Facebook Live Fundraiser
On 22nd of May at 7pm, we will be trying out something new! The first in a series of concerts and gigs hosted on Facebook Live for our followers to enjoy. The gigs are provided free of charge via Facebook Live with viewers being ask to donate €4 by texting CDAWG to 50300 if they enjoy the music and performances, in an effort to raise much needed funds. While Covid-19 restrictions have stopped all our fundraising efforts, the dogs needing our help keep coming, so we are very thankful to the following artists for supporting us!
May 22nd, 7pm
Laila Jedir, UCC music graduate and current student at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist based in Co. Clare, Ireland. Her varied cultural background and wide range of influences have enabled mellow, experimental compositions with hints of Irish traditional, Classical, Jazz and HipHop, amongst other genres. A member of the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, Laila is a professional performer and percussionist, however, her solo project has yet to be launched. She will be doing a mix of original songs and covers, mainly in an acoustic set up.
May 29th, 7pm
David Christie Jones
David Christy Jones is a 26-year-old songwriter and musician based in West Cork, Ireland. Born in Wales to a musical family, he found himself surrounded my musicians playing many styles from a young age.
Over the last year, he has focused largely on writing and recording his own music and compositions. Inspired by the blues and folk stars of old, he has taken their recipes and added his own distinct flavour. From Zappa-esque funk and prog-rock to the modern Americana and roots sound, to the dustbowl blues; his style is always unique and fresh. He has recently released his debut single, Virology (feat. Hyd), on all major platforms.”
June 5th, 7pm
The Poor Decisions
The Poor Decisions is more of an entertainer than musician effortlessly blending anti-folk music, comedic storytelling, poetic lyricism and into a captivating and engaging show. His short songs are anecdotal ranging from hilarious to profound, always with an eye on captivating the audience either with lyrical witticism or self-ridicule.
A unique show, typically delivering in a deadpan vocal style bringing intensive focus on the everyday occurrences, relatable faux pas and occasional indulging in the sincere.
June 12th, 7pm
Shane O Leary/Harlow Lake
Harlow Lake’s debut release, Lilac and Lily, is a product of time and circumstance. While always writing, demoing, and recording songs in his spare time, Shane O’Leary (Jezery, Lamp) took the chance to convert the semi-isolation of 2020 into his first official release as a solo artist.
Like many artists who spent their formative musical years in bands, Shane tended to route his creativity through the styles prescribed by the groups he played with; Harlow Lake is a project for everything else. In Lilac and Lily, the first in a series of albums, O’Leary veers away from the frenetic, prog-driven styles he is used to, leaning instead towards folk, acoustic, and minimal elements.
June 19th, 7pm
James Christopher is an English singer/songwriter based in Cork, Ireland. With influences such as John Martyn, Nick Drake and Ben Howard, James blends layers of ambient guitar riffs with soft vocals and thought-provoking lyrics.
June 26th, 7pm
After the critical acclaim of the first album ‘There’s a Fire’ which led to film syncs on several major films such as the Host and Bella Vita, Bear Bojack has been back in the studio working on the follow up album ‘Hope Dies Last’ and with top level supports such as James Vincent McMorrow, Brian Deady, Fionn Regan and David Kitt. Chris is looking forward to when he can leave his house again.
July 3rd, 7pm
Cara Kursh is a singer/songwriter from Galway who has been living in Cork for the last 5 years. She’s released her debut EP ‘Crown Shyness’ last year, accompanied with a booklet of poems written by her family and friends. Her music has been described as ethereal and transportive.
“Kursh’s voice is one of those that is simultaneously delicate and empowering. It’s a powerful and precise instrument that ebbs and flows with depth and emotion while winding its way around the singer’s melodies deftly. Her songs are simple compositions and are deeply personal” (Overblown)
July 10th, 7pm
Tanya Adamson is a performer, artist and mom to a 5-year-old fairychild. She’s been active in the theatre and as a singer most of her life, and started writing music at 18. In 2018, she joined six-piece original band The Dagenham Yanks and started collaborating with harmonies, the album Trance-Substantiation will be on vinyl very shortly. Her own original music is at times gothic from her opera and musical days but she has always had an eclectic taste in music, the theme is always a sense of human empathy and finding the beauty in all things and a growing curiosity. Most of all she believes in a close relationship between the audience and performer as a type of healing.
Steve Patten is an accomplished musician who was very active on the London “new music” scene during the 80s and early 90s and since then has since played lead guitar in numerous successful covers bands both in Ireland and abroad.
A very versatile player who copies the style of many influential guitar players in the blues rock genre. His main influences however are Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek and the Dominoes), Jeff Beck, Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy).
The “Journeyman” one man rock and blues show has been developed over the five years with the purpose of honoring blues and rock guitar heroes of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. By using digitally recorded backing tracks instead of live bass and drums, the aim is to create a “stadium rock” sound within small to medium sized venue.
Since lockdown Steve has been busy setting his studio near Tipperary Town for live streaming music performances over the web.
Other artists contributing include actors Lorcan J O’Neill and Mike O Dowd.
Lorcan J O’Neill began his training at Colaiste Stiophain Naoife studying Ballet/Contemporary and Jazz under the guidance of Alan Foley, Jane Kelleghan and Patricia Crosby. He went on to further his studies in Dance and Theatre at London Contemporary School of Dance gaining a post graduate diploma.
Since then he has gone on to work with choreographers and dance companies both nationally and internationally throughout Europe and Asia for over a decade. Lorcan later moved in to screen acting and studied with Bernard Hiller (Berlin) Lisa Pescia (Berlin) Tom Kibbe Meisner (Cork) Helena Walsh (Dublin) Ben Maths (Dublin)
Lorcan’s theatre credits include ‘playboy of the Western World’ Shauneen Keough (Cork City Ballet) ‘Princess Gritzebella’ Transgender physical theatre solo performance (Gary Rowntree-Finlay) ‘Erin Connelly and the Children of Lir’ Uillin & Fear Doirach (Lantern Theatre Productions. ‘The Laramie Project, Multiple characters (Little Shoe Productions) Lorcan’s previous Film Works include ‘Massive Noir’ (Feature) Subject Cinema, ‘The Bird’ (Feature) Cenaturi Films, ‘Hush ‘Clowns (Short) OC_Films – Elevation winner of spotlight film festival, ‘Cinnamon Sea’ (Short) Subject Cinema – Cork Film Festival, ‘Meat is Murder’ (Short) Interact Media, ‘Ted’ (Short) No Sleep Productions – Cork Film Festival.
Mike O Dowd: Originally from Tralee, Mike has been involved in the Cork film & theatre scene since the age of 19. He has performed in numerous theatre productions including, Enda Walsh’s ‘How These Desperate Men Talk’ and ‘Discombobulated’ by Joanne McCall, as well as several short & feature films, among them Simon McKeon’s ‘Christmas At Dracula’s’, Richie O’ Connell’s ‘One More Chocolate Santa…’ and Ger Browne’s ‘This Is Not A Mugging’.
He has also written & directed a number of works, including the short films ‘Blue Shawl’ & ‘Badguy’ and the play’s ‘Seven Calls’ & ‘Rosie’s Picture’. O’ Dowd’s most recent performance was in his self-devised one man show ‘Allison’, a dark comedy which made its stage debut in the Cork Arts Theatre in February 2020.