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Oct
23
8:00 PM20:00

Corrosion Of Conformity & guests presented by Bad Reputation Ireland

 Tickets €22 + booking fee

Tickets €22 + booking fee

Presented by Bad Reputation Ireland

One of the first punk-metal fusion bands, Corrosion of Conformity were formed in North Carolina by guitarist Woody Weatherman during the early '80s. In their early years, C.O.C. became known for their aggressive sound, intelligent political lyrics, and willingness to break away from both hardcore and metal conventions. In the '90s, their shift to a more stripped-down, deliberate sound -- sort of Black Sabbath filtered through the Deep South -- brought them enough in line with the alt-metal Zeitgeist to bring them a measure of mainstream popularity. These icons of the metal scene will play Limerick for the first time on....

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Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

KARLnival

 Tickets are €11 (including Booking Fee)

Tickets are €11 (including Booking Fee)

Dolans Presents and the inimitable Karl Spain are delighted to announce our brand new Comedy Club Karnival every Wednesday in Dolans Warehouse. The Comedy Club kicks off on Wednesday October 24th with Special Guests Phil Nichol, Tom O'Mahony and Margaret McHugh.

Phil Nichol

Canadian stand up Phil Nichol is a truly unique and multi-talented performer who always brings something fresh to the stage. He is an acclaimed actor, award-winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician. His keen sense of fun and eye for the shocking and absurd has cemented his position as one of the best comedians on the circuit today – as evidenced by his record-setting six nominations for the Chortle Awards’ ‘Best Headliner/Club Comic’. His grammar Nazi-baiting new show, Your Wrong, questions the nature of understanding and explores our modern day need to be right about everything.

“Not just comedy but soul-quenching storytelling at its finest” – EdFestMag

Tom O'Mahony

Tom O'Mahony is one of the busiest Irish headline acts on the circuit. Playing every major festival and club here and abroad, he has recently toured with MTV star Tom Green and Mock The Week regular Tom Stade. With his own sell-out shows in Edinburgh, Cork, Leicester, Dublin and Barcelona, Tom has gone on to support the likes of Nina Conti (Cork Opera House), Michael Winslow (of Police Academy fame), Neil Delamare and Tommy Tiernan as part of their nationwide tours. A regular on Irish TV, Tom starred alongside the legendary Rik Mayall in Season 1 of the award-winning TV series Damo & Ivor. He also featured in the hit RTE show Bridget & Eamon as your everyday oddball neighbour Paddy d'Pervert (it's French!).

“Brilliantly badass …”– entertainment.ie

Margaret McHugh

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



MC: Karl Spain

Your host Karl Spain has been in the world of stand-up comedy for over fifteen years. As well as being a regular performer at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal’s Just for Laughs, he has toured Australia, Asia, the U.S. and South Africa, and has also toured with Kevin Bridges and Ed Byrne.



“Achingly funny” - The Sunday Times

“The audience were in the palm of his hand” - The Metro

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Oct
24
8:30 PM20:30

Myriad3

 Tickets €10

Tickets €10

Limerick Jazz presents

Myriad3 was an accident. Chris, Dan, and Ernesto had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has completed multiple tours of Canada, the US and Europe, including a performance at Ronnie Scott’s International Jazz Piano Trio Festival, a tour of Canadian jazz festivals in 2014 and a showcase performance at Jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany.
 
The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and as a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble performance and contemporary composition. The band has released 4 albums on Alma Records/Universal: Tell (2012); The Where (2014); Tell((Chip)) (2015); and Moons (2016.) The Where was nominated for a Juno Award and a Sirius Radio XM Indie Music Award in 2015.

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Supper Club Halloween Special with Judy O'Connor

 Tickets €25

Tickets €25

Its Supper Club time again and Judy and Aiden are back with their Autumn Supper Club special. Expect lots of great Halloween themed songs such as "I put a Spell on You", "Creep", "Spooky", and many more. Judy will be joined by local Up and Coming Country singer Clodagh Lawlor. Clodagh is an amazing singer and songwriter.Proud to say she is a past pupil of Spotlight Stage School. Look forward to having Clodagh as my special guest. A night not to be missed. See You there. Show and 2 course Dinner is €25


Main Course


Dolan’s Supreme of Chicken

Served with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce, Fresh Vegetables and Creamy Mashed Potatoes


Confit Duck Leg

Served with Sesame and Soy Stir Fried Vegetables


Trio of Fish

Fresh Salmon, Seabass and Hake Served with a Champagne and Chive Sauce


Pumpkin Risotto

Served with Truffle Oil and Parmesan Shavings


Dessert


Chocolate Fudge Cake

With Fresh Cream and Chocolate Sauce


Strawberry Cheesecake

With Fresh Vanilla Cream


Cheese Plate with Crackers

Selection of Cheese with Plum Chutney and Crackers

Death by Chocolate

with Freshly Whipped Cream



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Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Wyvern Lingo with Special guest Nile St. James

 Tickets €20 ON SALE NOW

Tickets €20 ON SALE NOW

WYVERN LINGO RELEASE NEW SINGLE TO COINCIDE WITH THEIR BUSY SUMMER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

‘Crawl’ leaps out on 8th June.

Having successfully completed their UK and European headline tour in support of their acclaimed debut album; Bray’s finest Indie R’N’B trio Wyvern Lingo spring back into Irish combat with their new single ‘Crawl’.

‘Crawl’ is the latest single from Wyvern Lingo’s 2018 self-titled album, which was released in February and warmly embraced by fans and media alike. The single tees up an exciting run of summer dates for the band, where fans old and new can see their upcoming tour shows including:

20th July - King John’s Castle, Limerick (with Walking On Cars)

25th October - Dolans, Limerick

‘Crawl’, with a fresh summer club remix from Peter Vogelaar, is released on Rubyworks on Friday 8th June.

Listen to Crawl:  https://soundcloud.com/rubyworks/sets/wyvern-lingo-crawl-single/s-qMRJj

Praise for ‘Wyvern Lingo’

Hot Press - “When the sun comes back, this is the sound that will blare from every hip window.” 8/10.

The Irish Times - “Resistance is futile.” 4 / 5.

Golden Plec - “Genuinely exciting, the beginning of something beautiful.”

The Last Mixed Tape - “The power of the message lies in the vocals.” - 9/10.

State.ie - “a snapshot of a band who have taken their time, developed their craft and blossomed into something to treasure. And for that we love you Wyvern Lingo.” - 4 / 5.

Atwood Magazine - “A spellbinding sonic journey rich with warm, dazzling harmonies and deep, moving rhythms.” 4 stars.

The Thin Air - “A remarkable, all-killer tour de force from undoubtedly the country’s finest fast-rising band.”

Nialler9 - “Without a doubt, the most exciting Irish prospect at the moment.”

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Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Harlem Gospel Choir

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World’s lead Gospel Choir performing in Limerick for one night only

Harlem Gospel Choir, the world’s most famous Gospel Choir, make a welcome return to Limerick where it will perform at the University Concert Hall on October 26th

Considered to be America’s leading gospel choir, Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 where it made its highly successful debut at New York's Cotton Club in 1988.

For almost 30 years the choir has drawn core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture.

The group comprises 65 members, ranging in age from 17 to 70. It has toured the world, logging two million travel miles.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams, The 1975, Ibeyi, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge and at the 2018 Grammy Award Show with Sam Smith.

They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandela), two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, and Trace Adkins among others. 

Founder member, Allen Bailey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He was promotional director for major recording artists including Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. He was chairman for the Martin Luther King Holiday campaign and it was through this work that the Harlem Gospel Choir was born.

Speaking at the announcement of Harlem Gospel Choir’s Limerick gig promoter Mick Dolan said: “We are so excited to be welcoming the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir back to Limerick. The choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy.

For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music”. 

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Expect a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing and a gospel celebration.

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Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

Sinnerboy

 Tickets €15

Tickets €15

Blistering Blues / Rock featuring the music of Rory Gallagher!

 

Top international tribute band, Sinnerboy, returns to Dolans for the fifteenth year!

For another night of the epic music of the late, great Rory Gallagher.

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 and in the last few years and apart from gigging extensively in Europe, headlined Rory Gallagher tribute events in Ireland England, 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 Irelands first real |”rock star” - blazing the trail for many major Irish acts to follow on the international stage. Apart from being recognized 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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Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

Qween

 Tickets €15

Tickets €15

Qween 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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Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Siege of Limerick – Samhain 2018 - 20th Edition-SOLD OUT

 Tickets on Saturday are €23 plus booking fee SOLD OUT

Tickets on Saturday are €23 plus booking fee SOLD OUT

The Siege of Limerick will celebrate its 20th edition this October. A decade of laying Siege will be commemorated with a special 2 day Siege of Limerick. Saturday 27th is a special  Ticketed  event  (18+ only) headlined by Primordial and Bölzer. Other acts: DOOL, Slidhr, Zealot Cult, Shardborne, Wild Rocket, Brigantia, and Dark Matter.
Sunday 28th will be the same mystical free admission day, just more packed to the bumper with bands than usual. Hail to the Siege!
Brought to you by Bad Reputation.

Band Links:

PRIMORDIAL: https://www.facebook.com/primordialofficial/

BÖLZER: https://www.facebook.com/primordialofficial/

SLIDHR: https://www.facebook.com/slidhr/

DOOL: https://www.facebook.com/allthosewhowanderaredool/

ZEALOT CULT: https://www.facebook.com/zealotcultDM/

BRIGANTIA: https://www.facebook.com/Brigantia-125391657501627/

WILD ROCKET: https://www.facebook.com/WILDROCKETROCK/

SHARDBORNE: https://www.facebook.com/ShardborneIreland/

DARK MATTER: https://www.facebook.com/darkmatterireland/

Siege Day 2:

BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY 28th October (free entry)

Announcement 1:

Demonomancy (Italy) -Headliner 1-

VIRCOLAC

The Crawling

Sacrilegia

Valafar (Eng)

Soothsayer

TrenchKnife

Legion of Wolves

Announcement 2:

Herder (NL) -Headliner 2-

Only Fumes & Corpses

Hundred Year Old Man (Eng)

WE COME IN PIECES

Destriers

WORN OUT

AeSect

Coroza

Announcement 3:

Seven Sisters (Eng) - Headliner 3-

King Witch (Sct) -Headliner 4-

Stereo Nasty

Death The Leveller

Unkindness Of Ravens

Announcement 4:

Doomas (Slovakia)

SAPIEN@ (Scotland)

Partholón

By Any Means

Oracle N.I

Raum Kingdom

Aponym

No Mans Land@

Hope is Noise

Zombie Picnic

God Alone.

Mendicant

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Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Siege of Limerick Day 2

 FREE ADMISSION

FREE ADMISSION

Siege Day 2: 
BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY 28th October (free entry) 
Doors: 12pm Adm: FREE (Get in early!)

Demonomancy (Italy) -Headliner 1-
VIRCOLAC
The Crawling
Sacrilegia
Valafar (Eng)
Soothsayer
TrenchKnife
Legion of Wolves

Herder (NL) -Headliner 2-
Only Fumes & Corpses
Hundred Year Old Man (Eng)
WE COME IN PIECES
Destriers
WORN OUT
AeSect
Coroza

Seven Sisters (Eng) - Headliner 3-
King Witch (Sct) -Headliner 4-
Stereo Nasty
Death The Leveller
Unkindness Of Ravens

Doomas (Slovakia)
SAPIEN@ (Scotland)
Partholón
By Any Means
Oracle N.I
Raum Kingdom
Aponym
No Mans Land@
Hope is Noise
Zombie Picnic
God Alone.
Mendicant



Dolans, Dock Rd., Limerick, Ireland 
Doors: 12pm Adm: FREE (Get in early!)

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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Gearoid Farrelly

 Tickets €12

Tickets €12

Gearóid Farrelly brings his brand of chatty stand up comedy on tour this Autumn, addressing everything from Trump to decluttering and explaining why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat!

Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world, supporting the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and can be heard on his podcast “Fascinated” (where he tracks down his childhood heroes!) available on iTunes.

To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Each joke landed perfectly…. impeccable comic timing..” 

✭✭✭✭✭   Broadway Baby  (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

“the best opening act in his price range” – Joan Rivers

“Would you not see if you can get something in a Panto?”

