• Thu 27 September - Sat 29 September
    Songs from the Beautiful City – written and performed by Jimmy Crowley

    Songs from the Beautiful City is an evocative celebration of the history of Cork through beautifully crafted narrative songs and ballads performed by Cork’s very own Bard, Jimmy Crowley.

  • Tue 2 October
    Ólafur Arnalds
    Triskel 40 | At Cork Opera House

    Triskel Christchurch and Cork Opera House present Ólafur Arnalds

  • Thu 4 October
    Claudia Aurora, Máire Ní Chéileachair & Nell Ní Chróinín – Irish Sean Nós meet Portuguese Fadó
    Cork Folk Festival 2018

    Sean-nós singing is considered to be a distant cousin of Fadó singing in Portugal. This concert in Triskel Christchurch, which is part of Cork Folk Festival, will bring together two of Cork’s finest Sean-nós singers, Máire Ní Chéileachair and Nell Ní Chróinín, to sing alongside one of Portugal’s finest and newest Fadó singers, Claudia Aurora.

    Fadó Singing
    Fadó music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs, cafés and restaurants. This music genre has much earlier origins but is generally placed as being originated in the 1820s in Portugal. Fadó is generally known for how expressive in nature it is, as well as being profoundly melancholic. Generally in fadó music, the singer will sing about the hard realities of the daily life, balancing both resignation and hopefulness that a resolution to its torments can still occur. It can be described by using the Portuguese word “saudade”, which means “longing” and stands for a feeling of loss. This loss is generally a permanent loss and of long-term consequences. Fadó music often has one or two 12 string guitars, one or two violas, and sometimes a small 8 string, bass.

    Sean-nós singing
    Sean-nós singing is a highly ornamented style of solo, unaccompanied singing defined by Tomás Ó Canainn as:

    …a rather complex way of singing in Gaelic, confined mainly to some areas in the west and south of the country. It is unaccompanied and has a highly ornamented melodic line… Not all areas have the same type of ornamentation — one finds a very florid line in Connacht, contrasting with a somewhat less decorated one in the south, and, by comparison, a stark simplicity in the northern songs…

    Ó Canainn also asserts that, ‘…no aspect of Irish music can be fully understood without a deep appreciation of sean-nós singing. It is the key which opens every lock’ – Wikipedia

    Claudia Aurora
    Following up her sold-out concert as part of the inaugural Songlines Fadó Series, in London, last September, Portuguese maverick fadista CLAUDIA AURORA makes her Cork début.

    Claudia Aurora is a fadista and songwriter from Oporto, Portugal. Claudia sings fadó – traditional Portuguese folk-blues – like no one else. Following in the tradition of great female fadistas like Mariza and Ana Moura, Claudia is the powerful voice of fadó’s new generation. Her original songs enrapture with the spine-tingling emotion of loss and yearning. Her extraordinary voice, drenched in a sadness that courses through the audience, gives unique dramatic expression to the soaring sound of Portugal. She will be joined at the Triskel Concert with musicians, Javier Moreno Olivares (Portuguese Guitar), Pavlos Carvalho (Bouzouki), Jonathan Short (double bass), Kate Shortt (Cello).

    “A beguiling voice! And her instrumentalists are superb!” The Scotsman
    “As she projected her voice across the audience you could feel the power and soul in the performance; this gave me goose bumps, and made me feel at ease and memorised by her beautiful voice.” Norwich Evening News
    “Spine-tingling” NME
    “Drenched in emotion and drama” BBC Radio 3
    “Rising star of Portuguese Fadó” Songlines

    Máire Ní Chéileachair
    Máire Ní Chéileachair from Cill na Martra received the TG4 Amhránaí na Bliana/Singer of the Year award at a gala concert on 4 February this year. Máire was brought up in the Múscraí Gaeltacht area which is renowned for the strength and richness of its living traditions in Irish song, music and language. Máire takes part regularly in Oireachtas na Gaeilge where she has won Comórtas na mBan several times. She has also been teaching sean-nós singing in the Muskerry Gaeltacht since 2001. She is frequently heard singing at the Cork Singers Club and at festivals around Ireland and overseas where she has brought sean-nós singing to audiences. A selection of her songs, in Irish and English, is available on a CD called Guth ar Fán (2013).

