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Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy Karlnival with guests Tom Binns & Ivan Brackenbury

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Tom Binns & Ivan Brackenbury

Binns is the star and co-writer of the BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy Series Hospital People.

He is also an award-winning and critical acclaimed character comedian working the International Comedy Festivals and the UK Stand Up Comedy Circuit.

He’s widely regarded as THREE of the best headliners working in British Comedy.

His ventriloquist act, alter egos Hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and psychic Ian D Montfort have won him over 30 five star reviews and many awards both at home and abroad. Including, Fosters Comedy God and Best International Comedian.

Psychic Ian D Montfort is, ‘a masterclass in improvisation, character comedy and mindreading’ - Telegraph ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

With DJ Ivan Brackenbury, ‘Binns has his character nailed and he mines the comic seam, ruthlessly to create top-quality entertainment with practically universal appeal’ - Guardian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The ventriloquist act, ‘Not only is the running gag a thing of comedy genius, but Binns tags it jaw-droppingly brilliantly” The Scotsman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

He's been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Trident Comedy Award and Perth International Fringe Comedy Award (twice). He's was voted a ‘Fosters Comedy God’, he's won Best International Act at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe (twice), Nottingham International Comedy Festival and 3 Sony Gold Awards.

He's been in BBC Shows Alan Partridge, Lee and Herring, Friday/Saturday Night Armistice and Channel 4 shows IT Crowd  Drifters and Eight out of Ten Cats do Countdown and the feature films Going to Mecca and Eaten by Lions.

With support from Brossie

Performing under a pseudonym to protect her identity and sense of humour from her primary school students, Brossie is a teacher and wickedly sharp comedian who is one to watch (as a comedian, not as a teacher - she’s doesn’t hit her pupils or anything).

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Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Fat Chancers, Bernard o Shea and Karl Spain SOLD OUT

Tickets €25

Tickets €25

FAT CHANCERS

Irish comedy fans can enjoy a double dose of laughs over the coming months with top Irish stand-ups Bernard O’Shea and Karl Spain in their show, Fat Chancers.

Commenting on the tour, Karl Spain said "Don’t expect massive weight loss or body transformations or Bernard being funny”.

Audiences can expect plenty of on-stage banter as Fat Chancers will feature the popular comics share the stage, as well as performing their own stand-up routines.

No stranger to television and radio fans, Bernard is the co-writer and star of RTE2’s Bridget and Eamon with Jennifer Zamparelli and co-host of the RTE 2FM breakfast show, Breakfast Republic, alongside Zamparelli and Keith Walsh. He is a former host of The Republic of Telly and has made regular appearances on The Panel, The Naked Camera, Just for Laughs and The Byrne Ultimatum, amongst other shows. His foray into comedy saw him winning the Harp Newcomer Comedy Award in 2000. Since this time, he has become a regular at the Cat Laughs comedy festival in Kilkenny and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. His Edinburgh Fringe debut received five star reviews.

Karl is a well-known name to Irish TV audiences thanks to his television series Karl Spain Wants a Woman, Karl Spain Wants to Rock, and his appearance on Celebrity Operation Transformation. Other television credits include Liffey Laughs, The Late Late Show, The Panel, Tubridy Tonight, The Afternoon Show and The Offside Show. A stand-up comic for 15 years, Karl is a regular performer at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Galway Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Festival, Cork Comedy Fest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. He has toured extensively abroad, including Australia, the U.S., Middle East and South Africa. In addition to his own stand-up career, Karl was resident writer for Republic of Telly and writes for countless other comedians. With fellow comic Al Porter, he wrote the 2015 pantomime Freezin’: The Story of The Snow Queen  and a short film for Sky 1 as part of the Irish shorts series.

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Jan
26
9:00 PM21:00

Hedfuzy - 'Waves' launch with Zombie Picnic & Third island

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Bad Reputation IRL presents:

Hedfuzy - Waves Album Launch
With special guests:
Zombie Picnic & Third Island

Saturday 26th January 2019
Kasbah, Dolans Pub, Limerick
Doors: 9pm
Adm: €7


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Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy KARLnival with Tony Law & Margaret McHugh

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Tony Law

Join the multi award-winning Mr Tony Law for some absurd, shout-y and powerful, yet meaningful, nonsense.

As seen on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Alternative Comedy Experience, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe and more. Following his 40-date, sell-out Spring tour, Tony is leaping back out on the road with a brand new show for Autumn 2013.

Tony is an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2012, Chortle Best Live Show Award winner 2013, Chortle Best Club Comic Award winner 2013 and Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Award winner 2012.

“An ever-changing, hard-to-contain force of nature” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“Form-busting and hugely enjoyable” ★★★★ – The Times

“Law’s genius for the random makes Salvador Dali look about as abstract as Constable” ★★★★★ – Metro

“One of the finest and funniest comics on the circuit… destined for comedy stardom” ★★★★ – Time Out

“Playful, mischievous, mercurial” ★★★★ – The Telegraph

★★★★★ – The Scotsman

★★★★★ – Edinburgh Evening News

★★★★★ – Exeunt Magazine

★★★★★ – Broadway Baby

★★★★★ – The Skinny

★★★★★ – Scotsgay

Margaret McHugh

Margaret McHugh is a stalwart of the Irish comedy scene who has graced stages the length and breadth of Ireland and beyond, as well as our telly screens.

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Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Jason Byrne

Tickets €26.50

Tickets €26.50

Jason Byrne – You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything.

A brand new show from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ The Times.

The star of ‘Irelands Got Talent’, Jason Byrne is one the most exciting live comedy performers in the world. What he achieves on a stage cannot be adequately described by audience members, critics or fellow comics. Thus his legendary shows become a secret shared experience among his audience. Every night stars are born, friendships are formed, mascara is ruined and pants are binned. Don’t miss the chance to become part of this unique comedy experience but don’t forget to bring spare pants.

'Unmissable' Evening Standard

'Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle' Edinburgh Evening News

'Byrne is consistently brilliant' Metro

‘Full on, doubled up, gasping for oxygen, hilarious’Chortle.

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Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Kent (Comedy)

Tickets €12.50

Tickets €12.50

Chris Kent - Looking Up

Cork comedian Chris Kent returns with his 6thsolo show Looking Up. Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay at home dad and trying to grow a beard. He has also removed the word “mate” from his vocabulary as it takes too much effort to say in an Irish accent.

T.V. appearances include the RTÉ 2 panel show Next Year’s News, The Craig Doyle Show and Conor's Dad in the hit series The Young Offenders. In the UK, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central for Comedy Central.

On radio he has been a regular panelist for the RTE Radio 1 show The Second Republic and a guest panelist on BBC’s The Blame Game.

In 2010 he was the recipient of the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy festival, and Winner of the Bulmer’s Nuttin’ But Funny Comedy Award 2009. Following on from being listed as “One to Watch” in The Dublin magazine’s “Red Hot and Rising” for 2012, Chris Kent was voted as one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by Hot Press Magazine in 2013. 

 'Among the best acts I’ve seen' ***** The Mirror

 'Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer' **** Broadway Baby

 'Unequivocally talented raconteur' **** EdFest Magazine

 'Compelling storyteller, truly surprising, beautifully delivered' The Scotsman

 'Carefree comedic bulls-eye' Dubliner Magazine

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Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Page

Tickets €20

Tickets €20

Jim Page was born in California in 1949 and grew up into the 1960’s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The music and artistic experimentation of those days left a lasting impression on him. The politics and social awareness was a part of everything that was going on and it has stayed that way in Jim’s music ever since.

Jim got his start in the bars and coffee houses of the lower Bay Area in 1966. On New Years day of 1970 he headed to New York City by thumb, arriving one frozen day in January with a broken fleece lined jacked and 34 cents in his pocket. He soon borrowed a guitar and started hitting the clubs of Greenwich Village, sometimes playing as many as three in the same night. But the scene had gone and the Village a shadow of it’s former self. A year later he headed to Seattle.

The last folk club in Seattle closed soon after he arrived and Jim took the whole town to be his stage. Wherever there were people he would play: the streets, the college campus, the bus station, the bars, and at the city council meetings. One day he walked into the TV station and said “I’ve got a song you should put on the news,” and they did. Including the streets, the campus, the cocktail bars, and the rock and roll clubs Jim would play from 11am in the morning to 2am the next morning, with time out for traveling across town, often playing 5 clubs a night. In 1974, after being threatened with arrest, Jim took on the Seattle city government and legalized street performing. It was a landmark case and Seattle is now a famous city for buskers of all styles.

In 1975 Jim recorded his first album of original music, a vinyl LP called “A Shot Of The Usual”, released on his own label. Two other albums followed in rapid succession.

In 1977 Jim journeyed to the UK and performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival. The response was instant and overwhelming and he walked away with a feature in the national music press, two booking agents, and a European tour for the next year. He was off and running and spent the next 6 years almost constantly on the road. He recorded two albums for a Swedish label called Nacksving and one for WEA Ireland.

It was in Ireland that Christy Moore first heard Jim’s song “Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette,” and made it a permanent part of his repertoire. When Christy formed the great Irish band Moving Hearts “Hiroshima” was their first single and a centerpiece to their shows.

Jim returned to the States in ’83 and began reestablishing himself as a solo artist and as a player in the northwest music scene. He experimented with duos, trios and more. In ’85 he recorded an album in Portland produced by the great Irish musician Micheal O Domhnaill.

Back in Seattle he began to experiment with electric music. 1988 saw the creation of the legendary band ‘Zero Tolerance’, named after George Bush’s draconian anti drug campaign. It was a four-piece rock and roll band with the exception that the music was focused on the songs and not on the dance. They made one recording and broke up, as rock bands often do, leading Jim to more experimentation, this time with the internationally famous spoon player Artis the Spoonman who was himself the subject of a Grammy award winning song by Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden. It’s a small musical world.

Fast forward to the 21st century and Jim is busy with multiple projects in simultaneous array – constant solo performance, plus various ensemble configurations, leading to more albums. Jim was one of the founders of the Pike market performers Guild, Seattle’s first street performers union. They organized and ran the first and only Busker Festival to be operated entirely by buskers, and he again petitioned the City Council, this time to created Buskers Week. Another Seattle first!

In 2005 Jim was invited to Taiwan for the first time, and again that next year. In 2007 Jim was included in an all-star cast of the “50 most Influential Musicians In Seattle History,” a position shared with Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.

To date, Jim’s songs have been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, Moving Hearts, Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, David Soul, Leftover Salmon, and Michael Hedges. He has received awards from Artist Trust and Jack Straw Productions. His music has been included on many compilations, including the Grammy Nominated “Best Of Broadside.”

As of this writing Jim continues to write and to perform and to experiment with form and ensemble, and his songs continue to be pertinent and expressive of our times. To quote the late Utah Phillips: “If you’re ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from.”

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Feb
2
10:30 PM22:30

Counterfeits

Counterfeits live in Dolans Limerick on February 2nd free event

The Counterfeits are a bunch of musicians from Limerick and ares close by who have come together to share there music and the music of others , mostly others , with the appreciative throngs and crowds that usually attend their gigs and rare appearances. Playing songs from , Neil Young ,Steely Dan, Richard Thompson, Beatles ,Stones ,JJ Cale, Hendrix,Clapton, and a host of others. “The Counterfeits are even better than the real thing”, F,Zappa. (2018)

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Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Ímar

Tickets €10.50 in advance / €12.50 on the door

Tickets €10.50 in advance / €12.50 on the door

Due to popular demand Ímar has been moved to Dolans Warehouse. Please note that Doors are at 7.30pm and the performance is at 7.45

Glasgow’s hottest new folk property, five-piece Ímar have created more than a bit of a stir in little over a year since their formation.

