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Jan
26
9:00 PM21:00

Rosborough & Parliament Square Double Headliner

Tickets €10

Tickets €10

Seoda Shows proudly presents Rosborough & Parliament Square

Glenn Rosborough is a singer songwriter from Derry, Northern Ireland. In a city steeped in music and performance he grew up in a household full of records that became his influences.

“I started my musical life from a very early age, teaching myself guitar at the age of ten and writing songs from the year after. Growing up in a musical household, with childhood heroes such as Tom Waits, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, becoming a musician was not a destined path but as realistic a career as becoming a lawyer, plumber or doctor. My parents made sure of that” Glenn Rosborough.

Rosborough cut his teeth in the vibrant music scene in Derry, playing regular shows at Bennigan's and the Warehouse which allowed him to try new songs on an audience full of writers and performers.

This cultural hub served him well, allowing him to cultivate and refine an album’s worth of songs that attracted the attention of Ignition Records to whom he signed in 2017. 

This year Glenn has been on tour both as a headline artist and supporting some great acts including The DMAs, Mew and Seafret throughout the UK and Europe.  He has also appeared at festivals such as the Great Escape and Community Festival, showcasing new songs whilst building a great live reputation and loyal following.

Rosborough is currently recording his debut album.

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Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

U.M.A.N

Tickets € 10 (+booking fee)

Tickets 10 (+booking fee)

New Irish soul act U.M.A.N released his soul single “Flamin’Day” earlier this year. It received its first ever play on the Ian Dempsey show and subsequently shot to No.4 on the iTunes singles chart.  "Flamin Day" went onto break the top 30 radio chart and it reached the  top 10 on Shazam. It continues to grow and is heading towards a quarter of a million plays on Spotify. 

U.M.A.N  is an abbreviation for U. Must. Act. Now is singer songwriter Brian Flanagan. Brian  previously released an album that featured a duet with Folk Blues Legend Eric Bibb and he joined Bibb on his recent Irish Tour.

Brian wrote the charity single for Sile Seoige and celebrity choir ( Jack L, Mary Black, Roisin O etc). The single  reached No. 6 in the Irish charts over Christmas and earned 25K for charity, Brian also composed a song for the Easter Rising anniversary featuring Finbar Furey.

 

Brian joined the  Collective Management early this year and has  focused on finding a new sound and direction. Earlier this month U.M.A.N sold out two headline show in Whelans Dublin.

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Jan
27
9:00 PM21:00

KATIE KIM presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €10 plus booking fee

Tickets 10 plus booking fee

KATIE KIM is the pseudonym of Irish singer Katie Sullivan, who performs slowcore, ethereal, ambient folk/pop. Her third full length album entitled 'Salt' was released on October 14th 2016 digitally in Europe as well as on limited edition CD and Vinyl and was released digitally to the rest of the world on November 11th 2016. The album was shortlisted for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize - Irish Album of The Year.

'Salt' was recorded in a self-built recording and artist space in Dublin called Guerrilla Studios which has become an integral part of the Independent Irish music scene. Guerrilla has hosted live performance video collective the Practice Tapes as well as being the studio where releases by The Jimmy CakeHilary Woods and much more have been recorded.

'Salt' is a departure from Katie's previous albums and delves further into the drone side of her other releases with textured production added by producer John "Spud" Murphy, who is central to the album's sonic feel. 'Salt' comes four years after Katie's previous album, the critically acclaimed 'Cover and Flood' and it shows an evolution musically. 

Since 'Cover and Flood' Katie has toured the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium playing mostly sold out venues. She has also played Union Chapel in London and played shows in New York and Canada. 

Katie joined The Waterboys, singing the parts of the dark fairy queen and playing guitar and bass on their WB Yeats tour which lead to a performance on the legendary Later with Jools Holland TV show.

 

 

PRESS:

Reviews for 'Salt':
"Salt illuminates and ignites her song writing pedigree to a brilliant new level; these nine vignettes align craft and technique with outright innovation. Most excitingly, the textures are almost tangible in their ferocity – piano chords are stretched and strung out to infinity, silence is employed as devastating punctuation and Kim’s own vocals are soothing and empathetic while also sounding a million light years away."
* 4/5 The Skinny

"The return of Katie Kim is a triumph. While the brilliance of her previous work cannot be overstated, just how exact Salt is with its sound is a wonder to behold. The album knows exactly how to play itself, it’s a dreamlike and every note, texture and beat plays into that notion of reality vs the subconscious. This is Katie Kim at her best."
* 10/10 The Last Mixtape

“While Sullivan's brittle minimal style is still felt on songs such as Body Break, Wide Hand and Day Is Coming, the over-arching mood is darker, aided by producer John “Spud” Murphy. From sky-scraping spectral percussion of opening song Ghosts, the distorted dirge of I Make Sparks to the eerie creak of Life Or Living, Salt is preserved by the tenebrous side of things”
The Irish Times 'Album of The Week', Nialler9

"Salt is intriguing, sharp and bold, and where you could be forgiven thinking Katie Kim already had a solid mastery of inventive song writing, this is a fairly staggering leap forward" * thumped.com

"produced and mixed to the highest of standards, beautifully arranged and as an addition to Kim’s canon, Salt is anything but arbitrary. There’s exceptional musical aptitude to be found in and amongst its forty-odd minutes of play"
State Magazine

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Jan
27
9:00 PM21:00

Thin az Lizzy

Tickets € 15

Tickets 15

Thin Az Lizzy started as a result of an absolute passion by Johnny Conlan – stage name ‘Johnny D Fox’ - for the music of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy.  When Johnny was 15, he was learning the piano, piano accordion and guitar.  He passed eight grades in his classical training on the piano.  It was 1985 when he first heard the music of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy.  In Johnny’s words “it was like an explosion of music in my head”. 

Phil Lynott became his role model.  Therefore he decided to teach himself the bass guitar.  He didn’t own a bass guitar, but he did have an old acoustic guitar.  Then on 4th January 1986, Phil died at 36 years of age.  Johnny was devastated as he was just getting in to him.  He bought all the Thin Lizzy records and taught himself the words and bass guitar by ear to every song within one year. 

Thin Az Lizzy are recognised as being the best Thin Lizzy tribute act in Ireland.  There is no doubt to that.  His next goal is to bring Thin Az Lizzy to the point of being the Best Thin Lizzy Band in the world.  This will be achieved though the new team that he has amassed.  Whatever has to happen to achieve that goal will happen.  Johnny has a renewed sense of motivation and focus.  While we are not going to tell you the financial objectives, we are going to tell you that within 2 years, it is planned to be doing 150+ shows per annum all around Europe.  Then it is planned to bring it further afield.

Johnny admits that “the better the audience is the better we are on stage”.  So part of their job onstage is to create good audience participation.  TAL are bringing their own flavour to songs and at the same time holding on to what makes the songs great and what the audience loves. 

For example, I was videoing a gig in Sligo in November 2016.  The venue was packed to the rafters.  The promoters didn’t expect half of that crowd because it was November, pouring with rain and freezing cold.  I spoke to a few people there who told me they were there purely to see TAL.  Within one minute of starting the show, the hall was packed (they came from everywhere in the pub) and people were singing to every song.  During their version of Whiskey in the Jar, Johnny got as far as the first four words of the song and stopped singing.  The band kept playing and the audience took over for the next two minutes.

Over the past years, Thin Az Lizzy and Johnny have played with people like Henry McCullough of Wings, Midge Ure, Brian Robertson, John ‘Irish Earl’ and Eric Bell.  He played support for Status Quo and played at the Vibe for Philo for over ten years for Smiley Bolger.

It is planned in the future to play on stage with other music professionals and entertainers.  There are a few reasons for this.  One is that it will ensure the same ‘staleness’ does not set in as happened around 2004.  It will also fuel ongoing creativity, give an insight as to how others operate, create a larger fan base for Thin Az Lizzy and create further opportunities.

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Jan
28
8:00 PM20:00

Hayseed Dixie

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Hayseed Dixie began one innocent Summer day in 2000 when John Wheeler and Mike Daly drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back and decided to play around in John’s studio. Having spent the previous few years touring around with assorted country hat-acts, John had assembled a proper pile of recording equipment. Thus when he and Mike discovered in their drunken epiphany that the Lost Highway of Reverend Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell of Bishop Bon Scott were indeed the same identical stretch of tarmac, they were well and truly prepared to document this revelation in situ.
East Nashville, Tennessee in the Summer of 2000 was a proper Bohemian party place, and a few friends stopped by, drank some of John’s whiskey, and played and sang on this recording here and there, as was the custom of the times. And ten AC/DC songs were suddenly reimagined and recorded forever anew, entirely reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups. Everyone danced (oh how they danced!) around the studio room and out onto the porch and drank more whiskey. (You should have been there. Really. You should have.)

