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Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy Club: Christopher Macarthur-Boyd & Joe Dowlin

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door - (strictly over 18's)

Presented by Comedy Karlnival

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd & Joe Dowlin

At just twenty-four years old, Christopher Macarthur-Boyd is considered the future of Scottish comedy. Born and bred in Glasgow, Christopher has performed stand-up internationally everywhere from downtown Toronto to the Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals in Australia, Christopher has made appearances on BBC Radio 1’s 24 Hours and BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Stands Up At The Fringe as well as making a name for himself as a writer, actor and director of short-form online content for BBC Scotland’s Short Stuff and Room To Write. Christopher is a three-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, a So You Think You’re Funny? finalist, and a two-time nominee for Best New Act at the Scottish Comedy Awards.

‘On the cusp of something big, and you don’t want to miss it’ - Daily Record

‘A comedian on the ascent. The personal and political housed seamlessly’ - The Skinny

‘A charming young comic. Macarthur-Boyd’s material is well-honed and well-delivered’ - The Scotsman

‘A comedy nerd’s informed tweaking of stand-up convention’ - Chortle

‘Following in the footsteps of Kevin Bridges’ - STV

‘Swiftly becoming an eminent figure in Scottish comedy’ - Wow 24/7

‘Might look like the pretty boy comedian stereotype, but don’t be fooled. Much darker and more interesting than that’ - Huffington Post

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Joe Dowlin has been bringing his hilarious stories and tales to comedy clubs all over the country and abroad for the past 5 years.  Joe was a finalist in the Ireland's got Comedy talent at The Laughter Lounge where he now performs in the Best of the irish weekends. His madcap, high energy brand of comedy has him sought after in every club in Ireland. He's also weekly resident host at the very popular Comedy Shed, regular host at the world famous International Comedy Club, and Battle of the Axe, supported PJ Gallagher, Des Bishop, and Katherine Lynch, and Tom Stade.


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Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Only Fools the Cushty Dining Experience

Tickets €48 - Door time 7.30pm/8pm Show - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €48 - Door time 7.30pm/8pm Show - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €10 - (strictly over 18's)

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
26
9:00 PM21:00

Buffalo Soul playing Bob Marley and The Wailers

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18’s)

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18’s)

This April ‘turn your lights down low’ and ‘lively up yourself’ for a night of legendary reggae! Buffalo Soul take to the Purty stage to perform the music of Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring hits from the back catalogue and a staggering amount of positive vibes!

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Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Brian O'Brien

Tickets €11 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €11 - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €16 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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
1
7:00 PM19:00

Limerick Jazz Workshop

Tickets €5 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €5 - (strictly over 18's)

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 1st  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
1
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy Club: Paul Marsh and Cormac Moore

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €7 in advance / €10 on the door - (strictly over 18's)

Comedy Karlnival presents

Paul Marsh

Despite making a later in life arrival to comedy than most, Paul Marsh has made up for his late start by making a massive impact on the Irish comedy scene. Paul wasted no time and rapidly racked up winners trophies in some of Ireland's premier new comedy competitions, winning both the Tedfest Toilet Duck Award 2015 and the Capital Comedy Club Competition in Dublin.
Paul followed up his truly impressive start by going to support some of the biggest name in Irish comedy including Karl Spain, PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamere. He has now been performing regularly at all the Irish comedy clubs for over 6 years as well as being a Kilkenny Cats Laughs and Vodafone Comedy Carnival regular. Paul is now one of the most in demand acts in Ireland and increasingly in the UK.

'The future of Irish comedy is in safe hands' - Comedy Ireland
'A rising star of the Irish comedy scene' - The Laughter Lounge
‘Fantastic set! Great Delivery and Charisma on stage’ - The Stand, Newcastle

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Cormac Moore

Cormac Moore is an Irish comedian, radio presenter with Dublin’s FM104 and MC who has performed all over the world to crowds of over 50,000 people. He is an entertaining, witty and captivating storyteller who has a natural ability to engage with his audience. His sharp observational style and excellent crowd work mean that no 2 gigs are ever the same. Moore has also broken Irish radio records when he broadcast for 27 hours straight and has been nominated numerous times at the prestigious Irish radio awards for his comedy sketch writing.

Abigoliah Schamaun

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And this week’s special guest MC is Abigoliah Schamaun, who is a product of her New York stand up roots; frank, funny, and unapologetic. She first showed her face in the UK comedy scene when she became a finalist in the Funny Women Comedy Awards 2010 and has grown a Edinburgh Fringe following coming back yearly ever since. She moved to London in 2014 and has become a regular on the circuit. She was named “One to Watch” at Leicester Comedy Festival 2017 and The List named her "Top 5 Up and Coming Female Comedians"

As the only yoga instructor/comedian in comedy Abigoliah presents her always hilarious comedy with an open heart chakra. Bringing her audience into her world with the warmth and excitement like a friend who you haven’t seen in a while.

Her comedy extends past the stage as she was nominated in 2016 for a Malcom Hardee “Cunning Stunt Award” for buying an incredible amount of outside advertising and then plastering them with fake reviews poking fun at the usefulness of the critics words. She has been featured on Comedian’s Comedians Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith, The Guilty Feminist Podcast, and Global Pillage with Deborah Francis White. She also appeared in Comedy Central’s season 2 of “I Live with Models”and has opened for Jim Norton, Kyle Kinane, and Gad Emelah.

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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!  - (strictly over 18's)

SOLD OUT – NEW DATE FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2019! - (strictly over 18's)

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

Bone Machine play the music of Tom Waits

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18's)

There are songs that have defined our lives through the good times and the bad, you have heard them sheltering at the crossroads of misery and abandon, you have heard them at the alter of ecstasy and elation. Songs that portray everything from sin, murder, love, death, regret and hope to songs that are simply enjoyed for their time defying melodies and their inexplicable lifting of the soul. When such songs and music are discussed there is one name that is routinely referred to... TOM WAITS. Mr Waits has spent his lifetime fathoming the depth of power of the written word through the art form of music, amounting to a force that conveys emotions that are seldom captured in any other artistic form.

For the past 2 years Irish and UK audiences have witnessed an incendiary show performed by BONE MACHINE, that captures the character and musical genius of Tom Waits. An exhilarating performance that’s playing to packed houses of increasingly adoring fans. The world of Mr Waits is uniquely presented with a characteristic authority rarely harnessed by mere mortals within any single show to date.

Bone Machine are a band of internationally renowned touring and recording musicians that perform a firebrand, melancholic, and punk jazz set of Tom Waits songs. The band comprises Jack Healy on vocals and social strategy, Martin O’Malley on guitars and sonic sculpting, Shane Fitzsimons on bass and positive vibes and Ger Farrelly on drums, keys and rhythmic karma. Each member of Bone Machine has performed in front of thousands of people at home and abroad over the past number of years in bands such as The Van Diemens, Damien Rice, Mundy, Lisa Hannigan, Aja, Mick Flannery and Raise the Rafters. They’ve also laid down countless tracks on albums, EP’s and singles in their spiritual home Malbay Studios.

