Thu 26th September 7:30pm
Book Tickets
£ 14.00

JOHN BLEK: “John Blek is Ireland’s best kept secret” – The Irish Times

Cheer Up is the deeply personal and beautifully written new long player from Ireland’s best kept songwriting secret John Blek.

With no sign of letting up the ever prolific and masterful John Blek brings us his ninth studio album. Cheer Up is a powerful reflection on the singer/songwriter’s life. Lyrically demonstrating his personal growth while sonically showing his musical evolution. To some this may seem like a stylistic departure to others it’s the natural next step.

Blek says “This is a very important record to me. It’s the first of mine that is entirely autobiographical from start to finish. Also, in the past I have tried to be quite restrained when it came to the production of my songs but this time around I wanted to adopt a more is more approach. Allowing each song to dictate its own natural path and taking it as far as I could with the resources available to me.”

The album features performances from Dutch three-piece harmony group Woolf and the Dresden based Broken Strings. It was recorded at Wavefield Recordings, Clonakilty, Co. Cork and was co-produced with John’s regular collaborator Brian Casey.

“Part of the joy of my life is getting to meet other artists. I played some shows with Woolf in the Netherlands, and we immediately clicked. The first time I heard them sing together I knew I wanted to work with them and to hear their voices add a new depth to my own songs. It was the same with Moritz Brümmer and Filip Sommer (The Broken Strings) who I met on an artist in residence programme in Dresden back in 2022.”

Cheer Up will be released on the 6th of September on John’s own label Bigger River Recording Co.


“a master of subtlety in realms of folk-informed pop.” The Thin Air

“John’s most ambitious and creative record yet.” FOLK RADIO UK

“It’s a perfect slice of lush alternative folk rock.” Folk/tumble

“we think that every song on this new record by John Blek could also have been sung by Richard Hawley, that British romantic song troubadour from Sheffield who can equally captivate the listener on his records from start to finish . Recommended!”

Doors open 7.30pm. Music starts 8pm. The venue is mixed seated and standing. Tables are limited, and available on a first come first served basis, so if you’d like a seat, we recommend arriving early!