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Announced: Quartets at Triskel – Spring Series 2019

We’re delighted to collaborate with the National String Quartet Foundation to bring the Vanbrugh and Lir Quartets to perform at Triskel this Spring.

On Saturday 16 February, the Vanbrugh Quartet continue their exploration of the great piano quartet repertoire in the company of acclaimed Belfast pianist Michael McHale, recently appointed lecturer at CIT Cork School of Music. The Lir Quartet return with a wonderfully contrasted programme of works by Britten and Mendelssohn on Saturday 9 March.

Both concerts are at 1.10pm.

New Year … New Cinema Brochure

It is a new year and another stellar line up of films at Triskel Christchurch, with yet another eclectic mixture of cinematic offerings from around the world.

We begin on Thursday 3 January with Loving Vincent, the world’s first oil painted feature film, a special screening which will be shown after the opening of Sandra Hickey’s new exhibition.

There are several Irish documentaries including The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, Keepers of the Flame and the return of The Camino Voyage (back by popular demand).

Director Lars von Trier continues to unsettle audiences with his latest offering The House That Jack Built; Mike Leigh brings us the politically charged Peterloo; and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) returns to our screens with the acclaimed The Favourite.

There’s also a special screening of the 1980s cult classic Heathers and a season of films dedicated to the
late American actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper.

And don’t forget that classic Valentine’s film, Casablanca.

Brochures are available in our Box Office and various outlets around the city.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here for more.

New Exhibition Inspired by Loving Vincent

Sandra Hickey was one of 125 artists chosen to work on the world’s first oil painted feature film, Loving Vincent. She was inspired by that experience to create her own collection, some of which will be exhibited in Triskel Christchurch alongside a second body of work that Sandra has been developing for years and was making in the lead up to Loving Vincent. These works are abstract and figurative and are very different from her Van Gogh inspired paintings.

The exhibition, Sandra Hickey – Where Two Styles Meet – Loving Vincent Inspired, will open on Thursday 3 January at 6pm and will run until Friday 1 March 2019.

There will be a screening of Loving Vincent at 8pm on Thursday after the opening. Click here to book tickets.

Announced: Virtuoso Drummer Jeff Ballard performs at Triskel

Triskel are delighted that Jeff Ballard will play at Triskel just days after the release of his new album, Fairgrounds.

The new album is produced by Edition Records, an independent and European label that presents new opportunities for him. As Jeff explains, “I feel extremely lucky to have come into contact with Dave and Edition Records. It is sort of a dream come true in that I feel with them I have the means, the modern means, to reach a larger public with complete artistic freedom and support. This is one of the benefits of having a forward thinking independent label which is dedicated to the artist like Edition is. It is obvious to me that their focus is on quality and longevity. And to be honest the passion I sense from them is contagious. I’m excited not just about this new record release and reaching out and connecting to more people thru a variety of new (for me) ways but I am just as excited – if not more so – about what’s coming next. Thanks Edition!”

This release marks a significant signing for Edition Records, as label boss Dave Stapleton explains, “To be able to work with Jeff on his album is both humbling and hugely exciting. Not only is he regarded as one of the greatest drummers in Jazz and has worked with some of the most celebrated musicians in this music, but he’s a musician and man of deep integrity and trust with an endless enthusiasm and passion. As a label growing in a very changeable industry, Jeff’s natural tendency to trust and his desire to work together on building audiences, perfectly fits with our own vision of working in a very open and collaborative way with artists. We’re incredibly excited to start to work on this great music. I’ve no doubt it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Jeff Ballard plays at Triskel on Thursday 31 January. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, click here.

Announced: Legendary folk singer Jim Page performs at Triskel

The last folk club in Seattle closed soon after Jim Page arrived and he made the whole town his stage. Wherever there were people he would play: the streets, the college campus, the bus station, the bars, and at the city council meetings. One day he walked into the TV station and said “I’ve got a song you should put on the news,” and they did. Jim would play the streets, the campus, the cocktail bars, and the rock and roll clubs from 11am in the morning to 2am the next morning, with time out for travelling across town, often playing 5 clubs a night. In 1974, after being threatened with arrest, Jim took on the Seattle city government and legalised street performing.  It was a landmark case and Seattle is now a famous city for buskers of all styles.

In 1975 Jim recorded his first album of original music, a vinyl LP called A Shot Of The Usual”, released on his own label. Two other albums followed in rapid succession.

In 1977 Jim journeyed to the UK and performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival. The response was instant and overwhelming and he walked away with a feature in the national music press, two booking agents, and a European tour for the next year. He was off and running and spent the next 6 years almost constantly on the road. He recorded two albums for a Swedish label called Nacksving and one for WEA Ireland.

It was in Ireland that Christy Moore first heard Jim’s song “Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette” and made it a permanent part of his repertoire.  When Christy formed the great Irish band Moving Hearts, “Hiroshima” was their first single and a centerpiece to their shows.

