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Gig Guide 11th November – 17th November

Written by on 10/11/2019


Lucy Spraggan


2019 is proving to be another hugely successful year for Lucy Spraggan. She’s already released her fifth studio album ‘Today Was A Good Day’, played Glastonbury and SXSW, toured Europe and Scandinavia with Melissa Etheridge, and completed her own US and UK headline tours.

Lucy started out as a singer-songwriter performing at open-mic nights around the country. At just 19-years-old she took the brave decision to perform her self-penned hit ‘Last Night (Beer Fear)’ on the X Factor and secured a Top 20 single and Top 30 self-released album whilst still competing in the show. That journey resulted in her becoming the most Googled musician of 2012.

Through relentless touring, her innate songwriting ability and an ever growing fanbase, Lucy has now achieved an incredible 5 consecutive Top 30 albums.

 

11th November
7.30pm, The Button Factory
€18

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.ie


Monday Morning Music with Tim Thurston


Welcome Tim back again this winter for what promises to be another rich and wonderful series of choral music. Tim is a broadcaster, lecturer and writer on the widest range of music from Gregorian Chant to Contemporary Jazz. He is renowned for sharing his enthusiasm and deep knowledge of music with audiences.

From Darkness to Light: Choral Music from All Souls, through Advent to Christmas. (6-week series) Admission free but booking essential for each session.

 

11th November
11am, Studio Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
Free

Info / Tickets – eventbrite.ie


Country Roads


Following the triumphant launch of Country Roads, first as a chart-topping album and now as a live experience, the ambitious musical collaboration will continue to grow in 2019. The Country Roads Vol. 1 album was released this month and has landed in the Top 10 of the official album charts, it features performances from country legends such as Big Tom, Daniel O’ Donnell, Nathan Carter plus many more of Ireland’s brightest country stars.

Now, against the backdrop of its incredible inaugural year, Country Roads is set to return to the capital in 2019. Tickets will sell out fast so early booking is advised!

 

11th – 12th November
7.30pm, Vicar Street
€36

Info / Tickets – vicarstreet.ie


Under Starling


Under Starling is a new musical project by brothers Danny and Tommy Dunford, along with guitarist Stephen Keating and bassist Colin Drummey. Their arrangements are shaped out of pure emotion and their musical design serves to evoke this feeling in every listener, awakening ideas of home, family, time, inevitability vs ever-changing destiny.

Past experience has left the group with a few notable gigs. A debut festival appearance at Indiependence 2016, support gigs to Walking on Cars, All Tvvins and Fangclub to name a few. They regularly play full house shows in Fred Zeppelins (Cork) and in venues such as Whelans Live (Dublin), Fibber Magees (Dublin) and Roisin Dubh (Galway).

 

12th November
8pm, Upstairs in Whelan’s
€5

Info / Tickets – whelanslive.ie


Jessica Pratt


Jessica Pratt is not a loud performer. She does not have to be. In a club of a few hundred, even the bar staff are known to go quiet while she’s on stage. Her third album, Quiet Signs, feels like a distillation of this power.

The album leads off with ‘Opening Night’, a nod to Gena Rowlands’ harrowing, brilliant performance in the John Cassavetes film of the same name, as well as to where this spare, beautiful collection of songs falls within the course of the California artist’s career.

 

12th November
7.30pm, The Sugar Club
€18

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.ie


Charlie Cunningham


Charlie Cunningham marks the announcement of a headline European tour in October with the unveiling of a second new track ‘Sink In’.

What Charlie describes as “the slightly ominous guitar part” of ‘Sink In’ inspired a tale of ambiguous persuasion. ‘Sink In’ was produced alongside Sam Scott and Duncan Tootil and features the White Brothers – better known as Hugo, Felix & Will from The Maccabees on keyboards, electric guitar and bass respectively.

As hinted at on ‘Permanent Way’ – (released Feb 12th) currently standing at over 1 million streams and counting – Cunningham has enriched his new material with boosted colours and dynamics while retaining the essence of the man’s achingly personal appeal.  ‘Sink In’ is dusty driving music mining that rich seam of Flamenco guitar that runs through much of Charlie Cunningham’s music

 

12th November
7.30pm, The Button Factory 
€16.50

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.ie


Lunchtime Concert Talk


Lunchtime classical music talk with Ted Courtney. This talk is the second of the series and will take place on Wednesday November 13th.

Concert Talk 2: Il Travatore. Verdi’s masterpiece of tragedy and beauty. Music of the night.

“I’m delighted to introduce a new course of opera and ballet. Winter is coming with all its chills and foreboding; but take comfort in the warmth of the opera house (our cozy room in Ballyroan Library) where we leave our troubles outside. Once inside we can once again indulge in the trials and tribulations of the famous and “not so famous.

