Galway Gig Guide – Week ending April 27, 2014


Thursday, April 24: Music from Vinnie’s TV plus Mairead Duffy. Doors 10pm, Adm €5, Show ~10.30pm. Cork based Vinnie’s TV is the vehicle for American singer songwriter Wade Lynch. Wade’s journey from Carteret, New Jersey, has brought him to the UK and France before finally settling in Ireland. His family background meant that a career in music was always on the cards. Older siblings played in bands and provided record collections for inspiration. By the time he started writing and performing himself, his knowledge of the music of artists such as Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake was already in place.

Friday, April 25: Rofi James. Doors 9pm, Show Time ~ 9.30pm. Admission €10, BackStage Bar. Formed in the Summer of 2011 as a busking/song writing experiment ‘Rofi James’ began to develop and hone their sound. Strong melodies with memorable hooks driven by Infectious percussion/Bass with big Choruses.

Friday, April 25: The Wave.Doors 9pm, Admission €10.Main Stage, Show Time ~ Midnight. The Wave are Galway’s sound of the summer - An exciting 5 piece combo of Pop, Rock and Soul sounds with upbeat funky disco beats to get your heart racing and your feet moving. The soundtrack for your summer party includes Calvin Harris, The Killers, Daft Punk, Outkast, Kings of Leon. Original takes on Kylie, Stevie Wonder,Tina Turner and the B52′s.

Saturday, April 26: Wallis Bird. Doors 9pm, Tickets €20 // €18 online. Main Stage, Show Time ~ 10pm. A double Meteor Award winner in her native Ireland, Wallis Bird’s new album is her third and follows her debut ‘Spoons’ and 2009′s ‘New Boots,’ both of which saw her garner critical acclaim and tour with the likes of Billy Bragg, Gabrielle, The Feeling & Rodrigo y Gabriela. Bird has also played some of Europe’s biggest festivals, with her recent appearance at Paris’ Rock En Seine Festival prompting one of France’s biggest daily papers, Le Monde, to hail her performance as one of the highlights of the festival alongside Arcade Fire. An exceptional guitarist, her unique playing style only adds to the intrigue of her performances. Following a childhood accident which permanently damaged her left hand, Bird learned to play her instrument flipped back to front, thus having to create her own bafflingly complex chord fingerings, much to the bewilderment of any musicians in the audience.

Coming Soon:  Kila

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Della Dolan Tea Dance – Ard Ri Hotel, Tuam

Haydens Hotel, Ballinasloe

Friday, April 25: Social dancing in Haydens Hotel Ballroom with Music from Shane Moore, this and every Friday.
Galway Cathedral

Friday, April 25, 8pm: Galway Baroque Singers present works by Handel and the very popular Mozart “Requiem” in Galway Cathedral and will be joined by the National Sinfonia Orchestra with conductor Proinnsias O’Duinn. Tickets on sale at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.

The Róisín Dubh

Tuesday, April 22, 11pm: Silent Disco on Tuesdays. Admission: €5 includes a free pint of Bavaria. Free shot before 12.

Wednesday, April 23, 11:45pm: The Converse Allstars. Admission: Free. The Converse All-Stars play a gritty mash up of dirty blues, old school funk & soulful rock to brighten up your Sunday night – and this Sunday night, we’re changing things up a bit. Graham Dolan warms things up downstairs from 11pm until Midnight, and the THE CONVERSE ALL-STARS take over while Graham moves upstairs to keep you dancing all night.

Wednesday, April 23, 8:30pm: Karl Spain; Fred Cooke; Eleanor Tiernan; Colm O’Regan; Gerry Mallon; Christiane O’Mahoney. Admission: €12.50 (€10 members). Karl Spain is an Irish stand up comedian who has performed all over the world. He is not just a comedian though you may recognise him from such things as “The Lover’s Guide” or the Music video “Thong Song” from Sisqo. His laid back story telling style covers so many topics and his Improvisational ability is legendary. He began his onstage life as part of a break dance roller skate troupe and then followed the natural progression to stand up. He also on account of his rather feminine legs was a model for “pretty polly”. He spends all the money he makes on subutteo and comics and will be delighted to see you in one of his audiences as you are his favourite.