    Nell Ní Chróinín
    Nell Ní Chróinín is a sean-nós singer who comes from the Múscraí Gaeltacht of West Cork. Nell began singing at the age of 11 and was particularly influenced by local singers such as Máire Ní Chéilleachair and Eoiní Maidhcí Ó Suilleabháin, from whom she was learnt many a song. She was the youngest ever recipient of TG4’s Gradam Ceoil Traditional Singer of the Year award in 2012 and at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2014 she was awarded the Corn Uí Riada. Nell joined the band Danú in 2016 and features on their album, Ten Thousand Miles.

  • Fri 5 October
    Frankie Gavin, Dermot Byrne & Paddy Keenan [KGB] + Kevin Burke
    Cork Folk Festival 2018

    In a move that is sure to energise the Irish traditional music scene, three of Ireland’s finest instrumentalists are to come together to form a new group.

  • Sat 6 October
    Spotlight Chamber Music Series II
    Spotlight Chamber Music Series

    The second concert of the Spotlight Chamber Music Series will open with Dvořák’s Terzetto for two violins and viola.

  • Sat 6 October
    Tom Baxter
    Tom Keating presents

    One of the most distinguished songwriters of the 21st century is set to make his long-awaited album return this August, as Tom Baxter unveils his first official release in a decade, The Other Side of Blue

  • Sat 13 October
    Amatis Piano Trio
    Presented by Music Network

    Lea Hausmann, Violin; Samuel Shepherd, Cello; Mengjie Han, Piano

  • Sat 20 October
    Carducci Quartet
    Autumn Quartet Series

    The versatile and award-winning Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet was founded in 1997 and has won numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004.

  • Sat 27 October
    ECM New Series Concert – Anna Gourari / Zsófia Boros
    ECM Weekend

    Anna Gourari and Zsófia Boros are collaborating in a concert of solo and duo works specially devised for the ECM Weekend.

  • Sat 27 October
    ECM Double Bill – Kristjan Randalu "Absence" / Dino Saluzzi Group
    ECM Weekend

    Kristjan Randalu “Absence” / Dino Saluzzi Group

  • Sun 28 October
    Roller Trio
    Presented by Music Network

    Expect plenty of punchy grooves, high octane technicality, deceptively catchy riffs and swirling electronica as the Mercury Award-nominated Roller Trio roar into town

  • Sun 28 October
    ECM Double Bill – Kit Downes Obsidian with saxophonist Tom Challenger / Tord Gustavsen Trio
    ECM Weekend

    Kit Downes Obsidian with saxophonist Tom Challenger / Tord Gustavsen Trio

  • Fri 2 November
    Quge Ulan Muqir

    The people of Inner Mongolia live on the prairie. No matter whether it is joy or anxiety, sorrow or cheer, they always express their emotions through songs and dances.

  • Sat 3 November
    ConTempo Quartet
    Autumn Quartets Series

    Formed in Bucharest in 1995, Galway’s Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTÉ’s Resident Quartet since 2013, the multiple award-winning ConTempo Quartet is Ireland’s longest established string quartet.

  • Sun 25 November
    Jesus Blood – The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

    As part of a series of special events to mark Triskel’s 40th Anniversary, we are proud to present the great British Composer Gavin Bryars in Concert with the Ensemble

  • Sat 8 December
    Lir Quartet

    Founded for Barry Douglas’ 2017 Clandeboye Festival, the Lir Quartet is one of Ireland’s most exciting chamber groups.

  • Sat 12 January
    Spotlight Chamber Music Series III
    Spotlight Chamber Music Series

    The penultimate concert in the series will present two pinnacles of the chamber music repertoire – Beethoven’s so-called “Ghost” Piano Trio and Brahms’ Horn Trio

  • Sat 2 February
    Spotlight Chamber Music Series IV
    Spotlight Chamber Music Series

    The fourth and final concert of the Spotlight Chamber Music Series will feature two romantic string sextets alongside Sam Perkin’s Duet for Two Violas.

  • Thu 25 April
    Collabro

    Collabro are the world’s most successful Musical Theatre group.