Roddie Cleere’s Irish Music Show
National Award Winner
Wednesday12th February 2020
10pm – 11pm
|1||Let You Go||State Lights|
|2||Champagne & Caviar||Jess Young|
|6||Cant Wait Till June||Barley & Grape Rag|
|10||Feels So Heavy||Join Me In The Pines|
|11||The Boom is Back||Cathal O’Rielly|
11pm – 12am
|1||HOOK LINE AND SINKER||FEAT. EP September
|3||COME RAIN COME SHINE|
|4||NEW DIRECTION -Song of the Week||BREW|
|5||Do You Wonder||Blue Fish Diamond|
|7||Drown||Sal The Musician|
|8||ANTHROPOCENE||The Grey Merchant|
|9||Hard to Tell You||ModernLove|
|10||In Need||Cormac O’Caoimh|
|11||The Drift||The Plaintest Truth|
12am – 1am
|1||CRAZY DREAMS||PAUL BRADY|
|3||IN A LIFETIME||CLANNAD/BONO|
|4||RAINY NIGHT IN SOHO||THE POGUES|
|6||Still Got the Blues For You||Gary Moore|
|7||11 O’Clock Tick Tock||U2|
|8||The Switch||The Ocelots|
|9||The Show Goes On||Kevin Casey|
|10||Baby Talk||Mick Flannery/SON|
|12||Lonesome Valley||Mark G Vs KKC|
February 15th at Whelans will be their last gig
(support from Rachael Lavelle)
After 10 years together as a band, SPIES have announced that their February 15th show in Whelans will be their last. They have also shared a new mix of their song ‘Constancy’ by producer Rían Trench (Solar Bears). Since their 2013 single ‘Distant Shorelines’, the band have been working with Trench who featured as the mix engineer on their 2018 single ‘Watchman’. This is the first of two remixes done by Trench for the band with a remix of ‘Young Dad’ coming on the 11th of February.
Speaking on their decision to end the band, the members have this to say –
Dear friends, families, and fans,
We have decided to call it a day as SPIES.
The five of us have had an amazing time playing music together over the last 10 years but we feel the time is right to move on.
There are no hard feelings, we are still very close friends, but with members spread across different countries and with our lives moving in different directions we felt it made sense to make this show our last.
We are really proud of all of the music we released, in particular our album Constancy and look forward to making music individually and together in different projects.
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who worked with us, encouraged us, listened to us, and came to our shows. Thanks also to the artists that influenced us, our families, better halves, and friends who supported us over the years. It has always meant a lot.
Come join us for a dance in Whelans next month.
Michael, Conor, Neil, Jeff, & Hugh xxxxx
On February 15th, SPIES will play their last ever show in Whelans, joined by special guest Rachael Lavelle. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Live At The Marquee, Cork
Thursday 28th May 2020
Tickets on sale Friday, 31st January at 9AM
Following multiple sold out shows including Iveagh Gardens Dublin on 4th July, Fontaines D.C. have announced two more shows for 2020. The Band will appear at Live At The Marquee, Cork on 28th May followed by Live At Botanic Gardens in Belfast on 29th May. Both Shows are proudly presented by Aiken Promotions and will go on sale Friday 31st January at 9am from all usual outlets.
Fontaines D.C. has been crowned as one of the most exciting live acts to emerge out of Ireland in recent years.
Their long-awaited and highly-anticipated debut album, Dogrel, was released last April with exceptional reviews locally and internationally. Along with a run of sell out shows in Ireland and beyond, highlights of 2019 also included a remarkable performance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon which can be viewed here.
With a summer filled with festival dates and headline shows, Fontaines D.C. are most definitely living up to their hype.
