Events

This is for events (other than services) run by or in the church. For titles and people associated with services for the coming month, go to the services page. All events in the church unless otherwise stated.

Friday 23rd January
Home Beat presents
Lubomyr Melnyk (piano)
Idiot Songs
Tickets €14.50 (advance) from www.eventbrite.ie

Despite a lifetime dedicated to honing and performing a style he himself developed called “Continuos Music” – whereby he creates a wall of meditative sound by playing a series of incredibly complex, interlocking notes – Lubomyr Melnyk has only recently risen to public acclaim. His current CD “Evertina” was released on December 15th.

The glorious combination of singer-songwriter Pearse McGloughlin & multi-instrumentalist Justin Grounds – Idiot Songs was born of a love for Dostoyesky’s novel ‘The Idiot’. Their eponymous debut was released in 2012 to great acclaim and saw them appear on Other Voices as well as the country’s top festivals.

More info on the event’s Facebook page

Friday 6th February
Cian Nugent
Details to follow

Saturday 7th February
Arcanadh
Doors 7.15 / Show 8pm
Tickets €15 on the door.
Reservations available through Maria Corbet at 086 6056483 but the tickets must be collected by 7.30 on the night, otherwise they will be sold.

This is Arcanadh’s first gig in the Church and it’s to launch their third album – “Light from the Water”. All six members sing lead vocals and harmonies and all play instruments including piano, fiddles, guitar, whistles, Mandola and harp. Their style is unique – thick vocal harmonies and complex arrangements of songs, both from the Irish and World traditions. And the craic at an Arcanadh gig is always mighty!

Friday 27th February 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Mongoose
Show 8pm
Tickets
Advance (via Paypal): €10 – click here
On The Night (cash): €12

Mongoose are a group of four women who play and, possibly more importantly, sing their own original songs with a sense of fun and professionalism that is fast leaving their competitors in their tracks. Although only formed a few short years ago, Mongoose have made a name for themselves for fusing folk, jazz and pop through their own excellent songs, their dynamic four part harmonies and their ear for catchy melodies and immediately arresting hooks. Unorthodox instruments and a fun night are the only things we guarantee – everything else will be a great surprise.

www.mongooseband.com/

Spring Journey 2015 is a series of 4 concerts – one a month running February through May 2015. You can buy a season pass allowing attendance to all 4 concerts at a discounted price (€35) – if you would like to do this, click here

Saturday 28th February
The Bonny Men
More details to follow

Friday 6th March
Sweens (Padraig Sweeney)
Door 8.30pm
Tickets €10 at the door

Formerly of Dublin Band Ego The Enemy, singer-songwriter Padraig Sweeney plays a low-key gig in the Dublin Unitarian Church to launch his debut solo CD “Guidance Is Internal”. Support is from Patrick Quigley.

Sunday 8th March
Picture House
Doors 7.45pm
Tickets €17.35 from www.ticketmaster.ie

www.picturehouse.ie

Friday 27th March 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Mariachi San Patricio
Show 8pm
Tickets
Advance (via Paypal): €10 – click here
On The Night: €12

Mariachi San Patricio is the leading Mariachi band based in Ireland sharing a love for their music with a taste for passion and fun as well as a patriotism for their native land. They’ve let a few Irish musicians into their group, adding a new international flavour. A big hit in this church when they performed here on Culture Night 2014. This will have you dancing in the church.

www.mariachisanpatricio.com/

Spring Journey 2015 is a series of 4 concerts – one a month running February through May 2015. You can buy a season pass allowing attendance to all 4 concerts at a discounted price (€35) – if you would like to do this, click here

Friday 17th April 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Another Tip Of The Hat
Benjamin Russell & David O’Shea
Show 8pm
Tickets
Advance (via Paypal): €10 – click here
On The Night: €12

So much of a success during the 2014 that we asked them to come and do it all over again. Thankfully they agreed. Benjamin and David, better known in opera and classical music circles, shair with us their mutual appreciation for comedy art song, particularly that from the US and UK since the 1940s. Focusing on the work of Flanders & Swann and Tom Lehrer, the duo have found more from their library – a hilarious evening.