Their debut video, unleashed to the world during Celtic Connections 2016, has been viewed in excess of 200,000 times - whilst their touring credits already including the opening set at that year’s Cambridge Folk Festival (technically, the band’s first billed gig - a plaudit surely amongst as rare as they come) and headlining a stage at Belgium’s Dranouter Festival just a week later.

"energy that’s seemingly bursting to let loose" - The Herald

The Irish and Manx flavoured quintet now present their debut album - Afterlight - released on January 27, 2017, at their official Celtic Connections debut in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This ahead of a UK launch tour in April, and numerous summer festivals including Denmark’s legendary Tønder Festival where they were one of the first six names to be announced for its 2017 outing.

With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Musician Of The Year, 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and eight All- Britain titles – the group’s formation embodies a personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene.

"exceptional" - The Living Tradition

Adam Brown (bodhrán), Adam Rhodes (bouzouki), Mohsen Amini (concertina), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes) and Tomás Callister (fiddle) share a strong background in Irish music – although only Murphy actually hails from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, whilst Amini is a Glasgow native, and Brown originally from Suffolk – and it is these foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material.

Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, however, centres on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language, and a similar, clearly potent, kinship endures between their musical traditions.

"Genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity" ***** The Scotsman

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Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy Karlnival with Steve Bennett & Katelyn Galvin

Tickets €8 in advance €11 on the door

Tickets €8 in advance €11 on the door

Steve Bennett

Irish Comedian of the year winner, Steve Bennett is one of Ireland’s most exciting comedic talents. A charismatic and energetic presence, Bennett blends charming wit and musical comedy. Bennett has rocked every club and festival in the country and beyond with multiple tours of Australia and the Edinburgh Fringe.

“Clearly an adept entertainer with an engagingly wry sense of humour” - Chortle

With support from Katelyn Galvin

Katelyn is a fast-rising star on the Irish comedy circuit and a talent that delighted audiences on her previous visit to the Tuesday KARLnivals, as well as the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in October.

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Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

Cúig

Tickets €12 (advanced sales/students) €15 on the door

Tickets €12 (advanced sales/students) €15 on the door

This Irish five-piece band from the North of Ireland are tearing up the rule book with their bold approach to their native musical tradition. Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘New Landscapes’, for which Cúig were awarded ‘Best New Irish Band 2016’ by the Irish American News, they have taken both sides of the Atlantic by storm having toured extensively in the US, Europe and Ireland. Comprising of Miceal Mullen (banjo, mandolin), Rónán Stewart (fiddle, uilleann pipes, vocals), Ruairí Stewart (guitars), Eoin Murphy (button accordion) and Cathal Murphy (drums, guitars, vocals), Cúig look set to continue this success with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Theory of Chaos’.

‘The Theory of Chaos’ features high octane original instrumentals and arrangements with the addition of original songs, a recording first for the talented five-piece.  With a keen emphasis on varied production techniques, the new album conveys a powerful evolution in Cúig’s already distinctive sound. ‘The Theory of Chaos’ allows each members’ individual musical flair to shine while simultaneously gelling seamlessly as an ensemble to create a progressive, exhilarating and polished album which places Cúig at the forefront of contemporary Irish music.

Track to try:

‘Carry On’, an original song from the upcoming album, was featured in a social media advertising campaign video for Aer Lingus filmed at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2018, the biggest Irish festival in the world, which has clocked over 650,000 views to date.

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Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

Danny O'Brien

Tickets are €13 plus BF.

Tickets are €13 plus BF.

"A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance"-Great Scott ★★★★

 

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O' Brien went to prison. Three times to perform. Once again by accident. He's performed relentlessly worldwide and taken up a new religion through the medium of a hangry hangover. Danny was handpicked this year to perform as part of the iconic Best of the Edinburgh Fest show touring Australia, has featured on The Comedy Channel and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. He recently opened for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin. 'Lock-In' has already sold out at Galway International Arts Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A European tour in over 10 cities as well a tour in Dubai and South East Asia. Book tickets now to avoid disappointment!

 

“He opened for me at the 3Arena and he f*cking murdered it!”- Bill Burr

 


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Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Eskies

Tickets €11

Tickets €11

Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album “And Don’t Spare The Horses” on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging artists from Ireland.

Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival who invited them half way around the planet before they had released a single song!

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Feb
9
9:00 PM21:00

Qween

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Qween have hit the ground running consistently selling out Dublin’s Newest live Music Venue The Chalk Venue, Swords, along with catching the attention of Radio Nova Legendary Dj, Pat Courtenay, championing them as Ireland’s first tribute act. Only last night, Qween were selected to represent Ireland’s Mercury Phoenix Trust Campaign, In support for the Worlds Aids Awareness Campaign at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Qween has also had the pleasure of performing Live in Cyprus Avenue Cork, Spirit Store Dundalk, Bowery Rathmines and Dolans Limerick

The band formed late last year with the members having played together in numerous other guises over the years. Since their debut Qween have wowed audiences with a theatrical rock show that brings the audience right back in time to the front row of a classic Queen gig.

The band have gone to extreme lengths to capture the magic of Queen acquiring everything from a tailored lemon leather Freddie jacket (á la Queen’s legendary Slane Castle show in 1986) to guitar equipment from Brian May’s former technician Pete Cornish. “Queen’s music is technically difficult but we’re massive fans so we were able to put in the dedication to getting every detail just right”

Qween put everything into making this show as close to seeing Queen as you can get. Qween even cover Bohemian Rhapsody’s infamous opera sectioNen fully live, not even Queen risked that,” he added. Brian Keville is no stranger to playing Freddie Mercury having portrayed the singer in Live Aid drama “When Harvey Met Bob” alongside Domhnall Gleeson’s mouthy Bob Geldof. “Freddie had a way about everything he did that is hard to capture. You need to totally forget who you are and create this larger than life persona with total commitment to your audience” said Keville, “a real bushy moustache also helps!”.

The two hour show features a veritable anthology of Queen’s greatest hits from Radio Ga Ga to Somebody to Love, performed fully live.

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Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

Sleaford Mods

Tickets €21 plus booking fee.

Tickets €21 plus booking fee.

Sleaford Mods are one of the most important, politically charged and thought provoking duos currently making their mark on the UK music scene and beyond.   They are now poised to release their fifth studio album entitled ‘Eton Alive’ in February 2019The album, which features 12 new tracks from the prolific artists, was recorded in Nottingham. The record will be the first release on Jason and Andrew’s newly formed label ‘Extreme Eating’ and their first album since parting ways with Rough Trade Records.

 

 “Eton Alive speaks for itself really. Here we are once again in the middle of another elitist plan being digested slowly as we wait to be turned into faeces once more. Some already are, some are dead and the rest of us erode in the belly of prehistoric ideology which depending on our abilities and willingness, assigns to each of us varying levels of comfort that range from horrible to reasonably acceptable, based on contribution. So after the digestive system of the Nobles rejects our inedible bones we exit the Arse of Rule, we fall into the toilet again and at the mercy of whatever policies are holding order in the shit pipe of this tatty civilisation. It is here our flesh regenerates as we rattle into another form, ready, and ripe for order”.  – Jason Williamson.

 

In support of the release Sleaford Mods have also announced a 33-date tour of the UK.

Tickets go on general sale Friday 7th December at 9am.

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Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy Karlnival

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Edwin Sammon

Edwin Sammon has firmly established himself as one of the most popular comedians in the country, his unpredictable and crowd pleasing style saw him win the Tedfest best comedian award in 2011 and led to him supporting the likes of Jason Byrne, Phil Jupitus and Ardal O'Hanlon while performing at major festivals and comedy clubs across Ireland and the U.K. In 2013 he was part of the sold out nationwide "Lads Of Comedy" tour and then came to national attention as Fr. Gabriel in the award winning "Bridget and Eamon" and as co-presenter on  "Republic Of Telly".

"Edwin was the find of the night with perfectly described imagery which should offer something for everyone" -Chortle.co.uk

"Brilliantly written, wonderfully performed" -Totally Dublin


Sarah O'Gorman

Originally from Kilkenny but a favourite on the Galway comedy scene, NUIG Comedy Society’s Manager Sarah O'Gorman has already performed alongside the likes of Fred Cooke, Katherine Lynch, Al Foran and Phill Jupitus.

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Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Bell X1 : Acoustic-ish with Dowry Strings- SOLD OUT

Tickets €35 On sale Friday October 12th 10am

Tickets €35 On sale Friday October 12th 10am

We are pleased to announce that  Bell X1 return to Lime Tree Theatre  for a special show at Lime Tree Theatre  on the 16th of February.  The band will be joined by Dowry Strings (Éna Brennan) who will provide string accompaniment. These concerts mark the end of a year of celebrations which saw the band perform five sell-out concerts at Vicar Street in Dublin earlier this year.

The concert at The Lime Tree , will feature a selection of songs from Bell X1’s catalogue. Known for their musical versatility and experimentation, Bell X1’s seven albums have incorporated alternative, indie, hard rock, post-punk, acoustic, lo-fifolk-rock, ballad, pop, synth-popnew wave and electronica.

 “The Bandiversary shows this year have been a real trip, and have re-kindled our love  for songs we haven't properly gotten inside in a long time. And we worked with Éna on a show with strings for the charity Aware earlier in the year, and thought how great it would be to go deeper into the catalogue with the three of us and a quartet” says Paul.

Since the release of their acclaimed 7th studio album Arms, the group have spent time touring in America, Australia & Europe.  They’ve also released new material with their various side projects.  Paul has been working on his first solo LP with Producer Thomas Bartlett, and Dave has been touring and releasing new material with Join Me In the Pines.

Bell X1 are Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty & Dominic Philips

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Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Micah P. Hinson presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets on sale, Wednesday November 21st at 10am. €19 plus BF.

Tickets on sale, Wednesday November 21st at 10am. €19 plus BF.

The term ‘troubadour’ gets bandied around far too readily these days, but none encompass the spirit of the original meaning more than Micah P. Hinson. Proudly hailing from the gargantuan state of Texas, Mr Hinson’s southern drawl and heartfelt lyrics work in harmony to produce some of the most beautiful songs out there.

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Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy KARLnival with Sean Hegarty & Diona Doherty

Tickets €7 in advance €10on the door

Tickets €7 in advance €10on the door

Sean Hegarty

Sean Hegarty is a man of many talents when it comes to the arts. A one-liner comedian from Lurgan, Sean has recently been seen wowing the judges on Ireland's Got Talent, making it to the live semi-final shows. As well as this, he recently won Ireland's Funniest Joke with his pizza pun topping the public vote.

Sean has racked up over 30 million views online and attracted more than 70,000 fans on Social Media along with sold-out shows around the country. He also played a starring role in hit BBC comedy series, Late Licence writing and acting alongside his wife, Derry Girls actress, Diona Doherty.


Diona Doherty

As seen playing Katya in Channel 4/Netflix U.S hit comedy Derry Girls, as well as Tracey in BBC improvised comedy Soft Border Patrol, Diona Doherty is fast becoming one of N.I's most recognizable faces on stage and screen. With appearances on BBC's Give My Head Peace as well as starring in upcoming Channel 5 comedy '247 Hours in A&E' her TV comedy CV is impressive. After performing sketch comedy on and off for years as well as three seasons at the Edinburgh fringe, Diona's shift into stand up comedy was a swift one. Diona's dry wit mixed with her dark sense of humor may be to thank for her TV successes and is certainly injected into her stand up comedy.

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Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

Cory Wong (Vulfpeck)

Tickets on sale at 10am Friday, September 21st, €20

Tickets on sale at 10am Friday, September 21st, €20

Cory Wong had two weeks to live. Or maybe he was fine. The doctors honestly weren’t sure why his right arm kept going numb in the aftermath of the concussive head injury he’d suffered, but following a month-and-a-half of visits and tests and second opinions, their best guess was that he had a blood clot with the potential to reach his brain at any moment. If that happened, death would be nearly instantaneous.

