This is Brian's first visit home to Limerick in over 2 years.
The night is to showcase the work he's written since leaving Ireland in 2014.
This show is also following the release of his new EP: 'Songs Written in Canada"
Brian will also perform a selection of his favourite Irish ballads with help from very special guest 'Catherine Flynn'.
Through his musical career, Brian O'Brien has explored many different genres of music, all of which have served him well in creating his own unique sound.
His sound is an amalgamation of three specific styles. Much like ingredients, they blend to create what is ultimately his own unique recipe for song.
The most prominent of these ingredients is his darker take on North American Folk. He works with gritty and abrasive vocal tones that certainly add a timelessness to his music.Secondly, O'Brien will use warmer tones in his voice. His ornamentation is inherent to that of classic R&B. It is here where he gently smoothens the edges of his folk sound, His grit immediately becomes more palatable. Finally, the most important of these ingredients are his words. His prose are without a doubt what sets him apart. What he has studied most in his 20 years of writing music is lyricism and poetry. Brian discovers well upon well of inspiration among the Great Irish writers and storytellers.
Brian O'Brien has currently been preparing for the release of his EP 'Songs written in Canada' since winning the 2015 Landmark Events Artist Showcase Competition.
This is Brian's first visit home to Limerick in over 2 years.
Roll up, roll up ! Wardance & Subtle Audio team up for a D&B / Jungle free party at the Kasbah Social Club (Dolans) in Limerick city.
There are plenty of reasons for us to celebrate this summer - we turn 3 in July and we want to celebrate 3 years of rip-roaring beats n basslines by putting on another night of rip-roaring beats n basslines !! We've been lucky enough to have had plenty of well recognised names (both local and international) at our events since we kicked off back in 2014 - Dextrous & Stretch, Equinox, Djinn, Dwarde, Ricky Force, Enjoy, Future and Mecca to name but a few. Now, with our friends over at Subtle Audio about to launch their latest releases on vinyl we thought it would be a good idea to link up and put on a proper night for the heads, a party on us, for anyone who loves their D&B and Jungle in any shape or form.
So, on Saturday July 1st get on down to the Kasbah Social Club (late licence) for the Wardance 3rd B-Day / Subtle Audio vinyl launch party double celebration.
Line up includes Wardance residents :
and CODE (also representing Subtle Audio)
with any luck the new Subtle Audio + Bustle Beats vinyl will be available to buy on the night, fingers crossed the pressing plant gets the delivery sent in time ! If not, they have assured us they will have some back-catalogue vinyl + CDs and T-Shirts available in any case.
Tickets are €35 and on sale Friday 3rd March at 10am
On September 9th, 2009, Future Islands played their first Irish headline show, performing to 14 people in the upstairs room of Whelan's in Dublin. They had previously opened for their friend Dan Deacon for a couple of shows in Andrew's Lane Theatre earlier that year. Deacon was keen to introduce his fellow Baltimore inhabitants and mutual members of the Wham City arts collective to the cities of Europe. That night in September though, those 14 people in Whelan's saw a band play with an intensity and a sense of purpose not necessarily associated with a sparsely populated upstairs room on a damp Wednesday night on Wexford Street. That's the thing about Future Islands. Every show is their last. Every second is a heartbeat.
Dan Deacon was right. Baltimore's secret was out. Future Islands became your new favourite band. And they came back to Dublin. Selling out the Workman's Club, and then the main room in Whelan's, with more of the same sweaty devotion-to-the-moment synth-pop beauty from Samuel Herring (voice), William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming, guitars).
And then in 2014... everything kind of erupted. On March 3rd Future Islands sent David Letterman into hysterics after a live performance of a shimmering piece of balladic synth-pop called Seasons on The Late Show. Herring prowled the stage like an over-the-edge yoga-instructor, his vocals descending into an actual death-metal growl. And, suddenly, after three albums, many EPs, seven inches, thousands of tiny clubs and eight years of healthy cult-level adoration, the outside world met Future Islands. The album Singles was just that, a collection of singles, pop songs, each one imbued with passion, melody and romance. Future Islands were a pop band. Still DIY and punk-as-fuck, but a pop band at heart. Always were.
And they toured again and slayed as they always do, just in much bigger venues. They came back to Dublin, instantly selling 3,000 tickets over two nights in Vicar Street in November 2014. And then they stopped and disappeared again. And now they're coming back..
Mike Shinnors will MC the night of The Limerick Animal Welfare Lip Sync Battle. Geri Maye, Sharon Tucker and Paul Fitzgerald "Street Boy" will make up the judging pannel and will choose the winner. There is also a raffle with lots of spotprizes.
