De Barra’s Outdoor Shows: Lisa Hannigan, John Spillane + more

Poster artwork is a monotype by Mark Dougherty (Instagram @seedypics)

Live performances return to DEBARRA’S, CLONAKILTY

Limited Capacity Outdoor shows

Featuring Lisa Hannigan, John Spillane, Sharon Shannon, Junior Brother, Neil Delamare, world-exclusive collaboration with David Mitchell + Tiny Ruins, Susan O’Neill + plenty more 

Tickets on sale now:

Having been forced to close in March 2020, due to the pandemic, DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty, is back in business at last, hosting world-class live performances in their intimate outdoor setting, the beer garden and brand new yard garden.

Over the coming weeks, DeBarra’s will welcome some of the country’s finest musicians, writers, and comedians, to perform on their outdoor stage.

The line-up features Kulini, Wayward Folk, The Next New Low, Niall Thomas, DeBarra’s Trad Session, Maria Doyle Kennedy, DeBarra’s Spoken Word, Luka Bloom, Anna’s Anchor, Chris Kent, Gearoid Farrelly, Lisa Hannigan, John Spillane, The Vespertine Quartet, Sharon Shannon, Junior Brother, Neil Delamare, Susan O’Neill, Jape, Míde Houlihan, and New Dad, with even more to be announced over the coming weeks.

DeBarra’s are also thrilled to present a world-exclusive collaboration between story and song. Acclaimed West Cork based British writer, David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, Utopia Avenue) will virtually join one of New Zealand’s most cherished singer-songwriters, Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins, for a unique and intimate performance.

During lockdown, Fullbrook re-imagined prose by Mitchell as songs, while Mitchell re-imagined songs by Tiny Ruins as short fiction.

‘If I Were a Story and You Were a Song’ presents their cross-pollnated co-creation; a mosaic of bewitching music and reflective stories. WORD is thrilled to have commissioned this show, and to be sharing it with you.

Speaking about the re-opening, Ray Blackwell, manager of DeBarra’s venue says:

“DeBarra’s is like a big old mythical creature and she’s been asleep for a while… now she’s waking she needs her belly rubbed and ears scratched regularly.

It’s great to hear music and laughter and applause in her once again, to witness experts in their craft and trade back doing what they do best… It stirs the beast, tends the itch for now, and gives us some hope for tomorrow. Onwards!”

This programme is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media. All shows have limited capacity, so early booking is advised.

Tickets will be made available to DeBarra’s members before going on general sale.

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Tickets for the world-exclusive viewing of ‘If I Were a Story and You Were a Song’ by David Mitchell and Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) are available at:

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