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.
Sunday 2nd November
Ensemble Music presents
Tickets :: (available from 30th September)
Early Birds Tickets €10 plus booking fee from 30.09.2014 until 17.10.2014
Normal Tickets €12 plus booking
available from :: www.ensemble.ie
Remaining tickets €15 on the door
“It’s music which is at turns both wild and mannered, a sound already with the stirrings of something special within its bones. You’ll be seeing and hearing from them again.” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“Ensemble Ériu reference something established but offering something just off the page. Fresh, contemporary and traditional at once” – Nialler9
Drawing on the hypnotic repetition of minimalism and the organic improvisatory spirit of jazz, the music of Ensemble Ériu weaves a rich acoustic tapestry around Irish traditional melodies. Developed by concertina player Jack Talty and double bassist and flute player Neil O’ Loghlen, Ensemble Ériu brings together a chamber ensemble of some of Ireland’s most exciting young musicians from a range of performance backgrounds. The result is a unique combination of the fresh and familiar, a soundscape that is creatively progressive yet rooted in tradition.
After releasing their debut album to critical acclaim late last year, earlier this year they toured a number of intimate venues in Ireland, performed at the Masters of Tradition, Down With Jazz, and Hotter than July festivals, and were commissioned by The Model Sligo to write a work inspired by the paintings of Jack Yeats as part of the Fleadh Cheoil.
This concert will round off a hugely successful year before beginning work on their second album with a lengthy performance in the Unitarian, where they’ll be debuting the aforementioned Jack Yeats work for the first time outside of Sligo as well as performing material from their debut album.
Saturday 8th November
Tickets €15 from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 12th September
“SOAK’s sound has snippets of Cat Power and the delicacy of Lykke Li…well-crafted and uplifting psalms” Noisey
“Age be damned. Talent shouts louder” NME
“Understated and beautiful” Stereogum
Still just 18 years old, SOAK (aka Bridie Monds-Watson) has been performing in her home of Derry since the age of 14, where she’d split her time between studying, the local skate-park, and her burgeoning songwriting (touring in the school holidays, and launching Derry’s City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam). Now signed to Rough Trade, she is playing in Dublin to launch her single “B a noBody”.
Saturday 15th November
Sunday 16th November
Aiken Marketa Irglova
Dublin Unitarian Church
Saturday November 15th
Tickets priced €20 (Incl booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie
Oscar-winning Czech songwriter and member of The Swell Season Marketa Irglova has announced details of her new album and a rare Irish concert in November.
Her second album Muna will be released on Anti/Plateau on September 19th in Ireland.
Listen to new song “This Right Here”
‘MUNA’ is the second solo record by Marketa Irglova. It is a collection of 11 songs written over the course of a year and recorded in several sessions over 6 months. 27 musicians and vocalists participated in the performance of these songs, among them Rob Bochnik from the Swell Season/The Frames, an Iranian daf player and vocalist, Aida Shahghasemi and Shazhad Ismaily, Una Sveinbjarnardøttir and Zuzana Irglova.
‘Muna’ means to remember in Icelandic and was chosen as a title for this album since remembering that which has been forgotten is a running thread throughout this record. Muna was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced in Iceland by Sturla Mio Thorisson.
Irglova is a Czech singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” at the 80th ceremony, which was co-written with Glen Hansard.
Friday 21st November
The Colour of Saying: An Evening to Celebrate Dylan Thomas
6pm & 8pm
Dylan Thomas was one of the most important and popular modernist poets of the 20th Century. Join us to celebrate Thomas’s Centenary in Dublin on Friday 21st November, 2014.
6pm: Public Lecture on Thomas’s Poetry by Professor John Goodby (University of Swansea), author of the acclaimed new study of Dylan Thomas’s poetry Under the Spelling Wall (Liverpool UP, 2013). Sponsored by University College Dublin and the Wales-Ireland Network. All welcome – Free.
8pm: An evening of readings and new music in collaboration with New Dublin Press. Featuring Maurice Scully, Twin Headed Wolf, John Goodby, Jonathan Creasy with Sadhbh Burt Fitzgerald aka Carry On Troubadours and Nerys Williams. The night will bepeppered with words from Dylan himself. Donations gratefully accepted.
Friday 28th November
Laetare Vocal Ensemble
More info to follow
Saturday 29th November
A concert of Italian and Irish choral traditions
More info to follow
Friday December 5th
Truly Divine & Josh Johnston
A fundraiser for the Organ Restoration Fund
Tickets €10 (advance) by pressing on the button below through Paypal
Truly & Josh present an evening of fun, music and nostalgia especially for the Organ Restoration Fund of the Dublin Unitarian Church. After a successful debut of this show at the Cork Jazz Festival in October, the dynamic pair are pleased to present the songs made famous on the silver screen by the likes of Judy Garland, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and others as an Organ Fundraiser – songs new and unfamiliar will have you racing for your DVD collections to relive the old movies once more.
Saturday 6th December
More details to follow.
Sunday 7th December
An acoustic evening with HamsandwicH
Tickets are €20 includes booking fee from www.ticietmaster.ie
The difference a few years can make in the life of a band can be many things, not least surprising and educational. They say a week is a long time in politics, but a few years in music is multiple lifetimes. And so HamsandwicH, the band you thought you knew very well, has turned into HamsandwicH, the band you second guess at your peril. You can tick the boxes here: last year saw the band perform at Slane Castle, support Mumford & Sons at Phoenix Park, and play at the President of Ireland’s Garden Party. This year HamsandwicH sold out their first headline gig at Dublin’s prestigious Olympia theatre, supported Arcade Fire and The Pixies at Marley Park during the summer, and stuffed out the Electric Arena tent at this year’s Electric Picnic. Not bad going for a band once battling with the dreaded ‘quirky’ tag, is it? Fans have requested a return to the Unitarian Church for two years and this is a great opportunity to do that and to present new material from their as-yet-unititled forthcoming CD due next year.
“The biggest change about this new album,” admits Podge, “is that we’re majorly fussy about it. Most artists will say that the best ideas come easy, without much effort in the creative process, but that’s debateable. Throughout the gathering of the new material, we worked very hard and had many ideas for each song. Ultimately, we didn’t want to write anything contrived.”
Perish that thought! With their new material, HamsandwicH have turned into a different, better band, not only more confident in their collective abilities but also in who they are and what they do.
Friday 12th December
A Homebeat Evening
More info to follow
Saturday 13th December
More info to follow
Friday 19th December
Aiken Promotions present
Lisa O’Neill in concert
tickets €15 from www.ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide
Lisa O’Neill concludes a busy year with two Christmas concerts in two specifically chosen listening venues.
With her second album Same Cloth or Not, Lisa won over fans and critics alike. Her rich aged folk voice, melancholic melodies and brilliant lyrical wit marked her a genuinely unique Irish artist. Her live shows became much talked about affairs with the audience welling up one moment, and in stitches the next.
The album was recorded in a beautiful cottage rented in Wicklow in the winter months with David Kitt producing and Karl Oldum engineering and includes her regular band-mates Stina Sandstrom (vocals), Mossy Nolan (bouzouki). Since the recording Aoife O’Sullivan (violin/viola) and Kevin Kelleher (trumpet) has joined the live band.
“…instantly silences the room with her remarkable voice. her song craft and performance capabilities really are extraordinary.” Eamon Sweeney, Irish Independent
“O’Neill is real. Her songs poetry. Her gift, of the ages. It’s possible she’s the most important artist out of Ireland for decades.” – Eamon Carr, The Herald ****
“One of the most outstanding Irish albums of the year.”- Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times ****
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