Seanie Buttons presents I Dreamed, I Dream + Inchworm (Strictly Over 18s)

Self-described ‘experimental no-wave bitch-punk’ outfit I Dreamed I Dream should be a music journalist’s worst nightmare – but it all just works.

Based in Cork, the band takes their home city’s post-punk legacy and their own wider noise-rock influences as a base for a transgressive sound that’s seen them gig around the country – breaking the fourth wall at festivals like Dublin’s MusicTown and Cork Midsummer, as well as opening for M(h)aol, The Altered Hours, Gina Birch and The Frank & Walters.

Indeed, it’s not all that far from this foundation that debut single ‘Apparition’, recorded at Wavefield Studio and produced by Brian Casey, manifests itself. A steadily-paced, swirling, menacing slab of eighties-inflected shoegazing underpins charismatic vocalist/bassist Claire Aherne’s hollering recall of various degrees of torrid existential horror, steeped equally in lucid, articulate lyricism, and the idiosyncratic Leeside snark that resides in the band’s DNA.

But while it’s an effective primer on the band and its raisons d’etre, it’s only the beginning for a band whose material to date has pulled in sonic elements and reference points from any and all directions – from walls of hectic, misogyny-haunted noise like ‘Tintin Haircut’; to ‘214’, a sean nós-inspired koan to suburban youngfellas and the commuter buses that contain them.

Armed with anger, humour and heart, as well as a healthy disregard for musical convention, they’ve terrorised gig-going audiences up and down the country. But with their debut single under their belts, and their upcoming debut extended-player in the can, I Dreamed I Dream are about everyone’s problem.

‘Apparition’ by I Dreamed I Dream is available on all streaming platforms from the 22nd of September.

Derek Ryan

Irish country sensation Derek Ryan’s road to stardom is set to continue with his biggest concert tour to date. After the resounding success of his recent nationwide Irish tour ‘Pure & Simple,’ Derek is back with a brand new concert show for 2024 at The Cork Opera House.

Derek and his fantastic band are back on the road to perform material from Derek’s new album, along with his biggest chart-toppers ‘Hold On To Your Hat’ ‘Down On Your Uppers’ and ‘God’s Plan’, all of which have cemented his position as one of Ireland’s bestselling country singer/songwriters.

Green Room Jazz: Paul Dunlea – The Sextet


Although at home in a variety of musical styles, Cork Trombonist/Composer/Arranger, Paul Dunlea concentrates primarily on Jazz and Improvisation. This has furthered his reputation as one of Irelands most in demand musicians.

Dunlea has performed/toured/recorded with the likes of Michael Bublé, Cassandra Wilson, Frankie Valli, Liam O’Maonlaoi, Mick Flannery, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Bryce Dressner (The National), Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, David O’Rourke, Rourkestra, Sachal Vasandani, John Clayton,National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, The New Irish Jazz Orchestra, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Hot House Big Band, Freezeroom & Brian Deady.

Featuring new original music and arrangements by Paul Dunlea played by some of the best improvising musicians from Ireland and the UK.

Paul Dunlea – Trombone, Compositions
Paul Booth – Sax
Ryan Quigley – Trumpet
Paul Dunlea – Trombone
Scott Flanigan – Keys
Michael Janisch – Bass
Andrew Bain – Drums

Green Room Jazz: Aleka


Romania: Songs of Love and Longing is the newest release from Romanian born, Irish residing singer Aleka.

Over the last 10 years, Aleka has cemented her reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile vocalists in the Irish jazz scene. The music features arrangements of traditional folk melodies, using elements of jazz and rock propelled by the thrilling rhythm section of Chris Guilfoyle on guitar, Barry Donohue on Bass and Matthew Jacobson on drums.

This will be a unique night of music, be certain not to miss it!

Cork Opera House presents Starlight, featuring Laoise Leahy with the Johnny Taylor Trio


Experience the magic that is vocalist Laoise Leahy and her band – the Johnny Taylor Trio – when they bring their experimental and beautiful Jazz programme to The Granary Theatre in UCC as part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Laoise and her band will explore the darker corners of contemporary jazz music, evocatively journeying through life, love, loss, time, space and hope.

