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The Irish music scene has been aflutter for the past week, ever since MKAI – a four-piece band from Ballintemple – raced up the iTunes charts to the #3 spot, knocking international pop starlet Taylor Swift off a lofty perch in the process.

Founded initially by Cian and Conor MacSweeny in 2012, two more brothers - Eoghan and Colm - have since come on board and, when you...

In Celtic mythology a 'Stray Sod' or 'Fóidín Mara' was an enchanted piece of grass where anyone who stepped on it would become disorientated and lost. It’s perhaps fitting then that Stray Sod is also the title of Celtic comedy warrior Tommy Tiernan's brand new DVD, out today, Friday! The show was filmed live at The Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre in Baltimore and...

The Triskel Christchurch will fill with the unique sound of singer / songwriter Lisa O’Neill next month when she arrives in Cork on Saturday, December 13th (8pm) for a one-night visit. The Cavan native has been touring extensively since the release of her second album, Same Cloth Or Not, in October 2013 – supporting Glen Hansard and Scottish folk singer James Yorkston on their...

With December just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about going along to a Christmas pantomime – and beginning on Saturday, December 6th, Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley and a superb cast from CADA will present ‘Cinderella’ to audiences at the Everyman Theatre.

Keith will play Prince Charming, with Clodagh Downey taking on one of her dream...

Friday 21: Fox Jaw are back on the road and ready to release their much anticipated second album. They’re also in Cork this Friday courtesy of an All Age gig at Fred Zeppelins on Parliament Street.

Saturday 22: Dublin four-piece Delorentos are on a nationwide...

Nominated for Sexiest Music Video at the IMTV awards; and lauded by BBC radio DJ Tom Robinson, Cork-based Toy Soldier are going from strength to strength. The electro-rock trio’s new single Sugar is out now, and Play’s Maria Tracey chats to vocalist and guitarist, Cian Walsh about how the band continues to soldier on.

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Music is a strong feature in this year's Cork Film Festival. Following on from a retrospective of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work, there is to be an exclusive live music and visuals with Gnod and visual artist KHOM tomorrow, Saturday, at the Triskel Christchurch from 9.30pm. Gnod will create an imagined soundtrack to arguably the greatest film never to reach the big...

Maurice Duruflé’s beloved and beautiful Requiem marries French colour with Gregorian plainsong. Now on Thursday, November 27th, Cork-based composer, director and conductor John O’Brien brings this rich, meditative piece to Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, sung by Voice Effect and guests. Presented by Cork Orchestral Society, the performance marks the society...

It's a case of art imitating life as Mary McEvoy stars as a cookery school teacher in her one-woman show, Fruitcake, in Ballymaloe Grainstore. Audiences are well-accustomed to seeing Darina and Rachel Allen offer culinary coaching, but this is a demo with a dramatic difference. Under the guise of a cookery demonstration Della Dolan, played with wonderful humour and...

Carrigaline-based rapper The Assassin has released his debut album. The artist, whose real name is Maurice Coveney Jnr, has launched This Is Who I Am, with the songs ranging from different concepts such as injustices in society to love and life. "I always loved music from as long back as I can remember," he said. "When I was eight, I used to stage Michael Jackson...

Friday 14
English record producer DJ Fresh will be at The Savoy from 10.30pm. He’s lighting up the charts at the moment with hits such as Louder, Earthquake and Dibby Dibby Sound, and tickets for his Cork show are €17.65 from ticketmaster.ie.

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Friday 7
Britain's Got Talent is coming to Cork on the hunt for talent and will be at The Roundy this afternoon. If any Leesider feels they could be the next Susan Boyle, Diversity or Paul Potts, then email Moray at info@theroundy.com. 


Saturday 8...

A special show celebrating Dylan Thomas is a way to echo the Welsh poet's own words: "do not go gentle into that good night". In essence, Wasps vs Dylan Thomas is to "rage against the dying of the light" by showcasing the work of one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century in a different way. An entirely independent production and lead...

Friday 31
Fears and nightmares will turn into reality as both the Nightmare Realm and Viris Zombie Scare have the ultimate spine chilling Halloween experiences this evening. See viris.ie and thenightmarerealm.ie for more information. 

Saturday...

Ten groups will be participating in the 24th One Act Drama Festival in Cobh next week, travelling from across the country. There will be three plays on Friday night, November 7th at 8pm in The Commodore Hotel, including hosts Haulbowline Theatre Group's production of The Boundary, a black comedy, written by Tom Stoppard. There are four plays on Saturday,...

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