Events Calendar

October 2016


Saturday 01 October, 3.30 pm

Live Performance: Acoustic Tribute to Rory Gallagher by Jacques Stotzem


Jacques Stotzem is a Belgian guitarist whose latest CD TO RORY features acoustic versions of some of Rory’s best known songs such as Tattoo’d Lady, Wheels Within Wheels and Wayward Child.


Friday 14th October, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with Peter Harrington

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Friday 21st October, 11.00 am

Live Performance : Barry & Holly Tashian with the E5 Band

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Barry & Holly Tashian are duet singers, songwriters and touring musicians who have known each other since high school in Westport, CT. They have performed and recorded together since 1972 and continue to perform together as a duo, a trio (with bass) or a foursome (with mandolin/fiddle).

The Tashians have recorded 7 albums with producer Jim Rooney since 1989. In 1994 the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) awarded their album Straw into Gold Country Album of the Year. In 1998 their album, Harmony was nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year by the Nashville Music Awards. They have performed together on numerous TV and radio shows and festivals worldwide.

All welcome. Free of charge!


Friday 28th October, 11.00 am

‘Music for You’ recital with Frank Duggan

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Guinness Cork Jazz Festival @ Cork City Library!

Mo O’Connor and Grace McMahon will present a very special vocal and guitars programme titled “The Great American Songbook”

Illustrated lecture by Dr. Ian Darrington,OBE on those iconic tunes and what made them so special, fashionable and also very influential.

Come and hear the wonderful brass band from York as they return to Cork for a very special performance in the Library.

All welcome. Events free of charge!

September 2016

Friday 09 September, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with Maureen Murphy



Friday 30 September, 11.00 am

Classical Gramophone Recital with Vincent Condon



August 2016

Tuesday, 16 August – Saturday 27 August

‘Sunny Days Are Here Again’
An exhibition of Irish Fanzines compiled by CIRCA ’91 in conjunction with the Forgotten Zine Archive and Loserdom.


The exhibition features examples of fanzines from all over Ireland dating from the 1970s to the present day with a focus on publications produced in Cork during the late 1980s and early 1990s

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April/May at a glance! Details below….

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May 2016

Saturday 07 May, 1.00 pm

Live Performance: Mile Twelve


Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Based in Boston, Massachusetts and fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances throughout bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat and BB Bowness create captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo Luminary Tony Trishcka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”

As always there is no admission charge! All welcome!

More info on Mile Twelve here!



Friday 13 May, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with Roger Ryan

‘The Bakersfield Sound – Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and more!’



Tuesday 17 May – Saturday 21 May | Cork Community Gamelan on Tour

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As part of Music Generation Cork City’s “May-Hum” Festival, Cork City Library will host the Cork Community Gamelan, presented in partnership with Music Generation Cork City and University College Cork Music Department. The new Cork Community Gamelan is a tuned percussion ensemble consisting of gongs and metallophones. Introductory workshops during this week will provide participants with experience of playing traditional Javanese music as part of an ensemble. No previous musical/performance experience necessary, and all ages are welcome to participate in this wonderful community music-making experience.

Booking essential – email: or enquire at the Rory Gallagher Music Library.


Friday 27 May, 11.00 am

Classical Music Gramophone Recital with Kevin Giltinan

‘Summer Recollections’



April 2016

Friday 08 April, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with Harold Brooks

‘The Music of Don Gibson’




Wednesday 13 April, 12.30 pm

Workshop: Introduction to Guitar

Free of charge. Ring 021-4924919 to book your place.



April 2016 performances in Cork City Library


Thursday 28 April, 10.30 am

Bærum Vokalensemble

Central Library, Grand Parade

Bærum Vokalensemble

Bærum Vokalensemble is one of Norway’s leading ensembles for female voices. Founded in 1984, the choir is known for its beautiful sound and exciting repertoire and focuses on modern choral music as well as commissioning new pieces from noted Norwegian composers. They have won many awards at national and international level, and feature on the Grammy nominated recording ‘Immortal Nystedt’.Sindre Hugo Bjerkestrand has been musical director of the ensemble since 2014. He also works in Oslo Cathedral conducting the youth choir, and has conducted many of the leading choirs of Norway.


Friday 29 April, 2.30 pm

Sing For Your Life! Choir

Central Library, Grand Parade


The Sing For Your Life! Choir is a non-auditioned community choir based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The choir sings predominantly Gospel, African and World music – all in three and four part a cappella. The group started in 2005 with about a dozen singers – these days it’s considerably bigger, with more than 120 singers performing in a concert to celebrate the choir’s 10th birthday in late 2015. Other performance highlights over the years have included the annual Festival of Voices in Tasmania, numerous community events and fundraisers, 100-voice a cappella ‘flash-mobs’, and Carols by Candlelight events.