Jim returned to the States in 1983 and began re-establishing himself as a solo artist and as a player in the northwest music scene. He experimented with duos, trios and more. In 1985 he recorded an album in Portland produced by the great Irish musician Micheal O Domhnaill.

Back in Seattle, he began to experiment with electric music. The legendary band Zero Tolerance was created in 1988, named after George Bush’s draconian anti-drug campaign. It was a four-piece rock-and-roll band with the exception that the music was focused on the songs and not on the dance. They made one recording and broke up, as rock bands often do, leading Jim to more experimentation, this time with the internationally famous spoon player Artis the Spoonman who was himself the subject of a Grammy award winning song by Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden. It’s a small musical world.

Fast forward to the 21st century and Jim is busy with multiple projects in simultaneous array – constant solo performance, plus various ensemble configurations,leading to more albums. Jim was one of the founders of the Pike Market Performers Guild, Seattle’s first street performers union. They organised and ran the first and only Busker Festival to be operated entirely by buskers, and he again petitioned the City Council, this time to create Buskers Week. Another Seattle first!

In 2005, Jim was invited to Taiwan for the first time, and again that next year. In 2007 Jim was included in an all-star cast of the “50 most Influential Musicians In Seattle History”, a position shared with Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.

To date, Jim’s songs have been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, Moving Hearts, Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, David Soul,Leftover Salmon, and Michael Hedges.

He has received awards from Artist Trust and Jack Straw Productions. His music has been included on many compilations, including the Grammy-nominated Best Of Broadside.

Jim continues to write and to perform and to experiment with form and ensemble, and his songs continue to be pertinent and expressive of our times.  To quote the late Utah Phillips: “If you’re ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from.”

Jim Page is appearing in Triskel Christchurch on Thursday 7 February 2019

Announced: Fionnuala Moynihan plays Clementi at Triskel

Cork-born pianist Fionnuala Moynihan returns to Triskel in January 2019 with a new series of piano sonatas. This time, she is taking on the music of Muzio Clementi, a project close to her heart.

She will perform three lunchtime recitals and one evening. Guest flautist Kieran Moynihan will join her for the finale recital on 18 May.

Fionnuala is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s leading pianists. Her debut CD The Ivory Lady was launched in January 2015 and she currently teaches piano performance at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Tickets are on sale now – click here for more information.

If you’d to hear Fionnuala play, please click here. The music is the opening movement from Sonata op. 7 no. 3 in G minor.

Give the Gift of Culture this Christmas

Tis the season and we have some great gift ideas from our newly-expanded online shop. These are our favourite five gifts (for today at least!) and you’ll find more here.

Wish You Were Here: The Redbarn Story (DVD)

This captures a unique moment in Irish history. A time when 3,000 people packed the Redbarn ballroom just to dance. An era of boys to one side and girls to the other. Here are the stories of young people cramming into cars, sneaking out and hitching to the dance, riding bikes, walking miles to the venue and home again along the country roads and beach. Here is the generation of romance, carefree summer holidays and hot, sweaty nights dancing to the sounds of swing, rock ’n’ roll and country.

Dino Saluzzi Juan Condori (Audio CD)

When the Dino Saluzzi Group played here in October 2018, he said something special happened, that what he got back from the audience in Cork was unique and remarkable. We agree!

Dino Saluzzi, bandoneon; Felix “Cuchara” Saluzzi, tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet; José Maria Saluzzi, acoustic and electric guitars; Matias Saluzzi, double-bass, bass guitar; and U.T. Gandhi drums, percussion.

Zsofia Boros En Otra Parte (Audio CD)

Zsofia played here during the Triskel ECM Weekend at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival this year and mesmerised us with her hypnotic music. We think Michael Dervan from The Irish Times said it very well:

‘Hungarian guitarist Zsófia Boros doesn’t describe her ECM début disc as a collection of encores, but that’s exactly what it sounds like. “Often I think the choice of music is in my own hands,” she says, “but later I wonder if the music has chosen me as a medium.” The music that has chosen her for this disc (by Francisco Calleja, Vicente Amigo, Dominic Miller, Leo Brouwer, Abel Fleury, Ralph Towner, Dilermando Reis, Martin Reiter and Quique Sinesi) is Latin American in flavour, mostly languid. And though none of it predates the 20th century, the prevailing manner is that of 19th-century character pieces. If your taste runs to mellowness and round-toned guitar-playing, the easy-listening style of this disc may be just the thing.’

Tord Gustavsen Trio The Other Side (Audio CD)

We were also treated to the wonderful music of Tord Gustavsen.

“This is the chill-out as a state of grace, and it can go as deep as you like. Sublime,” wrote the Independent on Sunday of the Gustavsen’s trio’s Being There, released in 2007. Over the last decade Tord has explored other ensemble forms and formats, but on The Other Side – recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in January 2018 – he opens a new chapter in his piano trio story, with faithful drummer Jarle Vespestad, and excellent new bassist Sigurd Hole. Hole’s approach to his instrument, drawing on folk influences as well as modern jazz, is ideally suited to Gustavsen’s slowly-developing, deeply melodic pieces. The album is produced by Manfred Eicher.

