Gig: Songs in the Key of D at the NCH

Photo credit: Tommy Walker heads singing in a choir? Yep and not just any choir, it’s Songs in the Key of D. Following on from sell out shows at the Dublin Fringe Festival, the SitKoD choir bring you their expanded look at the songs of Dublin City. A musical journey from Handel to Hansard, Lynott to Drew. Performed by a choir of real Dubliners, rehearsals have been under way for the past fortnight with the gig taking place on the evening of February 3rd at 8pm in the John Field room at the National Concert Hall. Tickets are €18 (€16 concession) and can be purchased directly from the NCH box office or online at this link (use promo code ‘KeyofD10′ to get 10% off if booking this week). The idea of the choir came from producer, Mr Eoin Kilkenny and our musical directors are Chris O’Sullivan and Killian Grumley Traynor. There’s a lot … There’s more

Morning Dew. Sundays at The Carnegie Court Hotel

morning dew band

At the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords every Sunday from around 8pm play a band called Morning Dew. And last Sunday I had the honour to watch and listen to them play. If you have never heard of them before, they are a highly entertaining mix of trad Irish, country, folk and upbeat songs that could only make you wan’t to tap your feet and sing along and be merry and God knows when it comes to January and floods and new years resolutioned mice pie-less diets that life needs happy people like the father and son team that are Ronnie and V Delaney. listen to ‘The Auld Triangle – Morning Dew’ on Audioboo Higher than highly recommended. And pure genius good old fashioned Irish Sunday evening guitar and a bodhrán entertainment. Every Sunday. listen to ‘Morning Dew – Ring of Fire’ on Audioboo

Live Music: Spirit of Folk Festival Awards Semi-Final @ Whelans

It’s plain how much love we have for the Spirit of Folk eh…folks, and we’ll be in Whelans of Wexford St on Saturday for the SOF Festival Awards Semi-Finals. Doors open at 3.30pm for a day of great bands, storytellers from all over Ireland and a craft market. An impressive 100 bands applied and nine have made it through to the semi-finals. They are: Moxie, Miriam Donohue, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Laura Ann Brady, The Cujo Family, Vickers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda. Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night said of judging the awards: ‘Participating in the Spirit of Folk Talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for … There’s more

Bunoscionn To Play Electric Picnic 2013


The Lineup for Electric Picnic was announced last week and a more than welcome addition was local Kildare band Bunoscionn. Wanna know a little bit more about ‘em ? We have history. From my 2012 interview with them – this explains a little bit more behind the band, maybe. listen to ‘Bunoscionn @ The Spirit of Folk 2012 launch’ on Audioboo Bunoscionn take to The Earthship Stage as part of the Body and Soul area on Sunday the 1st of September to present their highly than highly recommended ‘Trad side of the Moon’ performance. Bunoscionn is fuelled by Ciarán, Michelle, Conleth, Mick and Glenda. For full details on the band visit www.breakingtunes/bunoscionn

Martin Byrne Music Live @ Beaumont House

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One of the many things I love about writing with is that when you hit that gig that’s not the main stage at Electric Picnic; and some dude is really just eyes closed and loving every sound he makes. More than that the may be 12 and a half or 72 people in the audience are loving it, or not, but he’s good and maybe the pub has given him a ‘sure come in and we’ll see how ye fare’ type gig. In that those who have done the tough gig slog, the kodalines and others of this world included, know  exactly what I’m talking about. And whilst life on the road can be a little rugged it is nice and appreciated when you realise your music in writing was appreciated. One that caught my eye some time ago was Martin Byrne and fair to say I’m a bit … There’s more

Wicker Bones 10 Days in Dublin Festival

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This in from Ian and the geuine very lovely Wicker Bones lads Wicker Bones, the Dublin based experimental folk band, have announced their participation in the 10 Days in Dublin Festival, with a gig in The Pint, Eden Quay on Friday 12th July. Supported by Dublin band Let’s Set Sail, Wicker Bones will perform new material which continues in the band’s signature style of folk and electronic fusion, along with songs from their 2012 EP. Wicker Bones’ music has been enjoyed at festivals throughout Ireland, the UK, Germany and China (where they represented Ireland at the World Culture Festival in Louyang) since their inception in 2009. They also recently had the honour of performing at The Helix, DCU with President Michael D. Higgins in attendance. 10 Days in Dublin, an open format arts festival which has been running for three years, has grown from a small 32 act festival to … There’s more

Special Brew @ The Slaughtered Lamb

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I absolutely love my live music. In that I don’t mean Jimmy McBiddelybeep and his magic keyboard complete with guitar solo backing track for every song. The alternate [ie. must include a drummer and a bass player, minimum] for any boozer is a lot more dosh and a hope, without cover charge in the case of The Slaughtered Lamb, that the people come to your tavern. In that department this pub in North Dublin have yet to let me down. listen to ‘Special Brew Live @ The Slaughtered Lamb’ on Audioboo audio note: a taster of 3 songs recorded on the night. apols if the audio is a tad dodgy. rec’d straight to the iFon. even at that I can’t stop the foot tapping. To the lads that are Special Brew ~ they were absolutely genius. They’ve got everything about them that is just let your hair down on a … There’s more

Competition: Tickets to Gardiner St Gospel Choir in concert

GSGC - Lift Your Voice

Peter posted about Gardiner St Gospel Choir’s upcoming gig in the O’Reilly Theatre and they’ve been in touch to offer us a pair of tickets to Friday’s gig (8pm, €15 with tickets here). As you know, the choir are launching their album Raise Your Voice, and raising much needed funds for Headway and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. They’ve also got some fantastic raffle prizes including; tickets to Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Delorentos, Robbie Williams, a digital camera, dinner vouchers, craft goods and lots more. COMPETITION CLOSED: Congrats to Hugh Fahey! Enjoy So, how do you win tickets? All you need to do is send us an email to competitions[at] with the name of one of the album tracks (you’ll find them here) and make sure to include your name. We’ll choose a random winner tomorrow (23rd May) at 7pm. Best of luck!

