Presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live Promotions, Right Here Right Now is the festival of Cork and of Irish music.

Right Here Right Now are delighted to be announcing a wonderful collaboration between Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra and Cork based musicians.  On Saturday 2 June the audience will be immersed in a rare and specially curated experience as the orchestra under the baton of John O’Brien will perform on stage with Marlene Enright and Band, Ye Vagabonds and Cork legends The Frank & Walters. This unique arrangement will allow the audience to hear the music of these performers in a new and all-encompassing way in the main auditorium.

Speaking at the announcement, Eibhlin Gleeson, CEO Cork Opera House said, “Cork is a hotbed of creativity and a breeding ground for a huge range of fantastic artists across a multitude of genres. Cork Opera House is proud to provide a stage for local, national and international acts to collaborate together. This festival is a celebration of the music scene in Cork Right Here, Right Now.”

Over the coming days and weeks the rest of the performances that will be taking place across three stages, all under the one roof, will be announced. This festival showcases all that is good in the city – the music, the culture, the people. Join us at your Cork Opera House for this very special festival.

 

The Frank & Walters

The Frank & Walters will finally realise a lifetime ambition to perform with a full orchestra, performing songs from across their career.

It’s been an eventful few years for the band with the release of their latest album Songs for the Walking Wounded in 2016 and a European tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their album Grand Parade in 2017.

Twenty five years after they gate crashed the UK Top 20 with their seminal hit ‘After All’, the track found a whole new audience this year, following a classic television moment on the RTE/BBC production The Young Offenders. As the captives of a lovably psychotic Billy Murphy broke into the indie anthem on a Cork bus, so began the track’s whirlwind ascent of music charts both here and in the UK, culminating in a mid-week position of Number 1 on the i-Tunes download chart.

“The Frank and Walters create music as timeless and classic as their heroes The Beatles and Brian Wilson. But it’s their decency and kindness, in a music biz of sharks, that will always endear them to me” –  Ken Sweeney

Marlene Enright

Marlene Enright’s solo debut, Placemats and Second Cuts, showcases her passions and influences. The RTE Choice Music Prize Nominee wrote and recorded the record over a year, the resulting body of work a melange of the heavy grooves of RnB, the warmth and nostalgia of great folk songs and the richness of thickly layered harmonies. It is the sound of modern roots music, evolved as it has over decades to something that is unmistakably 21st Century, while still carrying echoes of the past.

The title, Placemats and Second Cuts, a line from the outro of the album’s closing song, is fitting for this album offers depth and introspection. Enright says, “Hindsight has made me realise that it’s a much more self-reflective album than I initially realised. It speaks of self-doubt, dancing the fine line between feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling totally lost at sea, indecisiveness, the battle between strength and weakness, passion and apathy, belonging and isolation and self-acceptance.”

“brilliantly played and superbly produced…ambitious, free-flowing alternative pop songs….a seriously accomplished debut album” ****The Irish Times

Ye Vagabonds

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.

After a chance meeting at Electric Picnic in September 2015, the brothers performed onstage with Glen Hansard, who invited them to open for him on his European tour the following October.

Since 2015, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan.

In October 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. “Ye Vagabonds” comprises of harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival.

Their second album is scheduled for release early 2018.

“They remind me of my first days at ‘Les Cousins’ in Soho in 1965… Ye Vagabonds are a modern expression of a tradition that is truly robust and important to these islands.” Roy Harper

Tickets on sale from www.corkoperahouse.ie or from box office 021 427 0022