 “‘No way I’m having a blood clot,’” the Vulfpeck guitarist remembers saying to his 16-year-old self. “I’d worked way too hard to get my license and hang out with my friends that summer, and nothing was going to get me down. I decided that if the worst might happen, all I could do was spend my remaining days doing what made me happy and spreading as much joy as I could in the world.”

Wong survived, of course, and while his symptoms eventually faded away, the relentlessly defiant brand of optimism he cultivated that summer never did. In fact, nearly two decades later, it forms the bedrock of his ecstatic new album, ‘The Optimist.’ Recorded in spontaneous sessions with a series of all-star lineups, the collection showcases both Wong’s prodigious instrumental virtuosity and his broad emotional reach. The songs are profoundly funky, infectiously joyful, and as playful as they are peerless. Paired with his quirky music videos, the tracks feel retro and futuristic all at once. At a time of bitter political strife and deep cultural divisions, Wong has crafted something truly unifying: an album that delights in the pleasures of human connection and revels in the limitless possibility of artistic collaboration.

Hailed as a “multifaceted” artist by NPR and “the most famous Minnesota musician you’ve probably never heard of” by The Current, Wong’s most recognized for his guitar work with Midwestern funk heroes Vulfpeck these days, but the Minneapolis wunderkind actually got his start playing four strings rather than six.

“When I was a kid, I got a white fender jazz bass and I freaked out,” remembers Wong. “I had the most intense goose bumps. It felt liked I’d been given my sword and my journey could finally begin.”

In the years that followed, Wong would go on to graduate from music school and establish himself as a uniquely prolific guitarist, composer, producer, and sideman. He found work behind the scenes on shows like NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ toured extensively with chart-topping singer/songwriter Ben Rector, and played alongside everyone from Gene Simmons, Questlove, and The Blind Boys of Alabama to Blake Shelton and Bootsy Collins. At home in Minneapolis, he began jamming with Prince’s rhythm section in weekly sessions that attracted A-list players from around the world (Prince himself could often be found in the audience or onstage, and special guests ranging from John Mayer to Jimmy Vaughan might turn up on any given night). It was at one of these infamous jam sessions that Wong first met the members of Vulfpeck, and it wasn’t long before he was in the studio and on the road with the group full time. Wong’s guitar contributions made such an impact that the band even named the final track of their acclaimed 2016 album ‘The Beautiful Game’ for him.

 

As much as Wong loved backing up other artists, he decided to step into spotlight on his own for the first time in 2017, releasing a self-titled debut album that introduced the world to his quirky blend of high-octane musicianship and lo-fi visuals. The Current praised his “colorful, 90’s-infused aesthetic,” while The Irish Times described the music as “impeccable,” likening it to “the Swampers, Sly Stone, Weather Report and maybe a touch of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.” Wong’s never been one to rest on his laurels, though, and the dust hadn’t even settled on his debut before the wheels had already begun turning on his sophomore effort.

“I got a call one day from Ricky Peterson, who’s played organ with David Sanborn and George Benson,” says Wong. “He was coming to town, so I told him I had some tunes I was working on and we should get together and record them the following week. The only problem was I didn’t actually have any songs and I didn’t have a session booked.”

Ever the optimist, Wong willed it all into existence in just six days, penning a batch of brand new tracks and wrangling his longtime mentors from Prince’s band, drummer Michael Bland and bassist Sonny Thompson, to form a rhythm section. After the success of the initial session, Wong put together another day of recording in Minneapolis with an entirely new group, and then captured a third session in Nashville with the Ben Rector Band backing him up. All the while, Wong was sending the tracks off to collaborators near and far, including German star Marti Fischer (who recorded from Berlin), British singer KATIS (who recorded from London), and local legends The Hornheads.

“The Hornheads are best known as Prince’s horn section,” explains Wong, “and their leader, Michael Nelson, did most of the horn arrangements for Prince. The guys are all 20-30 years older than us, but we fit right in as friends because they love seeing young musicians with such passion. Michael told me that after Prince died, it was really fun for him to find a new artist to work with on stuff like this, and it’s been a great community-building thing. We even have a musicians’ racquetball club together now.”

Exhilarating album opener “Jax” finds The Hornheads in peak form, complementing Wong’s smooth-as-butter groove with punchy fills and breaks, while the soaring “’91 Maxima” pairs them with folk elder statesman Joe Savage, who gets trippy with his jaw harp and pedal steel. Though much of the album is instrumental, guest singers are peppered throughout the collection, bringing additional emotional depth to Wong’s acrobatic compositions. The elastic “Light As Anything” features soulful vocals from Ripe frontman Robbie Wulfsohn, while Vulfpeck singer Antwaun Stanley lends his considerable pipes to the aptly named “Jumbotron Hype Song,” and KATIS adds a charming breeziness to the bouncing “Juke On Jelly.”

As he did with his debut, Wong filmed each of the sessions and captured his remote collaborators recording in front of green screens so that he could dub them in to a series of accompanying music videos. Deliberately campy, the videos play out like old public access television shows captured on VHS tape, the kind of intentionally dated programming that would fit right in with the current lineup of Adult Swim. In addition to being wildly entertaining, the videos allow for Wong to make his concerts true multimedia events, with the green screen footage of his guest vocalists and collaborators projected onscreen to accompany the live band.

“My stage persona is Andy Kaufman meets Tony Robbins,” laughs Wong. “I want people to leave my show saying, ‘Wow, I cant believe how funky and amazing that was, but also my stomach hurts from laughing so hard and now I feel the most motivated I’ve ever been in my entire life.’”

It’s a lofty goal, no doubt, but as his new album proves, you’d better not underestimate Cory Wong. After all, when you’re an optimist, anything’s possible.

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Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Alison Spittle

Tickets €14

Tickets €14

Alison has appeared on television a few times, enough times for her mam to tell strangers that she works for RTE (she doesn’t), not enough times for her to get a free drink. She has appeared on Republic of Telly and RTE’s New Comedy Awards.

She was a team captain on a panel show for RTE 2 called Choose or Lose. A TV presenter for RTE’s coverage of Electric Picnic in 2015. A talking head on the year that’s in it. She has a new chat show called the Alison Spittle show with guests such as Tara Flynn, Aidan Power and Kevin McGahern.
She performed at the Vodafone Comedy Festival in the Iveagh Gardens and performed her show Alison Spittle Needs an Agent to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Dublin Fringe.

Her new show Alison Spittle discovers Hawaii had a full sell out run at First Fortnight and was nominated for two awards, Little gem award for best show under an hour and the first fortnight award for destigmatizing mental health.

She’s a regular columnist for headstuff.org and UCD university observer. Her article caused a kerfuffle, so much so she trended on Twitter in Ireland and appeared on Joe Duffy’s Liveline, guess which one impressed her mum?

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Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Brendan Keeley

Tickets €13 - on sale January 16th 9am

Tickets €13 - on sale January 16th 9am

Brendan Keeley is one of Ireland's most successful singer-songwriters. On Friday February 22nd he makes a welcome return to Upstairs at Dolans, limerick.

Brendan motivates , whether as singer / songwriter or conductor of the largest gospel choir in the British Isles.

. A classic-style singer-songwriter with whiskey soft rock timbre honesty, emotion and authenticity Brendan has clocked up 7 top ten hits, and 3 platinum albums.

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Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Morning After The Life Before

Tickets €15

Tickets €15

Limerick Literary Festival and Dolans Presents

The Morning After The Life Before

A groggy Sunday morning, May 24th 2015 and 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother: “How’s the morning after the life before?”

Gúna Nua presents the internationally acclaimed and multi award winning, The Morning After The Life Before as part of The Limerick Literary Festival, Kate O’Brien Weekend. Running for one night only on February 23rd in Dolans Warehouse, the show is a personal, entertaining tale of weddings, ‘coming out’ and arguments over who takes out the bins.

Written by Ann Blake, directed by Paul Meade, performed by Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth, The Morning After The Life Before is a light-hearted, playful telling of a true story. Be prepared for music, cake and equality.

Best of Fringe Award Winner - Montreal Fringe 2017

Best of Fringe Award Winner - 

London Ontario Fringe 2017

LGBTQ+  Award Nomination - 

Brighton Fringe 2018

“Blake and Smyth worked so well together it was impossible not to be captivated from the start.”

Sebastian Beaumont, Broadway Baby

★★★★★

“...a perfectly rendered, heart-warming, necessary light in the darkest of moments”

Heather Bagnall, www.fringereview.co.uk

“Blake and Smyth’s timing is incredible...uproariously quick wit.”

Melony Holt, Theatre in London  ★★★★★

Delighted Niall McMonagle is joining us on the panel after "The Morning after the Life Before".Niall MacMonagle is a writer and critic and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio 1. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and has edited several anthologies including Real Cool, Outside In, Slow Time, Off the Wall, The Open Door Book of Poetry, the Lifelines anthologies, the Leaving Certificate anthology Poetry Now, TEXT - A Transition Year English Reader and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916 [Penguin 2015]. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by UCD for services to literature

Delighted Niall McMonagle is joining us on the panel after "The Morning after the Life Before".Niall MacMonagle is a writer and critic and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio 1. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and has edited several anthologies including Real Cool, Outside In, Slow Time, Off the Wall, The Open Door Book of Poetry, the Lifelines anthologies, the Leaving Certificate anthology Poetry Now, TEXT - A Transition Year English Reader and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916 [Penguin 2015]. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by UCD for services to literature

Delighted to announce that Emilie Pine will join us on the panel after "The morning after the Life Before". Emilie is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. Emilie has published widely as an academic and critic, and is editor of the Irish University Review journal. Her first collection of personal essays, Notes to Self, was published in 2018 by Tramp Press.

Delighted to announce that Emilie Pine will join us on the panel after "The morning after the Life Before". Emilie is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. Emilie has published widely as an academic and critic, and is editor of the Irish University Review journal. Her first collection of personal essays, Notes to Self, was published in 2018 by Tramp Press.

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Feb
23
9:00 PM21:00

Sex Pistols Experience

Tickets €11.50

Tickets €11.50

After playing hundreds of live shows since their formation in 2001, covering the length & breadth of England, winning over some of the toughest of critical audiences, and building on the foundations of a solid fan base at every gig. The groups reputation soon spread overseas, with them playing many festivals & dates all across Europe covering some 17 countries so far, taking it in their stride playing in front of an estimated 20,000+ people at one recent Slovakian festival. During 2006 the Sex Pistols Experience spent three & a half month's touring extensively around the U.S.A - from East to west - New York to L.A, & North to south from Seattle to El Paso' & back again! Proving, beyond doubt they really are, not just the U.K's, but the World's No1 Sex Pistols tribute troupe!

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Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy KARLnival with Scott Capurro & Dan Hendricks

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Tickets €7 in advance €10 on the door

Scott Capurro

Scott Capurro was reared in San Francisco. At age 3, he swam the English Channel. Since 1993, he’s avoided AIDS by telling unsavory jokes in every English speaking country. Scott is trusting and thus surrounded by duplicity, yet he continues challenging himself, because he’s physically challenged and emotionally unavailable, aka married.

Described by San Francisco Weekly (free press, edited by lesbians and designed by trannies with large hands and hidden agendas) as “stand-up in the very best possible sense – deadpan, ever-alert and hilarious”.

Scott has appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, where, effortlessly, he played a homosexual; and Star Wars: Phantom Menace, where, breathlessly, he wore a body stocking. A gay designer who sports two heads might’ve been a predictable sequel; instead Scott waddled off to the UK, in search of a compassionate, creative culture.

