Tag: Clonakilty

All photos by Brid O’Donovan Last weekend, September 15-18, saw the 11th edition of the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival take over the West Cork town. I’ve seen some great shows down the years as part of the festival, Girl Band on Saturday night two years ago was probably the best show I’ve seen from them. […]

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In the latest episode of The Point of Everything, I went to Clonakilty to chat to Ray Blackwell of De Barra’s and Kevin McNally of various guises, including the music department at UCC, West Cork Ukelele Orchestra and Cork Gamelan Ensemble – the pair are also members of the organising committee for Clonakilty International Guitar […]

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For its tenth year, the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival had a stellar lineup over the weekend, from September 18-21. I was only able to make it down for the Saturday, but still managed to catch the Lost Brothers, Band of Clouds and Brian Casey, all of whom I’ve been waiting ages to see; I can’t […]

The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival takes place for the 10th year this weekend in the west Cork town. There’s something for everyone who is into music from Thursday to Sunday, from trad to ukuleles to Idiot Songs. I already profiled some of the acts playing the festival when the lineup was released a few months […]

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The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival returns to the west Cork town in September for its 10th edition. I like its tagline: “From the parish hall to the butcher’s shop, there will be no escaping the sound of those sweet six-strings.” From September 18-21 you can expect the likes of De Barra’s, the hub of the […]

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If you’ve been to De Barra’s in Clonakilty, West Cork, then you don’t need me to tell you just how special the pub (best Murphys in Cork) and folk club are. If you haven’t been, you’re really missing out on a vital piece of Irish music heritage. Noel Redding is perhaps its most famous son, […]

All pictures by Brid O’Donovan No venue in Ireland does intimate gigs as, well, intimately as De Barra’s. David Kitt obviously agrees, roadtesting new material in the Clonakilty pub on Thursday night, his first solo gig since last summer, when he played Small Moments in its entirety at a few select venues around the country. […]

Here’s a ridiculously gorgeous track from LOWmountain‘s just released second album DNA. If you’ve ever spend some time in De Barra’s in Clonakilty you’ll have come across the name. They’re regulars there, honing their craft on the folk club stage for about three years now. ‘Love Is In The Detail’ is exactly how you might […]

The posters outside De Barras in Clonakilty, Co Cork, proclaim: ‘Happiness is… West Cork Ukulele Orchestra’. A grand claim, but after a 90-minute set, just try and find somebody who could disagree. The nine-piece (yes, nine!) play covers both new and old, popular and less well known. But they always put on a great show […]