Now, functioning well as “Exhibit A” in the demonstration of how one’s beginnings rarely know one’s ends, Hayseed Dixie have evolved into a proper force, one that most people either love, hate, or have never heard of. There isn’t really any middle ground, nor should there be. But fourteen albums - consisting of both original material and reinterpretations of previously rendered songs - and global physical *sales in excess of half a million copies, with over 1,200 live shows in 31 different countries testify: Hayseed Dixie are the undisputed creators of the musical genre, Rockgrass. There are many copycats, converts, and disciples out there. Accept no imitations.

And now, holding up their own idiosyncratic mirror to an unsettled and unsettling 2017, Hayseed Dixie offer up their 15th studio album, a collection of both original songs and reinterpretations of R&B and Soul classics. Dance with them as they probe the queries: “Why do we still believe there is such a thing as ‘race’?” “Are concepts like ‘nations’ and ‘nationality’ really useful to people who lay bricks or perform kidney stone surgeries?” and “Why does every song always sound better with a banjo in the mix?” The boys are seeking after the root core categorical commonality that runs like an eternal golden braid throughout all of humanity. Then they will buy it a drink!
 

Tickets are 15 Euro and Available Now

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Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

The Limerick Spring annual table quiz

Table quiz The limerick spring Jan 31st 2018

Join The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas for their annual table quiz to raise funds for the running of the festival. Test your general (and not so general) knowledge with a few surprise rounds thrown in on Wednesday Jan 31 at 8pm. Veteran table quiz MC Jack Brolly will be doling out the questions and jokes on the night. 

 

Table of 4 €20 plus raffle on the night. 

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Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Niamh Kavanagh

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Join Niamh Kavanagh as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her Eurovision win with a retrospective of special songs highlighting memorable moments from her extensive career. Expect familiar favourites interpreted in Niamh's inimitable fashion and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahey. Think acoustic versions of Crazy by Gnarls Barkely, Richard Thompson’s Dimming of the Day and of course the one and only, In Your Eyes. An intimate evening of gorgeous sounds awaits, with a sprinkle of chat and craic for good measure!

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Feb
2
to Feb 3

Bad Reputation presents Destroyer 666

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Bad Reputation presents Destroyer 666 (Australia) for the first time ever in Limerick. Touring in the back if their globally acclaimed album Wildfire these Aussie titans are filling venues the world over. For fans of Motorhead, Venom, Morbid Angel, Celtic Frost. Death Metal has never been so good, not to be missed.

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Feb
3
to Feb 4

Love Not Eight: Music, Choice, Dance, Repeal

Love not Eight Dolans February 3rd Music Choice Dance Repeal

Repeal LK proudly presents:
LOVE NOT EIGHT
Music Choice Dance REPEAL

On Saturday, February 3rd at 8pm join us in Dolans Warehouse for a super line up of amazing musical acts and Pro-Choice activists. 

With the abortion referendum happening later this year it is more important than ever that we have start having open and honest conversations about the eighth amendment and why it needs to be repealed. The purpose of LOVE NOT EIGHT is not only to entertain people but also to start these conversations and educate people about the harmful effects of the eighth amendment and why everybody deserves the right to full bodily autonomy. Please come along and join the movement!

Featuring: 
SÍOMHA
Pillow Queens
MIZDREA
Cruiser
DJ Olivia Chau
With
MC Kate McGrew aka Lady Grew

Tickets €7 from www.Dolans.ie or €9 on the night
All proceeds will go towards the Limerick Repeal Campaign
Doors: 8PM
Saturday, February 3rd
Dolans Warehouse, Limerick.

All proceeds will go towards the Limerick Repeal Campaign

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Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

CHRIS KENT

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On Sale Friday October 13th at 9am

Chris Kent - Moving On

Cork comedian Chris Kent presents his 5th solo show, Moving On. Returning with his charming and surreal style, Chris has a new perspective on life. Having moved to the UK and recently becoming a dad for the first time, adult life is leaving him more confused than ever...

 

‘Original hilarious material...Among the best acts I’ve seen’ The Mirror *****

 Carefree, comedic bulls-eye’ The Dubliner Magazine

 ‘ Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer’ Broadway Baby

 ‘A truly gifted storyteller with a deceptively naturalistic style’ Chortle

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Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Seoda Shows 5th BiRtHdAy presents HAMELL ON TRIAL (US)

EARLY SHOW - Doors 3PM

EARLY SHOW - Doors 3PM

Seoda Shows 5th BiRtHdAy presents HAMELL ON TRIAL( US) w/Special guest Clive Barnes - KASBAH Social Club - Saturday February 10th 2018 - EARLY SHOW - Doors 3PM! - Tickets €10

The musical alias of New York-based anti-folk hero Ed Hamell, Hamell on Trial is a one-man punk band that plays loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy and intelligence. His caustic tongue and devil-may-care attitude has long been a favorite of anti-establishment musical icons Henry Rollins and Ani DiFranco and the critical elite and incited Rolling Stone to call him “bald, bold and superbad”, describing his signature sound as “attack-dog protest folk and ferocious staccato strumming (think Husker Du on Folkways Records).”

He has been described as “Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson and Joe Strummer all rolled into one” by Philadelphia Weekly and a “one-man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply offensive” by the Village Voice.

His ninth album, The Happiest Man In The World, has just been released on the prestigious New West Records. The album sees Hamellstill as uncompromising, fearless, insightful, absurd, hysterical and as poignant as he was when he descended upon the music world with his debut 25 years ago. The LP is chock full of Hamell’s biting wit, rapid fire strumming, motor mouth rants, spoken word interludes, genre hopping and comedic one-liners and features collaborations with Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches and longtime friend and mentor Ani DiFranco.

Hamell spent several months on the road last year supporting The Uncluded, the project of Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock and will be touring extensively in the U.S. and Europe in support of the album and performed at this year’s SXSW. In August 2016, Hamell premiered his one man show 'The Happiest Man in the World' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he previously won the coveted Herald Angel award. Armed with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Sam Kinison. Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveller’s soul. There’s no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the freethinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer-songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth.

PRESS:

"Absolutely Brilliant!"

* UNCUT *****

"A one man Tarantino flick"

THE VILLAGE VOICE

"Poignant!"

THE STEREO TIMES

 

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Feb
10
8:30 PM20:30

Tim Edey

Tickets € 12 +booking fee

Tickets 12 +booking fee

“Tim Edey is brilliant – in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he’s a magician. As a character he’s off the scale – Colin Irwin, fRoots

“Utterly fantastic. Sheer, wonderful ebullient music” – Mike Harding “Tim Edey plays a host of different instruments to a standard us mere mortals can only dream of. Listen and weep”- Jim Byrne, The Living Tradition

Tim Edey was voted BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) and “Best duo” with Brendan Power. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Wolfstone, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff, Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few…

Tim, now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work, is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today!

Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard a fine guitarist and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family and tours all over the world regularly from.

Tim’s live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience – chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius.

“One of the world’s greatest melodeon players” MIKE HARDING BBC RADIO “Stunning” ALED JONES BBC RADIO TWO

“I would say Tim sit’s comfortably between Steve Cooney and Donal Lunny, yes he’s that good” PETE FYFE WWW.FOLKING.COM

Tim’s most recent tours and gigs have taken him over the Atlantic from Scotland to Canada & the U.S! Appearing Solo at Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, previously with Brendan Power and his own Tim Edey Collective.

He has freshly stepped off the tour bus from Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy’s show “Masters of the Fiddle!”

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Feb
10
to Feb 11

Seoda Shows 5th BiRtHdAy!

