Eve Clague

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Hailing from Clonakilty, Ireland, Eve Clague is a singer-songwriter who draws on the rich variety of music she grew up with in her home and community to create a highly personal and direct style of song writing.
With a band made up of well known players from Cork’s jazz and neo soul scene and featuring some of her own string arrangements, Eve’s debut EP Young Naive Me crosses genres very naturally in songs which centre around Eve’s acoustic guitar and deeply honest vocal style.
Since its release in April of 2019, the EP has received national radio play in Ireland as well as airplay on regional stations at home and in the UK, with reviews from a number of prominent blogs including Ireland’s nialler9.com, praising her distinctive voice and a timeless quality to the songwriting and arrangements.
Having left school at the age of 15, Eve has clocked up more hours as a working musician than most artist in their early twenties, touring nationally with a number of Cork based bands as a vocalist and sax player. However it was her enrolment in Corks school of music in 2014 which really gave Eve the time and space to develop her songwriting and collaborate with a huge range of like minded musicians. Having
graduated in October 2018, Eve wasted no time as she immediately began
work on recording Young Naive Me with her band at Wavefield Recording Studios.


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Ciaran Calnan ….AKA RAWNEY , Formerly of SETMAKER, KARNAGE,THE KLUTZ, SMOG TOWN RATS, ESL TEAM , Clonakilty AFC , Clonakilty Rugby Club, DeBarras ….

many talents come and GROW in clonakilty but Rawney’s voice, guitar playing, drumming and all round musicality make him one of #guitartowns MVPs…….if you haven’t seen him before nows your chance…because you can be damn sure anyone who has is gonna be at this show…youll be greeted with new songs as Rawney goes virtual for guitar town with a new EP due to be released in the not too distant future



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David Christy Jones is a 28-year old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in West Cork, Ireland. Born in Wales to a musical family, he found himself surrounded by musicians playing from a young age. At 7 years old he relocated to Clonakilty, Ireland with his family.

On April 17th, 2021 David released his debut album – the nightmarish and one of a kind ‘Welcome To Virology’. Inspired by the blues and folk stars of old; modern contemporary rock and pop; classical music and the avante-garde – he has taken their recipes and added his own distinct flavour. His style is undoubtedly unique and fresh.

Since 2009, David has been an active and respected session drummer, bassist, guitarist, and vocalist and has played with countless acts across all genres. From jazz, blues, and folk to heavy metal, rap, and country. He has performed in many bands over numerous genres and toured in Europe, The UK, and the USA.

What are people saying about Welcome To Virology?

“The debut album by Cork’s David Christy Jones is as colourful and versatile as the new reality we are still trying to cope with. His debut album is a satiric, serious, and nihilist approach on how to survive this madness.”

“An outstanding mixture of progressive rock, funk, rap and social critique, “Welcome To Virology” is an honest and majestic musical work from Irish eccentric multi-instrumentalist, David Christy Jones. It’s a broad expedition of witty lyrics and unconventional musical composition.” -Lessthan1000followers.com

“This material is an experimental masterpiece by all means.”
-punk-rocker.com”A sound that mixes Funky, Prog Rock and many other musical genres in a unique and original recipe. Lively, innovative songs that manage to keep you on tip of your chair from the first to the last second. A fantastic discovery that I recommend everyone to listen to with an open mind.”

The brilliance of this album is that Jones goes all in. This assuredness and dedication in songwriting is wonderfully refreshing and reaps maximum reward in this instance.
It’s blatantly obvious from this record that we are dealing with an artist who is humming with creative energy and, most importantly, has the conviction to take that creativity to extreme places.


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Eoghan O Sullivan returns to his home town to record a live Podcast as part of Clon guitar fest.
The podcast will be in O Donovans hotel (Commercial Room) on Saturday 21st of September.
Doors will open at 1pm and all are welcome – Space is limited so first come first served. Doors will close at 1:30pm when the podcast begins. The podcast will last approx 1hr & 30 mins & with special guests T-P-M –  This show is wheelchair accessible.
The Point of Everything is a music and arts podcast hosted by journalist Eoghan O’Sullivan that has been running since July 2015. With more than 130 episodes in the archives, the show sees artists go in-depth on their creative process, the arts community in Ireland, and inspiration. Guests have included Choice Prize winners such as Rusangano Family, Ships, O Emperor and Delorentos, criticially acclaimed acts like Girl Band and Cathy Davey, authors such as Kevin Barry and Emilie Pine, DJs Stevie G and Donal Dineen, and many more.
Eoghan O’Sullivan is a journalist with the Irish Examiner, where he covers music and the arts, and writes a weekly podcast column. He has hosted like recordings of The Point of Everything podcast at festivals including Quarter Block Party, It Takes a Village and Cork Midsummer. He also runs a music website of the same name, The Point Of Everything, is a regular contributor to London radio show The irish Jam and has been on the judging panel for the Choice Prize.


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Paula K O’Brien. 

From Clonakilty in West Cork comes a folk artist, with the maturity to know that there is strength in vulnerability and power in gentleness.

Her debut album, Evangeline, is an alt country folky gem whose songs have, in general, a narrative structure but whose lyrics paint pictures to match any of the great musical storytellers you care to mention. But it’s Paula’s voice that stands out, full of emotion and ready to tell the truth. 

Paula was chosen by IMRO to play at Templebar Tradfest 2017  and was chosen by Luka Bloom to sing backing vocals for his album Frugalisto. She has played support for Hothouse Flowers, Nick Harper, Jack L and Mama Kin. She is involved in the Starling Song Project and has contributed to podcasts on the importance of arts in healthcare.  She is a founding member and bassist of an all girl group called The Kates who play songs written or performed by women, to showcase the female talent who pushed the boundaries of a historically male driven industry. 

