'Right Here Right Now' to feature Ye Vagabonds, Fairplé and Iarla O’Lionard - 1st June Cork Opera House

Presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live Promotions, Right Here Right Now is a three-day festival, all under one roof. Showcasing the most exciting in music and culture in Cork City, the festival, now in its second year, continues its mission of celebrating and supporting the local music scene, and providing unique platforms to artists. It kicks off Friday 1st June with an opening party in The Main Bar featuring DJ’s, live music, and special guests.

On Saturday 2nd June, become immersed in a rare and specially curated experience as the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, led by John O’Brien, perform on stage with Marlene Enright and Band, Ye Vagabonds, and Cork legends The Frank & Walters. This specially commissioned arrangement will allow the audience to enjoy the music of these incredible performers in a new and all-encompassing way, with the 30 of finest orchestral musicians from or based in Cork.

On Sunday 3rd June, #CorkLovesMusic in the Green Room at 2 pm, is a panel discussion on topics that affect musicians in Cork. Karan Casey heads up Fairplé Cork, the local chapter of a movement to equalise pay and promotion along gender line in Irish folk and traditional music. Stephen O’Byrne and Hope Alo from Dali have just moved their venue from a warehouse at the city’s docks to the former Pavilion venue on Carey’s Lane, providing a new space for the city’s artists and DJs.  Kevin J. Power is a singer-songwriter and music producer who has recently become a new in-house producer for Whitewell Studios in Cloyne, while Edel Curtin and Eibhlín Gleeson have taken Right Here Right Now from an idea to year two of a collaborative festival for Cork City.

Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla O’Lionard takes to the stage in the Right Room with acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney, and special guests Greenshine, for a special lunchtime show at 3 pm. At 7 pm, experience the irrepressible energy of Wallis Bird who’ll be joined by John Blek, followed by a double bill of more home-grown talent as Jack O’Rourkeand Anna Mitchell take to the stage at 10 pm. Pick up Sunday Day tickets for only €45, which also grant access to the official closing party.

Tickets available from www.corkoperahouse.ie or from the box office 021 427 0022

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