Posts Tagged ‘reggae’

The good lads from the Alphabet Set have brightened up the Dublin Friday night skyline with ‘Roots Pon De Corner‘, a new night focusing on the best of “vintage roots, revival, rubadub & steppers” based in The Dark Horse Inn beside Tara St. DART station.

Brigadier JC (Roots Factory, Limerick), Tuathal & t-woc (Alphabet Set, Dublin) are the vinyl selectors on hand. Doors open at 8pm and the music winds down at 12:30am, which gives you ample time to head to that birthday/office/emigration party that you have to show your face at.

It’s free admission (you can’t argue with that) and pints are at a very reasonable €4.

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I’m hoping to write a piece on the history of reggae in Dublin, similar to what I’ve done so far on the Mod scene in Dublin and the Rockabilly scene.

From anecdotal evidence, I’ve heard the first places to play reggae in Dublin was Mothers nightclub on Mary Street and the Osibisa on King Street South both in the early to mid 1970s. (The Cimarons playing Cork in c. 1978/9 was the gig that really put reggae on the map in Ireland. Probably similar enough to what it did for punk in the city when The Clash played the exam hall in TCD in 1978.)

There was of course Zebra, Ireland’s first reggae band, and their 1979 single Repression.

Does anyone have any more information on these clubs, the DJs, the people who went  or anything else on the history of reggae in the city? Please email me directly at matchgrams(at)gmail.com

Mothers poster (C.Fisher, personal collection)

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The CHTM team (bar DFallon who’s gallivanting in Belgium) will be enjoying a day full of soccer, music and food as part of the African Nations Cup Final celebrations in Dalymount Park this Sunday.

With free entry, traditional African food to taste and reggae & afrobeat DJs till late – you’ll be mad to miss it.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

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