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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

2019-04-13 Peco - Record Store Day - Golden Discs Newbridge

I had meant to go see Peco perform in Whelans during the week, but, for one reason or another, I just couldn't get there. Then I saw he was going to be playing Golden Discs in Newbridge as part of Record Store Day, so I figured I'd head on over to that! Record Store Day is one of those corporate manufactured special days, but to be quite honest, it's one of the few I do like! It seems others like it also, one member of staff told me there was a queue outside the store at 8:30am. Crazy stuff! I picked up a copy of Pecos debut album ‘ The Middle Ages ’ while I was there, sure it would be rude not.  It’s a fantastic album, check it out. Click here to listen on Spotify. Check out the photos below:

2019-04-13 Jerry Fish - Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge

There's not a lot to say about Jerry Fish really... OK, he was in an Emotional Fish, creators of one of the finest Irish songs ever in ' Celebrate '. And yes, as part of Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, he may have released one of the greatest love songs ever in ' True Friends '. Oh and he may just run the finest stage at the Electric Picnic, but apart from all that, yeah, there's not much to say! Look, I could ramble on and on and on about Jerry, but what's the point?  We all know he puts on a fantastic show, has an incredible back catalogue, so just do yourself a favour and go see him live. Anyway, look, it was a great night out, Jerry did what he does best and entertained the crowd.  Support on the night was from Sive , who, if you haven't heard of her, is well worth checking out also! Check out the photos below:

2019-03-30 Aleigh and Bagatelle - Clontarf Lawn Tennis Club

OK, this is a bit of a strange one... So, I went along to Clontarf to see Aleigh perform. They were the support act on the night for Irish music legends, Bagatelle.  Now... Well the photos of Aleigh turned out fine, but the ones of Bagatelle, well they were an unmitigated disaster!  Oh well... Right, on to the gig.  It was a cut down Aleigh tonight, only 2 members of the band playing an acoustic set.  As always though, great gig and the crowd seemed to love every minute of it! They have a great rule in place at Contarf Lawn Tennis Club, when the band is playing, they shut the bar.  This cuts down on a lot of background noise and makes for a very attentive crowd. Seemingly they've had Christy Dignam, Jerry Fish, Mundy and others all play in the club.  It's a nice place and its mostly members who attend. So it's always a full house! Anyway, that's it.  No photos of Bagatelle unfortunately...  I'll try harder next time. Check out the photos of Aleigh bel