A brand new music event, the ‘Homebirds Music Festival’, is set to take place in Youghal next weekend, May 18-20.
The music festival is a collaborative fundraising event for Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Youghal and CRY104fm (Community Radio Youghal).
Over 40 musical acts will descend on Youghal and spread across 18 venues filling the town with music and showcasing the amazing talent of the region.
There are three major concerts over the three days and the rest of the performances are part of the free music trail around Youghal.
There are many acts with local connections playing at the event including The Bounty, which is made up of local artist Adam Clarke from Castlelyons, Andrew O’Riordan from Tallow, Barry Meaney from Cobh and Sean Whelan.
Rising star from Dublin Pike near White's Cross, Gerald Ahern, is also in the line-up at the Saturday night concert in St Mary’s Collegiate Church.
Other local names performing over the weekend are Frank Ryan, Emily Aherne, Caroline Fraher and Roy Buckley to name but a few, as well as big names like Gina from Gina and the Champions, Don Mescall, August Walk, Cider Wasps, Mike Hanrahan, Darragh McGann and many more.
Half of the money raised will go straight to Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Youghal which is a safe haven for local people living with cancer and for their families.
Many people from this area use the services provided by the Youghal Arc House such as drop in and telephone support, counselling, therapeutic massage, reflexology, pilates for men and yoga.
All services are free of charge and so Cork ARC House rely on fundraisers and public generosity to be able to provide this essential services to those suffering from cancer.
Community Radio Youghal has been in existence for over 20 years and has been serving the people of Youghal and surrounding areas daily since its first airing. It brings local news, local events and advice from local services as well as music, fun and laughter into every home in Youghal and beyond.
The signal reaches Ardmore, Ballymacoda, Clashmore, Kinsalebeg, Knockanore, Killeagh and Inch amongst other places and can also be listened to across the world via digital radio. CRY104fm is a not for profit organisation and most of the work is undertaken by the many volunteers at the station.
For this reason, financial support from fundraisers such as the Homebirds Music Festival is essential, to help cover the everyday running costs of the well-loved station.
Linda O'Connell, community liason officer for CRY104fm and one of the main organisers of the events, is really looking forward to next weekend.
"We are looking forward to what is set to be an amazing weekend of music on May 18, 19 and 20. A huge thank you to the over 40 acts who are participating in the festival and all of the venues who are taking part in it. The support for the festival has been amazing and this is the first of what we hope to be many years of collaboration with Cork ARC Cancer Support House," said Linda.
The stunning location of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, will host 3 spectacular concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and tickets for these events are just €15 and can be bought online at www.homebirdsmusic.com or by calling 024 91199.
The Homebirds Free Music Trail will run simultaneously with the concerts over the weekend and it essentially means that there are free gigs on in every venue in the town over the 3-day festival. No tickets are needed for the music trail, just pop along and wander around to hear the mixture of wonderful local talent on display.
The venues include the Quality Hotel, Redbarn, Farrell’s Summerfield Bar, The Marine, Clancy’s Bar and Restaurant, The Walter Raleigh Hotel, Hennessy’s Bar, The Quays Bar and Restaurant, JD’s, Moby Dicks, The Central Star, The Anchor, The Old Imperial Hotel, The Nook, The Red Store Bar and Restaurant, Berties, The Point Bar, the GAA club and pavillion and Bru Na Si.
The Homebirds Music Festival: over 40 acts, across 18 venues, 1 weekend, 1 town.
A full programme of events can be viewed on www.homebirdsmusic.com