HamsandwicH Live @ St Luke’s, Cork 29th Oct 2016...

Tricks and treats in Cork for the Bank Holiday weekend with perennial live favourites HamsandwicH. Anthony Kelly was there.

Foals Live At The Marquee, Cork 5 July 2016...

Anthony Kelly reviews Foals live at the Marquee, Cork.

Lisa Hannigan @ White Horse, Ballincollig, Cork 11 June 2016...

The ever popular Lisa Hannigan returns to Cork: Anthony Kelly reviews.

Exmagician live @ Cyprus Avenue 03 April 2016...

Quite a buzz on the Irish music scene about this band – Anthony Kelly sees Exmagician take to the stage in Cork.

Wyvern Lingo live @ Cyprus Avenue, Cork 26 Mar 2016...

Promising trio Wyvern Lingo play to a packed out at Cyprus Avenue watched by Anthony Kelly.

Richard Hawley live @ Cork Opera House 25 Feb 2016...

A regular visitor to these shores, Richard Hawley delivers at the Cork Opera House on 25 February watched by Anthony Kelly.

John Grant @ Cork Opera House 26th January 2016...

Irish music fans have taken him to their hearts: John Grant bewitches the audience at the Cork Opera House watched by Anthony Kelly.

Gaz Coombes live @ Cyprus Avenue, Cork 5 December 2015...

Anthony Kelly reviews ex Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes live in Cork.

The Vincent(s) live @ Cyprus Avenue 19 September 2015...

Not for the first time this weekend I climb the small staircase up to Cyprus Avenue; it is one of my favourite walks as I love the pictures that adorn the walls of all the great bands who have played this wonderful little venue. For years now I have been threatening to bring a screwdriver some evening and confiscating one particular photograph of The Frames. Support for tonight’s show came from Dublin in the form of 5 piece indie rock band Slackers Symphony. Before opening number ‘Control’ frontman Ed Grannell calmly introduced the band to the crowd; that was the last time the word calmly could be used about this Slackers Symphony set as from there on in it was 100 miles per hour. Grannell’s enthusiasm is infectious and the rest of the band follow his lead and are wilful participants in this high octane stage show. ‘Outside’ a wonderfully catchy pop song was the pick of the bunch from the energetic Dubliners. ‘Cambodian’ and ‘Summer’ were tracks which also stood out for me. The first time I remember seeing the Vincent(s) was at Indiependance 2014. I remember trudging through the mud towards the main tent and hearing the drum beat of ‘Summer Song’ and finding it hypnotic and almost Pied Piper-like leading the crowd towards the tent. Courtney Taylor of Dandy Warhols fame has also fallen under their spell and had them as support for his Academy gig this summer and has recently mixed 2 singles for them, the second of which ‘Milk With Tea’ is due out within the month. An exciting upcoming supporting slot for Gary Numan should bring great exposure for the band but tonight at Cyprus Avenue is set to be The Vincent(s) last headline gig for the year...

Hope is Noise, Jonny Rep & Hags @ Cyprus Ave, Cork 18 Sept 2015...

Friday 18th September was the 8th annual Cork Culture Night and the city was chock-a-block with people flooding to the various free events. Cork Ignite, a project which projected 3D images on to the Cork College of Commerce building gathered and amazed a massive crowd around the Union Quay area. However not everyone was impressed by this spectacular visual attraction as one grumpy frequent gig-goer found his usual car parking space had been taken up to facilitate the event. However his anger was short lived as he remembered that the good people of Cork Culture Night were also providing free gigs as part of their program and one of these free gigs saw Cyprus Avenue host 3 excellent local bands. Hags were first on stage at 10:15 which was just a little bit later than the announced 9:40 start time due to the late arrival of their drummer. When he arrived he seemed unphased by the hold up and to his credit, (unlike his arrival) his time keeping on the drums was impeccable. As for his bandmates they were made up of a bass player and 2 guitarists one of which was also the lead singer. With a sound what crossed over between Indie rock and maybe even moved towards grunge at times Hags were not long grabbing the attention of the slowly growing crowd. The highlights of their set list were a new untitled grungy track which was described with tongue firmly in cheek as a ballad, the excellent ‘Leave’ which I recognised from Red FM’s Irish music show Green on Red and a great song called ‘New Tides’. They wound up with an excellent song called ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and  got a great cheers when they explained that they were...