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Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy KARLnival With Damo Clark & Michael Downey

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door

Damo Clark is an amazing high-octane observational stand-up with infectious energy and a childlike outlook which has audiences in hysterics from the get-go. This makes him one of the most uniquely entertaining acts on the comedy circuit.

He is the Aussie prince of the craic, performing rambunctious and uplifting stand up. He sets rooms on fire then puts out the fire because he’s also very polite and safety conscious.

You might have seen him on TV, he’s done loads of Telly, most famously he wrote & co-starred in RTE’s 2007 series I DARE YA!  - ‘Critics’ Choice’ - The Irish Times (which is a reputable newspaper), he was a regular fixture on RTE's IFTA award-winning Republic of Telly, and comedy panelist on TV3's The Apprentice: You're Fired! He also appeared on BBC3 & Comedy Central!

Now is the time to catch this raw talent as he stands on the cusp of super-stardom.

A Smash Hit’ – The Sunday Mirror

Michael Downey took an odd route to get here. He was a finalist in So You Think You’re Funny? alongside Alan Carr, Russell Howard, Miles Joop & John Bishop. Then: Car Crash, Hospital and Supermarket. He is back in action but these days he takes the bus.

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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
8:00 PM20:00

Therapy? presented by Seoda Shows and Bad Reputation Ireland

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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
22
9:00 PM21:00

Touts and Special Guests Inhaler

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.

Dublin rock band Inhaler have released their new single ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ which is out now. Available to stream from: https://ffm.to/inhaleriwablt

Hailing from Dublin, Inhaler are a four-piece band who met whilst they were still at school.

They quickly realized their love of dirty bass lines, pounding rhythms and infectious melodies infused with psychedelic soundscapes far outweighed their interest for Pythagoras’s theorem, e=mc², The Merchant Of Venice and Ulysses.

Their future would be defined by the mystery, magic and unknown pleasures contained within the grooves of their parents’ vinyl collections rather than the pages of any torn and tattered textbook

They each chose their weapons, with Robert Keating on Bass, Ryan McMahon on Drums, Josh Jenkinson on Lead and Elijah Hewson on Vocals and Rhythm.


Their first studio single is out now, available to stream from: https://ffm.to/inhaleriwablt.

“It Won’t Always Be Like This”

… It Most Definitely Won’t

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Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Thanks Brother

Tickets €15

Tickets €15

Grit-pop duo Thanks Brother release their first single of 2019, ‘We Caught It’, on Friday 18th January. This is the second single from the pair, following 2018’s ‘We Are Different’ which saw the band playlisted on national radio and perform live on The Late Late Show and The Today Show and followed on with sold out shows in Dublin and Paris. ‘We Caught It’ is a slice of anthemic pop, describing magic moments of lost inhibitions. Co-produced and mixed by Grammy Award winner Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran) the songs crisp production highlights O’s powerful vocals, evoking shades of Florence and The Machine and HAIM.

Thanks Brother is comprised of Róisín O, who has enjoyed great success as a solo act since her debut album ‘The Secret Life of Blue’, and John Broe, formerly the writer and singer with Irish band Miracle Bell. They began writing songs together in 2014, originally for a Róisín O solo album, however realising that there was an undeniable creative chemistry when writing, they embarked on the collaborative project Thanks Brother at the beginning of 2018.

The band’s unusual name comes from a chance encounter that took place at a concert in Ireland, where the duo met one of their screen heroes, actor Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Three Billboards), whose brief response to a gushing Broe's praise was simply, ‘Thanks Brother’.

Thanks Brother have also written songs that have been used for television series and advertising campaigns as well as co-writing for other artists. The pair recently co-wrote singles with Irish band The Coronas, including ‘Real Feel’, the first U.S. single from their chart-topping Trust the Wire album.  

‘We Caught It’ is the first of four single releases this year culminating in an EP this winter. The video for the song is shot by the duo on their iPhones when they were crashing a Christmas party in December. Róisín explains, ‘It was a spur of the moment decision to film it while we were at The Google Christmas Party in the RDS... which we weren't really supposed to be at… but it all sort of fit in with the imagery of the song: doing shit you're not supposed to when you're drunk.’

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Mar
23
9:00 PM21:00

Abbaesque

Tickets are €15 plus booking fee

Tickets are €15 plus booking fee

Having the time of their lives!


ABBAesque are undoubtedly Ireland’s number one tribute show ever! Their success over the past 21 years has been phenomenal making them without question Ireland’s most successful tribute show performing in excess of 150 sell out concerts each year.
Previously Headlining Dublin’s 11000 capacity Point theatre on New Year’s Eve in 1998 and playing Saturday night residencies in the capitals prestigious Olympia theatre demonstrates the level of success enjoyed by this spectacular show. ABBAesque have also performed at all of Ireland’s major festivals including the internationally renowned Rose of Tralee festival playing to ecstatic crowds of more than 10000 people per night.

It’s the combination of energy and excitement together with a great night of up tempo entertainment that make ABBAesque the definitive choice for your next event.
………….Often copied but never equalled!…………

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Mar
23
9:00 PM21:00

The Flag Listeners

Tickets €10

Tickets €10

The Flag Listeners is a Limerick band made up of Eamonn Hehir, John Steele, Sean Fox and Tony Brennan. The band has just released it's debut Album "and other short stories" which has been described as "a masterclass in songwriting" by Hot Press.

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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
27
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy KARLnival With Spencer Jones & Richy Sheehy

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door

Prop comic Spencer Jones was nominated for the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2017, the same year BBC One piloted his sitcom Mister Winner. Sometimes performing under the alter-ego The Herbert, Jones was also a runner-up in the NATY new act competition in 2015. He has also had a recurring role in Ben Elton's Shakespearean sitcom, Upstart Crow.

Spencer Jones has built one of the silliest, most consuming shows of the Fringe.’ ★★★★★ Times


Richy Sheehy is a cool person and if you’re at least mildly attractive he would consider you as a potential object of lust. His unique blend of outrageous songs and stand-up comedy have garnered him a record breaking 12 ‘Richy’ Awards and 13 days in a minimum security prison. Born in County Cork, the greatest place in Ireland and the world, Richy recently returned home after a 5 year stint in hiding from the Gardai in a not so secret annexe in Amsterdam. He likes to spend his time split between his two favourite activities of enacting vengeance and writing about himself.

This year Richy shot to fame as Cork’s Biggest Liverpool Fan and since then he has performed live on Soccer AM, BBC Radio 1 and The Ray D’arcy show as well as playing to thousands at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium and selling out a headline slot at the O2 Academy in Oxford. Having recently performed in Tokyo, Richy can say he has performed in 2 continents including Asia, with the positive reaction assuring him he could achieve his adult dream of being ‘Big in Japan’.

“Goes for all the offense, South Park style... Self aware, well pitched, energetic”– The Stand Edinburgh

“An energy that will last forever”– Howard Marks

“Musical Genius” – BBC Radio 1, BBC Three

“Great comedian” – The Stand Newcastle

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Mar
28
9:00 PM21:00

JOHN J PRESLEY presented be Seoda Shows

Tickets €10

Tickets €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
29
8:00 PM20:00

Leonard Cohen Tribute Band

Tickets are €18 plus booking fee

Tickets are €18 plus booking fee

Leonard Cohen Tribute Band (ten piece live band)

The ten-piece Leonard Cohen Tribute Band plays, as part of their tour ‘In My Secret Life’, a 2-hour tribute to the singer, poet and writer who died the 7th of November 2016. Unforgettable songs such as Suzanne, So Long Marianne and Hallelujah alternate with less known material.It all started with a small silent wish of Dutch musician Rinus van den Boomen: to play songs from his idol Leonard Cohen. It grew gradually into a beautiful, complete act that, without any active acquisition, was invited to a variety of cultural venues. The band gives the songs the same swing as Cohen did the past decade. Also, similar to Leonard Cohen, the songs are forged together in a narrative.

Relive the magic of Cohen’s music and words in an intimate setting.

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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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Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Jimmys Cousin

Tickets €20 - on sale Friday Feb 8th 9am

Tickets €20 - on sale Friday Feb 8th 9am

Jimmy's Cousin was born and raised in Limerick,  his first venture into music was as part of Limerick band 'Those Stilted Boys' back in the 90's before heading off to New York for a few years. Back in Ireland and based in Dublin he connected up with Dave Keary who produced his long overdue debut album, 'Waxwings' which was recorded in Dave’s Red Door Studios. The launch of the album will be accompanied by a nationwide tour including Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork.


Waxwings features some of the top musicians in the country from Paul Moore (Bass), James Delaney (Piano), Des Lacey (Drums), Micheal Buckley (Brass) plus a host of others. The result is a close to bone and personal set of songs with an emotive and supportive soundscape.

Waxwings is an album about acceptance of the risks associated with truly loving someone. It's an album about the inevitability of loss, about flying into the darkness and touching the face of grief.

So where does the name Jimmy’s Cousin originate from?
“I had an older brother named Paul. Everywhere I went I was Paul’s brother. I was following in his footsteps and had no identity of my own. Striking out for New York in the early 90’s I relished the thought of being my own person, with my own identity and moved initially, in with my American cousin Jimmy. He introduced me to all of his friends and of course everywhere I went in New York for the following few years I was known as.... Jimmy’s Cousin!”

