Connolly’s of Leap presents… Two Times Polka! Easter Monday, April 13th Tickets available via uTicket. . . . Award winning Irish group Two Time Polka play a fiery mixture of Cajun, Bluegrass and Rock ’n’ Roll music. They are known to spice up their live performances with flavours such as tangos and east European tunes. With five albums to their credit, Two Time Polka has proven popular with radio stations receiving both national and international airplay. Catch them at Connolly’s this Easter
Kenny Dread is thrilled to curate a spring bash with the freshest new West Cork bands! Kenny is doing a groove set focussed on reggae and funky influenced material with a tight ensemble featuring the mighty Alan John Brooks on bass, Brendan Connolly on guitar, Sarah Greenham Taylor on keyboards and harmonies, and Rik Appleby slapping the cajon. The Bella Coola are that rare thing in the West of Ireland: A bonafide groovy funk n soul band with two excellent lead singers in Katrina O’Kane and Dale Holland, a sax/flute horn section, and sprinkles of electronica samples. Mantra Mana Ma have emerged as an intriguing synthesis of world music, pop song, and chanting. Evocative singer Corinna Fisher plays the Indian harmonium and sings in several languages alongside guitarist Rik Appleby and South African percussionist/kora player Jonathan Barlow. Event Artwork by Joanne Neville www.joanneneville.com – PASS THE HAT GIG – FREE ADMISSION – WEST CORK FRESH –
Connolly’s of Leap presents.. The Bonny Men Sunday, May 3rd Tickets available via uTicket . . . The Bonny Men Having just released their third studio album, The Broken Pledge to critical acclaim, The Bonny Men will take the stage in Connolly’s to deliver a pulsating and high-octane gig for the May Bank Holiday 2020! Legendary musician Steve Cooney has described The Bonny Men’s new album as “daring and unstoppable” and this will certainly be the case for their live performance on Sunday the 3 rd of March. This seven-piece have musical credentials admired by many, with a long list of awards including young musician of the year for their Uilleann Piper, Maitiú Ó Casaide, and multiple World Bodhrán Champion, Conor Lyons. The distinguished sound of the band brings a contemporary flair to the heart and core of traditional Irish music and has seen their following swell in their nine years playing together. With newly crafted arrangements, intriguing sounds and a delivery that is never shy of character or personality, this May Bank Holiday gig will be guaranteed to be a musical experience from start to finish! "The Bonny Men have delivered another vibrant collection of well-tempered tunes and songs with extended and dynamic arrangements that unfold with surprising twists and turns…daring and unstoppable!”-Steve Cooney. “While others look to subvert convention, this seven-piece’s mastery is in their playing”-Sunday Times. “A reputation for electric live performances with an energy reminiscent of the legendary Bothy Band” – Hot Press. “They are on the right track and Irish music is in safe hands” – Mick O’Connor www.thebonnymen.ie The Broken Pledge Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUZifjq1SAE The Broken Pledge Full Album: https://open.spotify.com/album/4ZMNBtUByg5BuvGgs2l1Wu
Connolly’s of Leap presents… Ian Prowse May 9th, 2020 Tickets on sale NOW ____________________________ Ian Prowse is a singer/songwriter who wears his heart on his sleeve and writes straight from the cuff. ‘Here I Lie’ is an album of songs that tackle life, love, loss, death and the streets he walks. Produced by Tony Kiley, recorded with 20 musicians and released . on Kitchen Disco Records, his third solo outing is an album of tight words, beautiful arrangements and a Celtic influence synonymous with the unique sound of Liverpool. This is a majestic piece of work that reaches into the past to teach us something about today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsWFYucvrVw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L654O4n4_Po
Connolly’s of Leap presents… John Blek Sunday, August 23rd Tickets available via uTicket . . . After the fires of love, lust, life and revolution have burned out the embers are all that remain. “The Embers” the new album from John Blek consists of 9 visceral songs. Reflections and memories from a time after the affair. Released on 7th February 2020, The Embers is the fifth solo long player from Cork’s John Blek. This time it was recorded in its entirety at Wavefield Recordings, Clonakilty with Brian Casey Producing/Engineering and musical contributions from Mick Flannery, Matthew Berrill (Ensemble Eriu) and Davie Ryan (Notify, Atlantic Arc Orchestra). “The Embers” will see widespread release in Europe and the UK via K&F Records and Hometown Caravan and in Ireland via John’s own imprint We Are Rats Recordings (WARR). Available on digital, CD and gatefold 180gram Vinyl.