Music Capital | An evening with Cup O'Joe + Special Guests

Music Capital | An evening with Cup O'Joe + Special Guests

Nerve Centre

Admission: £10 + booking fee

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£10 + booking fee


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Doors 7pm

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Cup O’Joe is a progressive bluegrass and folk band founded and based in Northern Ireland by three siblings, Tabitha, Benjamin and Reuben Agnew, and later joined by Tabitha’s husband David Benedict. Their unique mix of original compositions and re-imagined traditional songs paired with their lively performances has given them a growing presence in the acoustic music scene surrounding Ireland, United Kingdom, mainland Europe, and beyond.

"𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘐𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘹𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘬 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘹𝘪𝘯𝘨" 𝙂𝙞𝙜𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙉𝙄

Their quartet lineup features tight sibling harmonies, tasteful arrangements, compelling originals and virtuosic solos. Tabitha Benedict brings her unique style of banjo playing and delicate vocals to the group, which were both recognised by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She holds the 2020 Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year Award. Her sensitive and tasteful touch on both banjo and lead vocals blends effortlessly with her bandmates.

Reuben Agnew’s phrenetic guitar breaks, rhythmic drive, and unwavering vocals make him another pillar of this group’s sound. Both Tabitha and Reuben are songwriters with a rare understanding of their own creations and what they want the listener to hear. David Benedict, the newest addition to the group, is a mandolin player of the first order. His leading style of playing is described as “thoughtful, elegant and tastefully complex.” Winner of the IBMA Momentum Award for Mandolin in 2018, his mandolin playing is intricately sophisticated, while also being well established in the deep understanding of the instrument's heritage and early sounds. He plays like he has been with the group since the very start, slotting in on the backbeat effortlessly. Benjamin Agnew beats out the all-important bass tones and lead vocals oftentimes giving the impression he wandered on to stage by accident, but flawlessly holding the backbone of the music.

Special Guests: Little Kings

With a debut EP hailed by radio as "phenomenal, it should be signed to something, it's THAT good", Little Kings is certainly an act to watch.

As a melting pot of musical styles, the songs of Ryan Harling and his revolving line-up of collaborators boldly defies the conventions of today.

After growing up in Hong Kong, Ryan quickly fell in love with Derry's flourishing music scene since moving across for studies in 2017. With the contributions of some 17 friends from the course, a unique brand of trad-folk-indie-pop tunes (for want of a better genre) took shape as the debut Little Kings EP, released in 2020. Throughout the following lockdown, now with Aoife Mullan on Cello and Leah Bell on violin, they've been busy recording new material and building up a solid repertoire for the return of gigs. With 2022 kicked off by performing at the IMBOLC and Illuminate festivals, you can expect a big year from Little Kings.

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