Disappointed and slightly bloated, Scott spends hours each day playing classical piano, conversing in French and managing his meds. He knows (wink, wink) several death row inmates and George Clooney. Well, he met George once. They’re both vegetarians. Actually, Scott is. Clooney said he was, to impress Scott.  Guys on death row eat anything.

“For a performer so vaingloriously poisonous, Capurro is the antidote to all those who attend stand-up knowing nothing about the act or expecting their world view to be reaffirmed. Buying his ticket, you’re agreeing to a tacit pact that the unsayable will be said” - The Scotsman


With support from Dan Hendricks

Dan Hendricks hailing from Clondalkin, Dublin, is a rising talent on the Irish comedy circuit and also enjoys being asthmatic.

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Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Sarah MacDougall

Tickets are €10 with BF

Tickets are €10 with BF

Sarah grew up in in southern Sweden, surrounded by ocean, forest and farmland. She started playing the organ at 7, before picking up her mum’s old guitar from the attic at 11. That’s when she started writing songs, and formed her first rock band at 12. Sarah spent her teenage years in a dingy rehearsal space in the city of Malmö, always obsessed with the art of a song. 

Now based in Canada (her father’s home country). Sarah has learned how to chop wood. She has experienced -50 in the Yukon and has seen many small Canadian and European towns. She has studied Music Composition and Audio Engineering in University and collected multiple awards. Sarah has played major Canadian and International festivals and shared stages with many people who she very much admires. She is always on a quest to learn more and sometimes has to pinch herself, and ask how I got here.

‘All The Hours I Have Left To Tell You Anything’is a record about strength, identity, death, the breakdown of relationships, birth, and the ghosts we honor and carry throughout. It is my fourth record. It was written in the midst of the death of my grandparents, the birth of my niece, and a break up. The nine songs are influenced by the vastness of the Yukon landscape and the dark beauty of Scandinavia. 

‘All The Hours I Have Left To Tell You Anything’was produced, recorded and mixed by Montreal-based Marcus Paquin (Stars, The Barr Brothers, Timbre Timbre, Arcade Fire, The National), with additional production and recording by Rich Jaques (Lisa Loeb), Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), and Bill Lefler (Royal Wood). 

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Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Freya Ridings

Tickets - SOLD OUT

Tickets - SOLD OUT

“This singer brings classical precision and raw emotion to celestial pop” – GQ

“An extraordinary talent” – Sunday Times Culture

“Her soulful voice, reminiscent of Florence Welch with the emotional poignancy of Laura Marling” -

As Freya Ridings prepares to embark on her sold-out headline tour next week, kicking off at o2

It’s been an incredible year for the North London, 23-year old, who is fast becoming the most hotly tipped artist for 2019, since her single ‘Lost Without You’ hit Number 9 in the Official Chart. A hymn to lost love and regret, the single has now had over 50 million streams, it’s been added to BBC Radio

1 playlist, played by Capital FM, Heart, Smooth FM and Bauer network and she’s the No.1 artist in the Independent singles and Shazam chart. The last time a female artist hit the Top 10 with a song 100% written by themselves was in 2012 with a re-charting of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’.

Freya’s rising success is testament to an artist that has been touring relentlessly over the past couple of years, selling out venues in the US and UK, playing festivals, constantly writing and releasing music for her fans through Good Soldier. ‘Lost Without You’, alongside other stand-out tracks ‘Ultraviolet’, ‘Blackout’ and her spine-tingling cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Maps’ has now catapulted Freya’s monthly listeners on Spotify to over 2 million. Plus, Freya’s live album ‘Live at Omeara’ released earlier this year has now been the #1 Alternative album on iTunes for 3 consecutive weeks.

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Mar
2
9:00 PM21:00

George Michael & Wham Tribute

Tickets €21

Tickets €21

George Michael & WHAM! 
George Michael Tribute Artist 
Featuring James Bermingham
March 2nd. Dolans Warehouse 

After sell out shows across the country, George Michael & WHAM! are hitting the road again 

Join George Michael & WHAM! for a 2 hour set and sing along to some of your favorite tracks such as "Faith", "I'm Your Man", "Wake Me up Before You Go-Go" to name a few. 

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Game, Live at the Big Top

Tickets €49

Tickets €49

The Game performs with a full band in Limerick for the very first time.

 The Game resurrected West-Cost HipHop in the early 2000’s. 

GAME was introduced to the world as a member of G-Unit, however he quickly out-grew his position in the group, that combined with in-fighting between Game and 50 Cent caused him to leave G-Unit and begin his transition to becoming The Game as we know him today - Rap’s MVP !

 His extraordinary solo career began with a no.1 single, no.1 album and a 20 million Dollar film role. Almost 15 years on from his debut album ‘ The Documentary ‘ while paving his own lane throughout HipHop Game has collaborated with industry giants such as Dr.Dre, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie Foxx, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, J.Cole, Eminem, Lil Wayne & many more, he has had a major role in 7 films and continues to hold his position as intensely and ferociously as ever.

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Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

BRIAN IRVINE ENSEMBLE

Tickets €12

Tickets €12

This visceral, boundary busting 13 piece ensemble makes a special type of music - a music that effortlessly mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity!

Think a mutant cocktail of Zappa and Icebreaker, Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the worlds leading festivals including the Bath International Jazz Festival and The National Library of Congress (Washington), picking up the prestigious Radio 3 Jazz Award along the way. 

After a 6-year break, the ensemble reformed in 2018 for Belfast’s Brilliant Corners festival, premiering a new commission ‘Not Gods But Animals’, marking the beginning of a reinvented era for the group. 2019 will see the band take another step forward with more brand new work alongside some older repertoire.  This is a rare opportunity to hear a band that truly “scares the bejabers out of the diehards” (Sunday Times). Truly, not to be missed!

"The Brian Irvine Ensemble isn't an orchestra, really. It's more of a traveling explosion -- a kinetic, freewheeling circus where the musicians dance, blow bubbles, cluck at one another like chickens, fall over "drunk" and watch imaginary notes float through the air, all while making some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you'll ever hope to hear"

Washington Post 

"Brian Irvine’s body of work is an example of the musical treasures half hidden in the cracks between the categories” 

The Guardian

 

Part of a Moving On Music tour jointly supported by the Arts Council of NI and Arts Council Ireland.

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Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

David O'Doherty

Tickets €21

Tickets €21

David O’Doherty: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back in Dolans with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Jack O Rourke

Tickets €13

Tickets €13

Jack O’Rourke is one of those mercurial artists whose musical imagination and personality has made him an intriguing entity to his many fans.

A songwriter who first came to prominence with his ode to misunderstood youth, ‘Silence’ - which became a torch song for the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum - Jack went on to release his debut album Dreamcatcher to massive acclaim, peaking at No.5 in the Irish album charts and drawing huge critical praise – Tony Clayton Lea calling it “a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter” in The Ticket and Lauren Murphy describing it as “a highly accomplished debut” in The Sunday Times.

Jack’s voice - a rich baritone capable of ethereal falsetto, wraps around his tunes like a waif. Hunched around a piano, Jack is a subtle and intense performer, “showing a deftness when it comes to dissecting the minutiae of relationships and examining the human condition in a manner worthy of lyrical forebears Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits”, - Don Johnston, The Irish Examiner 

A natural melody writer, with chord changes unexpected yet familiar, as a lyricist, Jack manages to combine that most difficult and delicate of writing traits – the ability to convey the personal whilst making it universal. A key to his success to date is having made himself identifiable to music fans of many tastes, yet still keeping enough in the background to make further investigation a necessity. From winning the Nashville-based International Songwriting Award to playing his Dreamcatcher album live with an orchestra at Cork Opera House, Jack’s fledgling career has been conspicuous by its high water marks and now the songwriter is set to embark on another phase of his journey.

The piano always remains central to what Jack does. Comparisons have been drawn over the initial years to various musicians (Bowie, Kate Bush, John Grant, Guy Garvey) However, the further Jack embarks into his own musical oeuvre, his own identity has begun to emerge and it is one that has its roots in a classic troubadour tradition, but with a modern and contemporary twist. Synths, cellos and clarinets – whatever serves the song. The Corkman’s grasp of a song has led to several notable collaborations to date; namely with Glen Hansard at Other Voices, the Irish Chamber Orchestra at Vicar St, vocals with Imelda May, Hot House Flowers and Bell X1, while joining the Freezer Room ensemble at Electric Picnic with the likes of Wallis Bird and Tracy K. His collaboration with electronic producer Kormac has yielded the hit ‘New Day’ with almost half a million views on YouTube to date.

After touring Dreamcatcher extensively, including sold out shows throughout Ireland and his first forays to London and Paris, Jack has recently returned to studio to begin its follow-up. This summer he bucked a well-trod seasonal trend of the music industry by delivering a slow-burning, grandiose opus to radio in ‘Myth’. An epic tune underpinned by Grecian mythology, ‘Myth’ proved a hit across the country’s airwaves and showed an uncompromising side to O’Rourke and one that was daring to take his music to new and interesting places. The next single ‘Ivory Towers’ may well surprise listeners who think they may have Jack figured out.

It has been a compelling journey to this point, but the next phase looks likely to be the one that brings Jack to an even bigger audience. In the tradition of Ray Charles, Jack has the soul of a piano man with deep roots, yet with a sense of adventure that will see it difficult to remain in a complacent, safe place musically.  Jack’s new EP in 2019 will shed new light on the direction this most captivating of Irish songwriters is likely to go. We wait with great anticipation . . . 

“Dreamcatcher is an album that knows when to swing for the fences, see the bombastic joie de vivre of the baroque-pop masterpiece ‘Naivety’ or the fun fuzz-laden nod of the head to Bowie ‘Iggy’, and to opt for a more nuanced restrained sound, look to the weighty strings and pensive piano of ‘Silence’. 9/10.”

— The Last Mixed Tape

“Jack O’ Rourke’s music has a grace and a glory to it that will stop you in your tracks and make you forget where you were going! “Silence” is one of the songs of the year for me.. “I’ll Forget You In The Morning” took me away too .... Beautiful honest songwriting delivered with a transporting musicality that will take you there... wherever you are going!”

— Fiachna O' Braonáin, RTE Radio 1

“Jack O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s most exciting new emerging talents”

— I.M.R.O. ( Irish Music Rights Organisation) Ireland

“Silence is a modern rebel song. The song is truly beautiful. It the change that happened in Ireland”

— Cerys Matthews, BBC4 - The Great Irish Songbook, 2015

“This is a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter. ★★★★”

— Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times

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Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

David O'Doherty SOLD OUT

Tickets €21

Tickets €21

David O’Doherty: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back in Dolans with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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Mar
9
9:00 PM21:00

Maria Somerville proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets are €10, On sale Thursday January 17th at 10am

Tickets are €10, On sale Thursday January 17th at 10am

Building from a reputation of enthralling live shows Maria Somerville readies her debut LP, All My People, due for release on vinyl and digital formats March 1st 2019, distributed by Rush Hour. The music is a collection of works recorded across Dublin, Cornamona and Inis Óirr - a tiny island sitting off Ireland’s west coast. 
Somerville draws on conventional folk forms alongside post-punk, traditional Irish motifs, starry eyed pop and hypnotic drones to create wholly original music that is a product of its environment. Somerville channels the wilderness of the Irish landscape through dense, ethereal soundscapes and bare boned percussion interspersed with ghostly vocals that are ever present and all encompassing, like crystalline glints of sunshine peeking through dark stormy clouds. 
The duality of darkness and light is at play throughout the releases seven tracks - comfort is found in heartbreak, solace in despair and quixotic wonderment in the infinite melancholia. Somerville lays her heart bear and invites you into it with tales of doomed romance, bittersweet love stories and longings of ‘home’, in both the physical and metaphysical sense. All My People is a luscious entry into the world of Maria Somerville. 

