A new event on the summer calendar, the inaugural Soul & Funk weekender sees DJs and bands curated by both the venue the Sextant Bar and Cork’s Soul Funktion crew. Friday night has Sonny Emerald, Mister Fork and Aidan Quigley on the decks with Stevie G also playing a DJ set with special guests Christiana Underwood and Senita Appiakorang laying down soul and R&B vocals.
Saturday is another beautiful afternoon in the open air venue, with soul food being served straight from the outdoor wood oven and London’s Leroy Emerald spinning a mix of upbeat, jazzy grooves and funk. Corkman JusMe of Hobo Convention scratches up a set of 45s before Quangodelic take the stage. The 13-piece funk act plays a mix of covers alongside originals and afterwards Phil Hope spins 45s and Soul Funktion DJs keep the party going until 2am.
Sunday sees the first of two live acts for the evening kick off at 7pm. Mr. Sidebeat, a young local band play soul, pop and jazz covers, but the highlight of the weekend’s live music has to be the local improvised funk outfit Stink. Taking the stage they begin to play along with the DJ, blending seamlessly into the groove as the DJ fades out. They play two full hour sets with only a short break of 10 minutes in the middle. Along the way they conjure up new riffs, jumping in and out of grooves and jamming them out between sax, keys, synth, bass and drums. Littered with funk and hip-hop hooks the band is exceptionally tight for an improvised group, with the bass and drums keeping the back end solid.
After Stink’s set, Pip Moore from Dublin plays a short run of soul and disco favourites, followed by the Soul Funktion DJs to wrap up the weekend. An inspiring weekend of high quality soul, funk and jazz, played by some of Cork’s finest. It really goes to show the city’s vibrancy and hopefully this is only the first instalment of a new annual event for Cork. Here’s looking forward to many more.