Madonna Lucia proudly presents her one woman show ‘not safe for work’ at Dolans Upstairs venue on Thursday July 13th at 9pm sharp. ‘Nsfw’ was a breakout hit at this year’s first ever Limerick Fringe festival and has been updated especially for Pride week. Part autobiographical, part stand up comedy and guaranteed to offend the show deals with body image and sex in the digital age. Adult content. Doors 8pm
This is the second performance of ‘not safe for work’ by Madonna Lucia. The show was conceived, written and performed by Madonna otherwise known as Evan Kennedy. Evan is one half of Limerick Drag institution and real life partners ‘Sheila and Madonna’. Although no stranger to the stage this was Evan’s first solo outing into theatre and the Limerick Fringe crowd were very receptive. ‘It was daunting going into this project as it is really just me in drag, a microphone and a PowerPoint presentation. I am used to having back up on stage as Mike and I perform together so this was a whole new world for me. Fringe audiences expect to be shocked and anticipate risqué content so I had to find a way to connect beyond simply being controversial. I make the subject matter personal with funny anecdotes and no judgement and a lot of fun along the way!’
The show takes the format of a quasi educational slideshow with plenty of pop culture references, video clips and memes. Midway through the show the audience are presented with a forensic analysis of regional google search trends. These reveal keywords searched for by both Irish men and women regardless of their sexual orientation on Pornhub. The show concludes by looking at body acceptance and the unreal reality of social media and dating apps.
"One of the most impressive things about Free of the Land is the arrangement, as it never feels stale. It has some catchy vocal, tight guitar riffs and a well constructed arrangement that ensures your attention is grabbed throughout. But Peadar Stoery's voice is a huge asset to the band as he displays a bluesy tone mixed with an Irish twinge. Personally I think this gives the band a certain amount of authenticity".- THE COUNTER MELODY
Bluesy licks and heavy riffs.
A Weekend Away are a five piece blues/rock band from Limerick City. Originally formed in late 2014, A Weekend Away have recently burst ahead by winning UL Battle of the Bands, supported All Tvvins and hosting their packed out single launch in Dolans for their first single release.
Being praised for mixing a jaw dropping punk sound with indie and blues influenced rhythm and lead guitar.
Becoming one of the must see bands in the South-West, A Weekend Away have recently been working on the production of their debut, self titled EP with an anticipated release date of 17/7/17
Dry Roasted Peanuts came together in early 2016 as the end result of a series of ultimately fortuitous drunken encounters.The band were recently crowned winners of the 2017 Intervarsities Battle of the Bands after having won first in UCC.
Saara Aalto takes to the stage with Paul Ryder, local drag performers, DJ on the main floor, a “Saved by the 90s” party upstairs and live music in the Kasbah Social Club. For more details visit
Support on the night Doreen Grimes
21-year-old singer/songwriter Doreen Grimes from Coonagh, County Limerick has a soulful voice and has played the piano from a young age.
Speaking about her musical influences, Michelle said: “My grandad had me listening to jazz like Etta James so I love that and I love R&B like John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Tina Turner, I love all the divas. My mam always listens to 80s music. My Granddad paid for piano lessons when I was five and I think my Mam and Dad thought I would play it for a few months but they couldn’t stop me, I was addicted and I was singing all the time. I am singing all my life, I went to Spotlight Stage School like many a Limerick person and now I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to support X-Factors Saara Aalto at the upcoming Limerick LGBT Pride Festival 2017 Climax Party at Dolans Warehouse on Saturday, July 15!”
Roddy Doyle’s hilarious and provocative Two Pints started as a conversation on Facebook. Now it’s a play. And it is coming to Dolans Warehouse.
“One of Ireland’s great singer-songwriters” The Guardian
With three sold out Christmas concerts at Dublin's Vicar ST this year and widespread sell-out shows all over Ireland, Damien Dempsey’s importance as a singer and songwriter of great passion, conviction and beauty has never been more prominent. Dempsey achieves a feeling at his concerts that other artists can only dream of. His connection with his audience is so palpable the most cynical of souls cannot help but be moved by the experience
Damien Dempsey’s debut album in 2000, ‘They Don’t Teach This Shit in School’ set him apart as a unique and important voice, championed from an early stage in his career by Sinéad O’Connor and others. The follow-up, ‘Seize the Day’, released in 2003, marked the beginning of his relationship with producer John Reynolds, picking up many awards and leading to extensive international tours. Commercial and critical success continued with the release of the No. 1 album ‘Shots’ in 2005, backed by Brian Eno, and ‘To Hell or Barbados’ in 2007, which debuted at No.2 in the Irish charts.
Damien’s fans include Brian Eno, Sinéad O’Connor, Bob Dylan and U2, (both of whom he has shared a bill with), and Morrissey, who invited him to support him on his US tour. Damien is an award-winning artist, having won several prestigious Irish Meteor Awards including Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His albums have topped the charts and gone Platinum, and he has been lauded by, among others, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Billboard, MOJO and The Sunday Times.
Since the release of his previous album, Damien’s creativity has found other outlets also. One notable project was with Irish graffiti artist Maser, on a project entitled ‘They Are Us’. This was sparked by Dempsey’s lyrics, and involved the painting of his words on derelict buildings in Dublin. Sales of the limited edition prints raised funds for The Simon Community, which was a charity set up to help the homeless and disenfranchised in Dublin and elsewhere.
Dempsey’s charitable work continued in December 2010, when he and Oscar winning songwriter Glen Hansard recorded and performed the Irish folk classic, ‘The Auld Triangle’. Monies raised went towards the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) ‘Keep The Lights On’ Campaign.
