Cobh Regatta and Midleton Music Fest on East Cork Band’s Schedule

By Alan Sheehan

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The East Cork rock band August Walk are readying themselves for a month packed with charity and festival gigs across East Cork, including the Midleton Music Fest and Cobh People’s Regatta.
In the space of 20 days next month, the four-piece rock band will perform five gigs including closing out the Cobh People’s Regatta on Sunday, 13 August before setting their sights on Midleton.
“We are looking forward to our gigs in August,” said Mr Hennessy, August Walk’s lead bassist. “We have the Indiependence Festival on Sunday 6 August, the Cobh People’s Regatta the week after on Sunday, 13, a free-to-attend Wallis’ Bar, Midleton on Friday, 18, and the Midleton Music Fest the day after that.”
The Midleton Music Fest, for which Mr Hennessy and bandmate Jamie Stanton are two of the organisers, will take place on Saturday, 19 August to fundraise for the East Cork Music Project (ECMP). The all-day event will see 30+ experienced and up-and-coming East Cork talent continuously performing on two stages from 12pm until late at An Teach Beag (Banner’s Bar) in Midleton. The event is free to attend with collection buckets available on the day for people to donate to the ECMP.
The weekend prior to the second annual Midleton Music Fest, August Walk, which comprises Mr Hennessy, Midleton’s David ‘Dots’ Tobin (lead singer and songwriter), Carrigtwohill’s Steve Leahy (lead guitarist), and Cobh’s Jamie Stanton (drummer) will hold a special performance at the end of the Cobh People’s Regatta.
“For the Cobh Regatta we are taking over the Jack Doyle Room of the Commodore Hotel,” said Mr Hennessy, from East Ferry. “I love going to Cobh. We have a good following there and the craic is always good. We are filming a music video on location. I can’t give away what song it will be for, but Erich Stack the Midleton-based photographer is involved in the direction of the video. We will be shooting for the whole night so anyone who’s going to that gig should wear their best clothes. The four of us don’t have to, but we’ll probably wind up in the video anyway.”
In a month that begins with August Walk supporting the Manic Street Preachers at Indiependence, the East Cork group closes it out by joining Wolff in supporting the Riptide Movement at the Kennedy’s Bar Music Weekender in Killeagh, on Friday, 25 August, with tickets priced at €25. Earlier this year the group played at Hillfest 17 in Watergrasshill and at the Live On Air Festival in County Sligo, as well as a charity gig for Cian’s Care at the CBS Secondary School in Midleton.
The band are currently working on their second album, which retains Ciaran O’Shea of Whitewell Studios as producer, but had to its recording on the backburner to accommodate their busy schedule.
“We are taking a small break from the studio to do all these gigs,” said Mr Hennessy. “But there is writing and recording going on constantly for the second album and we have a lot of demos in the pipeline. But don’t worry, there is plenty more to come from us.”

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