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His debut album is produced By Dave Keary whose guitar playing and musical direction with such acts as Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Taj Mahal, Roger Daltrey and Bobby Womack, means that he brings a deep vein of musical pedigree to the arrangement and realisation of the songs of Jimmys’ Cousin.

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Mar
30
to Mar 31

The Humbuckers, Live in the Window, Dolans Bar

Live in the Window, Dolans Bar,     Free Entry

Live in the Window, Dolans Bar,

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"The Humbuckers" are a Limerick covers trio -  Brian Moss, Mike Brennan and Pete Falahee.  They bring a broad blend of music influences and experiences together having played separately with Royal Flush, Tanglewood and The MadHatters.
 
A range of covers are performed and interpreted across such artists as Dylan, The Eagles, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Clapton, Springsteen, U2 and Oasis and a lot more.  What you get is what you see....straight up and no backing tracks.  Thrilled to be back playing in Dolan's.
 
Brian Moss:  Keyboards, Bass & Vocals.
Mike Brennan:  Guitars, Mandolin, Harmonica & Vocals.
Peter Falahee:  Lead Guitar & Vocals. 

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Apr
4
9:00 PM21:00

GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)

GZA Seoda Show Dolans Limerick April 4th Wu Tang Clan

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
5
7:30 PM19:30

IT GALZ

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IT GALZ Jenny and Lindsay comment about their upcoming live shows this Spring, "We are so excited to take our show on the road this Spring! Entering our third year of IT GALZ Podcast, there seemed no better way to celebrate than bringing the show to our listeners all over Ireland who have supported us since day one."

 IT GALZ Podcast is a dose of cultural commentary by Jenny Claffey and Lindsay Hamilton. The ladies give their personal takes on a variety of topics from pop culture to women's issues, through their often comedic and sometimes satirical lens.

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Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Dreamgun

Tickets €16

Tickets €16

DREAMGUN FILM READS: TITANIC

Getting it wrong has never felt so right! Irish comedy weirdos 'Dreamgun' amuse and exasperate cinephiles in equal measure with their skewed, joke-stuffed and wholly unrehearsed takes on established cinematic favourites. Dreamgun presents a Film Read of James Cameron's Titanic. Jim makes a movie about his favourite boat and everybody gets a million dollars.

"Hilarious live read-throughs of brilliantly rewritten film classics, a joy" - Dara Ó Briain

"I love Dreamgun so blooming much" - David O' Doherty  

★★★★★- The Irish Times

Top 10 Culture Podcasts 2018 - BBC   

Winner Best Ensemble Dublin Fringe

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Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Wild Youth - SOLD OUT

Tickets €19.50 - LAST REMAING TICKETS

Tickets €19.50 - LAST REMAING TICKETS

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

Legendary bassist, vocalist & songwriter of iconic bands such as KYUSS, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mondo Generator, Dwarves & more.

Nick Oliveri AKA 'The Rock N Roll Komodo Dragon' regarded world over as one of the greatest rock musicians. From his work on albums like Kyuss' 'Blues For The Red Sun' to being a core contributor to Queens of the Stone Age from 1998 to 2004, playing bass and providing backup and lead vocals on two of the band's biggest albums, Rated R and Songs for the Deaf, in addition to co-writing most of the album's songs with band mate Josh Homme, Oliveri's chops are undisputed.

Oliveri's lead singing can be heard on Queens songs such as "Auto Pilot", "Tension Head" and "Quick and to the Pointless" from Rated R and "Another Love Song", "Gonna Leave You", "Six Shooter" and "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar but I Feel Like a Millionaire," from Songs for the Deaf.

Most recently Oliveri is fronting Mondo Generator a project he started in 97' with Josh Homme, Brant Bjork, Rob Oswald and Karl Doyle. Oliveri is also current bass player with Dwarves.

Support From New Valley Wolves

This is an acoustic show where Nick will be doing versions of different songs through his career as well as a never before seen acoustic show from New Valley Wolves.

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Gavin James

Tickets €42

Tickets €42

Gavin James returns to "Live at the Big Top" in Limericks iconic Milk Market on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019



Two million singles sold, 800 million streams and a platinum-selling debut album. It’s been just under three years since Dublin singer songwriter, Gavin James, released his debut album Bitter Pill. These past years have been non-stop for James with tours across the globe, including his own sold out headline arena tour to an audience of 15,000, as well as supporting Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith along the way.

Gavin’s total streams are rapidly heading toward the one billion mark and rising, making him one of the most successful streamed acts in the world. His breakout hit single Nervous from his platinum selling debut album Bitter Pill, has to-date achieved over 200 million streams collectively on Spotify, reached No.1 in Holland, Top 10 in France, Ireland and Norway, going multi-platinum in those and several other international markets. The debut album also achieved Platinum Top Five sales in his native Ireland and reached the Top Five of the album charts across Europe. Gavin’s latest collaboration with Alan Walker on the single Tired has also reached platinum sales around the globe. 

One of the most genuine and humble artists in music, Gavin recently released of his sophomore album Only Ticket Home. The lead single Always (Mixed by Mark Ralph – Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, Years and Years, Rudimental) has reached 20 Million streams to date and is now platinum in Ireland, and No.1 in Brazil. 

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Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

Liv Monaghan

Tickets €11

Tickets €11

Liv Monaghan is an Irish Vocalist and songwriter based in Paris. Founder and front woman of the Alternative Jazz project Bird&Bass with virtuoso jazz bass player Sava Medan on bass.

Her music pulls threads from Jazz, Soul, Rock, and Romanticism to create an alternative, sometimes experimental, often poetic and always original sound. 

Lover of the left-behind, of old things of letter-notes and half-light ghosts which get stitched, strung or typed back up together to make something new.

In December 2018, her first full length album, Slow Exhale was released. It's received huge praise from ELLE magazine, France Bleu, Culture France, Radio France and was awarded album of the week by Radio Rennes. She is greatly looking forward to performing the original Bird&Bass duo at the legendary Dolan's.

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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
12
8:00 PM20:00

True Tides

Tickets €10 - On sale friday Feb 1st at 9am

Tickets €10 - On sale friday Feb 1st at 9am

Formed in 2017, True Tides is the intrepid pop project of Cian, Conor and Eoghan MacSweeny, three brothers from Cork, now living in Dublin. Through a reasonably simple set-up of drums, guitar, bass, electronics and vocals, they create bold and expressive guitar music that’s at once shamelessly catchy and sneakily complex. Although the brothers have technically been making music together their whole lives , they played their first gig as True Tides in January 2018 at arts and mental health festival First Fortnight, on a bill curated by ALL TVVINS. They are currently writing their debut album.

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Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Owen Colgan (Hardy Bucks)

Tickets €18

Tickets €18

Owen Colgan, Irish cult comedy hero, sex symbol and Hardy Bucks star hits the road for his biggest tour yet.

After a hugely successful tour in 2018 with sold out shows across Ireland, Owen is back with a new installment for 2019 - The Woke Tour.

" All my new gained knowledge along with my love for Jambons, Crows and grown men fighting will be bestowed upon the people of the Emerald Isle during this tour. So sit back, take off your pants and enjoy the multi layered, high octane shit talk experience of a lifetime. " - Owen

 (Don't take your pants off)

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Apr
13
9:00 PM21:00

Fox Jaw proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets are on sale Friday March 1st at 10am

Tickets are on sale Friday March 1st at 10am

Fox Jaw – New Single ‘Madeline’

Out Friday March 1st 2019 on All Platforms

 Limerick quintet, Fox Jaw, return to form with their brand new single 'Madeline', a modern strutting alt-rock groove anthem with hints of a New Romantics past.

 The new single comes accompanied by a full Technicolor audio visual experience shot and directed by the band’s drummer, Shane Serrano. The music video follows the misadventures of a sexual predator and his prey, while paying homage to the cinematic styles or Tarantino and Rodriguez.

 Recorded at Ballyhane Studios with engineer Art O’Laoire, mixed by Mike Gavin et Even Audio and Mastered by Richard Dowling at Wav Mastering (David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Interpol).

 Once described as ‘a modern band with an old soul’, Fox Jaw have a swaggering trend-shaking growl, that always keeps things sweet and melodic with an honest collection of dark pop songs. With hundreds of shows under their belts, 10 Singles, 5 Vinyls Releases, 2 Studio Albums, 2 EPs, 1 Live Album, countless festival appearances, TV appearances, Magazine Covers, Music Video Awards, Album Of The Year Awards, and only one flat tyre ... Fox Jaw have been bringing their signature brand of rock and roll to audiences across Europe & North America for the last 12 years.

 2014 saw the release of their 2nd studio album ‘Ghost’s Parade’, with an impressive amount of airplay, raising many eyebrows in the music industry, ‘Ghost’s Parade’ is an album in full sonic Technicolor, verifying the bands ability & love for a plethora of genres, above and beyond the pigeonholes many set for them.

 In 2016, following the success of the release of their brooding rock & roll floor fillers ‘Do You Want It All?‘ & ‘Hit It Off’, the band released their 3rd EP ‘Black Light Vignette’ with a flying start both at home and overseas, getting picked up by over 30 college stations in the USA.

