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Nigel Mooney, widely regarded as Ireland’s leading jazz singer and guitarist, will play at the festival.

For one weekend each May, a sleepy West Cork village is transformed into a jazz Mecca as the Ballydehob Jazz Festival, run entirely by volunteers, attracts music fans from far and wide.

Play's Maria Tracey meets the latest recruit, Joseph O'Leary,...

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The new EP from Americana Irish trad group Vinnie’s TV is out next week. The Cork launch of Grapes & Ghosts takes place in the Crane Lane Theatre on Friday, April 25th, with the album featuring a large cast of musicians from Ireland and France. And half of Grapes and Ghosts was also recorded in Cork at Blackwater...

Sounds of System Breakdown has captivated crowds across Ireland and the UK with its unique blend of retro-futuristic electro and angular post-punk. In March last year the band- Rob Costello, Richy Kelly and Ed Costello-released the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album. In the release, the Dublin three-piece, favourably compared to LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads, Soulwax and...

Cork indie duo Yearning Curve are taking up a revolution. Almost 100 years ago, a small bunch of visionaries took over Dublin and began a revolution in Ireland which continues to inspire the country today. Now Yearning Curve's Lawrence O'Donnell and Bairbre Flood are undertaking their own revolution of the mind, body-politic and spirit with the release of their debut album, The Murder Machine...

The second issue of a sell-out music zine is now out. We Play Here, first launched last November, returns with features on Cork band Fred, who recently called it a day after 15 years. Frontman Joe O’Leary discusses the lifetime of the band over 10 extensive pages. There are also articles on the Limerick music scene past and present; women in music and a feature on up and coming film...

Wexford-born, Cork-based Lynda Cullen is to release her new album Paper Boat next week. The folk singer launched her first solo EP in 2008, entitled The Orange Tree, which was favourably reviewed by Hot Press, and has won her a loyal and growing fan base on the live music scene in Cork and throughout the country. In the last four years, she has performed at various folk festivals and shows in...

There's a plethora of mistakes and misunderstandings in She Stoops to Conquer… but it's all part of the show. Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th century heart-warming comedy comes to the Everyman as its only Irish venue on Tuesday, May 20th where it runs for five nights. It features Charles Marlow, a well-bred young man from London, who's beset with a stutter when in the presence of elegant...

A Cork acoustic alternative band is taking to a crowdfunding site to get their album released. The Lost Gecko are running a Fund:it campaign to aid in production of their album Unphotographable. There are 10 original songs on the album, which still need to be mixed and mastered, while the group also are raising funds to design artwork for the album cover and print CDs. They are looking for a...

Australian soulstress and ARIA nominee Mama Kin brings her stirring live show to De Barras, Clonakilty for the very first time later this month. On Wednesday, April 30th the all-out entertainer's bittersweet melodies and stomping piano and swampy beats will fill the West Cork venue for a riotous, raw and intimate gig.

Mama Kin’s critically acclaimed album The Magician's Daughter,...

Having performed together for the past seven years, US band The Underscore Orkestra know what they are doing. The group play a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz and swing, with a repertoire of both original and traditional material that has seen them play venues from intimate coffee shop settings to huge outdoor festivals. Now they travel to Cork to perform in the Crane Lane Theatre on...

The wonders of modern technology will bring two world-class musical and operatic treats live from the US and Germany to local audiences in Omniplex Mahon Point as part of a live global audience experience.

On Easter Sunday at 5pm an historic ‘bonus’ concert has been added to the Berlin Philharmonic’s Live in HD season. This concert comes from the world famous Baden-...

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Two Muggles will whiz through all seven books in the Harry Potter series in just 70 minutes in Cork later this month. Play's Maria Tracey talks to James Percy, who plays the world's most famous boy wizard in the parody Potted Potter, about how he's hoping to create some magic on Leeside.

Harry Potter is on a magical mission in Cork...

Last year's electrifying show at the Marquee forced acclaimed American indie rock band The National's return to Leeside and resulted in a subsequent Irish tour. Speaking to Play, the group's bassist Scott Devendorf said the audience at last June's gig made it especially memorable: "It was super fun," he says. "Everyone was so excited and that always helps us. It was just really...

British performance poet John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the 70s. His biting, satirical, political and funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonates with the punk movement. He began his career touring with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello, until the punk poet began to draw large crowds in his own right...

As a Choice Music Prize Award for his song Say Hello, Dublin singer Gavin James developed his songwriting and performance skills through a series of live residences in Dublin's pubs over the last three years. "When I started, some were quite funny, in a not particularly good way," laughs Gavin. "However, after trial and error, I became more comfortable with the process and my...

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