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 Oliver Callan to town.
The Beach House and Dann’s are putting the final touches to their March return to the live circuit, and Pluck’s will likewise be keeping Wicklow safe for country and cabaret. We’ll add those gigs when we get ’em…
In the meantime, it’s time to party like it’s 2019…
A veteran of the Irish comedy circuit, Anne Gildea goes it alone for this stand-up show all about one of life’s deepest, darkest and most disorientating mysteries, the menopause. Anne will ask the important questions, such as – What is it? Why do some women sail through it and others turn into off-the-scale nutjobs? And why is it named after men? That other great pain in women’s lives. All these questions and more will be heartily ripped open – and apart – on Friday, May 27th and Saturday 28th at The Whale. Details here.
Having debuted last month with Emma Doran headlining, the new stand-up LOL comedy night at The Hot Spot promises to pull together the cream of Irish comedy. And the occasional no-hoper too, in the support slot. For May 27th, it’s Danny O’Brien, Stephen Mullan, Emily Ashmore and Simon O’Keefe. Details here.
The Voice of Ireland finalist Kim Hayden brings her freshly-minted young singing stars off the internet and into the limelight for a special afternoon showcase concert at The Whale on Sunday, May 29th, with the lady herself performing with Gus Crawford Collins too. Details here.
Those musicians who like to dance to a difficult beat will be happy to know that The Hot Spot’s monthly jazz jam is back up and gunning on Sunday, May 29th and June 26th. Just be warned – anybody attempting to play a sweet melody will be thrown out of the second-floor window. Details here.
Formed in 1979, Dublin jazz-fusion outfit Metropolis took their musical inspirations from Zappa to Sting, the latter actually checking out the band during their three-year residency at Dublin’s Parliament Inn. Playing The Hot Spot on Saturday, June 4th, the latest line-up boasts Jennie Kuntz’s old boyfriend Keith Donald on clarinet and sax (reckon it was the uniform), Paul Barrett on keyboards, Paul McAteer on drums and Garvan Gallagher on bass. Details here.
The old adage that sequels are rarely equals made the arrival of a certain mafia film in 1974 all the more rewarding, given that this follow-up to the record-breaking and acclaimed 1971 original is regarded by many as an even better film. Sadly, we just can’t tell you its title right now, as this is one of the Greystones Film Club’s Secret Cinema screenings. What we can tell you is that, to make sure you’re in the mood to sit at the table with one of the world’s most famous Italian families, Bochelli’s will be whetting your appetite for destruction and maybe even a little indigestion with a specially-prepared magnificent mafia menu that’s, well, to die for. With Bochelli’s at 6pm and That Mafia Classic at 8pm, this is a night of long forks and long knives. You can grab both for €30, or just jump on board for the movie for €10. Bada-BOOM! You can join the Greystones Film Club for free here.
Hitting The Whale with its inaugural performance on Sunday, June 5th at 4pm, the Music Generation Wicklow Youth Orchestra comprises 21 musicians aged between 12 and 18 from all around north Wicklow, having first come together in February 22. Based at the Ashford Heritage & Community Centre, the conductor will be Áine Gell and the leader will be Siofradh Walsh-Peelo, parent to that Sing Street and Coda fella. Details here.
And for the crusties, The Hot Spot will be having their last afternoon Folk Session till September on Monday, June 6th at 4pm. Be there. If you can find your way.
Happening at The Whale from June 9th to the 12th, Ciara Kelly, Georgina Lawless and Miranda Evan-Langley lead the Greystones Players’ adaptation of Shelagh Stephenson’s The Memory Of Water, which won the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2000. All shows 7.30pm except Sunday, which is 4pm. Details here.
Three diddley-aye deities join forces for The Dublin Trio, a very special Sunday afternoon gig at The Hot Spot on June 12th, The Chieftains’ bodhrán player Kevin Conneff teaming up with Liberties piper Joe McKenna and Dublin guitarist Tony Byrne. Prepared to be diddley-dazzled. Details here.
Somehow making songs by the likes of Randy Newman, Tom Waits and John Hiatt sound like his own whilst also delivering some wonderful compositions of his own, Freddie White has been a stalwart of the Irish music scene since the 1970s. And you can find out why at The Hot Spot on Friday, June 17th. Details here.
Set in a 1970s Dublin hospital, the semi-autobiographical one-woman show Nursey sees writer Aoife Martyn portray a young Mayo nurse setting off to save some lives in the big city. Martyn mixes Father Ted with Adam McKay to, we hear, hilarious effect. At The Whale on Saturday, June 18th, details are right here.
The bould Mark Flynn perfected his DJ skills as The Drifter during his years rockin’ the Berlin dance scene, and is now keen to get his melting pot hometown coming together as one nation under a groove. From fun to funky, Mark is only interested in what makes us move. And you can do just that at The Hot Spot on Friday, June 24th from 7pm. Details here.
With her version of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game hitting the 18m mark on Spotify, after four critically-acclaimed album, Gemma Hayes’ time may have finally come. Having broken through with the award-winning Night On My Side in 2002, Saturday, June 25th at The Whale offers a rare chance to see a rare talent up close agus personal. Details here.
Dublin’s rising reggae band Bajjna have been going from strength to strength since supporting The Wailers at Vicar Street in 2019, touring both Ireland and the UK. And at The Hot Spot on Saturday 25th, they’ll be launching their new album, One Humankind. Which is anti-war. We reckon. Details here.