Quotes from media:
Brilliant, top to bottom” – The Guardian (★★★★★)
“One of guitar music’s most essential new voices” – NME (★★★★★)
“An inspired debut album from a special band” – CLASH (9/10)
“Exceptional” – DIY (4.5/5)
“Poetic and powerful” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“Open intensity and proud sensitivity might explain why a traditional white-dude rock band has hit a nerve, when the world seems to need anything but more white-dude rock.” – The New York Times
“Burly, relentless, and surprisingly tuneful, Dogrel is an anti-capitalist gut check with a relevance that extends far beyond the Emerald Isle.” – Pitchfork (Great Records You May Have Missed: Spring 2019; 8.0/10)
“Some of the most gripping underground guitar music the world has seen in years” – NME
“A striking debut” – Q (★★★★)
Live at Marquee, Cork – Thursday, 28th May 2020
Gates 6.30PM – Show 8PM
Tickets €38.00 on sale this Friday, 31st January at 9AM
Live at Botanic Gardens – Friday, 29th May 2020
Gates: 6.30PM – Show 8PM
Tickets £36.00 on sale this Friday, 31st January at 9AM
Tickets on sale Friday 31st January at 9am – available from:
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ASH announce details of
Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash
Released February 14th 2020 via BMG
Having successfully outlasted their self-described ‘guaranteed real teenagers’ tagline when they first burst in earshot in 1994, ASH have today announced the release of Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash released on 14th February 2020 through BMG and available in limited quantities with a special lenticular sleeve both on vinyl and CD.
Teenage Wildlife traces the band’s recording career from exuberant debut Jack Names The Planets through to the likes of BuzzKill from 2018’s top twenty album Islands whilst also including a brand new offering Darkest Hour Of The Night alongside thirteen Top 40 singles such as Girl From Mars, Gold Finger, Oh Yeah amid an array of the band’s recorded history. Teenage Wildlife also comes in a limited lenticular three CD set that will include an eighteen track collection of rarities including a version of The Buzzcocks’ classic Everybody’s Happy Nowadays (featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin), the eternal Teenage Kicks and the collection’s infamous title track.
From their mini-album Trailer, a volley of intent with Jack Names The Planets, Uncle Pat and Petrol recorded whilst still at school debut album proper, 1996’s Number One album 1977, almost imploding with the follow-up Nu-Clear Sounds, the addition of teenage guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, 1998’s historic Northern Irish Referendum show in Belfast before a return to the number one spot with the universally acclaimed Free All Angels seeing Tim Wheeler awarded with an Ivor Novello for Shining Light, consolidating a reputation for a run of extraordinary singles.
Whether the original trio or expanded four-piece with the multi-talented Hatherley, ASH have continually excelled both live and on record – an edited overview of reflection, Teenage Wildlfe encapsulates the past twenty-five years perfectly.
The release of Teenage Wildlife will be accompanied by extensive live itinerary throughout Europe and Scandinavia, re-visiting many of the towns, cities and venues they have previously played over the years. Dates are as follows:
21 Aeronef Club LILLE, FR
22 Botanique Rotonde BRUSSELS, BE
23 Das Bett FRANKFURT, DE
25 Universum STUTTGART, DE
26 Gebaude 9 COLOGNE, DE
28 Mascotte ZURICH, CH
29 Covo BOLOGNA, IT
01 Strom MUNICH, DE
03 Futurum PRAGUE, CZ
04 Hydrozagadka WARSAW,PL
05 Bi Nuu BERLIN, DE
07 Bar Brooklyn STOCKHOLM, SE
08 Vulkan OSLO, NO
10 Hulen BERGEN, NO
11 Folken STAVANGER, NO
13 Beta COPENHAGEN, DK
14 Knust HAMBURG, DE
15 Paradiso Noord AMSTERDAM, NL
17 Stylus LEEDS University, UK
18 O2 Academy NEWCASTLE, UK
20 SWG3 TV Studio GLASGOW, UK
21 O2 Ritz MANCHESTER, UK
22 Rock City NOTTINGHAM, UK
24 O2 Academy BRISTOL, UK
25 Pyramids PORTSMOUTH, UK
27 The Roundhouse LONDON, UK
28 Gibus Club PARIS, FR
29 Le Rex TOULOUSE, FR
31 Razzmataazz 2 BARCELONA, ES
01 Kafe Antzokia BILBAO, ES
02 Joy Eslava MADRID, ES
04 RCA Club LISBON,PT
05 Capitol SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA, ES
“The Snakes Farewell to The Emerald Isle” is an iconic Horslips track and one that Johnny Fean, Jim Lockhart, Barry Devlin and Ray Fean – the touring Horslips line up – certainly plan to play when they take to the stage in The Olympia Theatre Dublin for St Patrick’s Night.
