This sounds like the perfect little day out.
The team behind Dublin’s bespoke Another Love Story (ALS) weekender is bringing its special brand of magic to Cork for one day only later this month.
Love Is a Stranger Ballymaloe will present “a carefully chosen collection of friends old and new” across two rooms of the restored 17th-century barn complex, The Grainstore on Saturday, March 19th.
Attendees will enjoy a first official ALS bow from Conor O’Brien aka Villagers; the wonderful world-tinged grooves of West Cork (via London) outfit K3:lu; full band shows from celebrated Irish artists Anna Mieke and Junior Brother; the powerful multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands; the folk stylings of Peter Broderick; a set of laid-back West Coast style beats and rhymes from Cork’s Jar Jar Jr; and the careful harmonies of emerging West Cork duo Les SalAmandas.
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The day is rounded out in the intimate Carriguan Studio with a series of talks & DJ sets: Siobhan Kane (Young Hearts Run Free) chats to celebrated Cork writer Danny Denton, a listening party and Q&A with Paul McDermott on his documentary ‘Fail We May, Sail We Must’ which investigates the links between Cork and the late, great Andrew Weatherall, and a chat with Eoghan O’Sullivan from The Point of Everything.
All of which segues into evening DJ sets from Toby Hatchett and Sunday Time’s DJs.
Resident Ballymaloe caterer Wildside Catering will be dishing up delicious street food from their stall and a full bar will be open for the event so nab a ticket (from €35 here) and rope in a designated driver or jump on the return bus from Cork City for a tenner.