Ursidae are a West-Coast musical collective centered on lead singer and guitarist Dónal Tuipéar. The band features a revolving lineup of musicians from the four corners of the country who help bring Dónal’s fighter pilot approach to songwriting to life. Driven by infectious-ramshackle energy, Ursidae are the self-proclaimed West-Coast Stewards of charming indie-folk-rock.
1, 2, 3, 4! Get ready for Ringo: Music Music, the world’s greatest music-intro-comedy-game-not-quiz. It’s bingo with bands instead of numbers, with incredible clues and sometimes incredulous jokes. Fun for all the family, it’s a hit at festivals, venues, bars and weddings. Ronan gives you the sheet and you tick them off as you go.
What do you call it when you bring a book into the toilet? Lou Reed
When the lead singer of The Police dies will we call him Stung?
What did John Lennon sing when he was very happy with this new haircut? Love Me Do
As part of the ongoing ‘Rekindling the Light Within’ project across West Cork, composer Justin Grounds will be curating a weekly outdoor listening party to encourage people to take a break in one of Clonakilty’s beautiful outside spaces and listen to some of the most beautiful music known to man. To find out locations and times follow @stoplooklistenclon on Instagram.
To kick off this series, Justin is presenting a special guitar-themed session for the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival.
Sunday 18th September 11am in the garden behind the tourist office.
Join the Sister Ghost gang for an afternoon of herstory, creativity and zine-making activism! Suitable for beginners to advanced zine-makers, this workshop will be fun & hands-on, touching on topics within intersectional feminism, women in music and activism. You’ll learn about zine culture and have the opportunity to create your own zine with the band.’
This workshop is for female & non binary participants.
‘We want the impact of our festival to continue to reverberate throughout Clonakilty reaching those most marginalised in our community, We ALL are guitar town’
‘Reverb’ incorporates the educational and community outreach programme that runs parallel with the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. It ensures that the effects of the festival are experienced by as diverse a selection of our community as possible. You may not hear Reverb, but you’ll definitely feel its effects! The main festival caters to a general audience and takes place in a range of venues across the town. However, there are members of the community who are unable to access these events, for a variety of reasons. The ‘Reverb’ programme brings artists and facilitators directly in contact with these groups so they don’t have to miss out.
Our educational programme brings artists directly into the schools where the future stars of our festival are waiting. This year will see Xylouris White, Andy Irvine, and Yasmin Williams visiting local schools.
We aim to facilitate meaningful artistic participation for a diverse group of people with the ultimate aim of empowering members of the community who are sometimes marginalised. The groups include residents of the Community Hospital, Care Choice nursing home and Bushmount nursing home; residents of the Direct Provisions centre; and clients of the Irish Wheelchair association and CoAction Clonakilty and more. Special guest Liz Clark of The Kates will be visiting local nursing homes as part of Reverb.
Below are a list of the events open to the public:
Saturday 10th – 1pm Spiller’s Lane – workshop ‘Learn a Song with the Kates’ Free
Monday 12th – 2pm – Michael Collins Mural on Kent st – performance Eugene Brosnan Free
Thursday 15th – 2pm – Biodiversity Park, Western Road – performance Dominick Whelton Free
Friday 16th – 5pm – Astna Square – GuitarTown Ballad Tour with Seán Fitzgerald – free but limited numbers
Saturday 17th – 11am – Playground (next to Scoil na mBuachaillí) – performance Fir Beag – fundraiser for playground improvement
Saturday 17th – 12noon- Shanleys, Connolly st -workshop George Lowden – Getting the best from your guitar – how set up seriously affects how your guitar sounds and plays – Free
Saturday 17th – 12 noon & 2:30pm – Astna Square – GuitarTown Ballad Tour with Seán Fitzgerald – free but limited numbers
Saturday 17th – 1pm – Clonakilty Youth Centre (Deasy’s Car Park) -workshop Zinester Ghost: Sister Ghost’s Zine Workshop – Free but booking required see ‘Tickets gigs’
Forged in furious fires of The Lockdown, Dankenstoned’s Bongster engulf their audience in a tsunami of squidgy stoner sludge. Blending the gnarliest riffs in the vein of Primus and Black Sabbath with the scariest moments of the no wave punk movement to create their own crude Krunkrock.
You don’t want to miss these bowl tokin, spliff smokin son o’ guns lest you live to regret it.