 Fox Jaw have played such festivals as: Electric Picnic, Indie Week (Canada & Ireland), Castlepalooza, Knockanstockan, Indiependence, Sea Sessions, AranMojo, Hard Working Class Heroes, Glasgowbury, Vantastival, Arthur’s Day & more.

 They’ve shared the stage with such acts as: Against Me!, The Strypes, And So I Watch You From Afar, Alabama 3, The Redneck Manifesto, Jape, Hayseed Dixie & many more.

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Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

HUDSON TAYLOR Unplugged

Tickets €25 plus booking fee- On sale Friday Feb 1st at 10am

Tickets €25 plus booking fee- On sale Friday Feb 1st at 10am

Hudson Taylor are delighted to announce a new run of shows for April, which will showcase their superb sibling harmonies and gift for a great song at half a dozen venues around Ireland.

Currently on a headline tour of America, the brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor are building on the excitement created Stateside by their debut headline US shows, and the exciting support dates they played with both Hozier and Gabrielle Aplin over there in 2018.

Harry and Alfie add: "We can't wait to come back home and play these intimate, acoustic shows around Ireland!"

Their year in Ireland ended with a sold-out six night stand at Whelans in Dublin, followed by the New Years Eve gig at Customs Hall Quay.

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Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Mark Geary and The Strawhall House Band

Mark Geary and The Strawhall House Band Dolans Limerick April 19th Upstairs at Dolans

Dublin-native Mark Geary is a celebrated musician who began his career more than 20 years ago. In 1992, Mark bought a one-way ticket to New York City and spent several years honing his craft playing the local circuit in the East Village which included numerous appearances at the renowned Sin-é cafe with other upcoming artists including friend Jeff Buckley.

During that time, Mark's songwriting skills and engaging live performances garnered him a dedicated audience, the respect and esteem of his peers, and a reputation as one of the finest song-smiths of his generation.

Mark is described as a "quintessential singer-songwriter" and his records of finely-crafted songs have been hailed as encapsulating both boisterous joy and gentle, delicate moments that endear themselves to the listener and evoke comparisons to artists such as Van Morrison, John Lennon, Elliot Smith and Richard Thompson.

His body of work includes 6 studio albums, 2 live recordings and collaborations with a number of artists including the release in 2013 of a charity version of his song 'Christmas Biscuits' with friend Glen Hansard in aid of St Vincent De Paul. Mark has also lent his talents to the visual arts scoring several films including Loggerheads (2005), Steel City (2006) and TriBeCa Film Festival favourite, Sons of Perdition (2010).

Touring and performing are still Mark's lifeblood and passion. From the outset it is impossible not to be charmed by him, delivering as he does both his music and his stories in unassuming and singular style. His natural humour and ability to read the moment, give his shows a uniqueness, leaving his audiences with the feeling that they have just experienced something very special.

Over the last 20 years Mark has toured all over Europe, the US and Australia, and has shared the stage with performers such as The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, The Frames, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and Joe Strummer. In recent years, he has played shows and festivals in both the US and across Europe notably in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, including a headline spot on the critically acclaimed Songs from Ireland: Old and New tour. He also supported Glen Hansard on several of his European dates in 2015 and 2016.

Mark's 6th studio album The Fool was released on sonaBLAST! Records in 2018.

"His delicate songs about love and defiance�..recall Richard Thompson and John Lennon�..one of the East Village's favorite adopted sons." � Time Out, New York

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Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Brian Deady

Tickets €20

Tickets €20

Brian Deady had been something of a well kept secret at home in Ireland until his song Clap Both My Hands became one of the most played Irish songs of 2016 and reached No.1 in the Spotify UK Viral charts . His recent single ‘Get on My Knees’ has also featured in the hit American TV show ‘Lucifer’.

Conjuring up strong gospel influences, at times the Irishman sounds more like he was raised in the Deep South than as one of 10 kids in Cork and his rich, soulful voice comes with a contemporary R&B edge.
Here is an artist you can believe in and connect with. In a world where authenticity counts for so much, you’ll hear that Brian means and feels every word. 

"Bare-Knuckle and Remarkable" - The Sunday Times.
“Deady is becoming our favourite act in Ireland” - Nile Rodgers, Chic. "Ireland has a new Soul star in it's midst"- The Irish Times. ★★★★

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Apr
19
9:00 PM21:00

POWPIG & JUNIOR BROTHER proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets on sale Thursday March 21st at 10am. Tickets are €10.

Tickets on sale Thursday March 21st at 10am. Tickets are €10.

Powpig Junior Brother April 19th Seoda Shows Dolans Limerick
Junior Brother Powpig Seoda Shows April 19th Dolans Limerick

OOAL and Strange Brew Sez:

Two of the West Coast's grandest labels (hereby referred to as OOASB, figure it out) have combined forces to unleash one of 2019's most unexpected, yet somehow most eagerly anticipated Quadruple A-side Single Releases. Both label honchos are respectively delighted with this news. Now let’s let the artists fill you in on the details…

JB SEZ:

After a busy 2018 tackling the festival circuit, playing his first shows abroad and releasing "The Back of Her" song and video to great acclaim, 2019 sees the release of another Junior Brother single ahead of a debut album set for release later this year. 'Full of Wine' will be unleashed as part of a split cassette release with fellow Munster rascals PowPig, joining last year's 'The Back of Her' to form one side of the tape. This split release will be available in both physical and online formats - The cassette release will also be accompanied by a triumphant PowPig Junior Brother TOUR of Galway, Dublin and Limerick - Ire's Land won't know what hit her. Holy Cattle! Here come the good times.

PP SEZ:

After a hectic first year where we graced the cover of Vogue, recorded an MTVUnplugged session, won multiple Grammy, Oscar, Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes for our EPs “Denture Adventure” and “Buzz Buzz”, we are delighted to announce the release of two new songs, 'Mayday' and 'Pretty Woman' as part of a Quadruple A-side Single with Junior Brother! They will be released online and on cassettes, because vinyl is yesterday's game x x

We’re also VERY, VERY EXCITED to be touring with previously mentioned notorious bad boy Junior Brother on a WORLD WIDE TOUR, taking on Dublin, Galway AND Limerick!!! It’s lovely, as Junior Brother does indeed feel like our younger brother, despite being 70 years our senior, and it’s great to have such an amazing uncle to tour the world with.

outonalimbrecords.com | strangebrew.ie | juniorbrother.bandcamp.com | powpig.bandcamp.com

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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
20
9:00 PM21:00

HALEY HEYNDERICKX proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets on sale Wednesday March 20th at 9am

Tickets on sale Wednesday March 20th at 9am

It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is out now via Mama Bird Recording Co.

 For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such acceptance and understanding stem from a life of paradoxes. Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for self-actualization are easily accessible and relatable.

 Likewise, the tracks on I Need to Start a Garden reflect these seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music immediately recalls folk music of the '60s and '70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her soul.

 It’s a balance then, between exposing and protecting herself on I Need to Start a Garden. Heynderickx vacillates between powerlessness (opener “No Face”) and empowerment (lead single "Oom Sha La La"). But her generosity of spirit remains the constant throughout the whole album.

 You can hear that exceptional care in “Jo”, as she whispers, “You tended your garden like heaven and hell / and you built the birds houses to see if it helped at all.” Aware of the birds, the garden, and anyone listening acutely, Heynderickx’s music serves as an invitation for all to join her. Because the beauty of a garden is that, while it’s often started for deeply personal reasons, its bounty is best consumed and shared with others.

I Need to Start a Garden was produced, engineered and mixed by Zak Kimball at Nomah Studios in Portland, Oregon. Haley Heynderickx co-produced the album. It was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering in Portland. The record features Lily Breshears (Bass, Keys, Backing Vocals), Denzel Mendoza (Trombone, Backing Vocals), Phillip Rogers  (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals) and Tim Sweeney (Upright Bass).

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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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The Headliner for this edition will be announced last

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(The lineup is fully booked for this edition, we just stagger announcements)


More announcements soon.
THE HEADLINER FOR THIS EDITION
WILL BE ANNOUNCED LAST

3 Stages - 1 Day - Free Admission*
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*R.O.A.R
(THE LINEUP IS FULLY BOOKED FOR THE NEXT EDITION WE JUST STAGGER ANNOUNCEMENTS)

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Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Only Fools the Cushty Dining Experience

Tickets €48 - Door time 7.30pm/8pm Show

Tickets €48 - Door time 7.30pm/8pm Show

Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience

- it’s the show they were all asking for, and it’s by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience opened in the UK in September last year and it’s already winning fans. In April the show makes its debut tour of Ireland visiting Dolans Limerick on April 24th

Transporting guests to The Nags Head for some wheeling, dealing and eating, this fully immersive, highly interactive theatre show makes for a t’riffic night out – you’d be a plonker to miss it!

Del Boy and Rodney want to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side in this fun-filled knees up that has everyone stopping by – including fan-favourites like Cassandra, Trigger, Marlene, Uncle Albert and more. Mayhem rules from start to finish as deals are brokered, schemes are hatched and quizzes quizzed.

This fabulously new, completely unique experience is a bang-for-your-buck event that includes shed-loads of laughs. One-off improvisation, side-splitting humour, and an expertly-crafted, completely original script come together to make this loving tribute to the TV series a high-quality, seriously funny night to remember.

