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The Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley is to perform in this year's Blockbuster Classics  - Music from the Movies concerts for schools at Cork City Hall. The Charleville singer was winner of the TV show in 2013 and signed with Universal Music having completed his album Hush. Three concerts have already sold out for Blockbuster Classics,...

It's back! The annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has returned, with 40,000 music lovers expected to attend events across Cork. Ahead of the action-packed four days, Play's Maria Tracey chats to the event's artistic director Jack McGouran about what punters 'going jazzing' should expect. 

It's the question on everyone's lips; "are you going jazzing?". The...

Friday 24

Imelda May kicks off the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival at the Opera House from 8pm, bringing her infectious blend of rockabilly, jazz, blues and torch songs Leeside. Tickets are €36 standing, €40 seated from corkoperahouse.ie.

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This year's Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature will be screened at Cork Cine Club. 20 Feet From Stardom (USA) is on the Club's programme for Thursday, November 6th in St John's Central College at 8pm. The film shines a spotlight on the back-up singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Along with rare archival ...

A new project from Richie Egan and Matthew Bolger, partners in The Redneck Manifesto as well as bandmates in Richie’s band Jape, will be coming to the Triskel this weekend. Both musicians are now settled in Malmö, Sweden, and while there they’ve collaborated on a set of songs under the name Dimman, meaning 'The Fog’ in Swedish, which is akin to an...

It may be clichéd, but it's certainly been a whirlwind year for Aslan. The veteran rockers' frontman was diagnosed with cancer, has since gone into remission, and now the band are selling out venues across the country. Play's Maria Tracey chats to guitarist Billy McGuinness about how the band is showing no signs of stopping. 

'This...

Friday 17
Winner of the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year for her self-produced debut album 13 songs, Julie Feeney's second album Pages was shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize while her third Clocks went straight to No.1 in the Independent Irish Album Charts. Experience Feeney's magic of yourself at the Opera House at 8pm with doors at...

One third of the legendary Après Match is the brilliant Barry Murphy who comes to The Comedy Club at City Limits tomorrow, Saturday. Lately his Germanic alter-ego Gunther has been appearing onstage and in the brilliant political satire from the IFTAs. Murphy also stars in Irish Pictorial Weekly. The Fear's Ross Browne will MC on the night, with doors at 8.30pm and...

The multi-award winning In Bloom (Grzeli Nateli Dgeebi) is to be screened at the Cork Cine Club next week. Celebrated by critics and audiences alike, the film depicts the unforgettable story of two young girls navigating the complex ties of friendship, love and family within a world of upheaval. It is set in Tbilisi in 1992 as the Soviet era ...

Simon Callow performs his internationally acclaimed solo show to the Everyman. Matthew Hurt's The Man Jesus will be staged on Sunday, November 2nd at 7.30pm. The show looks back 2,000 years to witness key moments in the life of ‘the man Jesus’, through the eyes of the people who knew him. Thought-provoking, and full of wit, this...

Acclaimed wildlife TV presenter and adventurer Gordon Buchanan is coming to Triskel Christchurch next month. Buchanan, who shot and presented the hugely popular BBC nature programmes Winterwatch, The Lost Land, The Polar Bear Family And Me and award-winning The Bear Family And Me will talk to audiences around Ireland about his experiences with...

Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live shows. Four-time featured artist at MerleFest, breakout stars at RockyGrass, and the darlings of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the "Mollies" bring audiences to their feet, whether it's on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall....

With gravity defying trapeze, hula-hoops, juggling, acrobatics and silks, Damn the Circus is a dazzling blend of theatre, red nose slapstick, poetry and daring acrobatics. The performance by Tumble Circus - a unique experience of innovative and contemporary Irish circus - will be at the Half Moon Theatre on Wednesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October...

The Guinness Cork Jazz Fringe Festival is to come to the Ballymaloe Grainstore for the first time this year. Harmonica hero Brendan Power and guitarist Frankie Lane make their debut as a duo on Friday, October 24th (€18), while jazz quintet Equinox featuring veteran American vocalist Marjorie Barnes travel from the Netherlands to east Cork...

Singer/songwriter and piano-player Elio Pace has thrilled audiences around the world for over 25 years with his soulful voice and piano playing. In September last year, he was invited to ‘fill Billy Joel’s shoes’ starring in two very special reunion concerts in New York and Philadelphia with Joel’s original 1971-72 touring band, recreating the historic Sigma...

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