A myriad of music, art & conversation docks in Cork
Sounds from a Safe Harbour brings even more music and chat to Cork City from 14-17 September, always with an element of the unexpected.
Now in its third year, this time with an impressive talks programme presented by Creative Ireland, 2017 features several heavy-hitters of the indie world and includes sold-out shows by Bon Iver and The National, who are kicking off their world tour.
The weekend is curated by festival director Mary Hickson, Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, actor Cillian Murphy and playwright Enda Walsh.
Several of the Dessner brothers' musical mates will be making an appearance, including trombone player Benjamin Lanz, who plays with Beirut, Sufjan Stevens as well as The National. One of the more intriguing events will be People, which follows on from a week-long gathering of musicians in Berlin last year.
In addition to the wealth of music events dotted around the city, the festival’s Creative Ireland-supported free talks series features an alluring line-up of creative folk. Cillian Murphy will be keeping busy over the weekend speaking with talented Irish songwriter Fionn Regan and The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner, while DJ Donal Dineen (creator/curator of This Ain't No Disco) will be in musical conversation with acclaimed Irish writer Kevin Barry. Dineen's talk and Sunday's one on music video production, featuring Myles O’Reilly, Christophe Abric and Brendan Canty, will both be live streamed on Creative Ireland's Facebook page.
See below for the full talks programme schedule.
Conversations + Words
Friday 15th September
Cillian Murphy in conversation with Fionn Regan / Upstairs @ The Roundy/ 3pm
Plugd presents Sounds from a Radio / Upstairs The Roundy/ 7pm - late
Saturday 16th September
Cillian Murphy in conversation with Bryce & Aaron Dessner / Crane Lane, Cork / 2pm
Cork Loves Music / Electric / 3pm
Kevin Barry / Oval Bar / 4pm
Plugd presents Sounds from a Radio / Upstairs The Roundy / 7pm - late
Sunday 17th September
Loose Joints Podcast / Crane Lane, Cork / 4pm
Cillian Murphy will be keeping busy over the weekend speaking with talented songwriter Fionn Regan and Bryce Dessner, while DJ Donal Dineen will be in musical conversation with acclaimed Irish writer Kevin Barry.
From the United States but now based in Galway, multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick will be performing his homage to avant-garde disco pioneer Arthur Russell for his latest project. Cork is represented in the form of DJ, producer and composer Bantum, while singer Soulé and synth explorer Cinema demonstrate their different takes on electronic pop.
There's plenty more Irish talent to see at Sounds from a Safe Harbour, with a free music trail in venues across the city. This boasts Wicklow singer Anna-Mieke Bishop, Dubliner Rosa Nutty and Ballymena's Lilla Vargen among many others.
Trad fans will want to check out Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney with Radie Peat of Lankum supporting, as well as the electro-flecked folk harmonies of Saint Sister. This is How We Fly reshape traditional Irish music, with percussion provided by the tapping feet of sean nós dancer Nic Gareiss.
Upping the ante on the sibling rivalry front, artist, poet and dancer/choreographer Jessica Dessner (not a member of The National) will be presenting a creative project to look out for on the Leeside streets. There's also an enticing collaboration with renowned Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson at the Crawford Art Gallery. Fellow Icelandic minimalists (and former Sigur Rós string section) amiina bring their silent film-inspired harmonies.
It’s fair to say that Cork always has something happening and the city's Culture and Creativity Plan boasts a plethora of offerings.
Sounds from a Safe Harbour takes place 14-17 September 2017