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 The Hothouse Flowers to town.
The Beach House and Dann’s are putting the final touches to their long-awaited return to the live circuit, with the latter hosting Friday gigs for now, whilst Pluck’s are keeping Wicklow safe for country and cabaret.
We’ll add those and any other new gigs when we get ’em…
In the meantime, put on your drinking pants – it’s time to party like it’s 2019…
The diddley-aye will be turned up to 11 at The Horse every Wednesday as their weekly Seisún by the fire makes a welcome return. Fiddles at dawn, people, kick-off at 9pm. More detailshere.
Doing what it says on the tin, the monthly Blues Jam Session at The Hot Spot on Sunday, December 4th at 4pm 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… It’s a free gig, but a €5 donation is suggested. With menace. Detailshere.
The students of Linsey Dempsey Studios will be hosting a show and yell at The Whale on Sunday 4th at 2pm, highlighting the vocal skills of these talented young stars of tomorrow. Boom! Detailshere.
Coming across like Hall’s Pictorial Weekly on acid, The Savage Eye proved to be one of RTE’s finest and funniest TV diatribes of the last 50 years. And the man behind it, former busker-turned-Bolshevik David McSavage will be inciting a riot down on the waterfront come Thursday, December 8th. His new show, A Terrible Want!, is, he says, inspired by Patrick Kavanagh’s On Raglan Road. So, something for the sentimentalists and the Sandanistas. And the bould Al Porter is support for the night. Detailshere.
As The Banshees Of Inisherin lights up cinemas, the Greystones Players bring Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan to The Whale for a four-night run, from December 8th to 11th. Interview here, tickets here.
The Hardy Har Comedy Club is hosting its Christmas special tonight, the long-running Harbour Bar stand-up show bringing some of the finest comedians around to our neck of the woods. And tonight’s headliner, the great Pat McDonnell, is one of the very finest. Kick-off is 8.30pm, and admission is really free, baby. And while we have you there, check out their Bray Comedy Festival line-up, running from Wednesday, February 15th to Saturday 19th. Details here.
James & Aoife
The Wicklow Choral Society are back with a perfectly-harmonised bang today, with Carols By Candlelight at the Dominican Convent Chapel. Special guests on the night include musical director James Bingham and soprano Aoife O’Connell, local luminaries who might just know each other. Kick-off is 7.30pm, details righthere.
Those musicians who like to dance to a difficult drummer will be happy to know that The Hot Spot’s monthly jazz jam is back up and gunning. As always, anybody attempting to play a sweet melody will be thrown out of the second-floor window. Twice. Next up is December 11th – call Dara MacMahon on 0868146926 if you want to get involved. Details here.
A show that sold out in record time, on Friday, December 16th, funny man Neil Delamere brings his latest stand-up show – wittily titled Delamerium – to The Whale, in which the lad tries to make sense of the world. Again. Details here.
Having made their professional debut at The Whale in 2020, Irish session supergroup Stolen Chicken (Simon Morgan, Richie Buckley Drazen Derek) return with a whole bunch of special guests on Saturday, December 17th for a night of Christmas Crooners. Which should just be the right mix of the sacred and the sexual. Details here.
Having packed out The Whale in May, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Tom Dunne bring their On The Road Again show back to Greystones once again, this time bringing along mucker multi-instrumentalist Alan Connor for a night of songs and stories on Sunday, December 18th at 7pm. Noice. Detailshere.
A sure sign that Christmas is here, this year’s Elf screening will once again turn everyone’s festive feelgood way up to 11. Or maybe even 12. Screening at 1.30pm and 4pm on Thursday, December 23rd, as always, this event sold out on the day tickets were unleashed. You can join the waiting listhere.
Hailing from the county of de Wicklow, Binmen are a fittingly noisy five-piece band who dig such bands as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Bad Seeds and Mr Chuckles himself, Mark Lanegan. Their self-produced second single, Death By The River, is out now, and support on the night will be provided by the multi-talented Emily Beattie. Take that, Dandy Warhols! Details here.
For one night only, Bray blues babe Bree Harris takes over The Hot Spot on Tuesday, December 27th – to help you shake off that Christmas funk. Back after a near-three-year hiatus, Bree will have her beloved Paul Fairclough on bass and the mighty Dick Farrelly on lead guitar. Details here.
Paul Brady cites him as a major influence whilst Colm Wilkinson simply regards him as “unique”, and the fact that Rob Strong – a man who turned down an offer to join Deep Purple – is still singing the blues in his 70s says something about his passion for what he does. Returning to The Hot Spot on Friday, December 28th, find out more here.
Perfect for retaining your kids’ Christmas feelgood kick, Dry Rain Theatre Company are presenting Tilly & Winks’ Magical Adventure at The Whale on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and December 30th, with shows at noon and 3pm each day. It’s a world of ‘wacky witchcraft and noisy wizards’, says Dry Rain, so you may want to pre-order your drinks for this one. Detailshere.
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 Thursday, December 29th from 8pm. Details here.
With Mack Fleetwood all set to ring in the new year, on Friday, December 30th, The Hot Spot comedy club LOL wants to help us laugh 2022 out the door. The line-up hasn’t been confirmed yet but you can probably find it right abouthere.
We’ll be adding more gigs as the weeks progress. In the meantime, you can check The Whale here, and The Hot Spot here.
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