Some of Cork’s most beloved artists and musicians will be hosting a series of 7 outdoor concerts in the city’s parks – starting at the end of the month.
The Frank & Walters, John Spillane, Jack O’Rourke and DJ Stevie G will join the new talents for concerts at Fitzgerald’s Park, The Glen River Park, Ballinlough Park and Ballincollig Regional Park.
From August 20, events will be free but by invitation only, with seated crowds limited to 200 and all events to be booked through the Magic Nights By the Lee website.
Nights include The Franks and Walters,John Spillane & Lorraine Nash, The White Horse Guitar Club, Mockie Ah, An Evening Of Classical & Pop Music, and ‘Stevie G Presents’, an event that will see some of the best emerging musical talent Cork has to offer.
Live events are supported by Cork City Council with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, the Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media as part of the local shows programming program and produced by The Good Room.
Deputy Mayor Cllr. Mary Rose Desmond, said: âCork City Council is delighted to support ‘Magic Nights By The Lee’, funded by the government’s local live entertainment program. “
“Continuing the council’s work to enliven our public realm and the city’s safe reopening, this exciting program of seven free concerts in four parks across the city not only supports Cork’s artists and events team. , but also gives the citizens of the city an the opportunity to experience some of the best music the city has to offer for free and in complete safety.
Events will kick off on Friday August 20 in the fantastic setting of Ballincollig Regional Park, home to the White Horse Guitar Club, a group of eleven guitarists who trained upstairs at The White Horse Concert Hall performing songs from the Americana & Roots songbook.
The following evening, Saturday August 21, John Spillane and Lorraine Nash will perform at Ballinlough Park, behind the Gus Healy Pool, known to many in the region as the Japanese Gardens.
John Spillane will perform songs from his recent album “100 Snow White Horses” as well as many of his classics, while 21-year-old Kerry multi-instrumentalist Lorraine Nash plays a mix of folk, country and “sometimes trad”.
The Frank & Walters are opening an exceptional weekend at Fitzgerald’s Park on Friday August 27.
The following afternoon, Saturday August 28, Red FM DJ Stevie G will present a selection of up-and-coming musical talent from Cork, with performances from singer-songwriters and electronic producers with RnB, dancehall, rap, afro. , soulful jazz & pop music by seven young artists.
Speaking ahead of the event, DJ and host Stevie G, said: âI look forward to introducing these wonderful young artists, who have all thrived musically throughout the pandemic, to audiences in Cork. I’ve played a lot of their music on the radio and can’t wait to host a live show in one of Cork’s best settings at Fitzgerald’s Park.
Later that same evening, Mockie Ah, Ireland’s largest queer drag family and performance collective, will put on a sparkling and eccentric show of music, comedy and performance on the bandstand stage, run by the drag queen Candy Warhol.
On Sunday, August 29, Fitzgerald’s Park will present traditional music from a distinct part of Ireland, The Sound Of Sliabh Luachra, conducted by violinist and artist Sliabh Luachra in residence Eoin ‘Stan’ O’Sullivan.
The final evening of ‘Magic Nights By The Lee’, Saturday, September 4, will see a vast lineup of artists performing classical pieces and baroque-inspired pop music at Glen River Park. Artists include singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke, opera singer Sinead NÃ MhurchÃº and Keith Pascoe of the Vanbrugh Quartet.