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THE ALTERED HOURS:

“The Altered Hours specialise in swirling psychedelia that could be described as Jefferson Airplane for the post-punk era....one of the genre's most exciting new acts”
* DROWNED IN SOUND

“The Altered Hours are not a band to be pinned down too neatly. The layered, cyclical guitars bounce between shoegaze detachment, psychocandy aggression and chiming raga folk.”
* THE IRISH TIMES

“To say we have intently dug The Altered Hours‘ summoning psych wizardry over the last few years would be something of a towering understatement...the band have always tapped into something primordial and rooted in darkly spectral, deeply charismatic allure; a conjuring that has only grown more potent and steadfast over time”
* THE THIN AIR 

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FONTAINES DC:

"Classic rumblepunk in the tradition of The Ramones, The Fall and The Libertines." * BBC (ATL)

Fontaines is a 5 piece Rock&Roll band based in Dublin. In the last year they've taken part in the latest edition of HWCH, Other Voices, and have opened for acts such as Yak, The Lemon Twigs, Hinds, Girl Band and The Horrors on their Irish Shows. They released their debut single, 'Liberty Belle', last May on 7" vinyl and digital platforms. Their latest single 'Hurricane Laughter' is available now.

"Fontaines have created a rock n' roll so pure and thrilling that it sounds like a breath of fresh air." * John RobbLouder Than War

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CRUISER: 

Cruiser have been on the come up in Limerick for the last 2 years blending catchy tunes and thoughtful lyricism with pulverising dynamics and one of the loudest/fastest attacks around. After a slew of singles and the HOT 4 U EP the four-piece, comprised of Ger Devine (vocs/guitar), Rachael Drennan (bass), Chris Quigley (guitar) and Steve Savage (drums), have just dropped their debut self-titled album which is chock full of more belters (such as lead singles 'Grownapart' and 'Spine') but also showcases slower and more experimental sides to the band too (such as on tracks 'Gram' and 'Things We Learnt'). 

Cruiser cut their teeth live playing opening slots with bands such as windings, Otherkin, The Altered Hours, Rats On Rafts as well as various headline shows in Limerick and appearances at Whelans Ones To Watch 2016, DIE and Dolans 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' show.

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Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Join Me in the Pines (aka Dave Geraghty of Bell X1)

Tickets €14 +booking fee ON SALE FRIDAY 9am

Tickets €14 +booking fee ON SALE FRIDAY 9am

Join Me In The Pines for a solo gig.

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter David Geraghty has been a driving force behind Bell X1since the band’s inception 20 years ago, through seven studio albums, four of which went straight to No.1, extensive world tours, as well as opening for acts such as U2, Ed Sheeran, Tori Amos & Snow Patrol.

Geraghty’s solo debut ‘Kill Your Darlings’ (2007) was received with critical acclaim and was followed up in 2009 with the equally evocative ‘The Victory Dance’. David has been short-listed for accolades such as the Irish Meteor Award and the Choice Music Prize. In recent years he began composing music for Film & TV (productions that starred Aidan Gillan & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor). In 2014 Geraghty released his third solo album ‘Inherit’; but this time under the new project title ‘Join Me in the Pines’.

2018 marks a new chapter and a move away from the brooding dark folk of previous work and embracing instead joyous music with flashes of Prince, Bowie, Numan, Nile Rodgers.

www.joinmeinthepines.com

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Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Carole Nelson Trio presented by Limerick Jazz Society

Carole Nelson Trio Dolans Limerrick Feb 21st 2018

Limerick Jazz Society presents:

Carole Nelson: piano, soprano saxophone, text

 Cormac O'Brien: bass   Dominic Mullen: drums

Long at the creative hub of multi-award winning Irish jazz group Zrazy, Carole now turns her attention to  exploration of the piano trio form. One Day In Winter is located in a particular space and time. Living between the River Barrow and the Blackstairs Mountains in Co. Carlow gave Carole both the physical and mental landscape for composition. The album traces the course of one winter's day, from before dawn to moonrise. In between, we are taken on a journey that describes a human landscape as much as a physical one – meditation, playfulness, wonder, contemplation of ageing and death, human warmth and companionship.

One Day In Winter was recorded in two days, often in first takes, capturing a freshness and a feeling of attentive presence. Throughout, the playing of all three musicians expresses the overarching conceptual coherence.

The opening track, Beata Viscera, is based on the 12th Century Pérotin composition. After a piano opening, Carole, Cormac and Dominic encounter each other as if from sleep, stretching gently into the music. Sun Rising Over The Blackstair takes an easy stroll through the changes, while Low Light Through Bare Trees brings delicacy, sparseness and a simple, rising melodic line to a more introspective piece.

 The mood shifts decisively in Snow Is Falling. Carole delivers spoken word text, written while snow-bound for ten days during the winter of 2010. Childlike joy at first snowfall, and a reference to Joyce's The Dead show up here, ending with a wild toboggan run of free-flying notes.

Flashes of light on water, glimpses of wildlife, movement on the riverbank are all expressed in the introduction to Cold Rushing River. The seven bar form creates a restless, unceasing flow to the music which ends by opening out into a wide rolling drum piece.

 

The World is Full Of Love sits at the centre of the album, poised and optimistic, before we take a turn of mood into The Sky Darkens. Inspired by the death of Leonard Cohen, Carole recites her adaptation of the Buddhist meditation on ageing and death. The quiet acceptance of  the text contrasts with the stormy anger of the music and ends with a soprano saxophone piece that follows the flight of a bird into the dying light.

 

The Silence In Between was the last piece recorded, an afterthought at the end of the session and it serves here to create a needed space after the intensity of the previous piece.  Loosely tethered to a shared time, the playing from all three musicians is freely improvised.

One Day In Winter draws towards a close with Stories By the Fire. We have a sense of different voices sharing the same cheerful conversation.Then one voice picks up the thread and runs with it, developing the theme. Moon Rising Over The Blackstair closes the album, elegant and elegiac. 

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Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Lost Brothers

On sale Friday October 27th at 9am

On sale Friday October 27th at 9am

Reviews

"The new Lost Brothers album Halfway Towards A Healing is a stunning masterpiece ...A superior thing...there shall be babies made throughout the darkened planet via this music...hypnotic ..."holy **** this is good...the end." Howe Gelb

"The Lost Brothers deliver a cinematic view of a landscape that is completely their own. It's roots music, but not as we know it. With their new album "Halfway Towards A Healing", their vision has become more honed, a sharper picture of their world- their finest work to date." Nick Power (The Coral)

 "The Lost Brothers harmonies are to die for, as near as a duo have got to the mastery of The Everlys and The Louvin Brothers' tender close harmony singing that I've heard anywhere near these shores."- Richard Hawley

"The new songs reach out like fingers across a warm night to calm a troubled browBeing tested, and in turn inspired to do and be better, has made this The Lost Brothers’ best album to date. The sorting out of life’s minor irritations, engaging with life’s major upsets, breathing in and breathing out, dealing with sorrow and embracing happiness – the rich, sometimes frayed fabric of merely existing imbues Halfway Towards A Healing with a truth rarely expressed." Tony Clayton Lea

The Losties are easily one of the best bands of the last ten years.  Everything good I could say about Simon and Garfunkel or the Everly Brothers could also be applied to the Lost Brothers. There is a darkness in their music without having to play brutally. If we must have our asses handed to us by a better band, I want that band to be the Lost Brothers.'' Dan Sartain (Third Man Records)

"These two softly spoken travellers are pioneering a unique species of Gothic-Country Storytelling that at first seems soothing, but soon hits your heart like a harpoon." Drew McConnell (Babyshambles, Fionn Regan)

“What I love about The Lost Brothers is how their songs often seem quite placid on the surface. Then one realizes just how depth-charged they truly are.” Paul Muldoon (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

"An exhilarating live show...The ability to make a large space feel so very intimate. Lost Brothers make a lasting impact" -The Huffington Post

"Once in a while you hear voices that stop you in your tracks. The Lost Brothers are the real deal. They have the most beautiful harmonies around, and what sets them apart is that they have the songs to back it up."  - Willy Vlautin (Author, Richmond Fontaine, The Delines)

"The Lost Brothers sound like the ghost of Hank Williams whispering a secret to the Everly Brothers." The Irish Times

"Otherworldly...sounds like the spirit of Nick Drake flickering in the firelight...spellbinding ." NME 8/10

"The Lost Brothers are so vital. Amid a scene which cloaks itself in a veil of authenticity, the group actually walk it like they talk it." Clash

"It's the dovetailing of the two voices that makes this special....compelling..." -The Guardian

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Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

Kevin Barry and Blindboy Boatclub

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Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien and Limerick Spring present Kevin Barry and Blindboy Boatclub for an evening of readings and conversations in Dolans Warehouse. 

