Seasick Steve live in Cork. Picture: Brid O'Donovan

Seasick Steve live in Cork. Picture: Brid O’Donovan

Seasick Steve brought his Diddley Bo guitar to Cork city on Friday for the opening night of the inaugural Stout Fest, held on the Beamish & Crawford site. Grant Hart, formerly of Hüsker Dü, was supporting, having earlier played an instore at the nearby Plugd Records. He started out by denouncing large corporate drinks companies that buy out indigenous producers (Heineken owns Murphys). He later wanted people to meow like a cat if they own a cat, and bark like a dog if they own a dog. The fact next to nobody played along might tell you about the makeup of the crowd: all the tickets were free, via the Murphys website, and there were free drinks vouchers floating around. Not that many people were there for Grant Hart, who had a local backing band, including Dan Walsh and Colm O’Herlihy. A lot more people were interested, however, in Seasick Steve, who proves impossible to dislike, even if there’s not much variety in what he plays. If you want a fun gig, then he’s your man. Pictures of both acts are after the jump, all taken by Brid O’Donovan.


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