Category Archives: Cork Midsummer Festival

Ger Wolfe and the New Skylarks at The Spiegeltent

Ger Wolfe and the New Skylarks at The Spiegeltent

Cork’s gentleman singer-songwriter Ger Wolfe was last up on stage in the Spiegeltent on that Sunday afternoon two weeks ago which also featured Ian Whitty, Aaron Dillon and Cian.  It had been a mammoth gig with each of the artists playing lengthy sets but Ger’s joviality stirred the crowd once more.  He also presented Cian with a birthday cake which was a bit of a surprise to Cian but it was a nice touch.  Check out Ger Wolfe’s relaxing style on his MySpace and I can heartily recommend any of his albums, all are true gems.  Edel Sullivan accompanied Ger at the show, see below.

Ger Wolfe and the New Skylarks at The Spiegeltent

Ger Wolfe and the New Skylarks at The Spiegeltent

See more photos over on Flickr in the full set.

Ian Whitty and The Exchange at The Spiegeltent

Ian Whitty and The Exchange at The Spiegeltent

Ian Whitty and his band were up next on stage in the Spiegeltent after Cian and Aaron Dillon almost two weeks ago.  I’ve seen Ian Whitty play numerous times over the years and he is now a more rounded and complete artist.  His debut album Will o’ the Wisp is more softly spoken and subtle than the rockier sound he and his band now display.  Having said that the later music still has the fantastically clever and imaginative wordplay so evident on Will o’ the Wisp.  The next album is coming out later on this year and it’s one I can’t wait to get my hands on; songs like Houndstooth Shirt and Not on Your Side are already instantly recognisable at his gigs.  You can currently check out these songs on his MySpace.

Ian Whitty and The Exchange at The Spiegeltent

Ian Whitty and The Exchange at The Spiegeltent

Ian Whitty and The Exchange at The Spiegeltent

The phone above is part of the props used in case you’re wondering!  There are more photos in the full set.

Aaron Dillon at The Spiegeltent

Aaron Dillon at the Spiegeltent

Aaron Dillon and band played the Spiegeltent as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival last weekend and were up on stage after a great performance from Cian. Having Aaron Dillon play a number of times this year, most recently for the launch of his cracking debut album at the Triskel Arts Centre, I was really looking forward to this. Apart from appearing shell-shocked at being on stage during the day he, and the band, played a lengthy quality set with one of my favourites still being the sing-along song about the economy which didn’t make it onto the album.

Aaron Dillon at the Spiegeltent

Aaron Dillon at the Spiegeltent

Aaron Dillon at the Spiegeltent

Lots more photos in the full set.

Thailand: What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it?

Multi-talented Mairtín de Cógáin returns to the Cork Midsummer Festival this week with a one-man show called “Thailand: What’s love got to do with it?“. It looks to be a great story set-up with plenty of scope for dodgy one-liners and a good laugh. From the press release:

July 2006. The economy’s flying in Celtic tiger Cork, and Declan is off to Thailand for the holiday of a lifetime with the lads. 24 years old, in a foreign land, Declan embarks on a bizarre journey of self-discovery and cheap thrills. You see, Declan’s been going through a bit of a bad patch with the ol’dolls back home. So it’s off to Pattaya for two weeks to end the drought once and for all.

It’s on in the Quad on Tuckey St from Tuesday to Saturday this week at 8:30pm and is definitely worth checking out. Be warned that it does contain strong sexual references if you haven’t taken the hint from the press release blurb!

Full details available from the festival website.

Mairtín was kind enough to play at my charity trad gig back in March this year and has quite a stage presence so I’m sure he’ll do a great job with this show.