Whether or not the songs and music of Tom Waits play a central roll in your music collection, you simply have to experience this show live to feel the heaven-opening maelstrom of beauty scarcely captured by a live band. From blood soaked ballads to evocative Godliness and anarchic elegance there has never been a show that has captured the golden thread of what makes Waits such a legend until now!

BONE MACHINE are the crusading dark horses that keep the mysteries of life alive, offering an escape route and destination to anyone seeking liberation from the norm. A night out with Bone Machine will reinforce your belief in the songs of Tom Waits. From Martha to Downtown Train this band bring the heart, atmosphere and sweat to performances brimming with a ramshackle sophistication and honesty as well as the Waitsian monologues and funny anecdotes that Waits is universally celebrated for. Ladies and gentlemen let us present... BONE MACHINE.

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May
3
9:00 PM21:00

The Nordanians

Ticket price: €10 - (strictly over 18's)

Ticket price: €10 - (strictly over 18's)

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.

www.marktuinstra.com

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €17 - (strictly over 18's)

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 with Special guests The Frank and Walters

Tickets €36.50 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €36.50 - (strictly over 18's)

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
5
9:00 PM21:00

Asomvel / Stereo Nasty / RBOTN

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Tickets €10- (strictly over 18's)

Bad Reputation IRL presents

Asomvel
with special guests
Stereo Nasty
Rabid Bitch Of The North

Tickets: €10
Doors: 9pm

Bank Holiday Sunday 5th May 2019
Kasbah, Dolans
Dock Rd.

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May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Blindboy Podcast Live

Tickets €27 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €27 - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

May 10th SOLD OUT - (strictly over 18's)

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

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Tickets are €10 with booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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

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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

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Tickets €10 - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €10 - (strictly over 18's)

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

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Tickets are €15 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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

Cormac Neeson

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Tickets €12 - (strictly over 18's)

Dylan once wrote Destiny is a feeling you have that you know something about yourself nobody else does. If you try to be anyone but yourself, you will fail; if you are not true to your own heart, you will fail. Then again, there is no success like failure.

Cormac Neeson, the lead singer of Northern Irish rock band The Answer, blazed the road to rock n roll glory for the better part of a decade, touring the world, sharing stage supports with the likes of AC/DC and The Rolling Stones, achieving both fan and peer respect as not only an outstanding vocalist but consummate performer. Yet, recessed deep within his creative subconscious lay his Dylan destiny, a Celtic ˜knowing” that constantly gnawed for release from the straight jacket of rock n roll.

It is well documented that the last The Answer record Solas (2016) was their most soulful, personal and affecting album to date being rooted in an intense period in Cormac’s life, in part inspired by his journey from the edge of personal trauma as he overcame his first-born son Dabhog’s premature, life threatening and complicated birth. Following Solas, Neeson decided it was finally time to reach for something different and to lay bare a fresh creative direction that his heart demanded.

The result of three entrepreneurial self-funded writing trips to Nashville, is White Feather, a first solo album which propels Neeson into the life affirming world of Country soul, Celtic roots, Americana and laid back Folk rock. Through a series of crafted, introspective songs, he delivers a vulnerable, personal and very different sound drawing heavily on his recent experiences. Neeson has co-written songs with leading USA and Nashville country songwriters including 2016 Tennessee songwriter of the year Corey Lee Barker; Steve O Brien, Blue Miller, Chase Akers, Blake Densmore and Allen McKendree Palmer who between them have sold in excess of 30 million songs.

In January 2018, he packed his bags once again and headed to Nashville to track 15 songs for the White Feather album at the historic and famous Studio 19, now The Sound Kitchen. Purchased in 1964 by Scotty Moore, Elvis’ guitarist, Studio 19 has recorded a veritable who’s who of great American artists including Bruce, Dolly, Garth, Alabama, the list goes on. The studio is an icon of Nashville’s famed music row and Neeson tapped into the cities immense recording history and ambiance, working with some of the finest Country musicians from Detroit, Chicago and Tennessee, including guitarist John Heinrich (The Everly Brothers, John Mellencamp, The Beach Boys, Ronnie Milsap), multi-instrumentalist Pevy Pevahouse (Trace Adkins), Doug Kahn (Bass) and Steve Grossman (Drums), both from the Gibson Miller band and performers on India Aries Grammy award winning album Voyage To India.

Everything about this process has felt right. From the creation of these great songs to the cutting of the record, it’s been one huge emotional release for me.....like destiny unfolding the way it was always meant to happen (Cormac Neeson)

White Feather is not a one off. Neeson is looking forward to taking his new sound and band on the road in 2018, as he builds towards the album release at the end of this year. In White Feather, he has shed a skin, revealing something about himself that defies all previous perception. Perhaps for the first time in his career Cormac Neeson is, as Dylan would put it, being absolutely true to his own heart and he wants the world to know it.

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May
23
8:00 PM20:00

Lisa O'Neill proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €15  - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18's)

“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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €38 - Available from The University Concert Hall - (strictly over 18's)

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

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Tickets €22 - (strictly over 18's)

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
24
8:00 PM20:00

Jenny McMahon

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Tickets €11 - (strictly over 18's)

Jenní is a singer/songwriter from Limerick city . Better known as vocalist  and writer Jenny McMahon with electronica outfit DeLorean Suite, Jenní has attracted critical acclaim for her authentic, unadulterated and soulful voice.

So it is perhaps unexpected that her new single ‘Roses’ sees Jenní make a return to her folk roots with a distinctly pared back sound. The single was recorded in one day at Open Door Studios, Limerick with well-known drummer Tony Roche (DeLorean Suite), guitarist Kealan Kenny (Toucan) and bass player Brian O’ Grady (Kilfenora Céilí Band). The song has a rich, warm and mesmerising tone and the accompanying video was shot in the iconic Cleeves factory by the team at Crude Media and is visually stunning.

Having launched the ‘Roses’ at a sold out gig in the legendary Maries Cheese Shop Jenní is excited to play the single and a host of original material  written over the last year with her live band which also includes guitarist/pianist Mark O’ Connor (Tooth) and Shane Storan (Randolph and the Crokers). Jenní notes that ‘Roses marks a turning point for me musically. I wanted to write songs from a very authentic place that would connect with people on a visceral level. I spent time reflecting and really drilling down into events, people and places from throughout my life. As a result I’ve written songs that expose a very different side to me that people won’t have seen before.’

