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Something we’ve rarely seen in Cork since the local Gardaí cracked down on the lads bringing the wee skate ramps to Half-Moon St. a few years back: a street-skate vid.

Brought to you by the kind folk at Primetime Cork (for all your streetwear needs, serving the city over 25 years) as part of their series of videos on Cork culture. They write:

Here’s the next instalment in our ongoing video series, this week showcasing three of Cork’s top skaters and long-time friends of the shop. Throughout our 25 year history Primetime has taken great pride in supporting every aspect of ‘street’ culture in our city, whether musical, artistic or otherwise. Long may this continue!

More videos here.

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Morning VeilsCork folk harbingers

What you may need to know…

01. The bearers of bad tidings sometimes do so with a slight grin, knowing well the nature of their predicament. So too do Leeside “forgotten folk” trio Morning Veils.

02. Emerging a few years back as an aside to its members’ main preoccupations, the trio is comprised of Elaine Howley (The Altered Hours/Crevice), Roslyn Steer (solo/Crevice/KantCope label/ex-Saint Yorda) and Aisling O’Riordan (Quarter Block Party festival).

03. Streaming above is the newly-released video for single Elusive Fruit, created, produced and directed by local performance artist Eilis Collins.

04. It’s taken from the band’s debut release, Her Kind, available for streaming and download from KantCope’s Bandcamp page. Cassette copies long sold out by now, of course.

Thoughts: Rarely seen in the wild, but always worth observing, Morning Veils’ reverby, shoegaze-leaning folk is a joy.

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Outsider Y.P.conceptual hip-hop

What you may need to know…

01. He’s been a regular feature of these posts, and for good reason: the Cork-based artist formerly known as Young Phantom continues to set out his stall.

02. After throwing an album listening party at the Glucksman last weekend, Mark Mavambu announced his debut album “proper”, Alone/Insane/Alive would drop that night at midnight on Soundcloud and his website.

03. That LP is streaming above. A concept piece exploring isolation, masculinity and depression.

04. Due today on Spotify, Apple Music and the like if Soundcloud isn’t your bag. Expect live activity to follow.

Thoughts: It’s one thing for an artist to outline their ambitions as much as Mavambu has, and quite another to see that passion and grandeur being realised.

Outsider Y.P.

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The Great Balloon RaceCork folk/psychedelic

What you may need to know…

01. Last time we checked in with The Great Balloon Race, they’d just released single Chocolate Beans, a venture into jazzier climes.

02. They’ve finally put the last bits in order for their second album, Gently, Gently, releasing via May 5th on Leeside label KantCope.

03. Streaming above is the live video of Daryl and John, filmed by Blair Massie, as featured on the new long-player.

04. Catch them live on May 5th at Coughlan’s on Douglas Street, Cork, launching the long-player. Available for digital download or in a cassette/download bundle.

Thoughts: First thoughts on listening to the album in advance are those of a band finding their feet and moving with assurance into new waters.

The Great Balloon Race

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Taken in the studio he created in the back room of his pub in his home town of Macroom, County Cork, Dennis Dinneen’s portraits, which he worked on from the 50s to the 70s, add up to a detailed and affecting picture of an entire community.

Dennis Dinneen is at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, until May 27.

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Dennis Dinneen: the pub landlord who captured Cork – in pictures (Guardian)

Deep Sky ObjectsCork/Kerry alt-rock

What you may need to know…

01. Big riffs and dirty bass-tones emerge from the most recent studio excursion from Cork-based trio Deep Sky Objects.

02. Having emerged a few years back, the band have been steadily gigging around Cork city, with the odd excursion home to Kerry, including last year’s K-Fest in Killorglin.

03. Streaming above is single Desire, the first in a series of monthly singles leading up to August, to be accompanied by UK and Irish summer touring.

04. Catch them at Whelan’s in Dubland on the 15th, and back in Cork city’s Brú Bar on the 22nd.

Thoughts: A tighter, more elastic take on stadium-filler indie/alt, sans the bullshit. Good hustle.

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WORMCork ambient two-piece launch new label

What you may need to know…

01. Leeside stalwarts Caoilian Sherlock and Mr. K (he of Not Earth), by their powers combined, are ambient duo WORM.

02. Recorded during the winter of last year, debut album Stars Talking was given life in various locales around the city, including the dearly-departed Cork Community Print Shop.

03. Streaming above in the widget now, and also available for name-your-price download.

04. This release is also that of their new label, Small Town Disco, so named for Sherlock’s radio show on Dublin Digital Radio.

Thoughts: Thoughtful, in-the-moment jams from their own space and time. Wonderful.

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[r]evolution of a sunCork hardcore veterans reuniting for a good cause

What you may need to know…

01. At varying points throughout their over-decade-long run, Cork metal/hardcore band [r]evolution of a sun, anchored by Cork metal mainstays Noel Lynch, Christophe Erpelding, and Eoin Kelleher, had up to seven or eight members in a single live line-up.

02. They were ridiculously heavy, a reputation hammered home by three extended-players, the highlight of which is 2007’s Sacrificehellroutine, and Hell, an album that was a decade in the making.

03. The aforementioned is available for streaming above, and free download from their Bandcamp. The album is an unloved belter also.

04. They return from retirement for a charity show on April 13th at Fred Zeppelin’s in Cork. A benefit gig for the family of much-missed engineer and producer Laurence White, the line-up also includes Bisect and Hope is Noise.

Thoughts: One of the heaviest, sludgiest, most unforgiving bands to ever surface on our island. Should be visceral to see again live.

[r]evolution of a sun on Irish Metal Archive

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CatacombsCork pop outfit call it a day

What you may need to know…

01. Promising Cork psych/gaze/pop outfit Catacombs called time on their brief run last week via social media, after a year’s absence from live activity.

02. They’d been steadily gigging around Leeside, around the smaller venues, sharing stages with lo-fi pop outfits like No Monster Club and HAGS, among others.

03. Streaming above is last single Glow, thrown up on YouTube as a parting shot.

04. For those of you fond of nineties-esque jangles and fuzz, their handful of demos and singles are available here.

Thoughts: A warm note to finish on, erring on the homelier side of indie/pop as opposed to getting lost in reverb and awash with psychedelia.

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Right Here Right Now

A Cork festival, with Cork bands, at the Cork Opera House, for all the people. April 28th-30th.

Writes Edel Curtin:

Right Here, Right Now is a brand new music festival presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlans Live Promotions from April 28th – 30th, celebrating the vibrant, eclectic music scene in Cork City. Featuring over 20 different artists, the festival is a unique snapshot of a time and place through the lens of the city’s artists.

This festival brings together some of the finest acts and musicians in the bustling music community around Cork, from brash bands, to balladeers, from sweet soul, to rock and roll, with a full concert orchestra thrown in for good measure! One of the highlights of the weekend sees Jack O Rourke and band perform his critically acclaimed debut album Dreamcatcher with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, directed by John O Brien and featuring special guests Strung and Anna Mitchell.

Full line-up, including Broadsheet featurees Shookrah and The Shaker Hymn, as well as tickets, available here.