Blindboy Boatclub is Ireland's foremost satirist and most original comic voice. As one half of the Rubberbandits, pioneers of the aesthetic movement 'Gas C*ntism', he has released numerous hit singles, represented Ireland a the Venice Biennale, headlined the Globe theatre and garnered critical acclaim from all corners of the theatre and comedy worlds. Hit singles include 'Horse Outside' and 'Spastic Hawk' and popular television shows include The Rubberbanits' Guide and the Almost Impossible Game Show. Blindboy also campaigns in support of a variety of social issues, including male mental health. 

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Beatlebone and City Of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin City Literary Award, the Goldsmith’s Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the European Union Prize for Literature. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker and Granta and many other journals. His work has been translated into 16 languages. He also writes screenplays, plays and radio plays. His play Autumn Royal tours in 2018, while his first feature film, Dark Lies The Island, is also due out.  He lives in County Sligo.

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Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

JARLATH HENDERSON BAND

Tickets €15

Tickets €15

Jarlath Henderson from Tyrone, Northern Ireland (based in Scotland) is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and doctor.  Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on uilleann pipes and whistles, while fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist.

 

The youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award back in 2003, Jarlath is recognised in the folk world for his firebrand partnership with Scottish piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie. After rapturous reviews for their debut album 'Partners in Crime' ('08) and 'Air-Fix' ('13), Jarlath released his own debut solo album, ‘Hearts Broken, Heads Turned’, an assemblage of traditional folk songs from across the UK and Ireland.

 

Line-Up

Jarlath Henderson - vocals, uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar

Hamish Napier - keyboards, flute

Innes Watson - fiddle, guitar

Duncan Lyall - double bass

Andrea Gobbi - sampling, sequencing

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Feb
24
9:30 PM21:30

The Revolution will not be Spotified

Tickets € 5

Tickets € 5

The Limerick Spring - Festival of Politics and Ideas‎ and Limerick Literary Festival presents The Revolution will not be Spotified

Music and Spoken Word has the power to move us to tears, make us smile and sometimes it leads us to action. Join us for an amazing night celebrating the power of protest music and performance. Featuring the finest live musical taken from Limerick and beyond.

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Stranglers

The Stranglers with Therapy Live At The Big Top Limerick on March 2nd 2018

Tickets ON SALE OCtober 20th at 9am

THE STRANGLERS

The definative tour with special guest THERAPY?

The Stranglers will be hitting the road again in March 2018, this time with The Definitive
Tour.
With the vast catalogue of material that the Stranglers have in their recorded arsenal, it is
never easy to decide exactly which songs to bring together on record or perform live on tour but, in March 2018, the band will present their “Definitive” collection. The Definitive Tour is set to coincide with the planned re-release of their first seven albums (six studio and one live) originally issued on the UA and EMI/Liberty labels.
As always, audiences can expect to be swept up high on the wave of the Stranglers’
powerful sound during what is always an exhilarating live experience; pounding rhythms,
soaring melodies, quirky humour and thrillingly daring musicianship will come together again this March.
One of the UK’s most exciting, credible and influential British groups, the Stranglers are
riding high on the crest of a resurgent wave of popularity. They continue to thrive on the live circuit and their existing large and loyal fan base has swelled in recent years as new
converts join the ranks. With record-breaking, sell-out shows and festival appearances
throughout the UK and the rest of the world, public demand to hear and see the group has never been so high; true testament to their considerable musical talent and the enduring quality of their songs.
For the 2018 UK & Ireland tour, the Stranglers are also pleased to announce that Therapy? will be their special guests. One of the most uncompromising, creative and individualistic bands of their generation, Therapy? made a spectacular breakthrough in 1994 with their multi hit- spawning album, Troublegum, which clocked up a cool million sales worldwide. The group are expecting to release their 15 th album in early 2018 and have spent much of the past year persorming a series of critically-acclaimed acoustic dates.

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Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo live Upstairs at Dolans Limerick on March 2nd 2017

Wyvern Lingo keep on moving ahead of the pack with the release of ‘Out Of My Hands’, their most candid, politicized song to date. Karen from the band says:

“Out of My Hands” was inspired by a man I met in a pub, the night of the Home Sweet Home / Occupy Nama demonstration. He was completely cynical towards activism. I tried to get inside his head, that mistrust and negativity on the refugee crisis, homelessness in Ireland, and the Repeal the 8th movement.

As a wise old Irishman once said: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ‘Out Of My Hands’ challenges both apathy and skepticism, and asks some difficult questions about our daily engagement, both political and personal, with the world around us.

‘Out Of My Hands’ comes smokin’ hot on the trail of the stereotype challenging radio smash ‘I Love You, Sadie’, as Wyvern Lingo once again show themselves to be the sharp social commentators that you can get down and dance to.

“Shiver-inducingly cathartic use of harmony – in each song it hits you afresh how electrifying the human voice can be.” - Golden Plec.

“ A compelling combination of pop, rock and R ‘N’ B that exudes plenty of passion and intensity.” - Pure M

“ An exceptional all-round musical talent.” - Coup De Main

"Pop trio Wyvern Lingo’s deeply structured vocal harmonies and palpable blend of organic sounds and pop-sensibilities has identified the three-piece as a band on the ascendancy.” The Last Mixed Tape

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Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

Sons of Kemet

Tickets € 15 +booking fee

Tickets € 15 +booking fee

Limerick Jazz Society presents Sons of Kemet

Shabaka Hutchings: Saxophone, Theon Cross: Tuba, Tom Skinner: Drums, Eddie Hick: Drums
 
MOBO award-winners Sons of Kemet is a rambunctious double-drumming quartet led by
saxophonist/clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings, creating a revolutionary mix of jazz, rock, dub and
Caribbean folk.
Hutchings draws on a motley collection of influences, bringing links to early Caribbean and
Rastafarian music, Afrobeat rhythms and funky New Orleans brass into play. This intriguing
melting pot is fuelled by the voracious beats of the two drummers Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick,
overlaid with Theon Cross’s versatile tuba playing, which lends both bass and melody to the
tracks. Their eagerly awaited third record, Your Queen is a Reptile, will be released on 30 March
on the iconic Impulse! label.
This is jazz, but perhaps not as you know it. It’s fresh, accessible, loaded with cultural
capital…and you will dance.
 
“One of the hippest new UK bands... almost certain to dominate the ‘best of’ lists at the end of the year” - The Guardian
“I strongly urge you to go and see this band live” - Gilles Peterson

“Rasta rhythms, Middle-East and West-African melodies and straight-up rock Energy to the dance floor" - The Quietus

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Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Stephanie Rainey

Tickets € 10

Tickets 10

Stephanie Rainey is the Irish singer songwriter who made the impossible happen. With no money, no manager, no contacts and no carefully calculated social media campaign, she created a music industry stampede of epidemic proportions with just one heart-stopping song – ‘Please Don’t Go’.

Within 24 hours of the song being uploaded onto Facebook, Stephanie – who had spent a decade trying to break into the music business - had more than a million hits (it quickly rose to five million views across both Facebook and YouTube), offers pouring in from US and UK record companies and world-wide media attention.

 

 

 


For the Cork-born singer it was a bitter sweet moment of triumph. The song was not just her last roll of the dice as an artist but it was sparked by the devastating loss of her one year old nephew, Fionn, from meningitis.

Coupled with a powerful, poignant lo-fi video for the song featuring friends – including her brother Dylan and the cult Irish comedian Cian Twomey - who had each suffered the loss of a loved one, holding up photographs and placards with messages of how each family member had died and what they wanted to say to them.

Stephanie – whose influences encompass Alison Krauss to Coldplay and Neil Young to Florence and The Machine - says: “I had absolutely no idea of the impact that one song and that one video we made would have.

“It was my last attempt to get my voice heard. But when I suddenly got all this attention from record companies I felt a weight of responsibility on me. This was about real loss, real people who I knew and loved. The song and the video had been made with absolute integrity. And I had to be doing this the right way for the right reasons. I wanted my songs to matter.”

Stephanie has the looks of a young Chrissie Hynde, the troubadour spirit of KT Tunstall and her songs lie in the emotional hinterland between Adele and Ed Sheeran. Her music is not about gloss and glamour but the grit and grind of the real world. Hers is a voice that is authentic and honest.

“I don’t write many love songs,” she says. “I write about other experiences whether it is loss, feeling insecure, trying to find out exactly who you are – songs that make a connection.”