Jenní plays Dolans Warehouse Friday May 24th https://www.dolans.ie/whats-on-limerick with a full band and plays an acoustic slot at Steamboat Record Store April 13th for World Record Day.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jennimcmahon/roses-jenny-mc-mahon

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May
25
9:00 PM21:00

ZhOra / Coroza / TOOMS presented by Bad Reputation

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Tickets €7 - (strictly over 18's)

Bad Reputation IRL presents:

zhOra
with special guests
Coroza
TOOMS

Doors: 9pm - Adm: €7
Saturday 25th May 2019
Kasbah, Dolans, Limerick

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May
29
8:00 PM20:00

SOAK

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Tickets €17 + booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €18 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €53 including booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €52 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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  - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €27 + booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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
6
8:00 PM20:00

RIDE proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €25 - On Sale April 11th at 10am - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €25 - On Sale April 11th at 10am - (strictly over 18's)

Waving farewell to the Eighties: it was biggest pop kick there’d been in, ooh, ten years. During that godforsaken, musically atrocious decade, it was them and us. We hadn’t got a prayer. Our stuff didn’t register in corporate demographic terms, it was too vague and indefinable. And it didn’t register in the charts. There would be the occasional triumph, as the The Smiths, the Bunnymen or the Mary Chain made a lightning raid on the Top 20, only to limp back to obscurity the following week.

So, come the tail end of 1989, there was a mood of battered, hopeless optimism. As we took our huddled flight into the Nineties, a bolt from nowhere, from Oxford, overturned the inherent pessimism in that optimism and gave us something to believe in. Ride had tunes, noise, looks, style, confidence, everything. And they had youth: their two guitar-playing singers Mark Gardener and Andy Bell were both just 19, as was drummer Laurence ‘Loz’ Colbert. Stephen Queralt, the bassist, was an oldster at 21. They’d come together on a foundation course at North Oxford Art College and had been playing around the Thames Valley area for less than a year. Already, though, they looked and sounded supreme, like they’d been born with their guitars strapped on and had been jamming together ever since. Justifiably mistrusting the A&R scramble that ensued, they instead signed up where they felt they belonged, Alan McGee’s Creation Records.

The cover of the ‘Ride EP’, released in January 1990, showed a bed of roses. The symbolism there, and in the first words on the first track was lost on nobody. A new decade was rung in with a possibility that guitars gone into overload might become pop music – as in actually popular, in the charts and stuff. ‘Take me for a ride away from places we have known,’ Mark crooned on ‘Chelsea Girl’… implicit in the song’s delirious melody was a reaching for new heights, a belief in better things to come. It went to Number 71. In those days, for an independently released debut, with next to no radio airplay, this was a result. Creation had never slipped inside the Top 75 before. There hadn’t been such a buzz about a UK group in aeons. Ride were hungry to perform, and when they did, they blew everyone away.

It all kind of centred on Loz. He was a hurricane behind the drums, you’d just see this blur of sticks and hair. Stage right was Steve, staring intently downwards, snapping the groove tightly down. Off to the left was Andy, in his own world. And right up front you had Mark, thrashing wildly at the six strings, but cooing like an angel into the mic, the Ride duality in one body.

By April, they’d charged up enough audiences for there to be real anticipation for their next record - the ‘Play EP’ - and on that buzz alone, it went in at – unthinkable! – Number 32. Bands just didn’t happen that quick. Even the Roses and the Mondays and the Scream, who’d all been going for years, had only just started to hit. ‘It took Primal Scream six years to become a genius band,’ gushed McGee at the time. ‘Ride have managed it in six months.’ Eager anticipation now shifted onto Ride’s debut album.

Preceding it by a month came the ‘Fall EP’, the band’s third, with a foreboding atmosphere about it that those hooked on the noise/pop pleasures of ‘Chelsea Girl’ and ‘Like A Daydream’ might not have foreseen. After the Smithsian daffodils last time out, the sleeve showed penguins freezing to buggery in the snow. The four tracks were headed up by their darkest composition so far, ‘Dreams Burn Down’. For all the uncompromised storm clouds, ‘Fall’ near as goddammit matched the success of ‘Play’ at Number 34.

When ‘Nowhere’ dropped in October ’90, it not only became Creation’s first ever Top 75 album, but shot in at Number 11, to blanket critical appreciation. It was angst, but it was ecstatic, as witnessed by Bell’s awesome closing track, ‘Vapour Trail’, its brooding bassline/cello finale leading up and away into infinity. A fitting climax to the finest debut album of 1990. The rest of the world was listening.

In Japan, Australia and America, the ‘Smile’ mini-album was released, compiling the eight killer tracks from those first two EPs. Press excitement exploded around the globe. The band did an extensive European tour in the Winter of ’90, followed by a debut trip to Japan. They landed at Osaka airport to be greeted by 200 girls all clutching bunches of daffodils (how did they do that – in December?!).

Ride were pop stars. Where so many of their contemporaries had failed to stretch their fame beyond the British coastline, Ride were truly a global success. The 4000 tickets for the Japanese tour sold out in 12 minutes, and ‘Nowhere’ went Top 10 there. ‘Vapour Trail’ from the album was also a huge US radio hit. As people, the band’s time wasn’t their own anymore.

In March ’91, Ride Mark 1 released the ‘Today Forever EP’, with a killer shark’s jaws warning off competitors from the sleeve and the mesmerizing lead tune, ‘Unfamiliar’, doing much the same in music. It leapt into the singles chart at  No 14, a career best, but already they were planning Ride Mark 2, to leave their peers for dust. ‘All that stuff just means we do something different next time,’ Queralt informed Select magazine’s David Cavanagh at the time. ‘We’re now very aware of what we don’t want to sound like.’

In 15 months, Ride had released two albums’ worth of material. For the rest of ’91, they played live all over the world. They toured the US for the first time, nipped down to Australia and back up for a second visit to Japan. Headlining the one-off Slough Festival in July, they aired some of their work-in-progress.

Withdrawing to rural Chipping Norton with Alan Moulder at the production controls, they recorded some 25 tracks, from which the ten great ones formed ‘Going Blank Again’. It was an astonishing LP that bore no trace of ‘difficult second album’ syndrome, soaring off boldly beyond anything that they, or any of their piddling peers, had achieved thus far. Its title sarcastically swiped at critics who alleged that Ride were vacant, had nothing to say. And ‘Leave Them All Behind’, which trailered it in February ’92, was as eloquent a mission statement as you could’ve wished for.

Without giving any ground (hell, by stealing more!), ‘Leave Them All Behind’ went in at 9 (Creation’s first ever Top 10 hit).  In March, the LP went further, racing in at 5.