Pre-order from Rush Hour  
www.rushhour.nl/record/vinyl/all-my-people

releases March 1, 2019

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Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

David O'Doherty

Tickets €21

Tickets €21

David O’Doherty: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back in Dolans with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

P.O.D and Alien Ant Farm Plus Special Guests 68

Tickets €33.50

Bad Rep and Dolans  presents

P.O.D. and Alien Ant Farm will be hitting the road together for a February/March 2019 tour – along with special guests ’68.

Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. says of this upcoming Full Circle tour: “We haven’t been able to tour Europe and the UK as much as we’d like so this tour with our friends Alien Ant Farm and 68 is very special to us and long overdue. We plan on destroying these shows so don’t miss it.

“We are touring and making music because it still means something to the people that are coming out to see us, and people that are still listening to our music,” he continues. “We’re humbled, we’re grateful, and we’re thankful for people that still enjoy what we’re doing.”

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Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

GUN 'EM ALL - Guns N' Roses & Metallica Tribute

Advance Tickets  €10 / €12 on the door

Advance Tickets €10 / €12 on the door

Bad Reputation IRL presents
GUN 'EM ALL
***
Abuse Your Illusion - Guns n' Roses Tribute
&
Whiplash - Metallica Tribute Band
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Saturday 16th March 2018
Dolans Warehouse, Dolans, Limerick
Doors: 8pm
Tickets:
€10 from www.dolans.ie & €12 on the door,

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Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Ocean Collective presented by Bad Reputation Ireland

Tickets are €18 plus booking fee

Tickets are €18 plus booking fee

Bad Reputation presents:


Since 2001, the Berlin-based musician collective The Ocean have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums, and a split EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono. With an ever-changing lineup of various on- and off-stage musicians and visual artists, the relentlessly touring group have become well known for their immense, mind-expanding live shows, which they have carried into the most remote corners of the globe, from Siberian squats to colonial theatres in Ecuador.

Over the course of their storied career, The Ocean have toured with Opeth, Mastodon, Mono, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anathema, Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend, and have appeared on major festivals including Roskilde, Dour, Pukkelpop, Roadburn, Wacken, With Full Force, Summer Slaughter, Summer Breeze and Graspop. The band's own Pelagic Records has also become one of Europe's leading labels for post-rock and post-metal, with a catalog of 120 releases since 2009.

“The Ocean do for earth science class what Mastodon did for Melville: make learning brutal", Decibel wrote about 2007's Precambrian, Revolver describing it as a “Teutonic paean to Earth's geology“. 2013's seminal Pelagial, described as “a filmic ode to shifting moods, dichotomous influences and the musical personification of sinking towards the planet's deepest underwater points“ by Rock Sound, was a milestone for the band, and their most conceptual work to date, and was ranked #3 at LoudWire's “Best Metal Albums Of 2013”, and #5 in About.com's “2013 Best Heavy Metal Albums“.


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Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Touts

Tickets €9

Tickets €9

TOUTS a three piece teenage punk band from Derry, Northern Ireland. The unhinged, angry and visceral teens are Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan & Luke McLaughlin. " A singer that can't sing , A mod that can't play bass & a drummer that can't see”.

The toils and tribulations of small town life is a path well trodden, but not in the way Touts do it, they’ve dug the path up and set fire to the rubble. Inspired by dodgy politicians, shitty school life and the sort of weekend politics that fries any teenage brain. This results in a set of incendiary two minute sub culture anthems. “ TOUTS WILL BE SHOT” an all to familiar slogan on the walls of Northern Irelands which preached fear in the hearts of community’s has now been reclaimed by three teenagers. Inspired in some ways by their predecessors on the 40th anniversary from punk’s day dot. They’ve harnessed Stiff Little Fingers Jake Burns infamous lyric about an ‘Alternative Ulster’ with a modern interpretation, one that shoots fire at anything that stands in its way be it political or not.

The band’s live reputation in Northern Ireland has spread like wild fire and has seen them sell out venues to masses of kids throughout the province without releasing any music. There’s a revolution on the dance floor and on the street and they will be chorused by the debut singles ‘Sold Out’ and ‘Political People’ from Touts.

The year the band are set to release their forthcoming debut EP through their new label Hometown Records, previous home to the likes of Ratboy, Rejjie Snow, Yonaka and many more.

The kids are pissed off and angry. Touts may well be the band that them and 2019 need.

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Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Therapy? presented by Seoda Shows and Bad Reputation Ireland

Therapy? Dolans Limerick March 22nd 2019 Seoda Shows Bad Reputation Ireland

Andy Cairns tells a great story about Therapy?’s spring UK tour with The Stranglers. As the trio walked onstage in Kilmarnock, Scotland, their frontman noticed a solitary punter, three rows from the front, vigorously booing his band before a single amplified guitar chord had been struck. Each successive song in the set received the same vociferous, relentlessly hostile response. Two nights later, at Nottingham Rock City, the antagonist was back once more, front and centre, still booing, though with markedly less enmity than before. In Manchester, on the final night of the campaign, Cairns stepped from his tour bus to be confronted again by the by-now-familiar face of his new nemesis. This time, however, the guy was clutching a pen and a copy of Therapy?’s classic 1994 album Troublegum. “Could you sign this for me please?” he asked politely.

“I think we’d battered him into submission,” Cairns says with a laugh.

It’s an instructive anecdote, both a testament to Therapy?’s enduring capacity to win over hearts and minds with their singular, sui generis sound, and a reminder, in a broader sense, that even in the face of alienation, disaffection and discord, there remains hope for consensus, harmony and solidarity.

Which brings us, neatly, to Therapy?’s fifteenth studio album, Cleave. Roughly themed around notions of duality and division, the band’s follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Disquiet - and their first recording for new label Marshall Records – is a sharply focused, fiercely intelligent, impassioned and empowering set of songs from a band operating at a creative and artistic peak. A scathing, incisive state-of-the-nation address, investigating the schisms in contemporary society and the motivations of those seeking to propagate disjuncture, it’s a powerful, challenging, uncompromising collection from a band never afraid to confront and dissect humanity’s darkest impulses.

 From the thrillingly propulsive assault of Wreck It Like Beckett via the addictive Callow (the album's first single, out now) and the unsettling I Stand Alone to the disquieting, bleakly beautiful No Sunshine, the ten tracks which make up Cleave coalesce to paint a portrait of a fractured, dislocated world rent by unprincipled, mendacious masters.

“We’re living in a time riven by conflict,” Andy Cairns states baldly. “You look at what’s happening in the United States at present, what’s going on with Brexit in the UK, with North and South Korea, with Palestine and Israel, and it’s impossible not to see turmoil and turbulence. Some of these conflicts have been going on as long as I can remember, but they seemed to really reach a head again around the time we were writing the album. Cleave is our response to the divisions we see all around us.”

 It’s worth considering Therapy?’s journey to this point. Their story begins in Northern Ireland in 1989, when vocalist/guitarist Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan and drummer Fyfe Ewing – bonded by a deep appreciation of post-punk, art-rock, Detroit techno and the most uncompromising sounds from the fringes of the US noise rock underground – embarked upon a mission to investigate the psyches of the marginalised, malcontent and misanthropic. The 1990 release of a self-financed seven inch single (Meat Abstract) on the band’s own Multifuckingnational Records label, was followed by the recording of a brace of bold, abrasive mini albums, 1991's Babyteeth and 1992's Pleasure Death, for London-based Wiiija record, both collections securing Number 1 slots on the UK’s Independent music charts. Such success did not go unnoticed by the nation’s major labels, and the in-demand trio elected to partner next with A&M Records, for whom they promptly delivered a Top 30 single (Teethgrinder) and Top 40 album (Nurse) in 1993. On a creative roll, in 1994 Therapy? truly hit their stride with the electrifying, exhilarating punk-metal crossover set Troublegum, which served up no fewer than five UK Top 40 singles (Turn, Nowhere, Die Laughing, Trigger Inside and Screamager, the opening track from 1993 EP Shortsharpshock), sold one million copies worldwide and garnered the fast-rising band a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Unwilling to dilute their vision in pursuit of mainstream acceptance, the band spent much of the two decades which followed re-writing the rule book for what constitutes success for a modern rock act, issuing a succession of fiercely idiosyncratic albums, aided and abetted by the recruitment, in 2002, of drummer Neil Cooper. To the delight of their loyal fan-base, in 2015 the trio conceived a sequel of sorts to Troublegum in Disquiet, a brilliantly-realised, bruisingly melodic punk/metal collection which took as its starting point questions of where the adolescent protagonist of their 1994 masterpiece might find himself 20 years on. Stepping away from that fascinating narrative, Cleave continues along a similar sonic path, alluding to the band’s ‘classic’ sound while opening up new paths to explore.

 “The way I’ve described Cleave to people who’ve been asking is that it’s kinda like Nurse and Pleasure Death-era Therapy? meets Troublegum, but with a totally modern 21st century production,” says Cairns of the 10 song collection committed to tape by producer Chris Sheldon at Blast studios in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in January this year. “I think we’ve become a lot more comfortable about doing what we do best. Around the time of [2009’s] Crooked Timber and [2010’s] A Brief Crack Of Light I was still trying to prove a point to people that I listen to a lot of different music and trying to illustrate that in the music we were writing. But when we did Disquiet and saw the reaction we got from people who love guitar music and love our band it made me realise that there’s certain things we do so well, certain things that are so characteristic of Therapy?, so we decided to focus on these things. We never want to be a template band, writing the same song forever, but we did definitely try to play to our strengths.”

Cairns credits producer Sheldon, who worked with the band on Troublegum, 1998’s Semi-Detached and 2003’s High Anxiety, for keeping the band fixated upon delivering their new material with maximum impact, streamlining arrangements and stripping away extraneous fat, setting aside ego in service of the songs.

The result is one of the most formidable, provocative and impactful albums of Therapy?’s storied 29 year career, once again proving that the band’s pre-eminence as one of the UK’s most inventive, fearless and individualistic musical artists. Andy Cairns offers a detailed dissection of the album in the track-by-track breakdown that follows, but taking a broader view of his band’s fifteenth studio set, he’s justifiably proud of the unified drive and restless creativity evident in this powerful, questing collection.


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Mar
23
9:00 PM21:00

Maria Kelly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets on sale December 14th. €10 with BF

Tickets on sale December 14th. €10 with BF

Following shows across Europe supporting the likes of Villagers, Paul Noonan (Bell X1) and All The Luck In The World, Maria Kelly announces her debut headline tour of Ireland in support of her new EP, ‘notes to self’.

After laying a foundation in the Irish music scene, Maria relocated to Berlin in June of this year, inspiring the four-track EP ‘notes to self’. It is a heartbreakingly unassuming collection of songs exploring themes of leaving home and finding familiarity from within, even if that can sometimes be an uncomfortable thing to do. Maria elaborates,

“…the idea stemmed from the fact that I began keeping a diary when I moved away from home. I wanted to document how the change affected me - keeping notes of thoughts, feelings, advise that I heard along the way. It allowed me to be very honest with myself. The diary then inspired four songs that thematically dealt with how we often move through stages of holding on, hiding behind and letting go, and how we must do all three in order to move on. It became a very cathartic piece of work for me, and I hope that anyone who listens finds some comfort in it too.”

The EP premiered on Nialler9, described as ‘poignant folk music at its very best’, while the 405 referred to it as ‘a thing of genuine beauty.’ The debut ‘june’ continues to maintain a spot on the Spotify playlists, ‘Fresh Folk’ and ‘Your Coffee Break’, with ‘august’ entering ‘New Music Friday’ soon after.

The EP was released on December 7th on Veta Records.

