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Thursday 14th June
Pipeworks and Dublin Unitarian Church present
ORGAN PLUS 2018 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
As part of Pipeworks Festival 2018
Fergal Caulfield: organ Adele Johnson: viola
Martin Johnson: violoncello
Emily Kilkenny Roddy: dance
Works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Boulanger, Enescu,
Tailleferre & Eben 6:30pm | Admission €15/12 conc

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June
Trilling Trilling and Bloomsday Festival presents
A Concert Performance of excerpts from
Ulysses: An Opera
Music by Eric Sweeney
Words by James Joyce
Adapted by Andrew Basquille
Produced by Andrea Basquille
8pm both nights
Tickets €20/€15 from

Yes, Ulysses is “operable”.

We haven’t changed a word so as to be true to the musicality of Joyce’s language..
We set out to give the audience an experience of the epic quality of the book in an original way.

Eric’s bold and dramatic settings complement Joyce’s words beautifully. The interior monologues and the “stream of consciousness” passages lend themselves to work as beautiful and expressive arias. He draws on many of the classical opera, Irish traditional and music hall references in the book so as to create a compelling and challenging work. Joyce’s love of opera is well documented and he regularly attended operas wherever he lived.

He will be with us in spirit.

Friday 22nd June
Born Optimistic presents
The Pale in concert
8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets €25 from

The unique environment of the Unitarian Church has inspired the band to perform a very particular set of songs. They plan on performing songs cherry-picked from our back catalogue alongside brand new material. Some of these songs have never been performed live while others were chosen specifically to suit the surroundings of the Church itself. They are planning to perform alongside some special guests who will help the band present a more expansive version of their already distinctive sound. They are excited to expose some very different and underexposed elements of their sound. They hope you can join them there.

Friday 29th June
Shandon Records presents
Josh Johnston & Friends – The Art Of Saving Lives
9pm (Doors 8.30pm)
Tickets in three categories below from
€11.40 – general admission
€16.81 – general admission + a CD
€27.61 – general admission + a Vinyl record

Launching his 4th solo CD, an album of songs written or co-written by the pianist / composer / singer / arranger from Dublin who also happens to be the organist at this church, Josh is assembling a 14 piece band to play the carefully constructed music as it was recorded, as well as new arrangements of older songs.

Saturday 13th October
Turning Pirate presents
John Smith
Tickets €17.95 from

“The future of folk music” – John Renbourn

“He’s a magician” – Ben Howard

“Spellbinding” – Time Out

Born in Essex and raised in Devon, John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. With five album releases in 11 years, his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits including Joan Baez, David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and Lianne La Havas. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song.

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