From the Mon 17th – Sun 23rd September 2018 some of the world’s greatest guitarists will descend on a small seaside town in the southwest of Ireland.

Our Festival:

The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival is a celebration of the guitar. It is not starch collared or stuffy nosed, from virtuosos to noodlers, all are welcomed and exalted!

The Festival is run by a not for profit voluntary organisation of music lovers and we are very proud of the rich, relaxed, educational, exciting & artistic environment our festival creates in our beautiful seaside town.
90% of the events are free over the majority of the weekend with only 4 shows Ticketed. One each day of the festival. Click on Tickets for this information.

The Festival will play out its 14th edition from Mon 17th – Sun 23rd September 2018

we hope you will join us…..

How it works:

We are supported by Heineken, The Arts Council, Cork County Arts Council, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce, Clonakilty Town Council & many local businesses.

This support helps us to keep 85% of our shows free, & accessible to all. Where ticket prices do come into play we attempt to keep them reasonable & also offer reductions for students & the unwaged.
So a big THANK YOU to our sponsors, without them there would be no festvial.

Please show them your support. Buy a drink or an ice-cream or a meal or a pair of shoes….etc.

Previous artists:

To date we have had many fantastic artists play at our event:

Marc Ribot (US), Valerie June (US), Khyam Allami (IRAQ), Jeffrey Lewis (US), Kawabatta Makoto’s Mainliner (JAPAN), GIRL BAND (IRL), Jon Gomm (UK), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) (US),  Charlie Parr (US), Roy Harper (UK), Preston Reed (US), Lucky Oceans (AU), Steve Cooney (AU), Louis Stewart ( IRL), Mama Kin (AU), The Minutes (IRL), Casey Black (US), Mo Kenney (CAN), Rachel Sermanni (SCO), Tommy Madden (IRL), The Octopus Project (US), B Positives (IRL), Cathy Davey (IRL), Farewell J.R. (UK), John Blek & the Rats (IRL), Rebecca Collins (IRL), The Lost Brothers (IRL), Maria Doyle Kennedy (IRL), Wille & the Bandits (UK), Mickey Murphy (IRL), R.M. Hubbert (SCO), The Hackensaw Boys (US), Band of Clouds (IRL), The Vespertine Quintet (IRL), Joel Plaskett (CAN), Leonard Podolak (CAN) , Rusangano Family (IRL/TG/ZIM)iDIOT SONGS (IRL), Sam Clague (IRL), The B Positives (IRL), Stanley Super 800 (IRL), Clive Barnes (IRL), Thomas Leeb (AUS), Bob Log III ( US), Martin Taylor (UK),  Pierre Bensusan (Fr), luthier George Lowden (IRL), Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), John Smith (UK), Doug Paisley (CANADA), Steve Housden (-the Little River Band-) (AU), Peggy Sue (UK), Sons of Noel & Adrian (UK), Cian Nugent (IRL), Tiny Ruins (NZ), The Redneck Manifesto (IRL), JAPE (IRL), We Cut Corners (IRL), Windings (IRL),  Electric Eel Shock (Japan ), Liu Fang (china), Jeff Martin (Canada) John Spillane (Irl), Bill Shanley (Ray Davies), Richard Gilewitz (US), The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra (IRL), Gavin Glass (IRL), The Ambience Affair (IRL), Dave Acari (Scotland), Luka Bloom (IRL), Declan Sinnott (IRL), The Frank & Walters (IRL)…..