This March, Maria embarks on her first ever headline tour in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick.

Tickets on sale Friday December 21st at 9am GMT.

"..poignant folk music at its very best” - Nialler9 "

..rich rubs of gentle sound and melancholic observations sung in a voice that is a silky, splendid thing.”- The Irish Times

"..pensive and exquistive." - The 405

"From every angle Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it." - Wonderland "

...she is able to conjure a swell of overwhelming feeling with little more than just her voice and the resonant constant of an accompanying guitar." - The Line Of Best Fit

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Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

John Grant

Tickets are €35 plus booking fee

Tickets are €35 plus booking fee

Aiken Promotions with Seoda Shows & Dolans Pub 
proudly present..

John Grant

University Concert Hall

Wednesday March 27th 2019

Doors 7.30pm

New album 'Love Is Magic'
Purchase/Stream HERE:
https://johngrant.lnk.to/loveismagic

Following the release of John Grant’s brand-new album 'Love is Magic', he has announced headline shows on Wednesday, 27th March in University Concert Hall, Limerick and Sunday, 31st March in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin.

“Each record I make is more of an amalgamation of who I am,” says John Grant. “The more I do this, the more I trust myself, and the closer I get to making what I imagine in my head.”

Even when the Michigan-born man released his debut solo album Queen Of Denmark in 2010, Grant laced sumptuous soft-rock ballads with an array of spacey, wistful synthesizer sounds, increasingly adding taut, fizzing sequencers, nu-synth-disco settings and icy soundscapes to the mix on 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts and 2015’s Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. Now, with his fourth solo album Love Is Magic, Grant continues to evolve, creating his most electronic record yet, in collaboration with Benge (Ben Edwards), analogue synth expert/collector and a member of electronic trio Wrangler, Grant’s collaborators earlier this year under the collective name of Creep Show on the album Mr Dynamite.

Produced by Grant (together with Benge and Paul Alexander), and engineered by Benge at his Cornish studio, the diamond-hard, diamond-gleaming Love Is Magic, “is closer still to how I’ve always wanted my records to sound, but I didn’t know how to go about it,” Grant says. Already mentioned above, he also called on bassist Paul Alexander of Denton, Texas maestros Midlake, renewing a working relationship that began on Queen Of Denmark. “Paul trained in music theory at UNT in Denton, Texas with an emphasis in Jazz and I knew he would come up with beautiful harmonies, so I unleashed him on the backing vocals,” Grant enthuses. “He comes up with interesting angles rather than the obvious and also plays some of the best bass lines I’ve ever heard.”

Besides the quest for sound, “the lyrics, of course, continue to be very important to me,” says John. “They’re just snapshots of everyday life where myriad moods and every sort of horrible and hilarious occurrence one can imagine mix with the pedestrian resulting in the absurdity and beauty of life.”

Anyone familiar with Grant’s story will recognise his battles - with addiction and health, with trusting love and relationships. From this turbulence he’s forged another riveting collection of often brutal diatribes and confessionals, where humour, fear, anxiety and anger overlap as Grant, with trademark candour, figuratively exposes the machinations of his saturated brain. It’s epitomised by the album’s brilliant opener ‘Metamorphosis’, almost as if his warring psyches are facing up to one another, as impervious synth-pop and brain-on-fire imagery melts into dream-ballad introspection and back to synth-backed mania.

The human mind is further discombobulated by the concept of love – we crave it, obsess over it, and are invariably traumatised by it, as the album’s title track explores. “Love’s a shitshow that requires work, it’s not all lollipops and rainbows and ’67 Dodge Dart Hemis and STDs and macaroni and cheese and John Carpenter. But nothing can distract from the fact that, in spite of it all, love is still magic.”

There’s much else to tell about Grant: how the demise of his first band The Czars led him to abandon music for five years before an instantly acclaimed solo career, chart success (Grey Tickles… went Top Five in the UK) and a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Eminem and Justin Timberlake. Sinead O’Connor and Tracey Thorn have guested on Grant’s records, he’s sung live with Alison Goldfrapp and Kylie Minogue, performed at the 2017 Songs Of Scott Walker (1967-70) BBC Prom, and co-written/sung on Hercules & Love Affair and Robbie Williams albums.

Last Autumn he recorded the “Kindling” duet with Elbow then went on to tour with them this Spring. His music has been used in films such as Andrew Haigh’s drama Weekend and Daisy Asquith’s Queerama. In 2016, he fronted BBC Radio 4's Reimagining The City, taking listeners around Reykjavik, where Grant has lived since 2012; in April 2017 he curated North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay in Hull, showcasing thrilling and innovative musicians from Scandinavia and Iceland. But that is the past, just as Grant’s autobiography, for publishers Little, Brown, is the future. The present is Love Is Magic, the latest installment in Grant’s astonishing story.

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Mar
28
9:00 PM21:00

JOHN J PRESLEY presented be Seoda Shows

Tickets on sale 11am Friday 21st of December. Tickets are €10

Tickets on sale 11am Friday 21st of December. Tickets are €10

Singer-songwriter John J Presley today releases his explosive new single ‘Rise And Fall’, the latest offering from the bluesman’s much anticipated forthcoming debut album. Coinciding with the release of the new single, Presley will support Howling Bells front-woman-turned-solo artist Juanita Stein throughout her UK tour this November followed by supporting Blood Red Shoes on their 2019 UK/EU tour. Having previously released single ‘True Love Waits’ (which gained Radio X Playlist & broke top 20 on Amazing Radio Charts) - Presley returns with it's follow up ‘Rise And Fall’ which boasts the perfect blend of a driving, up-tempo rhythm section with a down-tuned, feedback-heavy Hofner President guitar. It shows another side of Presley’s varied palette and captivating aura, which has garnered support across the board, from broadsheets to tastemakers to national radio. Speaking on the new release, John explains: “Rise and Fall pushed and pulled at me. I was really focusing on saturating the amp and using the guitar as percussively as I could. I wanted to capture the energy, the nuance...the sonic power”. It’s this creative mindset to challenge genre limitations that’s put his trademark skills in such high demand, seeing him play as part of Duke Garwood's live band, alongside previously performing on guitar duties for the live show surrounding Ed Harcourt's latest release. With notable influences ranging from John Coltrane to The Kills, and Nick Cave to PJ Harvey, Presley’s roots are firmly planted in the blues.. His own genre-bending sound forms a spellbinding hybrid of electric blues and classic songwriting, which sits closely besides the likes of Jack White and Mark Lanegan. ‘Rise and Fall’ is another reminder of Presley’s incredible talent and is sure to whet fans’ appetite as his debut album approaches.

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Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Shannon Gospel Choir SGC ¦ TEN

SGC ¦ TEN               Celebrate 10 Years of SGC - Gig & After Party

SGC have been on some journey. And they want to celebrate it by singing some of their favorite songs over the years.....and having a bit of a party afterwards.

Their first appearance in Dolans was in 2009, guesting with Paddy Casey & they have gone on to perform all around Ireland and have appeared several times on national television and radio. They have also shared the stage with the likes of the Harlem Gospel Choir, Dublin Gospel Choir, Declan O Rourke, Mundy, Paul Brady and Rebecca Storm and several more times with Paddy (featuring on his latest album) accompanying him in performances on The Late Late Show, Vicar Street and in front of 80,000 in Croke Park in 2013 for the All Ireland Hurling Final. Up Clare!

Performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics was a highlight as was joining STORMZY at his first ever headline show at Longitude 2017, singing 'Blinded By Your Grace'.

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Apr
4
9:00 PM21:00

GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)

Tickets €31.50

Tickets €31.50

GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)

Renowned New York rapper and songwriter – real name Gary Grice – who is a founding Wu-Tang member.

GZA – also known as The Genius – is hailed as as Wu-Tang’s ‘spiritual head’ and its most cerebral member. He is the group’s oldest member and the first to receive a record deal.

GZA has carved out a successful solo career and is considered to be among the finest MCs and lyricists. He released the critically acclaimed solo album Liquid Swords in 1995, which is hailed as a hip-hop classic.

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Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Wild Youth

Tickets €19.50

Tickets €19.50

Wild Youth are a four-piece who stormed the Spotify Viral Charts and held the #1 spot for two weeks with their first single. With influences ranging from Imagine Dragons, to The XX, The Script, and The 1975, they play a melodic brand of pop-rock with electronic touches. After a freak accident left Conor O’Donohoe, songwriter and keyboards, with a prolonged period of rehabilitation he took up the guitar to pass the time. His new passion caused him to shift his focus from college and sports to composing songs in his shed with childhood best friend Dave Whelan, singer. With the recruitment of guitarist Edward Porter and drummer Callum McAdam, Conor found two musicians that could breathe new life into the songs he had composed. The four then locked themselves away for a year writing new songs and developing their sound. In 2017, they emerged with “All or Nothing”, which amassed over half a million Spotify streams. Their second single, “Lose Control”, received heavy rotation on radio stations and led to sold out headline shows in Dublin and London. They soon found themselves invited to support artists such as Niall Horan, The Script, and Zara Larsson on arena sized shows, and drawing huge crowds to their festival slots across Ireland and the UK. Currently splitting their time between Dublin and London, writing and recording their first album, Wild Youth look set to big one of the biggest acts of 2018 and for many years beyond.

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, QOTSA, The Dwarves)

On Sale Friday December 7th at 9am. Tickets are €20 plus BF

On Sale Friday December 7th at 9am. Tickets are €20 plus BF

Bad Reputation & Dolans Presents

Nick Oliveri of Kyuss, The Dwarves & Queens Of The Stone Age  

Support from New Valley Wolves

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Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

The Seattle Grunge Experience

Tickets  € 12.50 in advance/  € 14 on the door

Tickets 12.50 in advance/ 14 on the door

The Seattle Grunge Experience are the ultimate live tribute to the Grunge scene of the 90s, performing the music Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and more. 

Over 2 hours of all killer no filler Grunge tunes guaranteed at every show! 

The 90s was a great time for music with so many creative, innovative bands breaking out from under the mainstream radar – seemingly most of them from the Pacific Northwest and conquering the world through MTV - 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.

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Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Finbar Furey

Tickets €32 from University Concert Hall

Tickets €32 from University Concert Hall

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, storyteller and actor Finbar Furey has announced a brand new 9 date Irish tour, that will see the iconic musician visit Belfast, Dublin, Wexford, Galway Killarney, Limerick Castlebar and Cork, with tickets going on sale on Friday 24th November at 9am

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. 

After thirty years touring the world with his brothers, introducing new audiences to the band’s music, Finbar embarked on a solo career to pursue a new life as a singer, writer and producer.

 

To coincide with his tour, Finbar’s latest album 'Paddy Dear', which topped the Irish Charts in 2017, will now be released in the UK with 2 new songs and a bonus Live DVD of Finbar performing at Vicar Street in Dublin. This new CD/DVD release newly titled ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ will be released on March 30th 2018 by BMG and distributed in Ireland by Universal records

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!”

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).

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Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Aslan Live At The Big Top

Tickets €31

Tickets €31

GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD TOUR 2019.

ASLANs Album GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD WAS RELEASED 25 years ago back in 1994. With this in mind the band will be touring the album throughout 2019 .Songs such as RAINMAN , WHERES THE SUN , GAMES, SWEET TIME , GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD and of course CRAZY WORLD will be performed LIVE on this tour.

Don’t worry the band will also be playing crowd favourites THIS IS , TOO LATE FOR HALLELUJAH  and more .ASLAN are delighted to Announce that on Saturday April 20th the band are back to The Big Top

To coincide  with the GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD TOUR . ASLAN will be releasing  a LIMITED EDITION OF THE ALBUM ON VINYL available from Tower Records, Golden Discs , Online from the ASLAN shop and from the Merch stand at ASLAN gigs .

