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Friday 6th March
Sweens (Padraig Sweeney)
Support: Peter Tiernan
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

An acoustic show based around the band’s 1998 Gold album “Karmarama” fans will get a chance to hear classics like “All The Time In The World” “Sunburst”, “Love In The Streets” in a way they have never before in such an intimate environment.

Saturday 14th Marcch
u:mack Present
Cian Nugent
support – Bridget Power Rice
doors 7.30
Tickets €10 from

Dublin Guitar master Cian Nugent plays a rare solo gig in the intimate soroundings of the wonderful Unitarian church on saturday March 14. He is currently putting the finishing touches to a new album to be released on No quarter, so expect plenty of new material. Support comes from Bridget Power Rice

Friday 27th March 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Mariachi San Patricio
Show 8pm
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.

Psst. 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 or just get more info on all of the gigs, go to our blog on the season.

Saturday 28th March
A Concert to celebrate International Roma Day
More details to follow

Saturday 11th April
Garr Cleary – Love Lost Hope (EP Launch)
Doors 8.30pm
Tickets €13.47 from

Friday 17th April 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Another Tip Of The Hat
Benjamin Russell & David O’Shea
Show 8pm
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.

Psst. 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 or just get more info on all of the gigs, go to our blog on the season.

Saturday 25th April
Dolittle presents
Adrian Crowley
Tickets €15 from

‘Quietly gorgeous stuff.’ – Irish Independent

‘..graceful, stately songwriting and smart, subtle soundscapes’ – Irish Times

‘tracks such as The Hungry Grass and The Magpie Song tremble with beauty and grace,
the music howling softly like a gale sweeping in from the foggy reaches of the Connemara foothills’ – Sunday Times Culture

Thursday 7th May
Turning Pirate present
A Very Round Robin
Declan O’Rourke / Roesy / The Young Folk
Tickets €22 from

A three-way bill where all acts are on stage at the same time and trade songs one after the other, this promises to be a very special performance and a rare chance to catch Unitarian Church favourite Roesy on a return trip to Ireland from his adopted home of Australia.

Friday 8th May
Aiken Promotions presents
Lost Brothers
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €16 from

“If there’s any justice under the moon and the stars the Lost Brothers will come through!”
– Mike Scott (The Waterboys)

The Lost Brothers 4th album, New Songs Of Dawn and Dust, is the start of something new for the Irish duo. Their previous release, 2012’s “The Passing Of The Night”, was the closing chapter in a trilogy of records that started with their debut album “Trails of the Lonely” in 2008.

Since forming in Liverpool in 2007 the songwriting duo has chosen to collaborate with other artists on each album, recording in Portland with Mike Coykendall and Adam Selzer, in Sheffield with Richard Hawley’s band and in Nashville with Brendan Benson and members of Old Crow Medicine Show and The Cardinals, respectively. So it’s somehow fitting the band have returned to Liverpool, to record the first of a new trilogy with Bill Ryder-Jones, solo artist and former guitarist of local heroes The Coral, at the production helm.

Recording was scheduled to begin when Ryder-Jones returned from touring as guest guitarist with the Arctic Monkeys. “Everyone was busy so we waited til the stars aligned and then went for it! We felt like we had a dream team of pals to make the album we really wanted.” explains Oisin. “We flew in from appearing on Russian national TV in Moscow straight into the studio to record the record”.

From the 30 songs written on the road, 15 were selected for the studio, recording 12 and 9 appearing on the album with three instrumentals. All recorded and mixed in 7 days at Parr Street Studios.

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Sunday 10th May 2015
Aiken Promotions presents
Tickets €16 from 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’.”

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

Friday 15th May 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Enda Reilly
Show 8pm
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.

Psst. 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 or just get more info on all of the gigs, go to our blog on the season.

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