In 2013, Damien also made his acting debut in the Irish feature film ‘Between The Canals’. His music is also proving very much in demand for soundtracks, with ‘Sing All Your Cares Away’ featured in the BAFTA Award winning film ‘Tyrannosaur’, while Damien contributes to two upcoming Irish films “Stalker” and “King of the Travellers”.
Since his first live outings in the mid-1990s, Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe, and his performances have taken on a spiritual and soulful quality. These outings have been captured on two recordings: 'Live at the Olympia' and 'Live from Vicar Stree'. Most recently, when asked who was on his hit list of artists for the main stage of the Sydney Opera House, music director Fergus Linehan listed Damien among his targets for one of the most renowned stages in the world.
It is our very great pleasure to have Damien return to Limerick for this intimate performance.
On Friday July 21st , Lol Tolhurst is launching his new book Cured - The tale of two imaginary boys at Dolans, with a signing, Q&A and followed by FIRE IN CAIRO, a tribute to The Cure.
Lol Tolhurst is a musician, writer and performer.
He is best known as a founding member of the band that virtually invented alternative music, The Cure. Formed in 1976, The Cure is one of the most influential, successful and critically acclaimed bands of its generation.
As The Cure’s drummer, Lol toured the globe many times over, supporting the ground-breaking albums Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. He took on keyboard duties in the mid-eighties until his departure from the band in 1989, at the time of their masterwork Disintegration.
In the early nineties, Lol relocated to Southern California where he continues to write, record and tour with his own band, Levinhurst.
More recently, 2011 saw a momentous reunion tour with his former bandmates and Lol performing with The Cure again for the first time in over twenty years.
Lol’s first book was published in 2016. Cured - The Tale Of Two Imaginary Boys is a memoir that draws together the threads of his life and art... so far!
Ticket are 20 Euro
Freddie White has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. Whether interpreting songs by his favorite writers, such as Randy Newman, Tom Waits, John Hiatt and Guy Clark, or performing his own classy compositions, Freddie’s live performances are nothing short of legendary.
Freddie has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970’s and his albums continue to sell well, amongst his loyal and newfound fan base.
Born in Cobh, County Cork into a musical family, by age thirteen Freddie was playing in school bands and by seventeen playing professionally. At nineteen, he moved to London, where he busked in subways, and developed his unique voice and guitar style.
In 1974, he was a founding member of ‘Scullion’, together with Philip King and Sonny Condell. Later he formed ‘The Fake’, regarded as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late ‘70’s. Next came The Freddie White Band formed in 1978, which toured with Eric Clapton that year.
His first album, Live on Tour, recorded by Nicky Ryan while touring with Clannad, brought him national attention. His second album, Do You Do, was the biggest selling Mulligan Label album of 1981. With these early albums, Freddie introduced an eclectic repertoire of music, which spanned musical genres and eras, to an Irish audience.
Long Distance Runner was launched in 1985, and it featured original songs such as ‘Goodbye This Time’, ‘Down Without A Fight’, and the hit single ‘Frozen Heart’, which was co-written with Johnny Duhan. His fourth album, ‘Close To You’ continued this trend, with most of the songs self-penned. In 1994, he released ‘Straight Up’, a collection of fourteen songs recorded live by DanDan Fitzgerald.
‘My Country’ was released in Ireland in May 1999. A collection of eleven songs co-written with Ann O’Sullivan and based on the poetry of Don O’Sullivan. The album was co-produced by Freddie and Declan Sinnott, renowned for his work as producer and arranger with Sinead Lohan, Frances Black and Mary Black and as lead guitarist with Horslips and Moving Hearts.
Tickets are €10.
Roll With It formed in 2013 to bring the music of the Gallaghers to the live stage in Belfast and beyond.
Their setlist spans all seven albums and includes the hit singles right through to the acoustic B-sides.
The band is made up of experienced musicians with a passion for the greatest band of the nineties, who aim to give audiences the best singalong since Knebworth.
Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the Best Album of the Last 30 Years as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners; they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. By 2009, the band had sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2010 for "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group" after an unprecedented run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the Top 75 singles and albums charts.
JFDR, the latest project from Iceland's Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, Gangly), is a blend of cyclical guitar parts, soft minimal soundscapes, and poetic wonderings of a journey that ends where it began. Drawing from classical, folk, and electronic backgrounds, JFDR amalgamates the sounds of changing seasons, her voice a current that moves through rough seas to smooth waters. But perhaps JFDR shines the most in her capacity as a wordsmith, employing rich imagery to evoke the subtle emotions embedded in each song. Her first full length album, co-produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, is set for release next year.
Tickets are €39. This is an over 18's event.
