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2021 will see the inaugural arrival of Guitartown’s first outdoor cinema, transforming Emmet Square briefly and safely into a theatre of dreams.

On Friday 17th of September in association with Culture night and for three other screenings suitable for all ages on Saturday 18th we will screen performances exclusively filmed for CIGF21 at iconic locations throughout our town as well as performances from Scoil na mBuachailli’s Scoilavision 21, a series of curated performances from Shanley’s famous piano bar and the world premiere of a new concert film recorded in Clonakilty by Ireland’s top music documentarian, Myles O’Reilly.

Through the Guitartown Cinema we hope to in some way re-create the communal benefits that shared musical experiences give us but in a safe and controlled environment.


But Before the curtain raises …please remember to follow all current Government Health and Safety Guidelines, which can be found HERE! .

Our lovely stewards will be on hand to offer help and instruction during this event. Also please don’t leave any rubbish behind you and definitely DON’T share your popcorn with strangers. We want to leave our park and our community as healthy as we found it! 

And needless to say please do not attend any events if you are displaying any Covid symptoms. A list of covid symptoms can be found here: HERE!



Fri 17th September 

Show 1: 8pm – 9pm

Sat 18th September

Show 2: 12 noon – 1:25pm

Show 3: 4pm – 5pm 

Show 4: 8pm- 9:15pm


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VIRTUAL PREMIERE – Broadcast at GuitarTown Cinema Programme 1 – see timetable for full details

From the US and Ireland, Lonely and The Moose are Liz Clark and Tessa Perry.

Liz Clark, who grew up in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, is known for her charismatic stage presence and poetic rock songs. She has 3 studio albums under her belt and just finished recording a 4th album a collaboration with Tessa Perry. On top of her busy touring schedule  throughout the States and Europe, she also has her songs placed on television programs across the US on MTV reality shows and her single
Who’s Your Angel went to the Top 10 music video on MTV’s LOGO channel.

Joining the Liz to promote the new record they just finished recording together is Tessa Perry from West Cork, Ireland. Tessa has been performing for years making a name for herself in England and Ireland and even New York City with her soft and beautiful vocals and honest and heart felt lyrics. She has spent time sharing the stage with Ani  Difranco, The Corrs, The Hothouse Flowers, and Damien Rice.


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11am // Clonakilty Farmers Market, Emmet Square // September 17 (Free outdoor show)

4pm // Spiller’s Lane // September 17 (Free outdoor show)

The Socially-Distant (but emotionally-close) Orchestra is an interactive walkabout performance piece where the serious-musicians will hand the baton over to anyone who will wave it… for better or for worse! 


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6pm // DeBarra’s Folk Club // September 16 (Free but ticketed)

Nicole Ní Dhubhshláine and Kyle Macaulay are two exceptional young traditional musicians bringing an excitement and vibrancy to the scene today.

Their music, while firmly rooted in the traditional idiom is uniquely interpreted by the duo on guitar, flute, concertina and whistle.

They released their much anticipated debut album “Barra Taoide” in Autumn 2019.



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Red Sun Alert is an up and coming post-hardcore band from Cork City, Ireland, that brings you a mixture of just about everything you want from modern heavy music. The female-fronted outfit combines harsh vocals with angular guitar riffs and math-rock influences. 

Since forming in late 2017, they have been busy making a name for themselves around the country, playing venues all around their small island and supporting renowned artists such as The Altered Hours, Making Monsters, Cherym and many more. 

It’s also worth mentioning their success in the college music scene, where they regularly contribute by organizing various DIY gigs playing alongside other local college bands.

To date they have self-released 2 EPs, ‘’Luna’’ and ‘’Red Sun Alert’’. Just
before the Covid-19 pandemic struck the band embarked on their debut Irish and UK tour in support of their single “I’m Upside Down for That’’.

In the midst of lockdown they released their latest track “Sort It Out”, which they released in November 2020 with a music video to accompany.

The four-piece strives to impress not just with their music, but also with their live shows. They aim to create an all-inclusive environment and promote women and non-binary individuals in heavy music at their concerts. So, do you want to let loose? Go to a Red Sun Alert show.


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Jenny McNamara grew up in Clonakilty and now resides in New Orleans where she continues to perform regularly. she is joined by her pal Jon Broniger


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Ava is a 16 year old Irish artist making alternative music. Ava will perform with her band for Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. This show is presented in association with Culture Night



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GREENSHINE is a Cork based family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. The band is known for striking family harmonies, excellent musicianship and the quality of their songwriting. Their singles including The Girl in the Lavender Dress, Dandelion Seed & The Good is Gone consistently reach NO. 1 on the RTE Radio 1 Airplay Chart (The Girl in the Lavender Dress was third most played Irish track for the year of it’s release) while their song Brother (written with Cormac O Caoimh) from their latest critically acclaimed album Family reached No. 2. ‘Family’ was recently made Album of the Week on BBC Ulster’s Late Show and also on KCLRfm’s Ceol Anocht and the band were named Euro American Chart’s “Ones to watch”. They have played live on Today With Miriam O Callaghan, Today with Seán O Rourke and RTE’s flagship Arts show Arena. Their music has been used as signature tunes on national radio shows and onad campaigns for Folláin Preserves. Mary’s song ‘Meet Me In The Garden’ was featured in Carrie Crowley’s film Waterway.  A feature of Greenshine’s set is their warm-hearted banter and song stories. Noel and Mary are much sought after recording session musicians and singers and have graced the recordings of performers as diverse as The Republic of Loose, Christy Moore, Dr. Strangely Strange, Mick Hanly and John Spillane. A particular honour was being asked by The Cork Folk Festival to compose a song to mark the 40th anniversary of the Festival.  Christy Moore described Greenshine as: “…the sound of a family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song,” – a fitting tribute to a family who has made music their life.

“This is a gorgeous album ~ the Sound of a Family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine.”  Christy Moore

“Wow. Stunning song. Beautiful melody and words,” Ron Sexsmith

“One of the most creative things to come out of Ireland for quite a while.” Aonghus McAnally RTE Radio 1

“Absolutely beautiful.” Eleanor Shanley, Singer

“Dandelion Seed instantly grabbed my attention. Very well produced, tight, and the vocals & lyrics are right up front with dashings of sweet instrumentals. Harmonies shine throughout too & reminds me of First Aid Kit. Very nice.” Songwriting Ireland.

“Really great song. Love it.” Charlie McGettigan, Eurovision winner, Songwriter, Broadcaster.

“Wouldn’t that do your heart good,” Brian Lally presenter of Country Time


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Winners of ‘Best Live Act’ at the 2019 NI Music Prize, Sister Ghost is the project of Co. Derry artist Shannon Delores O’Neill. Having a background playing in bands from the age of 12, the project began with Shannon writing and demoing in her attic – singing and playing everything herself – before enlisting the other ‘ghouls’ to bring Sister Ghost to completion.

Playing noisy, spectral art-rock with a pop & literary heart, O’Neill and the band marshal a diverse set of influences in a singular way – from the ‘Seattle sound’ to the likes of Sonic Youth, Veruca Salt, Patti Smith and Kate Bush.

Shannon has been recognised for mentoring and encouraging other female-identified musicians to perform in the Northern Irish scene, having also set up the Girls Rock! NI chapter in 2016.
 Sister Ghost has garnered high profile support slots with Shellac, Pussy Riot, Petrol Girls and Le Butcherettes, as well as airplay on BBC 6 Music and a Next Wave Artist slot on BBC Radio 1.

With a debut album in the works, recent singles ‘Fake Friends Run This Country’ and ‘Bruised Fruit’ have received favourable reviews in the likes of Hot Press magazine and The Guardian newspaper; equal parts emphatic and earworming, Sister Ghost’s new material is their most vital to date.

“An independent force; a defiant artist” CLASH Magazine

“One of the most gifted songwriters to come out of the North in a long, long time” Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster

“Like Joan Jett, Donita Sparks, and Joe Strummer rolled into one”
Pure M Zine

“Tense yet hook filled, Sister Ghosts sound is a breath of fresh air on the garage/punk scene. A blistering meld of Sonic Youth meets Sleater-Kinney and that’s something to be very excited about.”
The Last Mixed Tape

“With Sister Ghost you can hear echoes of Sonic Youth, early nineties discord stuff. It’s just classic indie rock with no mucking about.”
Steven Rainey, BBC Radio Ulster


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Combining a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale, Humbird stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected. This music invites a refreshing dissonance into the house, it leaves breadcrumbs along the path and reflects light back at the stars.