Date: Sat 19 September
Time: 2pm
Location: B11 Bonded Warehouse
Artist: Hosted by Dylan Haskins & Lisa Hannigan w/ special guests Aaron, Bryce & Jessica Dessner
Title: Soundings From A Safe Harbour
Tickets: €10* available here*Not part of the festival ticket


After a string of sell-out shows and festival appearances in the UK and Ireland, Dylan Haskins and Lisa Hannigan’s live show-come-podcast ‘Soundings Holy Trinity’ joins forces with Sounds from a Safe Harbour to present: ‘Soundings from a Safe Harbour’. In a first for Soundings, Dylan & Lisa’s three guests are all from the same family. Siblings Bryce, Aaron and Jessica Dessner will share their stories and songs to inspire, alarm and humour in the surrounds of a disused bonded warehouse
in the Port of Cork, a space that has never before been opened to the public. Soundings is a show for the curious, the serious and the hilarious. Each live show is recorded and then released as a free podcast. Get an idea of what to expect at the festival by subscribing to the show on iTunes or at www.soundingspod.com

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Date: Saturday 19 September
Time: 4pm
Location:: Triskel Christchurch
Artist: Amiina presents Animagica
Tickets: Single ticket €15* available here*Included in festival ticket €175

In Animagica, Amiina create a delicate and ethereal live score for the fairy tale films of Lotte Reiniger. Reiniger is an early Twentieth Century animator known for her beautiful and mesmerising films inspired by Chinese silhouette puppetry. Well known for their work with Sigur Rós, Amiina utilise an assortment of instruments – including violin, glassophone, musical saw and water-filled glasses – to evoke magical soundscapes of wonder and possibility.


Date: Sat 19 September
Time: 6pm
Location: B11 Bonded Warehouse
Artist: Lords Of Strut
Title: Livin’ La Vida Lords
Tickets: Free


Livin’ la Vida Lords: An evening of evocative, inspiring, and interesting chat with a special guest.

Sounds from a Safe Harbour is delighted to introduce a ‘different’ kind of conversation into the festival programme. It’s the late night T.V chat show that the Lords have always wanted to host, but it’s not late and it’s not on T.V… (awkward) .. Dance routines, partial nudity and really interesting questions that get into the soul of the person, like “What is your spirit animal?”…. Anything could happen here. Participating artists will be announced closer to the time – keep an eye on social media. Guaranteed to leave you laughing!


Date: Saturday 19 September
Time: 6pm
Location:: Live at St Luke’s Church
Artist: Julianna Barwick
Tickets: Single ticket €15* available here*Included in festival ticket €175

Her music is built around multiple loops and layers of her voice. Barwick, who credits a rural, church choir upbringing for her sound, begins most tracks with a single phrase or refrain, then uses a loop station and the occasional piano or percussive instrument to build the song into a swirling mass of lush, ambient folk. She released her first two collections of songs, the full-length Sanguine and the EP Florine, in 2009 and 2010, respectively, before issuing her Asthmatic Kitty debut, The Magic Place, in 2011. Her newest album, Nepenthe, was released via Dead Oceans on August 20, 2013.
“Her music is impressive, unique, and includes hardly any discernible lyrics. She loops her own voice and vocal percussion until you forget the one track that started it all.” Pitchfork

Date: Saturday 19 September
Time: 7pm
Location:: Crane Lane Theatre
Artist: My Brightest Diamond
Tickets: FREE

My Brightest Diamond is the project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden. The band has released four studio albums, including the incredible This Is My Hand in 2014. Worden has also recorded and performed with The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens. My Brightest Diamond mixes elements of opera, cabaret, chamber music and rock.
“Butterfly voiced and art minded…intense songs, sung with a crystalline elasticity” The Guardian

www.risingsonsbrewery.com | www.mybrightestdiamond.com

Date: Saturday 19th September
Time: 8PM
Location: Cork Opera House
Artist: RTE National Symphony Orchestra featuring Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), Maddy Prior, film by Sugimoto and conducted by Andre de Ridder
Title:RTE National Symphony Orchestra perform Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry
Tickets: Single ticket €35* available here*Included in festival ticket €175


