Highlights of the day … and no, it’s not just jazz



Indoor plants

Cyprus Avenue, € 20

Bell X1 frontman Paul Noonan and electronic producer Daithí give a live release to their new collaborative project.

Trio of blue notes

River Lee Hotel, 6 p.m.

As part of a free music weekend at the River Club. Other Cork hotels, the Metropole and the Imperial, will also have music playing over the next few days.


Everyman Palace, 6 p.m., € 30

Choice Cuts founder Mark Murphy, conductor Max Zaska and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble come together to explore the sound of contemporary jazz. Show also on Sunday at the same time and in the same place.

A pony horse

Barbarella, 6.30 p.m., free

Cork folk-rockers have their say at Barrack Street bar, formerly known as An Réalt Dearg and Gateway.

Knee brace: Buachaillí dána, ag deanamh hip-hop agus ruaille buaille i Cyprus Avenue ar oiche Sathairn.

Ball joint

Cyprus Avenue, 7 p.m., € 22.50

Belfast hosts Móglaí Bap, Mo Chara and DJ Próvaí are back to wreck heads and stage equipment after the cancellation of pre-Covid Cork dates.

Colm Motherway

Electric, 7 p.m., free

Veteran Cork DJ and Radio Otherway boss joins the Dim the Lights crew to pick tracks at the South Mall bar and restaurant all evening.

Marc Copland is at Triskel.
Marc Copland is at Triskel.

Marc Copland

Triskel Christchurch, 8 p.m., € 28

The iconic jazz pianist, described by critics as a “silent giant”, presents a unique solo show at the Triskel, taking inspiration from the new solo album “John”.

The Dan Walsh trio

O’Sho, 9 p.m., free

The Cork musician and improviser is overseeing one of the many jazz sessions going on throughout the weekend at the limited capacity Barrack Street bar.

The collective X

Everyman Palace, 10:15 p.m., € 20

Irish soul, R&B and hip-hop talents come together on a live excursion for the Dublin-based collective, including singers Senita, Toshín and Jess Kav.

Jenny Greene and generic people

Liège Opera,11:30 p.m., € 22.50

Dublin-based DJ and presenter 2FM returns to her place in the final shift of Jazz Weekend, serving dance classics, floor fillers and hidden gems.


The Academic: duplicate on Cyprus Avenue on Sunday.  Photo: Miki Barlok
The Academic: duplicate on Cyprus Avenue on Sunday. Photo: Miki Barlok


Cyprus Avenue, 2 p.m., € 30

A Sunday morning show for the merchants of pop-rock choirs after their sold-out evening show.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Live at St. Luke’s, 2 p.m., € 30

The HBE summons jazz fans to Sunday service with an afternoon of old spirituals at the Northside Sonic Temple.


Triskel Christchurch, 2:30 p.m., € 20

Xenia Pestova Bennett (piano) and Ed Bennett (live electronics) present a radical reinterpretation of Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Everyman Palace, 6.30 p.m., € 30

The South Chicago family group returns to Cork stages after wowing audiences on recent Jazz Weekend Tours.

Blok Rokn Beats

Cork Opera, 7 p.m., € 26

Today, FM DJ Dec Pierce takes audiences on a journey through the great classics of the 90s, with live percussion from The Hit Machine.

Denise Chaila: Sunday concert at St. Luke's.
Denise Chaila: Sunday concert at St. Luke’s.

MåsExödus & Denise Chaila

Live at St. Luke’s, 7:30 p.m., € 30

The Irish hip-hop pharaoh takes to the stages of St. Luke’s to help MÃ¥sExödus in a last-minute revival.

Pontius Pilate and the nailers

An Bróg, 7:30 p.m., free

Amidst all the jazz, a chance to get on the train to Skaville with the resident two-tone heroes of Leeside.

Kit Downes Debris Dream Life

Triskel Christchurch, 8 p.m., € 25

A chance to hear the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed album from ECM Records’ man ‘Dreamlife of Debris’ in concert.

Kit Downes and his group are in Triskel.
Kit Downes and his group are in Triskel.

James vincent mcmorrow

Everyman Palace, 9:30 p.m.

The singer-songwriter and producer comes to the Everyman to play tunes from the first label of a major record company, “Grapefruit Season”.

Niall McCabe Band

Coughlan’s, 10:30 p.m., free

Galway Soulman and his entire band gather in the back room of Douglas Street for a Sunday show.

Jenny greene

Cyprus Avenue, 11 p.m., € 20

Another great crowd pleasers and floor filler service from 2FM’s resident dance encyclopedia.

King Kong Company

Cork Opera House, 11:30 p.m., € 25

Waterford fans (and their Boxheads) bring their festival-tested live performance back to the Opera stage – testing the audience’s ability to stay in their place!


Yasiin Bey: the former Mos Def goes to the Opera for a jazz trip through his work Monday evening
Yasiin Bey: the former Mos Def goes to the Opera for a jazz trip through his work Monday evening

Hyde Park Marching Band

River Lee Hotel, 12 p.m., free

Live jazz to cure your ailments after the festivities of the Sunday evening holidays.

Pa Sheehy

Cyprus Avenue, 7 p.m., € 15

The former Walking on Cars man has been opening his solo account lately, reflecting on life before the lockdown and the nature of change with his debut EP “The Art of Disappearing”.

Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def

Cork Opera House, 7 p.m., € 40

The ’90s hip-hop icon made his Cork Jazz Weekend debut, exploring his catalog with the help of a big band from the ranks of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.


There will be free outdoor music at Emmet Place throughout the weekend.
There will be free outdoor music at Emmet Place throughout the weekend.

Beat in the street

Downtown; all weekend at different times, free

No, not the 2FM rages of yesteryear, but the cheerful jazz of some of Europe’s finest brass bands as they march through the city streets.

The jazz bus

Downtown; the whole weekend; free

There are a number of ways you can celebrate jazz – but taking a tour with one of the many marching bands that tour has to be a highlight.

Blarney Orchestra

Daunt Square; Saturday, 3:30 p.m., free

A selection of light and popular music, performed by the award-winning Blarney Concert Band as part of the Big Fringe lineup.

Jazz at the Super Dome

Emmet Square; Saturday and Sunday, all afternoon, free

The big brass bands that will roam the city have a HQ to report to – and you can see them on stage, all afternoon, at the Super Dome, just outside the Cork Opera House.


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