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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



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Bandjaxed; One of Clonakilty’s youngest Rock Bands have come through the ranks of Scoil na mBuachailli and step up to the big stage this september to make their debut appearance at The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival!

These four young boys have been gigging in Clonakilty for over a year. They’re certainly worth watching out for! They’ve captivated young and old Rock fans on the streets of Clonakilty at the Street Carnival, Clonakilty Show, and the Old Time Fair to name but a few. They play various different Rock music, anything from Ac Dc to Chuck Berry and even the Beatles! This is their first time writing their own music and so enthusiastically was it received at their school Scoil na mBuachailli, that the boys were encouraged to Launch their own CD. With the help of Mr Barth Harrington  Principal and many people they’ve had it professionally produced by Laurie Hedger and launched it at De Barras in Clonakilty in August. 


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9pm // DeBarra’s Folk Club // September 15 (ALSO LIVE-STREAMED)

Sam Clague is a musician and songwriter from Clonakilty, Cork. He lives and works in Cork City, playing primarily as a jazz guitarist and also his own unique brand of original music. Jazz and folk influences blend together to make a form of kaleidoscopic chamber music, driven by intricate guitar arrangements and accompanied by psychedelic orchestral sounds. His debut EP “Balloons” was released in 2015 at the Clonakillty International Guitar Festival.

Sam’s writing is unique. He writes from the heart and creates his own world – his own sound world and lyric world. As well as that his musicianship is beyond reproach – capable of capturing many genres with multi instrumental abilities” – Carl Corcoran (former Presenter of The Blue of the Night)



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Longtime friends the bones below started work on this new project in 2018 after a number of new songs were written during the previous winter. mixing elements of folk, blues and rock, the bones below are excited to take their music from the rehearsal room to a wider audience.


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10:15pm // DeBarra’s Folk Club // September 17 + 18

Naive Ted VS Fixity // 9pm // DeBarra’s Folk Club // September 19

Naive Ted hates PR. Hates it. Predictably, as a mute, he’d rather let the music speak for itself. But sure he has new music to promote and it’s fairly likely that you haven’t heard his music cos he’s not that popular so allow us to fill in the gaps for you….

Weighing in around 6 bags of sugar, from Páirteanna Anaithnaid, Co. Ciarraí, the masked Ted cuts a pretty singular figure on the Irish alternative music circuit. However, this writhing skeletal frame does not claim to be a musician, indeed you’d be hard pushed to even call it music sometimes (we file it under ‘hip-hop’ but most of those rap cats want nothing to do with it). Where the machine is man, and man is on the cusp of a nervous breakdown, Ted’s hands control time via a pair of turntables, creating an unpredictable and unrepeatable narrative, shifting then to now, remembering the future and re-imagining the past.
Ted’s abrasive, angular take on beat-oriented music meets at the margins of myriad styles but is never wilfully eclectic, always following a logical sonic line (that admittedly may only be audible to himself). Boom-bap headnod & feedback-drenched headwreck. Ambivalent ambience & shrill shoegaze. Afro-jazz meltdowns & poised krautrockers. Maximalist haikus and minimal epics. Or as he might put it himself – ‘caressed in a chokehold’.
Some people thought his 2015 album ‘The inevitable heel turn’ was deadly (“…the whole thing is an alternative audio riot.” Album of the week, Irish Times, July 2015).
The gigs to promote that record went pretty well too and 2015 wrappeded up with a triumphant support tour for longtime heroes giveamanakick on their final, emotional jaunt round the country.
It has to be said though, Ted doesn’t get out much, preferring to spend his free time producing music for (amongst others) windings, Same D4ence, Post-Punk Podge, Murli, Spekulativ Fiktion and running the Unscene Music ‘not really a record label’ record label.
He was commissioned to provide music for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Bullet Club faction (seeing his music played in Tokyo Dome in front of 45,000 Japanese wrestling fans literally reduced our Ted to tears) and provided much of the soundtrack for BBC Two’s ‘Smack Em Up’ documentary in 2015. He’s also remixed or collaborated with Lankum (formerly Lynched), Murli & God Knows (Rusangano Family), SertOne, Nanu Nanu, Morning Veils, Clerk5 and Ceara Conway.
And that’s just the recent stuff… dig a little deeper and you’ll find a man at the centre of Ireland’s first turntable band (Vince Mack Mahon), a founder & organiser of one of Ireland’s longest running free festivals (Community Skratch Games) and an alt-rap pioneer through his work with the cultish Flying Buttresses.
So, there’s more but if all that doesn’t make you want to see him play some music then you should go somewhere else on the night in question.
If you wanna see for yourself before making any snap decisions based on some anonymous blurb you just read on the internet/in your local paper then you should check out the following links….