It’s a chance for Dublin audiences to rock out in the company of a band who have been described as ‘defining a generation’
‘It’s been a while since we played a gig in Dublin’ says drummer Ray Fean ‘so when St Patrick’s Night in the Olympia was suggested, we thought “that might be fun” and signed up for the gig. And yeah… the oul snakes are well associated with St Patrick, all right…’ Ray – guitarist Johnny Fean’s brother – has been playing in the hit show Come From Away in London’s West End (and has an Olivier Award for his pains). He flies in for Horslips gigs, which in 2019 have included the Fleadh in Drogheda and Feile in Thurles.
‘The last time we played the Olympia’, recalls flautist and keyboard player Jim Lockhart ‘was another big public holiday, the Christmas shows back in…would you believe over eight years ago, 2012? Gosh, time flies when you’re having fun.”
Since their triumphant return to playing in the O2 – back in 2009 – the band has played in America, the UK and Europe: ‘and we hope to do a few more English and European appearances over the next while as well as our Irish gigs’, says bass player Barry Devlin. He points out that the band has been on the road longer this time around than first time out. ‘St Patricks Day will make it almost eleven years of gigs. First time out it was just under ten: we still get a kick out of live gigging, and we play material from most of the albums.’
The band have released 10 studio albums and 2 live albums as well as many singles in the years between 1971 and 1980 – all are still available as CDs and downloads. They recently rereleased vinyl copies of two of their best known albums ‘The Tain” and ‘The Book Of Invasions”.
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Third Annual IrelandWeek Returns to Los Angeles
November 1 – 8, 2019
Event Patrons Include Anjelica Huston, Chris O’Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan and Roma Downey
Citywide Events to Celebrate Irish Culture, Creators, and Innovators
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA / DUBLIN, IRELAND (October 4, 2019) – IrelandWeek is proud to return to Los Angeles and present a breadth of exciting events held cross the city November 1-8, 2019. Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, Emmy Award winners Chris O’Dowd and Fionnula Flanagan, and Multiple Emmy Award nominee Roma Downey, will serve as IrelandWeek patrons, with further announcements coming very shortly. IrelandWeek will present 15-plus events over eight days.
Celebrating the close cultural, trade, entertainment, and economic ties between Ireland and Los Angeles, IrelandWeek will feature a series of educational and cultural activities, including live music and theatre, visual arts, film, TV, sports and animation offerings. This year it kicks off again with IrelandCon, the flagship conference which has sold out the last two years and attracted city and government officials, celebrities, and a who’s who of industry leaders in tech, trade, and entertainment.
The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Prime Minister), wrapped up a two-day trade mission to Los Angeles on Friday, where he opened the new Irish Consulate. The new Consulate hosted a series of events across the city to mark it’s opening, one of which, held at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), was proudly supported by IrelandWeek and LMU.
Held in Silicon Beach at LMU for the third year-in-a-row, IrelandCon will present an expanded schedule, with panel discussions covering a range of topics such as Brexit, Ireland’s tech innovation and rise in successful start-ups, the country’s strong tax incentives for film productions, and its economic boom which has fueled major corporate investment from around the world. For more information please visit www.irelandweek.com.
IrelandWeek Co-Founder Deirdre O’Neill-Machin explains, “IrelandWeek has emerged as a perfect platform to showcase and promote the wealth and breadth of Irish creative talent and innovation on the international stage. With sold out events the last two years, IrelandWeek has continued to build upon its success, and we’re thrilled to return again to celebrate in the city of LA.”
