Sounds From A Safe Harbour returns to Cork in just five weeks time, bringing Damien Dempsey, Jon Hopkins and more to Leeside. Now organisers have revealed there’s still more heading to the city this autumn.
Sounds From A Safe Harbour (SFSH) is docking back into Cork for its third year, bringing Damien Dempsey, Rosie Carney, Feist and Jon Hopkins to Cork. Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and actor Cillian Murphy, to name a few, the festival is set to engulf the city again this September.
The festival was infamously described by Vernon in 2017 when he said “it’s a spiritual fucking thing”. As artists collaborate at free events, hold talks giving an insight into their world and then perform headline shows across the city, you can see that the Bon Iver frontman wasn’t wrong.
Jon Hopkins show at Dali has now sold-out, along with Damien Rice and Feist at Cork Opera House. Now the festival have revealed more shows that will surely be quick to sell out too.
Returning to the second city of Ireland, Richard Reed Parry will showcase his side project at the Everyman Theatre, Quiet River of Dust. The Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist played at the first SFSH back in 2015, where the first pieces of his project began to surface during a performance at Lismore Castle and then Crane Lane. Four years later, the musician is ready to reveal the final product back where it began.
Speaking about his return to Cork on September 13th, he said:
“I am so pleased to be returning to Cork! One of the friendliest and most musical towns I’ve ever been to. And at the first Quiet River of Dust gig in 2015 I did promise to come play this music in Ireland, so I’m very glad it’s happening and I’m not flaking on my promises.”
Another addition to the line-up sees co-curator and The National guitarist Bryce Dessner join pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque and fellow guitarist David Chalmin. The quartet will perform under the name Minimalist Dream House, a unique show, titled Don’t Fear The Light.
The four will play music not heard in Ireland before, which was brought to life by the likes of Thom Yorke, Steve Reich, Timo Andres, Philip Glass, as well as Bryce Dessner and David Chalmin. The performance takes place on September 14th.
CIT School of Music will welcome Brooklyn composer Brittelle, along with Grammy-nominated orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, Andy Stack of American rock duo Wye Oak, Arone Dyer of experimental pop act Buke and Gase, and American Folk artist Sam Amidon.
Together, they will all reinvent Brittelle’s stunning latest album, Spiritual America, to life, along with new material. What is sure to be a spectacle not to miss on September 15th, Festival Director of SFSH, Mary Hickson said of Spiritual America:
“This is something altogether different and thrilling, and I just knew then and there I had to share Brittelle’s vision for music with Cork. I am so excited and grateful to have the opportunity to present it to the Sounds from a Safe Harbour audience.”
In case you’ve missed it, here’s a full break down of what SFSH is bringing to Cork, from September 10th to September 15th, so far:
SFSH @ Dali
12th September – Jon Hopkins – Sold Out
13th September – Romare (Live) – €15.00
14th September – New Jackson (Live) – €12.00
SFSH @ Cork Opera House
10-12th September – Swan Lake/Loch Na Heala – €30.00
13th September – Damien Rice – Sold Out
15th September @ 8 PM – LHASA – A Celebration of the life and work of Lhasa de Sala – €35.00
15th September @ 10 PM – Feist – €35.00
SFSH @ Coughlans
13th September – La Force – €12.50
14th September – Mélissa Laveaux – €12.50
15th September – Rosie Carney – €12.50
SFSH @ Live at St Luke’s
13th September – Grandbrothers – €25.00
14th September @ 4 PM – Efterklang – €26.50
14th September @ 8 PM – Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett – €30.00
15th September – Sam Amidon – €20.00
SFSH @ The Everyman
13th September – Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River – €27.00
SFSH @ CIT Cork School of Music
15th September – Spiritual America – €12.00
All tickets are available now via the festival website.