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Belfast blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer has been at the centre of the blues music scene for over 40 years now, and has shared the stage with some of the greatest names in the genre, including Dr. John, Memphis Slim, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Lowell Fulson, Carey Bell, to name but a few. His distinctive guitar style, incorporating visceral Chicago style licks with be bop jazz inspired lines and chord voicings, has been critically acclaimed as world class. Two recent album realises, A Lifetime With The Blues and The Jazz Project, both illustrate Ronnie’s ability to seamlessly meld both aspects of these styles into his playing. Both albums have received four star reviews in the influential Jazz Journal Magazine. Ronnie continues to perform consistently to packed houses  with his all star band at theatres, arts centres and festivals nationwide, but for this appearance at Clonakilty, we’re delighted to welcome him as guest with the Bill Shanley Band, a meeting which should be a little bit special, we would suggest!

“Greer, the doyen of Irish blues guitar”-
“Proper blues from a proper bluesman” – Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster





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John Blek will be performing a very special show at this year’s Festival with long time friend Ari Sheehan. John came to know Ari
while working in Crowley’s Music Centre, Cork in 2012. “Ari was working as a luthier in the basement of the store and I was
upstairs trying to sell his wares” John said.  It was a mutual appreciation for one another’s crafts that drew them
together. Sheehan an incredible instrumentalist in his own right is part of folk group Rianor as well as progressive classical trio Second Moon of Winter with soprano Kim Sheehan and composer Tom Hodge.
This show will see the pair rework a number of John’s songs for two guitars and his voice. A celebration of friendship,
brotherhood and the acoustic guitar.


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Laura Quirke (vocals, guitar) and Claire Kinsella (cello, vocals) started performing together while studying music and languages in Maynooth University, Ireland. Harmonious vocal melodies simply accompanied by cello and guitar, lend a sincere and honest rootsy sound. Borrowing from wide range of influences, traditional and alternative, the duo create an immersive experience through a dynamic expression of lyrical story. Their writing weaves their personal insights of human nature & behaviour with the imagery of the contrasting modern and natural world that surrounds them.

In their relatively short lifespan, Lemoncello have played a sold out show in France at the beautiful Musée de La Piscine in Roubaix, supported renowned Irish songwriters Mick Flannery & Damien Dempsey, & helped form ‘Common Grounds Collective‘, a group dedicated to building a network of musicians of all disciplines, giving them a platform to create and showcase original works within a nurturing community environment.

Their debut EP “Stuck Upon the Staircase” was released on April 26, 2018, earning radio play on stations such as RTÉ Radio 1 and FM104. They followed this with a successful tour of intimate venues around Ireland. They are set to play a variety of Irish festivals this summer before going into preparation for the release of their second EP, due for release in early 2019.

“Lemoncello’s blend of mystical & contemporary folk sounds conjure images of moving Harry Clarke characters from ancient Irish folklore. It is colourful, thought-provoking & vivid.” – Remy’s Music Blog



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Since immigrating to the United States from Scotland in 2014, Lorkin O’Reilly has been making a name for himself as a commanding new songwriting talent. His unique transatlantic approach blends old-country inspired open tunings similar to that of Bert Jansch, Nike Drake and Dick Gaughan with direct and personal reflections and poetry. His writing portrays not only his own reality, but experiences faced by most of us: the purgatory between childhood and adulthood, between new home and old home and finally the overarching struggle of finding a new identity.
Born in Edinburgh in 1994, Lorkin’s early musical education was heavily steeped in the sounds of his mother’s native Ireland. Those early influences are heard throughout his work on tracks like “Alba,” “When The Days Cool Down,” and “Tuttles Reel.”
In 2014 Lorkin moved to upstate New York to work on a farm. In the basement of the farmhouse he found an old acoustic guitar and began writing, resulting in his first E.P., After The Thaw. Recorded in a single day on two-inch tape, After The Thaw is a small body of work that tastefully sets the stage for what would become his debut album, Heaven Depends.
Heaven Depends is the result of late night-writing sessions in the kitchen after long days working construction in Poughkeepsie N.Y. With songs that range from traditional reels to twanging Townes-esque imagery, the album is a musical representation of an immigrant’s journey. Using a multitude of instruments set against a backdrop of alternative tunings and fingerpicking “Heaven Depends” invites the listener on a complicated, yet ultimately beautiful journey.