Spring Journey 2015 is a series of 4 concerts – one a month running February through May 2015. You can buy a season pass allowing attendance to all 4 concerts at a discounted price (€35) – if you would like to do this, click here

Sunday 10th May 2015
Aiken Promotions presents
TOBIAS JESSO JR.
8pm
Tickets €16 from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 23rd January

“Meet the new king of heartbreaking melody. When LA-based Tobias first uploaded his demo track ‘Just A Dream’ in August 2013, we hailed it as coming from the same school as Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and Elton John. Tender, heartfelt and true, it’s safe to say that his forthcoming debut album, ‘Goon’ will become one of the year’s most acclaimed.” – NME – 50 Brand New Artists Set To Storm 2015

Hotly-tipped Vancouver singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr makes his debut Irish performance at the Dublin Unitarian Church. His debut album ‘Goon’ was recorded over the last two years and features production from Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira). Pitchfork recently gave album highlight “Hollywood” Best New Track, calling it “the film negative to Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’.”

Hollywood
True Love

“Beautifully applied retro-pop vibes with some evocative piano lines to get close to.” – Jim Carroll

In the middle of 2012, Tobias Jesso Jr. bottomed out. Hard. Reeling from a recent breakup, the Vancouver native was riding his bike through Los Angeles, where he had tried—and failed—to make it as a behind-the-scenes songwriter for a few years, when a Cadillac blindsided him, sending him flying, his hand smashing down on the car’s hood ornament. As the driver sped off, Jesso looked down to see a gnarly gash and lots of blood… and then looked up to see a man pedaling away with his bicycle. “He literally waved to me as he was leaving,” says Jesso over Skype, still in disbelief—he holds up his palm to reveal an emergency-room scar in the shape of a “J.” The next day, as he wondered whether his hand would ever work quite as well as it did before, he found out his mother had cancer. That was it. He moved back into his old bedroom in North Vancouver, utterly lost and dejected, feeling like a failure.

With all of his musical equipment in storage back in L.A., he turned to his sister’s abandoned piano, an instrument he had never really played in a serious way. Though Jesso’s experiences with music up until that point—including stints as the bassist for mid-2000s Killers Lite bandthe Sessions as well as for Avril Lavigne Lite wannabe pop star Melissa Cavatti, and fruitless attempts to write pop songs for other artists—were marked by a youthful desire for success, when he started putting chords and lyrics together at that piano, things were different.

“I felt like I couldn’t play music for success anymore because I didn’t succeed,” he says now. “It was a good feeling.” After a few days back home, he woke up from a dream, sat down, and wrote “Just a Dream”, a disarming lullaby about a father’s words to his one-day-old child in the face of an impending apocalypse. He had never felt comfortable with his own casually imperfect singing voice before, but he recorded a hissy demo of the track and posted it to YouTube. “That was the first song I ever wrote where I was like, ‘This is for me, and I’m singing it—take it or leave it,’” he says. “And I got a good response from it.”

A week later, Jesso sent a Hail Mary email to bassist and producer Chet “JR” White, whose band Girls had just broken up, with some kind words and links to his demos. Just a few hours later, White wrote back, which led to a phone call, which—following Jesso’s mother’s recovery—led to recording sessions in San Francisco, and a deal with True Panther Records. “As soon as I walked away, the doors I’d been trying to open the entire time unhinged, and everyone said, ‘This is all right,’” the 29-year-old marvels, flashing a broad, genuine smile outside of his manager’s house in the Hollywood Hills on a recent sunny afternoon.

His forthcoming album Goon, due out next year, features production from White, along withthe Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, the New Pornographers’ John Collins, and studio guru of the moment Ariel Rechtshaid. It also boasts Jesso’s wonderfully plainspoken songs of heartbreak and apprehension, which bring to mind a less snarky Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson, or a more hopeful Nick Drake. On the classic-sounding “Hollywood”, he tells an autobiographical tale about going through the showbiz wringer. “I think I’m gonna die in Hollywood,” he sings near the end of the song, before unexpected horns swell up, suggesting an unlikely afterlife.” – Pitchfork

www.tobiasjessojr.com

Friday 27th February 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Enda Reilly
Show 8pm
Tickets
Advance (via Paypal): €10 – click here
On The Night: €12

Writing songs in the English and Irish language, Enda is a much admired musician, singer and songwriter based in Dublin. Working as a solo artist, he has reocrded two albums (the second exclusively in Irish) but he is also associated with many groups and collectives such as the Lazy Band, Urchin Collective, Gospel Project and oftens performs with poet Stephen James Smith with whom he recorded the 2010 CD Arise And Go.

www.endareilly.com

Spring Journey 2015 is a series of 4 concerts – one a month running February through May 2015. You can buy a season pass allowing attendance to all 4 concerts at a discounted price (€35) – if you would like to do this, click here

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