These were glory days for Ride. They’d very effectively legged it clear of the pack that had formed around them, and scaled the industry ladder to the point where, following an exhaustive and exhausting world tour – their second in as many years, they would play one slot below Loz’s all-time heroes Public Enemy at Reading ’92. If you’re holding the full-tilt box-set version of this ‘Best Of’, you can hear for yourself just how mind-meltingly brilliant they were live around this time.

The four of them spent much of that year getting fired up. They ventured out for the occasional live show including the spectacular Daytripper weekend, where they co-headlined the Brighton Centre and the Blackpool Empress Ballroom with The Charlatans – Ride closing the show down South with the bill flipped on The Golden Mile. And once their songs were close to ready, they went back to Oxford with producer George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, Jayhawks), to hone and re-arrange the next ‘difficult’ album, their third.

Pre-production over, George had to leave to take the helm of Primal Scream’s ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’, but there was a producer lined up – John Leckie, who could reel off a litany of classics he’d worked on, from John Lennon’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’ and ‘Meddle’ by Pink Floyd, right through to ‘The Stone Roses’. Initially bound tight as an insular band/gang, Ride’s gates had blown open and the world around them came flooding in. It was like swapping black/white for Technicolor, everyday life for hyperreality, With its opening minute of chirruping / chattering, this was not the stuff of radio dreams. Having been AWOL during the first tremors of Britpop (Suede/Auteurs, and in January, ‘Supersonic’ by Oasis), Ride came back as a ball of confusion. The single stalled at 38, but it set the stage for the main feature, ‘Carnival Of Light’, unleashed in June.

The fish-eye sleeve shot of the band spoke volumes to fans of lysergic history. The grungy cover of ‘How Does It Feel To Feel?’ by The Creation (the ’60s garage-psych band who’d given McGee’s label its name) harked back to familiar sounds, but for the rest, Ride strode boldly forward from behind their habitual wall of feedback and, as they’d promised before, just let it flow.

At Christmas, the band played as un-billed support to Oasis at their biggest gig to date, the 5,000-capacity Brighton Centre. Without realising at the time, this was to be the band's last UK show, the only dates that followed in 1995 were a fourth tour of Japan and one festival in Spain. However one Noel Gallagher watched the whole Ride set from the mixing desk at the back of the hall, commenting at the end ‘It's just as well we're fucking good’.

With wives, babies and new homes they’d barely had time to decorate yet, the four now had lives of their own. They’d been at this for five years, and while they’d all grown up together, they’d developed their own domestic agendas away from the gang ethos.

It must’ve been a bastard to know what to do next. They each had their own ideas. It’s a miracle that they came up with anything at all, but what they recorded through 1995 was ‘Tarantula’, another quantum leap forward. However, by the time it was released in March ’96 the band had announced that they had effectively split up. To hear what a high Ride flew out on, how far they’d travelled since ‘Chelsea Girl, ‘Leave Them All Behind’, even ‘Birdman’, just cue up ‘Black Night Crash’: a blast of bad-ass blues, based on the car-smash voyeurism of JG Ballard’s ‘Crash’. Despite the lack of gigs, the album still charted at 21.

2001 saw the release of the re-mastered catalogue albums from the original analogue tapes, “OX4 – The Best Of Ride”; a timely reminder of just how brilliant, how different, how influential, and how fundamental they were to what has since followed. Alongside this was a 3xCD box set, featuring "OX4" alongside an album of previously unreleased material, "Firing Blanks", and a live album of their Reading Festival show in August 92.

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Jun
7
9:00 PM21:00

Meat Puppets proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets are €20 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets are €20 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €32 - available from UCH - (strictly over 18's)

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
14
8:00 PM20:00

Mongoose

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18's)

Mongoose is a musical melty-pot, combining the vocals, instrument-playing and songwriting of four women - Molly O'Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne.

‘Suck the Wound’ is a darker piece of work than the band’s first album ‘Mongoose’ (2015), both sonically and thematically. Exploring different sounds and textures, this album is prickly and hard to define. The genres of the songs vary widely, from rock, to a South American bolero, to jazz, to folk, all tied together by Mongoose’s tight four part vocal harmonies. As the title suggests, the album is one of struggle and healing. It will be launched in Whelan’s on 16 May, followed by an Irish tour.

“A vocal powerhouse with a line in charming yet incisive idiosyncrasy, Mongoose are an act unafraid of being true to their boundless, abstract and vibrantly coloured creative selves. A must for lovers of musical ingenuity and adventurous atmospherics.”- DervSwerve music blog, 2017.

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Jun
15
9:00 PM21:00

Prodigy Sons, Prodigy Tribute Band

Tickets are €13 advance booking/15 on door - (strictly over 18’s)

Tickets are €13 advance booking/15 on door - (strictly over 18’s)

The Prodigy Sons Story

The Prodigy Sons are a 6 piece Prodigy tribute band.  Originally set up way back in 1996 this is their story. 

4 school friends (Gary, Gordon, Keith and Wayne) from Drogheda at the tender age of 14 attended their very first concert on New Tears Eve 1994 in the Point Depot in Dublin. That concert was headlined by The Prodigy. It would have such an impact and influence on these 4 friends that it would be the beginnings of a lifelong love affair the music of The Prodigy.

It was a couple of years later when they were trying to think of fund raising ideas for a school trip that the idea of a Prodigy Tribute band came up. This was the birth of The Prodigy Sons and they there first gig in mid 1996.

Incredibly, by chance, all the members were totally suited to their roles. Gary was a keen DJ and into music production like his alias Liam Howlett. Keith was an incredibly gifted dancer like his alias Leeroy Thornhill. Gordon to our total surprise was a transformed man when on stage and sounded exactly like his alias Maxim. And lastly Wayne was as enigmatic and furious as his alias Keith Flint.

The band gigged the local student discos to packed houses and rave reviews for a period of 2 years before exam pressures and other life events forced the lads to call it a day in early 1998. It was not until 20 years later when one of the lads found some old pictures and posted them on Facebook was the band even mentioned again. This picture created such a buzz of nostalgia on social media that it resulted in calls for the band to reform.

It took some convincing but after consultation the band decided to do a one off gig for charity just to see how it would go. When the lads announced they were reforming, the response was incredible. The band decided that if this was going to work they would need to up their game and recruit a guitarist and drummer. Step forward Jagger Murray (lead guitarist) & Baz Black (Drummer) who were an instant hit.

The comeback gig was a massive success as the large venue was packed out and they raised nearly €5000. It generated real interest and booking for the band flew in the following day. The band were excited for what the future held. Then, in a crazy twist of faith, the very next day the news came that shocked and stunned us all. Keith Flint, co-founder and front man for the Prodigy had been found dead in his house at the age of 49. This stunned and shocked the band as we all had such a connection with the band that we felt like we had lost a close friend.

The band have vowed to keep Keith’s memory and spirit alive by bringing the joy of the Prodigy sound and music to the masses up and down the country. We live for the beats and we keep the beats alive……..

