September 11, 2015
Love music? We have music. We have lots and lots of music. Come and join us for the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival from 17th to 20th of September 2015. The organisers are promising that this one, the eleventh, is going to be the most foot-stomping, the most head-banging, the most eye-catching of all the festivals so far. Every year the guitar is King in Clonakilty. It’s the town that Noel Redding called home. It’s the legacy he left behind that turned Clonakilty into one of the most sought after gig dates for all artists big or small. As Christy Moore said, “There's Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert, Sydney Opera House and then there's De Barra's!”
Noel Redding was bass player with The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They sold more albums in 1973 than anyone else and their music has inspired and influenced thousands of bands since. As Ray Blackwell of De Barra’s, once said, “When Noel came to Clonakilty, the town turned from black and white to technicolour”. So for this glorious weekend, be prepared for a conglomeration of virtuosos, rogues and three chord heroes to descend on Clonakilty and for the roofs to be a shaking and the earth to be a quaking. We can’t wait for it.
The Festival is run by a not for profit voluntary organisation of music lovers who strive to make the festival accessible to all with over 85 per cent of the events, across the three days of the festival, entirely free. The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival is a celebration of the guitar. There’s variety in both the acts and the venues that take part in the festival. Pubs, parish halls, street-corners, beaches, butcher shops – anything could happen, anywhere. Here in Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa we will have father and son duo, Les and Sam Clague preforming some al fresco Jazz, Ragtime on Sunday 20th September at 1pm. Why not tie in some lunch in Dunes Bar & Bistro, your Sunday afternoon sorted!
Some other highlights of the festival include Tennessee native Valerie June. She has been dazzling audiences worldwide since the release of her debut studio album “Pushin’ Against a Stone” produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). The New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine have given her rave reviews and her performance at the festival is her only Irish gig this year. Closer to home we have The Vespertine Quintet, a collection of musicians from West Cork, comprising the traditional string quartet and piano with added electronic sounds. They will be performing with special guests from many of their recent collaborations, one of whom is the renowned Jim Murray, one of the most respected accompanists in traditional Irish music. Shookrah, hailing from Cork are a female fronted ensemble who promise to “cajole our hearts and ears with their love of the groove which renders us whole” and with inflections of rock and dark, funky hip-hop, gives their sound a compelling new edge.
Every which way you turn the town of Clonakilty will be rocking. All the acts and events taking place can be found on www.clonguitarfest.com. It’s a wonderful weekend away for all music lovers of all ages. So come and join us at The Inchydoney Lodge and Spa. This is my favourite weekend of the year. It could be yours!
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