Thursday, April 24, 9:00pm: The Altered Hours; Myles Manley; Patterns. Admission: Free

Thursday, April 24, 9:00pm: Two Glass Eye; Zero Era. Admission Free – Upstairs

Friday, April 25: We Cut Corners. Admission: €10 (€5 members). We Cut Corners write short songs on drums and guitar, eschewing the blues-rock stylings beloved of other two-pieces in favour of lyrically dextrous, start-stop/rock-pop. The critically acclaimed debut album ‘Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards’ was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year. We Cut Corners have toured with Villagers, The Maccabees and Frightened Rabbit amongst others. The second album ‘Think Nothing’, will be released in April 2014.

Friday, April 25, 9pm: Mutiny On The Bounty; Hope Is Noise; Doppelskangers; Temperance Parade. Admission: €7 (€7 members) – Upstairs

Saturday, April 26, 8pm: Nicole Maguire. Admission: €10 (€10 members)  – Upstairs. Championed early by fans such as Damien Dempsey and Nanci Griffith, who both took her under their wing with prestigious frontline support slots – wowed by the quality of her songwriting – Ireland’s Nicole Maguire now steps out into the limelight with her debut for label IRL (Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon, The Wonder Stuff, Sinead O’Connor).

Saturday, April 26, 10pm: DJ Kormac (AV Set) followed by Silent Disco. Admission: €5 (€5 members)

Sunday, April 27, 8pm: Open Mic Night. Admission: Free. Upstairs.

Kelly’s Bar and Grill

Saturday, April 26, 9:30pm: Saturday Night Live. Admission: Free. Saturdays Nights in Kelly’s is the regular meeting spot for and ever growing number of Galwegians in recent times. Its reputation for quality music and friendly service in a comfortable environment without the overcrowding have put this city centre bar on the map. On the bar floor we have some of Galway’s top DJ’s mixing the best chart and electronic music in with classic funk and soul tunes. Our Saturday Night DJ team can be found in a number ofGalway’s leading Late Bars and Night Clubs so they are well up to speed with the beats of the city. Upstairs in the Live Music Venue plays host to some of the top bands playing in the city right now. Expect to find the likes of the Converse Allstars, FYC, Lunar Playground, Red Tape and more gracing the stage over the coming weeks and months…. NO COVER CHARGE!!

Saturday, April 26, 11:30pm: Lunar Playground. Admission: Free.  We don’t do tag lines.We do Rock n’ Roll! The female fronted band ‘Lunar Playground’ bring you a choice selection of music from all the modern top artists and bands like: Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Wheatus, Black Keys, Adele, Coronas, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Chillies, Pink, KOL, Queens of the Stone Age, and much more.Their broad and extensive range of music covers all tastes and genres with some classic rock from ZZ to AC thrown in along the way too. They are noted for their energetic performances so get down and join in the party fun with Lunar Playground. They have something for everyone!

Sunday, April 27, 8pm:  Sunday Swing. Admission: Free. Drop by Kelly’s on a Sunday evening for a cocktail and a dance, or grab a craft beer and relax by the fire. Our resident trio I Saw Stars will keep you entertained with a mix of old and new hits.This mix of Swing, Jazz and Gypsy Jazz from I Saw Stars is complimented nicely by the range of artists that come to join them week to week. The traditional lineup is 2 jazz guitars and a double bass accompaniment, but any given week there may be a sax, clarinet, violin or keyboard thrown into the mix, ensuring a unique and full sound regardless of the lineup.Sunday Swing wouldn’t be the same without a bit of a dance! Swing Jam often come by forming ‘jam circles’ and bringing the room to life. Join the fun and learn a step or 2 here –

The Quays

Tuesday, April 22: Fred and James

Wednesday, April 23:  Caltra and FYC

Thursday, April 24: Peter Byrne and the Glass Onion Band.

Friday, April 25: Dakota.

Saturday, April 26: Beggars Velvet and DJ Mark.

Sunday, April 27: Pyramid.