Glasshouse Tour Cork With The Music Of Bon Iver

image by Conor Brennan

image by Conor Brennan

Glasshouse: Holocene
The Music of Bon Iver

Festival favourites Glasshouse present their highly acclaimed arrangement of Bon Iver’s exemplary albums For Emma, Forever Ago and Bon Iver.

Join us for two uproarious evenings, with rousing performances of these very special songs. Featuring an 16-person ensemble with choral accompaniment, strings, piano, brass, reeds, percussion, bass, electronics and striking visual installation, you can be sure these will be nights to remember.

Sat 21 Sep - Kino, Cork

Sun 22 Sep - Connolly’s Of Leap

Cork's First Carnival Of Funk

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Labyrinth are delighted to announce the inaugural Carnival Of Funk in collaboration with Connolly’s Of Leap on Saturday 10th of August.

Carnival Of Funk is an all day/night funk party extravaganza featuring some of the country’s best live acts and collectives, and delicious food from Connolly’s shiny new kitchen.

Featuring Backroad Smokers Club, Quangodelic and Bobby & The Blunts playing live indoors at night along with party starters Footnotes, Soul Dance Records and Gridlock on the turntables outside from 2pm to get everybody into that summertime carnival groove.


Colm Mac Con Iomaire Set For Kilkenny

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Set Theatre, Kilkenny are delighted to announce Colm Mac Con Iomaire who’ll perform new album ‘The River Holds Its Breath’ on Friday 27th of September.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire had gone his whole life without meeting the composer Bill Whelan until he bumped into him three times in the space of a few weeks in 2016; at the National Concert Hall, at Kylemore Abbey, and then in Clifden. Both took it as a sign. At the time, Bill had reconditioned his reel-to-reel tape machine and was looking for a new project. The stars aligned.

Colm sees this record as a collection of short stories. But it can also be considered as both journal and journey, the culmination of song gathering, commissions and creations over the last few years, during which Colm has charted out tunes like nodes on a map of a broader Irish artistic universe.

There is a song inspired by paintings in the National Gallery stored in darkness but yearning for the light, a piece for the contemporary dancer Maureen Fleming, music from Colm’s score for the Oscar-nominated short film Late Afternoon, a piece for Nuala O’Connor’s documentary Keepers Of The Flame. In some ways, the record acts as a cypher through which other art can journey.

Retreating to a studio in what was once the writer Kate O’Brien’s house in Roundstone, Connemara, Colm brought in musicians Lorcan & Cillian Byrne, the Con Tempo Quartet, Colm Quearney, Bill Blackmore and Wyvern Lingo to contribute.


Saint Sister Announce Irish Tour

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Saint Sister bring their spellbinding ‘Shape Of Silence’ album tour to Kilkenny's Set Theatre on Friday 13 Spetember, as well as West Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Belfast and Derry.

Their debut album 'Shape of Silence’ was released last October to rave reviews and they embarked on a 50 date world tour, across the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe to promote it. The band were nominated again for the 2018 Choice Music Prize, both for Song of the Year and Album of the Year.


Thu 12 Sep - Connollys Of Leap, West Cork
Fri 13 Sep - Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Sat 14 Sep - Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
Thu 19 Sep - Empire Music Hall, Belfast
Fri 20 Sep - The Glassworks, Derry
Thu 26 Sep - Crescent Concert Hall, Drogheda
Fri 27 Sep - Pepper Canister Church, Dublin
Sat 28 Sep - Pepper Canister Church, Dublin

All Tvvins Announce Irish Tour

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All Tvvins bring their phenomenal "Just To Exist" album tour to Kilkenny's Set Theatre on Saturday 12 October, as well as Limerick, Dundalk and Kerry.

All Tvvins duo Conor Adams (The Cast of Cheers) and Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank) enjoyed a remarkable start to their career. Their debut album ‘IIVV’ shot into the Irish charts at #2, earned a Choice Music Prize nomination for Irish Album of the Year and smashed the 15 million streams landmark.

New album Just To Exist produced by James Vincent McMorrow sees the band build on that success, with Irish, UK and European tours in the offing.


Fri 4 Oct - Dolans, Limerick
Thu 10 Oct - The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Fri 11 Oct - INEC, Kerry
Sat 12 Oct - Set Theatre, Kilkenny

A Festival In Achill Island, What More Could You Want?


To The Island is an exciting new festival on Achill Island, Co. Mayo from May 3rd to 6th 2019. The essence of this festival is to bring together local community and visitors to the island using the best thing that Achill has to offer, its nature and surroundings.

