Emerging acts still the backbone of Guitar Festival

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival returns this September 18-21 to celebrate its tenth edition with another foot-stompin’, fingerpicking, head-banging, eye-catching conglomeration of virtuosos, rogues and three-chord heroes, all descending on the seaside town for one glorious weekend.

The festival has grown in strength and reputation over the last decade, fusing an independently spirited, community-based festival of small parts, joining together to create an unpredictable whole.

Major international talents form an important part of the weekend, and this year is no different with British fingerstyle star Jon Gomm and American bluegrass band The Hackensaw Boys all making the pilgrimage. However, emerging home-grown acts are the backbone of CIGF; Dublin’s Girl Band, Cork shoegazers Elastic Sleep and local guitar ‘l’enfant terrible’ Sam Clague are just three of the exciting young bands ready to make a mark.

The relaxed atmosphere of the town and the intimate venues are hallmarks of the festival, and one of the reasons that it has been so popular with listeners and performers alike.

Past festivals have seen performances in the pubs, the library, and even the butcher shop, so there’s no telling where the next gig will spring up. This year will see the return of the hugely popular Jam Van, a vintage VW camper van specially converted to be a roving stage, complete with a three-piece band kicking out the tunes on street corners and carparks.

A strong thread of education and accessibility has run through the festival’s history, with workshops, demonstrations, school visits and exhibitions all recurring. This year will be no different, with workshops on songwriting from John Spillane, a crash course in playing the ukulele from the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, and lessons on improving your guitar technique from US virtuoso Richard Gilewitz. Also making a welcome return is the Human Orchestra Project, a large-scale open orchestra where members of the public can be part of a musical composition, regardless of musical ability or even possession of an instrument!

Perhaps the biggest commitment that the festival has made to accessibility has been to make nearly all the event completely free of charge. Only a handful of the headline events carry a charge with an ‘unwaged’ price also available meaning that the listeners can gorge themselves on the very best of international and local talent, and not have to spend an extortionate amount on a ticket, or stand for hours in a muddy field…

Here is the lineup to date with more to be announced on 


• Jon Gomm (UK)

• The Lost Brothers (IRL)

• The Hackensaw Boys (US)

• Girl Band (IRL)

• Wille & the Bandits (UK)

• Jerry Harmon (US)

• Cat Called Dog (UK)

• Sam Clague (IRL)

• Band of Clouds (IRL)

• Richard Gilewitz (US)

• Steve Cooney (IRL/AU)

• Idiot Songs (IRL)

• Elastic Sleep (IRL)

• Lucky Oceans (AU)

• White Lightning (UK)

• R.M. Hubbert (SCOT)

• Band of Clouds (IRL)

• Little Mammoths (UK)

• The Church (IRL/UK)

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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