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Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

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

Tickets €49.50  - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €49.50 - (strictly over 18's)

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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Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

The Magic Numbers

Tickets are €22 on sale Friday April 12th 9am- (strictly over 18’s)

Tickets are €22 on sale Friday April 12th 9am- (strictly over 18’s)

London quartet The Magic Numbers are set to return following a four-year hiatus with the release of their new album Outsiders, available through the band’s own label Role Play Records on May 11, 2018. Capturing The Magic Numbers with a renewed sense of purpose following several successful side and solo projects, Outsiders will be supported by a twenty-five-date tour of the UK through May and June 2018, commencing at Cardiff’s Globe on May 10 and including London’s ULU on May 17. New single, ‘Sweet Divide’, featuring a nascent grittier sensibility for the band whilst losing none of their beloved melodic flair, can be heard here: http://bit.ly/2Eq0zQ1.

“Outsiders is how we've always felt”, says Romeo Stodart, explaining the thinking behind the title of The Magic Numbers' fifth album. “As a band, and as people. We've never really fit in. Even when things escalated quickly for the band, and we were at some awards ceremony, we always felt like we stuck out. It was the time of indie bands like The Strokes and The Libertines – and then there we stood.”

That sensation of not quite belonging, is one which band members and siblings Michele and Romeo Stodart were already familiar with. Born and raised in Trinidad, the Stodarts’ first experience of feeling like fish out of water came at an early age, when their family moved to New York. Then, in their late teens, the Stodart’s relocated again, this time to Hanwell, a suburb on the western most edge of London. When Romeo befriended one of the locals, Sean Gannon, London-born but of Irish descent, and the pair recruited their younger sisters, Michele Stodart on bass and Angela Gannon on keyboards in 2004, The Magic Numbers were born.

Shooting to media attention after selling out London’s 2000-capacity Kentish Town Forum solely on the strength of their ever growing loyal following, even before their first proper single ‘Forever Lost’ was released, their Mercury Prize nominated self-titled debut The Magic Numbers (2005) entered the Top 10 and reached double-Platinum sales. Further hit singles, ‘Love Me Like You’, ‘Love's A Game’ and ‘I See You, You See Me’ followed, along with world-wide tours with the likes of Brian Wilson, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth. The band caused a stir when they became the first artists to ever walk off of Top of The Pops, refusing to play after a presenter’s uncivil introduction, showing confidence in themselves and that punk rebellious spirit they've carried from the very beginning.

Second album Those The Brokes reached No.11 in 2006, earning Gold status. There then followed a four-year interval till the third, 2010's The Runaway, which featured the last ever orchestrations by the late Robert Kirby, and another four-year interval until releasing their fourth album Alias on Caroline in 2014. These delays, partly down to Romeo and Michele both becoming parents for the first time, also allowed them to explore life outside the band. Michele releasing two acclaimed solo albums, Wide Eyed Crossing (2012) and Pieces (2016), and Romeo gigging with the likes of Africa Express and Jimmy Webb, appearing on the most recent Spiritualized album, and producing other acts, including Ren Harvieu and Kathryn Williams.

Co-produced by Dave Izumi in Izumi's own Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne, work began on Outsiders in early 2017. The album, though instantly recognisable as a Magic Numbers record in its melodies, begins with a more raucous punch sonically. The confidence is more evident than ever before, noticeable immediately in the more bluesy, gnarly guitar sound. Songs like ‘The Keeper’, even having a distinct T. Rex feel. I’ve been revisiting lots of early rock'n'roll and blues records, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf”, Stodart explains. “I’ve fallen madly in love with the electric guitar again for sure. I love T. Rex, and Bowie. The silver lining of the sadness of losing David Bowie was that you go back and become obsessed again. Even the way he left us was a work of art.”

There's also been a subtle but significant shift in Stodart's lyrical themes. “It wasn’t a conscious decision to refrain from looking inward but I did feel a shift creatively with the things I wanted to say and share this time around. It’s allowed me the opportunity to play with characters like Michele & I have done on ‘Ride Against The Wind’ which we based upon a fictitious motorcycle girl gang who’ve grown tired of conforming and towing the line in their everyday lives.” This sense of fun is also reflected in the occasional references Romeo throws in of other people's songs, such as name checking Kate Bush's ‘Hounds Of Love’, and ‘Everybody's Talkin’’ by Fred Neil. “I enjoy throwing in those things in a way to see if people notice, it makes songwriting more playful."

The lead single is the epic Neil Young meets Fleetwood Mac ‘Sweet Divide’. “The couplet “Maybe there’s no grand de-sign/What if this is all we find?” hints at a humanist, even atheist interpretation. “No-one knows what's to come,” says Romeo. “We're all just fumbling in the dark, searching, sometimes it can be comforting to acknowledge that. The expansive, extraordinary ‘Runaways’ is one of the album's standout moments. “It's a love song for the misfits in society” Romeo explains, “It's saying we're 'scorned lovers' 'damaged goods' but let's stick together and embrace it, I think there’s a beauty in that.”

To us, music is everything,” says Romeo. “Rebel songs' are about conviction, not wanting to just fall in line, putting your heart and soul into something that you believe in. I think it’s what the people colouring life outside of the lines tend to do which is how we came up with the title Outsiders. Because now is the time for people to be themselves more, and not think so much about fitting into boxes. That's why the lyrics have a 'together' feel: we're all beautiful fucked-up losers trying to make sense of it all. We’ve always been Outsiders.”

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Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Dom Joly proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets €20 plus BF - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €20 plus BF - (strictly over 18's)

Dom Joly is a multi-award winning British comedian and writer. His smash hit hidden camera series Trigger Happy TV re-defined the genre and was a primetime UK hit - selling to over 80 countries around the world with a spin-off series on Comedy Central USA. He also made World Shut Your Mouth and This is Dom Joly for the BBC and Fool Britannia - a prime-time comedy show for ITV. He recently brought back an updated and brand new series of Trigger Happy to huge acclaim on All4 and Channel 4.

 He's currently developing a sitcom (FTK) from his pilot script recently optioned by seasoned comedy producer Mark Freeland at Working Title TV, and sis podcast Earworm ("Staggeringly funny phone calls with a soundscape by Stephen Jones of Babybird") has topped the comedy charts and just been purchased by Amazon.

 But Dom is not just a man who shouts into big cell phones or crosses the street slowly dressed as a giant snail. He's a former diplomat and political producer turned columnist and award-winning travel writer and has written extensively for the Sunday Times, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday and many, many other newspapers and magazines. 

 And he has adventure in his blood: his latest book The Hezbollah Hiking Club, in which he walks the length of Lebanon with two friends, is out in June. And to celebrate the release of this book, and his extensive and varied career in comedy, broadcasting and writing, Dom will be visiting Ireland in June for his first ever series of spoken word live shows...