How this unique event will merge nature with art is a music and comedy trail by coach. To The Island is a multi-venue festival, taking in local history and scenic drives as the coach tour brings you on a journey through old Ireland, highlighting some of the most beautiful points that make this place so magical. All you need to do is take your seat onboard and let them do the rest.  You will have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs, breath the Atlantic air and taste local food between journeys.

Once you embark on your journey, you will be brought through some of Achill’s most historic landmarks with insights of times gone by from a local historian, Achill is steeped in incredible history.  The carefully curated line up will merge traditional Irish and folk all the way into the electronic world with ambient, electro, deep house and Berlin techno with a scattering of laughs from Irelands top up and coming comedians.

The music lineup includes Rónán Ó Snodaigh (Kíla), Caoi De Barra (Wyvern Lingo), Laoise Kelly, Achill Wind Quartet, Cinema (live), Neil Flynn and Akari amongst others. With comedians, history talks, nature walks, surf lessons, ecology workshops and much more…

Two of the standout venues are St. Thomas’ Church, Dugort, which has stood proud at the foot of Slievemore since the 1830’s. And The Valley House, which will be a buzzing part of the festival with its incredible gardens, beautiful courtyard and arguably the best pint of Guinness in Ireland.

Keep updated on what’s happening on their Instagram and Facebook.


Backroad Smokers Club Announce Irish Tour

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Waterford’s Backroad Smokers Club (with their blend of funk, jazz and psychedelic rock) bring their captivating and energetic live show to Limerick, Clare, Dublin and Cork this April.

4th April Pharmacia Limerick (w. Pharmacia DJ’s)
5th April Pot Duggans Clare
6th April Wigwam Dublin (w. Bobby & The Blunts)
7th April The Poor Relation Cork (w. Alex Gough live & Anomaly DJ’s)


Labyrinth and Homebeat co-curate Seen & Heard featuring Fehdah, Caoi De Barra, Anna Mieke and Dowry

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Labyrinth and Homebeat present Seen & Heard for St. Patrick’s Festival in the beautiful surrounds of Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church on Sunday 17 March.

At no other time has Irish music danced its way through the landscapes of our island more confidently.

While at once emerging from the shackles of a more traditional society, and negotiating the choppy waters of a complex and changing industry - Ireland’s emerging female artists are arriving assured and fully formed at this moment, as essential and guiding lights in the contemporary music sphere.

SEEN & HEARD is a showcase of four of the most exciting and vital of these contemporary voices featuring Fehdah, Caoi De Barra (Wyvern Lingo), Anna Mieke and Dowry.


Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown's Spencer Krug Announces Irish Show

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Canadian indie legend Spencer Krug announces the only Irish show of his European solo piano tour in Dublin’s breathtaking Pepper Canister Church on Friday 31 May.

After fifteen years of writing and performing with projects like Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface, Swan Lake, and Frog Eyes, this prolific artist has finally decided to release and tour the music he makes under his own name - Spencer Krug.

First gaining attention in the mid 2000’s as co-leader of Montreal's rock’n’roll Wolf Parade, then soon after as the voice and mind behind the chaotic Sunset Rubdown, Krug eventually used the now defunct Moonface as an outlet for his more experimental and sporadic solo material. And while he still writes and sings for the recently reactivated Wolf Parade, there remains in him a need to express something less rock-oriented, something more quiet, strange and introverted. So, returning to his first and favourite instrument, the piano, Krug has ventured back into his own fantastic world of pseudo-classical balladeering; poetic lyricism laced with twisted pop sensibility and jazz mimicry. Using this template, he now releases his solo work, and tours a variety of new songs as well as those from older projects, as Spencer Krug.


Talos Announce Set Theatre Kilkenny Show

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Irish artist Talos (aka Eoin French) who releases his second album, Far Out Dust, on BMG on 8 February, has announced a full band tour of Ireland, the UK and Europe for April and May starting off in Kilkenny’s Set Theatre on Thursday 25 April.

Far Out Dust -- a stunning blend of organic and electronic music with a gorgeous sense of discovery and wonder -- was written and recorded all over the globe, including New York City, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Cork, and Reykjavik. Where Talos’ acclaimed debut, Wild Alee, was a solitary affair about isolation and escape, Far Out Dust finds Talos embarking on new journeys, drawing strength and comfort from lived experience and deep human connection. The result is both his most ambitious songwriting and most sophisticated studio work yet.