians, dancers, clowns, acrobats, jugglers and stilt walkers into a multifaceted music ensemble. Since then, the act has toured all over the world, sometimes playing as a group of 10+ members, other times as a sultry quartet or a duo. Whichever form you see them in you won’t be disappointed!

With a subset of the act now based in Cork, The Underscore Orkestra has a plethora of must-see gigs coming up in the Rebel County to get you up and dancing! A single performance often boasts an impressive blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Hot Jazz, Swing and Americana music, original and traditional, topped off with a belly dance ensemble, fireworks and all that mad jazz!

Catch The Underscore Orkestra’s TUO DUO at Nana’s pub on 12 Douglas Street on June 14th, 23rd, 28th and July 5th (no charge). The Brú Bar and Hostel will host The Underscore Orkestra’s Stomp Train Blues Band on the 18th of June and the 13th of August. The TUO subset will take the stage at the Brú on July 19th.

Cork’s Crane Lane Theatre is also hosting two Midnight Shows featuring the TUO act – on the 23rd of July and the 27th of August. If you miss those city gigs, you can catch a glimpse of The Underscore Orkestra at Electric Picnic (August 30 – September 1 2019) – don’t forget your dancing shoes! Listen to ‘Whiskey All Night Long’ below.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Underscore-Orkestra-169648486403306/

Event Page: https://purecork.ie/whats-on/the-underscore-orkestra-duo-nanas-pub-douglas-st-14-jun-2019-2200

6. Melissa Craig

Hailing from Moville, Donegal, Melissa Craig grew up not too far a stretch from a very lively global music scene in Derry city, what nurtured her love of music throughout her younger years. Singing before she could talk, Melissa’s diverse musical talent stems from a long line of singers in her family. What started off as a passion for the Classical and Baroque genres has evolved into a Rock, Pop and Soul love affair.

Working as a session singer, vocal coach and performer, Melissa’s days are filled nurturing her solo act, performing at wedding ceremonies and cover gigs and collaborating with the likes of TOUCAN, one of Ireland’s best rising Funk-Pop bands. Had she not become a musician, Melissa fancies herself to have become an architect, or a Formula One driver!

Photo Credit: Guy Boggin

Melissa Craig’s public performances in Cork over the summer include the Oliver Plunkett Bar with The Freebirds on June 14th and The Cameros on June 28th and 29th. You can listen to Melissa Craig in the Brú Bar and Hostel on MacCurtain Street on June 29th and July 11th (no charge). Stop by for a wonderful evening of Soul Classics!

For the months of July and August, Melissa Craig will be performing with TOUCAN at various gigs which will be announced shortly. Keep up to date with TOUCAN on their official website here.

Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/melissavoxx/

Event Page: https://purecork.ie/whats-on/melissa-craig-br%C3%BA-bar-hostel-57-maccurtain-st-cork-11-jul-2019-2100#

7. Andy Dunne

Andy Dunne, an entertainer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to Cork city’s vibrant music scene – he’s been nourishing it for 35 years!

This ‘pure sound’ man’s music spans an array of genres, including Folk, Pop, Rock and Blues. Andy is a big advocate of the wonderful music courses offered in Cork that have brought excellent young musicians and have nursed a once “underground and black” Cork music scene back to full health.

The Cork man’s latest musical project ‘DREW #Project 7016’, comes from a place of wanting to add his own songs to his extensive songbook of acoustic classics. Check out Andy’s official website here if you would like to find out more about this superb musical collaboration.

Also worthy of exploring is one of Andy’s older collaborations with Mick Flannery and other greats, a song called ‘Take It On The Chin’, which will feature in the Flannery-inspired musical ‘Evening Train’, running in the Everyman Theatre Cork in association with Cork Midsummer Festival from June 13 to 23. Check out the video below;

For the months of June to September, you can find Andy Dunne playing his usual intimate gig in The Oliver Plunkett Bar every Monday (except bank holidays) at 9:30pm.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/andydunnemusic/

Event Page: https://www.everymancork.com/2019/06/evening-train/?fbclid=IwAR2hcbwKAVuuVnCJ8fDtqDE9nkl4q_eAwmx-ctR9-iGONIXumVR6qnzQEp0

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Homegrown Gigs Worth Checking Out in Cork this Summer!
June 12, 2019 (No Comments) by Kaleigh Ahern

Summer is coming, and the ‘Rodfather’ has given us a taste of more in the Rebel County. On the banks of the lovely Lee, the current crop of Cork bands is making big waves, so much that it would lead you to think there must be something special in the water, like.