Bryce Dessner St. Carolyn by the Sea (2011)
Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry Wave Movements (2015)

Drawing on influences including Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, renaissance composer John Dowland and experimentation with an old harmonium, St Carolyn by the Sea, shows off composer Bryce Dessner’s rich ear for string writing. St. Carolyn by the Sea will be performed by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra with Bryce and Aaron Dessner on guitars.
Sounds from a Safe Harbour is honoured to be among the commissioning partners for Wave Movements, co-written by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire). This moving piece is written in response to field recordings of the world’s seashores. These ocean wave patterns are reflected through the music which evokes and directly responds to the cycles of the sea. The Irish Premiere of Wave Movements will be performed by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andre de Ridder with accompanying film made by the celebrated Japanese Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. The piece is brought to a close with Maddy Prior’s folk vocals casting a subtle narrative light over the entire piece
Wave Movements is at the heart and soul of Sounds from a Safe Harbour – it is from this point the festival grew and emerged.
Wave Movements has been commissioned by Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Cork Opera House, Sydney Festival and St. Denis Festival in collaboration with MET Museum Presents for the NY Philharmonic Contact Ensemble
“Wave patterns occur repeatedly but intermittently and never exactly the same way twice; despite constantly shifting, to listen to ocean waves is usually completely hypnotic.” Richard Reed Parry

www.brycedessner.com | www.andrederidder.com

Date: Saturday 19 September
Time: 10:30pm
Location:: Everyman Theatre
Artist: Crash Ensemble with Valgeir Sigurðsson and Sam Amidon
Tickets: Single ticket €25* available here*Included in festival ticket €175

This is what happens when folks go into the bedroom together . . .
Sam Amidon, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Crash Ensemble perform a late night concert as part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour, a festival curated by The National’s Bryce Dessner.
Crash Ensemble are Ireland’s leading contemporary music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking new music of today. The collective will perform works from a new album produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson, alongside arrangements of old American folk songs from Icelandic Bedroom Community label mate, Sam Amidon. Amidon is renowned for reworking traditional folk melodies into striking new and innovative forms.
“Massiveness and impact are characteristics that the Crash Ensemble rarely lack” The Irish Times



Valgeir Sigurðsson: Ghosts
A selection of works by Sam Amidon including The Only Tune arranged by Nico Muhly/Sam Amidon
Valgeir Sigurðsson: Past Tundra

www.crashensemble.com | www.valgeir.net
www.samamidon.com | www.everymancork.com

Date: 19 September
Time: 11pm
Location: Poor Relation
Artist: Bantum
Title: #SFSH Music Trail curated by Nialler9
Tickets: Free


Cork-born, Dublin-based producer Bantum is a slippery character. His sound and style has fluctuated pretty emphatically over the course of his career to date from his early EP’s, to his debut album ‘Legion’, to remixes of some of Irelands best known acts. From the bounty electro of ‘Weak Weak Week’, to the chopped-up, kaleidoscopic ‘Lay Lay’ and on to his shimmering remix of Come On Live Long’s ‘Elephants and Time’, Bantum is never one content to reflect on past glories.


Date: Sunday 20th September
Time: 12 Midday
Location:: Gate Cinema
Screening: Mistaken for Strangers
Tickets: Single ticket €5**** available here
This event is not part of the festival pass!

Mistaken for Strangers

Dir.: Tom Berninger
2013| USA| 75”


“With 200 hours of unedited live footage and interviews, Tom, with the passionate, loving support of his rock star older brother, turns the film’s attention onto himself to rediscover a sense of purpose. What emerges is at once rough edged, enigmatic and moving; a comedic, satirical portrait of a popular band famed for nuance and intensity, and a beautifully honest portrayal of brotherhood.” BFI

Date: Sun 20 September
Time: 11.30am – 5.30pm
Location: Bonded Warehouse
Title: Boats and Bites
Tickets: Free

Float a boat and feast on fish at this maritime themed fleet of food stalls! Rupert Hugh Jones of Mahon Point Farmers Market will co- ordinate the Artisan Armada showcasing the best of local producers, artisan bakers and candlestick makers.
Jump aboard and take a spin up the river Lee as a flotilla of boats from yachts and naval frigates to dragon boats and currachs descend on the quayside of the Port of Cork for a celebration of everything nautical. Families welcome.


