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Gig Guide: 9th December – 15th December

Written by on 08/12/2019

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys will be releasing his new album ‘Pang!’ on Rough Trade Records on 13.09.2019. To celebrate, Aiken Promotions proudly presents a headline show for Gruff Rhys live at Whelans, 9th December 2019.

‘Pang!’ developed unexpectedly over about 18 months. A solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi.

Recorded in Cardiff, Wales. The song “Pang!” was mixed by the producer Muzi in Cardiff & Johannesburg. Drums by Welsh-American psychedelic warlord Kliph Scurlock, brass by Gavin Fitzjohn and flute and percussion by the engineer Kris Jenkins. Beats, bass & ah’s by Muzi with Gruff on vocals and guitar.

9th December – 8.00pm

Info – aikenpromotions.ie

The new Ravis and stepping on Lego

Hailing from west coast of Ireland, The New Ravis are an indie pop / indie rock duo comprised of Eoghan Moylan (vocals) and Diarmuid Byrne (guitar). The two met in college and formed the act shortly after they graduated. Joining them are Stepping On Lego who are an electronic music project from Galway City, Ireland. The band consists of two members; Conor Waters (keyboard and vocals) and Andre Davies (drums and vocals). Stepping On Lego formed in 2018. They spent their first 6 months writing and producing music before beginning to perform in their local city in 2019.

Bringing their Irish tour to an end, The New Ravis & Stepping On Lego take to the stage at Workman’s Club.

9th December – 8.00pm
The Workman’s Club

Info – facebook.ie

Ryan McMullan

Ryan McMullan’s talent is a rare jewel in the crown of the current popular music scene. With a voice raw with story telling and filled with rich and varied tones, Ryan’s youth clearly doesn’t deter from his ability to communicate story and emotion. Home to the likes of Foy Vance and Iain Archer, Northern Ireland is and always has been a hub of song writing talent. Ryan McMullan is no exception.

Hailing from Portaferry, a small seaside town in Northern Ireland, the 25 year old is a fresh new talent on the singer/songwriter scene. With a voice reminiscent of Paolo Nutini and early Tom Waits, Ryan has been putting in the necessary graft in local pubs for a number of years. With hugely successful recent support shows with Foy Vance and American alt-country rockers NEEDTOBREATHE, Ryan is fast gaining a reputation as an exciting talent. His debut EP Listen gives a taste of his musical ability and has been well received on these recent tours.

9th December – 7.30pm
The Sound House

Info – TheSoundHouse.ie

TiLT - CC Brez, Abbacaxi, Stomptown Brass & Bajjna

TiLT #3 takes place at The Button Factory on December 10th! Featuring CC Brez, Stomptown Brass, Abbacaxi & Bajjna! As usual it’s FREE ADMISSION and will be the last TiLT before Christmas so you know it’s going to be a good one!

10th December – 7.30pm
The Button Factory

Info – TheButtonfactory.ie

An Evening with Paul Brady

An Evening with Paul Brady – Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and one of Ireland’s most enduring popular artists.

In his first concert at the NCH in over three years, An Evening with Paul Brady is a captivating experience, as he invites you into his world of songs and music in a way that will surprise in its intimacy, sense of fun and raw power.

Born and raised in Strabane, Northern Ireland, on the border with the Irish Republic, he was into a wide variety of music from an early age. A 50’s child, his first sounds the Swing, Jazz, Show tunes of his parents generation. Then 50’s Rock’n’Roll, 60’s Pop and Motown, Blues, R’n’B and Country & Western. Through all this ran the potent flavour of Irish traditional music and song. But it was around 1965 in Dublin, at college, that he began to develop as a singer and performer. The acclaimed singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was a recipient of the NCH Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

10th December – 8.00pm
National Concert Hall

Info – Dublin.ie

Wild Youth

It’s been a busy summer for the band, which included two sold-out shows in Croke Park supporting Westlife, performing at the sold-out Longitude Festival and their main stage slot at this year’s Electric Picnic!

Continuing on from the massive success of Wild Youth’s EP ‘The Last Goodbye, which debuted at #5 in the Irish Albums Charts, the Dublin pop-rock superstars went on to sell-out their first ever headline show in The Olympia Theatre in March, support The Script in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall and perform to a packed-out house in London’s OMEARA, run by Mumford & Sons member Ben Lovett.

10th December – 7.00pm
The Olympia Theatre

Info – TheOlympia.ie

Smoothboi Ezra

Ezra Williams (they/he), is a 17 year old artist based in Wicklow, Ireland.

Ezra grew up in a household of music enthusiasts and has been singing since childhood. A self-taught legend, they know how to play the piano, guitar, and ukulele by their own curious effort. It’s the beautiful melodies composed by these instruments that highlight the simple honesty of their lyrics.