 The show will consist of a live interview with Matt Stocks (presenter and host of the iTunes chart-topping podcast, Life In The Stocks) and Dom, followed by an Audience Q&A where YOU get to ask Dom anything you like, and finally there’ll be a Meet & Greet at the end where anyone who wished to say HELLO to Dom, have a picture or get stuff signed can do so at no extra cost.

 Doors at 7pm. Show starts 7:30 sharp. Don’t forget to turn your phone off!

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Jun
29
9:00 PM21:00

Roll With It

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €15 - (strictly over 18's)

Roll With It formed in 2013 to bring the music of the Gallaghers to the live stage in Belfast and beyond.

 Their setlist spans all seven albums and includes the hit singles right through to the acoustic B-sides.

 The band is made up of experienced musicians with a passion for the greatest band of the nineties, who aim to give audiences the best singalong since Knebworth.

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Jul
4
8:30 PM20:30

Blas Presents Dónal Lunny & Paddy Glackin

Tickets €21/ €16 conc. - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €21/ €16 conc. - (strictly over 18's)

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
6
7:00 PM19:00

Carach Angren / Wolfheart / Thy Antichrist / Nevalra presented by Bad Reputation

Tickets €21 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €21 - (strictly over 18's)

Bad Reputation presents:
Dutch masters of horror Carach Angrenn will hit Dolans Warehouse, Limerick on Saturday 6th July 2019 alongside guests: Wolfheart, THY ANTICHRIST & NEVALRA.

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Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery Dolans Limerick July 19th

Tickets €25 - (strictly over 18's)

Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to comeout of Ireland in recent years. 

An award-winning, double platinum selling artist, Mick has released five albums to date (including two number ones) and received widespread airplay. He became the first Irish musician ever to win awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, aged 19.  His critically acclaimed live performances have seen him sell out shows in Ireland’s Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House.

Mick first picked up a guitar at age of 14 under the musical influence of his mother’s family in their old farmhouse in Blarney, Co. Cork where he grew up listening to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jim Croce. Mick wrote songs throughout his teens, while training as a stonemason, which culminated in him signing to a major label at just 21 and releasing his first album “Evening Train”. 

2018 has seen Mick Flannery step out of his comfort zone both musically and geographically, touring new cities across UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand whilst working with a number of celebrated producers along the way. What has transpired over the last year is one of his strongest bodies of work in his fifteen-year songwriting career.

His debut award winning “Evening Train”; which is a concept album, has recently been adapted for a musical and will be premiering in Ireland in June 2019,

“astute and sophisticated lyrics”  RTE

“ song-writing force to be reckoned with”; The Times

“intense and moving”; The Guardian

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bell X1

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Tickets €42 - (strictly over 18's)

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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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Hermitage Green at King Johns Castle

Tickets on sale April 19th at 10am-Strictly Over 18’s  €30 plus booking fee

Tickets on sale April 19th at 10am-Strictly Over 18’s

€30 plus booking fee

Hermitage Green confirm King John’s Castle return as new single is released

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green have made a large impact in a short period of time. After having released their first full length album Save Your Soul via SONY Ireland and watching it climb the charts, they followed it up with a powerhouse EP, Gold & Rust which was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Matt Lawrence (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Mumford & Sons).

2019 has already witnessed the band selling out tours across Australia, Canada, The United States, The Middle East, Ireland and Europe. Check out www.hermitagegreen.com for more updates to come.

 

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

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Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Hermitage Green -SOLD OUT

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Hermitage Green confirm King John’s Castle return as new single is released

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green have made a large impact in a short period of time. After having released their first full length album Save Your Soul via SONY Ireland and watching it climb the charts, they followed it up with a powerhouse EP, Gold & Rust which was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Matt Lawrence (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Mumford & Sons).
            2019 has already witnessed the band selling out tours across Australia, Canada, The United States, The Middle East, Ireland and Europe. Check out www.hermitagegreen.com for more updates to come.

 

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

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Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

Durand Jones and The Indications proudly presented by Seoda Shows

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American Love Call – Durand Jones & the Indications

 Durand Jones & the Indications aren’t looking backwards. Helmed by foil vocalists in Durand Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, the Indications conjure the dynamism of Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, AND the Impressions. This young band of twenty-somethings are students of soul, including guitarist Blake Rhein, who moonlights doing research for The Numero Group. Even with that background, and an aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early ‘70s soul, the Indications are planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time.

 On American Love Call, Durand Jones & the Indications’ soulful sophomore LP, the band reckons with how to balance love and fury of modern day America. A fierce, fully-formed thesis, American Love Call is as grand and cinematic as it is focused on fleeting details.

 Recorded for $452.11, including a case of beer, the Indications’ 2016 self-titled debut was the product of five friends who met as students at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Having met in 2012, the project was initially intended as a standalone recording project, with vocalist Jones, a native of rural Louisiana, joined by Frazer, Rhein, bassist Kyle Houpt, and keyboardist Steve Okonski. The album was released by renowned Midwest soul label Colemine Records, and quickly picked up steam on the back of the band’s booming live show and the enthusiastic recommendation of independent record store clerks across the country — who moved thousands of copies by simply playing the hell out of the LP in their shops for their discerning customers. The album was given another boost in early 2018 when Dead Oceans teamed up with the band and Colemine to bring the Indications to global audiences.

 “Did I expect to do this shit once I got out of college? Hell no,” Jones relays, laughing. “Totally not. But this is what God is telling me to do – move and groove. So I’m gonna stay in my lane.”

 American Love Call is the sound of Durand Jones & the Indications arriving. Opener “Morning in America” traverses the bleakest motifs of modern American life, channeled through the band’s own bold vitality: an old-soul croon made new, a glimmer of youth and hope burning at its core. Continuing into American Love Call’s widened scope, “What I Know About You” offers a true-blue, platonic love song while the dreamy, bossa nova groove of “Sea Gets Hotter” is about finding the person you want to be with at the end of the world. “Long Way Home” undulates with a funky bass line, sonics at odds with its somber subject, while “Court of Love” ripples with heartbreak, brooding and swaying. Jones oscillates between high-energy soul, pensive deep ballads, and harmonies, a sharp contrast to Frazer’s falsetto.

 A vibrant through-line helping flesh out the Indications’ sound is the band’s love of sonic mish-mashes. Rhein and Frazer initially bonded over a love of crate-digging for rare 45s, and that vast musical appreciation and flexibility injects an accessibility into the veins of American Love Call. Frazer is as quick to point to Nas’ Illmatic and Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt as formative listening as he is to gospel, while Rhein is as likely to pull influence from a ‘70s folk-rock song, and Jones has a background in classical music paired with a longtime love of soul, R&B, and pop.