Gavin James premieres ‘For You’ video, announces new EP
‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’, #1 in Ireland, Top 10 in US, Canada + Holland
LIVE: Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (x2) and Dublin’s Olympia sell out, Ed Sheeran support
“It’s the young Irishman’s flair for songwriting, paired with his unparalleled vocal ability, that has marked Gavin James out as a star on the continual rise” Hunger
“Tender, emotional…no mean talent” Clash
"Heartfelt and utterly sincere pop" The Line of Best Fit
"Understated and blissful” Shortlist
“His voice is absolutely astounding” State
Gavin James has premiered a beautiful new video, ‘For You’, taken from his forthcoming EP via GS Believe / Capitol Records / Sony Music / Warner Ireland / Liberator (available now as an instant-grat on iTunes). Directed by Feel Good Lost (Hozier, Alunageorge, Fyfe) this follows the continued international success of ‘The Book Of Love’, which has already reached #1 in Ireland, charted Top 10 in Holland and also reached the iTunes Top 10 in the US and Canada (in addition to 5 million plays across Spotify and Youtube). Gavin was subsequently invited to perform on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ this week, following a similarly breakout spot on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ last month.
Having been made Radio 1’s Next Hype and added to XFM’s daytime playlist, Gavin James also recently became the first artist ever to sell out Dublin’s Olympia prior to releasing a studio album. He will announce a host of live and festival plans shortly, following two instantly-sold-out dates at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen and the invitation to open for Ed Sheeran in Croke Park on July 24th.
A sparse, soulful mix of piano, beats and Gavin’s soaring vocal, ‘For You’ was written as a love song to a relationship on the verge of ending, which you’d like to stay in just a little longer. The track receives a striking reimagining by Feel Good Lost: set in inner city Dublin, the video for ‘For You’ is an emotive narrative about the struggles and the bond between a 19-year-old girl and her alcoholic mother. Director Brendon Canty writes: “the idea was based around those two words "For You", and all the things the mother and the daughter do for each other to show that they care.” Filmed on an estate which is in the process of being knocked down, the clip features a whole host of the community in extra roles and coincidentally stars real-life-couple in the leading girlfriend-boyfriend parts.
Already on his way to becoming one of 2015’s international crossover-stories, Gavin James is a 22-year-old songwriter from Ashington, a suburb on the northside of Dublin. The son of a postman, music was arguably in James’ blood: his great grandparents were both famous Irish Opera singers and had their own albums released in the early 1900s (they had to turn down an invitation to perform in London owing to their families, and the political conditions of the time).
Having started out playing Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin covers in the garden shed, Gavin James drew the short straw when he was chosen as the singer of his teenage band, and learnt his subsequent solo craft the hard way. Inspired by local heroes like Damien Rice and classic, grafting Soul artists such as Sam Cooke, he would play Dublin’s pubs virtually 7 nights a week during college, in a marathon of 3-hour shows. Growing in confidence, his own material then began to draw an impassioned following: Gavin’s first ever single won Ireland’s answer to the Mercury (the Choice Prize for ‘Song Of The Year’), stayed on the charts for over 6 months and culminated with 2014’s #1-charting, ‘Live at Whelans’ album: a venue he used to sneak inside when underage, but returned to as a rapturously-received headliner. That night, he happened to perform an impulsive cover of The Magnetic Fields’ ‘The Book Of Love’, accelerating Gavin’s word-of-mouth success story.
Already reacting across Europe and America largely via word-of-mouth, Gavin James looks poised to become the next great voice to shine a light back on the Dublin suburbs (and beyond).
Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was just nothing like them—a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length Latin, recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album cemented Holy Fuck's sound and reputation for unapologetic instrumental noise but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle, it was time to take a break … which turned into a hiatus … which turned into a chance to explore other projects and production work. (Like the bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and Viet Cong.) They'd been moving faster than they'd ever expected, especially after a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada's prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. (Not to mention festival slots at All Tomorrow's Parties, Glastonbury, Coachella and more—plus Lou Reed said they were the best band he'd seen at SXSW.) The strategy was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt, but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that boulder: “He had to step aside and let things settle!” But there's nothing Indiana Jones does better than the shock reveal, is there? And so in 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: “When you're sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream about all the other things you want to do,” says Borcherdt. “This album is exactly what we couldn't do then.” Checking into a “proper” studio, rather than the barn in rural Ontario where most of Holy Fuck's records were made, Congrats was recorded by the same lineup that recorded Latin: Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt “Punchy” McQuaid, and Matt Schulz. As they worked, they discovered that Congrats was a process of refining things, Walsh says—both physically and philosophically. Their ad hoc arsenal of low-budget hi-tech toys has been streamlined down to what he calls the nervous system of the band: “What gets run through our system is the seed of the idea for our music, and the system is what we play. This record is almost a beginning—the first stage of a new way for us.” So consider those previous albums prelude to Holy Fuck's true breakthrough, and recognize Congrats as the moment when Holy Fuck take the chaos and craziness (and charm) that have always been at the heart of their band and not so much control it as concentrate it. Now they're heavier, wilder, leaner, sharper, more daring and more unpredictable than ever before, on fire with the power of inspired outsiders like Suicide, Silver Apples, Can, Mission of Burma or the Monks or even Sun Ra, says Borcherdt, whose pursuit of his own kind of musical purity is exactly what Holy Fuck are after. Yes, it took them a few years, which in 2016 is supposed to be the career suicide, but they took that time to take chances. “We were told we did everything wrong,” Borcherdt says now, laughing—but really Congrats is the sound of a band doing absolutely everything right.