A good story is one thing, but when a good story is infused with music and movement it becomes a spectacular. I’m looking forward to seeing you all and explaining the meaning of each story and the beauty of the music.” Ted Courtney.

 

13th November
2pm, Ballyroan Library
Free

Info / Tickets – eventbrite.ie


Terrie Gray


Come in out of the cold and join upstairs in Arthur’s for a night of old time country and Americana – songs of loss and sorrow, heartbreak and revenge. Joining Terrie and John on stage for the night will be Neil Murray (bass) and Enda Roche (drums), two stalwarts of the Dublin music scene!

Raised on a steady diet of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Kris Kristofferson, Terrie’s songwriting melds the heartbreaking sounds of classic country with the personal touch of stories well-lived to serve up an intimate blend of blues-hued Americana.

 

13th November
8pm, Arthur’s Pub
€5

Info / Tickets – facebook.ie


On a High Note! - Music Workshop


These fun and interactive music workshops provide an introduction to the world of rhythm, melody, singing, rap writing, and percussion, all with the emphasis on enjoyment and active music-making!

Designed to support and compliment the delivery of three strands of the primary school music curriculum, these workshops are available for booking to primary school groups. Children are encouraged to partake in listening and responding, composing, and performing through games, singing and instrument playing.

 

13th November
11.30am, National Concert Hall 
€8

Info / Tickets – nch.ie


101 Beats Per Minute Vol. 2 - Album Launch


From serene, melodic soundscapes to warn, textured techno, 101 Beats Per Minute is a collective of Irish electronic music producers; some veterans of the scene and some new faces. From April 2019, each week a new track was released through Bandcamp accompanied by a new photographic work by artist David Cleary. This album collects all of the 23 tracks into a colourful, genre-twisting journey across the electronic music landscape of Ireland in 2019. This is the second volume from a new crop of music makers.

 

13th November
7.30pm, The Sound House
€15

Info / Tickets – facebook.ie


Mary Coughlan sings Billie Holiday


A special Tribute Concert to Billie Holiday from Mary Coughlan, Ireland’s Premiere Jazz & Blues Singer!
Also featuring  Johnny Taylor on piano, Corman O’Brien on the bass and Dominic Mullen on drums.

 

14th November
8.30pm, Arthur’s Pub
€27

Info / Tickets – arthurspub.ie


Gary Ó Nualláin


On the back of the release of Gary Ó Nualláin’s debut single Victories, he is set to play a headline show at Dublin’s Grand Social venue. This Celtic Indie troubadour fuses trad roots with his own indie influences, to create a mishmash of naive nostalgia, political discourse, and a middle finger to the powers that be.

A huge admirer of Richard Ashcroft, and Bono, Ó Nualláin plays on similar dynamics. A romantic idealism, emotional fragility, and yet never being afraid to have an opinion. He brings stylistic inspiration from his other influences such as Oasis, The Stone Roses, and The La’s.

 

14th November
8pm, The Grand Social
€10

Info / Tickets – thegrandsocial.ie


Quaker City Night Hawks


QCNH is tied together in more ways than one. Recorded at Niles City Sound (where Leon Bridges tracked his Grammy-nominated debut, Coming Home,several years earlier) in the band’s hometown of Ft. Worth, the album weaves a handful of signature riffs and melodies throughout multiple songs, filling the tracklist with a common strand of musical DNA. The result is a boldly heterogeneous album that still functions as a cohesive whole, produced by White Denim’s Austin Jenkins and performed by a group of road warriors who smartly balance their strengths — Anderson and Matsler’s hook-driven songwriting; drummer Aaron Haynes raw rhythm; the band’s blend of Tex-Mex desert rock and street-smart, big-city bombast — with their desire to explore and experiment.

 

14th November
7pm, The Greenroom at the Academy
€16.50

Info / Tickets – theacademy.ie


Strange Attractor - Midnight show


Strange Attractor are a Funk/Pop outfit formed in Dingle, Co. Kerry. The band include Ben Bickerdike on Lead Vocals, Fionn o’ Neill on vocals/guitar, Mattie Barker on lead guitar, Cian O Sullivan on drums and Ben Janning on bass.

In their 6 years together Strange Attractor have performed in many venues across Ireland whilst playing the Country’s most prestigious festivals, including Electric Picnic, Cork Jazz Festival and Other Voices. The group have toured Germany and played shows at UK festivals, such as Wilderness Festival in England. The bands last single “Ain’t That Strange” (feat. Clodagh Kearney) was released in April 2018 and received much praise but after being on hiatus for the last year Strange Attractor are now back with a brand new sound and ready to make 2019 seriously funky!

 

15th November
11.30pm, The Grand Social
€11

Info / Tickets – thegrandsocial.ie


Thumper


THUMPER are the future rock and roll stars of tomorrow. Four guitarists stage front and 2 drummers.

Following 3 Spotify NMF hit singles and a sold out headline show in Dublin’s Lost Lane, they have signed with a major UK agent ahead of 7 back to back shows this autumn in some of the most infamous music venues across the UK, including London’s most notorious music venue, The Old Blue Last which continues to hosted an array of superacts including Foals, Arctic Monkeys, and Florence & The Machine.

 

15th November
7.30pm, The Grand Social
€12

Info / Tickets – thegrandsocial.ie


Dublin Modular Meet Up


Have you ever wanted to experience an environment where you’re surrounded by analog/modular electronic music devices in Dublin? Well whether you are a total electronic beginner or a Modular synth pro, this Electronic Music device meet up with pop up performances throughout is the thing for you!

Great way to meet up with fellow modular synth/electronic music heads and for enthusiastic music lovers to dive into exploring electronic sounds. Watch demonstration and get involved learning the basics or create some complex patches. The meet up gives you the chance to discover new modules, synths and lots of other musical electronic devices!

 

15th November
6pm, Royal Irish Academy of Music in the Katherine Brennan Hall
Free

Info / Tickets – eventbrite.ie


The Slow Readers Club


The Slow Readers Club have announced the addition of a further four shows for their headline tour this winter, with dates in Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Belfast joining their already announced shows in London, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Glasgow.

Later in the year, the band will be releasing their upcoming ‘Live At The Apollo Manchester’, with release date TBC. The album celebrates their momentous headline show at the iconic venue ahead of the release of their fourth studio album, which the band are currently writing, next year.

 

16th November
6pm, The Button Factory
€18.50

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.ie


Spicebag: XXXTRA Portion Dance Karaoke


Goaded and cajoled by your hosts Stefan Fae and Sarah Devereux a.k.a The Dirt Bird, we will Celine Dion til we can Celine no more. We’ve got ABBA! We’ve got Spice Girls! Robyn til you release all of that built up emotion! Or whatever you’re having yourself there now. Come join for a night of pure dancing, high-octane craiceáilte!

SPICEBAG is an ad-hoc, queer performance night, and dance party, for succulent misfits, fabulous flamers, dazzling dykes, trans celestial travelers, your granny’s marigold gloves, bisexual bikers, Nadine Coyle, that chicken fillet roll from last night you woke up with on your pillow and DEVOURED, intersex impresarios, asexual agony aunts, cock goblins, hoop trolls and sure whatever else you’re having yourself there, lash it in that SPICEBAG !!!

 

16th November
8pm, Lost Lane
€10

Info / Tickets – lostlane.ie


Irish Music Legends Exhibition


Selection of linocuts and xilographies about the masters of the past and present Irish traditional music. Faces, instruments, emotions and short moments catched in the climax of the musicians’ playing, trying to find the right expression, the most telling fragments of their musical lives.
Not only the masters of the past scene, on the sholuders of whom they have built contemporary passion, but also the present ones, who develop the tradition in a caleidoscope of tastes.
Using the ancient technique of prints, on modern matrixes, they carve the contrasts of light and shadow, and let the shape rise up on paper.

 

16th November
4pm, The Cobblestone
Free

Info / Tickets – thecobblestone.ie


Jimmy's Cousin


Jimmy’s Cousin is an Irish recording artist. His debut Album was produced by Dave Keary, Music Director and guitarist with Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Bobby Womack and many more. Musicians on the album include Irish stalwarts such as Paul Moore, James Delaney, Karl Geraghty, Michael Buckley etc.As you’ll hear from the music there is a strong Jazz influence to many of the songs and the recording process saw him work with members of the Halle Orchestra in the UK to record strings and brass on 6 of the songs. The brass and string arrangements were written by two Irish musicians, Alan Keary, and Michael Buckley.

 

17th November
8pm, The Sugar Club
€20

Info / Tickets – thesugarclub.ie


So - A Tribute to Peter Gabriel


Some of Ireland’s finest musicians have got together to celebrate the career of Peter Gabriel.

Named after his 5 time platinum album SO, this show features all the hits starting with his debut solo single Solsbury Hill and the most played video on MTV – Sledgehammer.

Expect all the hits and all your favourites for this great celebration show!

 

17th November
7.30pm, Lost Lane
€16

Info / Tickets – lostlane.ie


The Greg Osby & Tal Cohen Quartet


Jazz legend and master saxophonist Greg Osby joins with Tal Cohen on piano to form a special Qrtet.

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.

Expect high energy moments!

 

17th November
4pm, Arthur’s Pub
€22

Info / Tickets – arthurspub.ie