Named after the flock of pied wagtails that roost in the giant horse chestnut tree in Asna Square in the centre of Clonakilty, The Pied Wagtail Collective are a gathering of musicians, writers, and poets, from a diverse background of musical traditions and cultures.
Having been compared as Sean Nós meets American Prayer, The Pied Wagtail Collective are a spoke-sung blend of dark deeds alchemised in the witching hour before dawn.
The many awards that the collective have amassed individually include the Keats-Shelly Poetry Prize, The Moth International Poetry Prize, an International Songwriting Contest (ISC) Award, and The Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Prize.
The Water Gypsies are a 4 piece rockin’ covers band that have played all over the country to enthusiastic crowds wherever they appear..
Between the members they have a vast amount of experience, having been seen and heard either under their own names or as session musicians on National TV and Radio.. Their repertoire encompasses everything from The Beatles to Coldplay, Johnny Cash to the Clash to name just a few… Be sure not to miss them, they’re a good time band and ‘a splendid time is guaranteed for all’..
The Point of Everything is an interview series focused on Irish artists, going in-depth on the creative process, the music industry and everything in between. Hosted by Eoghan O’Sullivan, TPOE has been running since 2015, clocking up over 275 episodes and talking to new and older acts alike. Recent episodes have featured the likes of the Choice Prize-nominated Maija Sofia, Ailbhe Reddy, Murder Capital and David Kitt, hotly tipped Ezra Williams and Caoilian Sherlock, and the acclaimed Brigid Mae Power. Delving into the archives, there are interviews with James Vincent McMorrow, the Frank and Walters, Cormac Begley, Windings and hundreds of others. Eoghan was previously at Clonakilty International Guitar Festival where he talked with the Mary Wallopers.
Incorporating the imprint of Krautrock, post-punk, and psychedelia, Belfast’s Junk Drawer’s intuitively loose and idiosyncratic brand of indie rock mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. Featuring four multi-instrumentalists & vocalists fluid in their roles, they’re driven by the inevitable harmony and discordance that comes from the sibling creative rivalry at the helm, and remain one of the most dynamic bands you’re likely to catch live.
Junk Drawer have been played by the likes of KEXP, BBC Radio 1 & BBC 6Music, and featured in Stereogum, Paste, Bandcamp, The Quietus, Clash, So Young, and The Line Of Best Fit, amongst others. Following an early pair of self-released EPs, the band spearheaded the grassroots Irish music community with their part in regular sell-out independent vinyl compilation ‘A Litany of Failures’.
Their latest EP ‘The Dust Has Come To Stay’ came out on March 11th, 2022 on 12” recycled black vinyl via Art For Blind. Singles ‘Tears In Costa’, ‘Railroad King’ & ‘Suspended Anvil’ were acclaimed by the likes of KEXP, Brooklyn Vegan, Bandcamp, Stereogum, Nialler9 and more. They were featured in Paste Magazine & The Quietus’ Tracks of the Month, and added to playlists from the likes of Sub Pop & Spotify’s Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds Rock & Fresh Finds Indie. They have shared stages with acts like Built To Spill, Suuns, Temples, Mclusky & Jeffrey Lewis, and have toured across the UK & France on the back of their recent EP.
“Mixing the influence of Pavement with kraut and post-punk à-la Fat White Family, Junk Drawer show how to move on in style from neo-psych, despite not renouncing, subtly permeating the 7-minute jam with ethereal and lysergic vibes” So Young
“A rambling rocker travelling down winding roads of guitar” Stereogum
“Their warm, fuzzy indie-rock edge makes for a familiarity that does not sound stale. Junk Drawer is an apt name for their hodgepodge of influences, but is not an indicator of their quality in the slightest.” Paste Magazine
“Tears In Costa is a charming instrumental, winsome jangles of guitar and looping riffs, taken to the next level by Stevie Lennox’s delightfully emotive vocal. It’s hard not to get swept up.”The Quietus
Although in their nascent-years, The Fynches have a long history together. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (frontman, producer, actor) formed a group with his friend Josh Hackett while still in primary school. Ferdia’s older brother Oisín (Villagers, Hudson Taylor) was teaching them both at the time in the ways of rock and roll and helped as they cultivated a style that was modern but harkened from another time. In college Josh met Cam Teehan and The Fynches were truly formed. With some formidable releases under their belt and many more on the way, they are a live act that is unparalleled. Their vocal harmonies echo the sounds of CSN and The Band and their performances are energetic, psychedelic and ecstatic. Formed in 2022, their 2 double A-side releases were met with critical acclaim, TV performances and radio play. They have so much more to do, stories to tell and music to make. Keep an eye out, because when The Fynches hit you, you had better hang on for dear life.