 Gearóid’s Mother

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Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

Pearl Jem

 Tickets €11

Tickets €11

Dolans are proud to present a 90s grunge and alternative Rock night featuring
Pearl Jem. The early 90s triggered an explosion of Grunge and Alternative rock acts, from Nirvana, to Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Rage Against The Machine. This is a night to celebrate this era.
Europe's number 1 Pearl Jam tribute act Pearl Jem. formed in 2006, Pearl Jem
have gone from strength to strength enjoying much success touring. 
Capturing the raw energy, passion and emotion of the Seattle giants in
their live performance. Gaining the hard-earned respect of even the most
hardcore fan of the real thing, this highly acclaimed tribute are now widely regarded as Europe's No.1. Truly a must-see show for all Pearl Jam fans out there. Whether it's the more melodic, chilled-out aspect of this 2 hour plus programme or the full-on guitar driven songs you desire, these lads have it covered with a set-list made up of songs taken from every album in the back catalogue from Ten right up to the most recent offering Lightning Bolt.

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Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Delorentos

 over 18s only

over 18s only

Over 10 years and five albums Delorentos have proved themselves to be one of Ireland's most enduring, creative, imaginative and exciting bands. Together they have experienced much that a life in music has to offer, from the thrill of playing live shows and making new friends all around the world to the challenge of surviving in an ever changing industry. Delorentos have just released their critically acclaimed 5th album true Surrender. This is a must see show. Tickets are 20 euro.

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Nov
3
9:00 PM21:00

whenyoung proudly presented by Seoda Shows

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whenyoung are Aoife Power (Vocals/Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar) and Andrew Flood (Drums) who originate from Limerick in Ireland but are currently based in London.
First meeting as teenagers, sneaking into the only indie bar of their city in Ireland, they bonded over cheap vodka and The Velvet Underground. Soon after, Niall moved to London, with Andrew and Aoife quickly following, and here they began writing songs together.

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Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

Arrested Development

 Tickets €25

Tickets €25

Arrested Development (AD) are true trailblazers within hip-hop music. Since 1991 they’ve championed colorful sounds, while spreading a unique mixture of consciousness and musicality around the globe. Awarded as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time VH-1. Awarded 2 MTV Awards (93), and if that wasn't enough, their song Tennessee which was voted one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! AD’s hit song “Mr. Wendal“ brought much needed attention to the plight of the homeless and the group gave half of that singles royalties to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Their dance smash, “People Everyday” (Metamorphosis mix) addresses the tension between ignorance & consciousness, while paying homage to Sly & the Family Stone.

 

MTV’s Buzz Clip was the first major video outlet to play their music video, “Tennessee” which exposed them to the broader world. Spin Magazine, New York Times, LA Times among many others juggernauts featured AD on their covers. Later, the group would also become recipients of the NAACP image award (1993) plus a Soul Train music award.

Despite their topics being an analyzation and celebration of black reality in America, people of all backgrounds relate to Arrested Development’s music. The Grammy’s we’re among the first to “get it!” AD won two Grammy awards (1993 – Best New Artist & Best Rap Single – Tennessee),Rollingstone Magazine named them band of the year in 1992 and they were the first, and last rap group (thus far), to win the Grammy’s coveted Best New Artist award. Arrested Development was the first African – American artists to donate to the African National Congress(ANC) to end the pains of apartheid. Sharing the stage with Nelson Mandela in South Africa (1994) was a highlight for the group! Their representation of eclectic African clothing, diverse beats & Pan-African lyrics, flew in the face of the mostly celebrated thug, pimp, sex-craved jezebel and drug-dealer stereotypes. 

 

Arrested Development was the first ever in rap music to have an elder (Baba Oje) who brought wisdom to the youthful energy of the group. AD was the 2nd ever in hip-hop to tour with a live band, to have female and male members, plus boast a message of hope, change and celebrating life. They were poised to change the direction of rap forever, but that would not end up happening. Some theorize that major labels and other powers sabotaged the groups success to keep the masses from activism and consciousness. Others note the groups inner turmoil as the culprit. Either way, the collective took a hiatus between 1995 and 2000. Since 2000, they’ve released numerous albums primarily overseas, each garnered the group top ten hits in Asia or major tours throughout the world. (See 20th Anniversary Tour)

When asked recently about the state of hip-hop during the last two decades, AD front man Speech, commented “there is little to no balance; the flood of rap artists turned corporate moguls reflects how the genre is losing it’s creative & diverse spirit. We said in our first album, we won’t sell out just to be sold out and we haven’t, I’m proud”. The group has always been a big family of members. Present members are: Speech, 1 Love, Tasha LaRae, Fareedah Aleem, Za’, and JJ Boogie. Other members include: Montsho Eshe, Headliner, Aerle Taree, Rasa Don, DJ Kemit, Nadirah Shakoor, Nicha Hilliard, Kennedy, TallBoy & Ajile. Since their beginnings Arrested Development has always been a collective, thus guest artist frequently graced stages and recordings. Some notables include: Dionne Farris, Laurnea, Paulette, Caron Wheeler, Toni (cat) & Foley (Miles Davis).

 

In 2005, the group had another smash hit in Jakarta called, "Honeymoon Day" from their "Among The Trees" album! In 2009, the group released "STRONG" a powerful album with the chart topping singles, "Greener" (#3 in Jakarta, Indonesia) and "The World Is Changing" (#9 in Japan). In 2012, the group released a powerful mix-tape called, “Standing At The Crossroads” (signifying the choice of ignorance or freedom). Their lead single, “LIVING“ and it’s music video (directed by: The Feel, The Ingredient & Speech) won the coveted L.A. MOVIE AWARD, among many other film festival awards. “Living” also went to the top of the college radio charts in the U.S. and #3 on the pop radio charts in Malaysia. The rest of Arrested Development’s biography is still being written with new music, tours and collaborations. Their newest albums are “Changing The Narrative” & "This Was Never Home"

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Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Catherine Hayes 200th year anniversary concert

 Tickets €28 (Concert)  Tickets €75 (Fundraiser supper plus Concert)

Tickets €28 (Concert)

Tickets €75 (Fundraiser supper plus Concert)

Part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Catherine Hayes, the Limerick-born soprano who rose to international fame in the mid- 1800s, this gala concert will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral on Hayes’ 200th baptism day.

Featuring soprano Sarah Dolan, tenor Patrick Hyland and the Voices of Limerick choir and orchestra under the baton of Sinead Hayes, the concert will include selections from operas by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi and some favoured Irish Art Songs by Thomas Moore Balfe and G. A Osborne (Organist in St Mary’s Cathedral during her life) as well as her party piece ‘Kathleen Mavourneen’.  

There will be a pre-concert supper at the Hunt Museum Café, and proceeds from the combined ticket will go towards planned Hunt Museum refurbishment works.

Catherine Hayes is a name that is synonymous with Limerick. She travelled the world as an internationally recognized soprano but she has all but disappeared from Limerick’s known heritage.  

She sang in the European Opera Houses of La Scala, Milan, Covent Garden, London contributing to the culture of Europe, and was a contemporary of Jenny Lind, but unlike Lind has not retained that worldwide recognition.

It is therefore particularly fitting that the 200th anniversary of her birth in November is connected to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This concert aims to reintroduce the Catherine Hayes story and give her deserved recognition in her hometown. Her story will surprise, fascinate, educate and stir debate.

About the performers:

Sarah Dolan

Sarah holds an honors Degree in Vocal Performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where studied with Anne-Marie O’Sullivan and a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of Cesar Ulloa. Here she received the prestigious James H. Schwabacher Jr. Scholarship. She was a recipient of the Thomas Moore Vocal Bursary which led her to be a featured artist on many of the recital stages throughout Ireland including an invitation to the Mansion House of Dublin to sing for the Mayor of Dublin. She was also invited to perform for dignataries at the Irish Embassy in London and for the Mayor of Seattle. Sarah is an avid recitalist, enjoying many appearances both in Ireland, USA and Germany.  She has performed in recital at the The Boyle Arts Festival, The Kate O’Brien Literary Festival, Goethe Festival, Castleton Festival, Thomas Moore Festival, Schlewig Holstein Musik Festival, Festival junger Künstler, Bayreuth and with Music Northwest in Seattle. In one for her performances, she was described by the Washington Post as “a moving, authentic vocal interpretation of, ‘The Last Rose of Summer’”

Young Artist programs include Castleton Young Artist Program, Lyric Opera Weimar and Berlin Opera Studio. Opera Roles include Pamina  (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta  (La Bohème), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Nora (Riders to the Sea). Sarah has participated in Master Classes with Marlena Malas, Martin Katz, Jose Maria Condemi and Susan Mc Culloch.

Limerick Audiences will remember Sarah for her solo performance with the army defence forces army band at the PROMS IN THE PARK in Limerick. She was also the soloist for Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis and Song of Song by Patrick Hawes with the Limerick Choral Union at the University Concert Hall, Limerick.

 

Patrick Hyland

Multiple award winning Irish tenor Patrick Hyland is a regular on the concert and operatic stage performing globally in venues such as Glyndebourne Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, BAM New York, Wexford Opera House, The National Concert Hall and many more. He has performed by invitation for The President of Ireland, The Lord Mayor of Dublin and for the Irish Presidency of the European Union.

He has received widespread critical acclaim from the leading global opera magazines Opera News Magazine, Opera Today and Opera Magazine with The Irish Independent hailing his debut performance with the RTE Symphony Orchestra as “exceptional”.

As a finalist at the Veronica Dunne International Singing 2016 he was awarded The Dermot Troy Prize for the best Irish singer.

Patrick has launched two album’s, “Songs of my youth” in 2016 and “Timeless Blessings” 2017. He is a co founder of Irish Opera Artists.

 

 

 

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Nov
8
9:00 PM21:00

WARMDUSCHER proudly presented by Seoda Shows

 €10 with BF 

€10 with BF 

WARMDUSCHER

(featuring members of The Fat White Family, Insecure Men, Childhood and Paranoid London)

“A thrill”

  • Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“At the point where personal hygiene ends and Kraut-garage begins lies Warmduscher” 

  • the Quietus

“The offspring of a match made in hell between Fat White Family and Paranoid London”

  • Louder Than War

“Warmduscher are playing by their own rules”

  • Clash Magazine

WARMDUSCHER is an absolutely raucous live experience, featuring:

Clams Baker (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London)

Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Fat White Family)

The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White Family)

Mr Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men)

The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London)

Their second album ‘Welcome to Whale City’ was released on Friday 1 June.

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Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Colin Murphy

 Tickets €16

Tickets €16

Colin Murphy: The Bald Ambition Tour 2018

25 years ago a young man had a dream and that dream was to perform. As an actor success came quickly with the National Youth Theatre and early TV appearances in Yorkshire Television’s Heartbeat and Drop The Dead Donkey for Channel 4. His starring role in Our Friends In The North led to him becoming a household name. Daniel Craig* has achieved everything he set out to do and has reached the very pinnacle of the entertainment industry.

25 years ago another young man had a dream. And hope. And hair. He is still hanging on to all three… just about.

Best known for his TV appearances on the award winning Blame Game, Murphy and O’Kane Do Le Football, The Panel, and The Blizzard of Odd, Colin has performed his stand-up all over the world from Montreal to Melbourne, Beijing to Ballybofey.

*Daniel Craig will not be appearing in this show.

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Nov
9
9:00 PM21:00

Echo Ladies presented by Seoda Shows

  Tickets are €10

Tickets are €10

The Swedish Shoegaze Trio ECHO LADIES released their debut album 'Pink Noise' via Sonic Cathedral & Hybris on June 8th. The short eight track album were recorded by the band with their producer Joakim Lindberg and came just a few months after their self-titled EP, which received attention from BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Beats 1, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash Magazine, to name a few.

The album was recorded in 2016 by Matilda Bogren, Joar Andersen and Mattis Andersson, where they perfected their mix of guitars, synths and drum machines. "The studio was in the middle of nowhere, near a small town in southern Sweden called Vollsjo," they explain. "It was an old farmhouse and had everything you could think of. We hung there for four days and built a wall of amplifiers". This is evident from the instrumental opening track, simply called 'Intro', which sees the band indulging in some A Place To Bury Strangers-style total sonic annihilation. The band quotes Cocteau Twins, LOWLIFE(the Scottish dream-pop band) and the The Jesus And Mary Chain as the most important musical influences on the album. 'Pink Noise' conveys the feeling of nostalgia and hope for the future, mixed with worries and concerns about defining who you are and what you will be. This explains their blend of melancholy, euphoria, anger and soreness as well as a sense of emotional confusion.

