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HUDSON TAYLOR  ::  Thur 29th March   :: @ Cork Opera House
8pm Tickets €22.50  
Irish duo, brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, today announced they will be performing in Cork Opera House as part of their 2018 Irish tour. Hudson Taylor released their debut album “Singing for Strangers” in 2015. The multi-talented siblings having honed their craft busking on the streets of their hometown of Dublin as well as cities all over Europe. The album, which was produced by Iain Archer (James Bay, Jake Bugg), featured three big hits - ‘Chasing Rubies’, ‘Battles’ and ‘Weapons’. Hudson Taylor are currently putting the finishing touches to their second album, which has been produced by Ryan Hadlock, best known for his work with The Lumineers and Vance Joy, and is being mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Son, Ed Sheeran). The band have had a very successful year in Ireland. They played to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend at the Electric Picnic festival in September, and their lead-off Irish single “Feel It Again” is one of the biggest national airplay hits of 2017. 2018 looks very exciting indeed for Harry and Alfie, as they head out on tour across Europe in January in support of their forthcoming new single “Run With Me”, before crossing the Atlantic for an extensive US tour in the spring.

THIS IS THE KIT :: TUES 16th JAN
Doors 8pm Tickets €17.50  
This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, ‘Moonshine Freeze’, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, ‘Bashed Out’, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into Geoff Barrow’s Invada studios in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.

HARDY BUCKS (live) :: Wed 17th Jan
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €18.50  
Behold their one of a kind 90 min live comedy show as the boys return to Cork city!
 

UMAN :: Fri 19th Jan
Doors 8pm Tickets €10  
New Irish soul acts U.M.A.N released his soul single “Flamin’Day” earlier this year and after receiving it first ever play on the Ian Dempsey show, the single shot to No.4 on the iTunes singles chart! Since then the single went onto break the top 30 radio chart and reach top 10 on Shazam. The single continuing to grown and is already heading towards a quarter of a million plays on Spotify. U.M.A.N which is an abbreviation for U. Must. Act. Now is the new artists name for singer songwriter Brian Flanagan who had perviously released an album that featured a duet with Folk Blues Legend Eric Bibb and joined Bibb on his Irish Tour. Brian also wrote the charity single for Sile Seoige and celebrity choir which included Jack L, Mary Black, Roisin O etc which reached No. 6 in the Irish charts over Christmas and earned 25K for charity, Brian also composed a song for Easter Rising anniversary featuring Finbar Furey. After joining with Collective Management early this year, Brian has been focused on finding a new sound and directions which they have found with the first single from the U.M.A.N project Flamin’Day! Earlier this mont U.M.A.N sold out two headline show in Whelans Dublin.

PEARL JEM :: Sat 20th Jan
Doors 8pm Tickets €12.50  
Pearl Jem are a 100% Irish tribute to the greatest band on the planet. As Pearl Jam fans first and foremost, we have taken a great amount of time and effort to ensure that our show is nothing but a marker of love and respect to the source material. The energy from a crowd is vital to the effect of the live show, and without our fellow Pearl Jam fans we would just be 5 guys in a room playing songs that we love.
 

VERSATILE :: Fri 26th Jan
Doors 11pm Tickets €12.50  
Versatile are Eskimo Supreme and Casper Walsh: who bring their daily routine on the streets to life through their music. These lavish-living, hoop-loving, Ringsend natives paint a vivid picture of day-to-day occurrences of inner city Dublin. As the co-founders of Outburst Productions, they are responsible for hits such as She Goes Out with a Redhot, Mad Scene, We Sell Brown, Who Robbed the Hash From the Gaf and their most recent banger Dublin City G’s, Versatile are taking their hype-filled live show to Cyprus Avenue, Cork this January 2018.