The surge in homegrown talent is testament to the heart-rate of the People’s Republic and we at The Sharpe were delighted to catch up with lots of homegrown acts to find out more. So, let’s whet our appetites with some of the most exciting gigs in Cork this summer.

1. Columbia

Columbia is a fresh up-and-coming Rock and Roll band from Cork. They may be young, averaging 18 years among them, but this four-piece group have already supported big industry names such as Aslan, Mundy and legendary Cork Indie-Pop band The Frank and Walters.

Columbia’s latest single release ‘Shout it out Loud’, a feel-good anthem about self-belief and taking risks, hit airwaves on May 31st. Replete with earwig guitar solos, Columbia’s melodic and energetic Rock and Roll sound is sure to take off in Cork and nationwide as the young band evolves.

The lads have secured their slot at the Indiependence festival this coming August bank holiday weekend, a three-day event in their hometown of Mitchelstown that boasts big names such as Lewis Capaldi, Gavin James, Biffy Clyro and Bastille.

You can find these bright Cork prospects supporting Fallen Lights, an Irish Electro/Indie act, in Coughlans on the 14th of June (tickets €10). You can also catch Columbia performing in Crane Lane on June 20th (pre-ordered online tickets €10/ €13.50 at door). Check out the video for ‘Shout it out Loud’ below;

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Columbia.IRE/

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/808621209488927/

2. Audible Joes

Not just any old Joes, this Punk Rock band packs a hardcore melodic punch that can only be described in the People’s Republic as ‘pure class’.

Currently working on their third release, Cork band Audible Joes are kept busy writing, recording and putting on Punk shows across the Emerald Isle. They’ve even scored themselves a main stage performance at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool (UK) to wrap up a busy summer of gigging. But nothing beats blasting out tunes in their beloved Fred Zeppelins on Parliament Street, says Passage West man and vocalist/guitarist of Audible Joes, Mick Stone. The band will play four gigs in ‘Fred’s’ this summer.

On the 15th of June, Audible Joes are inviting Jobseekers – Longford’s best Punk band, down to the Rebel County to put on a Punk Rock showcase. On June 29th, Fred Zeppelins hosts Audible Joes with Molarbear and Selkies, a collaboration made possible by Paranoid Beast Promotions. On July 26th, the four-strong band will play on the Fred Zeppelin stage alongside fellow Corkonians, Screams From The Attic, a horror-Punk band.

To wrap up their Fred’s summer streak, Audible Joes will be hosting The Babes from the UK on their Ireland tour, along with The Nilz from Dublin, on the 17th of August. Door-tax will vary from gig-to-gig, so be sure to keep an eye out for posters and posts on social media. Listen recklessly!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AudibleJoes/

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/Fred-Zeppelins-168849603167891/

 3. Míde Houlihan

Míde Houlihan is a gifted singer-songwriter from West-Cork’s Clonakilty. Her latest EP ‘Shifting Gears’, released on Cork city record label, Unemployable Records, illuminates one of many emotive messages she hopes to get across in her honest lyrics – that it’s ok for people to share their pain with others. With a new single coming out in July, Míde is set for a busy summer – and we’re more than happy to support her and her spellbinding storytelling.

Catch Míde Houlihan headlining Coughlans alongside ‘BOYS’ singer Jess Leen & Band on July 11th (tickets €10). Míde is also set to join Eve Clague in De Barra’s Folk Club – Clonakilty on the 9th of August (tickets €10). Check out ‘Shifting Gears’ below.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/midehoulihanmusic/

Event Page: http://debarra.ie/listings/double-bill-eve-clague-amp-mide-houlihan/

4. Tiz McNamara

Ex-drummer Tiz McNamara has been singing ever since he dropped a piano on his foot while studying music in Liverpool. Now based in Toronto, Canada, the Cork man fills his days writing and performing across North America.

Racking up over 6 million streams on Spotify, the folk singer’s independent releases have received rave reviews from various media outlets including BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio and NMW, as well as featuring on UK TV shows ‘Hollyoaks and ‘Emmerdale’.

Tiz MacNamara’s debut EP ‘April Fool’ is due for release on April 1st, 2020 and is set to coincide with his European and North American tours. Tiz’ love of Cork heralds a well-anticipated trip home to play Mitchelstown’s Indiependence (August 3rd) and his own show in Coughlans on Douglas Street on the 9th of August (tickets €10). Be sure to catch him while he’s home!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TizMcNamaraMusic/

Event Page: http://www.coughlans.ie/whats-on/tiz-mcnamara-11111445

5. The Underscore Orkestra

Vegetable oil-powered bus tours, hot air ballooning, double bass-clad hitchhiking – no musical venture is too whacky for The Underscore Orkestra, a US-based act with a ‘daycent’ splash of Cork. With Brian Leach, a Cork-born member in the troupe and an original song called ‘Whiskey All Night Long’, it’s no wonder The Underscore Orkestra have made their vibrant stamp on a city a stone’s throw from the Old Jameson Distillery.