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Apr
20
9:00 PM21:00

Mack Fleetwood

Tickets €18

Tickets €18

Ireland’s premier tribute to the Supergroup Fleetwood Mac, bring you on a magical musical journey from the Peter Green blues era to the multi-platinum selling Anglo/American band that still tour today.

Originally the “Best White Blues Band” to come out of the 60s, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac had several memorable hits and influenced scores of others great bands that were to follow them, and/or cover their songs, such as Led Zeppelin and Santana.

When Peter Green left the band, Mike Fleetwood & John McVie kept the show on the road, being joined first by Christine Perfect (later McVie) and then Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

These three talented and prolific songwriters brought a distinctive style and unique fusion of rock, pop and country to the band. The turmoil of the bands private lives was played out in their music. Nicks & Buckingham soon gained iconic status in fronting the new line-up.

Fleetwood Mac enjoyed a rebirth, producing many classic hits including the outstanding Rumours album. They went on to even greater worldwide success than the original line-up.

MACK FLEETWOOD deliver a spellbinding show. Their love of the material and musical prowess shines through in each song.

 

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Apr
21
12:30 PM12:30

Siege of Limerick - Earrach 2019

Free Admission

Free Admission

Bad Reputation IRL presents:

Siege of Limerick - Earrach 2019
Bank Holiday Sunday 21st April 2019
Dolans Pub, Limerick, Ireland

Announcement 1:
Conjurer (England)
BAILER
MOLARBEAR
Lock Horns
Marabou

Announcement 2:
Dead Witches (England)
Funeral Horse (USA)
Elder Druid
Slung From A Tree
TOOMS

Announcement 3:
From The Bogs Of Aughiska
- special performance featuring Eddie Lenihan
Crimson Throne (England)
Molekh
Third Island
Horrenda

Announcement 4:
Skypilot The-band
Zlatanera
Hedfuzy
New Age Messiah
S E L K I E S
Dirty Casuals
12 Gauge Outrage

Announcement 5:
Damim ( ex-Akercocke - Irish Exclusive)
Zealot Cult

Announcement 6:
Unyielding Love
Senzar

Announcement 7:
MINDRIOTmt
Grey Stag
Congenital Abnormalities
Disconnect
PEASANT TO A KING


More announcements soon.

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May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Dermot and Dave - SOLD OUT

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SOLD OUT –    NEW DATE    FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2019!

SOLD OUT – NEW DATE FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2019!

DERMOT & DAVE ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW COMEDY TOUR FOR 2019!

Today FM duo, Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore, have just announced a 10-date nationwide tour of their brand new hilarious comedy show, Dermot & Dave Live!

Having toured to full houses all over Ireland in 2016 and 2017, the radio duo once again bring their bonkers comedy antics to a stage near you in 2019! The lads toured the length and breadth of Ireland with sell-out crowds in venues like Vicar St in Dublin and the INEC in Killarney. They’re ready for even bigger crowds this time around.

When the 2018 Vodafone Comedy Carnival line-up was announced, Dermot and Dave were the first act to sell out their shows, with tickets disappearing in a matter of hours. Now, they’re ready to hit the road again with a brand new show that brings together stand-up comedy, hilarious characters and a whole load of rocking musical performances.

When asked what people can expect from their new stand up show, neither of them actually answered the call but their message minder said, “”Hi, you’ve reached Dermot and Dave and we can’t take your call right now but the show is going to be amazing. We sing, we dance, we take our tops off. And there’s even more craic and lunacy than last time. *BEEP*”

Even though the show is brand new, you needn’t fear, all of the lads’ favourite characters will make a return including internet sensation, Noni, Limerick’s infamous chocolate seller and Tony “Club Classic” Cascarino.

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May
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Stunning Live At The Big Top

Tickets €36.50

Tickets €36.50

Following on from a triumphant year in 2018, The Stunning return to Limerick to perform in the Big Top at the Milk Market in Limerick City on May 5th 2019 as part of Riverfest.

 

‘Twice Around The World’, the first album release by the band since 1994, went straight to Number 1 on it’s release in March 2018.  Rave reviews and the fact that it contains some of the bands biggest hits (Everything that Rises, Heads Are Gonna Roll, She’s on My Mind & Mr.Ginger) along with Brighten Up My Life  (one of the most played Irish songs on radio of 2017) helped it on its way to the top of the charts.

The ‘Twice Around the World Tour’ saw the band sell out venues across the country, headlining the Féile Classical, the Galway Arts Festival and also returning Dublin’s Olympia Theatre three times in the space of just over a year.

Amidst the mayhem, lead singer Steve Wall squeezed in some time for his acting career, playing the lead role in ‘My Foolish Heart’ a feature film based on the life of legendary trumpet player Chet Baker.

The Stunning’s have a well-earned reputation of a band that always deliver an impressive live show.

According Joe Wall “the band love playing in Limerick – we seem to have built up a special chemistry with the audience there and they really let down their hair at our shows. Our two sell-out shows in Dolans Warehouse last March and the Mungret Music festival in August have expanded our fanbase in Limerick even more. The Big Top at the Milk Market is amazing – we can’t wait!”

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May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Blindboy Podcast Live

Tickets €27 - on sale Friday January 18th at 9am

Tickets €27 - on sale Friday January 18th at 9am

Blindboy's increased notability away from his band Rubberbandits, has allowed for him to explore wider avenues and create perhaps outrageously mind-altering brainchildren which can only be described as courageous, yet bonkers. 

Now with an audience of over 1,000,000.00 people listening and a new show going live with the BBC early 2019.

With a number one selling book under his belt and a podcast that has reached interest not only in Ireland & Uk ….but internationally, the satirist could possibly single-handedly change people's mind set on mental health and the deafening stigma it surrounds.

Outspoken, informed and empathetic, Blindboy engages his audience with an unusual touch of realism. There is a very authentic feeling of "freedom" he  exhumes which allows his listeners and participants to openly speak their mind without judgement and no topic off limits - certainly an air of belonging encircling the space you find yourself in when listening or in company of Blindboy.

His latest innovative creation, The Blindboy podcast not only espouses mental health issues but reaches further into an eclectic spectrum of current topics from gun laws to feminism, racism or a bit of history. Blindboy has it covered.

His uncanny ability to articulate what nearly everyone is thinking is unparalleled and something that is sorely needed in Irish society.- The Daily Edge

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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Electric Six

The Devil has always been there. He is the great outsider, the original iconoclast. He is a conniving little shit and never seems to tire of giving humanity a wedgie or a wet willie just for a laugh. The Devil is capable of taking many forms. He can exist as one being or spread out amongst many. He can present himself as an ordinary man or as a horrific cloven-hoofed beast depending on his mood. Above all else, The Devil lives to corrupt, to adulterate, to defile.

Electric Six has often used The Devil as subject matter for its songs because of that last bit, the part about corruption and adulteration. That’s what Electric Six has been trying to do with its music now for quite some time!!!! We want to corrupt young women....just like The Devil!!! There’s nothing more rewarding than the seduction of a young innocent maiden, forcing her to wear demonic dresses, levitating her towards the great fiery skull and watching her eyes turn black as she gives into evil and becomes the bride of The Devil!!!! That....is why we started this band....to help women realize their potential as sexy evil maidens with eyes reflecting the utter darkness of a corrupted soul.

With its fourteenth studio album Bride of the Devil, Electric Six examines the concepts of evil and corruption, humanity’s various falls from grace, the nine circles of purgatory and of course, the internet itself. Bride of the Devil opens with the thunderous opener “The Opener”, a bombastic celebration of the arena rock Electric Six never got to play. The next two numbers are textbook ear worm guitar pop numbers that deal with debilitating income inequality and nepotism (“Daddy’s Boy”) and the horrors of being forced into a pool of toxic waste by an a rabid Doberman trained to kill (“(It Gets) (A Little) Jumpy”).

And then we get to the title track, a radio anthem, where it all becomes clear that The Devil is a metaphor for Russia and the United States is the young girl who is seduced, corrupted and wedded into a Satanic covenant with the beast. It’s all there in black and white. The Carrie Underwood-esque lyrics alongside a backdrop of vodka and caviar and backchannels and Seychllian bank accounts. That’s how they did it. They went after our country performers and got the rubes to feel good about being Russian assets. And still, it is the feel-good anthem of the summer.

Finally, the haunting album closer “Worm In the Wood” is Electric Six at its most serious, most tender and emotional. Haunting. Effervescent. Corrupt. Jaundiced. Tired.

So there you have it. Electric Six is back with its fourteenth record and it’s poppy and feel-good, as well as heavy, both sonically and lyrically. Our sound will corrupt you and enslave you as the beautiful demonic bride you know you truly are. Fraulein, take this severed hand with it’s creepy long nails from the beginning of time. To do so is truly thine destiny.

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May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Paul Young

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Tickets €38 - Available from The University Concert Hall

Tickets €38 - Available from The University Concert Hall

PAUL YOUNG

35 YEARS OF ‘NO PARLEZ’ TOUR 2018

Paul Young is back on tour, performing his much loved album ‘NoParlez’ in celebration of 35 years since it’s release. ‘No Parl ez’ was Paul’s debut album. It reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1983 for 5 weeks and fast became triple Platinum. The albumproduced Paul’s first UK number 1 single – The Marvin Gaye cover of ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ and hits ‘Come Back & Stay’ &; ‘Love of The Common People’. The album also features a cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Originally in early 80’s band Q-Tips, Paul Young went solo in the 80’s and his career took off with ‘No Parlez’ and further top 10 hits such as ‘Everytime You Go Away’ & ‘Everything Must Change’. He is also a Brit Award winner for Best Male vocalist, sings the opening lines on the original Band Aid Single ‘Feed The World’ and performed at Live Aid in 1984. Paul is a keen chef, biker and fan of all things Mexicana! A family man, always happy to be touring his classic hits as a solo artist or with his Tex Mex/ Americana band ‘Los Pacaminos’

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May
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Wedding Present 30th anniversary of Bizzaro

Tickets €22 - On sale Friday December 14th at 9am

Tickets €22 - On sale Friday December 14th at 9am

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bizzaro.

 

“The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!” John Peel.

 The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. That was back in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother's suitcases. In this fashion, the debut single GO OUT AND GET 'EM BOY! was collected from the pressing plant, delivered to the distribution company, and The Wedding Present was born. That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the band's philosophy ever since. From GEORGE BEST, "an unmitigated delight" [NME], the first full-length release on their own Reception Records onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own.

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May
29
8:00 PM20:00

SOAK

Tickets €17 + booking fee - On Sale Friday December 7th 9am

Tickets €17 + booking fee - On Sale Friday December 7th 9am

Grim Town. It’s unclear exactly what or where it is but it’s grey, flat and small in both size and significance. It’s a concrete slab on a cul-de-sac that leads to nowhere. It’s a restlessness that rocks back and forth, back and forth. It’s the suffering that starts in the corner of your mind or in the crease of your forehead and ends with total loss of identity and control. It’s the grim realisation that you are not who you thought you were, and that the only way you can face your most excruciating fears is through an unforgiving, unadulterated pop song. ‘You are now entering the southbound train to Grim Town. Please surrender any faith, passportation or optimism to platform staff if you haven’t already. Refreshments will not be available on this service. Thank you and enjoy your journey.’

All aboard.

 

“I was so sure of myself when I was sixteen, so sure of what I was about, and I didn’t give a fuck. But when I finished touring I realised that I absolutely didn’t. I had no idea. When you’re on tour you get into a cycle of something, and in a way you’re growing but really you’re not because everything stays the same, everything stays constant. And then when I was finished I was like, I have no idea what anything is. So, I had a freak-out-moment, and I spent a year in that freak-out-moment, not knowing what was what anymore. It was scary.”