Currently, Paula is recording new songs with the well known multi instrumentalist and sound engineer, John Fitzgerald in Lettercollum Recording studio, Timoleague. These songs are due to be released in September and she is privileged to launch her EP “ The River” the weekend of the incredible Clonakilty International Guitar Festival ’19 .”The River” is a collection of songs that hold huge meaning to Paula as they deal with the loss of her Mother and also celebrate the legacy of love she left behind. 

For the launch of her EP, Paula has gathered a group of talented musicians to help her introduce “The River” to the world. Join them and be witness to the birth of something very special indeed. 


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Éadaoin brings her band to Guitar town crossing Billie Eilish with Kate Bush!





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Qadasi & Maqhinga

Hailing from the heart of Zululand in South Africa, Qadasi and Maqhinga are an acoustic duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both professional musicians in their own right and sharing the same vision, joining forces has resulted in an international caliber of music which represents the heart and soul of South African roots music.

David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi guitarist, concertina and banjo player who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age.
This interest grew exponentially over the years, and as a result, his love for traditional music was born.

After matriculating in 2010, Qadasi released his first studio album under record label, Sande Entertainment headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala of four-time Grammy Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His second album, released in 2014, has since been nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) and SATMA (South African Traditional Music Award). Qadasi was also recently honoured to receive a KwaZulu Natal Young Achievers Award for ‘social cohesion through Maskandi.’

Maqhinga Radebe began his career as a Maskandi musician in the mid 90’s and has received numerous awards for his amazing musical skills, which also include SAMA and SATMA Award nominations.

Well travelled, he has performed to audiences in several countries, including Zimbabwe, England and the USA and throughout Southern Africa, sharing stages with top artists such as Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekhemisi and Soul Brothers, to name a few.
He is presently most well known for his key role as the guitarist in popular Maskandi group, Shabalala Rhythm.

David first met Maqhinga in Durban in early 2010 when enquiring about a concertina tuner. After a ‘jam session’, thus began their story and the two have become firm friends, with Maqhinga taking the role of music director and producer of David’s first solo projects.

The talented musicians later decided to join forces after realizing the musical potential that was possible by combining their artistry.

Over the past several years, the two of them have travelled home and abroad with their eclectic fusion, taking it to audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia, and throughout South Africa, and are thrilled to have released their long awaited collaborative album titled, “Lashis’ Ilanga” – an organic, acoustic fusion of traditional Maskandi and western folk music. This was nominated for a 2017 SAMA Award for Best Traditional Album.

Aside from promoting Zulu culture, traditional music and social cohesion, the duo have also been actively involved in rhino conservation, working alongside the Kingsley Holgate foundation and Project Rhino KZN as rhino ambassadors.

There is much excitement in the promise of what lies ahead for this Maskandi duo which is continuing in the footsteps of this powerful genre’s icons.




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Elaine Malone is an Irish psychedelic-folk songwriter. Hailing from Limerick, she currently resides in Cork, where she has carved a name for herself as an idiosyncratic songwriter. Known for her haunting voice and poetic lyricism combined with grunge roots and psychedelic leanings. Recently named one of Nialler9’s Top 50 New Irish Artists, her debut single ‘You’ was released in February and received international airplay. Her recent appearances include Electric Picnic, Quiet Lights, Quarter Block Party, It Takes A Village and support slots for O Emperor, David Keenan and Marlene Enright. Her second single ‘No Blood’ released in March was described as “musically recalling some of Tim Buckley’s airy jazz inclinations, and the gently percussive Weltschmerz of Nick Drake, Elaine Malone‘s new single cranks tension between folk music as a vehicle for aural pleasure and folk music as a vessel for crushingly human storytelling.” – The Thin Air.

Her debut EP Land was recorded with fellow artist Sam Clague in a small home studio over the course of a year. Described by Dan Hegarty of 2FM as “Quite something. But what exactly? Striking, stunning and heartfelt are three words that go some way to encapsulating it.“ Also featuring on the EP are the twin ryhthm-section of ‘Talos’, Josh and Sonny Sampson. Sam Clague also features heavily as a multi- instrumentalist. ‘Land’ deals with heartache, apathy, the tragic death of Ann Lovett and the torture of first falling in love.

“A truly engrossing journey of stark dark-folk sounds, washing textures and a central vocal that enraptures the listeners. Elaine Malone’s ‘Vonnegut’ is a must. “ – Stephen White. The Last Mixtape

“Land is an excellently crafted piece of story-telling through music, a story we would rather we never had to hear, but one she should be most proud of telling.” Remy

“Malone’s blunt style of penmanship is among the most unique and characteristic of any lyricist in the country. It’s poetry for sure, just minus all the bullshit that usually comes with it. Perhaps most telling is the wonderful ‘Vonnegut’ a writer with which Malone shares a unique worldview with. The entire EP plays and sounds wonderful from front to back, detailed with a level and care largely unparalleled in Irish folk this year.” Nialler9




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This diverse group of musicians are from the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, Cork, bringing a unique fusion of sounds and songs from Burundi, The Ukraine, Russia, Bangladesh and Pakistan. They perform in a variety of styles including traditional, folk and jazz.  They recently held a successful World Music Day in Cork featuring only asylum seeker as artists.


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Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and educator. He has been described as Ireland’s most vital and courageous poet, and a performer of electrifying intensity. Lordan provides a portal to the inspirational power of the spoken and written word, and is currently one of Ireland’s leading educators in creative writing.

Dave returns to this years Festival to live stream events & interviews with festival performers and attendees over the course of the weekend.


Dave’s poem ‘The Lost tribe of the Wicklow mountains’ was covered by Christy Moore on his album Lily