As Jazz Artist-in-Residence at Cork Opera House, Leahy is ready to unveil the fruits of her labour in an unforgettable performance that will include stunning original compositions weaved in with gems from vocal artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Cécile Mc Lorin Salvant, Jazzmeia Horn, Laura Mvula and Aretha Franklin.

Join us for an evening of jazz that is as distinctive as it is captivating, live at the Granary Theatre during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Vocalist: Laoise Leahy
Piano: Johnny Taylor
Bass: Barry Donohue
Drums: Dominic Mullan

The concert will run for 70 minutes with no interval


The High Kings

The High Kings, known for their electrifying live performances, marked by rich harmonies, masterful instrumentation, and an unmistakable passion for their craft are excited to return to Cork in 2024.

Following an epic world tour and the release of their highly anticipated 8th studio album The Road not Taken as well as unprecedented streaming numbers, Ireland’s leading folk band’ have once again captured the hearts of fans across the globe with their spellbinding melodies. Marking 15 years together, their world tour, which sold out venues across Australia, Canada, Germany, Benelux, UK and the UAE as well as 3 tours of the USA, was met with resounding success, leaving audiences in awe. The band’s ability to continue to bridge cultural gaps and connect with fans on a profound level is a testament to their unique blend of traditional Irish folk music and contemporary sensibilities.

Now, as they prepare to embark on their latest musical adventure, The Road Not Taken Tour, The High Kings are poised to continue their reign as ambassadors of Irish folk music. This tour promises to be a celebration of their remarkable journey. The Road Not Taken Tour will take audiences on a captivating musical odyssey, featuring beloved classics and new tracks from their latest album.

Mike Denver

Mike Denver, one of Galway’s favourite sons is riding the crest of a wave. His audience is vast throughout Ireland, North and South and he is now making inroads in the UK with some sell-out concerts in England and Scotland over the past couple of years.

With his excellent backing band Mike presents a two and a half hour high energy concert show which features all his hits including ‘Tommy K’, ‘Wasn’t That A Party’, ‘Galway Girl’, “Blown Away’, plus hits from the 60’s and 70’S.

Mike is always joined on stage for his shows by some of Ireland’s top singers. For this concert his guests are Brendan Shine and Dominic Kirwan.

The Cork Opera House Christmas Concert

The annual Cork Opera House Christmas Concert returns this December for two nights featuring  an exciting line up of amazing vocalists, including Cork Opera House Jazz artist in residence, Laoise Leahy, alongside the Cara O Sullivan Associate Artists, and a number of very special guests – including the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, conducted by Conor Palliser.

With more to be announced over the coming weeks, the Christmas Concerts will feature some of the best in local and national talent, who will take to our stage to perform a range of seasonal classics in this festive concert perfect for all the family. Performers on the night will include Kelli-Ann Masterson, Dean Power, Niamh O’Sullivan and Rory Dunne.

Join us at Cork Opera House for a wonderful evening of sublime festive fare.


projective, a new collaborative and creative force, comes together for their debut gig in The Green Room, Cork Opera House.

This 7-piece group is a diverse pool of musicians and writers that have crafted an original repertoire of RnB, Neo-soul, Jazz and Hip-hop.

Having previously collaborated individually with various artists and projects such as Neubrí, SAL, Negro Impacto, Salamay, and many more, projective are now excited to embark on their new journey in original music.

projective includes:
Ciara Stacey
Diamond Nzekwe
Leanne Curtin
Daniel Brazil
Abdul Saidi
Michael Riordan
Cian Harris

Support from Hánt, the moniker of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Dylan Howe.

Green Room Jazz: Karen Underwood – Icons Old & New

Singer Karen Underwood is synonymous with great live music in Cork, not only during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, but as a result of many years enthralling audiences with a variety of styles and shows, making Karen one of the city’s most loved musical icons of the last couple of decades.

For this year’s Jazz Festival, Karen herself turns to some of her own icons, both past and present, as she and her band give their unique take on artists such as Gregory Porter, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone and Nat King Cole, amongst many others. “I want to bring images from the past and present to the stage,” says Karen, “not only to sing a song from these amazing people, but to tell a story too.”