A Summer’s Evening on the Quad at UCC

As darkness falls on the evening of Saturday 14 July, UCC’s Main Quad will come to life with a bang for A Summer’s Evening on the Quad 2018. The Definitive Rat Pack, joined by soul diva Karen Underwood, backed once again by the 20-piece Band of An Garda Síochána, will bring swinging big-band favourites and soulful classics to an audience of more than 2,000 people for what promises to be a spectacular evening in aid of some of Cork most deserving causes.

Thanks to the generosity of our patrons and sponsors, last year’s concert raised more than €50,000 for our Charity Partners – organisations that offer life-changing support to people in our community when they need it most. We hope to repeat this success in 2018.


We are delighted to bring The Definitive Rat Pack to A Summer’s Evening on the Quad for our 2018 concert.  The Definitive Rat Pack are undoubtedly some of the world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. The three British artists, Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long are best known for performing these roles in London’s West End and have toured the USA, Canada and Europe.

Having premiered in London’s West End in 2003, where their show earned an Olivier Award nomination, they are the original cast and have faithfully re-created that era since and have been seen by more than 10 million people worldwide. They regularly appear on television in the UK and overseas on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Rai TV, Channel 7 in Spain, FOX, CBS and PBS in the USA.

Songs include the ever -popular I’ve Got You under My Skin, Fly Me to the Moon, Come Fly with Me, That’s Amore, King of the Road, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Mr Bojangles, Something’s Gotta Give, What Kind of a Fool Am I, The Lady is a Tramp, Mack the Knife, My Way, New York New York and many more.

Karen Underwood

Loved for her soul, blues and gospel blend Karen is best known for The Nina in Me, which she devised with John O’Brien.  She followed this with, Singing Nina, which toured internationally. In 2012, Karen and John composed Of Ladies Lost and Found which premiered at The Everyman Theatre in November that year for Bounce Back, a suicide prevention charity Karen founded in 2012. Karen is the driving force behind Cork’s Soul in the City weekend every June.Her repertoire, soulful and dynamic vocals and charming stage persona is loved by audiences who enjoy her regular live performances throughout Cork city.    Following a memorable and uplifting performance at last year’s concert we are delighted to welcome Karen back to the Quad this July.

Band of An Garda Síochána

One of Ireland’s leading wind and brass ensembles and led by Insp. Pat Kenny, this year will see the 12th appearance by the Band of An Garda Síochána at A Summer’s Evening on the Quad . Besides providing music for official Garda functions (such as Graduation Ceremonies at the Garda College) the Band undertakes a heavy community-orientated programme each year performing at schools, festivals and sporting events, concerts and fundraising Galas.  We are delighted to welcome The Band of An Garda Síochána back to UCC for what promises to be another spectacular concert.