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir @ The O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin 1

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir 2013

May 10th 2013, The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir launched their 2nd album Lift Your Voice. Word on the grapevine is it’s an absolute corker, but fair being fair, I’ll review that just as soon as I give it a full and proper listen to.  In the meantime, Friday May 24th sees them officially launch album no. 2 as they play The O’Reilly Theatre Dublin 1. Tickets for the gig are priced just €15 and a fine evenings entertainment mildly resting to one side, the bi-product of a cracking night out is that proceeds raised will be split between two fantabulous charities namely Headway and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Can’t catch ‘em May 24th ? Not to fret, as the choir will be opening The Soul Picnic at The Dublin City Soul Festival on the May 26th @ 12pm. Never heard The GSGC before and maybe wondering if they are any … There’s more

The Harleys @ The Slaughtered Lamb

The Harleys

Without question, The Harleys have to be one of the finest outfits I have ever seen. And it was last night just pure adrenalin spine tingling old school hard rock that you just cannot help but wanna drink a bottle of Jack Daniels to and throw a telly out of some random hotel window. Or something like that…. that I loved every second of. listen to ‘The Harley’s @ The Slaughtered Lamb’ on Audioboo Even the brutal bit of audio I recorded makes me wanna close my eyes and bounce some imaginary random object off a wall; and in that context it sounds genius; though its only brutal by the default fact that the place was jammers as grown men and women rolled the clock back and literally let it all out of their system. I saw them play The Slaughtered Lamb in Swords who, credit where it is due … There’s more

Competition: NYE Dublin – This is what you should be doing

NYE Dublin Festival 2011 concert

I am mad about New Year (far more than Christmas itself). I buy into the symbolism of it – out with the old and in with the new. So, I love to mark each one differently. This year, now that I’ve returned to city centre living, I’m embracing the New Year in Dublin. NYE Dublin, Dublin’s New Year’s Festival, marks the start of The Gathering Ireland 2013! To celebrate, we’re offering 5 pairs of tickets to the NYE Dublin Countdown Concert, featuring the delicious Imelda May and the brilliant Bell X1. Dublin’s New Year Festival is even bigger this year and now that I’m living in city centre, there will be no better place than Dublin’s city centre streets to celebrate the arrival of 2013. Even Lonely Planet has named Dublin as one of the Top 5 places in the world to spend New Year, so you don’t want to … There’s more

Competition Closed: Jack L and The 27 Club


*** Congratualtions to Laura Carroll *** *** who has won a pair of tickets to tonight’s show *** I‘ve said it many times before and I’m sure I’ll repeat it again and again – Jack L is incredible. He is my favourite Irish singer and I could listen to him forever. In his latest show, The 27 Club, the work of iconic artists such as Janis Joplin, The Doors, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana are interpreted. Few musicians set out to become legends, even fewer succeed. Yet by any standard musicians like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain are legendary. Each left behind a lasting musical legacy, with songs that freeze forever a moment in time, speak for a generation, or simply give voice to the grief and grace of the human heart. In so many ways … There’s more

Events: Arthur’s Day 2012


Wow, that was a quick 12 months. Arthur’s Day (27th September), Guinness’ celebration for their founding father, is back and has a changed format for 2012. Firstly, there’s no tickets to buy this year and gigs will take place in 500 pubs across the 32 counties. Big acts like Example, Tinie Tempah, Mumford and Sons, Primal Scream, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Ellie Goulding, Mika, Professor Green, Fatboy Slim, Texas and Amy Macdonald will join home grown talent and they could play in your local. How? Simply vote for your local on the Facebook app. To date, over 55,000 people have but voting closes on the 16th September so get your skates on. The winning pubs will remain a secret to the public until the night itself so you never know who might walk through the door. The Arthur Guinness Fund supports social entrepreneurs in Ireland (like Decisions for Heroes) and around … There’s more

Blockbusters: From Avatar to X-Men at the NCH

I’ve been in the National Concert Hall more in the past twelve months than I have in the past twelve years. I don’t know why I haven’t gone more but I’ve had particular occasion of late due to some excellent programming. In February, myself and Darren saw the RTE Concert Orchestra put on an evening of Danny Elfman’s music as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The Batman theme and Mars Attacks! were particular highlights. The use of a theremin really makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. We were back in May to catch Close Encounters: A John Williams Celebration featuring tracks from: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Superman and lots more. Williams is an absolute legend of modern cinema scores and hearing his music performed live was fantastic. That brings us to the Concert Orchestra’s next show on the 28th July: Blockbusters: … There’s more