HAYSEED DIXIE :: Mon 29th Jan
Doors 8pm Tickets €17.50  
Hayseed Dixie began one day in 2000 when John Wheeler and Mike Daly drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back and decided to play around in John’s studio. Having spent the previous few years touring around with assorted country hat-acts, John had assembled a proper pile of recording equipment. Thus when he and Mike discovered in their drunken epiphany that the Lost Highway of Reverend Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell of Bishop Bon Scott were indeed the same identical stretch of tarmac, they were well and truly prepared to document this revelation in situ. Now, 17 years and 14 albums later, with global physical sales in excess of half a million and over 1,200 live shows in 31 different countries under their belts, Hayseed Dixie are the undisputed creators of the musical genre, Rockgrass. There are many copycats, converts, and disciples out there. Accept no imitations. Free Your Mind And Your Grass Will Follow is out now on Hayseed Dixie Records.

RUBYHORSE :: Sat 3rd Feb
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €20  
The band have been working on new material over the last 12 months the plan is to release trax early in the new year and support this with further shows in spring/summer 2018 both at home and In the US where they had a hugely successful run. Rubyhorse had a billboard top 20 hit with Sparkle and appeared on the David letterman show, Conan O’Brien and Good Morning America . They also recorded with Beatles’ member George Harrison and are releasing a special anniversary version of that track Punchdrunk in the new year.

BRITISH SEA POWER :: Mon 5th Feb
Doors 9pm Tickets €17.50  
Catch British Sea Power live next February as they perform tracks from their new albumLet The Dancers Inherit The Party, as well as bold anthems from across their influential career.

NEWTON FAULKNER :: Sat 10th Feb
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €22.50  
Newton Faulkner is back to release his 6th studio album later this year, following a string of top 10 albums (including two at no.1).

NATHAN FAKE :: Fri 23rd Feb
Doors 11pm Tickets €15  
Norfolk born and bred heir to the UK electronica throne Nathan Fake has kept fans of fuzzy-edged synths and pounding acidic techno beats alike guessing ever since his debut release at the tender age of 19. And now, having just reached his 29th birthday milestone, he is back with exuberant new album main event 'Steam Days', a breathtaking landmark on Nathan Fake's road to musical maturity which Nathan has rightly branded his “best work to date”, oscillating effortlessly between both ends of the electronic spectrum to reprise both the soothing melodic indulgence and heavy dancefloor assault of his albums of yore.

STEPHANIE RAINEY :: Fri 2nd March
Doors 8pm Tickets €15  
Stephanie Rainey is the Irish singer songwriter who made the impossible happen. With no money, no manager, no contacts and no carefully calculated social media campaign, she created a music industry stampede of epidemic proportions with just one heart-stopping song – ‘Please Don’t Go’. Within 24 hours of the song being uploaded onto Facebook, Stephanie – who had spent a decade trying to break into the music business - had more than a million hits (it quickly rose to five million views across both Facebook and YouTube), offers pouring in from US and UK record companies and world-wide media attention.
Last year Stephanie signed to East West Records/Warner Music, opting for a deal which would give her the chance to develop her skills and collaborate with award winning songwriters, including Amy Wadge who has co-written with Ed Sheeran and won a Grammy for ‘Thinking Out Loud’. Her first release is self-affirming anthem, ‘100 Like Me’ where Stephanie opens up about her battle with self-consciousness. Further tracks to look forward to include the raw and honest, ‘Sorry’ and the wonderfully uplifting, ‘Nothing Of You Left To Love.’ “The dream to make the best, most wicked music I can possibly make is actually happening for me,” she says. “I thought my dream was over and really it was only just beginning and I can’t wait. “ 2018 is destined to be the year of Stephanie Rainey.

KARL BLAU :: Fri 16th March
Doors 7pm Tickets €15  
Sequestered away in rural bliss, 90 minutes north of Seattle on the Washington state coast, Karl Blau has been making records for 20 years, but never with European distribution. So, when Bella Union released Introducing Karl Blau in 2016, it shone a belated and deserved light on “one of the great hidden treasures of music,” claimed album producer Tucker Martine. But given Introducing’s specific agenda – a set of gorgeous, lush cover versions drawing mostly on vintage Nashville’s country-soul with Blau concentrating on his rich, reverberating voice, his latest album Out Her Space is so different that it could be titled Reintroducing Karl Blau. Out Her Space, released 17th November on Bella Union, features all Blau’s own material, production and multi-instrumental skills, and forges a gorgeous, languid and hook-infested gumbo of soul, funk, some jazzy blowing and Afro-pop, to arrive somewhere else entirely.

