Fish go Deep’s West Cork date of 2018 marks a celebration – we’ll be officially licensed to get our Good Friday groove on for the first time since the 1920s. Of course, the lack of license never stopped people making a big night of it in the past so, in honour of the many fine Good Friday house parties that went before us, Fish go Deep are throwing A Very Good Friday House Party in Connolly’s on March 30th. As ever, the Connolly’s family will be hosting, while Greg, Shane and Colm will be selecting the music. Get down early!
Merakindie X Connolly’s of Leap presents Merakindie 1st Birthday Party feat, O EMPEROR, ARTHURITIS & ELAINE MALONE If you want a place on the bus from Cork city returning that night, post your name on the event wall. O EMPEROR Emerging from a sustained period of blurblobitude, O Emperor return in 2018 with new music. Make it Rain is the first song to be released from a batch of new material which marks a significant break from the song-centred approach of the band’s previous work. The track is a delicious slice of fuzzy Afro-Disco, emerging from spontaneous instrumental experiments captured and pieced together at the band’s Cork studio. The release of Make it Rain on January 29th preempts the band’s appearance at Quarter Block Party on February 2nd, and a Dublin date at the Bello Bar on February 17th, Connolly’s of Leap March 31st -the band’s first live performances in over two years. www.breakingtunes/oemperor ARTHURITIS ARTHURITIS is a Pan-Dimensional being from the fifth moon of the desolate bubblewrap planet, Lukon 5. ARTHURITIS has feelings. ARTHURITIS makes shapes. You like ARTHURITIS. ARTHURITIS likes you. ELAINE MALONE Elaine Malone is a Cork based, Limerick born psych-folker. Influenced by Elliott Smith, Nirvana and Connan Mockasin, her dynamic three piece brings folk to grungey and psychedelic places. Her debut EP ‘Land’ is due out in the coming weeks.
Colm Motherway and Toby Hatchett will take over the stage in Connolly’s on Easter Sunday for a FREE party. Get ready for a night of banging tunes from some of our most loved DJs. Let’s all gather and celebrate the resurrection of our boy Jesus with a unanimous toast.
Graham Hopkinss (Glen Hansard) and Adam Marcello (Katy Perry) have announced a joint ‘Drum Hang’ in association with Musicmaker,Dublin. Friday April 6th : Connolly’s of Leap Co. Cork. Sunday April 8th : Musicmaker Exchequer St. Dublin 2. Speaking about the drum hangs Graham Hopkins said…. “Adam and I are looking forward to these first initial dates together, where we will talk about our approach to the drums, our experiences playing live and in the studio, and of course the gear we use. We prefer to call these ‘drum hangs’ rather than clinics or masterclasses, because we want them to be as laid back and informal as possible. We encourage everyone to get involved and enjoy drummer camaraderie, and to exchange their experiences with one another.”
The high kings of Irish techno Sunil Sharpe and DeFekt bring their Tinfoil live show to Connolly’s of Leap ahead of the release of their debut album “On a Roll” on April 23rd. This will be a once off chance to catch their incredible live show in such an intimate venue as Connolly’s. Combining the dual know how of Sunil Sharpe and DeFekt to draw from all corners of electro to industrial techno, with haunting and immersive sounds, big basslines and creepy vocals, Tinfoil’s sound is an incredibly visceral experience. Line-Up * TINFOIL-Live (Sunil Sharpe + DeFekt) * Jamie Behan * Order | Chaos (Donovan O’Brien & Ciaran Cronin) * Rory O’Sullivan (Fleece)
Patrick Freeman is a musician and songwriter who has been traveling the world playing, learning and putting out vibes for a number of years both as a loner and with a myriad of acts such as Old Hannah and The Bonk. His debut album Cherry Blossom Fall was released in late 2015. Sam Clague is a unique kind of artist. Complex and delicate guitar compositions are often accompanied by psychedelic orchestral sounds. Jazz and folk influences blend together to make a sort of Kaleidoscopic Chamber Music. Big kicks, bad attitude, and better than the last thing you listened to. THE BIG LOVIN’ grabs infectious pop by the tail and knocks you silly with it. It’s like all the other original music you’ve heard, but with a twist: it’s actually good. Damn good. Suck it and see.
Irish Reggae artist Cian Finn is set to release one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year. Blending the vintage with the contemporary, the Irish with the Jamaican, ‘This Applies’ is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting and unique Reggae albums to drop this year. Hailing from the west of Ireland, Cian initially broke onto the Reggae scene as the front man of the band Intinn, playing a unique Celtic-Dancehall style of Reggae and gaining a reputation as one of the most formidable live-acts on the Irish circuit. In 2010 he started working with producer Radikal Guru releasing many singles and remixes on Moonshine Records. This led to a world tour of clubs and festivals encompassing Poland, Scotland, Germany, France, England, Finland, Spain, Russia, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia and South Africa. As a solo artist, Cian has performed in the Philippines, Prague, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, India and Kenya. Throughout Europe, he worked and performed live with dub legends and many of his musical inspirations such as Alpha and Omega, Iration Steppas, Alpha Steppa, Mungos Hi-Fi, Dougie Conscious, Mad Professor, and Zion Train.
Catharsis Vol.1 is the third solo album from Ireland-based songwriter John Blek. Best known for his work with his band John Blek & the Rats, John has begun a new journey influenced by the folk music of Ireland, Britain and the US. With his solo work, he delves into the world of fingerstyle guitar and reveals the deeply personal and poignant lyrical aspects of his character.