Events

This page is for events (other than services) run by or in the church. If you would like to receive this info in a monthly e-mail, please submit your e-mail address above. 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 8th December
Trinitones: How The Tones Stole Christmas
Andy Keenan (director)
A concert in aid of the Mansion House Fuel Fund
7.30pm (show)
Tickets €12 (adults) / €5 (students / kids) available at the door or from www.ti.to

Trinitones, Trinity College Dublin’s all-male a cappella group, return to the Unitarian Church on December 8th to put on their Christmas concert in aid of the Mansion House Fuel Fund. Well-known for their unorthodox brand of performance, the group will be giving their own take on a range of classics both traditional and contemporary, including pieces from the likes of Holst, Sheeran, Beethoven, and Seuss. We hope to see you there for what is bound to be an extremely enjoyable evening’s entertainment and WHO knows; maybe the Trinitones will finally succeed in their bid to steal Christmas!

Sunday 10th December
Eleanor Shanley & Friends
8pm
Tickets €20 & €23 from www.tickets.ie

This is the 3rd consecutive year the wonderful Eleanor Shanley and friends give a pre Christmas concert in the stunning Dublin Unitarian Church on St. Stephens Green.

Eleanor will be joined by Paul Kelly (mandolin & fiddle), Niall Hughes (guitar & double bass) and special guest is Garadice. This show has sold out each year to date, so make sure to get your tickets early!

Eleanor on Youtube

Friday & Saturday 15th & 16th December
The Pictures presents
Christmas Season: Festive Films @ The Unitarian

After the sold-out Halloween season we’re back at the stunning 19th century Unitarian Church for our follow up series of family-friendly Christmas movie events. Expect an 8K projector & large cinema screen showing our favourite yuletide classics on the big screen, right in the centre of Dublin on the corner of St. Stephen’s Green.

Dec 15, 6pm
Home Alone 1 (1990)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Dec 15, 8pm
Home Alone 2 (1992)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie

After snarky youth Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City — while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man’s toy store just before Christmas.

Dec 16, 6pm
Muppets Christmas Carrol (1992)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie
Discounted family ticket available

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets — Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle — weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

Dec 16, 8pm
ELF (2003)
Tickets €11.37 from www.eventbrite.ie
Discounted family ticket available

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Sunday 17th December
Lerosa / Sunken Foal / Mantle
Live Ambient Music with Visuals
7pm
Tickets €16.81 from www.eventbrite.ie

An evening of live ambient music featuring live A/V performances from Lerosa, Sunken Foal & Mantle. An 8K projector, large cinema screen and serious soundsystem will be deployed to stunning effect. Capacity is limited and tickets are on sale now.

Lerosa:
Lerosa is an Italian producer based in Dublin with productions on labels like Uzuri, Osgut Ton & Million of Moments. He is also an acclaimed underground DJ with a reputation for whipping eclectic selections of house, techno and Italo into a heady dancefloor mix. This will be his debut live ambient set, created specifically for this gig.

Sunken Foal:
Sunken Foal has been writing, performing and producing electronic and acoustic music for almost 20 years. Under monikers Sunken Foal and Press Charges, and as a member of Ambulance and The Natural History Museum he has released on Planet-Mu, Black Acre, Acroplane, The Fear, Front End Synthetics, U:Mack, Heresy and Countersunk. Championed by BBC6 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, Donal Dineen and the late John Peel, Dunk’s music covers a large area showcasing his deep knowledge of synthesizers, grooving rhythms and plucked instruments as well as a keen ear for a unique sound and emotive melody.

Dunk has collaborated on many audio visual ventures with Tim Redfern over the years where the duo seek to explore the visceral, kinetic links between music and the moving image. Their current live show fuses warm waves of sonic texture with slowly morphing pastoral imagery.

Mantle:
Mantle is the new collaborative music project between producer Eoin Cody aka The Third Policeman and artist Kevin Kirwan. More on this pair of likely lads soon.

