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Multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, com­poser and song­writer Clare Sands spoke to us about the scene in Cork, as she gears up to re­lease her new EP at the be­gin­ning of sum­mer.

“Top­ping the list of my favourite venues to play in Cork would be Cough­lan’s (7 Douglas Street). It’s a beau­ti­ful venue. It holds about 60 peo­ple, so it’s prob­a­bly the most in­ti­mate venue in the coun­try. It’s an ex­cel­lent place to launch an al­bum or sin­gle.

“In gen­eral, I love more lo­cal pubs and venues, like the Cor­ner House (7 Coburg Street). They have trad mu­sic or blue­grass ses­sions ev­ery evening, and again it’s re­ally in­ti­mate. You can do a cross­word at the bar – it’s a beau­ti­ful, spe­cial place. The owner lives up­stairs. An­other fan­tas­tic venue is Char­lie’s Bar (2 Union Quay). There’s live mu­sic Thurs­day through Mon­day, and it’s all free. That’s where I got my love of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, be­cause I was ac­tu­ally the bar­tender there for ve years.

“As far as stu­dios go, I’m cur­rently at Wave eld Record­ing Stu­dios in West Cork, and it’s a beau­ti­ful space run by Brian Casey. It’s par­tially in the woods and it’s very tran­quil and peace­ful. In Cork city, there’s one real mu­sic hero and his name is Hank Wedel. He’s been based here for years, and he plays ev­ery sin­gle week­end. When I was 17 or 18, he in­tro­duced me to every­body on the Cork mu­sic scene. He took me to all his gigs to play vi­o­lin and other in­stru­ments: he does that for ev­ery­one, re­ally, start­ing out.

“Lo­cal jour­nal­ists who have been helpful to me per­son­ally in­clude Pearse McCarthy on 96 FM, and Alan Dono­van on Red FM. They’re great sup­port­ers of Ir­ish mu­sic. It’s im­por­tant when you’re start­ing out, to be able to do live ses­sions on the ra­dio and get a feel for the in­dus­try. Those guys gave me a great start a few years ago, so I’m for­ever grate­ful.”

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