Hank Wedel is one of the best known musicians on the Cork scene and beyond. Born in the US in the 1960s Hank grew up in New York City and Mallow, Co. Cork in the ‘70s, he lived for awhile in NYC in the ’80s and ’90s but is based in Cork City
Hank is well known for his involvement in the live music scene in that city, working with bands such as “Princes Street” and “Open Kitchen”, as well as a long-standing Monday night residency at Charlies Bar on Union Quay with mandolinst Ray Barron but has played with a wide range of performers from Christy Moore to Shane McGowan and Bono. Here is Hank and Ray Barron playing El Chocolo from an appearance on Balcony TV Cork in May 2013. Hank and friends will be playing during the festival at the Maldron Hotel, Shandon from 10pm on Wednesday, 31st July 2013.
Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album The Boys of Fairhill in 1977. With his band Stokers Lodge their mission was to present the street ballads of Cork city complimented by the ornate folk songs of the rural hinterland of Cork and Kerry in an exciting orchestration of uilleann pipes, concertina, autoharp, harmonium, mandolin, bouzouki and guitar in their native accent. Jimmy, who plays regularly in Britain and the US, will be appearing at the Spirit of Mother Jones festival for an afternoon session entitled “Songs of the Beautiful City”at 4.30pm in the Maldron Hotel on Wednesday 31st July 2013.