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Nov
9
to Nov 10

Le Galaxie

 Tickets €15 on Sale June 27th at 9am

Tickets €15 on Sale June 27th at 9am

LE GALAXIE don’t come from the stars but to experience them is utterly stellar. They established themselves as Ireland’s #1 live dance act with their brand of thundering electro, bursting to life with shimmering cyber-synths, pounding techno rhythms and guitar wizardry. The debut album, 2012's LASERDISC NIGHTS II, was voted Number One Irish Album of the Year by Entertainment.ie.

Mixed in Los Angeles by former DFA Records house engineer Eric Broucek, the completely stunning female guest vocals Elaine Mai, MayKay and Senita Appiakorang. LE CLUB was written and recorded in tandem with the bands relentless live schedule, which included sellout shows in Ireland's world famous Olympia Theatre, Berlinfest, Midem (France), SXSW, CMJ (New York), Benicassim (Spain), Lovebox (London), Eurosonic (Holland) among literally hundreds of other shows.

The Irish Times notes “Over the years, [they’ve] transformed themselves into a juggernaut of a party band, jack knifing into crowds who are only too happy to take the hit.” Frequent collaborator MayKay went full LE GALAXIE in 2017, just as the band signed both a US record deal and an extension to their US publishing deal with Reservoir Music.

The band's third album PLEASURE, produced by monstrously talented Swedish pop mind BLENDE, is Le Galaxie's dream of a truly great studio dance record made manifest. The titular first single PLEASURE was teased in 2017, followed by "Day Of The Child", the band's first track written with newly added band member MayKay. PLEASURE was released worldwide on April 6, 2018.

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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

THE FLAG LISTENERS

 Tickets €7

Tickets €7

The Flag Listeners play The Kasbah Club, Dolan’s, on Saturday 10th November. In 2017 the band released their long-awaited debut album, and other short stories, to a packed house in Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick. Hot Press magazine’s Stuart Clark gave the album a glowing review, calling it a “songwriting masterclass from Limerick’s finest”. It has since received extensive airplay from Tom Dunne, Paul McLoone and many others.

The band took a break from live work over the last few months in order to concentrate on writing and demoing songs for the follow-up. The Kasbah set will feature many of these new songs plus familiar songs from the album and other favourites from the live set.

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The band comprises:

Eamonn Hehir (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar)

John Steele (vocals, electric guitar, lap steel)

Sean Fox (bass guitar, backing vocals)

Tony Brennan (drums, backing vocals)

 

Eamonn Hehir released two solo albums: “Blood Mill Road” (2000) and “The Flag Listeners” (2012). Hot Press described the latter album as “…a heady mix of guitar pop, dreamy soundscapes and poetic lyrics…” The Flag Listeners were formed to play music from these solo albums, but rapidly outgrew that brief, developing a distinct band sound that reflects the members’ individual and shared influences, with fans citing Bowie, The Psychedelic Furs, Elbow, Prefab Sprout and Pink Floyd among others, and John Steele contributing to the songwriting.

The band has quickly developed a reputation for delivering a dynamic, high-energy live set with sounds ranging from melodic pop-rock, ambient atmospherics to full-on rock’n’roll.

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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Breathe - The Pink Floyd Experience

 Tickets €20

Tickets €20

Breathe - the PINK FLOYD experience.

Acclaimed for its note-for-note perfection, unique Floydian visuals and state-of-the art sound & lights, BREATHE endeavor to emulate and recreate the sound and soundscape of Pink Floyd's legendary live shows.

An exciting 8 piece live band, made up of some of the finest session musicians in the country, its members having previously played with an array of Ireland's top artists including; Sinead O'Connor, Clannad, Gavin Friday, Jack L, Brian Kennedy, Rebecca Storm, Lesley Garrett, The Irish Tenors, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Brian Downey and Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy).

BREATHE faithfully recreate material from Pink's Floyd's most prolific period, playing a selection of fan favourites from Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut including; Hey You, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick In The Wall pt2, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Comfortably Numb, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Brain Damage, Eclipse and Run Like Hell and many more.

A spectacular live show, not to be missed…

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Nelly - Sold Out

 Tickets €45 (+Booking Fee)

Tickets €45 (+Booking Fee)

Strictly over 18s

Standing Only

Nelly hit the world with a bang when he emerged with his debut album 'Country Grammar' in 2000 which has now sold over 8.4 million copies to date.

Country Grammar was followed that up with his iconic 'Nellyville' of which boasted the timeless number 1 singles 'Hot in Herre' and 'Dilemma' featuring Kelly Roland as well as a plethora of party anthems such as 'Work It' which featured a guest performance from Justin Timberlake.

Since then Nelly has gone on to be ranked by the RIAA as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history, with over 21 million albums sold in the United States alone and 'Country Grammar being ranked 8 in the Top 10 best selling albums of its category.

Nelly's unique voice and approach to HipHop has ensured his longevity and rise to the top of his industry and he aint goin' no-wherre anytime soon.

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Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Benedict Morris & Cormac Crummey

 Tickets €11

Tickets €11

Benedict Morris and Cormac Crummey are two of the most anticipated young musicians on the traditional music scene. They make up a very talented fiddle and guitar duo and are releasing their debut duo album in the autumn of 2018.

Cormac Crummey (21) resides from Belfast, while Benedict Morris (20) lives and studies in Glasgow. Cormac has toured both Britain and Europe with several artists such as Lisa Canny, Cúig (as part of the Irish Folk Festival Tour of 2017) and several other Irish dance shows. He has recently graduated from Queen’s University with a BSc in Sonic Arts and Music Technology. He has also begun recording an album with a new trio featuring Trad legends Alan Doherty and Tola Custy. Benedict has played at some of the biggest festivals in the trad calendar already, such as Tønder Festival with Ímar as well as HebCelt with ‘The Hur’, a folk pop band he currently plays. He is also the fiddle player with 5X World

Champion Irish dancer David Geaney in his new dance show ‘Velocity: Rising’ – a show that is debuting on New York’s Broadway in November 2018. Benedict is also a semi-finalist in Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019.

They have recently recorded their debut album ‘Wavelength’ in RedBox Recording Studios, Belfast with engineer and renowned musician Dónal O’Connor. Their opening tour as ‘Bene & Cormac’ starts at the beginning of November 2018 with shows in Dublin, Limerick as well as home gigs in Glasgow and Belfast. They will be joined by a full band featuring the crème of Ireland’s vibrant music scene; Cathal Murphy (Cúig) on kit, Jos Kelly (Moxie) on keys and Richie Delahunty (Echo) on tenor banjo/electric guitar. This will not be their first outing however, as a pair they begun to build a strong following after having supported some of the biggest bands in the scene such as Lúnasa in the Duncairn Arts Centre and Ímar at the Willie Clancy Festival. This summer the Bene & Cormac band featured on the Saturday night of TG4’s ‘Fleadh TV’ in Drogheda.

Over the last few years, they have compiled a vast collection of music, mostly new compositions penned by themselves and some of Scotland and Ireland's most notable musicians. This, combined with progressive yet tasteful accompaniment really does make for a refreshing and energetic performance.

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Nov
15
8:45 PM20:45

Ronan Guilfoyle – ‘Life Cycle’

 Tickets €10

Tickets €10

Limerick Jazz presents Ronan Guilfoyle – ‘Life Cycle’

Ronan Guilfoyle – bass

Michael Buckley – drums

Chris Guilfoyle – guitar

Jim Black - Drums

In March 2018 Ronan Guilfoyle, one of Ireland’s leading composers and jazz musicians, and a major figure in Irish musical life for several decades, reached the milestone of turning 60 years of age. To celebrate and mark the occasion, Ronan has composed a suite of music called ‘Life Cycle, and has assembled a world class ensemble to perform it.

Ronan has had a very full and creative life - married at a young age, self taught as a musician yet ended up writing music for symphony orchestras, touring the world with some of the greatest musicians in jazz, recording more than 50 albums, and founding Ireland’s first non-classical performance degree programme. The Life Cycle suite will explore Ronan’s life, both personal and musical, and will represent it though the medium of jazz composition and performance

The group performing the suite will include Ireland’s finest saxophonist Michael Buckley, Ronan’s son Chris who is making a name for himself as a leading Irish jazz musician in his own right, and the great US drummer Jim Black

“Despite our best efforts to contol it, our lives are often improvised as we deal with everyday occurrences. ‘Life Cycle’ will also be both composed and improvised, and in so doing will mirror both the controlled aspects of our lives and the spontaneity necessarily contained within it. The audience will hear material that is the same each night, as well as improvised music that will only occur on the nights they are there – unique moments in their lives as well as ours. My, and our life cycle is a combination of planned and unplanned events, with many surprises along the way – this piece will reflect that aspect of all our life cycles.” Ronan Guilfoyle

“The godfather of the Irish contemporary jazz scene” Irish Times

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Deacon Blue

 Tickets available from ticketmaster

Tickets available from ticketmaster

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

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

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

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

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Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Owen Colgan

 Tickets are €15

Tickets are €15

OWEN COLGAN - LITTLE WEAPON

Owen Colgan, Irish cult comedy hero best known for his role as Buzz McDonnell from Hardy Bucks for which he has starred in 4 hit seasons aired on Ireland's national broadcaster RTE and the Hardy Bucks hit movie which media coined 'the Irish Hangover' and was produced by the mammoth Universal Studios.

Owen has enjoyed great live success recently with Hardy Bucks selling out shows all over Ireland in some of the countries most prestigeous venues including a live Hardy Bucks play in Vicar Street Dublin. 

This year Owen is going solo and he is out to change your lives, he is the guru the world needs in these dire modern times.

In a world full of hurt, pain and shite craic, Owen Colgan embarks on a journey to save people’s minds from sadness. Armed only with his fists and a couple of pints, Owen sets off on a quest of indomitable will and determination, to fulfil his desire to be - A LITTLE WEAPON.

https://www.facebook.com/owencolly/

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Nov
16
9:00 PM21:00

Zealot Cult 'Spiritual Sickness' - Album Launch Party presented by Bad Reputation

 Tickets €7

Tickets €7

Bad Reputation presents:
Hometown's finest Zealot Cult launch their new album  'Spiritual Sickness'  with special guests Apostate Viaticum.

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Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Stephanie Rainey

 Tickets €15

Tickets €15

Stephanie Rainey is the Irish singer songwriter who made the impossible happen.

With no funding, no manager, no contacts and no carefully calculated social,media campaign, she created a music industry stampede of epidemic proportions, with just one heart-stopping song – ‘Please Don’t Go’.
Within 24 hours of the song being uploaded onto Facebook, Stephanie, had more than a million hits (it quickly rose to 5 million across both Facebook and YouTube), offers pouring in from US and UK record companies and world-wide media attention.
Since then, with the release of 100 Like Me, Nothing of You Left to Love, 
Sorry & Question Mark, Stephanie has been making a serious impact on the Irish music scene and has amassed nearly 10 Million streams across all platforms as well as over 10,000 combined plays on Irish radio in 12 months.
Stephanie has the look of a young Chrissie Hynde and her songs lie in the emotional hinterland between Adele and Ed Sheeran. Her music is not about gloss and glamour but the grit and grind of the real world. Her’s is a voice that is authentic and honest.
In September 2018, Stephanie will release an exclusive covers EP for Spotify followed in Autumn by a new single, 13. All of this leading to her debut album release in March 2019.

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Nov
17
9:00 PM21:00

The Hitchers

 Tickets €10 - On Sale August 17th

Tickets €10 - On Sale August 17th

LIMERICK lost boys The Hitchers make a return to live action for a short tour in November.

The Hitchers released two albums and a slew of EPs in the late ’90s. The Limerick quartet came to the attention of legendary BBC DJ John Peel who championed the band, The band featured in his famous end of year poll and were brought into BBC studios for a recording session that still gets played on BBC 6 Music today.

Though The Hitchers officially de-mobbed in 2001 they have occasionally reformed for one off shows, and media interest in the band is rekindled biennially around the time of World Cups and European Championships which led to The Guardian readers voting ‘Strachan’ the “greatest football song EVER”.

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Nov
17
9:00 PM21:00

Mr Scruff “All Night Long”

 Tickets €18  ( €20 door)

Tickets €18  ( €20 door)

Mr. Scruff: DJ, Producer & Cartoonist As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff
plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae,
latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As
a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose
of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record
sleeves and CD covers, and usually accompany him at gigs as live animation.
This is not to be missed. 5 hour Set.