Date: Sunday 20th September
Time: 2PM
Location: St. Finn Barres Cathedral
Artist: James McVinnie with special guests Nadia Sirota, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Liam Byrne
Tickets: Single ticket €15* available here*Included in festival ticket €175

James McVinnie held organ playing posts at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and now divides his time between playing as a soloist and collaborating with some of the world’s leading contemporary composers and performers, including Oneohtrix Point Never, Sufjan Stevens, Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne, Sam Amidon, and Valgeir Sigurðsson. He has commissioned organ works from Nico Muhly, artist Martin Creed, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and David Lang. He is a member of Icelandic label and the collective Bedroom Community; ’Cycles’, his debut release of music written for him by Nico Muhly was released on this label in 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. In addition to his time in the organ loft, he has recently become active as a pianist.
Programme will include works by Philip Glass, Richard Reed Parry, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, David Lang and Edmund Finnis.
“James McVinnie’s playing is cavernous and lifted.” Fluid Radio
www.jamesmcvinnie.co.uk | www.liambyrne.net
www.valgeir.net | www.britishcouncil.ie

Date: 20 September
Time: 2pm
Location: Rising Sons
Artist: Slow Skies
Title: #SFSH Music Trail curated by Nialler9
Tickets: Free


Their slow burning ambient folk sound blends sparse production and pop tinged melodies, striking a balance between the delicate and forceful. Having had a busy 2014 supporting James Vincent McMorrow, St Vincent and Cat Power and releasing the EP ‘Keepsake’, 2015 has been a year of quiet reflection and writing songs for Slow Skies eagerly anticipated debut album.


Date: 20 September
Time: 3pm
Location: Rising Sons
Artist: Somerville
Title: #SFSH Music Trail curated by Nialler9
Tickets: Free


Galway’s Maria Somerville makes slow, moving music with the barest of instruments and the most delicate of touch. Containing folk roots and electronic textures, Somerville combines international influences with a distinctly Irish voice.


Date: Sun 20 September
Time: 4pm
Location: Live at St. Lukes
Artist: Bryce Dessner and Donnacha Dennehy featuring Nadia Sirota (viola), Kate Ellis (cello) and Yuki Numata Resnick (violin)
Title: Double Portrait
Tickets: Single ticket €15* available here

*Included in festival ticket €175


In the tranquil setting of St. Luke Church we will prepare an intimate programme of solos celebrating the work of festival curator Bryce Dessner together with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. Included in this programme will be a new piece created in Lismore Castle by Bryce for Yuki Numata Resnick as part of the Prelude to Sounds from a Safe Harbour.
Nadia Sirota has been praised for her “command and eloquence,” (Boston Globe) and for being one of New York’s “brightest, busiest players” (Time Out New York).


Date: 20 September
Time: 4pm
Location: The Oval
Artist: Conor Walsh
Title: #SFSH Music Trail curated by Nialler9
Tickets: Free


Conor began composing as a teenager, writing emotive piano pieces on an old piano that sits in the reception room of a hundred year old hotel. Inspired by the West of Ireland landscape, Conor’s work is dramatically stark yet soothing, melancholy yet hopeful. His compositions draw from a variety of genre’s that span traditional Irish to IDM and have been likened to the music of Hauschka, Aphex Twin, Nils Frahm, Dustin O’Halloran and Philip Glass.


Date: 20 September
Time: 6pm
Location: Bodega
Artist: I Have A Tribe
Title: #SFSH Music Trail curated by Nialler9
Tickets: Free


Patrick O’Laoghaire aka I Have A Tribe, has had a busy last 12 months recording his debut EP with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi) and Conor O’Brien of Villagers, touring Europe with Anna Calvi, opening for Villagers’ Irish homecoming show and performing at The Great Escape, Electric Picnic and CMJ in New York. I Have A Tribe’s blend of plaintive pop and folk-tinged melancholia has never been more evident than on the spellbinding ‘Monsoon’.


Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 6pm
Location: Live at St. Luke’s Church
Artist: Kjartan Sveinsson and Skúli Sverrisson
Tickets: Single ticket €15* available here*Included in festival ticket €175

Sounds from a Safe Harbour is delighted to present another very special collaboration in an evening with Kjartan Sveinsson (ex Sigur Ros) and Skuli Sverrisson.
Former keyboardist for the icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, Kjartan Sveinsson, is a multi-instrumentalist and neo-classical composer. He regularly collaborates with acclaimed contemporary artist Ragnar Kjartansson including creating a theatre play with no actors where Kjartan’s compositions appear in place of actors speaking lines.
Over the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed, Jon Hassel, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsey) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Johann Johannsson and Hildur Gudnadottir). Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director for Olof Arnalds), recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. Sverrisson has also composed music for The Icelandic Dance Company (Open Source), the National Theatre of Iceland and numerous films and installations.

Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 7pm
Location: Crane Lane Theatre
Artist: Quiet River of Dust
Tickets: FREE
094-Laurel and Richard-lo res-photo Susan Moss[1]

Quiet River of Dust were born when Richard Reed Parry was invited to perform at the National’s All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in 2012. The group is comprised of Parry, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental musician and artist Laurel Sprengelmeyer, aka Little Scream, and Parry’s Bell Orchestre bandmate Stefan Schneider who also plays drums and percussion with The Luyas, [iks], Sage Raynolds, and Rodéoscopique. The trio create sonically immersive folk songs which are an antidote, Parry explains, to his “absurdly famous rock band”.
“Parry’s writing is shimmering, jewel-like” Pitchfork


www.richardreedparry.com | www.littlescream.com

Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 8pm
Location: Everyman Theatre
Artist: Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Yuki Numata Resnick and Nadia Sirota
Title: Sounds from a Safe Harbour – Festival Showcase presented by Bryce Dessner
Tickets: Single ticket €25* available here*Included in festival ticket €175


As the festival tide rolls out of Cork, we take some time to celebrate the wave it has created with this intimate evening presented by Bryce Dessner (The National). The evening will showcase Crash Ensemble, So Percusson and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with special appearances by Bryce himself, Aaron Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Yuki Numata Resnick and Nadia Sirota.



Richard Reed Parry: Music for Heart and Breath (2014)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballads (2013)
Bryce Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings (2013)
So Percussion and Shara Worden Timeline (2015)
Programme subject to change

www.crashensemble.com | www.sopercussion.com
www.mybrightestdiamond.com | www.richardreedparry.com
www.brycedessner.com | www.americanmary.com

Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 10:30pm
Location: Triskel Christchurch
Artist: Eat My Noise, Sean Mac Erlaine, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Liam Bryne, Tomas Gall, James Fortune, Alex Petcu and Cork Concert Orchestra
Title: Carinae
Tickets: FREE


Created by Cork audio compositors Eat My Noise; this night of music will take you onboard a ship on a journey to harbour through the marriage of two stories; Ireland’s worst storm, and the epic story of Aeneas and the rage of Juno.
Eat My Noise, in association with the Cork Opera House & the Cork Concert Orchestra, will be joined by Sean Mac Erlaine, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Liam Byrne, Alex Petcu, Tomas Gall, Donal Dineen (visuals), James Fortune & choir for this electro-orchestral odyssey; not to be missed.


Date: Sunday September 20th
Location: Cork Opera House
Artist: Wild Beasts
Tickets: Single ticket €20* available here*Included in festival ticket €175
alex petcu

Wild Beasts released their fourth studio album, ‘Present Tense’ in 2014, taking its cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound, but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century. Already rightly considered to be one of contemporary Britain’s most innovative and vital bands, the Mercury Prize-nominated group’s never-restless collective muse has lead them to remarkable new heights – boldly embracing new production techniques and songwriting forms whilst retaining the thrilling idiosyncrasies that have made them so beloved over the course of an acclaimed career to date.


