t’s going to take some time before people start hitting the town as before…
The good news is, to help those tired of living la vida sofa, there’s plenty on offer around de town.
Up and gunning for a good few weeks now, The Whale has been playing a blinder, bringing the good, the superbad and Neil Delamere to town.
And for the month of November, the good times keep rolling, kicking off on Saturday 6th with Breaking Ground celebrating two of Wicklow’s pioneers – Averil Deverell (1893-1979) and Kate Tyrrell (1862-1921) – at The Whale, and Celtic Soul back at The Hot Spot on the same night to once again deliver The Van Morrison Songbook.
Have to give a shout-out too to Pluck’s in Kilmacanogue, who are keeping live music kicking with Austin Prior (Sat 6th), Rory Quinn (Sat 13th) and Karl Ivers (Sat 20th & 27th).
The Bolshoi Ballet are coming to town – via satellite, that is – with Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus happening Sunday 7th at 3pm, whilst upcoming live links included Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky celebrated in Jewels on Sunday, January 23rd at 3pm, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Sunday, March 13th at 3pm and Pugni’s The Pharaoh’s Daughter on Sunday, May 1st at 3pm. Tickets for these satellite love-in link-ups are €20, or €17.50 with concessions. Worth noting too that The Whale does a mean cheese board, as well as good old-fashioned snacks, such as freshly-popped popcorn agus sweeties.
Back in the saddle on Mondays is the Horse & Hound trad sessions, stepping back every fortnight from the 8th, whilst Sonny’s have been stepping into the live arena of late too with the Cramptons and Ger Doyle. On Friday 12th, it’s the bound Rory Quinn.
With the fairydust from the Disenchanted shoot in Greystones just about settled, the Greystones Film Club are hosting one of their Secret Cinema screenings on Thursday 11th at 8pm with the 2007 original. And, as anyone who has seen that original will tell you, Enchanted is just about the most charming, self-effacing and slapstick hilarious a Disney princess outing as you could ever hope for. ThinkElf in a dress. As always, your €10 admission comes with a free box of freshly-popped popcorn. Now, that’s magic. Tickets here.
Also kicking off at 8pm on the 11th is the Hardy Har Club’s latest night of free stand-up, this month boasting Sinéad Walsh, Dylan O’Toole, Áine Gallagher, Seán Begley, Paul Currie and the man of the house, Adam Burke. Boom!
The Sands clan
Jumping to the following Friday, and fifth-generation fiddle player and singer-songwriter Clare Sands will be gracing The Whale stage with her cool as folk and critically-acclaimed live show. Details here, tickets here.
And later that night, The Cramptons will be joining up with Rory Quinn for a Jigsaw fundraiser at Sonny’s. Noice.
As part of The Whale and Greystones Film Club’s new Big Night Out series, on Thursday 20th you can grab yourself a nosh-up at Camile (complete with complimentary drink) at 6pm followed by a big-screen outing for the Thailand-set Bond classic The Man With The Golden Gun on The Whale’s big screen at 8pm. It’s just €30 for the meal and the movie, or there are a limited amount of movie-only tickets available at €10. Details here, tickets here. And check out The Big Lebowski with Sonny’s on December 4th here.
The 20th is a fine night to go out in fact, given that Mack Fleetwood will be spreading beautiful Rumours all over The Hot Spot from 9pm. Tickets here.
The following evening, Kilmacanogue’s Jack Byrne will be examining the soundtracks of some of the world’s most loved video games with Game Music In Action at The Whale. Kick-off is 6pm, and you can find out more about this intriguing Sunday gig here.
Two late additions include the return of the Sunday afternoon sessions at The Hot Spot, with a Jazz Jam on Sunday 21s from 4pm to 6pm. Info here. At the same place on Sunday 28th, there’s a George Harrison tribute to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing, led by Terry Meakin and friends. Running from 6pm to 8pm, donations on the night will go to Greystones Cancer Support.
Rounding out an eventful month on the 26th with a crash, bang and a swivel of the hips is the Iron Annie Cabaret, a touring all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of Luke Cassidy’s eponymous novel. Described as Reservoir Dogs meets Thelma & Louise meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Greystonians will be glad to hear that it contains references to violence, drugs and alcohol use. Find out more right about here.
Tom Waits aged 11
Also rounding out the month is Bone Machine, who bring the music of Tom Waits to life, both pre-Swordfishtrombone and post. Happening at The Hot Spot on Friday 26th, you can grab your tickets to oblivion here.
The Sunday afternoon session at The Hot Spot on the 28th celebrates the mighty George Harrison, a popular singer/songwriterwith famed beat combo De Beatles. Doors 5pm, Here Comes The Sun from 6pm. Info here.
Yikes! A late addition is Wicklow-based film production company Clap ‘n Load Studios, who will be showcasing its first three films – period drama Masquerade, documentary Visionaries and sci-fi short Nevermore. Screening on The Whale big screen at 4pm, you can grab yourself a ticket right here.
In the meantime, time to join elbows, start clapping, and make contact with the living once again. It’s so worth it.
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