Easter Saturday April 15: Weyes Blood @ The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (€16)
A former member of American freak rockers Jackie-O-Motherfucker and a collaborator with the delightfully odd Ariel Pink, Natalie Mering’s solo material has taken a much quieter folk path, with shades of darkness, a classic voice and bright melodies to counteract it. Check out last year’s Front Row Seat to Earth album.
TONIGHT! Hennessy Lost Fridays: Valerie Francis, Bad Bones, Lime & Fancy DJs & more @ RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2 (€20)
A lineup of music, art, poetry and visuals which also feature the electronic A/V musician Bad Bones, singer-songwriter Valerie Francis, poet John Cummins, DJs from the Lime & Fancy club night playing pop of the ’80s and ’90s, and interactive art from illustrator and animator Holly Pereira. There’s also two complimentary Hennessy cocktails on entry. Win tickets in the Nialler9 gig guide (at link below).
Tonight three of Ireland’s finest and very different bands in the genres of rock (Girl Band, above), rap (Rusango Family) and trad (Lynched) play in Vicar Street in aid of Pieta House. There’s also a DJ sets from James Vincent McMorrow Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) & Aisling O’Riordan….
As part of the Dublin Bowie Festival, which takes over venues across Dublin this week with singalongs, discussions, screenings and gigs, I Heart Bowie features a cast of Irish musicians paying tribute to the Starman. Previous editions included appearances from Glen Hansard, who performed Ashes To Ashes (above), Bell X1, The Young Folk, Sinead White, Nanu Nanu and Fiach Moriarty. All proceeds to Home Sweet Home..
Young Hearts Run Free’s annual Yule event serves as a fundraiser for the Simon Community and a BYOB knees up to some of the best Irish talent around. This year’s gig in the Co-Op in Dublin 8 starts early and goes late with performances by hahaman David O’Doherty, Booka Brass Band, Sligo rappers This Side Up, Dublin electronic duo Le Boom, Scottish songwriter Alaisdair, indie songwriter Paddy Hanna and more…
As part of Temple Bar Fest, comes this timely night of music of artists who challenge and question, politically and socially. Heading up the night is Dundalk outlier Jinx Lennon (top and above the video for Jink’s Bonus Ball who just released two albums along with music and words from Avant Gardaí, Temper-Mental MissElayneous and Fiach Moriarty.
Not only does Young Hearts Run Free raise money for a very worthwhile cause in the Simon Community, it also puts on unique imaginative events that draws people of different creative persuasion together.
No Idle Days is their mini-festival running this weekend features a community games, a magical mystery tour, a secret location gig, a their own take on The Sunday Game, a walking tour, paint classes and talks.
Participants include Donal Lunny, Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh, Alison Spittle, Banter, Don Conroy, No Monster Club, Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, Donal Dineen, Joanna Walsh and and more….
A free festival of Irish music of all sorts in 24 venues, bars and shops of Rathmines and Portobello. Acts playing include AE MAK, Sample Answer, Zaska, Rocstrong, Elephant, Gavin Glass, Feather, Barq, The Eskies, Cut Once, New Valley Wolves, Bad Bones, Katie Laffan, RSAG and many more. The big attraction is the 5,000 capacity gig at Leinster Cricket Club.