IrelandWeek is sponsored by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Culture Ireland, Loyola Marymount University, Aer Lingus, Kennedy Wilson, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland, The Ireland Funds and Silicon Valley Bank.
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Imagine Arts Festival announce an eclectic festival programme of 80 Acts, Performances & Events
October 18th to 28th officially launched in Waterford City by Author Megan Nolan
A variety of 80 events have been announced for Waterford’s 18th annual Imagine Arts Festival. 55% of the programmed events will be on offer free of charge throughout the festival which takes place at venues across Waterford City from October 18th to 27th, 2019.
Three of Waterford’s finest festivals are rolled into one under the umbrella of the Imagine Arts Festival, including the Waterford Writers Weekend along with the John Dwyer Trad Weekend an eclectic and international events programme to choose from under Imagine Arts which celebrates theatre, dance, music, visual art, discussion and debate.
The 2019 Imagine Arts Festival programme is an exciting multi-disciplinary series of events that promote the best of the arts featuring regional, national and international work packed with magical fun, spooky happenings, mega music gigs, theatre, dance, spoken word, art exhibitions, and a litany of literary events with some of the country’s top authors.
Speaking at the programme launch of Waterford’s largest arts festival at an event in the heart of the city’s planned new Cultural Quarter, Deputy Mayor of Waterford Cllr Seamus Ryan said said how proud he was of the calibre of Waterford acts participating and how they stand up among the national and international acts in the programme for this year. He paid tribute the amazing John Dywer who in his eighties will still be playing sessions throughout the trad weekend. He also made a call to Waterford people to get out there and support this important festival that achieves so much with so little and thanked the voluntary committee for all their hard work.
The festival programme was officially launched by Waterford local and author Megan Nolan whose debut novel has just sold to Jonathan Cape in a pre-empt. ‘Acts of Desperation’ will be published in spring 2021 with another currently untitled novel to follow. Rights to the novel are also currently being sold in the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Brazil and Norway. During the Imagine Arts Festival in October Megan will take to the stage with her father and playwright Jim Nolan to participate in a public interview.
Amongst the highlights of the 2019 festival programme is the unveiling of a retrospective exhibition of works by Rosemary Higbee plus a gigantic visual art trail. A guided tour of the municipal collection at the brand new Waterford Art Gallery with Dr Eimear O’Connor HRHA.
For the John Dwyer Trad Weekend, a strong traditional music and dance programme will feature with a gala concert starring John Dwyer on fiddle who will be joined by the country’s top trad musicians. Sean-nós singer Ann Mulqueen, singer and accordion player Breda De Paor, internationally acclaimed uillean pipe player David Power and poet Mark Roper will host a very special evening ‘In High Places’ a unique collaboration between musicians and a poet, based around the mysteries of the Comeragh Mountains.
Literary highlights are many and the Waterford Writers Weekend is this year curated by author Cat Hogan, the rich programme offers twenty-four different events; some of the highlights include the announcement of the national Waterford Poetry Prize and Sunday Miscellany in the Theatre Royal. A conversation with authors Sheila O’ Flanagan, Ciara Geraghty and Melissa Hill, a reading with Willie Vlautin, a chat between crime writers Andrea Carter and Jo Spain. Sunday Brunch with Jim and Megan Nolan and a conversation with Ian Maleney.
Comedy will also headline at this year’s festival with stand up legend Kevin McAleer as he brings his new show ‘Guru’ to town; audiences can join Lama Kevin for an evening of living hilariously in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing.
Family fun is on offer with Spraoi’s Wicked Woods and Waterford Youth Arts present Horrible Histories, unique walking tours of Waterford City led by candlelight with a depth of interesting characters to be met along the way.
A host of theatre and dance productions will be on offer including a Youth Dance celebration featuring everything from classical ballet to Bollywood and more. ‘A Modern Day Parable’ will be presented by Outcast Theatre, ‘Madhouse’ will be showcased at the Theatre Royal a production written by Una Hackett and PJ Gallagher, starring Katherine Lynch and Shane O’Reilly.