 - ‘Hugely entertaining’ ★★★★ The Stage

- ‘It’s a hoot!’ ★★★★ TimeOut London

- ‘An excellent show’ ★★★★★ Love PopUps London

- ‘A laugh a minute’ ★★★★★Daily Star Sunday

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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

HENGE - SHUNYA SOLO SET

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Tickets €10

Attention Earth! Do not be alarmed.

Contact with the extra-terrestrial musical collective - HENGE - is imminent.

HENGE is a band of intergalactic ravers; practitioners of the sacred sounds of Cosmic Dross – a musical form known in other parts of the universe that has, until now, never been heard on Earth.

There are no human words to adequately describe the Cosmic Dross experience, though its sound is characterised by the thundering drums of Nom – an amphibious creature from the Sirius Star System – the garment-rending bass frequencies of last surviving Venusian, Goo, and the whacked-out synths of the band’s only human, Grok. Over this instrumental framework, the band’s founder, Zpor, sings of his space travels, evoking a joyous celebration of life and encouraging humans to end war, save their species and colonise space.

HENGE will give Cosmic Dross its dawning moment on your planet as they introduce the human species to this alien genre…. This is their debut album: ’Attention Earth!’.

From meditations on Earth’s own heavenly body (‘Moon’), to prophetic warnings from far away worlds (‘Machine Landscape’), and even an ode to the spacecraft that transported HENGE across time and space to the Milky Way (‘Mushroom One’); ’Attention Earth!' is a light-speed journey through otherworldly sounds, an ecstatic hymn to the wonder of life and a joyful incitement to a peaceful existence.

HENGE have come in the name of rave to spread their message of love and harmony.

They have scheduled a series of landings across the United Kingdom. These gatherings are held with the aim of provoking the proliferation of joy amongst humans... these will be close encounters of the HENGE kind.


Alan Keary is a multi instrumentalist and producer, with a strong musical heritage, writing and producing music from the age of fourteen. Now based in Manchester and performing under the alias Shunya, his sound is an amalgamation of influences, ranging from his early musical background of classical violin to the sounds of Manchester's electronic music scene which compliment his highly accomplished abilities as a jazz bassist. With influences referencing artists such as Flying Lotus, Bjork and Eric Whitacre. 

In early 2017, Shunya's name saw a rapid increase in notoriety when his single Wonder N Wane (feat Hayley Pip Williams) was picked up by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and BBC radio Manchester. Ilovemanchester also ranked Shunya in their “top 5 local bands making it big in Manchester”.

His recent collaboration with DJ Yoda's & Breakfast of Champions live band has gained Shunya a notable reputation as a collaborator. With co-writing on tracks such as "Pebble Beach" going on to be play listed by BBC 6Music. 

Other notable collaborations include Werkha, (Tru Thoughts, Brownswood Bubblers) & Josephine Oniyama (Rubyworks), lending arrangement and performance of strings & bass.

Shunya's self-titled release also features appearances from GoGo Penguin drummer Rob Turner and session drummer Craig Hanson on the track 'The Beauty of Being the Void'. Singer Hayley Phillipa Williams features throughout the E.P and brings a haunting yet soulful feel to tracks such as 'The Elaborate Hoax', suggesting connotations reminiscent to the music of Kate Bush. Shunya continues to collaborate with various artists and musicians with a vision to combine everything into one boiling pot, defying the notion of 'genre'.

"What Shunya are doing is super-creative, unique and musical! They're not very good-looking, but you can't have it all!" - DJ Yoda

'We've been watching Shunya since he first started out. His latest EP Mountain Gazer is a massive leap forward in both production and composition. Definitely one to watch out for.- GoGo Penguin

“For me the combination of real sounds and synthetics is well balanced and special, the way it grows and shifts through different genres and moods, soul, jazz, world, mysticism, is natural and happens organically. The production is original and inventive, but without overpowering the passion or the soul of the music, melodies and emotion” - Josephine Oniyama

“Not only are Alan's string arrangements imaginative, he is a consummate all-round musician with innovative ideas that shine within his music” -Mike Bennet, Producer (Ian Brown, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Specials)

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Apr
26
9:00 PM21:00

CROWS proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €10

Tickets €10

Crows formed in 2015 and have since built a considerable following for the intensity of their live shows which have seen the band members break bones as well as instruments. Supporting the likes of Girl Band and Wolf Alice in the past, the band will take their deafening live show on the road in support of IDLES for their sell out April tour.

With a string of successful singles and EP’s under their belt, “Silver Tongues” has been a long time coming. Recorded in near total darkness to build a sense of atmosphere, the album fulfills both their early potential and confidently showcases a band comfortable across a variety of sonic avenues. From the monolithic noise-rock of the title track and opener, to the skyscraping “Demeanour” and “Wednesday’s Child”, to the blissed-out closer “Dysphoria”, each listen reveals new layers, and new ideas.

“Silver Tongues” is a huge step forward for the band, not only musically, but emotionally. A touring band who eat, sleep and bleed together, this album rightly took time: now, both Crows and the listener can reap the rewards of their patience.

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Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Brian O'Brien

Tickets €11

Tickets €11

From singing in the church choir, to fronting a metal band, to becoming a new artist on the Canadian Folk/Roots scene, Brian O’Brien isn’t your everyday Irish folk singer and songwriter.

Born in Limerick, Ireland, he grew up with his older sister and brother and twin brother in a home filled with instruments and music. His mother was a Eucharistic minister who owned a jewelry store, while his father was a musician and choir master for the quintessential Irish catholic parish church where Brian and his siblings sang every Sunday for the midday mass.

Having cut his teeth in live performance at an early age, Brian had developed a strong desire to connect with people through music. He outgrew choir in his adolescence and ventured into his rebellious teens on high doses of death metal and electronic music – a big stretch from the tamer sounds of artists such as Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac and Dire Straits that his parents listened to on the daily.

With melodies and deep thoughts whirling around in his head, Brian picked up the guitar and began crafting songs and jamming and playing at school events with his twin brother.

He went on to join a heavy metal band called ‘Roper’ who performed at local events and released an album called ‘Gallows Hill’ in 2006. They disbanded three years in and with big concerns about thrashing his voice, Brian merged to working as the singer in a popular Irish Hip Hop group called CampaignLK. They released an EP and video for their socially driven track ‘Exactly How You Feel’ in 2012 - the same year that Brian started messing around with his acoustic guitar and ended up writing a couple folk songs that he liked.

He connected with guitarist Noel Hogan from The Cranberries through his friend Owen Lewis, and recorded three original songs which gained him the confidence he needed to forge on as a solo artist and songwriter.

Although the shift from performing heavy metal to folk seemed drastic and chaotic to most, for Brian it felt right somehow. He took six weeks and went in hiding at his sister’s place and wrote his first 10-song album ‘My Fathers Throne’ – a therapeutic and honest approached to dealing with his mother and father’s turbulent separation and his rebellious ways. With new material in hand, he hunkered down for 4 months in Owen and Noel’s studio, called The Bishops Palace (an old and creepy rundown mansion owned by the church and converted into a studio) in Limerick City, Ireland and recorded the album.

He released the album on January 29, 2013, did one release show, and without intention, saw his track ‘Fake Smile’ peaked #8 on the Irish iTunes downloads charts. 

Eager to start anew, he hopped on a plane bound for Toronto, ON where he lived for 3 months in a rundown hostel before landing a little basement suite in Kensington market. After all attempts to make some headway there with his music, he ventured onward and in May of 2014 landed in Vancouver, BC.

He entered and won a Vancouver band competition in 2015 and redeemed his winnings of studio time recording his recent EP ‘Songs Written in Canada’ with Vancouver producer Jeff Zipp. He released it on March 8, 2017 and has played various shows in support of the record including sell outs at the infamous Railway Club and the Mission Folk Music Festival in the summer of 2018 where he was invited by David Francey to sing David’s song ‘Saints and Sinners’ during one of the workshop stages.  

With his sights set on 2019, Brian is currently in the process of recording and releasing new material that combines his love of the craft with the many different influences he draws from in his life. From death metal to folk, Ireland to Canada, Brian likes to paint his life the same way he paints his music - with many different brushes

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Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

Talos

Tickets €16 plus booking fee

Tickets €16 plus booking fee

Talos is the project of Cork-born musician Eoin French. His debut track, Tethered Bones, came out in 2014 and he released his debut album, Wild Alee, in 2017. Talos' latest track is The Light Upon Us, which precedes his follow-up album, Far Out Dust, due in early February. 

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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
3
9:00 PM21:00

The Nordanians

Ticket price: €10 - Tickets on sale Friday March 15, 1pm!

Ticket price: €10 - Tickets on sale Friday March 15, 1pm!

Limerick Jazz, in association with the Jazz Promotion Network, Dutch Performing Arts & Limerick Jazz Festival, proudly present #GoingDutch - The Nordanians live Upstairs at Dolans, Friday May 3, 9.15pm


The Nordanians

An incredibly talented Dutch trio fusing Indo-Jazz with funk and much more!

When Oene van Geel (viola), Mark Tuinstra (guitar) and Niti Ranjan Biswas (tabla virtuoso) played together for the first time there were immediate fireworks, roaring u-turns and cinematic tearjerkers. Then they started writing songs together based on traditional ragas, smashing funk and delicate chamber music. This gave them a great new impulse on stage for even more interaction and improvisation and made them build a rocking live reputation.

