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Spike Island Cork are inviting Cork’s rebels to be inmates for an evening as the island recreates the infamous ‘Folsom prison’ gig played by Johnny Cash 50 years ago this year. Johnny Cash’s prison performances became legendary in musical circles as he played to some of the most hardened criminals in America at San Quentin and Folsom prison. The Man in Black became forever linked to these prison gigs and this Spike Island gig will recreate his prison escapade.

Filling the shoes of the infamous performer will be ‘Strictly Cash’, who have previously recreated a prison gig in Dublin. In 2008 for the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s legendary concert at California’s notorious Folsom Prison, they decided to mark the occasion in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that San Quentin Prison concert, STRICTLY CASH will be together again on Cork’s own Alcatraz, Fort Mitchell, Spike Island. Special guests will include a choir performance to accompany the band.

Tickets are on sale by advance booking only from as Spike Island gives Cork the chance to hear all the hits including those made famous from the concerts at San Quentin and Folsom Prison. Boats depart at 5pm and 6pm from Kennedy pier Cobh with a short tour and then the concert before returns at 9.10pm and 9.30pm. The concerts are on Friday 31st May and Saturday 01st June for the June bank holiday weekend. The concerts will be held indoors in the island Mitchel hall, a former church space.

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