Renowned for its rich musical programme, this year’s Imagine Arts Festival features an impressive schedule including performances from Oregan in the US with ‘The Delines’ with their incredible ‘Soul Country’ sound, a cabaret show on the life of ‘The Whistling Girl’ by Honor Heffernan and composer Trevor Knight and tells the story of wise-cracking poet, journalist, and civil rights campaigner Dorothy Parker. A gig with 2018 Single of the Year winner Kitt Philippa and a City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra concert plus more. A ‘Choons and Tales’ Trail will be on offer at city pub venues throughout the festival.
The annual ‘Booze, Blaas and Banter’ event celebrating the City’s Quayside and maritime heritage will also offer lots of interesting chats and craic including a special tribute to Waterford poet and writer Sean Dunne by his friend and fellow poet Thomas McCarthy.
Clannad announce Irish tour dates as part of their 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour
Waterfront Hall, Belfast, 29th February 2020
Cork Opera House, 2nd March 2020
Tickets from £40.00 / €49.20 inclusive of booking fees
On sale this Friday at 10AM
Clannad are celebrating an exceptional award winning 50 year career with the announcements of a farewell world tour which includes two Irish shows. They will perform in Waterfront Hall, Belfast 29th February 2020 and Cork Opera House, 2nd March 2020.
Tickets from £40.00 / €49.20 inclusive of booking fee, available from this Friday at 10AM.
Clannad have sold out 15 million records worldwide and with eight Top 10 U.K. albums to their name. The Grammy and BAFTA award winning quartet will also release a new Anthology ‘In a Lifetime’ deluxe set to be released worldwide on 13 March 2020 via BMG.
Their world tour will last a year and a half incorporating territories such as Europe, Australasia, North America, Japan, and South East Asia dates which will be announced over the next coming months.
To coincide with this very special live tour, BMG are proud to be releasing ‘In a Lifetime’ Anthology; a multi-format, career-spanning anthology containing tracks from Clannad’s 50-year recording career. It will be available as a 38 track 2CD set, 2CD deluxe, 2LP, 2LP deluxe and an expanded deluxe 100+ track set as well as digital versions. The anthology will both delight and excite Clannad’s enormous and loyal fanbase as well as introduce this legendary, influential and culturally important band to a whole new generation of music fans.
The multi-award winning Clannad have without doubt done more than any other group to take Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience. Fusing elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock they have created a beautifully unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.
BORN OPTIMISTIC PRESENTS…
MIC CHRISTOPHER’S 50TH
Featuring special guests Paddy Casey, Lisa Hannigan, Tim Burgess,
Mark Geary, Ailbhe Reddy & many, many more
8pm-11pm, Saturday 21st September, 2019
Tickets €29, with all proceeds going to Aidlink
Saturday September 21st would have been Mic Christopher’s 50th birthday. In his honour, friends, fans and admirers will stage a concert for him in his spiritual home of Whelan’s. There’s a vast array of talent gathering to sing Mic’s well-known songs together. The line-up for the concert is a mixture of close friends of Mic’s, and people he never met, who will be collaborating on his songs. With each passing year more people discover Mic’s incredible songs and this concert celebrates that.
The line-up includes:
Acko, Ailbhe Reddy, Alice Jago, Ann Scott, Aoife Carton, Clare Sands, Cry Monster Cry, Davy Lyons, Eve Darcy, Inni-K, Jane Willow, Karl Odlum, Leslie Keye, Lisa Hannigan, Margaret Healy, Mark Dignam, Mark Geary, Muireann, Nina Hynes, Paddy Casey, Sharon Horgan, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Q, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Saoirse Casey, The Daydreamers, The Pale, Ultan Conlon.
All proceeds from the event will fund Aidlink’s local partner charities in Kenya and Uganda. The core focus of the work Aidlink funds is based on capacity building within society by empowering women, which begins with education, but also includes irrigation and sanitation. The welfare of children was a huge concern of Mic’s, so it’s fitting that the funds will be used in this way.
Tickets (€29) are close to selling out. Book at: www.bornoptimistic.com