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Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

‘The Emma and Julie Show’

 Tickets €12

Tickets €12

This show finally sees Ireland’s favourite female comedy duo and online sketch stars take the to the stage and regale us with punchy one-liners, loads of gags, top shelf observational humour and killer delivery.

https://www.facebook.com/EmmaDoranComedian/videos/1412878478781415/ (266,000 hits)

Julie Jay is a comic who has taken the comedy world by storm in recent months and already has many impressive accolades under her belt, including winning the  Forbidden Fruit Comedy Search 2017; as well as performing at Vodafone Comedy Festival 2017/2018; Electric Picnic 2018; All Together Now 2018; and reaching the regional finals of ‘Funny Women’ 2018.

One of the most exciting new voices on the Irish comedy scene, her on-stage warmth accompanied by a sizeable side dish of distinctly Irish self-deprecation. Wry wit, neurotic ponderings and clever joke-writing make her an act not to be missed.

One of Ireland's most exciting emerging talents, Emma Doran is a comedian, blogger and self-proclaimed chancer. Her stand up and sketches have racked up hundreds of thousands of hits on some of the country's most popular sites including Daily Edge, Mummypages, SHEmazing, Broadsheet, Breakingnews.ie, and Her.ie. Emma was also a regular on RTÉ's Republic of Telly, and has appeared on the Today Show with Daithi and Maura to American TV Show Right This Minute.

Emma can also be heard on FM104 breakfast show The Strawberry Alarm in their hilarious sketches with Jim Jim and co

Dry and sarcastic she firmly has her finger on the pulse of society and is wickedly funny.

Hilarious - The Irish Examiner

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Nov
23
9:00 PM21:00

Rebel Rebel-The David Bowie Experience

 Tickets €15

Tickets €15

"Rebel Rebel" are a 6 piece (nine piece for larger gigs) David Bowie tribute faithfully recreating the most  popular songs from Bowie’s extensive back catalogue. The band themselves are fans and have a deep respect for the man and his music. The set for this show is built on Bowie's most loved and enduring songs and the band have worked hard at re- creating the sound and look of a David Bowie concert. 

Lead singer Peter Quinn has always had his voice compared to Bowie’s. “I released and album of original  material and it was instantly compared to Bowie. It was something I had been told from the time I recorded my first  demo tape, so when I was looking for a new project a Bowie tribute was the obvious direction.”  

"Sounds uncannily like David Bowie in good form."  Tony Clayton Lea, the Irish Times.

"Rebel Rebel were the highlight of the first ever David Bowie Symposium. They convincingly reproduced the key  phases of Bowie's musical career. They rocked Limerick!"  Dr. Eoin Devereux, Co-Organiser, Strange Fascination: A Symposium on David Bowie, University of Limerick,  2012.

The band members have all been working in the music industry for many years and are all accomplished and  experienced musicians, which allows the band to competently take on any of the diverse and complex songs from  Bowie’s back catalogue.

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Nov
23
9:00 PM21:00

Kiran Leonard proudly presented by Seoda Shows

 Tickets €10

Tickets €10

KIRAN LEONARD has announced a brand new album ‘Western Culture’, released 19th October 2018 on Moshi Moshi. It’s lead single is ‘Paralysed Force’. First FULL BAND shows for two years announced, including ‘END OF THE ROAD’ Festival.

Kiran Leonard is a 22 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. Debut album proper Bowler Hat Soup (2014) and follow-up Grapefruit (2016) were both recorded at home, with Kiran playing virtually every instrument himself. Derevaun Seraun (2017), a concept album in five movements inspired by five pieces of literature and arranged for piano, strings and voice, was an ambitious departure from his usual sound.

He has also just announced UK and Ireland headline dates for October / November, as well as a London date at The Victoria on 29th August which will serve as a warm up for their appearance at ‘End Of The Road Festival’ the following day.

Kiran Leonard: ""Paralysed Force" is about how insecurities you should settle within yourself often get transplanted onto other people you know. Projecting the question towards another allows you to shirk responsibility for your own wellbeing, but all this does is suspend the issue at hand, and prolong an inevitable falling back.

"There's also a sort of compulsiveness, a wanting to be suspended, that's involved in it all, because sometimes it feels good not to have to think about yourself. I suppose the song's about being caught between those two points -- basically, that even if you know you're being irresponsible (and possibly daft), there's still a desire to give yourself up."

The album Western Culture marks a huge sonic progression due, in part, to the involvement of his venerable live band (Andrew Cheetham on drums, Dave Rowe on bass and Dan Bridgewood-Hill on guitar, synth and violin) on record for the first time. It is also the first Kiran Leonard album to have been made in a professional studio.

"It was nice not having to spend 2+ years recording an LP in drips in my front room," says Leonard. "It was mostly smashed out over nine days or so makes it a lot more focused than my long-ass records usually are. I think it’s both more accessible and more peculiar than my other records. There’s a nice Bon Jovi solo at the end of the seventh track."

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Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Saarloos

 Tickets €12 - On Sale Friday September 7th 2018

Tickets €12 - On Sale Friday September 7th 2018

Saarloos a new Irish band consisting of critically acclaimed songwriters, Brian McGovern and Craig Gallagher. Having formed a formidable songwriting partnership they felt a desire to perform their songs together onstage. Saarloos were recently special guests to Gavin James in King Johns Castle, Limerick

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Nov
28
8:00 PM20:00

David Rudolf 'Inside The Staircase

 Tickets €20 (+ booking fee)

Tickets €20 (+ booking fee)

Seoda Shows proudly present

David Rudolf 'Inside The Staircase:
Lies, Fake Science, and the Owl Theory'
An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s 'The Staircase'.

Dolans Pub
( Seated Show)
LIMITED CAPACITY

Wednesday November 28th 2018

Doors 8PM

Tickets €20 available THIS THURSDAY
August 16th at 10AM from Dolans Pub & DOLANS.IE

Join David Rudolf, the defense attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series 'THE STAIRCASE', for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of the case and the series. David will discuss the conflicts he wrestled with in determining whether to let the filmmakers follow him, his client and his trial preparation, and his insights into the most curious and contentious issues in the case, including the blood spatter evidence, the bisexuality and Germany evidence, the discovery of the blow poke, and the genesis of the Owl Theory.

'The Staircase' Official Trailer:

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Nov
29
9:00 PM21:00

Aborted / Cryptopsy / ingested / Unfathomable Ruination presented by Bad Reputation

Tickets €21 - On sale September 5th at 9am

Bad Reputation presents:
Aborted (Belgium), Crpytopsy (Canada) , Ingested , and Unfathomable Ruination (England). This unstoppable Death Metal package is a must for any Metal fan.

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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Wheatus

 Tickets €18

Tickets €18

It’s hard to believe Wheatus’ debut album is 17 years old this year.

Like so many worldwide hits before and since, “Teenage Dirtbag”, the band’s ode-to-adolescence and inescapable breakthrough, seems timeless. Dateless. As if it’s always existed. It’s certainly reached subsequent generations to the one that moshed to it first time around.

“That’s probably the most astonished I've ever been on-stage, when those kids sang back to us every night,” says the band’s Brendan B Brown.

He’s referring to his experience on tour with Busted last year, when those old enough to remember the early Noughties sang away with much newer fans. Regardless of age, they all knew “Teenage Dirtbag.” “I thought it would be good, but I wasn’t prepared for the crazy reception we got. It was extraordinary for a support act to get that kind of love.”

Brendan, always singular in his vision, is now also the only member of the line-up remaining. It’s nothing new, he says, but also couldn’t be happier with the current situation - “I spent quite a few years writing & demoing the first album by myself. When I consider the line-up changes over the years it's 98% positive memories. There was only ever one true falling out. Currently, from a musical point of view, we're greasier with Leo Freire and Matthew T Milligan as the rhythm section than we've ever been. It's really starting to grow me in good funk mould. Plus we're all adults, so that helps.”


“Album seven is halfway recorded, so we'll try to finish that in time for Christmas. Then, in 2018, we've got some re-organising to do. I have a plan for a retrospective box-set style re-release of everything we've ever done and then some... Finally we’re gonna get the album one vinyl package together along with everything else re-released on vinyl – in some cases, remixed and remastered too. Lots of work to do in 2018. And then, after that, we'll be gearing up for the 20th anniversary tour.


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Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Wild Youth

 Tickets €15 - On Sale Friday September 14th at 9am

Tickets €15 - On Sale Friday September 14th at 9am

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

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Dec
1
9:00 PM21:00

(HED)pe & Guests presented by Bad Reputation

 Tickets €20 - On ale September 5th at 9am

Tickets €20 - On ale September 5th at 9am

Bad Reputation presents:

California's (Hed)PE blend Nu-Metal, rap metal and Hardcore. Known for their energetic live shows.

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Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

LITTLE GREEN CARS presented by Seoda Shows & Dolan’s

 Tickets €20

Tickets €20

Little Green Cars were still in their teens when they were spotted and signed to Glassnote and recorded their widely-acclaimed 2013 debut Absolute Zero with producer Markus Dravs. That album changed their lives, taking the five former school friends on tour everywhere from Europe and Australia to Russia and the States, which they criss-crossed six times in three years.

The band are currently working on their brand-new album.

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Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

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They’re back! Basil, Sybil and Manuel return to serve up more madcap mayhem, dinner and a feast of comic delights, some familiar, some off the cuff but all with a “Faulty” seasoning and a guarantee to keep you laughing all the way to dessert. Basil is manic, Sybil domineering, and Manuel – of course – is hopelessly language-challenged. Everything that can wrong, does in some beautifully controlled chaos. Just don’t mention the war!

Plan ahead for your night out in Dolans, with an evening of dining and comedy theatre.

★★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
★★★★★ Sunday Express

This multi-award winning show has been winning fans and accolades at Edinburgh, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals for years and has played over 500 sell out shows in Ireland during the last eight years. Featuring all the best gags and a great meal, this is the loosely scripted, pitch-perfect ‘13th episode’ of the TV series which develops the characters made famous by John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs. On the menu you’ll enjoy two hours of side-splitting, belly-aching fun in this “eat, drink and laugh sensation” (Daily Telegraph).

Guests must arrive at 7:30pm to be seated for dinner at 8pm. The show takes place during the meal.

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Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Faulty Towers the dining Experience

faulty towers.jpg

They’re back! Basil, Sybil and Manuel return to serve up more madcap mayhem, dinner and a feast of comic delights, some familiar, some off the cuff but all with a “Faulty” seasoning and a guarantee to keep you laughing all the way to dessert. Basil is manic, Sybil domineering, and Manuel – of course – is hopelessly language-challenged. Everything that can wrong, does in some beautifully controlled chaos. Just don’t mention the war!

Plan ahead for your night out in Dolans, with an evening of dining and comedy theatre.

★★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
★★★★★ Sunday Express

This multi-award winning show has been winning fans and accolades at Edinburgh, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals for years and has played over 500 sell out shows in Ireland during the last eight years. Featuring all the best gags and a great meal, this is the loosely scripted, pitch-perfect ‘13th episode’ of the TV series which develops the characters made famous by John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs. On the menu you’ll enjoy two hours of side-splitting, belly-aching fun in this “eat, drink and laugh sensation” (Daily Telegraph).

Guests must arrive at 7:30pm to be seated for dinner at 8pm. The show takes place during the meal.

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Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Damien Dempsey

 Tickets €25

Tickets €25

Damien’s debut album in 2000, ‘They Don’t Teach This Shit in School’ set him apart as a unique and important voice, championed from an early stage in his career by Sinéad O’Connor and others. The follow-up, ‘Seize the Day’, released in 2003, marked the beginning of his relationship with producer John Reynolds, picking up many awards and leading to extensive international tours. Commercial and critical success continued with the release of the No. 1 album ‘Shots’ in 2005, backed by Brian Eno, and ‘To Hell or Barbados’ in 2007, which debuted at No.2 in the Irish charts.

Damien’s fans include Brian Eno, Sinéad O’Connor, Bob Dylan and U2, (both of whom he has shared a bill with), and Morrissey, who invited him to support him on his US tour. Damien is an award-winning artist, having won several prestigious Irish Meteor Awards including Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His albums have topped the charts and gone 

Platinum, and he has been lauded by, among others, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Billboard, MOJO and The Sunday Times.