11th December – 7.30pm

Info – Whelans.ie

Jazz Connective

Jazz Connective Dublin begins on Wednesday night with two celebrated Irish-based musicians, pianist Izumi Kimura and violinist Cora Venus Lunny. In 2017, IMC commissioned both to create new work together for the BAN BAM festival, and they really hit it off. This is improvisational simpatico of the highest order, with both musicians deftly weaving a kind of musical alchemy.

Following them, Mercury-nominated and award-winning trumpeter Laura Jurd is an utterly distinctive voice as a composer and performer. In a rare solo set, she brings her blend of contemporary, jazz and improvised music to new heights.

Finally, Finnish trio Mopo draw inspiration from jazz, 70’s punk and nature, resulting in intense and inspiring performances which have captured audiences all over the world. Last seen in Dublin at 12 Points in 2013, since then they have catapulted into the European festival circuit.

11th December – 7.00pm
Project Arts Centre

Info – CreativeEurope.ie

The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem is a band from Providence, Rhode Island formed in 2006 by friends on the baseball diamond, Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky. The current lineup consists of Ben Knox Miller (vocals, guitars, trumpets, saws), Jeff Prystowsky (vocals, drums, double basses, synths), Bryan Minto (vocals, guitars, harmonicas) and Florence Grace Wallis (violins, vocals).

Founded by multi-instrumentalists Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky in 2006, The Low Anthem have written, produced, and recorded five full-length studio concept albums between 2007 and 2018.

The Sound House

Info – songkick.ie

Hannah Williams and the Affirmations

Hannah Williams, the British soul hurricane who sensationally became part of Jay-Zs chart-topping 4:44 album, is primed and ready for her own national and international breakthrough. Williams turned heads worldwide when the hip-hop superstar sampled her heart- stopping vocals on ‘Late Nights & Heartbreak’ for the title track, ‘4.44’ on his 2017 album. Now Hannah and her exemplary, Bristol-based band the Affirmations deliver adefinitive career statement with the drop-dead soulful new album 50 Foot Woman

12th December – 7.30pm
The Grand Social

Info – TheGrandSocial.ie


Aiken Promotions proudly presents Greywind live at Whelan’s (Upstairs), 12th December 2019. Tickets €15.00 inclusive of booking fee, available now from Ticketmaster.

Greywind are a two-piece alternative rock band from Killarney in Ireland formed by siblings Steph and Paul O’Sullivan. In their first 35 shows as a band they have already achieved playing some of the biggest festivals in the world. Including Reading and Leeds festival, Isle of Wight festival, Download Festival, Rock Am Ring and have supported the likes of You Me At Six and Thrice.

Their debut album ‘Afterthoughts’ was recorded in Texas with Grammy-winning producer Jason Perry. The album was released through Universal in January 2017 on the day of their sold-out headline show in London and chartered in the official UK rock chart. They have been heavily backed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe and MTV.

12th December – 8.00pm
Upstairs in Whelan’s


Info – aikenpromotions.ie


KARMS are back with a brand new show at The Soundhouse, Dublin this December. Working out of their Dublin studio they have hit a new creative high self-producing the follow up releases to their debut album which will come in quick succession before the year is out.

The extremely personal ‘Tell Me When This One Ends’, released in June this year will have it’s acoustic counterpart released on October 12th. The track is bare as bones produced using just one mic in the band’s rehearsal room.

This release bridges the gap between the soaring release of the original earlier this year and the tracks this amazing band have in their repertoire, ready and waiting.

KARMS first turned heads in 2017 with ‘We Always Lose’ and have been carving away silently at their reputation ever since. They released their debut album, ‘Satellites’ in 2018, and have supported many well established acts such as Fatherson, The Amazons, The Strypes and Arcane Roots.

12th December – 7.30pm
The Sound House

Info – Karmsmusic.ie


Greyface are An alternative group based in Dublin city. The bands philosophy stems from the Freudian idea of the inner beast. Each member of the group names and paints this inner animal, (Or ‘Greyface’) taking it to the stage in a theatrical and explosive way.
Through high-energy performance, the band perform a stylized mix of music branching from hip-hop, to rock, to electronica. The group performs regularly around the country, recently opening for ‘As It Is’ in The Academy Dublin.

The groups individual members have created an exciting and fascinating reaction from fans, as they develop their own ‘Greyface’ living and performing in the shoes of their inner self.

13th December – 7.00pm
The Academy

Info – theacademy.ie


Fangclub are a Dublin Alternative Rock band with members Steven King (guitar/vocals), Kevin Keane (bass) and Dara Coleman (drums). In keeping with the punk/grunge style of their music, Fangclub took a D.I.Y. approach to their burgeoning career by packing themselves off to the coastal village of Ballyheigue in Kerry to record over 25 tracks. While on one of their first DIY tours, with the band still sleeping in their van, they came to the attention of Universal Music’s Irish team. Suitably impressed that Fangclub had already recorded two EPs and their debut album, Universal signed the band in March 2015. Largely comprising songs from their original D.I.Y. efforts, their second EP, Coma Happy, appeared in 2016.