 

But how can anybody truly know themselves at just sixteen? The term ‘to come of age’ comes with so much baggage, so much expectation, with SOAK’s second album Grim Town, Bridie dissolves all assuredness, and we follow her on this empowering but often painful journey, clinging closely to the handrail.

 

“This album feels a lot more real to me. I think in the first album I held back from saying certain things.” Performing under SOAK, Bridie is no stranger to holding back, to hiding behind a pseudonym or beneath capital letters, to hiding behind words- whilst also being completely out there: “I would even purposefully sing something weird [in the first album] so you couldn’t hear exactly what I was saying.” But there is an unprescribed honesty to Grim Town, almost as though the greater soundscape, bigger production, brass sections and soulful backing vocals gave Bridie the confidence to make herself more vulnerable, to truly put her introspections in the firing line. The album opening jump-starts the listener into action with Get Set Go Kid (“me telling myself to wise up”). This up-beat opener playfully marks the beginning of the end, the train track towards freedom- “I’ve got to get out, I can’t live here anymore!” For Bridie this is an escape from more than just her hometown of Derry, it’s an escape from her sixteen-year-old self which she had recorded and cemented into 2015 with ‘Before We Forgot how to Dream’, an escape from the weight of her own identity and suffocating headspace. “With the first album, I just didn’t really know much about myself or my life, and this time round I feel like I just had time to process it all. I was having such a shit time- I was literally distraught in every single way and when I started writing these songs, I had to get them out of my brain to deal with them better, to process everything, and I tried to make it loud so that  I could say it and hear it, so it became like this sonic landscape.”

 

Jump to the aptly titled Life Trainee, and we enter a whirring static and a piano tinkling with trepidation before delving into powerfully positive, almost gospel-like anthem on how its OK not to be OK:  ‘What phased me before/ leaves me cold and bored/ the sadness addict/just couldn’t hack it’ . This structure mirrors our own journey throughout the album, and Bridie’s own onward journey to acceptance. But, this acceptance only comes after a difficult attempt at honesty and total vulnerability. I was blue/ Technicolour Too is stripped back, rough and an unbearably vivid, voyeuristic description of a house party, alight with aux-chord hoggers and treadmill jaws, and although playful in tone and discreet in meaning, it marks an important rite of passage for Bridie. “Essentially, it’s a song about watching people  off their heads on drugs, but I could have never said that before, and to be honest I don’t think I would have wanted to, even. But now, everything I’ve said in this album I just feel like I have to say it. Literally HAVE to.”

 

An important part of this departure and growth was leaving her long-term producer and friend, Tommy McLaughlin of The Villagers, who has been producing SOAK since 2010, “it was a really hard decision- Tommy’s amazing- but I didn’t want this record to feel or sound like the last one. I wanted it to be clear that I’ve grown up, and to be a step up, essentially, in all the ways that it could be- and Ant provided that.” Enter Ant Whiting. With a heavy pop catalogue that includes M.I.A, it was his mastery of such a broad, colourful and pop-driven sound that helped to create, as Bridie so perfectly puts it, “a carnival of noise.” De Ja Vu epitomises this kaleidoscopic sound, with its eerie chromatic opening, anthemic, ABBA-esque chorus and unnerving police sirens. As we follow the track it begins to resemble the car crash imagined in the song; ‘You’ve been drinking again/ Crashed the car and you blamed the rain’. “De Ja Vu is basically about someone in my life who I was worried about a lot. You know, one of those people who is never really stable and you’re scared that one day it might all go wrong and how all the neighbours would be in the street watching it and the sirens would be going off.” Bridie hypothesizes the future whilst simultaneously looking back to the past, reliving and rethinking this could-be future over and over again, and this is the essence of Grim Town.

 

There is a transience to the album, a movement which is sometimes unpredictable, but the broader sonic space created gives our heroine more space to be unsure of herself and explore parts of her psyche which are perhaps not so clear cut. “I was so scared that everyone would expect me to stay really acoustic and mellow, when actually I wanted it to be really in your face and poppy one minute and then suddenly become really introspective and sad.” Similarly, Bridie herself changes physical form. In Everybody Loves You, the euphoric first single, marks the aftermath of a long distant relationship: ‘cos I was built from concrete/so I don’t hurt no more’. Then, in Maybe, she becomes fluid and surreal, floating through somebody else’s psychological landscape ‘I don’t’ even wanna know where I go in your memory.’

 

More than this however, the songs themselves are volatile, and they too are constantly changing state.  At the (un)ripe age of twenty-two, Bridie already reminisces on her even younger self. She laments in Crying, ‘oh, to be sixteen’, and it is unclear whether she is craving the hopeful naivety of her youth or cringing at her own youthful expense. In a similar vein, she cringes as she points at an intricate flower tattooed on her elbow, done to cover up a suspiciously phallic looking hammer that was blurred out due to obscenity during a recorded live performance- (‘and that’s why they shouldn’t let you get tattoos when you’re 16!”) But Bridie doesn’t feel calloused when she reflects on the past, “it just feels weird. I wrote that bridge two or so years after I’d actually written Crying, so I kind of went back to the song and was reminiscing about the person I was when I first wrote it, the person I was when I was sixteen. It’s weird to reflect on something that didn’t happen that long ago.” So, the songs themselves exist in a kind of structurally lucid state, ever growing and ever changing. But, that unforgettable, haunting purity of Bridie’s voice remains and cuts through the broader and more playful musical and lyrical landscape, like unforgiving black ink on white, freckled skin.

 

“Where am I in Grim Town? I think I’m on the street. Just walking. Constantly moving and never settling. But it’s important that I eventually leave Grim Town, because the main point of the album is that it can get so so bad, really bad, and it can be dramatic but that’s okay. It’s going to be okay.”

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra

Tickets €52 plus booking fee

Tickets €52 plus booking fee

Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be joined on stage in Limerick by some very special guests.

The collaboration between the DJ and the 48 piece orchestra debuted to considerable acclaim at Electric Picnic in 2016, performing live versions of 90s club classics.

The event became the fastest selling music gig in Galway International Arts Festival’s 40-year history in 2017, with their Festival Big Top gig selling out in under an hour. They have also performed at the Marquee in Cork and the 3Arena in Dublin.

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Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

False Confessions: Inside Making a Murderer 2 presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €27 + booking fee  - On sale December 6th 9am

Tickets €27 + booking fee - On sale December 6th 9am

Join Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin, as they discuss coerced and false confessions, interrogation tactics, and the wrongful conviction of Brendan Dassey whose case and post conviction process has captivated the world. 

 

Quotes:

"Smart, articulate, and likable"

* FORBES MAGAZINE  

"Fierce legal warrior"

* ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY  

"Fighters for those that aren’t getting the justice they deserve"

* BUSTLE  

"Leading experts in false confessions by young people"

* DATELINE NBC 

"Zealous fighters for Brendan Dassey"

* BUZZFEED

 

Laura Nirider is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. Nirider represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers. Her clients have included Brendan Dassey, whose case was profiled in the Netflix Global series Making a Murderer, and Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, whose case was profiled in the documentary West of Memphis.  In addition to her courtroom work, Nirider regularly publishes scholarly and practitioner-focused articles on interrogations and post-conviction relief. In partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, she has co-authored one of the only existing juvenile interrogation protocols. She is also a frequent presenter on interrogations at defender and law enforcement training conferences around the country and has been featured in film and television programs on interrogations. Recently, she co-authored an amicus curiae brief that was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in J.D.B. v. North Carolina for the proposition that the risk of false confession is "all the more troubling...and all the more acute...when the subject of custodial interrogation is a juvenile.”

 

Steven Drizin is a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law where he has been on the faculty since 1991. He served as the Legal Director of the Clinic's renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions from March 2005 to September 2013. At the Center, Professor Drizin's research interests involve the study of false confessions and his policy work focuses on supporting efforts around the country to require law enforcement agencies to electronically record custodial interrogations. Drizin co-founded the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) in 2008, the first innocence organization to focus on representing defendants who were only teenagers when they were wrongfully convicted. Drizin and former student Laura Nirider, who directs the CWCY, represent Brendan Dassey, a central figure in Netflix's smash docuseries Making a Murderer.

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Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

Dermot and Dave

Tickets €32 - available from UCH

Tickets €32 - available from UCH

DERMOT & DAVE ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW COMEDY TOUR FOR 2019!

Today FM duo, Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore, have just announced a 10-date nationwide tour of their brand new hilarious comedy show, Dermot & Dave Live!

Having toured to full houses all over Ireland in 2016 and 2017, the radio duo once again bring their bonkers comedy antics to a stage near you in 2019! The lads toured the length and breadth of Ireland with sell-out crowds in venues like Vicar St in Dublin and the INEC in Killarney. They’re ready for even bigger crowds this time around.

When the 2018 Vodafone Comedy Carnival line-up was announced, Dermot and Dave were the first act to sell out their shows, with tickets disappearing in a matter of hours. Now, they’re ready to hit the road again with a brand new show that brings together stand-up comedy, hilarious characters and a whole load of rocking musical performances.

When asked what people can expect from their new stand up show, neither of them actually answered the call but their message minder said, “”Hi, you’ve reached Dermot and Dave and we can’t take your call right now but the show is going to be amazing. We sing, we dance, we take our tops off. And there’s even more craic and lunacy than last time. *BEEP*”

Even though the show is brand new, you needn’t fear, all of the lads’ favourite characters will make a return including internet sensation, Noni, Limerick’s infamous chocolate seller and Tony “Club Classic” Cascarino.

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Jul
4
8:30 PM20:30

Blas Presents Dónal Lunny & Paddy Glackin

Tickets €21/ €16 conc.

Tickets €21/ €16 conc.

The 23rd Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance proudly presents Dónal Lunny & Paddy Glackin as part of their public concert series.

Dónal Lunny is popularly regarded as having being central to the renaissance of Irish Music over the last three decades.  Since the seventies Dónal has had involvement with some of the most innovative bands to emerge from Ireland including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and more recently Mozaik. He has toured across the world, collaborating with musicians of many different cultures. Dónal co-founded Mulligan Records and produced 17 albums for the label. Since then he has produced tracks for, and collaborated on albums with Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, Indigo Girls, Clannad, and Baaba Maal among others. He produced the internationally acclaimed album for EMI, ‘Common Ground’, featuring such artists as Bono, Neil and Tim Finn, and Elvis Costello. He also has appeared on the BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions alongside the likes of James Taylor, Eddi Reader, Diana Krall and others.  Dónal was MD of the House Band on the "Céiliúradh" concert in the Royal Albert Hall, part of President Michael D. Higgins' state visit to the UK. He continues his work in studio production, also occasionally composing music for theatre, television and film. 

Paddy Glackin, also a founding member of Bothy Band, is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading traditional fiddle players of his generation. Being reared in Dublin, Paddy was exposed to a wide variety of regional styles that influenced his music and was hugely encouraged by such players as Sligo flute player John Egan, and Clare fiddler John Kelly. Paddy is also a noted commentator and lecturer on Irish music. He has etched a reputation as one of our premier fiddlers, steely yet divinely delicate. He adopted his father’s Donegal stylings and has taken a unique route from 1973 All-Ireland fiddle champion to the groundbreaking experimental-trad treasure Hidden Ground with Jolyon Jackson in 1980.He has also recorded extensively and collaborated with a range of musicians including avant-garde composer John Cage, Micheal O Suilleabhain, piper Liam O Flynn, and Dónal Lunny. He also played in groups such as Ceoltoiri Laighean and LAPD and is currently a member of Ushers Island.Paddy spent many years as a radio producer with RTE Radio and recently retired as head of the Radio Sport department.

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