Oene van Geel

Violist/composer Oene van Geel (1973) is a true adventurer in music. Influenced by jazz, Indian music, chamber music and free improvisation, he has applied his virtuoso improvisation skills and his composition talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He toured in Europe, India, Japan, the USA and Canada.

As a player he is currently active with: Zapp 4, Estafest, The Nordanians, a trio with Tony Roe and Kenzo Kusuda, Eric Vaarzon Morel. Besides these groups he is regularly invited as an improvising guest soloist.

He has won the Boy Edgar Prize (2013), Kersjes Award (2005, with Zapp 4), the Deloitte Jazz Award (2002), Dutch Jazz Competition (2001) and the Jur Naessens Music Award (2000).

Oene composed for a large number of ensembles / bands / soloists. It does not matter much to him if everything is written out or if most is improvised. As long is it fits best for the musicians and the situation. Besides writing for his own groups he composed for: The David Kweksilber Big Band, Amstel Quartet, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Matangi Quartet, Calefax, Tetzepi bigtet, Ricciotti Ensemble, David Braid and many others.

The combination of different disciplines is a fascinating field to work in for Oene. He composed for and / or played with Boukje Sweigman, Theun Mosk, Kenzo Kusuda, Lottie Hellingman, Saartje van Camp, Herman van Baar, Marcel Sijm, the Max Tak orchestra, De Wereldband, Holland Opera and the Sonnevanck theatre.

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Mark Tuinstra

Versatile and self-taught guitarist Mark Tuinstra (1970), grew up in a musical environment - his father was a drummer and his mother played the piano and guitar. At the age of five he took classical lessons in piano, after a few years he started drumming on an old kit of his father. Soon after the drums the bassguitar followed and at the age of 14 he started to play guitar in several local pop/rockbands. Over time he has become a professional musician till now he has been working full time as a musician.

His focus is wide, from jazz and free improv to African and Indian music, but also pop. This shows Mark loves to play with others, only to PLAY, not restricted to any musical boundaries or conventions. This made him tour in Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Japan, Ireland, Senegal, Egypt, Japan, France, Italy, Spain etc. In Holland he played in festivals like Lowlands and the Musicmeeting and in numerous jazzvenues like the BIMhuis in Amsterdam.

Mark currently plays in the Nordanians, in an 8 piece mblax-band with Senegalese singer Omar Ka, the Afrojazzband Atanga Boom!. Besides that he is one of the organizers of the BP Sessions in Amsterdam and he regularly composes music for the Dutch television and he is a teacher at De Popschool in Amsterdam.

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Niti Ranjan Biswas

Is an exciting Tabla player and percussionist who has managed to incorporate an appealing blend of tradition and creativity into his music. Based in Amsterdam he is now one of the most sought after tabla players in Europe and has played with some of the great names of Indian classical music including the legend Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute), as well as with Metropole Orchestra, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra etc.

Niti joined the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Orchestra, accompanying Her Highness Queen Beatrix, on Her visit to India in 2007.

Niti is working as 'Head of Studies and Cordinator' at The Conservatory of Rotterdam's Indian Music Department (Codarts Rotterdam), as well as teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He is one of the few Tabla artists suitably qualified to absorb Jazz and world influences into his Tabla playing in a meaningful and innovative way.

www.nitiranjan.com

Press Quotes:

"A three-headed monster with the lightness of a ballerina. With great precision they play the most complex rhythms and intricate breaks. (...) Acrobatic trios in an organic coherence." de Volkskrant

"Trio with an unusual line-up, but also a special energy, linked to a subtle and inventive musicality." VPRO Jazzlive

"A very logical sounding mix of Indian and western improvisation, tough funk sounds and electronic effects (Decimeters), humorous country blues with scat(Tumbleweed) and contemporary classical music with Nordic (Nordanian) landscapes. Intelligent and challenging in this minimal line-up is the way they work with space in the music. Suddenly the violin screams punkish in Nasty Nordanian and intersects with the guitar in the frantic fingers of the best tabla player of our country. Wow, live this will be a blast!" Armand Serpenti, Trouw

"The final show of the afternoon, before another trade dinner—this time at Zouthaven, one of Bimhuis' restaurants—was The Nordanians, a trio comprised of violist Oene van Geel (who also performed earlier the same day with the intrepid Zapp 4 string quartet, whose forthcoming recording tackles the music of Radiohead), guitarist Mark Tuinstra and tablaist Niti Ranjan Biswas. Fans of guitarist John McLaughlin's longstanding East-meets-West explorations will be somewhat familiar with The Nordanians overall space, though what this trio does is more like a funky Shakti, blended with occasional electronics and, in contrast to McLaughlin's deeper spirituality, a greater sense of levity...humor, even."

"Set up with van Geel stage right, Tuinstra stage left, and Biswas center stage on a riser towards the back, communication was key as the three maintained strong eye contact throughout the showcase set. Tuinstra may not be the legend that McLaughlin is, but neither was he a slouch, playing a more conventional rhythm guitarist role at time, something McLaughlin rarely does with Shakti, where he remains more closely aligned with Indian music's linear nature. That said, when it came to soloing, Tuinstra kept up with the clearly virtuosic van Geel, who has clearly studied Indian music and nailed its microtonal nature. In addition to being a fine tablaist, Biswas also performed Konnakol (Indian vocal percussion). A set highlight came when, with Biswas doing Konnakol, both Tuinstra and van Geel joined him, with something that, at times, approached Konnakol but other times was more akin to scat. The three built to a climactic pitch only to resume on their instruments to tremendous applause. Like Kapok the previous evening, The Nordanians made clear that serious music could also be fun." John Kellman, All About Jazz

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May
4
9:00 PM21:00

Qween

Tickets €17

Tickets €17

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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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
8
7:00 PM19:00

Limerick Jazz Workshop

Tickets €5

Tickets €5

Limerick Jazz Workshops are producing a concert night with circa 30 musicians and singers giving it socks with sax. They are going to play fast and loose in a series of ensembles rolling out Wednesday May 8th  from 7pm.
Expect a big melodic sound from the gig for this, their 11th Anniversary party.

Dolan’s Upstairs, regular home to Jazz Society and guests, is venue. Look forward to career musicians plus teachers of music leading these accomplished groups that will each have a repertoire to entertain.
“We are starting off at 7pm as we have so many on stage,” explains John Daly of LJS, plus Peter Dee Academy of Music. “First up on stage is the Junior Jazz Ensemble  followed by 6 adult ensembles playing a wide variety of jazz tunes 

Expect experienced names such as Peter Hanagan on bass, John Daly, percussion plus Steve Hanks on sax leading two ensembles.

Multi-instrumentalist Bryan Meehan leads another couple and guitarist Joe O’Callaghan is working with his ensemble and jazz singers with Trio 

To date this has been a phenomenal success mainly due to the vision & hard work done by founder Ed Hansom Saxophone) & a great teaching staff. 

Finger food served and just €5 in.

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May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Blindboy Podcast Live

Tickets €27

Tickets €27

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
10
7:30 PM19:30

Blindboy Podcast Live - Sold OUT

May 10th SOLD OUT

May 10th SOLD OUT

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
10
9:00 PM21:00

Jafaris presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets are €10 with booking fee, on sale Friday February 8th

Tickets are €10 with booking fee, on sale Friday February 8th

Zimbabwe born and Dublin raised, hip-hop artist Percy Chamburuka known better by his

stage name, Jafaris received critical praise for his first EP ‘Velvet Cake’, which earned him

his place as one of Ireland’s foremost players of the new generation of the Irish hip-hop.

In 2017, Jafaris released his debut EP. As a body of work ‘Velvet Cake’ oozed in 90’s

nostalgia and crafted catchy and conscientious songs that flirted with soul and pop and

attracted attention from publications like Hot Press and District Magazine. It’s no surprise

that Jafaris cites the music of J.Cole, Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar and Mick Jenkins as

his influences all of whom are contemporary artists in their own right but produce their own

unique sound, just like the hip-hop artist from Dublin. As a modern hip-hop artist, Jafaris

combines rap, an array of beats, raw melodies and singing.

Raised in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, Jafaris musical calling came a little later than most.

Before the dazzling lyricism and poetic resonance, he brought to the emerging Irish music

scene, dance had always been his passion and career path. It was through a dance audition

that the multi-talented musician landed the role of Ngig in the 2016 Irish film sensation ‘Sing

Street’ directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker John Carney.

Musically, his uncompromising fluency of expression means he is as exciting as he’s ever

sounded. In 2016, Jafaris hooked up with Diffusion Lab, a music production refuge on

Wellington Quay that’s seen a whole bunch of Dublin’s remarkable talent come through its

doors including Soulé, Flynn, Rushes, DAY_S, All Tvvins and Hare Squead to name a

few. Since joining the teram, the triple threat, rapper, actor and dancer has gone on to

become a knockout performer. In 2017 he performed at Forbidden Fruit, Hard Working Class

Heroes and performed with the RTÉ Orchestra for the Story of Hip Hop at Electric Picnic. In

2018 he went one further and represented Ireland at Eurosonic 2018, played the main stage at

Longitude, and returned to Electric Picnic with the RTÉ orchestra and what’s more, he

headlined the Other Voices stage.

