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Surprisingly little is known about Mother Jones in her native county. Two years ago the first Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in Shandon, believed to be the birthplace of the fearless fighter for workers rights in 1837, set out to rectify this oversight. Now, as the annual festival gets underway next week, Play's Maria Tracey talks to spokesperson Ger O’Mahony about the woman behind the...

Star of RTÉ's Love/Hate, comedian Patrick Murray plays The Roundy Laughs tonight, Friday. One of the country's best stand-ups, he is well known for his role as an IRA tough guy in the hit crime drama. And it's no coincidence that he was chosen for the part; Murray is a former championship boxer who fought Andy Lee twice.

However performing stand-up on stage is where Murray really...

The much anticipated debut album from Pulses of Tradition musician Elaine Cormican will be launched this evening, Friday. Cluain Amhrán/Meadow of Song has already received outstanding reviews from well-known Irish artists such as Seán Keane and Karan Casey. The CD features a selection of diverse traditional songs, both in English and Irish, which are complemented by delicate,...

A new Cork theatre production is questioning whether our collective imaginations are suffering as we trade the fantastical for the mundane. We Make Gods from Conflicted Theatre explores the theme that as the grand mythologies of the past fade- the gods, the heroes and the epic journeys- society seeks to fill the void by deifying the new elements that shape our lives. The devised piece of...

Kentucky songwriter Daniel Martin Moore is returning to Cork for an intimate show in the Gulpd Café next week. The last time he played at the Triskel venue was with another Kentucky-based singer and songwriter Joan Shelley in 2012, before the two embarked on a tour of Ireland, the UK and Spain. Moore first came to fame on the strength of a four-song unsolicited demo he sent to Sub Pop...

Supergroup Mosaik are to headline at the 35th Cork Folk Festival in October. The band, featuring Planxty's Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny with a fiery fusion of Irish, Balkan, and American Old Time music, will be appearing in the Pavilion on Saturday, October 4th, while A Stór Mo Chroí starring Karan Casey, Éilís Kennedy, Pauline Scanlon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, John...

Much loved family comedian Brendan Grace is celebrating 42 years in comedy with a performance in Ballymaloe Grainstore next month. Forty years ago, when the 20-year-old Dubliner set off on his solo career, he could never have envisaged the life that lay ahead. Just two years later, he recorded a Geordie song Cushy Butterfield which sailed to number one in the Irish charts, and the rest is...

Cork's own The Sultans Of Ping play their first hometown headline gig in several years at Cyprus Avenue next week. The punk singers were first formed Leeside in 1989 and were signed by Rhythm King Records in 1991. Cult classic Where’s Me Jumper was their first release in 1992 and their debut album Casual Sex In The Cineplex was released in 1993 and made the UK Top 30, along with their...

Rapping, DJ workshops, music production, songwriting, music recording and Samba drumming form part of a summer camp running next week. In partnership with Music Generation Cork City, the Cork-based programme SoundOUT is hosting the initiative for young people aged between seven and 16-years-of-age from Monday, July 28th to Friday, August 1st. Former UCC music student, Grainne McHale is...

Following his recent sell out show at Vicar St, Lloyd Cole returns with a seven-date solo tour of Ireland this autumn. Having come to the fore in 1984 fronting The Commotions and racking up hits like Perfect Skin, Brand New Friend, Lost Weekend, Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? and Jennifer She Said, Cole moved to the States five years later to pursue a solo career that has seen him develop...

A spectacular visual feast involving large tables strewn with colours, imagery, found objects as well as ambient sound and smell is coming to the Triskel. Marie Brett and John McHarg collaborate in the joint exhibition Shadow Traders, with writer and director Johnny Hanrahan opening the ambitious work on Wednesday, August 6th at 6pm. The exhibition runs until Sunday, August 31st. This new work...

The indie-pop two-piece of Dave Carey and Annie Sutton was formed only last year and the pair have already released a debut album and supported Paddy Casey. Now Palaces are setting their sights on the Chinese market with plans to move to Beijing. Play's Maria Tracey catches up with the duo to discuss their anthemic sound, living room recordings, and their plans to tap a market of 13 million...

Cork-natives Sideproject will play a free show in The Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday. The five-piece post-rock group, formed in early 2006, has released three EPs: Take Shelter From The Stars, Not Waving But Drowning and most recently, They Made You Miss Everything, which came out last summer. The free Pavilion gig, kicking off at 9pm, will be Sideproject's first in Cork since the launch of the...

Irish singer, actor and filmmaker Maria Doyle Kennedy will play an intimate gig at the Sirius Arts Centre tonight, Friday. The singer recently finished a run of sell-out shows in Europe, New York and Toronto and released her latest album, Maria Live earlier this year. It was also announced last week that Maria Doyle Kennedy will return for the third season of the sci-fi series Orphan Black,...

 It might still be summer but the Irish Chamber Orchestra is already planning a Christmas cathedral concert in Cork for December. The Orchestra's Christmas celebration Joyeux Noël will have a decidedly French theme, featuring delights from Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns and Achille-Claude Debussy. English composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten’s imaginative...

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