Jimmy Crowley is unique - to describe him simply as an Irish singer, songwriter and musician only tells a fraction of the tale. From his first album, the iconic Boys of Fairhill in 1977, to the present day he has been influential in bringing the traditional songs, stories and street ballads of his home city of Cork and surrounding area to a wide audience. His own songs capture the vibrancy of Cork past and present. He is a skilled musician, bouzouki and guitar, but above all a brilliant communicator with an infectious sense of humour. After a long time living in USA his name may not be instantly recognisable to everyone but he is now back in Cork and it is a real pleasure to welcome him on his first visit to the Village Pump.
21st October - Open Mic
4th November - Pete Coe
Support - Joseph Brown
Pete Coe is as much admired as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (squeeze box, banjo, bouzouki, Appalachian dulcimer, balalaika and feet) as for his versatility and dry wit. His own thought provoking and often radical songs are a bitter testimony to our times. He is equally adept at interpreting English and American folk songs and tunes, the songs of the travelling people and the traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains are his speciality.
18th November - Open Mic
2nd December - Keith Donnelly
Support - Meg & Wade
Keith isn’t just a singer, songwriter and guitarist – he’s so much more than that – a stand-up comedian and entertainer with a neat line in stories that will have the audience crying with laughter. He’s even written scripts for Phil Cool and Jasper Carrott. He will be the perfect act for a Christmas season that starts here.
16th December - Open Mic
6th January - Barron Brady
Support from Dorset / Somerset based Mitchell and Vincent who sing songs and play fiddle and guitars with breath taking ease and technical brilliance.
3rd February - Megson
Support from Johns and Nowak – Camilla Johns and Andy Nowak met at a bluegrass festival. They are an English acoustic duo that like to have fun with American music weaving together mandolin and guitar whilst singing songs of heartache and longing.
3rd March - Pete Morton
Support from young Bristol based singer and songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore
7th April - Sally Ironmonger
5th May - Steve Tilston
Support from Jim Chorley a singer and songwriter from Dorset who will fire your imagination with romantic songs about wild woods and crop circles.
1st September - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman
6th October - The Dovetail Trio
Support from Antoine Architeuthis a skilled songwriter and bouzouki player.