Approximately 70 Sing For Your Life! Choir members are travelling to perform in Cork, accompanied by the choir’s Musical Director Jane Christie-Johnston.



Friday 29 April, 11.00 am

Classical Music Gramophone Recital with Jack O’Shea



March 2016

Friday 11 March, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with Peter Harrington

‘Hank Williams – His Life and Music’


Friday 18 March, 11.00 am

Classical Music Gramophone Recital with David Walshe



February 2016

Friday 12 February, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with Maureen Murphy

‘Cash & Company’



Friday 19 February, 11.30 am

Gramophone Recital

‘Down Memory Lane’ – A morning of nostalgic music presented by Kate Lehane

Kate will take you on a musical journey featuring legendary artists such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many more!

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Friday 26 February, 11.00 am

Classical Music Gramophone Recital with Barry O’Keeffe

‘A-Z of Singers – Part I’


January 2016

Friday 8 January, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with Martin Higgins

‘Waylon Jennings – A Country Legend’



Tuesday 26th January, 1.00 pm

Bluegrass January!

Free Lunchtime Performance!


Superb vocally and instrumentally, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado are a must see – not only for bluegrass fans but also for lovers of country and gospel! We are delighted to be hosting Jeff & Co in the Rory Gallagher Music Library as part of their Irish Tour 2016.

Request the CD from our catalogue!
Request the CD from our catalogue!
Greg Blake's solo album (Colorado band member)
Greg Blake’s solo album (Colorado band member)


Friday 29 January, 11.00 am

Classical Music Gramophone Recital with Nora O’Donovan

‘Meandering Through Music’



Saturday 30th January, 1.00 pm

Bluegrass January!

Free Lunchtime Performance!


Hailing from Colorado, U.S.A., Martin and Nick play an eclectic mix of country & bluegrass with influences from many sub-genres including jazz & folk! No strangers to the RGML, the duo are appearing as part of their Irish Tour 2016!

Request Martin’s CD
And Nick's!
And Nick’s!


December 2015

Friday 11 December, 11.00 am

Country Music Recital with John Nyhan



Friday 18 December, 11.00 am

Classical Music Recital with Joan Kennelly


November 2015

Friday 13 November, 11.00 am

Live Performance by Kevin & Geraldine Gill


‘The Influence of Blues on Folk Guitar’

“In the early 20th century the guitar became commonly used in blues music in the Southern States of America. Prior to that, the guitar had not featured at all.  Folk revivalists in the 1960’s adapted some of the stylistic aspects of this blues music  genre and these have continued to the present day.

In this presentation we will be looking at some of those influences and will demonstrate the guitar style which emanated from them.”

– Kevin & Geraldine Gill


Friday 27 November, 11.00 am

Classical Music Gramophone Recital


Presented by Jim Ahern



October 2015



Cork Folk Festival at the Rory Gallagher Music Library

Thursday 01 October, 1.00 pm

Jimmy Crowley reading and singing a selection of songs from his new book ‘Songs from the Beautiful City’.

Jimmy Crowley Book


Friday 02 October, 1.00 pm

Illustrated talk on Joe Hill presented by John Nyhan.


Joe Hill, born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund and also known as Joseph Hillström, was a Swedish-American labour activist and songwriter. This year marks the centenary of his death by firing squad in November 1915.


Hill was the author of many labour songs, including ‘The Rebel Girl’ and ‘The Preacher and the Slave’.


Saturday 03 October, 3.00 pm

Workshop: Introduction to Percussion with Johnny Bongos

Booking Essential!


This workshop is in its fourth year and has proven very popular so get your name on the list early! Johnny is currently touring the country and working on a project with TV3. He will be releasing a single on the 9th of October entitled, ‘Silent Heroes’, composed by Jim Howard.

For more information please visit Johnny’s Facebook page:



Friday 09 October, 11.00 am

Country Music Gramophone Recital:  ‘Songs of Kenny Rogers’

Presented by Noel Welch




Cork Jazz Festival at the Rory Gallagher Music Library

Thursday 22 October, 11.00 am

‘Where the worlds of pop, rock and jazz meet: some of the songs and artists that helped break down the barriers between pop, rock and jazz.’

An illustrated presentation by Dr Ian Darrington — THIS EVENT IS BOOKED OUT!


Friday 23 October, 2.00 pm

Live performance by the New York Brass Band


The New York Brass Band are North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band. Hailing from the ancient streets of York the band are part of a funky brass revolution that is sweeping the UK. Inspired by Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Hot 8, Youngblood and Brassroots, NYBB pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band.


Friday 30 October, 11.00 am

Classical Music Gramophone Recital


Presented by John Hendrick