The Tearaways have been a longtime California staple from their simple origins in the Santa Barbara indie scene back in 1981 to their current status as a touring and recording act. With Five major releases over the last five years, the band continues to push the boundaries both creatively and through sheer stamina and their latest release “Esquire” (for short) has taken the band to a new level showing that age is only a number.
With a legion of fans who range from major celebrities Tom Hanks and Piers Morgan to comedians Tom Green and Carrie Keagan to Radio disc jockeys ranging from the legendary LA Dee Jay Rodney Bingenheimer from KROQ’s famous Rodney on The Roq and now Sirius/Xm’s “Underground Garage” to MIke Rogers from Japan’s InterFM897 “What the Fun Day” and JoJo Wright from KIIS-FM’s “JoJo on the Radio” the Tearaways are showing no sign of slowing down.
The band is comprised of John Finseth vocals, guitar, bass, Greg Brallier vocals, guitar and harmonica, John Ferriter vocals, Bass, guitar & David Hekhouse on Guitars and Vocals.
The band combines the influence of the British Invasion with the California Sound to create a driving brand of Pop and rock that appeals to fans from 6 to 66!
Recent TV appearances include NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, Tribune and The Arsenio Hall Show.
The band has backed up everyone from The Archies to Badfinger and even young up and comer Millie Courtney from Liverpool.
Hannah Crofts // vocals & ukelele
Georgia Mooney // vocals & mandolin
Elana Stone // vocals & accordion
Katie Wighton // vocals & guitar
All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters - Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – here combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess. Fair warning: this foursome is the most badass female folk band around.
All Our Exes Live in Texas have had an impressive career to date. They've toured with The Backstreet Boys (USA), Passenger (UK), Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (USA) and Tiny Ruins (NZ), not to mention Australian icons Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke and Mama Kin.
It wasn't until three years ago at an O Brother Where Art Thou show, featuring Sydney folk royalty, that they combined their musical forces. Little did they know they were planting the seeds for a folk foursome of epic proportions.
The Exes share a deep passion for vocal harmonies and heartbreakingly good songwriting. This killer combination has seduced audiences across the country and the world as they criss-crossed Australia from Port Fairy Folk Festival to Darwin Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, WOMADelaide and The National Folk Festival, not to mention closing proceedings at the Sydney Opera House for TEDx, to an audience of 4500 creative innovators who exploded into rapturous applause.
Since the release of their self-titled, widely celebrated EP, All Our Exes Live in Texas has embarked on three national headline tours releasing singles Tell Me, Sailboat and The Devil’s Part from their successfully crowd-funded debut album, When We Fall, released on March 3 via ABC Music.
The Exes were shortlisted for the Vanda & Young Songwriting competition and were nominated for four National Live Music Awards. Their Tell Me film clip is an hilarious take on the modern break up and was listed in the top 10 film clips of 2014 by Double J.
The Exes recently showcased their wares to US, UK and Irish audiences, solidifying partnerships for future touring adventures. They amped up the Exes assault at Folk Alliance International and SXSW, turning heads of all varieties from industry tastemakers to music-loving legends. In short, the Exes are on fire.
When We Fall was produced and engineered by Wayne Connolly (Sarah Blasko, Silverchair, You Am I) and features musicians Zoe Hauptmann (Finn Brothers, Lanie Lane, Paul Kelly), Evan Mannell (Faker, Bertie Blackman, Lior), Dave Symes (Boy and Bear, Sarah Blasko), Tim Hart (Boy and Bear) and Hamish Stuart (Lucie Thorne, Jackie Orszáczky).
A testament to their musical strength and vulnerability, this album is a collection of songs that are enough to make grown men cry. But beneath the sweet, potent harmonies and lamentations of love, lie four witty and intelligent feminists who harness their talent for good not evil.
When you come to an All Our Exes Live in Texas show brace yourselves to experience four uber talented musicians and gifted song-writers, each with their own unique vocal beauty and individual charm. Add to this, great humour, whip-cracking banter and an on-stage synergy that is as magical as it is alluring, and there’s no chance you can resist the call of the Exes sirens.
The Brag said it first, “Catch them before they’re famous and only perform for royalty and astronauts.”
"★★★★ ...four singularly-accomplished singer-songwriters who together, simply gel."
* Rolling Stone Australia
When art works, it takes the personal and makes it universal; All Our Exes Live in Texas have reached that ideal lovingly here.
— Bob Boilen, NPR Music
Fred Cooke is embracing his unique musical style of comedy on his first nationwide tour with his show “Fredliner”. It has been a phenomenal year for Fred supporting his hero Tommy Tiernan to packed crowds across the country.
Throughout this time he has established himself as part of “the premiere league of Irish funny men” (Hot Press).
His new show reveals many layers of comedy that intertwine for a hilarious joke-per-minute show. “Fredliner” brings to the stage the mayhem of his life, from his school days to the social chaos of his adulthood.
This year has seen Fred Cooke on our TV screens as the MC in the highly successful and groundbreaking “Tommy Tiernan Show”. Fred’s numerous Republic of Telly sketches, including “Ireland the Musical” and his “Hidden Camera Orchestra”, have gone viral.
Sit back and enjoy this Irish Comedy Star!!!