Gift Voucher

And what do you get for the person who has everything? A gift voucher so they can choose for themselves. We have brand new hardcopy vouchers in stock soon (we’re very excited!). These can redeemed online or at our box office.

Celebrating Poet John Montague

Join us for an evening in memory of poet John Montague in Triskel on Saturday 8 December. Paddy Moloney and Tríona Marshall of The Chieftans will join forces with Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon on what promises to be a very special evening of music and poetry.

Click here for more information.

Presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with UCC

Making a SHOW of themselves at TDC

Our friends in the Theatre Development Centre are hosting their annual SHOW this weekend, Friday 30 November – Sunday 2 December.

It features eight work-in-progress showings and presentations by theatre artists. Each showing will be followed by a critical response and analysis facilitated by Pat Kiernan, Artistic Director of Corcadorca.

Friday 30 November

7:00pm – Éadaoin O’Donoghue – Heart of a Dog

9:00pm – Timmy Creed – The Otherside of Here

Saturday 1 December

3:00pm – taƨte in your mouth – After Your Ass

5:00pm – Mike Ryan – Who Would be King

7:00pm – Timothy O’Mahony – The Story

9:00pm – ALSA Productions – Human Dynamo

Sunday 2 December

3:00pm – Irene Kelleher – Gone Full Havisham

5:00pm – Mags Keohane and Eamonn Doyle – Súghóg: The Irish in Rwanda


All events are free of charge and no booking is required – seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Click here for more information.

Q&A with Director & Crew of The Camino Voyage

Dónal Ó Céilleachair and members of the crew will be in Triskel for a Q&A on Tuesday 4 December. Dónal is an Irish Filmmaker who lives between New York & Ireland. Dónal’s wide-ranging international experience – from across the independent film landscape – includes over 50 fiction, documentary and experimental films in a diversity of roles for cinema, broadcast and gallery exhibition over the past 26 years.

Here’s what Dónal had to say about The Camino Voyage:

“West Kerry has a legendary reputation for its culture, storytelling, music, visual art and for a deep connection with the landscape that inspires both visitors and locals alike and each of these characteristics are well represented by the crew of the Naomhóg na Tinte (The Naomhóg of the Tents).

When the Naomhóg left Ireland in 2014 on this historic 2,500km modern day Celtic Odyssey not everyone believed that such an epic voyage was possible but through sheer perseverance and an uplifting freedom of spirit that is so emblematic of all that is inspiring in Irish culture the crew overcame Herculean tasks and challenges to finally reach Santiago de Compostela 3 years later.

These men follow in the wake of the many adventurers who went before them including adventurers like Tim Severin. His brave, historical and visionary ‘Brendan Voyage’ still inspires 40 years after it took place and points to the importance of preserving and celebrating inspiring stories like these for present and future generations.

With over 200 hours of footage shot over the 3 years of the odyssey this film has been 4 years in the making and has come with its own obstacles and challenges; but the great lessons of the Camino can become the great lessons of life for those willing or able to listen and to hear. The tragic loss of Danny in 2017 only reminds us of the preciousness of this short time we have on this unique planet of ours and we would do well to take inspiration from his generous heart and adventurous spirit. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

I consider it a great privilege to have accompanied this eclectic crew on their historic voyage and if the film manages to do some justice to this great modern day odyssey, and to the memory of this larger than life man from Baile Eaglaise, it will have accomplished something.”

Dónal Ó Céilleachair, Caiseal na Rí, Mí Eanáir, 2018

Further information on

Triskel Arts Centre and British Council Announce Their New Partnership

In 2018, Triskel Arts Centre celebrates its 40th anniversary year. Throughout this time, the centre has enjoyed a wealth of UK programming and partnerships across all art forms and what better time to celebrate these valuable, lasting artistic collaborations between the UK and Cork than as part of Triskel’s remarkable milestone year. 2018–19 will also provide an opportunity for the British Council and Triskel Arts Centre to further strengthen their partnership, developing a number of projects that will demonstrate the continuing strength and importance of UK-Irish bilateral cultural relations.

Mags Walsh is the Director of the British Council in Ireland and she spoke with the Irish Examiner about how the Council aims to cultivate cultural connections and educational opportunities. You can read her interview here.

The launch of the partnership will take place on Sunday 25 November with a reception in Triskel Arts Centre, followed by a concert by renowned British composer Gavin Bryars and his Ensemble.

Shop with Triskel this Christmas

What do you get for the person who has everything? Why, the gift of music and cinema, of course.

We’ve just added a whole load of products to our online shop from CDs by recent visitors to Triskel, Anna Gourari and Dino Saluzzi, to gift vouchers for cinema lovers.

Take a look now.