ADT & Justin Grounds

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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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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).


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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 as part of Guitatown Cinema – Programmes, 1, 2, 3, 4

Myles O’Reilly is a musician, composer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland.

Since first lifting a camera in 2010, multi tasking O’Reilly has filmed, directed and edited over 100 music video promo’s and 20+ music documentaries of Irish musicians at home and abroad, some of which include Glen Hansard, Villagers, Imelda May, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Sinead O’Connor and Lisa Hannigan alongside other International artists such as Hollywood sound track virtuoso Ernst Reijseger, Icelandic artists Soléy, Múm and Amiina, US soul phenomenon Janelle Monea and UK folk trio The Staves.

Early life as a working musician began for Myles in 2003 with the band Juno Falls. Signed for two albums by Sony UK and then V2 records, Juno Falls disbanded in 2010. Ten years later and in a global pandemic lockdown, Myles returned to making music and has since composed, recorded and released a plethora of works in the ‘ambient’ music genre under the moniker [Indistinct Chatter].

Since beginning a Patreon account in 2018 enabling followers to fund his film projects, O’Reilly’s camera lens is increasingly more focused on discovering and supporting little-known emerging artists, to help “represent some of the most talented but hard to pigeonhole musical visionaries in Ireland today”. Now almost a full time vocation, his efforts to seek out and endorse new music extends to the curation of an annual rising-artist stage at the renown Body&Soul festival, and the production of a critically acclaimed web series This Ain’t No Disco, co-created with eminent Irish broadcaster Donal Dineen of ‘No Disco’ fame.


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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.