“I love Fred, he has the real spirit of the Clown in him” TOMMY TIERNAN
“Comedy genius. He has so much energy that he could power a small village in the west of Kerry” THE LAUGHTER LOUNGE
In September 2016, Slim Cessna's Auto Club released its latest album 'The Commandments According to SCAC'. It has been twenty-four years since Slim Cessna parted ways with The Denver Gentlemen, that grand progenitor of the peculiar strain of Gothic Americana unique to the Mile High City, to form Slim Cessna's Auto Club with a group of talented peers. Many bands with a long and successful run like that would stick close to its roots. But rather than rest on well-earned laurels, the Auto Club challenged itself to break with well-worn modes of operating for the new record. Wallace Stenger may have captured the spirit of the west in his 1971 novel Angle of Repose. Jim Thompson surely exposed the lurid underbelly of the Western experience. Cormac McCarthy definitely evoked the conflicted, tortured spirit of small town life on the frontier. William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor informed all of them with a humor and soulfulness. It is that literary tradition that imbues the harrowing and celebratory sound and riveting stories of Slim Cessna's Auto Club. And for a full twenty years it was largely in that realm of art that the Auto Club reveled and garnered a loyal cult following well beyond the boundaries of The Queen City of the Plains. But no band can be satisfied with treading the same territory that it helped to define forever. The Commandments According to SCAC, will be the first full length album of original material released on the Auto Club's own imprint, SCACUNINCORPORATED. The title evokes the themes of cosmic punishment and redemption that have served the band's songwriting engine so well in the past. But this set of songs sounds more hopeful and expansive, a quality that was always there but this time out the brighter sides of the songwriting are emphasized. Hints of this saw early full-flown expression on 2008's Cipher and Unentitled from 2011. With The Commandments, however, the Auto Club seems to step forward into the promise of its own possibilities. It remains capable of the heady darkness and celebratory intensity with which it made its name. Now that charmingly dusky and spare sound breathes with a color and delicacy of feeling that perhaps sat in the background in times past. Maybe it's partly due to the greater creative contributions from longtime collaborator Rebecca Vera and The Peeler or the inclusion of upright bass player Ian O'Dougherty. But the core of the band's songwriting and sound is anchored firmly in the vision of Slim, Munly Munly and Lord Dwight Pentacost. Whatever the true source of this transformation, The Commandments According to SCAC sounds like a band marshalling its creative inspiration to mark out a new chapter of its existence. When you get to see the Auto Club tour, you'll get to see an already mighty band reinvigorated by this new spirit as well as by the fire that has long burned in its collective belly.
Comedian Gearóid Farrelly takes his brand of chatty standup comedy on the road this Autumn.
This show will address everything from Trump to decluttering and explain why you shouldn't toilet train a cat.
Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world. He has supported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and appears every week on his Sunday Best show on Today FM.
Gearóid's podcast "Fascinated" is a comedy chat show and is available on iTunes.
To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Each joke landed perfectly…. impeccable comic timing.. ”
✭✭✭✭✭ Broadway Baby (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
“the best opening act in his price range”
– Joan Rivers
She's seen the world Americanize, gentrify and divide
like a broken heart during a decade of touring the globe with her band Howling
Bells, now Juanita Stein returns with her first solo collection of songs about
a pre-apocalyptic America.
This isn't the America of goofy teen movies, Twinkies
and Trump, no Mam. It's that shattered dreamland Hunter S. Thompson went
looking for... It's somewhere beyond the pines of Twin Peaks at a crossroads
where Badlands met Paris, Texas. A dustball in a once great land,
reimagined whilst daydreaming as the towns and plains filtered through the
grainy dirt that is the tour bus window during laps of the USA with Coldplay
and The Killers.
These are songs from a dark-hearted country, where the
lights of Nashville twinkle in the distance as the siren song leads you into
the eternal night...
Always an excellent live spectacle, the glam rock quartet and Lowestoft’s prodigal sons The Darkness have lined up a humungous tour .
Singer and master orator Justin Hawkins said: “The Darkness is proud to return once again to the stages of our sceptered isle. We are here to confirm our reputation as the mightiest live band treading the boards in this saccharine age of music made by computers, millionaires and halfwits. Sometimes by all three! We will once again be showcasing our trademark mix of relentless rifferama, effortless haute couture, ridiculously loud noises and bright things that flash on and off.
“As any fool will tell you, a Darkness show is a place where believers come together, where fluids are shared, and dreams are built. But most importantly, where rock and roll is crowned king EVERY NIGHT!
“And as if that wasn’t enough, we have made a frankly stunning fifth album that will be unleashed on the world in September of this year by the lovely Cooking Vinyl people. Good times… so come one, come all!!”
Mundy ‘Jelly Legs 21’ Tour October 2017
At the age of 21, on the 14th of October 1996, one of Irelands most popular singer-songwriters Mundy released his debut Album ‘Jelly Legs’ on Epic Records-a subsidiary of SONY. The critically acclaimed debut produced by ‘Youth’ went on to sell a respectable 60,000 copies around the world.
