It’s been a while since a post highlighting upcoming events in the city (beyond our own nights!), but there’s a few great events ahead that I want to highlight here. Firstly, our nearest and dearest at Rabble are bringing their own unique brand of culture (!) to Friday night by taking over Jigsaw at Belvedere Place. If the name doesn’t ring a bell – it was formerly Seomra Spraoi. It’s been a busy year for all at Rabble so far, and there’s plenty more to come from them. The name of the night is a fine tribute to Denis O’Brien, if we’re allowed highlight that. Simon Conway and Giles Armstrong are on the decks. It’s BYOB, which beats paying €6.50 for a pint in some awful nightclub in town any day of the week.
Bargaintown is the story of Dublin’s inner-city before the Celtic Tiger, shot in the inner-city of 1988 by David Jazay. David has described the city in the film as “derelict but hauntingly beautiful, and chock full of amazing characters.” The 2015 restoration of this footage was supported by the Irish Film Institute and Goethe-Institut Dublin, and it will be screened on Sunday 27th September in the IFI. More information here.
On 1 October, I’m taking part in a History Ireland Hedge School at Dalymount Park entitled ‘Dublin in 1890 – When Bohs were born’. The event page is here. This year is of course the 125th anniversary of Bohemian F.C, and while my scarf may be red and white this discussion is all about the context of the Dublin Bohs were born into, and will no doubt touch on the history of The Beautiful Game in Dublin. Chaired by Tommy Graham, the editor of History Ireland, Dr Mary McAuliffe (UCD), Dr David Dickson (TCD, Author of Dublin – the Making of a Capital City) and Ciaran Priestley (a historian who has written some fascinating articles on Bohs) are also on the panel. Dickson’s masterpiece work on Dublin doesn’t need another rave review – so I’ll just say it’s a great feeling to share a panel!
Skipper’s Alley are a fantastic seven piece trad ensemble that are gaining quite the following in recent times, and deservedly so.They are taking to the stage of The Sugar Club (our favourite venue dare we say!) on October 4th., with more information here. If you made it to our last Dublin Songs & Stories night, you would have heard John Flynn from the band, who delivered a great little set. There is something wonderful happening in the traditional and folk music scenes of Dublin of late, and Skipper’s Alley are joined on the night by Ye Vagabonds. Having seen them recently in both The Cobblestone and at Electric Picnic, I’m eager to hear more from them too. This should be a great night.
This night from State.ie and Hope Promotions is an absolutely incredible line up on October 4th, bringing together the best of all worlds, from hip hop to punk rock, for one great night in The Grand Social. I am a big fan of the band Fierce Mild and got along to their EP launch in this same venue a few months back before the referendum (check out Equal People). Young Hearts Run Free, Nialler9 and more besides will be DJing on the night too.
What can be said about Hope Promotions? Bringing Jawbreaker, Green Day and other bands to Dublin in the early 1990s, Hope is a huge part of the history of the punk scene in this city. As you can see, this is a fundraiser for a very good cause. Just how we like them. Be sure to support this one.