Stephanie Rainey describes herself as “pure old school.” From growing up with a father who played her Bob Dylan and Neil Young, to falling in love with The Beatles and country music to spending her teens and early twenties performing in pubs, clubs and earning a crust in call centres and as a waitress. “I was completely hopeless trying to get people to buy Sky TV dishes or taking orders,” she says. “But every penny I could earn I would put into making music.”

Her early successes included performing in band contests in Canada, airplay for her self-released debut single, ‘The One’, attention from her mash up of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ and Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ and getting to number three in the Irish charts with her DIY EP, ‘Half Of Me’.

But despite being told by music critics she was a special talent with a genius for songwriting, she struggled to make any impact in the industry. She says: “I left music college (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa in Cork) and all I wanted was to get attention from the industry. I just had no idea how you made it happen.“I spent years doing gigs, making my own music,creating a website, getting to know other musicians. I even went off to Los Angeles for a week, which was a big learning curve but a bit of a disaster because I didn’t really have a plan. “I felt I was running around making little dents everywhere but never breaking through. I was so lucky to have a supportive family and to be able to make money from guitar lessons to survive.

A visit to a friend in hospital sparked the memory of the death of her nephew, who had died ten years previously. She wrote the song ‘Please Don’t Go’ in a matter of hours then came up with her bravest idea for a video.

“I asked people I knew who had suffered loss to be in the video including my brother. We spent days filming it and they will remain some of the hardest but the most meaningful days of my life. The song is about my loss, their loss and I really wanted to tell their stories and to make an honest emotional connection.

“Just before I put out the video I remember getting so upset in my mum’s kitchen telling her I felt I had something important to say with what I was doing but that it was never going to be heard and that I was going to give up. ‘Please Don’t Go’ was my last attempt to say something and then I was done.

“But within a matter of days everything had changed. I was flown out to Los Angeles, to New York, these really big important record company people would ask me where my manager was, my team, my publicist. I had no-one. Just me and my boyfriend being thrown into these crazy situations. I was a lone wolf, a voice from a bedroom in Ireland. I think people found it hard to believe it.”

In the rush to sign this original artist a bidding war broke out between labels as the song pushed its way into the US iTunes charts. “It was absolute madness for a time,” she says. “I’m actually glad it came when I was that little bit older and I’d done my time banging my head against the wall. Not only did I really appreciate what was happening but I was incredibly sure about what I wanted and far more sure of myself as an artist and a person. I knew exactly what music I wanted to make. I knew the voice I wanted to be heard.”

Last year Stephanie signed to East West Records/Warner Music, opting for a deal which would give her the chance to develop her skills and collaborate with award winning songwriters, including Amy Wadge who has co-written with Ed Sheeran and won a Grammy for ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

Her first release is self-affirming anthem, ‘100 Like Me’ where Stephanie opens up about her battle with self-consciousness. Further tracks to look forward to include the raw and honest, ‘Sorry’ and the wonderfully uplifting, ‘Nothing Of You Left To Love.’

“The dream to make the best, most wicked music I can possibly make is actually happening for me,” she says. “I thought my dream was over and really it was only just beginning and I can’t wait. “

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Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

David McSavage

Tickets €15

Tickets €15

David McSavage is Ireland’s most divisive comedian – he’s funny too! A Terrible Want!, is inspired by Patrick Kavanagh’s poem On Raglan Road.

 

In an all new show, McSavage (like Kavanagh) is looking to be spiritually aroused. Having previously been motivated by all parts of Irish society from, The Catholic Church, to politicians, to the Gardaí (pronounced nnnaaaGardaía), he now turns to one of Ireland’s finest writers to inspire his next live show.

Don’t miss this chance to be awakened by David McSavage, with a level of honesty & caustic wit. 

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Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Zombie Picnic

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After their 2016 debut album ‘A Suburb of Earth’, Zombie Picnic are back with their sophomore album, Rise of a New Ideology, released on their own label Golden Shred Records and distributed by UK-based progressive music specialists Burning Shed.  Recorded and mixed by Joe Gallagher in the summer of 2017 at GAF Studios, Tipperary and mastered by Richard Dowling of WAV Mastering, Limerick.

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 Anger in Storage (Denial Will Follow) will be the first track from the album to be released into the wild as a free download via Bandcamp on 22nd January, with a video by Dublin based video gent Stephen Boland.

Zombie Picnic is a four-piece, prog/post-rock instrumental band from Limerick, Ireland.

Formed in the summer of 2012 by Jim Griffin (guitar), Dave Tobin (guitar), Brian Fitzgerald

(bass) and Brendan Miller (drums), they released their debut album A Suburb of Earth in May 2016 which was met with positive reviews and received airplay worldwide.

Rise of a New Ideology will be released 9th March on 12” Limited Edition Vinyl and download via Bandcamp and all good record stores.

Album launch gig in The Kasbah Social Club Limerick on 9th March with more dates for March/April to be announced soon!!

“This isn’t your dad’s prog-rock”

Overblown.co.uk

“With careful, attentive listening, this record can be appreciated for its complexity and nuance. The craftsmanship is generally admirable, and the musicians are top notch”

GoldenPlec.com

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Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Stunning

Due to exceptional demand - Second date added

Due to exceptional demand - Second date added

The Stunning are on the road again. In May 2017 they released a brand new single "Brighten Up My Life" which has received over 1,000 plays on Irish radio. Another new single ‘Always You’ was released on Nov 10th with a new album to follow in March 2018. The Stunning formed in 1987 in Galway, Ireland. They had their first top twenty single a year later and two more top ten hits before their debut album hit the number one spot in 1990 and stayed there for 5 weeks. Over the next year or so, there were four more hit singles, followed by another number one album. They released a live album in '93 before splitting up a year later. Steve & Joe went on to form The Walls in 1998 and released three acclaimed albums. After an absence of almost ten years, The Stunning reformed to promote the re-issue of their debut album 'Paradise in the Picturehouse'. The subsequent 18-date tour turned out to be one of the highest grossing tours in Ireland of 2003. Just a few years ago, around 30,000 people turned out to see them play a free concert in their old hometown of Galway city, a testament to the timeless quality of their music

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Mar
23
9:00 PM21:00

The Stunning - SOLD OUT

Tickets € 28 + booking fee On Sale Friday January 12th at 9am

Tickets € 28 + booking fee On Sale Friday January 12th at 9am

The Stunning are on the road again. In May 2017 they released a brand new single "Brighten Up My Life" which has received over 1,000 plays on Irish radio. Another new single ‘Always You’ was released on Nov 10th with a new album to follow in March 2018. The Stunning formed in 1987 in Galway, Ireland. They had their first top twenty single a year later and two more top ten hits before their debut album hit the number one spot in 1990 and stayed there for 5 weeks. Over the next year or so, there were four more hit singles, followed by another number one album. They released a live album in '93 before splitting up a year later. Steve & Joe went on to form The Walls in 1998 and released three acclaimed albums. After an absence of almost ten years, The Stunning reformed to promote the re-issue of their debut album 'Paradise in the Picturehouse'. The subsequent 18-date tour turned out to be one of the highest grossing tours in Ireland of 2003. Just a few years ago, around 30,000 people turned out to see them play a free concert in their old hometown of Galway city, a testament to the timeless quality of their music. 

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Mar
24
9:00 PM21:00

Lee 'Sratch' Perry

Tickets on sale Friday November 17th., 2017 at 9am

Tickets on sale Friday November 17th., 2017 at 9am

Regarded with awe throughout the music world Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in Kingston Jamaica through to his production of some Wailers classics and lots more, Perry’s innovative style marks him out as one of Reggaes true originals. He’s worked with everyone form The Skatalites to The Clash and he can even be credited with pairing Peter Tosh with Bob Marley and The Wailers. 

 

Sometimes credited with the invention of DUB his groundbreaking use of sound effects, echo reverb and rewind added a new dimension to Reggae. With thumping Bass and a tight knit backing band his live shows contain Bass heavy versions of classics such as “War Ina Babylon” “Chase the Devil” and even a lively version of “Exodus”. At the grand old age of 81 Lee “the Upsetter” Perry is still going strong, still touring Europe and beyond.  Indeed he’s celebrating his 82nd birthday this time around. His Irish shows last year we’re all sell-outs this coming March should be no different. 