This year will mark the 21st Anniversary of the said album and also 21 years since his song “To you I Bestow’ appeared on the Hollywood block buster movie ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Baz Luhrman. The movies soundtrack, cherished by many, sold over 11 million copies around the world.
The album featured the songs ‘Pardon Me’ and ‘Life’s a Cinch’ which also got MTV and VH1 rotation plus the highly requested song ‘Gin and Tonic Sky’.
Now ‘Jelly Legs’ has reached that milestone. It has come of age and remains a timeless, ageless classic. Mundy is marking this occasion and to celebrate the album by reforming his old band with Guitarist Steo Farrell, Drummer Cion O’Callaghan and Bassist Shane Fitzsimons. The band toured France, the UK and the States extensively also sharing bills with Van Morrison, Manic Street Preachers, Cast and Stereophonics to name but a few.
The tour will simply be called ‘Jelly Legs 21’ and Mundy is going to add some extra layers to make it a very special celebration.
Tickets are €22.
PHIL RUDD ‘ THE VERY DEFINITION OF ROCK DRUMMING’ Modern Drummer
Malcolm Young co-founder of AC/DC describes Phil Rudd as “the real deal”
Drumming peers from Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp) describes him as “the rock drummer” to Eric Singer of Kiss singing Phil Rudd’s praises “the heart and soul of AC/DC.”
The Australian drummer played in several Melbourne bands, such as Buster Brown and the Coloured Balls, before joining up with rock giants AC/DC in 1975.
Over the next four years Rudd powered the band to superstardom with his dogged consistency and unshakeable backbeat on classics like “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)” “T.N.T” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Phil Rudd is an indelible part of AC/DC history.
Rudd said he “went straight down the road to buy my first Ferrari” after the block busting epic album Highway to Hell went multi-platinum Worldwide.
To the inexperienced, Phil Rudd’s drumming may seem rudimentary. But his unselfish style and humongous groove have earned him the adoration of generations of drummers. Rammstein’s Christoph Schneider said in the October 2010 Modern Drummer, “AC/DC were my absolute heroes because they are simple and easy to copy—though soon you find they are not so easy to copy.” The magazine’s May 2010 issue also chimed in on the timeless rocker with the feature “50 Reasons To Love Phil Rudd”
The veteran musician has appeared on all but three of AC/DC’s 18 studio albums, which have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.
“You couldn’t find a more solid person or drummer than Phil Rudd” said ex lead AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson
The former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was desperately missed on recent tours so much so Cliff Williams long standing bassist is retiring from AC/DC citing the fact he missed both Phil Rudd & Malcolm Young.
Phil Rudd during 2014 recorded and released his first debut album Head Job with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin. The release of Head Job via Universal Music Group only took place in Australia & New Zealand. However the promotion plans for Head Job were scuppered by well publicised legal problems in New Zealand.
“I couldn’t be bloody happier with Head Job , to tell you the truth” Phil told Libel Music. “I’m so proud of the album, everything I had to do with it. The guys played really well on it, it’s just too good. Really great, mate… I’m pretty happy with the drum sound”
With recent well publicised problems ( which ended up in Phil Rudd serving a 8 month home detention sentence ) naturally thwarted the 2014 release of Head Job. Phil is determined to leave all his problems behind him and is very focused on a positive life style . He will be visiting the UK and Europe on promotion for the Head Job re-release.
“My hell raising days are over” [Inspired by Sir John Kirwan the All Black Rugby Legend] “I see a psychiatrist once a week and I’m closer than ever to my children. I still have all my flash all his cars but now I want to grow chillies”
Phil Rudd showcased 11 of his luxury cars in a Christchurch ( New Zealand ) earthquake appeal fundraiser including a rare 1991 Ferrari F40 and a brand new Ferrari 599. Other cars on display included two Lamborghinis, a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2011 Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley super sport, Audi R8 V10, a 2011 Aston Martin DBS, 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG. The 11 cars have a combined worth of approximately$3m (USD).
Rudd’s airport hangar is also home to his MD 520N helicopter.
Phil Rudd has turned a corner and completely dedicated his life to the more important things in his life including family , friends and music.
Some People v Reginald d Hunter
Irish Tour 2017
TIckets on sale Thursday, May 25th. 9.30am
“REGINALD D HUNTER JOINS THE TOP RANK OF STAND-UP COMEDIANS WORKING TODAY…A COMEDIAN GOING FOR BROKE, FLYING IN THE FACE OF RECEIVED OPINION IN A WAY THAT IS SIMPLY EXHILARATING……THIS IS COMEDY OF A RARE SCOPE” ««««« Times
Reginald D Hunter returns to Ireland in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show following a hugely successful year performing across Europe.
In the years that he has been living and performing in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of the UK as well as performing across Europe. His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.
“STAND-UP COMEDY’S COOLEST CUSTOMER” Telegraph
Reginald has been in the UK for just under two decades and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality. His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on, even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs.
“EACH SUCCESSIVE SHOW CRACKLES WITH ANTICIPATORY ATMOSPHERE” i Newspaper
He is a well-known face on primetime television shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. He has appeared in Argumental for Dave Channel and Would I Lie To You and Live At The Apollo for BBC1.