 “Soul music’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” Jones says. “I remember being a little kid and being in my dad’s truck, and whenever ‘Devotion’ from Earth, Wind & Fire would come on the radio, he’d swerve into the left lane, then into the right lane.” He laughs, pausing to clarify just how rural the part of Louisiana they’d be driving in was. “I remember that just being the most fun experience, when that song’d come on the radio, because he’d do that every single time. Soul music’s just always been present.”

 Rhein explains that the Indications use their inspirations the same way hip-hop producers do, borrowing from the sampling mentality. Rhein and Frazer, along with bassist Houpt, all studied audio engineering at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and Frazer credits that to how they craft the Indications’ sound: the ability to listen at a component level, to zero in on what makes a record electrify the listener, and synthesize that with their own work.

 As much as the diversion in taste is responsible for American Love Call, it’s where the Indications come together that’s just as vital to their songwriting. From a shared Dropbox the band used to circulate music in 2012 to their current Indications Inspiration streaming playlist, that group-think mentality and collective brain trust is what makes the Indications work, with each song proving a collaborative process.

 The resulting American Love Call is a record made the way the Indications dreamed it’d sound, a sprawling and limitless equation. Recorded at Brooklyn’s Studio G throughout a few sessions last July and August, the focus here is on vocals as much as it is a newfound confidence in songwriting. The split leads between Jones’ husky howl and Frazer’s dulcet falsetto and a chorus of backing vocals lend a dynamic punch to the sound, fleshed out by the elegance of strings and an ambition to prove and push themselves.

 American Love Call may make sprawling strides both stylistically and sonically from its debut, but thematically, the songwriting is a leap, too. Its title harkens back to “Creole Love Call,” a 1927 jazz standard popularized by Duke Ellington.

 “We’re in a time when so many in this country romanticize the past - wishing to return to a place of simplicity and former glory. But the reality of our history can be disillusioning,” Frazer explains. “For so many in America, the past represents violence, oppression, fear and colonialism.”

 “As America grows more diverse, we have the opportunity to form the strong, interwoven tapestry that we’ve long claimed. When we find a way to unite across our various movements and see the commonalities of our struggles, we can begin to push forward together. We can begin to see the threads connecting our goals as disparate rallying cries blends into a single song. An American Love Call.”

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Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Derek Ryan

Tickets €27 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €27 - (strictly over 18's)

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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Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Anais Mitchell

Tickets €20 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €20 - (strictly over 18's)

Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. Among her recorded works are Child Ballads, Young Man in America, and Hadestown, the latter of which she expanded into a musical. Hadestown opened at London’s National Theatre in November 2018 before transferring to Broadway where it will open in April 2019. Mitchell has headlined shows around the world, and opened tours with Bon Iver, Josh Ritter, Punch Brothers and Patty Griffin. She is the recipient of a BBC Radio Two Folk Award, and the Folk Alliance International Spirit of Folk Award. If there's a common thread in Mitchell's work it's that she's as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. As the New York Times wrote, “Ms Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision….a formidable songwriting talent”. 

 “Ms. Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision...a formidable songwriting talent” New York Times

“The most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist working in the field of new American folk music” Independent on Sunday

“One of the greatest songwriters of her generation” NPR

“A national treasure, one of our great modern singer-songwriters” Time Out

“Mitchell is a skilled storyteller...and her delivery gives an emotional complexity that welcomes and even demands repeated listens.” Pitchfork

“Currently a well-kept secret, Mitchell is writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades” Daily Telegraph  

 “A charismatic live performer with an idiosyncratic style, and a songwriter of exceptional imagination and perception” The Guardian

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Hook and The Light

Tickets are €22.50 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets are €22.50 plus booking fee - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €21 - (strictly over 18's)

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
4
8:00 PM20:00

All Tvvins

Tickets  € 23 plus booking fee.  (Strictly over 18's)

Tickets 23 plus booking fee. (Strictly over 18's)

All Tvvins duo Conor Adams and Lar Kaye enjoyed a phenomenal start to their career. Their debut album ‘IIVV’ shot into the Irish charts at #2, earned a Choice Music Prize nomination for Irish Album of the Year and smashed the 15 million streams landmark. Meanwhile, gigs in the UK and Ireland included a life - affirming sold - out show at Dublin’s historic Olympia Theatre as well as a tour as guests to Metric.

Eager to build on that momentum, they dropped three new tracks in quick succession in the shape of ‘Alone Together’ (featuring James Vincent McMorrow), ‘Anything’ and ‘Crash’. From the outside, it appeared as if their second album would rapidly emerge.

By the winter of 2017, however, their ideas simply weren’t flowing and their confidence was low. As Kaye recalls, “We were questioning the whole thing.

Is it worth exploring more? Or do we not do it anymore?”

All Tvvins were formed after Kaye sent Adams an excitable message suggesting that they should collaborate on something “real fresh and real new.” And it was another surprise message that put them back on track, this time from their previous collaborator McMorrow: “Let’s try to beat that last track we did together.”

Over the course of a two - day schedule, the trio created ‘Hell of a Party’, the ominous but seductive first single from their forthcoming second album ‘Just To Exist’. As Christmas approached, McMorrow had a second intriguing proposition. “I’m free in January and February. Do you want to come into the studio to make a record?”

“That felt really exciting to us,” remembers Kaye. ”It seemed ridiculous but we knew he could make it happen.” They spent a week compiling a mammoth file of all of the uncompleted material they’d been working on over the past two years, and McMorrow soon responded with his choice of the best ideas to start building from.

January came around and everything else was put on ice to focus their energy on the project. Their home for the next two months would actually be a large open studio space in Dublin – surely the ideal venue for them to revitalise their mojo in.

Not that things immediately reverted to normal, but McMorrow’s small suggestions ultimately made a world of difference. He encouraged Kaye to adopt a back -to -basics approach, which helped to give the music a freshly streamlined impetus without losing his innovative signature style. Meanwhile Adams did everything he could to keep his voice on peak form, which resulted in vocals that are far more versatile and nuanced than before, especially with his newly deployed falsetto.

An early challenge emerged with a vocal loop that was too manic and aggressive to use, but too intriguing to ignore. After drastically dropping its BPM and lowering its pitch, it resulted in the opening groove for ‘Build A Bridge’. The rest of the song –buoyantly optimistic and exuding summer vibes –was finished that same night.

“It was a high point of the album,” grins Adams. “We realised, cool, we can smile again!” Lyrically it reflected the duo’s changing attitude too, as Adams continues, “I wanted to convey the feeling of a summer evening sunset when you’re driving out in the mountains and anything feels possible.”