They then took to the road, headlining a sold out show at Whelan’s, Dublin and concluding the festival season with two sets at Electric Picnic. Fangclub made their U.K. live debut in 2016 with Welsh group Pretty Vicious, and also toured with Twin Atlantic. Their debut long-player was released in 2017 to glowing reviews with the band themselves calling it “A love letter to our favourite bands”. The self-titled album was chock-full of raw yet melodic tracks that took their cue from the loud/quiet aesthetic of grunge anticipators Pixies.

13th December – 9.00pm
Button Factory

Info – buttonfactory.ie

The Catfish Blues Orchestra

Introducing Ireland’s definitive Blues Big Band “The Catfish Blues Orchestra”. Comprised of some of the finest blues talents based in Ireland today “The Catfish Blues Orchestra” is a truly unique musical experience. The band consists of two guitars, bass, drums, vocals and harmonica as well as a brass section. Altogether this 8 piece band produces a truly powerful sound that has to be experienced live to be fully appreciated.

13th December – 9.00pm
Sin É Bar

Info – siné.ie

The Nigel Mooney Quartet

Nigel Mooney is widely regarded as Ireland’s leading jazz singer and guitarist. A charismatic figure on the Dublin jazz and blues scenes since the early 1980’s, his Gripewater Blues Band spearheaded the blues movement in Ireland and drew many fans of both jazz and the blues.

A self-taught musician, Mooney was influenced by the blues from an early age and his hard-bop style of guitar playing is expressive and melodic with a bluesy groove. He possesses a warm and rich tenor voice and has an almost flawless sense of pitch.

Expect some of his original tunes with standards and a few xmas numbers!

14th December – 8.30pm
Arthur’s pub

Info – Arthurspub.ie


Torche is an American heavy metal band from Miami, Florida. The group formed in 2004 and has released five full-length studio albums, four EPs, two split albums, and three singles. They released their fifth full-length studio album, Admission, on July 12, 2019. To celebrate the release of this album they are on a massive tour and their next stop is the Grand Social! check it out!

14th December – 7.30pm
The Grand Social

Info – thegrandsocial.ie

Pollen Club for Dance

Join us for Pollen Club for Dance, a wonderful new dance experience for Dublin. They have two amazing DJ’s – DJ Aidan Kavanagh and DJ Carol ‘joa’ McInerney playing you an eclectic mix of uplifting international music with beats from 9pm – 1am.

This is an alcohol free and drug free event.

There will be tea, herbal teas and other non alcoholic drinks available, as well as delicious healthy cakes and snacks to keep your energy up to dance the night away and we’ve created a sweet chill out area for you to relax in if you want some time off the dance floor.

14th December – 9.00pm
Irish Gospel Hall

Info – Irishgospelhall.ie.ie


Oludemilade Martin Alejo, professionally known as YCee, is a Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter. He rose to limelight after his single “Condo”, which features vocals from Patoranking, earned him two nominations at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards

2015 was the breakout year for Ycee with the release of his smash hit Singles “Jagaban” and “Jagaban remix”. His debut Body of work “The First Wave EP’ came in 2017 and was release under licensing of Sony Music Africa, this project Birthed Ycee’s Biggest song yet “Juice” which featured Maleek Berry.

YCee has various award nominations at the Souncity MVP Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, MTV Base Mamas and the All Africa Music Awards. Ycee picked up the award for Best Artist in African Hip-Hop at The AFRIMA 2017 Edition.

15th December – 8.00pm
The Academy

Info – thelist.ie

Soda Blonde

Exploding onto the Irish music scene this year, Soda Blonde are back with a highly anticipated live show at Dublin’s iconic venue, Whelan’s, 15th December 2019.

Soda Blonde is the new alt-pop musical venture of Dublin artists Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch. Emerging from the ashes of internationally acclaimed Little Green Cars. The band have quickly built up a loyal fanbase who embrace the new sound, seamlessly weaving together influences from Fleetwood Mac, Little Dragon and Kate Bush. The result – enticing and dreamy alt-pop.

The new collection of songs were written by lead singer Faye O’Rourke throughout her early 20s, where she honed in on her unique lyrical style of gritty kitchen-sink realism, evoking the tragic beauty of Karen Carpenter and the pop sensibilities of Annie Lennox. Throughout their repertoire, O’Rourke’s powerful and hauntingly unique vocal marries hard-hitting, atmospheric grooves to birth a new wave of pop that is both emotionally provoking and deeply satisfying.

15th December – 8.00pm

Info –Whelans.ie

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