Since the release of his previous album, Damien’s creativity has found other outlets also. One notable project was with Irish graffiti artist Maser, on a project entitled ‘They Are Us’. This was sparked by Dempsey’s lyrics, and involved the painting of his words on derelict buildings in Dublin. Sales of the limited edition prints raised funds for The Simon Community, which was a charity set up to help the homeless and disenfranchised in Dublin and elsewhere.

Dempsey’s charitable work continued in December 2010, when he and Oscar winning songwriter Glen Hansard recorded and performed the Irish folk classic, ‘The Auld Triangle’. Monies raised went towards the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) ‘Keep The Lights On’ Campaign.

In 2013, Damien also made his acting debut in the Irish feature film ‘Between The Canals’. His music is also proving very much in demand for soundtracks, with ‘Sing All Your Cares Away’ featured in the BAFTA Award winning film ‘Tyrannosaur’, while Damien contributes to two upcoming Irish films “Stalker” and “King of the Travellers”.

Since his first live outings in the mid-1990s, Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe, and his performances have taken on a spiritual and soulful quality. These outings have been captured on two recordings: Live at the Olympia and Live from Vicar Street. Most recently, when asked who was on his hit list of artists for the main stage of the Sydney Opera House, music director Fergus Linehan listed Damien among his targets for one of the most renowned stages in the world.

 

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Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Paddy Casey

 Tickets €22 - On Sale Friday September 28th 2018

Tickets €22 - On Sale Friday September 28th 2018

A winner of two consecutive Meteor Music Awards for Best Irish Male, Casey will play Upstairs at Dolans Saturday, December 8th. He will be joined on the evening by Shannon Gospel Choir.

Paddy Casey has been the forefront of the Irish music scene since his debut album Amen (So Be It) in 1999, while his second release Living became the biggest seller in Ireland out-selling U2.

Perhaps best known for his radio-hit, 'Saints and Sinners', Casey's latest single, 2017's 'Turn This Ship Around', is pulled from an untitled new album.

Influenced by the likes of Duke Ellington, John Martyn, The Waterboys, Prince and Sly & The Family Stone, Casey has had the pleasure of sharing the stage U2 on their Vertigo Tour and has played sold out residencies in Dublin’s prestigious Olympia Theatre and RDS. He has even been invited onto and performed on the Hit American CBS Chat Show ” The Late Show” with David Letterman.

Paddy finished touring his third album Addicted To Company in mid-2009 and decided then that it was time to make an album on his own, without a label. He wanted to let the songs come naturally, but found that, almost immediately, they came along in droves. So he began recording them all over the next few years.

After a five year hiatus, Paddy Casey returned with his fourth album The Secret Life Of on November 9th. It was recorded, produced and mixed at home in Paddy’s kitchen by Paddy and Pat Donne. Pat worked on the first album Amen (So Be It), as well as on the demos for all the other albums.

He received his first guitar when he was 12 and left home soon after and began busking and gigging for about 12 years. At about the age of 24 he was approached by Sony A&R Scout Hugh Murray at the International Bar in Dublin, while performing at the singer/songwriter night hosted by Dave Murphy.

Sony gave Casey some studio time in Sun Studios Dublin where he recorded 9 tracks in 2 days. Sony decided that they liked the tracks so much that they wanted to release them as they were. They offered Paddy a recording contract. He was signed by Sony, and was eventually taken in by U2's management company, Principle Management.

His single Sweet Suburban Sky was featured on the soundtrack to the award-winning US TV teen drama Dawson's Creek. Paddy received nominations for Best Irish Songwriter and Best Male Singer at the Hot Press Awards.

Hot Press readers themselves voted the album Best Debut Album, as well as voting Paddy the year's Most Promising Act and nominating him in seven other end of the year categories. Touring saw Casey providing support to artists like R.E.M., Ian Brown, Ani DiFranco and The Pretenders.

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Dec
8
9:00 PM21:00

PILLOW QUEENS presented by Seoda Shows

 Tickets are €10. On Sale September 14th at 10am

Tickets are €10. On Sale September 14th at 10am

Having first come together in the autumn on the basketball courts of a Dublin city park, the four members of PILLOW QUEENS soon realised that making music together would be an equally productive group activity. Cathy plays guitar and sings, Rachel plays drums and sings, Pam and Sarah swap guitar, bass and lead vocal duties.

The bands songs quickly found their way into the hearts of new fans in the local underground DIY scene and onto BBC Radio 6 Music playlists, with Steve Lamacq calling them “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails.”

PILLOW QUEENS second EP, 'State of the State', was released in April 2018 on UK DIY label Specialist Subject Records to continued critical acclaim, with DIY Mag saying: “vocals overlap and interchange brilliantly, with a positive gang mentality evident from the off, even if they’re belting out lyrics on some pretty difficult subject matter.” The EP release was supported by a full UK and Irish tour, culminating in a sold-out home town show at Whelan's.

The band have since opened for PussyRiot at their debut Irish performance and supported Future Islands in front of a stadium crowd in Dublin. Their summer has been spent playing festivals throughout UK and Ireland( including our own The Irish Times 'Gig of the Week' Summer PaRtY!).

2019 will see the release of the bands debut album and extensive European and UK tour dates.


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Dec
8
9:00 PM21:00

Mack Fleetwood

 Tickets €17

Tickets €17

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

Villagers-SOLD OUT

 €28 - SOLD OUT

€28 - SOLD OUT

Always restless and inventive while always true to the power and glory of songwriting and melody, Conor O’Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers’ fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim.

Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015’s Darling Arithmetic, O’Brien’s new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers’ 2010 album debut Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland} while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital, creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, The Art Of Pretending To Swim is the most brilliantly realised Villagers album to date.

 

O’Brien began writing the album in 2016, after he’d toured Darling Arithmetic and released the similarly pared-back Where Have You Been All My Life?, a live-in-the-studio reimagining of Villagers songs past and present with his touring band. Given the accolades for Becoming A Jackal (Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, shortlisted for the Mercury and Choice Music Prizes), {Awayland} (the Choice Music Prize, shortlisted for the Mercury) and Darling Arithmetic (Ivor Novello for Best Album) and the fact that his song ‘Nothing Arrived’ has been streamed on Spotify 105 million times and counting, O’Brien could have simply and comfortably retraced his steps. Instead, he worked diligently and intensely, almost single-handedly making The Art Of Pretending To Swim “in a tiny attic room, a cramped little hovel,” namely his new flat in Dublin’s city centre, having left the farmhouse in the coastal resort of Malahide that he shared for 12 years, where all Villagers albums had been made.

In his hovel, O’Brien dug deep, making notes on his lyrics sheets such as “It’s important to feel free,” “Make a cracked record” his head buried in technical manuals while crafting songs and trying out multiple arrangements to best express the album’s core themes and intense emotion. “It’s the first album I’ve gotten deeply into production and mixing,” he says, having bought an analogue desk from electronic maestro James Holden (whose album The Inheritors is a favourite of O’Brien’s). “For me, the sound and tones are so much more important than before.”

Simultaneously, O’Brien expanded what a Villagers record could sound like. “With Darling Arithmetic,” he explains, “I’d wanted loads of space, and to slow everything down. It really worked, but I felt I’d taken that earnest whisper-in-your-ear approach as far as it could go. I wanted to experiment again, to learn again, to make something more groove-based and warmer; something you can dance to”.

It’s also O’Brien’s first use of samples, from ‘What Then’ by gospel legends The Dixie Hummingbirds and soul legend Donnie Hathaway’s ‘Sugar Lee’: he also cites Alice Coltrane, Nina Simone and Pharaoh Sanders as key inspirations. “I’m an insular and over-analytical person, and those kinds of music are really good for me. They’re such a pure form of expression, it acts like an antidote.”

Also appearing on the album are Dutch flautist Maaike Van Der Linde (whose debut album O’Brien helped make as he worked on his own), synth supremo Cormac Curran, who also scored the strings for Irish classical collective The Crash Ensemble on “Hold Me Down”, Irish brass trio The Greenhorns and singer Siobhan Kane on ‘Long Time Waiting’ and Cormac ÓhAodáin adding French horn to ‘Ada’. Otherwise, these layered, shifting, often sumptuous sounds are all, incredibly, O’Brien in his hovel, mirroring layered, shifting themes that fall under the title The Art Of Pretending To Swim.

O’Brien: “It's about survival and grace and it's a collection of words I enjoy filtering the album through. I know what it means to me and I'd like you to find out what it means to you. It’s how I see life; you’re not drowning but you’re not exactly swimming either; you’re making it all up as you go along. It’s a blind faith. For me, the album is like a cycle of faith: if you listen from start to finish, and then start again, it’s almost gone full circle.”

Alongside faith – having; losing; rediscovering – O’Brien feels the songs, “act as a kind of love affair with the creative spirit. There’s interlinking themes too, like how technology has taken over our everyday lives, this sense of hurtling toward the unknown in a strange dystopian world. But these are clues on how to engage with the songs, a mood enhancer rather than an actual narrative. I know each song has a path, and the album has a path, but I can’t literally explain it – that’s why I’m singing and writing music. My head would be a messed-up place if I didn’t! These songs are little pieces of crying, or laughter, or dreams - they’re not there to be prescriptive or make a point.”

The album’s path, or cycle of faith, begins with ‘Again: “I’ve found again a place in my heart again / For God again in the form of art again.” In childhood, O’Brien was, “obsessed with God, I prayed every night that everyone I knew would stay safe,” but he turned atheist in his teenage years and twenties, then agnostic, “and now I have this strong urge to believe. Call it love, togetherness, God, whatever. But you can’t argue with faith, which is a terrifying prospect! Though there’s a lot of beauty in it too.”

Track two, lead single “A Trick Of The Light’, addresses “letting your flow, your faith, take over” before the moment, “when memories creep in and start to shatter your faith in yourself” (‘Sweet Saviour’). The fightback begins on ‘Long Time Waiting’, the album’s dizziest, grittiest cut: “I don’t need no validation from anyone at any cost / a trophy consolation for something that I never lost.

In ‘Fool’, the protagonist unleashes, “a romantic battle-cry from the centre of a technological dystopia” before (‘Love Came With All That it Brings’) takes, “a little third-person perspective diversion. The protagonist is sick of talking about himself, though in reality these characters are aspects of his shattering sense of self.” ‘Real Go-Getter’ (Villagers in ecstatic dancefloor mode) represents, “an internal pep-talk, a mantra” (O’Brien practises Japa meditation, a discipline common to Eastern religions) before submitting to, "glassy-eyed escapism” (‘Hold Me Down’).

After this internal/external struggle, the finale is both a departure and a conclusion: the epic, serene ‘Ada’, a tribute to 19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, who recognised Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine had applications beyond calculation. “There’s so much beauty in the fact Ada was first to create an algorithm, it was the beginning of that spark,” O’Brien concludes. “But algorithms have taken over our brains, so there’s so much danger in there as well.”

There is a longer (by six minutes) version of ‘Ada’, where multiple guests (including singers Lisa Hannigan and John Grant, The Staves and poet Stephen James Smith) react to the album intro ‘Again’ – an embodiment of the ‘full circle’ concept. This ‘Ada’ will appear on a ten-inch Villagers EP, likewise the sampledelic ‘This Is The Art of Pretending To Swim’ (“it was a bit too crazy to put on the album!” says O’Brien) that underlines the range of what a Villagers song can be. But right now, let’s savour The Art of Pretending to Swim, a lesson in the art of fearlessness and songwriting, and a new standard for Villagers.

 

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Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Aine Cahill

 Tickets €17

Tickets €17

From the moment Áine Cahill made her TV debut to millions in 2016, she was set for fame. Plucked from a pub stage at Glastonbury to perform live on the BBC’s festival coverage, before Coldplay’s set on the Sunday night, she mesmerised viewers who could scarcely believe that she wasn’t already a star. In fact, the then 21 year old was a naïve newcomer from a village in County Cavan, being managed by her postman. Oh, and she’d just spent a week sleeping in a van.

Overnight, Áine’s social media stats exploded. On Spotify alone, 150,000 signed up to hear more of her passionate, powerhouse vocals and selfwritten, storytelling songs. She was inundated with offers from excited industry insiders. In Ireland, radio stations added Áine to their playlists.

Within weeks, she had a manager, who has represented everyone from David Bowie and Depeche Mode to the Rolling Stones and the Spice Girls. She signed to a major international booking agency renowned for representing global superstars

“It was like finding myself in a fairy tale,” says Áine. “Since the age of 19, all I’d wanted to do was make music, but I couldn’t see how that would happen. Suddenly, I could spend my days writing songs and my nights singing them. For a while, I worried that I would wake up and discover it had been a dream.”