The Underscore Orkestra started in Portland Oregon in 2007 after a circus tour evolved from 33 musicians, dancers, clowns, acrobats, jugglers and stilt walkers into a multifaceted music ensemble. Since then, the act has toured all over the world, sometimes playing as a group of 10+ members, other times as a sultry quartet or a duo. Whichever form you see them in you won’t be disappointed!

With a subset of the act now based in Cork, The Underscore Orkestra has a plethora of must-see gigs coming up in the Rebel County to get you up and dancing! A single performance often boasts an impressive blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Hot Jazz, Swing and Americana music, original and traditional, topped off with a belly dance ensemble, fireworks and all that mad jazz!

Catch The Underscore Orkestra’s TUO DUO at Nana’s pub on 12 Douglas Street on June 14th, 23rd, 28th and July 5th (no charge). The Brú Bar and Hostel will host The Underscore Orkestra’s Stomp Train Blues Band on the 18th of June and the 13th of August. The TUO subset will take the stage at the Brú on July 19th.

Cork’s Crane Lane Theatre is also hosting two Midnight Shows featuring the TUO act – on the 23rd of July and the 27th of August. If you miss those city gigs, you can catch a glimpse of The Underscore Orkestra at Electric Picnic (August 30 – September 1 2019) – don’t forget your dancing shoes! Listen to ‘Whiskey All Night Long’ below.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Underscore-Orkestra-169648486403306/

Event Page: https://purecork.ie/whats-on/the-underscore-orkestra-duo-nanas-pub-douglas-st-14-jun-2019-2200

6. Melissa Craig

Hailing from Moville, Donegal, Melissa Craig grew up not too far a stretch from a very lively global music scene in Derry city, what nurtured her love of music throughout her younger years. Singing before she could talk, Melissa’s diverse musical talent stems from a long line of singers in her family. What started off as a passion for the Classical and Baroque genres has evolved into a Rock, Pop and Soul love affair.

Working as a session singer, vocal coach and performer, Melissa’s days are filled nurturing her solo act, performing at wedding ceremonies and cover gigs and collaborating with the likes of TOUCAN, one of Ireland’s best rising Funk-Pop bands. Had she not become a musician, Melissa fancies herself to have become an architect, or a Formula One driver!

Photo Credit: Guy Boggin

Melissa Craig’s public performances in Cork over the summer include the Oliver Plunkett Bar with The Freebirds on June 14th and The Cameros on June 28th and 29th. You can listen to Melissa Craig in the Brú Bar and Hostel on MacCurtain Street on June 29th and July 11th (no charge). Stop by for a wonderful evening of Soul Classics!

For the months of July and August, Melissa Craig will be performing with TOUCAN at various gigs which will be announced shortly. Keep up to date with TOUCAN on their official website here.

Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/melissavoxx/

Event Page: https://purecork.ie/whats-on/melissa-craig-br%C3%BA-bar-hostel-57-maccurtain-st-cork-11-jul-2019-2100#

7. Andy Dunne

Andy Dunne, an entertainer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to Cork city’s vibrant music scene – he’s been nourishing it for 35 years!

This ‘pure sound’ man’s music spans an array of genres, including Folk, Pop, Rock and Blues. Andy is a big advocate of the wonderful music courses offered in Cork that have brought excellent young musicians and have nursed a once “underground and black” Cork music scene back to full health.

The Cork man’s latest musical project ‘DREW #Project 7016’, comes from a place of wanting to add his own songs to his extensive songbook of acoustic classics. Check out Andy’s official website here if you would like to find out more about this superb musical collaboration.

Also worthy of exploring is one of Andy’s older collaborations with Mick Flannery and other greats, a song called ‘Take It On The Chin’, which will feature in the Flannery-inspired musical ‘Evening Train’, running in the Everyman Theatre Cork in association with Cork Midsummer Festival from June 13 to 23. Check out the video below;

For the months of June to September, you can find Andy Dunne playing his usual intimate gig in The Oliver Plunkett Bar every Monday (except bank holidays) at 9:30pm.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/andydunnemusic/

Event Page: https://www.everymancork.com/2019/06/evening-train/?fbclid=IwAR2hcbwKAVuuVnCJ8fDtqDE9nkl4q_eAwmx-ctR9-iGONIXumVR6qnzQEp0



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