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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

2022-03-26 Buskers on Grafton Street, Dublin

I took a walk around Dublin today,  thought I'd check out the buskers on Grafton Street.   There's a fine history of busking in Dublin, acts like  Hothouse Flowers ,  The Frames ,  Rodrigo y Gabriela ,  Damien Rice ,  Paddy Casey ,  Kodaline  and a host of others all cut their teeth on and around Grafton Street.  It stands to reason that some of those busking today will be successful in the future! So, who did I get to see today?  Well, check out the photos below: Zoe Clarke Allie Sherlock Paul Jenkinson

2022-03-15 Power of Dreams - Whelan's, Dublin

I can't remember the last time I saw Power of Dreams  live.  What I do know is that it wasn't this century!  They hit the Irish scene back in 1990 with the launch of their superb debut album ' Immigrants, Emigrants and Me '.  If you haven't heard it, I suggest checking it out. Some time in the summer of '21, they announced that they were going to play a show in Whelan's in Dublin, so I made sure to get a ticket fast! Anyway, on to the gig.  It was a full house, not a lot of room to roam in there, and a slightly older crowd who, like me, were reliving their youth!  The question is though, was it any good?  And the answer is, yes, yes it was!  The older songs still hold up well to this day and the new album ' Ausländer ' also sounds good live. Support on the night was from Insubs , a band I'd not heard of before, but worth keeping an eye out for.  My one gripe on the night was the lighting, it was very dark and made it so difficult to take photos t

2022-03-10 Kynsy - Whelan's, Dublin

Back in the summer of 2019, I headed off to take some photos at Knockanstockan Festival in Wicklow.  I got to see some great acts that weekend, but one that stuck with me as Kynsy . I'm not quite sure why she stuck in my mind, there was something about her sound.  Yeah, it was a tad rough and ready, but yet...  Anyway, when I got home, I followed her socials and kept up to date on her music. Due to Covid, there was precious little chance of getting to see her perform since then, but after almost 30 months, she headlined Upstairs at Whelans and it was worth the wait.  This is not a review site, so I'll not go into detail, but hearing a packed room singing every word to Elephant in the Room , at full volume was superb. Hmm...  I just realised, as I typed that, The Riptide Movement also have a track  Elephant in the Room . I guess we've lots of elephants in rooms here in Ireland. Support on the night was from Cruel Sister , a new band to me.  I'd never seen or heard of

2022-03-05 Eimear Crehan - The Sugar Club, Dublin

I saw Eimear Crehan support Mary Coughlan at the Moat Theatre in Naas August '21 and we chatted over social media on and off since then, so when she asked me along to shoot her album launch in the Sugar Club , I obviously said yes. The crowd absolutely loved her performance, it was quite something to see them sing along to every song knowing every word, it was very impressive! Also playing on the night was the equally impressive Farah Elle .  The last time I saw Farah play live was back in October '18 when she performed at the first Skylarks gig in Naas.  Such a beautiful voice. Now for the photos... First up is Eimear: And now for Farah: