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One of the most accomplished songwriters in the country today, award winning trad/folk poet John Spillane continues to redefine musical boundaries with his own unique style of playing and songwriting which he likes to call ’Sean Nós Blues’.


“At my workshop we write songs. We do not theorise or talk about songwriting but we work, and follow certain steps to make a song. We lock out criticism and negativity and create an atmosphere where people can make something grow.” – John Spillane


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Night four of the festival is just getting started… Join Dinny, Tommy, Jerry, Ciaran & Bo on the DeBarra’s Livestream. HUP!



At the heart of this popular weekly session are a collection of musicians & songsters, whose combined experiences of performing, locally and internationally, along with their diverse musical interests produce a vibrant, but easy going experience of the best in traditional music & ballads.


Dennis Noonan on Bodhrán & bones sings in a uniquely laid back style, drawing material from his native Dublin as well as Ulster & Scotland. The late Frank Harte would have thrilled at his deliveries of some of the more humourous and bawdy ballads.

Tommy Madden can lay claim to a lifetimes experience playing across the USA, England & Scotland and at venues all over Ireland, Playing with many legendary musicians. His bewildering knowledge of balladry draws on a wide range of material from Europe, America & Australia covering military, humourous, industrial, rural, urban and romantic songs.

Jerry Lombard served his time with some of the greatest musicians ever to play in Ireland, England and America. He has a seemingly endless repertoire of tunes and an equally extensive collection of tales and yarns to entertain one and all. Jerry’s lively playing style matches his attitude to life, music and the Craic.

Ciaran O Connel the driving force on the banjo

Mike Goodwin on the uilleann pipes

Some House Keeping:

This is a very limited capacity outdoors show.

Tickets are sold in pods of 4 (eg a ticket for 4 people ) and in pods of 2 (a ticket for 2 people)

Seating is spaced in accordance with all relevant Government health and safety guidelines.

Attendees will be required to present their ticket on arrival.

The purchaser of the ticket will be the lead contact and as such have to be present to claim tickets.

Attendees will be required to wear masks upon arrival until seated.

Table service only.

Attendees will be required to leave after the performance.

Please do not attend if you are displaying any Covid symptoms.

Please dress for the weather.

Ticket holders will be notified of any changes to Government Guidelines in advance of the show


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ADT writes stories of the heart wrapped in atmospheric soundscapes, and he describes his debut album ‘volume one’ as ‘a painting of emotional honesty.’

Produced by multi-instrumentalist, Justin Grounds, the album was recorded in a little room overlooking the beautiful town of Clonakilty, West Cork, and will be released at this year’s Clonakilty International Guitar Festival.

Hugely influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, the West Cork landscape and his family, ADT admits to a minor obsession with lighthouses. He is also a member of renowned Irish band LOWmountain.


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For all our friends who cannot make it to Clonakilty this year, we will be broadcasting live-streamed shows w/ audiences and recorded concerts on the internet.

You can follow the fun in real time via YouTube, and if you miss that you can catch-up on our social media channels.

But don’t forget… the stream will self destruct after 48 hours.

Monday September 13

Tuesday September 14

Wednesday September 15

Thursday September 16

Friday September 17


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For a variety of reasons, not everyone in the community can get to the shows in guitartown, and during the pandemic, this number has only increased.

We want the impact of our festival to continue to reverberate throughout our town, so we are partnering with The Irish Wheelchair Association, Cope Foundation, Clonakilty Community Hospital, Scoil na mBuachaillí, Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers and more for a series of concerts, livestreams and private cinema screenings across the week, some of which will be open to the public the majority of which will be private.



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Eoin Stan O’Sullivan: I  thought I was a reformed guitarist. I gave up rock’n’roll to play the traditional Sliabh Luachra music on my fiddle. I only kept strings on my guitar to teach basic chords to some local students.

That was until the first lockdown when I found it hard to find the space to practice fiddle. I resorted to staying up late picking out my traditional tunes on an unplugged electric guitar. To my surprise the tunes started to find a whole new life with six strings instead of four.

Over the last year I’ve come up with some arrangements for my favourite fiddle tunes on electric guitar. The few people who’ve heard my new music have compared it to the guitar stylings of Ali Farka Touré or Tinariwen so I suppose it’s like “Desert Blues” meets “Sliabh Luachra” or maybe it’s just a whole new genre called “Bog Jazz” – who knows? I’m really looking forward to unleashing my new sound at the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival this September.


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Naive Ted’s going to Clonakilty for a 3 night residency for CGF 2021!

Last seen in Clon back in the heady days of 2018, Ted is back as resident DJ for the weekend, dropping rock science on the turntables on both Friday (after Pretty Happy) AND Saturday (after Windings). Sure, the buzz is up already but wait there’s more!

For the finale on Sunday, Ted has enlisted multi-instrumentalist polymath Dan Walsh AKA Fixity for a never seen before improvised collaboration! What this will entail is hard to envisage, not sure Ted or Dan could tell ya either. But Ted plays turntables and Dan plays drums so there’ll definitely be lots of that.

Ted’s excited.


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6:30pm & 9pm \\ DeBarras Folk Club \\ September 14


West Cork Boy Band Fir Beag are a collective of musicians that emerge every once in a while from the ocean, salt crusted and sea weed draped. Their folk rock is musical, evocative and uplifting, combining harmonies, lyrical hooks and flights of instrumental whimsy.

Featuring: Gav O’Mhordha, Fear Beag, Armoured Bear, Justin Grounds



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Get back in the habit with West Cork’s own The Monks.

The Monks are Ronan Archbold, Jack Archbold, Ciaran Calnan, Kevin Sheehy & Timmie O’Brien.

This prerecorded gig, from a mystery location, will be broadcast as part of Guitartown cinema. See our timetable for full details.


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VIRTUAL PREMIERE – Broadcast as part of GUITARTOWN CINEMA Programme 1

Monsters of Rock are Jeff WardLes Sampson and Jerome Rimson.

Since 1979 Jeff Ward has either played with, recorded or produced: White Lightning, Iron Pig, Mourneblade, Noel Redding, Paul King, Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry), Vijay Jagtap, Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), John Coughlan (Status Quo), David Jackson (Van Der Graf Generator), Roy Harper, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Corky Laing (Mountain), Eric Schenkeman (The Spin Doctors).

Ward will be join blues legend Jerome Rimson and powerhouse drummer Les Sampson (Noel Redding Band) to tear up the stage as the Monsters of Rock.

Jeff Ward is better than good, He’s Tasty!” – Noel Redding (the Jimi Hendrix Experience).