Tag Archives: Alternative Social Club

Of course you are.

Thanks to coronavirus, there’s nothing to do and nowhere to go.

Or is there?

Barry Hartigan, the indomitable music promoter behind the Alternative Sunday Social Club in The Wild Duck on Sycamore Street in Temple Bar, Dublin 2, writes:

With gigs being cancelled all over Dublin this week Strand remain defiant and will push ahead with their show in The Wild Duck this Sunday afternoon from 4pm.

Come on down and enjoy an afternoon of lovely jangly guitar tunes for just €10….

We really want to let people know that this damn virus isn’t going to kill off quality live music so would appreciate your help in ‘spreading’ the word folks.


The Wild Duck

Free Sunday?

If you like your music to be fast, loud, socially aware and infused with the spirit of The Clash, then you’re going to want to see The Gakk live at The Alternative Sunday Social Club in The Wild Duck, Sycamore Street, Dublin 2 at 4pm.

The Dundalk-based band are supported on the night by Huntings and Dazed.

Nick says: How low can you pogo?

The Gakk

Blink and you’ll miss him.

Dermot Lambert, erstwhile frontman of Dublin perfect pop practitioners Blink, steps out of the shadows to play a very rare solo show headlining the Alternative Sunday Social Club in The Wild Duck on Dublin’s Sycamore St at 4.30pm.

The only place to be…

Dermot says:

This Sunday afternoon I’ll be playing, joined by a few friends, in the afternoon. If you know the chords or the singalong bits of any Blink songs I won’t be offended, and there’ll be some new masterpiece exclusives.

I’m working on some Rex & Dino and Empty Shell stuff too, but not sure where I’m at with that yet, and I can’t play Cello on acoustic guitar, but again if anyone wants to roll in with an actual cello we’ll find a job for you!

Young kids are free (not like in the 1970’s, just free admission) – Super Special Guests on the day are Six Above Ground and Novatone – Peace out

Dermot Lambert

Rock the sabbath.

Niall Toner Jr (top left)has been a stalwart of the Irish music scene for many years (The Dixons, Hank Halfhead & The Rambling Turkeys, Those Handsome Devils) and his current band Strand are another feather in his rock’n’roll cap.

Niall and the lads will be playing songs from their warmly received album Can’t Trust The Rain at The Alternative Sunday Social Club in The Wild Duck, Sycamore Street, Dublin 2, on Sunday at 4pm.

Nick says: Do the Strand!


The Gakk- Giving Me Away

Free Sunday?

Barry H writes:

The Gakk, Dundalk’s finest ska punk purveyors play their first gig at the Alternative Sunday Social Club gig in Toners [Baggott Street, Dublin 2] on Sunday.

Support is from rising Dublin punk outfit SNüBBED along with fellow Dundalk noise merchants Hedcase. Doors 4pm and admission is a mere €8

Alternative Social Club

The Gakk

Dublin composer and blues guitarist Mike Brookfield (above performing Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile) plays a ‘special intimate show’ at the Alternative Sunday Social Club in Toners, Baggot Street, Dubln 2 this Sunday from 4pm.

Mike will feature tracks from his second album or ‘sonic essay’, Brookfield, on which Horslips drummer, Eamon Carr, provides the lyrics.

Admission: 10

Mike Brookfield

‘Strand’ will play the Alternative Social Club in Toners on Sunday afternoon

Do the ‘Strand’.

Barry H writes:

The Alternative Sunday Social Club is back in business in Toners on Baggot Street, Dublin 2 this Sunday, September 30 with Strand (above) and the world live premiere of the new album, Can’t Trust the Rain.

The band is made up of some of the best musicians playing on the Irish scene today and this gig will be something special.

Doors 4pm and admission is a mere €8


Free Sunday afternoon?

Can you make it Toner’s Baggott Street, Dublin 2 for 4pm?

Read on.

Barry H writes:

Our final Alternative Sunday Social Club gig before we break for the summer is with The Winters. The band emerged from the woodshed in 2013 to gain favourable notices and decent airplay with the release of their album Riches. Led by one-time Dixons guitarist, Ed McGinley, T

he Winters are a four-piece band that blend a variety of influences—soul, country, jazz, blues and folk – with a 60s garage-y aesthetic… of the ‘Nuggets’ variety! Their sound moves from subtle, dark and moody to rockin’, groovin’ clubby!

Come on down to Toner’s to support some top class live music and help celebrate bringing bands back to Baggot Street!


The Winters (Facebook)

Alternative Social Club

El Clash Combo Toners May 24toners

Free Sunday?

Barry writes:

We’re bringing bands back to Baggot St! Back in the 80s and 90s, long before Whelan’s arrived on the scene in Wexford St, the musical hub of Dublin was centred around Baggot St in The Pembroke, The Baggot Inn and Toners.

Between these three pubs there were bands playing 7 nights a week with something for every taste. The Pembroke and the Baggot Inn are long gone but Toners remains pretty much as it was one of the oldest and best known pubs in Dublin with an excellent bar on the first floor.

Now the Alternative Sunday Social Club is running gigs again on Sunday afternoons between 4.00pm and 7.00pm and this week it’s the turn of El Clash Combo, Ireland’s first Clash tribute band. Support is from DJ Karl Tsigdinos and all three hours of fun will set you back a mere fiver!


Alternative Social Club At Toner’s (Facebook)



They’re back.

Literally by popular demand.

Barry writes:

“After a fantastic set last March we are delighted to welcome back Minnie and the Illywhackers [performing ‘Make Me Yours, above]for their second gig with us at the Alternative Sunday Social Club [Upstairs] in The Stag’s Head [Dame Court, Dublin] from 4.00pm. They will be playing the glorious blend of early jazz, country & blues and tunes before and after the band’s set will be provided by DJ Karl Tsigdinos. All this for a mere €8. Sure where would you get better value of a Sunday afternoon?”

Alternative Social Club (Facebook)