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All Tvvins
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

All Tvvins

Tickets on sale Oct 27th at 9am

Tickets on sale Oct 27th at 9am

It’s not uncommon for bands to begin with grand dreams of future success, but for every realised ambition there are dozens that don’t progress beyond the practice room floor. When Conor Adams and Lar Kaye formed All Tvvins, their shared goal was to headline Dublin’s 1600-capacity Olympia Theatre – and that was achieved when they sold-out the venue last autumn, just weeks after their debut album ‘IIVV’ crashed into the Irish album charts at #2.
“To achieve that in two years was pretty special and a real validation point,” beams Conor. “Our parents could go, ok, you do music in real life!”
That sense of self-deprecation is never too far away from either All Tvvin, but they’re not the kind of people to ruminate too heavily on the long and often immensely challenging journey to get where they are today. Instead, being shortlisted for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Prize earlier this year symbolically closed the ‘IIVV’ chapter of their career.
It was an era full of events that must’ve seemed a world away back when they set that initial goal. Along the way, they have toured Europe, played SXSW, shared stages with Arcade Fire, Foals and Pixies; performed at the 2FM Xmas Ball in front of 15,000 people; amassed over 10 million spotify streams; and Lar was introduced to The Edge of U2 fame, who was not only “very humble and a really nice dude” but already knew All Tvvins’ music.
After a minimal break (Lar went to Iceland for a week, Conor chucked all of his equipment into his kitchen to create a makeshift studio), the duo soon “turbo-boosted” their writing process. Whereas they previously painstakingly crafted each song together, they instead found themselves creating almost completed ideas individually before allowing the other partner to put their stamp on it.
It was a very natural process, given that they’d spent months in each other’s pocket. “It was just an intense time, wasn’t it?” asks Conor of his bandmate.
“Yeah, it got too much,” agrees Lar.
“But,” laughs Conor, “we never killed each other! This new method of separating and just meeting up once or twice a week had an absolutely different result.”
Most of the new tracks emerged on piano and synths before being fleshed out into a band dynamic. Inspired by a whole world of influences, Lar describes them as being “varied and extreme” and “emotionally charged”, while Conor notes that his interest in keys means that he has barely even picked up his bass in months.
The first new track to be introduced to the world was “Alone Together” featuring James Vincent McMorrow earlier in June and the follow up track is “Anything” which will be released on 22nd September with Irish & European Touring news to follow soon after.

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Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

AL FORAN

Tickets € 22.50 (+booking fee) on sale December 15th at 9am

Tickets 22.50 (+booking fee) on sale December 15th at 9am

AL FORAN ANNOUNCES LIVE SHOW IMPERSONATE THIS!

Al Foran, an impressionist and mimic of extraordinary talent, is bringing his comedic impressions to the stage in 2018.

With over a hundred voices in his arsenalAL FORAN IMPERSONATE THIS!

With millions of video views and over 300,000 followers, Internet sensation Al Foran is rapidly becoming one of the biggest names in Irish comedy, from appearing beside Floyd Mayweather ,Conor McGregor and Mark Wahlberg to starring on National and International TV this is a show not to be missed.

Fans can expect a night of hilarious, good laugh-out-loud fun with side-splitting scenarios featuring Conor McGregor, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Mike Tyson, Eddie Murphy, Donald Trump, Roy Keane, Jose Mourinho, Eamon Dunphy and many many more. Watch as De Niro tells Trump what he thinks “Face to Face”, see auditions for movies like you have never seen before, experience interactive cooking with Chef Ramsey, The Notorious answers fan questions on Twitter and Trump finally makes an official visit to Ireland.

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Mar
31
9:00 PM21:00

DAVID KITT proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets € 14 (+booking fee) on Sale Friday January 19th at 9am

Tickets € 14 (+booking fee) on Sale Friday January 19th at 9am

DAVID KITT is an Irish musician/producer that crosses multiple genres. 

David's father and uncles formed a successful touring folk group when he was young so he grew up surrounded by music, and he himself began performing live sets while studying music technology at Trinity College, Dublin. He recorded and mixed the seven tracks of his debut release in his bedroom and this debut LP, the quietly magnetic 'Small Moments'(Rough Trade) was followed by the expansive ambient textures and looping pop mantras of 'The Big Romance'(Blanco y Negro, 2001); his biggest selling record.

During this period he extensively toured the UK and mainland Europe, gracing the stage with record collection heroes such as TELEVISION, YO LA TENGO, ARAB STRAP and TINDERSTICKS, and was invited by DAVID BOWIE to perform at the Bowie curated MELTDOWN Festival at Royal Festival Hall in 2002.

Then came 'Square One'(WEA) in 2003; the soundtrack to falling in love, and 'The Black & Red Notebook'(Rough Trade, 2005) which was, quite simply, a covers album. A snapshot tribute to a record collection, with fascinating gimmick-free Kitt-style workovers of SONIC YOUTH, THIN LIZZY, JJ CALE et al. 2006’s return to original material, 'Not Fade Away'(Rough Trade) captured an artist dealing with the post-relationship whirlwind of excess and contemplation.

His last album 'The Nightsaver'(2009), his sixth LP, was the result of two years of late-night experimentation caught in the reverie of writing and recording in a home studio at the top of a winding staircase somewhere along Dublin’s Grand Canal. Without any of the baggage of collaboration or record company influence he allowed his natural influences to filter through this collection of what are concise, modern pop-songs. The free-flowing nuances of disco, KRAFTWERK, 90’s house music, hip-hop of all eras and the evolving legacy of crafted synth-pop from HALL & OATES to JUNIOR BOYS can be heard throughout. 

Kitt’s seventh LP, “Yous” is set to be released March 9th, 2018, followed by an album launch tour. 

WEB:
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/DavidKitt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/David_Kitt

Bandcamp: https://davidkitt.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/davidkitt
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/28y00xccuksu45VpgNVo3E

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Apr
1
12:00 PM12:00

Siege Of Limerick - Earrach 2018

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BadReputation Ireland presents:

Siege of Limerick Earrach 2018
1st April 2018
(Easter Bank Holiday Sunday)
Dolans, Dock rd., Limerick, Ireland
Doors: 12pm - Adm: FREE

30+ Metal Bands - 3 Stages - 1 Day

ANNOUNCEMENT 1, 2 & 3:
Asomvel (England - Exclusive)
Rabid Bitch Of The North
Midnight Force (Scotland - Exclusive)
Risen Prophecy (England)
Shardborne
Conjuring Fate
Twisted Autocracy

Witch Tripper (England)
Dog Tired (Scotland)
Hornets
Dark_Matter
Onkalo
Third Island
Arjuna's Eye
Zhi Ren

Inconcessus Lux Lucis (England - Exclusive)
Coscradh
Repulsive Vision (England)
Indominus
Rupturation

Announcement 4 coming soon...

WWW.SIEGEOFLIMERICK.NET

R.O.A.R

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Apr
12
9:00 PM21:00

BRYDE

Bryde Seoda Shows Music Limerick

Pembrokeshire-born, London-based Bryde aka Sarah Howells, is a girl and an electric guitar playing fierce and fragile songs. Swaying from vulnerable to uncompromising within one verse and chorus, Bryde's music is honest and furiously authentic

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Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Mercury Rev Celebrates Deserter's Songs 20th Anniversary

ON SALE FRIDAY JAN 19TH at 9AM

ON SALE FRIDAY JAN 19TH at 9AM

Dolans and Seoda Shows presents Mercury Rev Celebrates Deserter's Songs 20th Anniversary

An intimate, acoustic evening featuring many of the stories and songs surrounding the Mercury Rev's heartbreaking 1998 classic 'Deserter's Songs'. Performed in the fragile 'whisper and strum' way they were originally written, this promises to be an extraordinary glimpse into the forces that nearly destroyed a band and the strange events leading toward a most unexpected return.

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Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Little Hours

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LITTLE HOURS RELEASE NEW VIDEO TO COINCIDE WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF FRESH IRISH TOUR DATES

Donegal’s Little Hours keep things cooking with the release of their new video for “Later On”, taken from their number 1 EP “Too Much Patience”.

The video was directed by Sean James Garland and shot in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The latest offering from Little Hours comes along with the announcement of fresh Irish dates in Spring 2018, including their biggest headline show yet in the Button Factory in Dublin on March 23rd.

Led by vocalist / pianist John Doherty, Little Hours enjoyed a busy summer of festivals around Ireland, including playing Main Stage at Electric Picnic and were special guests of both Birdy and Rodrigo y Gabriela in the UK as well as playing a string of their own sold out headline shows across Ireland and the UK in October.