In truth, Áine’s fairy tale began two years earlier, when she stumbled across her astonishing voice. The sports-mad, middle child of five – she played Gaelic football for her country – had grown up with little interest in music. She had always assumed that she couldn’t sing – she was told to mime in the choir at primary school and had been turned down for the choir in secondary.

“No one in my family was much in to music,” recalls Áine. “We had a Britney cassette in the car and my sisters and I sometimes pretended to be the Spice Girls, although there were only three of us. I was a tomboy who played sports five days a week. That was my life until I hit 16 and heard Lady Gaga doing an acoustic performance of Paparazzi on the radio, just her on piano. I’d never listened to lyrics before. I didn’t have a favourite singer. But suddenly I adored Lady Gaga and I wanted to play the piano.”

Áine got a keyboard for Christmas and taught herself to play Gaga songs from YouTube tutorials. But it was an impromptu singalong in her final year at school that proved the turning point.

“I was hanging about in the concert hall, as I always did, when one of my mates started playing Adele’s Someone Like You on the piano,” she recalls. “Lots of us were singing along, but when I began belting out the chorus, everyone stopped and stared at me. It was a real WTF? moment. Even I was like, ‘Oh my God, is that me?’ It was as if I’d woken up one morning with this voice.”

Having immersed herself in Lana Del Rey, Marina & The Diamonds and Marilyn Monroe films, Áine began writing songs, including White Piano, inspired by Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

“I had never been able to express my emotions and never been good at English at school, but I took to writing songs straight away,” she says. “I was 19 and I wasn’t happy. I longed to get my feelings out and with music it was easy.

“I’d use other people’s stories – something I’d seen in a film or on TV – to talk about myself. I became obsessed with old films because of the soundtracks, in particular the strings. I like songs to be visual, it’s why I love Lana.”

Áine played a few shows with a neighbour at a youth club – she covered Marina’s Teen Idle, a song that remains in her set today - but her first proper gig was at a local café, which put on singers every other Thursday.

“There was no stage, you just stood in the corner,” says Áine. “I was the support. I played five of my own songs at a piano that was way too high for me. I looked like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

She got a job in a hotel to pay for a local producer to record an EP, Paper Crown, which she posted on Soundcloud. When it was named the best unsigned EP of 2014 by a music magazine, Áine worked more shifts to fund her playing sporadic shows with a band, including a competition-winning slot at Ireland’s Electric Picnic festival. She self-released the sensual, cinematic song Black Dahlia and began picking up radio play.

In early 2016, Áine twice took the band to London, where they played Camden’s Dublin Castle and got an invite to perform at Glastonbury for no fee.

“We went for a full week and all slept in a van,” says Áine. “We were only there to do a set on the Friday in what we thought would be a tent, but turned out to be a pub. I did 13 original songs and two covers –Teen Idle and Bad & Beautiful, a mash-up of Gaga’s Bad Romance and Lana’s Young and Beautiful – and by the end there were 60 people watching, which was amazing. Afterwards, we got a message saying we’d been picked to play the backstage bit for TV.”

On the Saturday, watching Adele’s headline set, Áine kept checking her phone, waiting for a call that never came. Finally, on Sunday, she was given the slot pre Coldplay and, with just a pianist, performed a spellbinding, acoustic rendition of Black Dahlia.

Áine was widely described as an Irish Adele, although a wisecracking Lanameets-Marina would have been more accurate. What was obvious to everyone who saw her, however, was that Áine was a voice in a generation who wouldn’t require comparisons for long.

Áine saw out the year that changed her life playing her biggest ever gig, a charity show at Dublin’s 3Arena alongside Kodaline and Gavin James. She sobbed the first time she heard her songs accompanied by an orchestra because the strings sounded exactly as they always had in her head.

2017 was spent playing scores of shows and festivals and supporting Kodaline on tour. Last March, Áine put the intoxicating track Plastic online and in October released her final indie single, the slinky show-stopper Blood Diamonds, before signing with East West Records.

“It’s actually the third song I ever wrote, but I wanted it to be produced properly,” says Áine, who teamed up with the London-based musician Courage (Stormzy, Ray BLK) for the release. “I pictured this lady wearing furs and diamonds, believing she’s special, but really she’s a delusional bitch. I’m disgusted by blood diamonds. What sort of person could wear them for the sake of showing off?”

“I’m a frank writer. Whatever I’m thinking goes straight on the page. I have opinions and I express them. I’ve never bothered with love songs and I’ll never be someone with nothing to say. Oh, and expect a fair bit of swearing. I’m Irish, it’s drilled in to me.”

This year will mostly be devoted to writing and releasing new material, although Áine continues to play live and a few festivals have been booked.

She has been co-writing, but only on her own terms. “I’ve got here on my own songs,” she says. “I’m happy to have help and I won’t be a bitch, but I’ll never sing a song that isn’t me. I have to be myself.”

Her forthcoming single, Beauty Is A Lie is case in point, it’s a sassy, spectral beauty “calling out all the bullshit we see day to day on social media. We all do it. People only show an edited version of themselves, the side they think is ‘the best’, but this is the world we are living in. I hate it, but I love it at the same time”

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Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Academic plus guests Inhaler

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Fresh from playing one of the most talked about shows of the year at a sold out Iveagh Gardens in Dublin last weekend, Ireland’s favourite indie outfit, Westmeath 4 piece, The Academic have  announced  date at The Big Top in Limerick on December 14th.

It will be 3 years in October since The Academic released their debut EP ‘Loose Friends’ and in that short space of time, they now find themselves at the forefront of 2018’s breaking guitar bands, not just in Ireland but on the international stage. Debut album, ‘Tales From The Backseat’ which was released in January went straight to the top of the album charts, is brimming with uplifting pop hooks, sweet vocal harmonies and youthful exuberance. There is an irresistible charm, undeniable wit, and infectious personality that shines through with the band.  Leaping from mellow, artfully constructed melodic thoughtfulness into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance, there’s a surprise around every corner within the music and songwriting, all executed with an undeniable measure of passion and grit.

Racking up millions of streams online, selling out venues headline shows across the world, touring and opening for the likes of Twenty One Pilots, The Kooks, Noel Gallagher and The Strokes, it’s a far cry from the band’s early days, playing local battle of the bands competitions in Mullingar.

Back then, the rewards were simple. “The idea of just being able to play your own music to a small room full of friends was really exciting,” says lead singer Craig Fitzgerald,“It sounds like a really cliched thing to say, but we genuinely didn’t have major expectations, we have never felt pressure to be something we are not. That mindset has stayed with us right up to now, we feel fortunate and don’t take it for granted that we get to do what we love for a living. 

Commenting on the upcoming show, Fitzgerald adds  “We haven’t played a show in Limerick in a long time and we really wanted to get back on this next tour run, Limerick crowds are one of the best in the world and we are really looking forward to playing in The Big Top for the first time”

The Academic are completed by Matthew Murtagh(guitar/vocals), Stephen Murtagh (bass) and Dean Gavin (drums), .”

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Ryan McMullan

 Tickets €15 + BF

Tickets €15 + BF

Ryan McMullan is the real deal. Having been blessed with a voice that can shift effortlessly
between the angelic and the guttural he has also honed a song writing craft which exploits the incredible versatility and power of his god given instrument. Growing up in picturesque Portaferry, on the shores of Strangford lough and in sight of the Mourne Mountains, Ryan was formed by the traditional music and pub sing-alongs with which rural villages in Ireland are indelibly linked.

However this gives only a portion of the story, as a member of an unashamedly post-MTV generation he was always on the hunt for more diverse influences from bubblegum pop, to hip hop, to hard rock and blues.

Ryan has already earned a formidable reputation in the European live music scene. After spending many years developing a dedicated local following (and gaining the flavour of personal heroes such as Foy Vance and Gary Lightbody) in 2017 he supported Ed Sheeran on Ed’s arena tour. Perhaps more pertinently, this was followed up with his own (largely sold out) UK and European Headline tour complete with a triumphant homecoming Gig in Belfast. It was for this homecoming that Ryan joined the select few who have sold out the venue in question (The Limelight) prior to releasing their debut album - a select few which includes “The Strokes” and very nearly Oasis (only nearly though).

As anticipation now builds for the debut Album; talk amongst fans new and old has been which of the songs from a various well received independently released EP’s might make the cut. Though those who have followed Ryan’s career most closely will surely realise by now that the true excitement should be derived from what has yet to come and what has thus far merely been hinted at...

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Kila

 Tickets on sale Friday October 12th at 9am  €20 with BF

Tickets on sale Friday October 12th at 9am

€20 with BF

 

Formed at school in Dublin's late 1980's, Kíla are heralded as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. Their unique sound has been ever evolving, rooted in tradition, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world. Often defined as contemporary Irish World music, Kíla fuse the effects of their own melodies and Irish (Gaeilge) lyrics, Irish folk instruments such as whistles, fiddles, Uilleann pipes, bones and bodhrán with djembe, congas, drums, mandolins, brass and acoustic/electric/ bass guitars. Kíla's eight members come from the differing musical backgrounds of  traditional, classical and rock. The result is a fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs, and primal rhythms that transcend the traditional boundaries of Irish music. Bristling with passion and energy their 19th album “Alive Beo” (3rd live album) is set for official release St Patrick's Day, March 17th.

Kíla are widely renowned for their live energetic performances and have played in over 30 countries in North America, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, notable festivals include The Montreux Jazz festival, WOMAD worldwide, the Sziget festival and closer to home Glastonbury and the Electric Picnic. Last year the band closed the Cambridge folk Festival on their main stage. Kíla have also had the privilege of playing the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics, Dublin and Possibilities, the event that welcomed the Dalai Lama to Ireland.

 Kíla have worked extensively in TV and film. Their music has been placed in  many documentaries on RTÉ, TG4 and most recently in several BBC2 Timewatch documentaries. Their most notable involvement in film is their collaboration with French composer Bruno Coulais on the soundtracks for Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated and Annie winning animations 'The Secret of Kells’ and ‘The Song of the Sea’.  Kíla were also nominated for an Emmy in 2015 for their soundtrack to the film “Ireland’s Wild River” which had the enviable title of being "The best wildlife film in the world of the past two years".

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Dec
14
9:00 PM21:00

The Alvin Purple Experience

 Tickets €12

Tickets €12

The Alvin Purple Experience Christmas Party

After ten years in the wilderness The Alvin Purple Experience are back bringing their Welcome Back Tour worldwide. 

The Alvin Purple Experience return to Dolan's for Alvin Purple's Christmas Party. Alvin LOVEGOD Purple is back in all his noizy glamour to get your party started with all your favourite 1970s hits from T-Rex, Bowie, ABBA, Slade and Sweet. 

Alvin reported, 

"We can’t wait to revisit all our classic Glam Rock Christmas hits; ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday’ from Wizzard, ‘Merry Christmas’ from Slade and Mud’s ‘Lonely This Christmas’ and more Big Surprises."

Come join the Loudest, Brashest Party Band and their loyal Purple Posse for the Glam C hristmas Party of the Year.

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Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Paddy Dennehy and Band

 Tickets €15 - On sale Friday (September 7th) at 9am

Tickets €15 - On sale Friday (September 7th) at 9am

Newcomers to Paddy Dennehy's music have a tendency be blown away. His first ever gig in Dublin was performing on 'The Late Late Show' after their booking team stumbled across him on YouTube. His first time playing his own material in Cork was a personal invitation from Glen Hansard to join him onstage at the Everyman Theatre after hearing him play 'Hard Times' on an old upright piano at the back of Benner's Hotel in Dingle. The first full band show to a mesmerised audience at Electric Picnic's 'Trailer Park Stage' left no one in doubt that they were seeing the beginning of something quite special indeed. 

Performing with some of the greatest acts in Ireland and abroad (Imelda May, Mick Flannery, Lisa Hannigan to name a few...) has provided something of a steep learning curve for Paddy. "I remember coming away from the gig in King John's Castle in Limerick after supporting Imelda May thinking 'Jesus, I think I might have something good here, but 'good' isn't enough. My songwriting needs to get better, I have to work on my voice and my delivery if I want to keep performing on that level." This assessment led to many recordings being scrapped, songs taken apart and pieced back together and every aspect of the

show being subject to scrutiny. "It took a long, long time for me to get a grip on what I want to do and how I wanted to deliver it.

