Secret Song is an annual One Day Live Music & Spoken Word Festival that takes place in Levis Corner House, Ballydehob West Cork, Ireland.
Secret Song takes on the first Sunday of every October…. Up to 20 Acts performing throughout the ground and all floors of Levis Corner House.. Every Room we can find inside and outside.
Secret Song takes place once a year and it is a celebration of all artists and all the gigs that take place in Levis throughout the year..
Secret Song Festival is exactly as it is titled – a Secret. On the day, everyone moves from room to room, to the back garden, from the Parlour, to the ‘Outback’ without knowing who is playing.. We’ve even had ‘a gig’ in a cupboard.. The performers themselves do not know who else is playing until the day. They are given (at best) a time and a place to be. Every year audiences take a leap of faith and purchase tickets for the day, without knowing the names of the performers. Every year it sells out.
We welcome established, ‘big’ names..and artists who are ‘unknown’ or unsigned. All amazing talented original performers. All on equal footing on the day. ( who knows who’ll end up in that cupboard 🙂 . .
‘Junior’ Secret Song takes place the next day..All the Ballydehob Primary School Children ( 5th & 6th class) attend a shorter version of Secret Song with ‘musicians and spoken word artists from the previous day….a live performance just for schools. The children interact with the musicians throughout the building. Supported by Creative Ireland, Cork County Council & Arts Council Ireland – That is truly a magic day..and at the heart of everything.
The Secret Song Festival took place 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.
Secret Song did not place 2020 due to public health restrictions and the whole world turning upside down.
In February 2021, we recorded and broadcast online a very special Secret Song Program from Levis Corner House ( see line up below), without a Live Audience.
On Sunday, October 3rd 2021, Secret Song took place Levis Corner House. After 18 months of closed doors and restricted gatherings, this was a truly special day. Thanks to the support of the Irish Government’s Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media ‘s Live Performance Support Scheme we were able to go ahead with Secret Song. One Day. 17 Performances throughout the building and outback. Artists performing as scheduled and popping up for ‘Tweeners’ in between gigs. New Collaborations. New Music. Old Favourites.All original. Full list of performers below.
SUNDAY, 02 OCTOBER 2022…
We all open the doors at 2pm..and see what happens..
(The Tickets for LIVE Secret Song 2022 SOLD OUT the evening they were made available to Levis Mailing List… We cannot fit everyone in on the day of Secret Song – but we will have a film crew recording all the performances to the very highest standards. We would love to stream live but this has been too challenging in the past due to wild west internet, time constraints, artist & audience considerations etc BUT on the 10th OCTOBER – 8 days after the Live event we will broadcast ‘The Secret Song 2022 Show’ – behind the scenes footage, chat and performances from all the Artists. Tickets for The Show are €15. On purchase you receive a link and the show is made available on the 10th October to enjoy and watch as many times as you like..
SECRET SONG 2022 recorded LIVE at Levis
ONLINE Monday 10th October
TICKETS for the Online Show €15 https://leviscornerhouse.com/events/online-secret-song-2022/
( LINK will be released on 10th October + remain active so can be rewatched etc)
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📸 Many of the wonderful Photos below were taken by Magdalena Mitter ▵ Photography who came to the festival in 2019 : See more of her work at https://www.instagram.com/magdalena_mitter/
Published Photos (www.jasonleex.com:
2015 LINE UP :
Sam Clague & Band
Stuart Solo & Dolcie & Letitia
Anto Noonan ( Armoured Bear)
Gordan & Leonard Podolak
Stuart Wilde & The Bird Men
2016 LINE UP
Ian Whitty ( & Flor O’Rahilly)
Cormac Lally & David Jackson
Stuart Wilde & Dolcie Keogh
John Hicks ( acc. Cornelia)
2017 LINE UP
The Worry Dolls
2018 LINE UP
Pete Coe & Co
Susan O’Neil (SON)
Aindrais de Staic
Old Time Rags
Joey Wright & Bands
2019 LINE UP
Cormac Lally & David Jackson
Susan O’Neil ( SON)
Robert Sarizin Blake
The Man Whom
First Class & Coach
Cry Monster Cry
2020 Everyone stayed home …
Lisa O’ Neil
Susan O Neil
Cormac And Cliodhna Begley
Cormac MacDiarmada (of Lankum) & Ruth Clinton (of Landless)
Kevin Murphy Seti The First
I Have A Tribe
To Be Confirmed….;)