His highly popular debut DVD – Reginald D Hunter Live – was one of the top sellers in the DVD comedy charts as was his follow up DVD – Reginald D Hunter: In The Midst of Crackers.
He is animated… as he burns brightly through ideas’ The Times ****
Please note all ticket prices include €1 per ticket booking charge.
No exchanges or refunds.
For all performances at the Lime Tree Theatre, wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
No late comers admitted to the theatre after the show commences.
Limited parking available for patrons, please arrive early. Disability and bus parking available.
Alison worries. She worries so much she's decided to do a show about it and now she
can worry about making it a good show.
One of Ireland's fastest rising comedians,the star and writer of RTE's new major
series 'Nowhere Fast' , join Alison on her first tour.
As seen on RTÉ (Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop,
this is Ireland), TV3, Sky Arts and heard on Newstalk (George Hook),
this is Alison's hilarious follow up to her smash-hit Fringe success …Discovers Hawaii.
"Whether character or citizen, Spittle comes across as a kind of genius." **** IRISH TIMES
"Breezily chatty and effusively funny, Alison Spittle is a likeable combination of
openness and chortling mischief." THE
in a beautifully surreal way" IRISH
Support on the night from Andrea Farrell (Stellar Comedian of the year)
Matthew E. White is working on his new album. We are delighted he has chosen the intimate Upstairs in Dolans venue to introduce his works in progress and of course his older classics. With the UK and Ireland so close to his heart, a tour of smaller clubs seemed the only logical place to give such an intimate and open performance that shows some of his songwriting process.
MATTHEW E. WHITE Solo
An intimate evening previewing works in progress and older classics
Tickets are €16.
Jake Carter is the younger brother of chart topping artist Nathan Carter who is a currently the hottest country music star in Ireland and is also making strong waves in other countries such as England, Scotland, and Australia. Jake has often performed at his brother’s gigs and festivals and has been a great hit with the fans. Aged just 18, Jake has been gigging relentlessly in the UK and Ireland as a ‘one man’ artist playing in pubs, clubs restaurants, concerts and private events. He has now started taking bookings with his new band for the second half of 2017 to develop his own fan-base with his own blend of country/pop/rock which is inspired by artists such as Rascal Flats and Hunter Hayes. One of the gigs that Jake is set to play with his new band is the brand new ‘Harvest Festival’ which takes place this August thanks to Aiken Promotions. The line-up for this festival includes American superstars Miranda Lambert and Kip Moore, country duo’s Ward Thomas and The Shires, Jakes Brother Nathan Carter and plenty of other great artists. Currently Jake is in the studio working on his next single and debut album, which he hopes to release later this year. Jake also has a tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland arranged for October 2017 to include dates at the Button Factory Dublin, Empire Belfast, Spirit Store Dundalk, INEC Killarney, Dolans Warehouse Limerick, Cyprus Avenue Cork and Monroes Galway.
Tickets are €20.
David O'Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs.
David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's, and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.
As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
JINJER is a Ukrainian female fronted band which plays a mixture of progressive metalcore and groove metal, with some inlays of funk, reggae and jazz, though on their second LP the band is shifting a bit to death metal of the European school according to band members. JINJER were formed in 2010, when Tatiana Shmailyuk joined the guys as a vocalist. In 2013, the band were acknowledged as the best metal band of the year in Ukraine.
JINJER are often mistakenly compared to Iwrestledabearonce, Straight Line Stitch, Arch Enemy, etc. Which is completely wrong, as members of JINJER, being asked about their influences, always name such bands as Lamb of God, Pantera, Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Death, Chimaira, All Shall Perish, Protest the Hero. However, Tatiana says that she really appreciates Sandra from Guano Apes and Shamaya from Otep for being her biggest inspirations as a female metal vocalist. She also mentions Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and Randy Blythe from LOG.
After a rocking full-house show in 2016, Diamond Head will return to Limerick and Dolans Warehouse for what will be a fantastic event in November 2017. Support comes from Ireland's Thrash heavy hitters Psykosis.
Tickets are €23
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT RETURN TO LIMERICK
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC!
In April 2016 Peter Hook (Joy Division and New Order) and his band played a legendary show at Dolan’s Warehouse. A fully sold out show, his fans were treated to a very special performance of classic Joy Division songs.
Bowled over by the ecstatic response of his Limerick fans, Peter Hook will return to Dolan’s on November 30th to play his ‘Substance’ gig.
Hook and his band, which includes his son Jack Bates, will perform songs from the Joy Division and New Order albums – both of which are called ‘Substance’.
In welcoming the news, Professor Eoin Devereux of the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster at UL stated: “Hook’s gig has gone down in the annals of Limerick rock music history. For me personally, it was a dream come true. We had invited Peter Hook to Limerick as part of our conference on Joy Division. People are still talking about his sold-out performance.”
Mick Dolan of Dolan’s Warehouse added: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Peter Hook and The Light back to Limerick. We are delighted that Peter has decided to play at the Warehouse again. This will be one of only three Irish shows and is a must for fans of Joy Division and New Order”.
Tickets costing 21 Euros plus booking fee go on sale this Friday March 24th at 10am from Dolans.