Paddy Dennehy's debut album "Strange Wings" will be released in early 2019. References to Nick Cave, Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen can be heard throughout the album suggesting a classic school of songwriting where each lyric has clearly been carefully chosen and every melody crafted with the utmost care in pursuit of the timeless song. 

 

“I was just f**king knocked out.”— Glen Hansard

“Hearing Paddy Dennehy for the first time, I was almost knocked out of my boots. A powerhouse voice and classic songwriter in every sense of the word”—Ciaran Lavery

“Incredible”— Ryan Tubridy. RTE

 

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Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Riptide Movement

 Tickets €20 - On Sale Friday September 21st at 9am

Tickets €20 - On Sale Friday September 21st at 9am

THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT

“PLASTIC OCEANS”


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Having toured extensively last year on the back of critically-acclaimed releases “All Works Out", Elephant in the Room” and “Changeling”, Irish rock band The Riptide Movement release their brand new single "Plastic Oceans”. 

Recorded in London with producer Chris Coady (Future Islands, Slowdive) there’s a firm backbone of the kind of slow-burning, melodic indie rock that has seen the act build a substantial following in their native Ireland, racking up various #1 records and ready themselves to unleash their sound further throughout the UK and beyond.

This summer sees the band continue their heavy touring schedule with a series of gigs and festival appearances in coastal areas, using the track to spread the serious environmental message that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, cities and towns need to be kept litter and plastic free if society is to help prevent our oceans from becoming even more polluted by plastic waste.

Speaking on the track, lead singer Mal Tuohy states: "We're honoured that our music will help raise awareness of one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Our reliance on single use plastics is destroying our oceans, so well highlighted by David Attenborough in Blue Planet 2. As the saying goes, ‘there are plenty more fish in the sea’ but if we can’t stem the tide of plastic, by 2050 there'll be more plastic than fish in our oceans. The future is in our hands."


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Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Andreas Varady Trio

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Tickets €15

Andreas Varady was born in Slovakia into a Hungarian Romani family. He began learning guitar at the age of four under the direction of his father, Bandi. In 2007, his family moved to Limerick, Ireland and after two years of busking in Limerick and Cork, he met Irish drummer and producer David Lyttle after writing to him on YouTube.

Lyttle began featuring him in his band and in 2010 produced Varady's debut album Questions for Lyte Records.The release of Questions and Varady's growing presence on YouTube brought him to the attention of Martin Taylor, Louis Stewart, Tommy Emmanuel, and later Quincy Jones.

 In 2011, when he was 13, he performed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London and is the club's youngest headliner.

Varady appeared on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine and at festivals in France, the UK and the South Pacific. In 2012 Varady was invited by Claude Nobs to perform at Montreux Jazz Festival as part of Quincy Jones's Global Gumbo, which Jones presented. Varady performed with the same group in New York and Los Angeles later in 2012, and signed to Jones's management company in January 2013.

Varady signed a deal with Verve Records in October 2013 and recorded his first album for the label in January 2014. The first album, Andreas Varady, was produced by David Paich, Jay Oliver, and Quincy Jones and was released on 5 August 2014.

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Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

SÍOMHA

 Tickets €16

Tickets €16

Singer and guitarist SÍOMHA (pronounced Shee-va) dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly, taking audiences on an unexpected, and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies. Coming from a family steeped in music, SÍOMHA grew up on a diet of musical greats, with the sounds of jazz, trad, folk and soul creeping in and leaving an indelible mark on her musical tastes and influences. She started playing guitar at age 10, but it was later in her teens while attending high school in the south of France that she first took up jazz guitar, after a chance encounter lead to her learning from an Italian gypsy who taught her the manouche gypsy jazz style. The chords and sounds of jazz fascinated and inspired SÍOMHA, and she began to craft her own songs.

The next few years saw her travelling, with music as her compass, soaking up the sounds of each of the places she travelled and further honing her craft. In late 2016, having traversed America, Canada and Mexico, she felt an innate draw to return to home shores and a phenomenal few years have followed, including slots at renowned festivals such as Electric Picnic, Clifden Arts Festival, Doolin Folk Festival, Sligo Live and Dingle Folk Festival. She has played support slots for the likes of Joey Dosik (Vulfpeck), Moxie, Wyvern Lingo and is a regular special guest with the inimitable Paul Brady having opened for his Irish Tour in late 2017 and now counts him as one of her fans. SÍOMHA’s song ‘July Red Sky’ garnered over 1.7 million views online, and was recorded and performed live from the edge of The Burren, Co Clare. Most recently, SÍOMHA was invited to tour with celebrated contemporary American-Irish group The Olllam, featuring bassist Joe Dart of Vulfpeck. A connection was instantly formed amongst these musicians, and they collaborated together on a version of one of SÍOMHA’s Irish language songs, Craobhacha, creating a beautiful piece of music which perfectly blends the unique sounds of these two artists.

SÍOMHA's music truly does defy any conventional genres. The influences of her musical background, her travels and musical explorations are audible in the music she creates. Always proud of her Irish heritage, she performs her songs in both the English and Irish languages. The beautiful landscape and rugged nature of her native West of Ireland are a huge source of inspiration for this proud Clare artist, leading her to create a soulful and unique style of music that has enthralled anyone who hears it. Her voice transcends musical boundaries, if you haven't yet heard of SÍOMHA, you soon will.

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Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Declan O Rourke

 Tickets €27

Tickets €27

To celebrate the re-release of his classic 2004 debut Since Kyabram, O’Rourke will take members of the original band around Ireland this December for a handful of nostalgic, and uplifting shows. 

Including Galileo, No Brakes, Sarah, Love Is The Way, and Marrying The Sea, the band will play the entire album, along with outakes, and a few surprises…

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Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

David Keenan

 Tickets €22

Tickets €22

David Keenan is an Irish songwriter, a young Artist who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.

Creating an inner world through narrative songwriting while leaving the door slightly ajar for us to enter and act out scenes, His live shows have been described as visceral, spiritual and communal events where Keenan moves between a one man and his guitar monologue to fronting a band whose sound only acts as a carrier for the songs further solidifying their intent. Advocating expression through all forms, dressed in the clothes of an out of work revolutionary his debut album is to be let loosed in 2018.

“Not just another young lad with an acoustic guitar, Keenan is the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down.”

Pat Carty

Hotpress Magazine

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Dec
21
9:00 PM21:00

Talos proudly presented by Seoda Shows

 Tickets €16 w/BF

Tickets €16 w/BF

Cork, Ireland-based Talos (a.k.a. Eoin French) today released the surreal and evocative new music video for “Kansas,” one of four new songs from the deluxe reissue of his acclaimed debut album Wild Alee out this Friday, June 15th via BMG. French says “Kansas” -- off the new bonus EP Then There Was War -- is about “stepping into the unknown and arriving at a place of absolute absurdity. It's about a moment in my life that didn't play out how I had imagined or planned.

Produced and mixed by Talos and Ross Dowling -- whose credits include albums by James Vincent McMorrow and Bell X1 -- Wild Alee is a personal, emotive and ambitious electronic pop record; one that both looks to the past and signposts to the future. Upon its original release overseas in April 2017, Wild Alee was hailed as “a spectacularly assured debut" (The Irish Times), while The Independent called it “stunning,” and The Line Of Best Fit raved that the music “will leave your hairs standing on end.” Some of the earliest fans in the States included The New York Times T Magazine, which praised the songs’ “taut, chilling complexity,” and The FADER, which swooned for their “swirling” splendor. The record garnered love from BBC Radio 1, racked up more than 16 million streams onSpotify, and made the shortlist for the prestigiousRTÉ Choice Music Prize - Irish Album of The Year.


 

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Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Blizzards

 Tickets €20

Tickets €20

Get Ready for The Blizzards VS Tebi Rex! The new single "I Need A Win" is the second single taken from The Blizzards upcoming full-length and is available across all digital platforms from Friday 5 October. 

The feel good love child of slightly less than gnarled rockers The Blizzards and feel good hip hop young guns Tebi Rex, 'I Need A Win' is about just needing a little break once in a while. Soaring guitars, laidback verses and a chorus you'd kiss the milkman for makes this one of the most feel good tracks of the year from two diverse Irish acts you wouldn't normally picture hanging out, but we're glad they did.

The Blizzards who came back with a bang in 2016 with airwave dominating tracks "Drop Down The Anchor", "Perfect on Paper" and "Show Me The Science", have announced their first studio album in a decade. The album, due in Autumn 2018, will be compiled of previously unreleased tracks from the Mullingar band. The album was recorded between the legendary Grouse Lodge recording studio and Dublin's very own Camden Recording Studios, and was produced by Philip Magee, the usual suspect behind The Blizzard's most recent hits.

The Blizzards will announce their Autumn/Winter Tour Dates very soon following their spectacular show on the Salty Dog stage at Electric Picnic.

 

"I Need A Win"  is out everywhere on 5 October 2018

New album coming in Autumn 2018.

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Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

Crooning at Christmas

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Liam O’Brien’s seasonal celebration of the swing era, Crooning at Christmas is one of Limerick's favourite nights out during the city's festive season. Now an annual sell out at Dolan's Warehouse, he celebrates the show's fourteenth year in Limerick on Sunday December 23rd - with advance booking essential.

The former Emmerdale star is also one of Ireland's leading exponents of the classic crooning style - inspired by his West End leading role playing Dean Martin in "The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas" which toured the UK, Europe and right across America. He most recently debuted his new show SINATRA to great acclaim - on the 20th anniversary of the iconic singer right here at the Warehouse.

He regularly performs across Ireland with his own Million Dollar Swing Band, the Kings of Swing in the UK and most recently the renowned Black Magic Big Band in Galway. He has sung at the prestigious Roundhouse in London and a packed to the rafters Royal Albert Hall for ‘Carols with the Stars’.

 Crooning at Christmas features classic songs such as Baby It’s Cold Outside, White Christmas, Let It Snow and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas along with newer tunes by artists such as Harry Connick Jr and Michael Bublé. 

Fans of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole will relish the swing sounds of the Million Dollar Swing Band - led by musical director Peter Hanagan.

For this year's concert, Liam is supported by West End star Shonagh Daly (Les Misérables) with more special guests to be announced soon.

Tickets are priced at €19 (including €1 venue booking fee) and are on sale via our website.

Doors are 7.30pm - with show starting 8.30pm sharp on Sunday December 23rd.

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Dec
26
9:00 PM21:00

Monsters of Craic – Christmas Craicer: Alice In Chains Tribute & Soundgarden / Chris Cornell Tribute. DOUBLE HEADER presented by Bad Reputation

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Tickets €10

Bad Reputation presents:
Monsters of Craic – Christmas Craicer: Alice In Chains Tribute & Soundgarden / Chris Cornell Tribute. DOUBLE HEADER

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Dec
27
8:00 PM20:00

Jerry Fish Piano Tour

 Tickets €21

Tickets €21

He’s one of Ireland’s most enigmatic and entertaining performers to the point where Ireland’s biggest music and arts festival, the Electric Picnic have for the past five years afforded him his very own stage. 

An indie legend and ringmaster of exceptional renown, Jerry Fish has evolved into a showman extraordinaire, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences all over with his now legendary live shows, a unique live theatrical experience that dissolves all boundaries between performer and audience. 

Jerry Fish blasted onto the Music Scene in the 1990's touring the globe as front-man of alternative rock outfit An Emotional Fish, the band who gave us the indie rock anthem “Celebrate” 

These days the name Jerry Fish is synonymous with Festivals, Carnival Sideshow, Circus and Theatre.  

Mr. Fish's genre bending and idiosyncratic style of entertainment has made him a household name within the Irish Music industry. With two Platinum selling solo albums, an MTV award and IRMA Music Award, and a reputation as a supreme and spectacular showman. 

In 2017 Jerry took his stranger-than-fiction life story to theatre audiences for the first time at the Dublin Fringe festival; “The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish.”

Jerry is currently touring an intimate piano show, performing his favourite songs, old and new from a career spanning over two decades as well as excerpts from his sell-out fringe theatre show.


A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time, accentuating the positive and bringing smiles to troubled faces with his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache. 

A guaranteed up-lifting night out for all

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Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Mick Flannery

 Tickets are €25

Tickets are €25

Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out 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 to ever 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”. 

Mick’s most recent albums were written in Berlin, a move Mick himself refers to as “self-imposed exile”. His current album "I Own You”, sees Mick deal with broader issues than previous work including themes of social injustice and inequality. Mick currently lives in County Clare, Ireland where he is working on his sixth studio album.

