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A Love Letter to Music Venues

I was in Dublin city centre this morning for the first time in 12 months.  The last time I was there was to see Jane Willow perform in the Cobblestone Pub  on February 29th 2020.  I never, not for a moment, thought things would turn out as they did.  I was looking forward to a year full of gigs and excitement.  I think we all know how that turned out. After doing what I had to workwise, I took a spin around Dublin before I headed home.  I drove by the aforementioned Cobblestone Pub , the Voodoo Lounge , The Grand Social , The Workmans Club , The Sugar Club and ended up outside Whelans . I've had great nights out in each of those venues and in many more around the country!   Dolans of Limerick, Crane Lane Theatre and Kino in Cork,  Odd Mollies in Drogheda, the Moat Theatre in Naas, the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, Visual in Carlow...  The list goes on and on. 2017 and Helmet played Whelans.  There I am partying with them after the s

2018-06-26 The Killers - RDS Dublin

I can't remember the first time I saw The Killers live... It seems like they played every Oxegen Festival ever! The feeling you get standing in a field singing "I got soul, but I'm not a soldier" with 40,000 other festival goers is very hard to beat! It had been a while since I last saw them, so when the chance to see them play in Dublin came up recently, I jumped at the chance! You know what you're going to get from the Killers, a high energy show filled with hits and banter and this gig was no different. The crowd sang every note and, maybe it was the beautiful blue skies and sunshine, but it was glorious. Earlier in the day, Franz Ferdinand opened proceedings. It had been a very long time since I saw them live, a very very log time. I'm not overly familiar with their newer material, but you couldn't help sing along when you knew the words! I was glad I got in early enough to catch their set and hopefully I'll get to see them again soon enoug

2018-06-16 Jerry Fish - Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge

Jerry Fish has been involved in my musical life since I was a teenager... An Emotional Fish were one of the greatest Irish bands never to make it on the world wide stage.  They threatened a few times with a few songs in top 20 of the US Modern Rock Charts back in the early 90s, but it never quite happened for them. It was most unfortunate, as they were a force to be reckoned with live. After they parted, a few years later, Jerry came back with Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club and had great success in Ireland with them. Like an Emotional Fish, they too were an incredible live band and I got to see them perform on may occasions. Jerry is currently touring with his 'The Songs and Tall Tales of Jerry Fish' show and I caught this week in the Newbridge Arts Centre.  As always, Jerry puts on an incredible live show.  It was a magnificent night that included songs spanning his whole career and I'll cherish the memory of slow dancing on stage with Jerry for ever! If you get t

2018-06-06 Emma Langford and Sara Ryan - Bru Newbridge

Emma Langford and Sara Ryan are two of the countries finest singer songwriters and I’ve been lucky to see them play multiple times.  So when I heard they were playing together in Newbridge, sure it would have been crazy not to go! After solo sets from both performers, Sara joined Emma on stage to end the night with a few duets.  I'd love to tell you what they were, but... Ahhh it's that long ago I can't remember.  I do remember leaving the gig with a big smile on my face! If either Emma or Sara are performing near you, I'd recommend going, you are definitley in for a treat. Check out the photos below: