A city institution and an exceptionally versatile live music venue in Cork, this Old Lady is housed in a former gentlemen’s club that gained serious notoriety in the 1920s – and probably during every other decade!
Our décor is from the 1920s, 30s and 40s and the Crane was built on the premise that if singer-songwriter Tom Waits was a citizen of Cork, then this is what he would have it look like.
Part country pub, part ballroom and part burlesque cabaret, the pub has three bars – one of which is the only late night venue (open until 2am) with a dedicated craft beer bar – as well as Cork’s finest smoking area and Beer Garden, live music and a DJ seven nights a week. What more for a great night out?
However, while the Crane has proved popular amongst locals and out-of-town visitors alike, it has retain its unique charm – think Hunter S. Thompson meets Joyce around midnight. So sit back with a pint MiDaza, the Crane’s self-brewed Cork stout, and sample the atmosphere of this unique theatre-style venue.
Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters
Wed 19th June, 11:30 pm Free
Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters from Limerick City, is made up of three gentleman; Ronan Mitchell (vox/guitar/keys), Morgan Nolan (guitar/b.vox/keys) and Shane Serrano (drums/b.vox/clarinet). Despite their ages, they have many years experience in the world music scene, churning out music to the masses, from punk rock and metal to traditional Irish. In late 2007, after years of touring with their past bands, they found themselves together in a practice room, collectively-minded, agreeing that they had exhausted their current projects.
Undefeated and heavily inspired, they created Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters; a rock and roll band with a seductive and gloomy sound, ignoring all trends of the current music scene. A band with a long and varied list of influences that blend and create songs from unstoppable head bopping to horror harmonies and sublime silence.
DJ Big Daddy Can + DJ Sé-K
Thu 20th June, 11:00 pm Free
Fri 21st June, 11:00 pm Free
DJ Fadd Jnr
Sat 22nd June, 11:00 pm Free
Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies
Sun 23rd June, 11:30 pm Free
Bob Wayne is 100% the real deal: a raucous, rambunctious, storytelling rabble-rouser with a passionate zeal for life and a reckless charm that is completely unbound.
Conquering the interstates behind the wheel of his real-life ‘70s Cadillac limo while surrounded by a revolving gang of sweaty banjo bangers, fiddle scorchers and upright bass slappers, Bob Wayne carries the torch for the Outlaw Country tradition with a modern punkabilly snarl all of his own. The rampaging troubadour has left a trail of devastated dive bars, broken hearts and one-night stands across the United States and Europe.
There’s no better place to hear Bob than the road. Bob writes songs that paint vivid pictures of real life, with an overall atmosphere befitting the rowdy carnival ride conjured in his presentation. Bob Wayne songs often deal with the spiritual torment of living life pulled between good and evil. It’s an out front, direct and in-your-face approach that has struck a chord with people whose music collections span the divides between country, roots, bluegrass, rockabilly, punk rock, hardcore, indie artfulness and the rawest of stoner rock and underground metal. It’s country, to be sure, but of the strongest grain and purest intent.
ACCA DACCA ( Australian ACDC tribute )
Mon 24th June, 11:00 pm Free
ACCA/DACCA is Australia’s only Internationally acclaimed, totally rockin’, tribute show to the late great man of rock Bon Scott and the legend that is AC/DC! This is a show not to miss.
ACCA/DACCA replicate with precision not only the hard rock music of AC/DC note for note but front man Larry Attard caps the show off with passionate vocals that you would mistake for Bon Scott himself. Switching to Brian Johnson isn’t a problem for this seasoned performer as he belts out classics from the “BACK IN BLACK” album to “THE RAZORS EDGE”. Brian would be proud to hear himself replicated with such precision and passion.
The ACCA/DACCA show is performed with a mega 25,000 watts of sound and a 60 can lighting rig plus special effects which make ACCA/DACCA look and MOST importantly sound like AC/DC themselves.
Tue 25th June, 9:00 pm Free
Tue 25th June, 11:30 pm Free
Their popularity has snowballed throughout Ireland since last March when
the band focused on original music, shaking off their covers band beginnings
to develop their own unique sound. That sound is Irish/Americana with tons
of personality and high-energy performances. All the members are multi-
instrumentalists incorporating bouzouki, mandolin, keyboard and banjo for
their live show.
Wed 26th June, 11:30 pm Free
Fancy isn’t a word often heard in Eastern Canada and there is nothing fancy about The BackYard Devils. They’re simply playing the music they love. Their debut album is a well blended mix of dirty country, rockabilly and bluegrass. The musicianship runs deep in this band and although they’re playing old styles they have managed to put their own twist to it. With their first album under their belt and 3 Music NB awards (Emerging Artist, Country Album of the Year & Group Recording of the Year) you’ll find The BackYard Devils raising hell with their foot stomping music any place they can. And that’s just the way they like it.
Thu 27th June, 11:30 pm Free
Five experienced and talented musicians have come together to form Munster’s latest band. Having launched into the gig scene in October 2011 with a vibrant new sound and an attitude to match it; we’ve pushed what a cover band can do right up to the next level. With a huge stage presence, energy, and not-the-usual rock set list, we’re planning to reinvent live music in Ireland, and give the pub-going people of Munster the superior quality of performance that they deserve.
DJ Big Daddy Can
Fri 28th June, 11:00 pm Free
DJ Fadd Jnr
Sat 29th June, 11:00 pm Free
Morgan O Kane & Band
Sun 30th June, 11:30 pm Free
Every so often, just when you think the well is dry and the tradition is dead, you are gratefully reminded that there is still water down there and that the tradition was only sleeping. Morgan O’Kane from Charlottesville, Virginia is one of those reminders. A virtuoso banjo player, shouter and activist now based in New York City, Morgan recalls two other transplanted legendary Southern artists; Reverend Gary Davis and Aunt Molly Jackson. Like the Reverend, Morgan honed his skills making a living as a busking street artist. Like Aunt Molly, he has kept his connection to his Appalachian home and its issues, taking part in the campaign to ban mountaintop removal mining, which destroys the land and the people who live on it.
While Morgan O’Kane clearly knows his way around the old tunes, he is more interested in creating his own. That’s how the tradition survives – new songs being created on old foundations. He tours with an amalgam of virtuosic musicians including; New York City’s Dobro genius, Zeke Healy – New Orleans based, Leyla McCalla on Cello, and Ferd Moyse the IV on fiddle (of the Hackensaw Boys) amongst others. He has been in NY for seven years or so, releasing his first album in 2010. Morgan also created the sound track for the documentary film “Low Coal” which addresses the coal mining industry in Appalachia. The film, like the music Morgan makes honours the traditions of the Appalachian region but addresses the current struggles faced.
Over the last year or so, Morgan has taken steps to raise his profile as an artist. He has toured around North America and has staked out a presence in Europe. He has released two albums and a third release is anticipated in 2013.
The Morgan O Kane band consists of New York City’s Dobro genius, Zeke Healy, the one-and-only Ferd Moyse IV on fiddle (Hackensaw Boys) and Liam Crill on spoons.