Events

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Friday 12th February
Twin Headed Wolf – The Long Decay (CD Launch)
Doors 8pm
Tickets €15 (includiing copy of the CD) from www.eventbrite.ie

On February 12th, Twin Headed Wolf will release an album of haunting acapella folk songs that were recorded in the Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo in January 2016. The Mausoleum is locally known as being ‘Oslo’s best kept secret’ and is one of the most astounding acoustic chambers in Europe.

The album is entitled The Long Decay (Songs from a Tomb) so named because of the echo that lasts up to 14 seconds in the room.

The girls will release this as a precursor to their long awaited debut album of Original material which will be released in the coming months. Well known for their charming and eccentric stage presence, this twin sister duo are sure to send shivers down your spine as you laugh at their bizarre humour, delight in their playful theatrics and listen to their stories filled with a great knowledge of Ireland’s ancient past.

The night will be a celebration of the human voice in its many forms.  Expect the unexpected!

Twin Headed Wolf on Facebook

Friday 19th February
Spring Journey 2016
Ardú
Tickets €12 (advance from here) and €15 (on the night)
8pm

Ardú is a vocal ensemble made up of six singers from the UK and Ireland. They specialise in arranging well known popular music for voice and exploring the use of the voice as an instrument with percussive sounds, as well as melody and harmony. Victoria Warwick (Soprano), Laura McCabe (Soprano), Leanne Fitzgerald (Mezzo-Soprano), Ciarán Kelly (Tenor), Harry Oulton (Tenor) and Tristan Caldwell (Bass) are some of the most established singers in the country having collectively performed with such ensembles as Apollo 5, Resurgam, New Dublin Voices, Chamber Choir Ireland, Anúna, Celtic Woman, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company.

Ardú launched their debut album Nova in November 2015 now available from their website ardumusic.com. Nova consists of 12 arrangements of popular music and features songs by Queen, Coldplay, The Jackson 5 and more! As part of their spring series concert at the Unitarian Church, Ardú will be performing tracks from the album along with some choral classics.

www.ardumusic.com

Saturday 20th February
ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS
Fundraiser in aid of the humanitarian crisis in Calais & Dunkirk refugee camps.
Featuring Gavin Glass, Mongoose, Fiach Moriarty, Theo Dorgan & more.
Doors 7.30pm / Show starts 7.45pm
Tickets €14.05 from www.eventbrite.ie

Join us for a night of music and spoken word, in aid of two fantastic humanitarian initiatives – Care4Calais & Irish Benders and Burners, working directly with refugees in Calais & Dunkirk to meet their most urgent needs.

Refugees from war torn countries are stranded in a terrible humanitarian crisis less than 30 miles from British shores.  The U.N. has called for a ‘comprehensive package and a sustainable response’. Sadly this is not forthcoming and the day to day lives of some 8,000 men, women and children in the camps is largely in the hands of volunteers & donors.  The Care4Calais team is on the ground distributing much needed aid and supplies and are working alongside local charities to help in any way they can but they urgently need more support and financial help.

Irish Benders & Burners are a small group of volunteers, one of a tiny handful of those providing direct support to almost 2,500 men, women and children in the Dunkirk camp. NGO’s trying to deliver medical aid to the occupants there speak of ‘a real catastrophe’ and ‘a sanitation emergency’. Recent bad weather has seen conditions worsen – there is an urgent need for heat and shelter, not least for the dozens of children under 5 years of age.  Irish Benders and Burners are involved in collecting tarpaulin, making wood (and other) burners from upcycled materials like gas cylinders and actively supporting efforts to create dry warm spaces for families most in need.

Please stand in solidarity with refugees and support this fundraiser in whatever way you can.  100% of profits will be spent on direct provision of services targeting those most in need.

Thursday 25th February
Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916: A Series of Four Lunchtime Talks
1. Political and social life in Dublin in 1916 – Padraig Yeates
1pm
Admission Free

Dublin was deeply divided by religion, politics and class in 1916. Divisions brought sharply to the surface in the 1913 Lockout were further exacerbated by the impact of the First World War. This talk will look at how the war changed life and politics in the capital across the social classes in the lead up to the Easter Rising, affecting areas as diverse as municipal politics, living conditions, public entertainment and crime. Padraig Yeates, historian and journalist, is the author of Lockout: Dublin 1913 and the acclaimed trilogy A City in Wartime: Dublin 1914-1918; A City in Turmoil: Dublin 1919-1921 and City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-1924.

Friday 26th February
Kern – False Deceiver
Doors 8pm
Admission free – tickets can be reserved from www.eventbrite.com

Louth contemporary folk band Kern are pleased to launch their debut CD False Deceiver with a concert at the Unitarian Church on St. Stephens’ Green.