DAVE CLARKE :: Fri 16th March
Doors 11pm Tickets €20  
As a DJ, Clarke plays out three weekends a month across Europe and the world, living up to his nickname, the Baron of Techno, a moniker given him by the late, great BBC Radio DJ John Peel. There’s the same attention to detail each time, his sets swooping whip-smart along the cutting blade of techno and electro, backed up by a seasoned bag of DJ tricks in which his early hip hop roots clearly show. Techno’s first and original “Man in Black”, Clarke blends into the background upon arrival and lets his music do the talking. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart. From small, sweaty clubs to the likes of Fabric, Fuse or Tresor, Clarke nurtures an extraordinary relationship with the crowd.

LEE SCRATCH PERRY :: Thur 22nd March
Doors 8pm Tickets €22.50  
Regarded with awe throughout the music world Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in Kingston Jamaica through to his production of some Wailers classics and lots more, Perry’s innovative style marks him out as one of Reggaes true originals. He’s worked with everyone form The Skatalites to The Clash and he can even be credited with pairing Peter Tosh with Bob Marley and The Wailers. Sometimes credited with the invention of DUB his groundbreaking use of sound effects, echo reverb and rewind added a new dimension to Reggae. With thumping Bass and a tight knit backing band his live shows contain Bass heavy versions of classics such as “War Ina Babylon” “Chase the Devil” and even a lively version of “Exodus”. At the grand old age of 81 Lee “the Upsetter” Perry is still going strong, still touring Europe and beyond. Indeed he’s celebrating his 82nd birthday this time around. His Irish shows last year we’re all sell-outs this coming March should be no different.

ALL TVVINS :: Fri 30th March 2018
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €20  
The duo announced they will release their second track since ‘IIVV’ was released. Following on from “Alone Together” feat. James Vincent McMorrow, comes “Anything”, a clear step beyond anything that featured on ‘IIVV’ and a development on “Alone Together” When ‘IIVV’ was nominated for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Awards, it heralded the end of the album’s campaign. After a minimal break, the duo soon “turbo-boosted” their writing process where they amassed a group of new singles they plan on releasing over the coming months. Whereas they previously painstakingly crafted each song together, they instead found themselves creating almost completed ideas individually before allowing the other partner to put their stamp on it. Most of the new tracks emerged on piano and synths before being fleshed out into a band dynamic. Inspired by a whole world of influences, Lar describes them as being “varied and extreme” and “emotionally charged”, while Conor notes that his interest in keys means that he has been writing a lot more on piano. All Tvvins have previously shared stages with bands including Arcade Fire, Pixies and Foals, and have played events as diverse as the VICE House Party and the huge 2FM Xmas Ball in Dublin.

DELORENTOS :: THUR 5th APRIL
Doors 8pm Tickets €15  
Over 10 years and five albums Delorentos have proved themselves to be one of Ireland’s most enduring, creative, imaginative and exciting bands. Together they have experienced much that a life in music has to offer, from the thrill of playing live shows and making new friends all around the world to the challenge of surviving in an ever changing industry. Delorentos will be releasing new music in 2018!

LITTLE HOURS :: FRI 6th APRIL
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €20  
Donegal’s Little Hours keep things cooking with the release of their new video for “Later On”, taken from their number 1 EP “Too Much Patience”. The video was directed by Sean James Garland and shot in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The latest offering from Little Hours comes along with the announcement of fresh Irish dates in Spring 2018. Led by vocalist / pianist John Doherty, Little Hours enjoyed a busy summer of festivals around Ireland, including playing Main Stage at Electric Picnic and were special guests of both Birdy and Rodrigo y Gabriela in the UK as well as playing a string of their own sold out headline shows across Ireland and the UK in October.