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Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

Seattle Grunge Experience

Tickets €10 (€12 on the door) On Sale Friday 9am

Tickets €10 (€12 on the door) On Sale Friday 9am

The Seattle Grunge Experience is the only tribute act to authentically recreate the live sound of the four biggest Grunge bands in history: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

The early 90s was a great time for music with so many creative, innovative bands breaking out from under the mainstream radar – and seemingly most of them from the Pacific Northwest. That’s where the idea for The Seattle Grunge Experience comes from as these bands, these songs were meant to be heard back to back!

The European experience of the genre was largely inspired by repeat plays on MTV where, on any given day, you could watch videos for ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ followed by ‘Even Flow’…‘Black Hole Sun’…’Man In The Box’…’Hunger Strike’...’Come As You Are’...’Alive’…’Would?’… Then you had those seminal MTV Unplugged shows that unveiled this emerging scene as truly affecting for anyone with a television.

The Seattle Grunge Experience is not to be missed as they serve up the visceral punk power of Nirvana, the spiritual depth of Pearl Jam, the technical ability of Soundgarden and the fragile, edgy darkness of Alice in Chains. The end result is a musical feast that takes the listener back to the glory days of Grunge.

We deliver 2-hour ‘all killer, no filler’ sets in either Electric or Unplugged format (sometimes both!) celebrating the genre at its highest point and appealing to hard-core fans as well as more casual listeners.

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May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Jack L

Tickets 23 on sale Friday December 1st at 9am

Tickets 23 on sale Friday December 1st at 9am

JACK LUKEMAN RETURNS TO Dolan’s

 With His Smash Hit Show  “Magic Days”

The great Jack L  (Jack Lukeman) returns by popular demand to Dolan’s. Limerick, on Saturday 5 May with his award winning show “Magic Days”.

We are delighted to have the great man back after such a long absence

He has spent much of 2017 touring throughout Europe with such luminaries as Jools Holland, Imelda May, Neil Sedaka and Aerosmith! He is also in the middle of a marathon 4-month English tour which is bringing the news of this phenomenal artist to many new fans all over Britain. There's something for every taste in Jack's music. His most recent best-selling album of original material Magic Days was deemed his “best work ever” by The Hot Press and Irish Times amongst others, and was ALBUM OF THE MONTH  on RTE, Radio One.

Like all of Jack’s shows, “Magic Days” means “Magic Nights” when you go to this amazing show, with Jack and his band. It promises to a very magical night that will no doubt live long in the memory.

We are really looking forward to having him back!

And what a terrific Christmas Present A ticket to the show would make!!!  

Jack is on a High at the moment and he promises to deliver a spectacular event with some great new characters to introduce you to, including “The King Of Soho” (The first single from the album) and many more intriguing creations from his vivid imagination,  And none more vivid then the man himself!

 

He shared the stage in London at The Royal Albert Hall, when he was Very Special Guest on the Jools Holland Show, on 26th of  November last, and received a prolonged standing ovation from an enraptured crowd.!

 “Jack is one of the greatest interpreters of song lyrics I have heard in recent years”.........Christopher Riddle (Leader of The Nelson Riddle Orchestra)

“As with all great shows, it’s over too soon”-Edinburgh Evening News

 “A gorgeous, versatile Baritone”- The Washington Post

 “Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature”-The Irish Times

What a voice…what a performer!-The Los Angeles Times

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May
6
7:00 PM19:00

BELL X1

Dolans in association with Shannon Heritage are proudly present to Bell X1 will play an exclusive show in King Johns Castle on Sunday May 6th 2018

Bell X1, one of Ireland’s most treasured bands, are celebrating 20 years in 2018. Having sold out a five-night residency in Dublin’s Vicar Street in record time, the band have now confirmed they are bringing the party to Live at King Johns Castle Limerick for a special Greatest Hits set that will encompass two decades of incredible songs.

Bell X1 released their highly acclaimed 7th studio album Arms last year and have spent time since touring in America and Australia. The Summer found them headlining aa sold out show in Iveagh Gardens Dublin followed up with a full European tour opening for Tori Amos this Autumn.

Bell X1 are Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty & Dominic Philips.

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May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Lioness, The Amy Winehouse Experience

Lioness Amy Winehouse Dolans May 19th

In her short career the talent of Amy Winehouse created a lasting impression on the music world of the 21 st century. Recording three critically acclaimed albums from her debut ‘Frank’ in 2003, the Grammy Award winning ‘Back to Black’ in 2007 and the posthumous ‘Lioness’ in 2011 along with the covers of ‘Cupid’ and ‘Valerie’ with Producer Mark Ronson no one can deny the talent and impact of this often misunderstood star. Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the precocious talent featuring TV’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ finalist Emma Wright as Amy Winehouse plus a full seven piece backing band to recreate the authentic sound of this heady mix of jazz, soul and pop. With a full stage show showcasing the talent of this songstress will take you on a journey through the emotional roller coaster of her song writing, guaranteed to have you singing and dancing along throughout the performance.

The band are made up of hand-picked experienced musicians, carefully selected to maintain the accuracy to the original performances of the UK’s brightest star that so tragically burned out in 2011. The crafted show focuses on the vocal talent and soul of Amy, unhindered by the dark side to her addictions to alcohol and substances. Lioness provide, without doubt, the most authentic recreation of Amy Winehouse, designed to entertain and deliver the experience of Amy at her very best.

Having recently completed their second tour of the UK and Ireland the response from venues, promoters and audience alike has exceeded all expectations. Selling out numerous venues on both tours covering over 5,000 miles and selling in excess of 10,000 tickets .

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May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Finbar Furey

Tickets on sale November 24th., at 9am

Tickets on sale November 24th., at 9am

The line-up for the tour will be Finbar Furey (Vocals, 5-string Banjo, Guitar, Whistle, Uileann pipes), Peter Eades (Piano, Electric Guitar, Strings, Cuatro, Backing Vocals) and Paul O’Driscoll (Double Bass, Backing Vocals).

The Irish folk legend, who has left his mark on the music of Ireland for more than four decades as the lead singer and uilleann pipes player for the Fureys, has always been at the forefront of musical change. His long career has also included film & TV appearances, including a singing role in the 2002 Martin Scorsese film ‘Gangs of New York’ as well as the award-winning 2016 film ‘The Wild Goose Lodge’, for which he wrote and played the music. 

To coincide with his tour, Finbar’s latest album 'Paddy Dear', which topped the Irish Charts in 2017, will be re-released in Ireland and the UK with new songs, and a bonus Live DVD of Finbar performing at Vicar Street Dublin. This new CD/DVD release newly titled ‘Don’t Stop This Now’ will be released on 30 March 2018 by BMG, and distributed in Ireland by Universal.

Fans can expect to be treated to Finbar’s rare talents as he brings pure Irish music and humour to the stage. At the age of 71, this supreme musician is not for slowing down – on the upcoming tour Finbar commented: “Too late to stop now!”

 

 

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May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Aslan 'Feel NO SHAME' 30 year anniversary

Tickets €22 (+booking fee) On Sale Friday at 9am

Tickets €22 (+booking fee) On Sale Friday at 9am

Aslan' s debut album Feel No Shame was released in 1988 and the band are celebrating the albums 30th anniversary with The Feel No Shame Tour.
These gigs will see the band dusting the cobwebs off songs from the album that have not been played in a very long time. But don’t worry they will also be playing the songs that everyone loves to sing along to.

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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Don McLean

ON SALE OCTOBER 20TH 9AM

ON SALE OCTOBER 20TH 9AM

Legendary singer/songwriter, Don McLean, has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
Forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent” (Starry, Starry Night), Don McLean is the original American Troubadour.
Following two sell out performances in 2015, University Concert Hall is delighted to welcome Don McLean back to Limerick in June 2018!

Don McLean’s first album had been turned down by several labels because of his insistence on retaining his own publishing, but Tapestry ’70 was issued on Media Arts, soon taken over by UA; of the songs “And I Love You So” was covered by Perry Como for a Top 30 hit ’73, while his performance of “Empty Chairs” inspired “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox) a Grammy winner and a huge hit for Roberta Flack ’73.