The album is a true blend, in terms of its mood, its styles and its musicians. Thunderous sets of traditional reels vie with lyrical, atmospheric songs, all underpinned by the production of legendary Lunasa and Waterboys bassist Trevor Hutchinson. As a result, False Deceiver manages to be emotional without being sentimental, traditional yet contemporary. The band has their unusual mix of personalities to thank for this. SJ McArdle is a well-known rock and folk musician, a published songwriter and singer (songs from his three albums have featured in film, TV and radio and he has toured extensively). By contrast, Barry Kieran is a former Leinster champion fiddler, steeped in the raw, pure music of Oriel and the Cooley peninsula. And Brendan McCreanor is a thrilling uilleann piper who has worked extensively in both traditional music and in contemporary crossover projects over the last few years. Trevor Hutchinson is the perfect foil for this disparate lot, with a foot in both the traditional and rock camps. His distinctive double bass rounds out the album’s sound along with the bodhran of Eamonn Moloney of FullSet.

Thursday 3rd March
Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916: A Series of Four Lunchtime Talks
2. Irish education and Pearse’s St Enda’s School – Elaine Sisson
1pm
Admission Free

This talk will briefly outline the Irish education system in 1916 and then look more closely at the philosophy of St Enda’s and how its curriculum and ethos differed radically from contemporary schooling. Examining Pearse’s commitment to fostering interest in history, pageantry, mythology and sport helps us to understand St Enda’s boys’ enthusiasm for military action and places his call for ‘blood sacrifice’ within the perspective of the First World War. Dr Elaine Sisson is a cultural historian and senior lecturer in the Department of Design and Visual Arts at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Among her books is Pearse’s Patriots: The Cult of Boyhood at St Enda’s.

Friday 4th March
Dovecote
More details to follow

Thursday 10th March
Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916: A Series of Four Lunchtime Talks
3. Women in work, trade unions and the Irish Citizens Army – Mary Muldowney
1pm
Admission Free

This talk will give an overview of the activities and ideas of the women of the Irish Citizens Army in 1913-1916 as they challenged the restrictions placed on them because of class and gender. Many of the ICA’s female members,
who were accepted as equals by their male comrades, were experienced activists, and came from a range of backgrounds including trade unionism, suffragism and nationalist politics. Of the 220 ICA members who took part in the Easter Rising, 28 were women. Dr Mary Muldowney is the author of The Second World War and Irish Women: an oral history and other books and journal articles on labour and women’s history. She trains trade unionists and
community activists in oral history practice.

Friday 11th March
Spring Journey 2016
John Spillane
8pm
Tickets €12 (advance from here) and €15 (on the night)

Cork singer-songwriter and one half (with Louis De Paor) of the Gaelic Hit Factory, John Spillane is known by audiences far and wide for songs such as The Dance Of The Cherry Trees, All The Ways You Wander, The Dunnes Stores Girl, The Wild Atlantic Way and many others in a career spanning 33 years. A winner of two Mercury Music prizes, his songs have been covered by many Irish musicians such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Mary Black, and many others.

www.johnspillane.ie

Sunday 13th March
Empire Circus
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €12.50 & booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie

Back from a long stay in NYC, this 4-piece Dublin based band bring their style of alt-pop to the Unitarian Church. New single “High above this grey there’s blue” out now.

Thursday 24th March
Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916: A Series of Four Lunchtime Talks
4. Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising – Martin Maguire
1pm
Admission Free

This talk will consider the reaction of Dublin Protestants to the Easter Rising. While for most of them the Rising only served to confirm them in their strong unionism and loyalty to the Crown, a small number of young Protestant men and women (e.g. Harry Nicholls and Kathleen Emerson), who saw themselves as bearers of a radical dissenting tradition, participated as republican rebels. Dr Martin Maguire is a historian and senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology. He has published many articles and book essays on the history of Irish Protestantism, with a particular focus on the workings of social class identities within Irish Protestant culture.

Friday 8th April
Spring Journey 2016
Truly DiVine & Josh Johnston – Close Your Eyes (CD Launch)
8pm
Tickets €12 (advance to be released soon) and €15 (on the night)

Dutch jazz singer Truly DiVine joined forces with Irish pianist Josh Johnston (who is sometimes better known as the organist at this church) three years ago to put together “Burning Love”, a show of songs and stories focusing on the dark side of love. Since then, they have collaborated to perform the songs of Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day and other screen sirens and now they have selected their favourites from these shows and have recorded them intimately for you to take home. At this concert, they will perform the album plus a few they kept in reserve for only you to hear. Don’t miss out.

www.joshjohnston.com
www.misstrulydivine.com

Sunday 17th April
Picture House
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €20 & booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie

One of Ireland’s most loved live acts, back again to play hits like “rules of science”, “sunburst”, “everybody loves my girl” and some new tracks from a new album slated for release in 2016.

Sunday 8th May
Dermot Lambert & Friends
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €12.50 & booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie

Critically acclaimed singer from indie legends Blink returns with first solo show in 2 years. Expect old and new material.

Friday 13th May
Spring Journey 2016
The Whileaways
8pm
Tickets €12 (advance from here) and €15 (on the night)

Three powerful forces in irish roots music in their own right, Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beautiful blend of harmonies, tradition and lyrics. Using traditional American folksong and bluegrass as a starting point, all three write and sing songs drawing on their own experience and the result is captivating.

www.thewhileawaysmusic.com/

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