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 months 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 long-awaited return to the live circuit, and Pluck’s will likewise be keeping Wicklow safe for country and cabaret.
We’ll add those and any other new gigs when we get ’em…
And if we get ’em, of course.
In the meantime, put on your drinking pants – it’s time to party like it’s 2019…
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 Saturday, July 23rd from 7pm, returning on August 12th with special guest David Kitt. Details here.
The lady is a regular fixture on the tellybox, and proved a major hit at The Whale earlier this year. So, the mighty Deirdre O’Kane is back, this time taking over The Hot Spot on Wednesday, August 10th, with her new show, Demented. Details here. Update: The lady is moving to September…
Doing what it says on the tobacco tin, the monthly Blues Jam Session at The Hot Spot brings together all those locals who wish they’d been born on the wrong side of the tracks in Chicago circa 1950. Your hosts for the session will be the Urban Mojo Blues Band, keeping those 12 bars rolling, rolling, rolling… Happening on August 14th and 28th at 4pm, this is a free gig, but a €5 donation is suggested. Details here.
Happening at Rise At The Cove on Friday 19th, Making Waves Youth Theatre are hosting a teenage Open Mic night, running from 7pm to 8pm. Details right abouthere.
Having proven his acting and musical chops in Sing Street and the Oscar-winning CODA, Ashford’s Ferdia Walsh-Peelo has now taken the busking duo with buddy Josh Hackett onto a bigger canvas with the addition of his brother Oisín and Cam Teehan. Having sold out their headline debut at Sin É in April, The Fynches gig at The Hot Spot on Friday, August 26th could be something special. Details here.
Having debuted in April 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 September 9th, your MC is king of the one-liners, Paul Marsh. Details here.
The Boss made songs that were made to run and run, as Irish tribute band Glory Days will set out to prove at The Hot Spot on Saturday, September 10th. If they’re truly going to imitate Bruce, the feckers better play for four hours. At least. Details here.
With A Night Of The Opera just released (available as an album or, eh, as an NFT), Cork’s finest Mick Flannery brings his latest show to The Hot Spot on Monday, September 12th. The lad is also bringing his buddies, Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel. Mainly for protection. Details here.
Cork’s finest, Noelle Clarke takes the lead in Noel Kelly’s Waterford-set drama Jetty Stars, centred on the oldest trade in the business – and for the returning Stella (Clarke), those 1980s adventures were full of high drama, love & loss, and the occasional fight. Hitting The Hot Spot on Friday, September 16th, the director is James Power, and the details are right overhere.
Busy night. Bringing together three of Ireland’s most talked-about new acts, The Whale will be showcasing Limerick poet Strange Boy, singer-songwriter Saoirse Casey and electropop Bali boy Jacob Koopman on Friday, September 16th. Details right abouthere.
The divine Ms Randolph
With her usual stellar line-up of Vera Craughwell on accordian, Keith Donald on clarinet, Garvan Gallagher on bass and Charlie Mooney on guitar, Bray’s Anne Randolph makes a welcome return to The Whale on Saturday, September 17th, for an evening of songs by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Tom Paxton and Janis Ian. Details here.
They’re the biggest femaie singing group of all time, having sold close to 80 million records, and The Andrew Sisters’ remarkable story is being retold by The Honeydews on Friday, September 23rd at The Hot Spot with Sing! Sing! Sing!. Success is all about working in harmony, and LaVerne, Maxine and Patty were masters. Detailshere.
Written by Rex Ryan and directed by Stephen Jones, Pop Tart Lipstick is the Tarantinoesque tale of jailbird Harris and bus driver John ready to take a leap into the unknown with an escape plan, some lipstick, a stash of stolen drugs and plenty of, yep, pop tarts. Taking over The Whale on Saturday, September 24th, find out more here.
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He’s one of Ireland’s finest comic exports, Andrew Maxwell having become a regular fixture on the UK comedy circuit, including such shows as Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, The News Quiz and, eh, Ex On The Beach. And the lad is coming home to unleash his new show, hitting The Hot Spot on Saturday, September 24th. Details here.
The poster says The 4 Of Us but it’s actually The 2 Of Us, as Brendan and Declan Murphy hit The Whale on Saturday, October 1st to carry on the torch for one of Ireland’s favourite bands as the ’80s became the ’90s, thanks in no small part to the earworm that is Mary. Having kept match fit during lockdown with a series of social media gigs, the brothers Murphy are keen to get back in front of a live and kicking audience. Details here.
Mozart’s much-loved work gets an Irish twist with Trio Táin bringing along a special guest narrator Nicholas Grennell and soprano Catherine Reading to present The Magic Flute as you have never experienced it before. A family concert, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to one of the world’s finest composers. Without boring the bejiggers out of them. Happening at The Whale on Sunday, October 2nd at 11am and 1pm, find out more here.
With comparisons to Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and Robert Zimmerman, it’s clear that Annie Keating is doing something right. And further proof arrived in her 10th album, Bristol County Tides. Our very own Irish Times dubbed Annie ‘one of the most refreshing female acts to come down the pike in a long while‘. You can find out why on Thursday, October 6th at The Whale – details here.
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