December 7 | Marc O’Reilly

Locally, the O’Reilly name is immediately linked with good music so, needless to say, patrons can expect plenty of the good stuff from Marc O’Reilly when he takes to the stage of the Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Saturday, December 7 for what will be his first visit to the area.

Marc O’Reilly is renowned as an explosive live performer with stunning guitar playing, emotive husky vocals and gritty yet heart warming lyrics.

Marc, a native of Lismore, first came to attention back in 2011 following the release of his critically acclaimed debut record ‘My Friend Marx’, and he has since been famed for his electrifying live performances at many major European festivals including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic among others.

Marc’s most recent album, ‘L’tere Politique (LP)’ (meaning ‘political being’) is as it’s title suggests, a political commentary, dealing with the politics of human interactions, from one on one friendships to more broader global themes of capitalism, war and globalisation.

Marc O’Reilly has released 3 previous albums, ‘My Friend Marx’, ‘Human Herdings’ and ‘Morality Mortality’ and has enjoyed some recent international success with his track ‘Bleed’, streamed almost 2 million times on Spotify and featured on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Whatever Happens’. His track ‘Healer’ was also recently used in the US TV series ‘Salvation’.

Tickets (€12.50) from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) or Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-36445) or call 087-6492514.

November 14 | The Orpheus Trio

Thursday, November 14 will see the final concert in this year’s North Cork Classical Music series, the venue being the Village Arts Centre in Kilworth. 

This follows a number of very successful concerts held earlier during the summer months in the churches of St Colman’s (Farahy), St George’s (Mitchelstown) and St Mary’s (Doneraile).

This concert comes a little later than usual in the season due to a number of reasons outside of the organisers’ control but is well worth waiting for. It will feature The Orpheus Trio who will be remembered for their wonderful programme in St Colman’s in June. The trio is made up of flautist Eilis O’Sullivan, guitarist Jerry Creedon and cellist Joan Scannell.


Eilis has performed widely as a soloist with appearances varying from a performance for the Prince of Wales at Hollyrood Palace, Edinburgh to solo appearances at the main concert halls and music club venues throughout Ireland, Britain and Germany. Guest concerto engagements include performances in the United States, Scotland, and Ireland. 


Jerry is an experienced musician and has performed in Ireland, Germany and Spain, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has appeared with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles and has his own Jazz Ensemble with which he performs at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. He has performed at the National Concert Hall, Universities, and numerous Festivals.


Hugh McCarthy is an active performance cellist. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Limerick and a Master of Arts degree in music performance (cello) and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cork School of Music

He is involved in a very wide variety of musical activity in Ireland. Hugh enjoys solo cello performance, but ensemble playing remains his passion.

Note the date – Thursday, Nov 14 at 8pm – The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth. Tickets go on sale next week in The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), in Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) and also from 087-6492514.

October 11 & 12 | Tommy Fleming

One of Ireland’s all-time great’s, Tommy Fleming returns to The Village Arts Centre on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th, 2019 – tickets on sale now at usual outlets.

Having announced a second date for Kilworth in last week’s Avondhu, booking is already brisk for Tommy Fleming’s Friday, October 11 concert.

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with one song more haunting than the other. He has a universal appeal to all ages and backgrounds with a fan base that is growing stronger worldwide year by year.

Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach.

Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Isle of Inisfree’ and ‘Hard Times’, all songs that you know and love but you have never heard them until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions.

He also covers songs from ‘You Raise Me Up’ to ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’, ‘From a Distance’ and ‘Something Inside So Strong’ along with many more contemporary numbers.

Now booking for Friday, October 11 at The Avondhu Offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.

September 27 | Loudest Whisper

Mark Friday, September 27 in your diary for a great night out with the 6-piece Loudest Whisper band at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth.

The band are celebrating 50 years on the road, and plans are afoot to stage another concert production of their folk opera ‘Children of Lir’ in the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2020/’21. 

Their Children of Lir album has become one of the most sought-after Irish records ever released. 

We can look forward to some great music and perhaps a few stories and memories from Brian and the band at the concert on September 27, charting their journey over the past 50 years. 

Tickets, priced at €15, go on sale from next week at the usual arts centre outlets. You can call 087-6492514 for further details.

August 26 | The Petersens

Last time The Petersens played The Village Arts Centre was their first visit to the area and they went down a treat.

The four sisters in the band – Ellen, Julianne, Katie and Karen were simply brilliant, their vocal harmonies a delight to hear.

The band come all the way from Branson, Missouri where Bluegrass, Gospel and Country music is a daily part of life. The Petersens are making a very welcome return to the Kilworth venue on Monday, August 26.

Each May, for the past number of years, The Petersens have been part of a month long Bluegrass Festival at Silver Dollar City on the outskirts of Branson

The band features Ellen Petersen (banjo/vocals), Julianne Petersen (mandolin/vocals), Katie Petersen (fiddle/vocals), Matt Petersen (guitar/vocals), Karen Petersen (bass/vocals) and Emmett Franz (dobro/vocals).

Tickets (€15) now on sale (from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615), call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

July 19 | Frankie Gavin & Friends

Despite the fact that Frankie Gavin is currently taking a break from live gigging to work on the Grace Kelly Irish Symphonic Suite which he is composing in collaboration with Carl Hession and which will premiere in Monaco on March 17 next year with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, he has nevertheless, taken up an invitation to play a very intimate gig at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Friday, July 19.

