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Robocobra Quartetjazzy hardcore from Belfast

What you may need to know…

01. Despite their designation as a quartet, sax-laden spoken-word hardcore outfit Robocobra Quartet call on any of fourteen members for their incendiary live excursions.

02. Having gigged on the regular since 2014, the collective have done the festival grind, including Electric Picnic and Brilliant Corners Jazz fest, as well as having released a limited lathe-cut 7″ via Smalltown America.

03. Streaming above is the band’s debut album in its entirety, Music for All Occasions, recorded in studios and venues around Belfast city.

04. Available now in various formats from their Bandcamp. Having finished the UK/NI swing of their album launch, more UK/IE dates are likely for next year.

Verdict: Dour, downtuned, swaggering post-hardcore as a framework for world-weary spoken word broadsides.

Robocobra Quartet


The ECM Weekender – a festival of jazz and related visuals, now that the other big jazz weekend is out of the way.

Writes Tina Darb:

We are delighted to present our second ECM weekend, having worked closely with ECM in Munich to put together the concerts and films that make up this very special celebration of a label whose contribution to Music and to Culture is vast, and whose output and excellence is prodigious and truly unique.

Launching, and going, all next weekend at the Triskel Christchurch in Cork.

ECM Weekender

REPRO FREE Provision 160916 At the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (Oct. 28th-31st) programme launch in Cork City Hall : Oliver Elholtz and Clare Sands of the Clare Sands trio with Gemma Bell , Spnsorship Manager Guinness Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Oliver Elholtz and Clare Sands (Clare Sands Trio), with Gemma Bell (Cork Jazz Manager, middle)

The Cork Jazz Festival had its formal launch last night with a reception at City Hall.

Over a thousand musicians from twenty countries will take to over sixty venues over the course of four days throughout the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Louise Kearney, writes:

This year, American jazz pianist Justin Kauflin will open the festival at The Everyman on Friday,  October 28, in a powerful double bill with contemporary jazz star Jacob Collier.

Other jazz sensations include Grammy Award winner, Robert Glasper, top American jazz vibist Jason Marsalis, Sheryl Bailey, The Hot Club of Cowtown and Kurt Rosenwinkel

In addition to the jazz the Irish pop rock band Picture This will open an eclectic series of concerts at Cork Opera House on Friday 28th October, followed by an array of top attractions including Mexican superstars Rodrigo y Gabriela, hit makers BellX1, Cork soul sensation Brian Deady, and folk legend Loudon Wainwright III.

Any excuse

More in the ‘sheet in the coming weeks.


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Mick Skelly writes:

Free this Sunday? Síoga are playing Sunday at 7.30pm in the Freemason’s Hall on Molesworth Street. A Touch of Blue promises to be a fun event fusing the sounds of jazz, folk and contemporary classical music in a spectacular setting.


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Tiarnan Jones writes:

My flat mate, Phil Evans made this awesome skating…and AWESOME music video! the description on the video say it all really….y’all enjoy now! “A bunch of friends got together and turned an abandoned old roofless room  [in Bray, Co Wicklow] into something special with little know-how and a lot of graft! We invited our friend Max Zaska, a talented jazz musician, out to our bowl who took his drumsticks and his guitar and improved some really amazing songs to the skating that was happening with an industrious technique none of us have witnessed before.

Skaters in order of appearance: Rob Moss, Gibbo, Finn Merrins, Brian
Corscaden, Ciaran Hughes, Gav Coughlan, Shane Wheelan, Rich Gilligan, John Dillon, Patrick Bateman and Sherbert Dipdab.