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An Irish based electro-pop trio, combining a dance floor groove with rocking riffs, will be hitting Cork in December. Toy Soldier, performing in the Crane Lane Theatre on Sunday, December 7th and the Blackbird, Ballycotton on Monday, December 15th, are also set to release the first song to be taken from their forthcoming EP Breathe, which will be released in March...

Long associated with stand-up, PJ Gallagher is now taking a different direction in comedy, joining six others for a performance of Singlehood. Play's Maria Tracey chats to the funny-man about braving new pastures, admitting singleton tragedies, and the perils of having to keep schtum on stage. 

'I forget I'm in the show and start watching it'...

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. 

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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,...

Following a busy summer Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra will be hitting the road again for an extensive winter tour of the UK and Ireland in support of their second album Talk About The Weather, released to much acclaim earlier this year.
 
An intensive touring schedule since the release of their widely praised 2012 debut Money Isn’t...

Icelandic composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds will perform his boundary pushing blend of classical, pop and electronica at Triskel Christchurch on Wednesday, February 18th. Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007, he has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions which combine...

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 ...

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,...

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'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...

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 ...

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