Suddenly All Tvvins were fighting back and firing on all cylinders. They’d rediscovered the pure joy of making music and would soon be rewarded with the best songs of their career to date. As producer, co - writer and effective third member,  it’s no understatement to say this process wouldn’t have happened without him. His vision was apparent from the start, but All Tvvins were astounded by his work ethic. Each week consisted of six days of ten hour sessions, after which McMorrow would fine- tune the day’s progress before the band returned the following day.

The ideas kept flowing. There’s ‘Infinite Swim’, with its muscular funk and outrageous solo, which touches on Prince, Talking Heads and TV On The Radio while remaining recognisably All Tvvins; female vocal harmonies from Sorcha Richardson on the moody, slow -burning ‘No One Is Any Fun’; glitchy electronica on ‘Better Than Here’; and ‘In The Dark’, which possesses a driving energy reminiscent of Springsteen-meets - Future Islands.

The strength of the songs is immediately apparent, largely the result of All Tvvins’ renewed instinct and McMorrow’s impeccable taste.

McMorrow’s dedication set a blueprint for the band’s future. “We work really hard in the studio, but to see someone a level beyond that was so inspiring. We realised that we really need to up our game.”

That philosophy saw them go straight into a European tour once the album’s recording was completed. It’s a lesson that keeps on giving several months later. Echoing that dedication, Adams has spent his downtime learning

the piano to continue to pushhis boundaries towards his full potential.

The end result is ‘Just To Exist’, which Adams describes as “a snapshot of where we were, what we were going through and where we hope to go next.” The title, adds Kaye, represents “an acceptance of what we had to go through” to make All Tvvins 2.0 not only exist, but to once again thrive. Adversity, it seems, is a potent inspiration.

All Tvvins have overcome an obstacle course of a year, but there’s no time to rest as new horizons are waiting to be conquered.

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Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Saarloos

Tickets  € 12 (strictly over 18's)

Tickets 12 (strictly over 18's)

Saarloos are a new Dublin band consisting of acclaimed songwriters Craig Gallagher and Brian McGovern (formerly Fallen Drakes). Saarloos released their debut single Changes in 2018 which received strong radio support in Ireland as well as reaching almost 4 million streams on Spotify.

Since Changes, the band have released singles Be Alright, Alive and most recently in early 2019, Fire Is Love.

Saarloos have shared the stage with Gavin James across his sold out European tour this summer and last Summer blew the roof off Electric Picnic’s - Cosby Stage! They had an incredibly successful run of EU dates last year, with two sold out nights in The Grand Social. Saarloos tour kicks off in October.

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Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Jake Clemons

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Tickets are €18 plus BF. - (strictly over 18's)

New York, NY:  On March 22, 2019, gifted singer and multi-instrumentalist Jake Clemons will release the timely and important single “Democracy”, his interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic that was originally released in 1992.  The song (which is the first from Clemons’ forthcoming May 2019 album), was co-produced by Jake Clemons and Jake Hull and mixed by legendary Grammy winning engineer and producer Eddie Kramer. “Democracy” will be distributed through The Orchard/Sony Music on BFD and Sea Lemons.

 “My father, a man whose greatest pride lay within his service to his country, instilled in me a firm belief that our flag, our nation should represent the certain unalienable rights of all people, that we are all created equal, that we are stronger as a whole, and that our rights as a collective whole deserve to be defended. Democracy, a mighty ship that would sail for the people and by the people, well, it’s slow. It is here, but it’s not. We are both waiting for it and simultaneously seem to be warring against it. When then, will the identity that promised to bind us together in precious liberty finally ring true; ‘FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE’? When will we resolve to become truly UNITED as that powerful force claiming that grander posture of ‘WE, THE PEOPLE’?  This was the promise made, one that I have to hold on to, be it desperately, one that my father would proudly sacrifice time & time again for. It is slow... but it’s coming. This is Democracy”.  Jake Clemons

Our first glimpse into the heart and soul of Jake Clemons came in 2013 with release of his debut EP, Embracing Light. With just a few original songs, this gifted singer and multi-instrumentalist offered a bewitching hint at how much he had to say and the intricate way he said it. Then came his full-length album Fear + Love in 2017 which allowed a deeper appreciation of what Clemons has to offer.

Dividing his time between touring the world, performing his own music and spending the last seven years as the tenor and baritone saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (stepping in for his Uncle, the late Clarence Clemons), Jake continues to make a deep connection in the present by living life to its’ fullest. 

 “Democracy” will be available on all digital outlets on March 22, 2019.

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Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Sinnerboy a Tribute to Rory Gallagher

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Tickets €12 - (strictly over 18's)

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 - (strictly over 18's)

Tickets €23 plus booking fees - (strictly over 18's)

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
6
8:00 PM20:00

Four Men and a Dog

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Tickets €25 - (strictly over 18's)

Four Men and a Dog captures the world’s attention through their living performances through out the years. can you imagine this traditional Irish band performing again? The spirit of this band does not go out and leave. There must probably the reasons why this band rings a bell to you. Well, this band produced songs that people can never forget. Why should you follow this band? Catch these men, Cathal Hayden, Donal Murphy, Kevin Doherty, ad Gino Lupari.

The song “Maybe Tonight” is absolutely the perfect sound of the band. The songs brings out an intense feeling of emotion and response. This must be the reason why people see the band as active. The musicians with all their fiddle and guitars produced contemporary sound. The traditional music must be from the western origin.

The band uphold its sound by producing the “Touch Me If You Dare”. This is truly incredible for its high-class style, by simply playing on bass, guitar and drums. “Baby Loves to Boogie” is another song of grace and have a melodious voice. This rocks the stage of silence. They might have demonstrated the moment of jumping for joy.

The most comfortable reason why people follow this band is the fact that they have that kind of reputation owing to traditional rhythms that give human the hallucinogens for music.

This is why its nice for this people to maintain their dignity as amazing musicians. These men tickle the ears of the fans in time their songs are heard. Many will be stunned by the souvenir these men had given to their masters.

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Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

IMPERIAL WAX proudly presented by Seoda Shows

Tickets on sale April 19th at 10am-Strictly over 18’s  €14

Tickets on sale April 19th at 10am-Strictly over 18’s

€14

IMPERIAL WAX are the longest serving and last line up of legendary Manchester band The Fall. The 11 year veterans Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway have teamed up with frontman Sam Curran and have already recorded forthcoming album "Gastwerk Saboteurs" scheduled for release in May 2019. The album was produced by Mat Arnold (Noisettes, The Coral, Peter Gabriel, The Fall) Ex in-house engineer at Real World Studios.

Mastered by award winning mastering engineer Andy Pearce who has remastered works for (Elvis Presley, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Frank Sinatra, Lou Reed, Bo Diddley, X-Ray Specs, The Kinks)

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Nov
20
8:00 PM20:00

Wallis Bird proudly presented by Seoda Shows

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Tickets €25 plus booking fee.- (strictly over 18's)

“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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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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