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Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

Ham sandwicH

 Tickets €22

Tickets €22

One of the most enthralling live acts in recent times, HamsandwicH are well known for their incendiary live performances which has put them right at the top of the live acts to see today. With the combination of Niamh Farrell's powerful yet sweet vocal and Podge McNamee's juxstaposing baritone the band are given it's signature calling card. If ever there was a band to feed off their audience it is HamsandwicH. Each show is bona fide celebration with everything from balloons and confetti to their unique crowd interaction on display.

Number 1 album Stories from the Surface is out now.

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Dec
29
9:00 PM21:00

These Charming Men

 Tickets €12 presale/€15 on the door

Tickets €12 presale/€15 on the door

Formed in 1995, These Charming Men are well known as being the premier Smiths and Morrissey tribute act around.

These Charming Men have toured extensively from Europe, to the USA and Japan, where they replaced Morrissey at the Fuji Rock Festival after he pulled out. Yes, they are that good.

If you want a realistic and faithful representation of the spirit and music of the Smiths or Morrissey, These Charming Men are your only option

Accept no (other) substitutes!

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Dec
30
8:00 PM20:00

Hermitage Green

 Tickets €28 (+booking fee)

Tickets €28 (+booking fee)

Hermitage Green, Limericks Favorite sons, are in Dolans Warehouse on December 30th & 31st After a sell out show in  in King Johns Castle to celebrate the release of their new Ep Gold and Rust. The name comes from a line in one of the songs that says, “I've never known gold to rust”. 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 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 coz 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. And thanks for helping us do that!

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Dec
30
9:00 PM21:00

LE BOOM presented by Seoda Shows

 Tickets €10

Tickets €10

LE BOOM are an electro-indie-house-pop duo based in Dublin, Ireland who have developed a formidable live reputation.

LE BOOM's late-night shows are a frenzy of glass-bottle beats, layered loops, catchy vocal hooks and sweaty fans who dance like no other fans in the world.


LE BOOM formed in June 2016 by Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon and, since then, have brought their electro-indie-house-pop show to cities such as New York, Reykjavik, Cork, Belfast, Galway, their hometown of Dublin and festivals like Latitude Festival, Body&Soul, Electric Picnic, TRUCK FESTIVAL, Castlepalooza and INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival.

LE BOOM's debut single release, 'What We Do', received airplay on both US and Irish radio. It featured in the Summer 2017 ad campaign for Vodafone and has over 325k plays on Spotify.

Their long-awaited second single 'Don’t Need It Now' was released in November 2017 and has garnered Spotify New Music Friday and Hot New Bands features and over 200k streams.

They were recently picked by PRS for a London showcase in the PRS office and their tracks have featured on a Fáilte Ireland tourist board ad representing Dublin and a recent Vodafone summer festival ad campaign.

The band’s third single 'Coma' was released ahead of appearances at The Great Escape Festival and Primavera Sound this summer and a sold out 650-cap Button Factory gig in Dublin city.

LE BOOM just Sold Out their biggest Dublin headline show to date at District 8!

’About to break into America in a big way'

* Louise Parker, Paste Magazine


'Perfect for dancing the night away to'

* Emily Chu, Impose Magazine



'Possibly the best live electronic act to come out of Ireland' * Phil Udell, State Magazine


'So so promising'

* Rigsy, BBC Northern Ireland

"'What We Do' is a fine debut single release, informed by the synth-pop of Hot Chip and lo-fi dancefloor atmospherics".

* The Irish Times

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Dec
31
9:00 PM21:00

Hermitage Green - New Years Eve

 Tickets €28 (+booking fee)

Tickets €28 (+booking fee)

Hermitage Green, Limericks Favorite sons, are in Dolans Warehouse on December 30th & 31st After a sell out show in  in King Johns Castle to celebrate the release of their new Ep Gold and Rust. The name comes from a line in one of the songs that says, “I've never known gold to rust”. 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 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 coz 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. And thanks for helping us do that!

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Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Hunks of Desire Show: Women’s Little Christmas Celebration

 Tickets are €15

Tickets are €15

The Hunks of Desire Show: Women’s Little Christmas Celebration

A Night of Male Cabaret Full Monty Show

Doors open at 8:00pm, show starts at 9:00pm.

Age Policy:  This event is ages 18+ only, ID required for entry.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including two 20 minute intervals

 

Women's Little Christmas Celebrations

Women's Little Christmas is an Ancient Irish tradition. A Ladies Only celebration, it is still alive and kicking in Munster. This event calls for a night of partying and a few "refreshments". The Ladies can let their hair down and relax after the madness of Christmas period. All that while watching sexy men on stage.

The Hunks of Desire Show

The energy of a Male Stripper Show meets the dancing extravaganza of a Cabaret. Stunning men with bodies sculpted through sweat and tears. The Hunks of Desire are returning to Limerick to honour Women's Little Christmas and the Ladies of Limerick. Watch the Hunks as they transform into brave Firemen, stern NYPD Policemen and “sensitive” Builders.

Add a Full Monty Show as the cherry on the pie.

The Return of the Hunks

The Hunks of Desire are male strippers, seasoned performers and Ladies Nights' connoisseurs. The Hunks of Desire have performed all over Ireland and abroad. With guest appearances in Festivals and on TV Shows they are by far the best Full Monty show in Ireland. Last year the Hunks of Desire filled the Dolan’s Warehouse. Let’s do it again!

Come and see the best Male Strippers in Ireland

Ladies of Limerick, The Hunks invite you to an unforgettable night of dance, music, and naughtiness that will raise the temperature and your heartbeats. We are calling all the Ladies, especially the hardworking girls in the retail and hospitality industry to have a ladies only Christmas Party. Hen nights and Birthday Parties in and around Limerick are also a welcome addition to this traditional Ladies’ Night. 

This sensual Full Monty Show will come alive on the 5th of January 2019, Dolan's Warehouse, Dock Road, Limerick.

Mark the date! It's a date. 

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Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Kevin McGahern

 €12 with BF

€12 with BF

The star of RTE’s Republic of Telly brings his brand new show to a theatre near you. With the Solo Pollo Tour, the silver tongued Cavan native promises a mix of traditional stand up, character based comedy and lovely funny songs. Kevin talks about his first year of marriage, dying with flatmates, avoiding getting shot in America, how to get away with drunk driving and how to survive a terrorist attack.  Known as the host of  Republic of Telly, Kevin McGahern’s America and Sim Card in RTE’s Hardy Bucks, Kevin’s laid-back, straight-faced delivery elevates the absurdity of his subject matter in his own entirely unique way.

As well as being a regular in the top Irish comedy clubs, in particular the Laughter Lounge, he has performed in a number of festivals including the Vodafone Comedy Festival, Galway Comedy Carnival, Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

“Brilliant!” - Hot Press

“Sharply written, brilliantly performed” - Totally Dublin

“Gas Bastard” - The Rubberbandits

“Made me laugh out loud” - Charlie Brooker

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Jan
19
9:00 PM21:00

Seoda Shows proudly present YORKSTON THORNE KHAN

 Tickets: €15 with BF, on sale this Friday October 5th at 10am

Tickets: €15 with BF, on sale this Friday October 5th at 10am

An experimental collaborative group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most "influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene”, Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb, and Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi. Yorkston Thorne Khan have released two albums on Domino Records, with Rolling Stone calling 2017’s ‘Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars’ – ‘a game-changing masterpiece’.

Yorkston Thorne Khan have played GreenMan, Celtic Connections, Field Day, Sea Change, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC6 Music Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Latitude, Glastonbury (televised by the BBC), Pirineos Sur, XXVII International Festival of Sacred Art (Spain), Rudolstadt (Germany), Ireland (Kilkenny Arts Festival, Electric Picnic) and toured in India, Denmark, Ireland and throughout the UK.

Yorkston Thorne Khan began life when Suhail Yusuf Khan met James Yorkston backstage at a small festival show in Edinburgh. They got talking about music and their respective instruments and began jamming together there and then. They enjoyed it so much, they decided to take the backstage spontaneity onto the stage that very evening. Suhail and James became firm friends and after this would hook up for shows whenever Suhail was in the UK. Finally, in 2015, they recorded their debut album ‘Everything Sacred’, with James bringing in his buddy Jon Thorne on double bass. “There’s a power in a trio” says Jon – “You can hear yourself internally, of course, and then there’s an ear each for the other two. Perfect

Yorkston Thorne Khan’s debut album ‘Everything Sacred’ was released in January 2016 on Domino Records and received these mighty-fine reviews:

★★★★★ Record Collector ‘New Album of the Month’ “Throughout, this is the sound of three world class talents raising their respective games, as if trying to keep up with each other, creating something far greater even that the sum of their world-class parts.”

★★★★★ fRoots “Joyous, contemplative, playful, euphoric and bleakly beautiful album”

★★★★★★★★ UNCUT “It isn’t easy to pigeon-hole but it could just be one of the albums of the year”

★★★★ MOJO “Spits in the face of normal genre classifications...Enlightened and challenging, an Incredible String Band for a brave new world”

★★★★ Songlines “50 years ago the Incredible String Band emerged from the Scottish folk scene to create an extraordinary fusion of folk, acoustic pop and world music that was so singular, idiosyncratic and inimitable that the spirit of it’s magical, wide-eyed wonder has never since been matched. Until now perhaps, for this inspired Yorkston Thorne Khan teaming operates within a similarly eclectic and free-wheeling orbit”

★★★★ The Guardian “Bravely original Indian-folk-jazz fusion”

Their second, ‘Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars’, has been received equally well. Released by Domino on April 7th2017, it represents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists. The combination is unusual: YTK’s Everything Sacred, released in 2016, may be the only precedent. Yet while, on paper, the constituent elements might seem disparate, the new album is, if anything, even more coherent than its predecessor.

“Agame-changing masterpiece”

●     Rolling Stone

“Not so much fusion as a cross-cultural collision”

●     ★★★★★★★★ UNCUT

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●     “Brimming with confidence, ideas and musicianship, these Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars are a band of brothers at the top of their collective game”

●     ★★★★★ fRoots

“The rivers of musical currents run deep and pure as Scottish and Indian languages, swap sounds of sorrow with universal understanding”

●     ★★★★★ Soundblab

“The fluidity of their interplay has now become almost second nature”

●     Songlines

“The sound they conjure up is Heavenly”

●     ★★★★ MOJO

“Improbable trio work wonders again”

●     ★★★★ The Guardian

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Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Fat Chancers, Bernard o Shea and Karl Spain

 Tickets €24

Tickets €24

FAT CHANCERS

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Jason Byrne

 Tickets €25 - On Sale Friday July 20th at 9am

Tickets €25 - On Sale Friday July 20th at 9am

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

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

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

'Unmissable' Evening Standard

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

'Byrne is consistently brilliant' Metro

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

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Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Kent (Comedy)

 Tickets €12 - On Sale Friday August 24th

Tickets €12 - On Sale Friday August 24th

Chris Kent - Looking Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

 'Unequivocally talented raconteur' **** EdFest Magazine

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

 'Carefree comedic bulls-eye' Dubliner Magazine

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Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

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

 Tickets €35 On sale Friday October 12th 10am

Tickets €35 On sale Friday October 12th 10am

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

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

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

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

Bell X1 are Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty & Dominic Philips

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Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

Cory Wong presented by Seoda Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Alison Spittle

 Tickets €13

Tickets €13

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

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

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

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

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Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Freya Ridings

 Tickets €18 (+Booking Fee) on sale Friday October 19th 9am

Tickets €18 (+Booking Fee) on sale Friday October 19th 9am

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

“An extraordinary talent” – Sunday Times Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

David O'Doherty

 Tickets €20

Tickets €20

David O’Doherty: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

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

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

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Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

David O'Doherty

  Tickets €20

Tickets €20

David O’Doherty: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

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

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

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Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

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

Tickets €33 (+ booking fee) - On sale October 12th 9am

Bad Rep and Dolans  presents

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

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

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

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Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Shannon Gospel Choir SGC ¦ TEN

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

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

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

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

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Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

The Seattle Grunge Experience

 Tickets  € 12 in advance/  € 14 on the door

Tickets 12 in advance/ 14 on the door

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

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

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

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

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Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Finbar Furey

 Tickets €22 Doors:7.30pm/Start 8pm Sharp

Tickets €22 Doors:7.30pm/Start 8pm Sharp

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, storyteller and actor Finbar Furey has announced a brand new Irish tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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