Ireland is paying attention to the rising star. In 2018, Jafaris, Saint Sister and Kormac were

the three artists chosen for Three Ireland’s #MadeByMusic original campaign, which was

eight months in the making and celebrates connecting people through the power of music.

The three artists collaborated and made an incredible cover of Saint Sister’s single ‘Causing

Trouble’, Irish music at its best! Together they performed at Electric Picnic. Jafaris’ sensual

song ‘If You Love Me’ was the first song chosen in the campaign to be made into a video.

The visually arresting video was directed by New York-based visionary director, Shane

Griffin.

In July 2018, Complex UK premiered the music video for Jafaris’ first single ‘Found My

Feet’ off his debut album ‘Stride’ which is being released March 8th. The song is about

finding oneself and celebrating the newfound confidence that comes with that.

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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
12
8:00 PM20:00

CRACK CLOUD proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €10 on sale Friday February 29th at 12pm

Tickets €10 on sale Friday February 29th at 12pm

Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, BC. Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada.

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May
18
9:00 PM21:00

TAU

Tickets €10 - On sale Monday 4th 10am

Tickets €10 - On sale Monday 4th 10am

4/5 The Irish Times

"New single ‘Craw’ is a potent case in point. Featuring a sublime video, co-directed with Kyle Ferguson (who also filmed and edited the accompaniment), it’s a song that traces the dense mythos of home, belonging and the past, as well as the duality of existing within the confines (both good and bad) of the modern world. Don’t hesitate to file this tale – along with the images that mirror the incommunicable essence of it all so well – under “vital”."
* The Thin Air

#MedicineManMusic

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May
18
10:00 PM22:00

Dec Pierce Block Rockin Beats presented by TodayFM

Tickets are €15 plus booking fee

Tickets are €15 plus booking fee

TodayFm's Block Rockin Beats

Dec Pierce & several live drummers play all the massive dance hits from the past two decades with big production. This is an audio and visual spectacular. Declan has created a live show that will blow your mind! Block Rockin Beats live features a setlist of tracks such as Breathe by The Prodigy, and Insomnia by Faithless. However for the live show he has worked with one of the best producers in Ireland to deconstruct these tracks and rebuild them for a performance with a full troop of drummers called 'The Hit Machine’ live on stage.

 You’ll never see more drums on one stage at one time with a DJ! This show is bursting with energy. It’s raw, tribal and jammed with the biggest dance anthems of all time! If you love music, drums, beats, and fancy seeing your favourite dance anthems performed by real tribal drummers, then you will love this show

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May
23
8:00 PM20:00

Lisa O'Neill proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Lisa O'Neill Seoda Shows Limerick May 23rd Dolans

“It’s uncompromising, stunning, soul-shaking stuff”

* 5/5 'Best Folk Album 2018' The Guardian

“Folk is undergoing something of a renaissance at the minute, as the kick against ‘fake everything’ heralds a yearning for authenticity from food to music. It doesn’t get more authentic than Lisa O’Neill, who seems genetically incapable of falsehood, fiction or affectation. A special talent indeed.”

* 9/10 Hot Press Magazine

“An authentic, sometimes otherworldly, sense of place, time, and tradition.Across a mix of originals, traditional, and one cover (Shane MacGowan’s 'Lullaby of London'), O’Neill calmly but decisively stakes her claim as a mould-breaker.”

* 4/5 The Irish Times

LISA O' NEILL from County Cavan is an Irish songwriter like no other. Her roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre. On her last album, 'Pothole in the Sky', she set her remarkable incisive voice against impressionistic instrumental back-drops, like Margaret Barry colluding with the Dirty Three or some such meeting of minds. Lisa is not shy of collaboration, and her performances across Ireland, Europe and beyond have featured many great musicians of all ages and traditions. In January this year, she joined a stellar cast of great songwriters and musicians to celebrate the birthday of Shane McGowan at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland. Earlier this year she accepted an invitation from the National Gallery of Ireland to respond to works in the Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art exhibition, which resulted in another spellbinding performance. In April she put together a critically acclaimed show for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin with writer Pat McCabe, and musicians Ian Lynch (Lankum) and Cass McCombs.

Over the years she has quietly built a reputation for herself on the Irish and international scenes and now has a growing following with her unique folk sound, strong song-writing and distinctive voice. Her debut release ‘Has an Album’ was followed in 2013 by Choice-nominated ‘Same Cloth Or Not’. Her third and most recent album ‘Pothole in the Sky’ was released to critical acclaim and is filled with tension and emotion, contextualizing themes of love, loss, heartache and sorrow today through referencing tales from the past with beauty, honesty and defiance. Lisa’s latest release on the Rough Trade Records imprint River Lea, ‘Heard A Long Gone Song’ has garnered huge acclaim. It has recently been RTÉ Choice Music Prize - Irish Album of The Year nominated, has a 5/5 star review from the Guardian on release and a coveted ‘Best Folk Album of 2018’ from the same publication.

“At a time when sameness threatens to drain the world of charm and surprise, Lisa O’Neill stands tall for difference, as an outlier with a mission to frame the world as she sees it and to perform it accordingly. Her voice is her own. No small achievement.”

* THE IRISH TIMES

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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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May
30
8:00 PM20:00

Alabama 3 Acoustic

Tickets €18 plus booking fee on sale Thursday March 7th at 9am

Tickets €18 plus booking fee on sale Thursday March 7th at 9am

Heeding Woodie Guthrie's maxim, Alabama 3 have never feared the reduction of their technology. Consequently, Alabama 3 acoustic is brave enough to go out on the road armed only with a battered acoustic guitar and harmonica, preaching Guthrie's word that 'this machine kills fascists.'

In homage to the classic delta blues slide players like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker and their own Rockfree Base (though not in that pantheon of greats), we present our own narco-acoustic slant on Alabama 3 and the music that has inspired us along the way.

Complete with Larry Love's gravelly ash-stained vocals, Nick Reynolds bank robber melodies on harmonica, they provide a raucous show, which is in no way constrained by the boring maxim that often goes with acoustic gigs!

Fresh from their full band recording of ‘Blues’ released in November 2016, fans have enjoyed acoustic arrangements of the latest recordings along with their back catalogue of hits this year.


An unrivaled Marxist machine gun, Alabama 3 Acoustic are on a mission to get you mashed.

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May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Madness

Tickets €53 including booking fee -ON SALE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22ND 9AM

Tickets €53 including booking fee -ON SALE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22ND 9AM

With 31 Top 40 hits in the UK including One Step Beyond, Our House, It Must Be Love, Embarrassment, Baggy Trousers, Madness’ live shows are a frenzy of timeless anthems.

The Nutty Boys, as they are commonly known, enjoy an unrivalled reputation as one of Britain’s greatest and most enduring live acts.

They headlined The House of Common Festival in London’s Clapham Common in 2016 and 2017, and wowed audiences when they played the main stage at Electric Picnic last September.

Emerging in 1979, they became one of the most successful British acts of their generation, enjoying huge acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Following a hiatus for a few years, Madness reformed in 1992 and since then have performed everywhere from the roof of Buckingham Palace to the London Olympics, the ever popular House of Fun Weekender becoming one of most popular live acts on the circuit.

They have been a constant presence in British culture and, unlike many other bands of their vintage, continue to write and record new music. 

Full House, The Very Best of Madness a brand new compilation was released in November of last year. Their latest studio album Can’t Touch Us Now, the band’s 12th, which includes the poignant Amy Winehouse tribute Blackbird, put them back in the Top 5 in the charts in 2016 and demonstrated why Madness are as relevant today as ever as their musical odyssey continues.

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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
7
9:00 PM21:00

Meat Puppets proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets are €20 plus booking fee. On sale Monday February 11th at 9am

Tickets are €20 plus booking fee. On sale Monday February 11th at 9am

We are delighted to announce that this will be the first time the original line up of MEAT PUPPETS are to share the stage since 1996!

 Meat Puppets’ story begins with idle time spent in the wide-open spaces of the Phoenix area during the early 1980s. Friendly high school acquaintances, Bostrom and Curt Kirkwood were in the dawn of their twenties, unemployed and “starting to hang out because we were the only guys home,” the drummer recalled with a laugh. “Cris was going to school at the time, so we would lay around waiting for him to get out, and then he would join us as a trio. We began to make such a hellacious racket that we knew we were on to something.”

The collective influences in play ran the gamut—classic rock, British prog, the Dead, Zappa, Beefheart, fusion, the jazz avant-garde and, of course, punk rock, which had enjoyed a tightknit but robust scene in Phoenix since the mid-to-late ’70s. But the fascinating take on hardcore that can be heard on Meat Puppets, the band’s 1982 SST debut, had more to do with punk rock’s ethos of creative freedom (and Arizona’s psychedelic history) than with any calculated musical strategy. “Curt was trying to play in straight bands and getting kicked out,” Bostrom recalled. “I told him, ‘No—in this day and age you can be anything you need to be, and this band is going to support your weirdness.”