Date: Sun 20 September
Time: 12.30pm
Location: B11 Bonded Warehouse
Title: Stories From The Sea
Tickets: Free


Presented by the Ireland : Iceland project, Stories from the Sea brings together a collection of artists & pioneers whose imagination and practice has been inspired by the power of the sea. Drawing on ancient myth, folklore and creative spirit this seafaring voyage charts how the sea has shaped our cultural psyche as islanders situated on the edge of Europe and the great beyond.
Stories from the Sea features conversations, reading, film and live music from a host of Irish and Icelandic explorers, all influenced by the pull of the deep.
The Ireland : Iceland project is an ongoing collaborative creative pro- ject connecting the islands and people of Ireland and Iceland.

For more information check www.theirelandicelandproject.com




Date: Fri 18 September
Time: 7pm
Location: B8 Bonded Warehouse
Artist: Rocketman Presents
Title: Fish On Friday
Tickets: Single ticket €110* available here
Wine included – reservation essential.

*Not included in Festival Ticket

Rory O’Connell’s single-table supper of Cork’s glorious seafood.

Rory O’Connell co-founded Ballymaloe Cookery School with his sister Darina Allen in 1983. On the back of the success of his first book “Master It” and accompanying TV series “How To Cook Well” we are honoured to have him host the opening night of BAIT. Recently the recipient of
the Ambassador of the Year award from Good Food Ireland, Rory brings his 30 years of experience both at home and around the globe to host FISH ON FRIDAY a single sitting for just 32 people.


Date: Sat 19 September
Time: 6pm & 8pm
Location: B8 Bonded Warehouse
Artist: Rocketman Presents
Title: Mystery Chef
Tickets: Single ticket €80* available here


Date: Sun 20 September
Time: 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm
Location: B8 Bonded Warehouse
Artist: Rocketman Presents
Title: The Loaves and The Fishes

Tickets: 12pm sitting, €100* for table of 4 available here
Tickets: 1:30pm sitting, €100* for table of 4 available here
Tickets: 3pm sitting, €100* for table of 4 available on the door

*not included in Festival Ticket

On Sunday The Rocket Man team host The Loaves And The Fishes with fish breakfasts and lunches from around the world. Hot breads from the wood-fired oven straight to your table, coffee from The Golden Bean and blessings from Fr. Billy No Mates of Lords of Strut make this the perfect picking up the pieces brunch after a long weekend of festival fun. Table reservations accepted for groups of four to info@therocketman.ie
This is designed to be a sharing experience, so choose your friends wisely!
The Loaves and the Fishes will operate a ‘play for your supper’ invite to artists – who knows who might show up!!


Date: Fri 18 – Sat 19 September
Time: 10.30am & 3pm
Tickets: €50*
To book: info@fabfoodtrails.ie

*Not part of the festival ticket

As part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival 2015, Fab Food Trails are running a special tasting walk.
Join us on a Fab Food Trail and discover a different way to meet, to eat and to see the magic of Cork. Experience the food, the people and the very fabric of the city as you discover hidden gems in some out
of the way as well as some familiar parts of town on our Cork Tasting Trail.
This is a relaxed but highly focused walk led by an experienced, friendly and well informed guide with plenty of tasting along the route. Visit markets, cheesemongers, fishmonger, bakers and more, and meet the people who produce some of the best food in the country.


Date: Fri 18 September
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Nash 19
Title: Artists Meet The Artisans
Tickets: Free


Nash 19 have created a special event to coincide with Sounds from a Safe Harbour and Culture night where the artist and the artisans are celebrated together under one roof. Pop in over the course of the night to view Rebecca Bradley’s painting exhibition Provisional View in Sternview Gallery, have a glass of wine, enjoy a small plate of food from our award winning local producers including Frank Hederman’s Belvelly Smoke House, McCarthy’s of Kanturk ‘s pudding and pork and St. Tola Irish Goats cheese.
We expect some musical interruptions from a host of troubadours over the course of the evening.


General enquiries: info@soundsfromasafeharbour.com


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