A native of Corrandulla, County Galway and from a musical family, Frankie played tin whistle from the age of four and later, progressed to the flute. Few would believe that although he received some formal training in music, his musical ability on the fiddle is mainly self-taught.

In 1974, he founded the group De Dannan with Alec Finn and they enjoyed immense success in the intervening years with some household names fronting the group on vocals, people such as Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley to name but some.

Frankie Gavin has played and recorded with Andy Irvine, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli and Frankie Goes to Hollywood and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

There can be no doubt  that  2018  was a momentous year for Frankie, winning Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 at the Gradam Ceoil Awards was the icing on the cake.

Come and see Frankie Gavin and Friends at The Village Arts Centre on Friday, July 19. Tickets (€20) now on sale from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), at Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-84365) or by calling 087-6492514.

July 15 | Alecia Nugent

Bluegrass returns to The Village Arts Centre on Monday, July 15, this time with Alecia Nugent and her band from Louisiana, USA.

In the five short years since Alecia Nugent’s debut CD, she has gone from being the toast of Hickory Grove, Louisiana to one of the most celebrated Bluegrass & Country singers across America’s heartland.

Alecia was schooled in the sounds of The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and other bluegrass masters. On her own, she developed a taste for country-music greats such as George Jones, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

The band features James Kee from Chattanooga, now  living in Nashville on mandolin and vocals. A great singer and mandolin player, James is best remembered by Kilworth patrons as the lead singer with the Hamilton County Ramblers, who appeared at the Arts Centre a few years ago.

Gina Britt on banjo and vocals is originally from North Carolina, but nowresides in Nashville. She is a highly acclaimed  banjo player, havingplayed with many of the top bands in Bluegrass, including the Grammy nominated all-woman Bluegrass powerhouse ‘Sister Sadie’.

Jed Clarke from Arkansas is a flatpicking guitar fanatic, highly influnced by master flatpicker, Tony Rice.

Beth Lawerence (bass and vocals) from Wisconsin and now residing in Nashville, brings her strong bass playing and excellent harmony to the Alecia Nugent Bluegrass Band.

This date (Monday, July 15) with the Alecia Nugent Bluegrass Band is a must for Bluegrass and Country fans alike.

Tickets €15 from usual outlets or call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

May 13 | Kristy Cox and her Band

Chart-toppin’ Nashville-based Kristy Cox, Australia’s biggest bluegrass & country music export, is on quite the roll, and she’s rolling right into Kilworth.

Capturing attention with her powerful singing style, youthful energy-infused bluegrass, and song writing acumen, she continues to enjoy radio & television success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a multi award-winning Australian Country Music Awards Golden Guitar recipient – most recently she picked up the 2019 Golden Guitar for Bluegrass Album of the Year for early 2018’s Ricochet.

Kristy has appeared at major festivals across Australia, Europe and the US, including an official showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Convention in 2015; she was shortlisted by the IBMA 4 years running for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

For her current & first release after signing with the Virginia-based bluegrass-only Mountain Fever label, early 2018’s Ricochet, Kristy teamed up with renowned songwriter Jerry Salley. 

Proving to be quite the formidable pairing in writing and recording great bluegrass and acoustic country music, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album and was shortlisted for the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album. 

‘Ricochet’, the first single release and title track off the album, took Kristy to the top of the Bluegrass Today Radio charts for two successive weeks; she hit #1 on the chart again with the subsequent Ricochet single release ‘I Can Almost Smell The Smoke’ while ‘South To North Carolina’, the third & current release off the album, was Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction #1 played record for January 2019.

“Kristy Cox is making a repeat visit to my favourites list. This Australian transplant captured lightning in a bottle when she teamed up with producer and writer Jerry Salley a couple of years ago, and the combination is still magical. On Ricochet, Cox steps it up a notch or two as a vocalist, making her one of the best in the business. Lots of strong songs here, but my favourite is a heart-breaking duet with Brandon Rickman on ‘A Bed This Cold’, which Rickman wrote with Salley.

– David Morris, Bluegrass Today, selecting Ricochet as one of his favourite album releases of 2018

“… one of the best in the business” according to Bluegrass Today, Kristy is excited to be making her very first visit to Ireland with her band, and we’re proud to present her third performance of the 9-gig tour in the intimate setting of The Village Arts Centre in Kilworth. Accompanied by her husband Travis, Australia’s premier honkytonk singer, this is youthful energy-infused bluegrass with maybe a bit of country thrown in for good measure.

Save the date, spread the word & we’ll see you in Kilworth on Monday, May 13.

May 9 | Hairy Plastics

Here in Ireland from Britany for a few weeks is a trio of musicians that go under the name of ‘Hairy Plastics’ and they are delighted to announce a gig in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Thursday, May 9 at 8pm.

The guys are Dylan Gully (clarinet), Florian Baron (Oud, acoustic guitar and vocals) and Nathan Arnaud (percussion).

They come to us through promoter Phil Bergin who speaks very highly of the group.

Certainly something different to look forward to. You can check out

Tickets are just €12 and are avaialble now from the usual outlets – call 025-32227 or 087-6492514.

Scroll to Top