 During the fall prior to that album’s January ’94 release, essential groundwork was laid. Nirvana, touring in support of In Utero, asked the band to open some shows in October. A couple of nights into the stint, Kurt Cobain told Kirkwood that NIRVANA was taping an ‘MTV Unplugged’ soon, and that he needed the brothers to guest at the performance in New York. “He said he couldn’t play the guitar parts,” Kirkwood said with a chuckle. And so “Lake of Fire” and “Plateau,” two of Cobain’s favorite tunes off of one of his favorite albums, ‘Meat Puppets II’, became staples of MTV when the network was still a taste-making behemoth. As Kirkwood saw it, his songs were being interpreted by a once-in-a-generation talent. “That’s a special voice,” he said. “That’s like a George Jones voice, somebody that’s immediately recognizable. A NEIL YOUNG voice.” A quarter-century later, the NIRVANA association continues to be a catalyst for fandom. “It’s been the most constant vein that draws people in,” Kirkwood said.

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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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Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

Amon Amarth and Behemoth presented by DME, Bad Reputation and Dolans Presents

Tickets on sale Thursday March 7th at 9am.

Tickets on sale Thursday March 7th at 9am.

In what promises to be the metal event of the year in Ireland, Sweden's Amon Amarth will team up with Poland's Behemoth for a very special outdoor show at King John's Castle in Limerick on June 17th 2019. Amon Amarth recently completed work on a brand new album due this Spring whilst Behemoth continue to tour in support of their recent 'I Loved You At Your Darkest' release. Tickets €49.50 go on sale Thursday 7th March at 10am via dolans.ieticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. 

King John’s Castle (Irish: Caisleán Luimnigh) is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island, the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. One of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe, the walls, towers and fortifications remain today and are visitor attractions. The remains of a Viking settlement were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the site in 1900.

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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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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bell X1

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Tickets €42

Get set to ‘blink in the light’ of one of Ireland’s biggest live performers and most popular bands next July, as Bell X1 return to King Johns castle, limerick

The Irish rock band, who supported Ed Sheeran at his massive Croke Park concerts in 2015 and played a sold-out gig at the festival in 2016 following one of the most memorable concerts in festival history in 2011, will play King Johns Castle on Saturday july 20th.

In what is sure to be one of the best live gigs of the festival, the crowd can expect to hear hits from Bell X1's critically-acclaimed albums, which include ‘Rocky Took a Lover’, ‘The Great Defector’, ‘The End is Nigh’ and ‘Flame’ amongst others.

Heineken Big Top audiences can also expect to hear tracks from their latest studio album, Arms, which, in true Bell X1 style, sounds like nothing else in their canon.

There is a reason this Irish rock band has been nominated on four occasions for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year and had three albums debut at #1 on the Irish Album Charts! Not a night to be missed.

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Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Derek Ryan

Tickets €27

Tickets €27

Derek brings his Unplugged, Songwriter Session Tour to Limerick. The up-close-and-personal event has now become a regular fan-favourite in Derek’s touring schedule. A multi-recipient of Songwriter of the Year, Derek has reached a pinnacle point in his career with his songwriting taking centre stage, in a stripped back, acoustic environment. Derek is joined on stage by acclaimed musicians Kane O’Rourke and Ray McLoughlin. 

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Hook and The Light

Tickets are €22.50 plus booking fee, on sale Monday February 4th.

Tickets are €22.50 plus booking fee, on sale Monday February 4th.

Peter Hook and The Light performing New Order’s ‘Technique’ and ‘Republic’ Live.

Plus an opening set of Joy Division Material

Having successfully toured the albums from Hooky’s previous bands for over eight years now, Peter Hook & The Light have now reached the late Eighties and early Nineties albums of New Order, & ‘Technique’ and ‘Republic’ in their consecutive run and have announced a raft of dates for September 2019 with including Irish & Scottish dates.

The Light’s dates begin return to Dolans in Limerick Thurs 12 th Sept.

About Technique & Republic

‘Technique’ New Order’s fifth studio album chronicles the impact of acid house on the band, marking the clearest statement of the rock and dance influences which were shaping their output. Released in January 1989, just after the bands infamous G-Mex gig and aftershow downstairs at

The Hacienda in December the previous year, it became New Order’s first album to go to number one in the UK. It was also hugely successful in the United States where the influence of Quincy Jones Qwest label regularly got the band’s singles to the top of the American dance charts,

‘Technique’ was driven by the classic acid house single ‘Fine Time’ which rivals ‘Blue Monday’ as probably the most openly dance orientated record the group ever produced whilst other tracks on the LP ’Round And Round’ ,’Mr Disco’ and ‘Vanishing Point’ also reflect the dance sensibilities then fusing their way into New Order’s sound. Yet like on its predecessor, ‘Brotherhood’ these are balanced by the vocal led, more rock leaning ‘All The Way’, ‘Gulity Partner’and ‘Run’

Legendarily recorded in Ibiza in 1988, Technique has often been observed to capture the sound of that summer and the heady period back them both on the island and in the UK and of course, Manchester. As is widely known, the band didn’t actually do much work in Ibiza, a jaunt that Factory label boss Tony Wilson once told Peter Hook ‘was the most expensive fucking holiday you’ve ever been on’.

The band returned to the UK to finish the LP at Bath’;s Real World Studios later in 1988, itself the scene of another legendary New Order party when recording was completed. In many ways, ‘Technique’ epitomised its time and the culture surrounding it. It came out to generally ecstatic reviews from the top notch echelons of the music press. In the UK, Melody Maker called it ‘a rare and ravishing triumph’ whilst NME proclaimed the band ‘had fashioned an LP of rare and unflinching honesty’ Across in the States, SPIN called it New Order’s best ever album, Rolling Stone referred to its ‘sonic presence with immaculate playing’ and Pitchfork sum up the album simply as ‘magnificent’ Placed in the perfect position to deliver the definitive alternative take on house music, the band produced another classic record All Music Many consider ‘Technique’ to mark the high point of New Order and as they went on from the album to headline Reading Festival in August 1989, before going on hiatus and also pursuing their solo projects, this is generally thought of as the golden period for the band.

Due to the well documented history surrounding ‘Republic‘, it is remarkably difficult to characterise it as sharing the same sunny outlook as ‘Technique’ but Hooky’s decision to include it in these concerts underline his commitment to perform all of his catalogue that he has committed to record. Not that ‘Republic’ wasn’t hugely successful. Again it went to number one in the UK and became the band’s biggest ever selling album in America, narrowly missing the Billboard album chart top ten peaking at number 11.

However it is not unknown that it was New Order’s most difficult album to make. Factory Records had hit financial trouble and needed a New Order album to bail themselves out so the band were coerced into recording the album in to save Factory. Something that didn’t entirely work out as Factory was then to go bankrupt in November 1992 and New Order then signed to London Records, an offshoot of Warner Bros with ‘Republic’ released in May 1993. The band roared back with first single ‘Regret’ still thought of as one of their finest ever, and subsequent singles ‘Ruined In A Day’ and ‘World’ did well, both in their original versions and as remixes which again dominated the dance charts. Yet it’s not hard to deduce that the demise of Factory, coupled with the ongoing difficulties surrounding the band’s involvement in Manchester’s Hacienda as well as internal friction within New Order and due to the band members’ solo projects, all had an impact on the recording sessions and mood that lies behind ‘Republic’, something that Stephen Hague did his utmost to assuage in producing the LP. Still considered a worthwhile addition by fans to New Order’s catalogue, yet, if not perhaps hitting the standards they had previously set for themselves, ‘Republic’ did receive some strong reviews. NME’s Dele Fadele awarded it 8/10 on release whilst All Music commented that ‘Republic simply borrows elements of contemporary innovations in club music to frame a set of effortlessly enjoyable alternative pop songs’.



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Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

Cloudbusting - The Music of Kate Bush

Tickets €21

Tickets €21

If you missed seeing Kate herself, Cloudbusting are the next best thing!’   Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

 Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC ONE as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK.

‘There can only be one Kate Bush’ says vocalist Mandy Watson, who never attempts to mimic Kate on stage. ‘When you sing her music the characters in the songs take over - they are what you become, not Kate. We're just fans, amazed at this opportunity to perform this music we love so much’.

Many of Kate’s original collaborators from stage and studio have been inspired to join the band on stage, including bass player Del Palmer, drummer Preston Heyman and dancer Stewart Avon Arnold, all of whom performed with Kate on her legendary Tour of Life live shows 40 years ago.

‘I could have been listening to Kate herself!' - Preston Heyman

Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights, Hounds of Love, Babooshka, This Woman’s Work, Wow… Cloudbusting can’t wait to whip up a storm of love for Kate’s music once again in 2019, their new show featuring all the hits you’d expect as well as many songs you wouldn’t!

Accompanied by eye-popping visuals that highlight the drama of Kate’s music, a Cloudbusting concert is an event no Kate Bush fan will want to miss. In the words of Kate herself, ‘We’re Cloudbusting, daddy!’

’Utterly, surreally brilliant’ - Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine

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Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Sinnerboy a Tribute to Rory Gallagher

Tickets  €12

Tickets €12

Top international tribute band, Sinnerboy return to Dolans to play the epic music of the late, great Rory Gallagher, for the 17th year running!

Sinnerboy, from Manchester, have a huge reputation for faithfully recapturing the sound and excitement of a live “Rory gig”. They have played a major role in promoting the revival of Rory’s music in the last seventeen years and apart from gigging extensively in Europe, have headlined Rory Gallagher tribute events in Ireland, Italy, Austria, UK, Holland, Germany, Greece, Spain, Norway and the USA.

Rory Gallagher, who sadly passed away in 1995, was born in Ballyshannon and reared in Cork. He had a huge impact on the world of blues and rock and was Ireland's first real |”rock star” - blazing the trail for many major Irish acts to follow on the international stage. Apart from being recognised as one of the greatest ever exponents of the electric guitar, Rory Gallagher left behind an enduring musical legacy which has received fresh recognition over recent years. He was a prolific composer and in his lifetime recorded no fewer than fifteen albums of highly original and soulful blues and rock material.

Sinnerboy will bring out the very best of Rory Gallagher’s music at their upcoming gig. With a repertoire that covers every era of the late Rory’s career they guarantee another blistering performance!

“This is the proof that my brother’s music lives on” Donal Gallagher.

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Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

LLoyd Cole

Tickets €23 plus booking fees - on sale March 7th 9am

Tickets €23 plus booking fees - on sale March 7th 9am

Some albums coalesce around a title. Lloyd Cole’s new album is one such record. Guesswork mirrors the uncertainty of the world as you enter your third act. Guesswork is consistent with a record whose protagonists seem reluctant to venture confidently beyond the moment. In terms of minutes, it’s his longest, but in terms of songs, it’s shorter than any of his previous eleven solo albums (fourteen if you count those he made with The Commotions). Guesswork is also his shortest in terms of total words sung. This might come as a surprise to those who primarily remember Lloyd for the precocious literary pop dispatches of 1984’s Rattlesnakes, the debut album which earned him an unlikely place alongside Wham! and Duran Duran in the following year’s Smash Hits/Panini sticker book. However, for other onlookers who have followed his progress in the interim – taking in the muscular urban art-rock of his solo debut X (1990), the delicate digital folk of Music In A Foreign Language (2004) and a succession of electronic albums culminating in 2015’s 1D – that may be less so.

Mostly constructed in his Massachusetts attic space, Lloyd’s first “songs” album since 2013’s universally acclaimed Standards sees him finally create a (mostly) electronic setting for his voice. “For a while,” he says, “it wasn’t clear if the project would ever come to fruition. I’ve always listened to electronic music, ever since hearing albums like [Iggy Pop’s] The Idiot and [David Bowie’s] Low. There’s a simplicity to those records – even the gentle songs are very brutally projected. As I’ve got older, I’ve become more attracted to lyrics that suit that delivery. Ageing is brutal and lends itself to a less ornamented way of writing.”

Once Lloyd had formulated a sonic picture of the record he wanted to make, the arrival of each new song gradually brought that picture into focus. Although autobiographical interpretations of his songs have always been discouraged, The Over Under might resonate with “empty nesters” casting their gaze around four walls that might once have paid host to the laughter of children. It’s an unflinching slow-reveal establishing shot: a sparse study of a life released from the tension but also the structure of duty. Much of what follows seems to hang weightlessly in the vacuum vacated by the “certainty” of youth (one of two nods here to Robert Palmer’s Johnny & Mary, the other being the rhythm of Violins). This is a place far beyond romantic idealism. This is a place where lovers ponder their options, turn to each other and float the notion that they “could pool together/And be half right all of the time.” A place where, on The Loudness Wars, partners seek to hammer out an accord between their failings and their feelings: “Yeah, I’m a cold fish/Nobody’s choice dish/And you’re on fire.”

At times, the experience of listening to Guesswork is akin to sitting in a sleek, state-of-the-art departure lounge, unsure of quite where you’re waiting to go. It’s a feeling that finds its purest expression amid the pensive stabs and brittle snare cracks that measure out The Afterlife’s hungover existential audit and Remains the latter one of two songs on the record co-written by Lloyd’s old Commotions colleague Blair Cowan. Over a synergy of rapt synths and exquisite saxophone, the song finds Lloyd riding the seemingly sudden realisation that “we’re nothing to no-one” – a rueful inversion of the sentiments parlayed on 1990’s Don’t Look Back (“When you’re nothing to no one/And you’re less than you can…”) “When I was 27,” notes Lloyd, “The concept of the washed up older guy seemed very entertaining.”

And now? And now, he says, “I’m starting to think that old age could be a lot more fun than middle age. Because really what have we got to lose?” Certainly those sentiments are borne out by some of the brighter, poppier arrangements on Guesswork. With its neon Oberheim twinkle pushed to the fore, the unguarded intimacies of Moments & Whatnot seem to locate a blissful equidistant point between The Man Machine-vintage Kraftwerk and Robyn. Float that comparison past Lloyd Cole, and he’s anything but perturbed. “That’s great. Robyn has made probably my favourite music of the last fifteen years. I think she’s a genius; she’s almost the Prince of her generation.” Further ramping up the melodic quotient is an sublime slice of mid-life synth-pop which answers to the name of Violins. Were it not for the unmistakeable voice that hits the ground running with the lines, “The missile leaves the car/Flies through the window pane”, you might be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a left turn into the new Pet Shop Boys album. “Well, one of the glorious things about pop is that you have this wonderful uplifting art form which can actually deal with some fairly challenging issues and sometimes can do so quite elegantly. That’s what my favourite pop stars do.”

On the face of it, you might be forgiven for thinking that Guesswork finds Lloyd a universe away from the literate lyrical character studies scattered across his early records. The word count may have diminished, but you can attribute that to the authorial confidence that comes with the passing of time. Indeed, nestled among the still, sundazed ruminations that dominate Guesswork, is one of Lloyd’s most compelling narratives. When I Came Down From The Mountain sees its protagonist abandoning his home in the hope that he might finally cast off the weight of his sins. “How am I going to live down here?” he intones over a chorus urgently abetted by guitar work from the other ex-Commotion on the record, Neil Clark (who will also be accompanying Lloyd on his upcoming live shows).

Completing the rollcall of long-trusted associates on this record, alongside Neil and Blair, are New York drummer, programmer and producer Fred Maher who first worked with Lloyd on X, and executive producer Chris Hughes, whose association with Lloyd stretches back to the final Commotions album Mainstream on which he worked in an “informal” capacity. For Lloyd, the involvement of Chris Hughes provided some much-needed perspective in moments which saw him uncertain whether he had jettisoned too much of what was recognisably Lloyd.

“When I was making the record I felt like I was stretching myself artistically, perhaps even to breaking point, and Chris just laughed. ‘No-one else could have made this record,’ he said, ‘It’s soaked in Lloyd-ness’ You realise over time that however much you second-guess yourself or try and pull yourself in whatever direction, it’s still you. If you have a voice, you can’t un-voice yourself.”

 

Guesswork is released on July 26th 2019 by Ear Music Gmbh

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Nov
20
8:00 PM20:00

Wallis Bird proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €25 plus booking fee.

Tickets €25 plus booking fee.

“The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy.”

●      The Irish Times

 “A tsunami of emotion… magnificent ”

●      MOJO

 “The intensity of Wallis Bird’s live sound will pin you to the wall.”

●      Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

 “Discovery of the year..Wallis Bird at Woodford folk festival f***king destroying it..“

●      Amanda Palmer, Artist

 Acclaimed Irish artist Wallis Bird is back. The string-shredding singer-songwriter - once described by the Irish Times as having enough energy on stage to be able to “kickstart an entire economy” – has announced over 40 live dates and will be touring across Europe in celebration of her new album. “I’m calling it the New Moon Tour because of its symbolism; transition, femininity, the passing of time and new beginnings; the dark side of light. All of this amounts to how I feel at this point in my life. This is my new moon”.

 The new record - which will be her sixth studio album – will be out in autumn 2019. Folked-up and infused with brute soul, the album is heavy in beats and bass. “It’s built on a quite different tonal and chordal structure than usual”, says Wallis, “and I’ve tried to flood it with love, questions and understanding. I’m trying to make sense of the socio-political new world that we’re living in, and finding a way to heal myself”.

 Wallis’ career has drawn respect from critics and audiences alike. She’s played hundreds of headline shows over the past decade or so all over the world. She’s a two-time Meteor Award winner (national Irish music prize), a two-time Irish Choice Prize nominee, and a nominee for Artist of the Year at the American-based Folk Alliance International Awards 2019. Well known for her energetic performances, she has an unusual ability to bind audiences with her musical spells; inciting the crowds to join in rousing sing-a-longs as she shares her happiest emotions, or observe pin-drop silences as she expresses her deepest hurts. A Wallis Bird concert is unlike any other, and festival performances or support shows in front of brand new audiences always result in a slew of new fans.

 While Wallis has frequently toured with a band, she’s one of those rare artists whose stage presence - and jaw-dropping musical prowess - can fill huge rooms and venues on their own. With this in mind, and the heightened intensity that a solo performance brings to audiences, the 2019 New Moon Tour will be completely solo. “As much as I adore playing with a band,” says Wallis, “I've decided to finally plant a flag in the ground, go completely solo and highlight what I'm best at. I'm in my element when I can fill the stage and bring the audience together. I love it and I love working hard at it! I can’t wait to share new anthems and songs, and of course reminisce over the golden-oldies. I cannot wait!”

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