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2022-07-03 Fontaines DC - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

I've been waiting a long time to see Fontaines DC live again after last seeing them back in May 2019 at Forbidden Fruit.  Originally scheduled for July 2020, everyone's friend, COVID, got in the way and mae sure that didn't happen.  To make maters worse, the rescheduled date in 2021 didn't happen either, for the exact same reason! Fear not though, it is 2022 and not even COVID was going to stop this gig happening!  I packed my bag and headed off to the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, for what promised to be one of the highlights of the year! So, was it worth waiting for?  Oh hell yeah! Others in the media will tell you more about it, but all you need to know is that it was a hit filled, fantastic gig by a band at the top of their game.  Oh and the rain stayed away! Setlist (courtesy of  Setlist.FM ) is as follows: In ár gCroíthe go deo A Lucid Dream Sha Sha Sha Roman Holiday How Cold Love Is I Don't Belong You Said The Couple Across the Way Televised Mind Big Shot Hurri

2022-02-26 Skylarks Music Club - Moat Theatre, Naas

Ahhh the Moat Theatre ...  I seem to spend a lot of time there these days!  I'm not complaining, it's on my doorstep and some of the best musicians around are playing there!  Tonight, for example, we have Pete Kavanagh , Tia Burke , Fia Rua and Grainne Hunt all playing for the Skylarks Music Club . It was an enjoyable night featuring 4 artists with different styles, so there was definitely something there to suit all tastes.  Each artists had 30 minutes for their set and then, at the end, they all united for a few singalong songs. Was it good?  Yeap! Was it fun?  Yeap!  Would I do it again?  Oh hell yeah!  Over all, the night was just a fantastically chilled night of music, a great way to relax on a cold Saturday night.   I'm already looking forward to Skylarks 4! Anyway, on to the photos:

2022-02-24 Graham Hopkins and Robbie Malone - Moat Theatre, Naas

So last night I was meant to be in Whelans to catch Royseven . Unfortunately, my body had other ideas and so I decided to pass my ticket on. Not long after I made that decision, I got a message asking if I was local and would I like to take some pretty pics of  Graham Hopkins and Robbie Malone in the Moat Theatre in Naas.  I, obviously, said yes. In case you don't know, Graham has played with acts such as My Little Fun House, Therapy?, The Frames, Pugwash and many others.  Robbie  has played with  the Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey, The Pale, Bronagh Gallagher, David Gray and, well heaps more. Lots of experience with top artists! I don't excel at any musical instrument, so to get the opportunity to see two masters of their instruments play, up close and personal, was an absolute joy.  It was simply a great night, stress free, fun and very interesting.  I may have looked at my phone twice during the night! Anyway, if you get the chance to attend one of these shows, definite

2022-02-18 Danny G and the Major 7ths - The Sugar Club, Dublin

Social media comes in for a lot of flack and, in many cases, rightfully so.  However, if it wasn't for Twitter, I wouldn't have come across bands like Danny G and the Major 7ths . Back in January 2021, they released ' The Lookout ' but due to Covid restrictions, no album launch happened at the time.  Tonight though, in the Sugar Club , and over a year later, The Lookout finally had it's release party and what a party it was! The night kicked off with a great set from Holly Pereira ( Tolka Hot Club ) who got the crowd vocally warmed up.  At one stage, the audience was happily singing along in Spanish, and I don't me that old Irish favourite 'Olé Olé Olé'! After that it was time for the headliners of the night, Danny G and the Major 7ths.  To start with, Danny came out, guitar in hand, and played an old Irish trad song called 'Do You Love An Apple'.  If you've not heard the song before, check out this version by the Bothy Band .  After that, t

2022-02-11 Ailbhe Reddy - Button Factory, Dublin

Originally meant to be part of the launch for Ailbhe Reddy 's debut album ' Personal History ', tonight's show, in the Button Factory , had been rescheduled a few times due to Covid and now takes place almost 18 months after the release of the album. Was it worth the wait?  Oh hell yeah it was!  Covid restrictions were lifted and everyone seemed to be ain great form, singing along to almost every song.  When the crowd loves you that much, it's hard to put a foot wrong and she certainly didn't. Another of Irelands fine singers, MayKay , joined Ailbhe on stage of a couple of songs. You might remember her from Fights Like Apes and Le Galaxie  fame. Support earlier in the night was from Maria Kelly , a very softly spoken, beautifully voiced singer who later joined Ailbhe on stage at the end of the night for a couple of tracks. Anyway, I could just ramble on and on about the night with out making much sense, but just know this, it was a great night! Now, on to the p

2022-02-03 Cat Dowling - Whelan's, Dublin

This has been a long time coming.  My first gig in two years with absolutely no Covid Restrictions attached.  No special seating, no mask mandate (though I still wore mine), no Vaccine Cert required, no leaving by 8:00pm... It was a glorious night in Whelan's ! So, who was playing?  Well, it was Cat Dowling .  I'd seen Cat play late last year in Vicar Street and thought she was fantastic.  Then she released her album ' Animals ' in November '21 and it was my album of the year, so I was really looking forward to this gig. I wasn't disappointed.  From start to end, the show was electric.  Cat is a fantastic performer, never staying still,always throwing shapes and boy oh boy can she sing! Anyway, enough fanboying, check out the photos below: One Morning in August played support on the night.  I'd been chatting with them on Twitter all the way through the pandemic, so it was great to finally meet in person.  Even though frontman John had a dodgy, non Covid re