Monday 18th December
The Steeple Sessions presents
The Voice Squad
8pm
Tickets €29 from www.steeplesessions.com

The Voice Squad feature annually at the Steeple Sessions at Christmas and are always a complete sell out. It’s no wonder, as for atmosphere, setting and songs, you won’t experience anything as Christmassy as their perfect a capella harmonies on traditional seasonal numbers such as The Coventry Carol and The Holly & The Berry and then of course there’s The Parting Glass.

Tuesday 19th December
The Steeple Sessions presents
Daoirí Farrell
8pm
Tickets €19 from www.steeplesessions.com

Ireland and the UK’s hottest emerging folk-singer Daoirí Farrell, winner of two 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall this year. Following his success, Daoiri has been flat out touring the UK, the US and Canada. Cited by Donal Lunny as “one of the most important singers to emerge this decade’, this will no doubt be a very special homecoming gig for this popular Ballyfermot Boy who has come full circle having cut his teeth performing at the Steeple Sessions in 2011

Wednesday 20th December
The Steeple Sessions presents
The Whileaways
8pm
Tickets €19 from www.steeplesessions.com

Galway’s favourite harmonisers; The Whileaways. Their Christmas single “Everyone” sees the three distinct voices combining to weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted lyrics by Nicola Joyce. Described by the Irish Echo as their favourite ‘Eirecana’ band (a blend of Americana, harmonies and Irish Folk), the Whileaways sound is totally true and their performances gloriously engaging but hey, we recommend you check it out for yourself. Hailed as ‘a knockout of the festival’ at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia, they have continued to make waves in the folk music scene both at home and abroad since then.

Thursday 21st December   *** SOLD OUT ***
Jack Lukeman in concert
Doors 7.30pm

After a fantastically successful concert in November in the National Concert Hall, Jack Lukeman returns to the Unitarian Church for what seems to have become an annual tradition. It must be Christmas.

Saturday 17th February 2018
Aiken Promotions present
Into The Ark
Tickets €15 (+ booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 24th November

“A new Welsh duo with a singer of visceral power.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES CUTURE

“… a powerful introduction, with the mature songwriting matched to a crisp, emotive vocal.”
CLASH MAGAZINE

“We’ve spent most of the year on the road and focusing on our live set as opposed to recording material, and after all the gigs, we decided to capture a live recording and did ‘Straight To Your Door’ as it’s a favourite of ours to play live. Recording at RAK was something else – walking inside was like walking into a musical tardis, memorabilia from The Animals, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie … the list goes on! Such a beautiful studio and incredibly inspiring to play, strum, sing and record in!” Taylor Jones, Into The Ark.

Following a summer of touring across UK and Europe which included Latitude Festival and The Great Escape, plus an invite from their friend and mentor Sir Tom Jones to support him on his UK tour, Into The Ark have cemented themselves as one of the fast-rising acts to watch.The duo have consistently demonstrated their ability to win over new fans following other impressive support slots with Paolo Nutini, Olly Murs, Model Aeroplanes and Gabrielle Aplin.

After starting out busking in Cardiff, Into The Ark decided to build their reputation by hitting the road in the time-honoured tradition. They acquired an old van and toured the UK doing whatever gigs they could land, regardless of the town or the venue. Two years and over 200 shows later, and their approach has been vindicated as they’ve developed into a live band that are able to rise to any occasion.

Saturday 24th February 2018
Aiken Promotions present
Duke Special
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €22 (+ booking fees) from www.ticketmaster.ie

The eminent Belfast poet Michael Longley was once described by his friend Seamus Heaney as ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’. Duke Special’s new studio album Hallow is entirely based on the poetry of Longley, full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love, and peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, always trying to get to the bottom of what it means to be human.

By nature Duke Special is a curious person. He is curious about theatre, books, music, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death, 78RPM records and most recently, gardening! All of this is evidenced by his releases which are a map of his passions. These days recording a new album is a tricky enough endeavour and many artists are reliant on their fans to collaborate with them in order to make a new recording happen. Duke has been writing for the past year and has just recently started recording Hallow, but is now asking his fans to pre-order Hallow in order to fund the last bit of the process.

Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’

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