Second album American Pie ’71 incl. irresistibly catchy title track, said to have been inspired by the death of Buddy Holly, but also a sentimental song about America that could be embraced by everybody as the USA reeled from Vietnam and Watergate: the 8.5 minute track as a two-sided single was no.1 for seven weeks and even pulled the first LP into the charts.   “Vincent/Castles In The Air” from the same LP was a no. 12 hit and “Vincent” (no.1 in the UK) was being played daily in the entrance to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. The rest is music history….

In 2004 Don McLean was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His award was presented by Garth Brooks who paid this tribute:  “Don McLean his work, like the man himself is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem American Pie is a cultural phenomenon, and people are still trying to decode it after 35 years! He wrote other great songs like, And I Love You So, If We Try, Wonderful Baby, Winterwood, and my personal favorite Empty Chairs, which just kills me as a fan and a songwriter.”

In 2011 Don performed on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival  (“The veteran singer-songwriter’s take on “American Pie” , with multiple extra choruses, was another heartwarming, communal high” – The Independent).

Also in 2012 Don was awarded the BBC Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented by Dolans.

Please note additional booking fees apply to this event.

Legendary singer/songwriter, Don McLean, has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
Forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent” (Starry, Starry Night), Don McLean is the original American Troubadour.
Following two sell out performances in 2015, University Concert Hall is delighted to welcome Don McLean back to Limerick in June 2018!

Don McLean’s first album had been turned down by several labels because of his insistence on retaining his own publishing, but Tapestry ’70 was issued on Media Arts, soon taken over by UA; of the songs “And I Love You So” was covered by Perry Como for a Top 30 hit ’73, while his performance of “Empty Chairs” inspired “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox) a Grammy winner and a huge hit for Roberta Flack ’73.

Second album American Pie ’71 incl. irresistibly catchy title track, said to have been inspired by the death of Buddy Holly, but also a sentimental song about America that could be embraced by everybody as the USA reeled from Vietnam and Watergate: the 8.5 minute track as a two-sided single was no.1 for seven weeks and even pulled the first LP into the charts.   “Vincent/Castles In The Air” from the same LP was a no. 12 hit and “Vincent” (no.1 in the UK) was being played daily in the entrance to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. The rest is music history….

In 2004 Don McLean was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His award was presented by Garth Brooks who paid this tribute:  “Don McLean his work, like the man himself is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem American Pie is a cultural phenomenon, and people are still trying to decode it after 35 years! He wrote other great songs like, And I Love You So, If We Try, Wonderful Baby, Winterwood, and my personal favorite Empty Chairs, which just kills me as a fan and a songwriter.”

In 2011 Don performed on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival  (“The veteran singer-songwriter’s take on “American Pie” , with multiple extra choruses, was another heartwarming, communal high” – The Independent).

Also in 2012 Don was awarded the BBC Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented by Dolans.

Please note additional booking fees apply to this event.

Legendary singer/songwriter, Don McLean, has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
Forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent” (Starry, Starry Night), Don McLean is the original American Troubadour.
Following two sell out performances in 2015, University Concert Hall is delighted to welcome Don McLean back to Limerick in June 2018!

Don McLean’s first album had been turned down by several labels because of his insistence on retaining his own publishing, but Tapestry ’70 was issued on Media Arts, soon taken over by UA; of the songs “And I Love You So” was covered by Perry Como for a Top 30 hit ’73, while his performance of “Empty Chairs” inspired “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox) a Grammy winner and a huge hit for Roberta Flack ’73.

Second album American Pie ’71 incl. irresistibly catchy title track, said to have been inspired by the death of Buddy Holly, but also a sentimental song about America that could be embraced by everybody as the USA reeled from Vietnam and Watergate: the 8.5 minute track as a two-sided single was no.1 for seven weeks and even pulled the first LP into the charts.   “Vincent/Castles In The Air” from the same LP was a no. 12 hit and “Vincent” (no.1 in the UK) was being played daily in the entrance to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. The rest is music history….

In 2004 Don McLean was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His award was presented by Garth Brooks who paid this tribute:  “Don McLean his work, like the man himself is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem American Pie is a cultural phenomenon, and people are still trying to decode it after 35 years! He wrote other great songs like, And I Love You So, If We Try, Wonderful Baby, Winterwood, and my personal favorite Empty Chairs, which just kills me as a fan and a songwriter.”

In 2011 Don performed on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival  (“The veteran singer-songwriter’s take on “American Pie” , with multiple extra choruses, was another heartwarming, communal high” – The Independent).

Also in 2012 Don was awarded the BBC Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented by Dolans.

Please note additional booking fees apply to this event.

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Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

Hermitage Green

Tickets €28 (+booking fee) on sale Friday December 1st

Tickets 28 (+booking fee) on sale Friday December 1st

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green have made a large impact in a short period of time. After having released their first full length album via SONY Ireland and watching it climb the charts with tracks like Quicksand, Not Your Lover, and Save Your Soul, the band has been touring internationally to sold out rooms across Ireland, the UK, Middle East, Australia and the US.

Now the band is back after having spent months in world renowned Rockfield Studios in Wales where their new recordings share company with the likes of Queen, Robert Plant and many others.

With Grammy winning producer Matt Lawrence (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons) at the helm of this record, the band has created an EP entitled Gold & Rust consisting of 6 progressive sonic masterpieces. 2018 will see the band continuing to tour the globe.

“Gold & Rust - the title was inspired by a lyric that Darragh Griffin wrote in the song 'Bring It On Down'. I suppose as an album title it represents the many contrasts of being in a band in 2017. The ups and downs, highs and lows, whatever you want to call it... From playing the mainstage at Electric Picnic, to getting laughed out the door of a bank when looking for a mortgage. From walking out of a sold out Olympia Theatre in Dublin, to playing to 7 people in a town somewhere in the U.S. From telling your bandmates you love them and would do anything for them, to trying to kill your bandmates because they piss you off sometimes. 'Gold & Rust' is the dichotomy between the struggle and the absolute privilege of doing what you love for a living"  - Dan Murphy of Hermitage Green

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Jun
9
9:00 PM21:00

Nirvana Tribute - Negative Creeps

Negative Creeps Kasbah June 9th 2018

THE DEFINITIVE TRIBUTE TO NIRVANA

In Utero is 25 years old so we will be playing the album in full and a host of other Nirvana classics.

Nirvana tribute 'Negative Creeps', recreate the intense, raw sound of live Nirvana! With songs taken from across the bands entire back catalogue, experience the music of Nirvana as it should be, LIVE AND LOUD! Come as you are.

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Walking On Cars

Walking on cars Live at the Castle Limerick on July 20th 2019

It's been nearly two years since Dingle natives Walking On Cars released their double platinum selling album 'Everything This Way', yet their music still picks up over half a million listeners on Spotify every month - a testament to the calibre and durability of their music. Globally, they've notched up nearly 100 Million streams of their music, not tomention over 36 Million Youtube views.

On release of the debut album back in January 2016, 'Everything This Way' went straight to #1 in Ireland and remained in the Top 10 chart for 31 consecutive weeks. Walking On Cars embarked on a tour that would see them play shows in the US, Australia, Dubai, Europe, the UK and multiple sold out shows across Ireland for the next 18 months.

Having completed headline shows in The Marquee, Cork and Royal Hospital, Kilmainham over the summer of 2017, it was time for the band to retreat to their home town, Dingle in Co. Kerry and take stock of the whirlwind they had just been through.

Returning to the place they wrote much of the first album, the band have started working on the follow up to the multi platinum debut release and are now ready to start introducing these new songs to the world.

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Deacon Blue

Tickets on sale December 7th at 9am

Tickets on sale December 7th at 9am

Deacon Blue 2018 Tour, ‘To Be Here Someday’, a celebration of 30 years of Deacon Blue. 

The last 5 years of Deacon Blue have seen a creative surge, and the band’s renaissance, with three new albums released in quick succession, 2016’s studio album ‘Believers’ became their highest charting album in 23 years. ‘To Be Here Someday’ is a tour that celebrates the band’s entire career, and will see them play some of their biggest ever shows. 

They return to London’s iconic Hammersmith Apollo for the first time in 10 years, and the tour includes three arena shows in Liverpool, Aberdeen and, with what is set to be an electrifying end to the tour, the Hydro in the band’s home town of Glasgow. 

The tours title ‘To Be Here Someday’ is a line from their iconic single ‘Dignity’ and encapsulates the band’s hopes, their passion and joy in being able to share with their fans the biggest songs from throughout their career. As has become a feature of their live shows they will present a set list that will change night by night but will always be full of classic Deacon Blue.
 

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