It's something of a bumper few days this week for the famous Cork venue Cyprus Avenue. In the course of this week the venue will host five gigs in a four day timespan, including some of Ireland's most revered acts, as well as one of the UK's most promising up n' coming bands. Full details below.
Clock Opera - 24th October - €14
Clock Opera has been the musical guise of London based multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer Guy Connelly since 2009. His excellent debut single 'White Noise' set the template, appealing in both it's crooning pop and it's avant garde electronic, sounding a wee bit as if Morrissey's younger was brother backed by Moby. Clock Opera has become a full band over the last three years which gives Connolly's songs the full spectrum they're craving.
This Club - 25th October - €11.50
This Club celebrated the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album Highlife with news of a Number 2 chart placing on iTunes. Following the success of their debut single 'I Won't Worry' and follow up single 'Add It Up', Highlife has become an essential part of summer play-lists - filled with infectious pop tracks. The band could hardly have asked for a better start to 2012 with the nomination of 'I Won't Worry' for the inaugural Choice Music Prize Irish Song of The Year. Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
Cathy Davey - 26th October - €21.50
Cathy Davey delivered a triple-crown result when she released her album The Nameless in May of 2010, debuting in poll position on the Irish Album Charts, the Independent Release Charts and the iTunes Charts on its first week of release. Taking the Number One spot is a huge achievement for any artist, but a particularly inspiring accomplishment for a young, independent Irish musician, creating and releasing a self-funded body of work. This gig is a great chance to see Cathy and band playing a mix of new songs from her forthcoming album and familiar hits from her back catalogue.
Kormac (AV Show) - 26th October (late show, 11pm) - €11.50
Kormac is a perennial festival favourite in this country. With his Kormac's Big Band project, he has recently played peak time slots at Glastonbury, Bestival, Womad, Shambala, the Electric Picnic and Body and Soul festivals, toured with Beardyman and performed in France, Germany and Africa. Kormac has taken a new solo A/V show on the road since last September to amazing repsonce and critical acclaim. Armed with new DJ technology, he now plays, scratches and manipulates audio AND video using turntables.
The Walls - 27th October - €16.50
The Walls were formed by brothers Steve and Joe Wall after the demise of their multi-platinum band The Stunning. They started their own record label Dirtbird Records and released their first album Hi-Lo in 2000. Over the following two years the band played in France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and undertook their first ever trip to Australia where Crowded House offered them support slots on their reunion gigs in Sydney and Melbourne in 2007.By this time some babies had arrived in The Walls camp and domestic duties came a-calling. The band took some time out from touring and between nappy-changes they built their own recording studio in Dublin. Their new (third) album Stop the Lights took six years to complete and was released in March.