Music in Cork

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Music in Cork


The locals sure love their music! Cork is bursting at the seams with musical talent and the city's pubs, theatres and specialist live music venues are overflowing with live music acts seven nights a week. 

For comprehensive live music listings, including Irish traditional music sessions click here 


Without doubt the most famous musician from Cork is blues guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher who initially made his name with the trio Taste before going solo. Although never one to flirt with main stream Gallagher had the respect of the top musicians of his time. Our favourite quote about Rory is from Jimi Hendrix. When asked by a journalist what it felt like to be the greatest guitarist in the world he replied:

"I wouldn't know. Ask Rory Gallagher".

Rory Gallagher is revered on Leeside with murals and images filling bar and club walls. After his early death in 1994 the Paul Street plaza was renamed Rory Gallagher Square. 

Cork's most well known bands are the Frank & Walters and The Sultans of Ping FC, both who have charted extensively in Ireland, the UK and around the world.  

Whats On

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Event Guide - Friday 26th May 2017

Show events for

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Live Music

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Reardens, Washington St.
10:30 pm - Free before 11pm

9:30 pm - €10

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St.
8 pm - €22

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
10:30 pm - Free

The Welcome Inn
10:30 pm - Free

The Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St
6 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Live At St. Luke's
7:30 pm - 26

Jj Coppingers, Midleton
9 pm - Free

DJ / Nightlife

Mason, 21 Tuckey Street, Cork
7 pm - Free


City Limits, Coburg St.
9 pm - 15/18


Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll's Quay
8 pm - €15, €12

The Everyman, MacCurtain St.
8 pm - €15


Cork School Of Music
9 am - Free

St. John's College, Sawmill Street, Cork City
6:30 pm - Free


Firkin Crane, Shandon
7:30 pm - €16 full €60 family of 4


Franciscan Well
7 pm - 30 euro