The Altered Hours are a rock group based in Cork City, Ireland. Their music explores vast psychedelic spaces, immediate post-punk tones, repetitive rhythms and propelling structures. The lyrics bind this wall of noise together, comfortably connecting the escapism of the abstract with the honestly of realism. This duality is played out in song and on stage by the male/female lead singers Elaine Howley & Cathal MacGabhann alongside Patrick Cullen on bass guitar/effects and Nora Lewon on drums. Continuing an ‘art-punk’ tradition while being influenced by artists such as The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Iceage, Lydia Lunch, Spacemen 3 & Stereolab.
The band most recently joined fellow Irish rockers Fontaines D.C on a major European tour, playing sold out venues such as Le Bataclan (Paris) & Paradiso (Amsterdam). The Altered Hours are now back in the studio putting the final touches to what will be their third full length album. The past few years the 5 piece have been headlining tours in the UK & Europe, creating what some journalists have described as a ‘cult-like’ status. Playing everywhere from ex-government buildings, deconsecrated churches, sheds, parties & anywhere else that will have them. Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) invited them to record in his studio in Berlin in 2012 which resulted in a 10” vinyl being released on his label. The years ahead are set to be as exciting & energetic as ever for The Altered Hours with the group continuously carving out their own path in rock ‘n’ roll.
We are delighted to once again welcome the return of the Acoustic Forum to this years Guitar festival! This year’s AF will be composed of all the amazing musical experiences you have come to expect from this event however the one thing that may be unfamiliar is the venue. We’re delighted to team up with Scoil na mBuachailli to host this years event in their purpose built music room.
The Acoustic Forum is an eclectic event unlike anything else you’ve ever seen which sees a selection of artists from the festival playing in an intimate and informal concert in the round, with each artist staying onstage for the duration.
Guided by the guest host, each performer gives an insight into their craft and performs a short selection to whet the appetite for the weekend ahead.
It’s off the cuff, it’s friendly and it provides the listener with a varied and spontaneous night that never fails to surprise!
This year’s event will include host George Lowden & guests Gwenifer Raymond (WLS), Gemma Hayes (IRL), John Spillane (IRL) & Junior Brother (IRL)
In keeping with The Acoustic Forum tradition a portion of the tickets for this event will be available at a reduced rate for the unwaged.
This will be operated on an honour system so please be sound!
Yonder Boys are an Americana band, who while performing on traditional folk instruments, show great depth in the variety of influences they bring to the genre. Traditional old-time Americana sound is mixed with rock, Latin, pop, and psychedelic influences. The band features the singing duo of Jason Serious (USA – vocals, guitar) and David Stewart Ingleton (Australia – vocals, banjo) who have performed as support for such names as Billy Bragg, The Wood Brothers, Timber Timbre, Other Lives, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Joining them is multi-instrumentalist Tomás Peralta (Chile -vocals, mandolin, banjo, bass). Their first Album Acid Folk (2020) has been featured on BBC Radio, RTE Radio, Dublin City FM, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and MTV Australia.
Thurs – The Courtyard 10pm
Fri DeBarras 8:30 pm
Sat Shanleys 8:30pm
Sun The Emmett 3pm
“‘Acid Folk breaks through the walls of genre, convention, and predictability, taking you on a wild ride which you don’t want to get off”. – Folk Radio UK
The Céilí Allstars are an exciting traditional Irish music band from Cork.
They formed from a group of friends playing the session trail in Cork city in the late nineties. Their musical style includes shades of Sliabh Luachra – where they originate from – combined with generous sprinklings of folk & country.
They’ve played residencies in some of Cork’s legendary folk venues and have also performed at festivals around the globe.
The Ceilí Allstars are: Michael O’ Sullivan – Banjo, Flor Rahilly – Guitar and Vocals, Stan O’ Sullivan – Fiddle and Lisa O’ Sullivan – Fiddle.