About DeBarras Folk Club
“There’s Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert, Sydney Opera House and then there’s De Barra’s.” – Christy Moore, August 2003
“All music is ‘Folk’ Music, I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song!” – Louis Armstrong
For almost 40 years DeBarra’s Folk Club in the beautiful seaside town of Clonakilty has been a home for music, earning a reputation that has traveled far beyond the confines of its West Cork home.
Long standing associations with Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) Paddy Keenan (The Bothy Band), Sharon Shannon and folk artists Christy Moore and Roy Harper have served as the cornerstones of this little venue’s worldwide renown as one of the finest music houses in Ireland.
Musicians from all genres and generations have fed into the Folk Club’s magical history, with every performance weaving themselves into the brickwork of its worn, familiar walls.
“It is the presence of an unlikely musical venue that makes Clonakilty truly special however, to cross the well worn threshold of the shy and rather retiring DeBarra’s Folk Club, is to enter into a world full of possibilities. The possibility that anyone, literally anyone, might ramble in off the street and do a few tunes.” – Mark McDevitt (Irish Examiner)
Le míle buíochas,
Foireann De Barra.
Noel Redding (1945 – 2003)
As the original Bass player with The Jimi Hendrix Experience Noel’s contribution to rock ‘n’ roll will echo throughout musical history.
As a member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Noel helped redefine the face of music and popular culture, helping the band to become one of the most recognisable and influential of all time.
For the last 27 years of his life Noel Lived in West Cork and played DeBarra’s regularly.
Noel’s musical legacy lives, not just in DeBarra’s but in the music festivals, recording studios and thriving music scene that is synonymous with West Cork.
Noel would pass you on the street on a spring morning, with the stride of a man on a mission, the continuing walk of his troubadour life.
Yet had you not known him, you would never realise you had passed a man that rocked Monterey, Electrified Ladyland and soared to the dizzy heights of 60’s psychedelia.
However it was Noel’s sky blue suede shoes that would give it all away. “Hello matey”, he’d say as he went about Clonakilty on his daily errands, capped with a “swift half”.