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George's Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth +353-42-9352697
DECEMBER 2016
Sat 10th December
Ryan Sheridan
+ Guest Finnian
Doors 8pm - Tickets €20

A gifted and inventive guitarist, he has combined his dazzling six-string skills with a jet-propelled percussive attack to create a unique sound that has thrilled packed houses from Dublin to Dusseldorf. A born entertainer, this passionate singer with a gift for storytelling is a commanding stage presence; and his acoustic-driven, anthemic, twenty-first century rock ‘n’ roll, with its roots deep in rhythm and blues, connects with audiences wherever he is seen and heard.
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Sat 10th December
Andiamo Scooter Club
Downstairs FREE 9pm

Ska, Motown, and Northern Soul courtesy of Andiamo Scooter Club. Second Saturday of the month. All welcome! facebook
Sun 11th December
Dundalk School Of Music Christmas Concert
2pm and 4pm

Dundalk School Of Music celebrate 7 years with a Christmas Concert featuring students and special guests. Tickets and information available from DSM Facebook page at facebook
Sun 11th December
Traditional Session
Downstairs in the kitchen
Free - All welcome - 6-9pm

The session has been going for many years here now and is still going strong. This weekly get together of folk and traditional musicians is a wonderful way to spend your early Sunday evenings.
Mon 12th December
Monday Night Pub Quiz
Downstairs - 9pm sharp - €4 per team of 4

Carlsberg dont do quizzes, but if they did, they would have Bamber Goosecoigne as host. Every Monday night. Pints for prizes. You know it makes sense.
Tues 13th December
Spirit Store Jazz Project
Downstairs FREE 9pm

This months special guest is guitarist Nigel Mooney alongside Spirit Store Jazz Project ringmaster Ken Murphy Jnr (Double Bass). Playing an eclectic mix of swing, bop and lounge tunes from the American song book. Just perfect to accompany our Sheridans fine cheeses and good wine.
Wed 14th December
The Swinehounds
Downstairs FREE 9pm

Duke Ellington said there’s only two kinds of music: good music, and the other kind. And then there’s the Swinehounds. The other other kind. A little bit of rag, a little bit of stride. A little bit of slink and a little bit of stomp. A wailing horn and a weeping piano, a walking bass and a sliding trombone, it’s New Orleans by way of Tin Pan Alley and stopping off at every dive bar along the way. Make a joyful noise. And if you see it cheaper, buy it.
Thu 15th December
HamsandwicH
+ Special Guest Elephant (Full Band)
Doors 8pm - Tickets €20

In the recent past you can tick the boxes here: selling out Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in April, playing with Arcade Fire & The Pixies in Marley Park, packing out the Electric Arena tent at the Electric Picnic, supporting Bon Jovi at Slane Castle, a direct special request to support Mumford & Sons at Phoenix Park, an invitation to the President of Ireland’s Garden Party on the lawn of his rather stately gaff.
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Thu 15th December
Dan Owen
+ Guest Eve Belle
Downstairs FREE 9pm

His captivating songwriting and relentless touring has seen Dan already develop a fervent fanbase, which resulted in him selling out his headline show at London’s St.Pancras Old Church earlier this month. Dan has just completed a 30-date European tour in support of Birdy. The singer was such a huge fan of Dan that she finished every night of her tour inviting him onstage to duet on her 2015 hit ‘Let It All Go’.
Fri 16th December
Thin Az Lizzy
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12.50

Yes the boys are reformed and back in town . A “Thin Lizzy” tribute like nothing you have heard before with a line up to die for, hallmarked for performing Thin Lizzy s classics with all the energy and enthusiasm of the original.The attraction of “Johnny Fox” and of Thin Az Lizzy heritage should inspire any ardent Lizzy fan.
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Sat 17th December
Juicebox Comedy Club Christmas Special
Doors 8pm - Tickets €10

A fantastic Christmas cracker of a line up for this festive special as we celebrate another 12 months of brilliant comedians from all over Ireland....The Juicebox Comedy Comedy Club is a show featuring emerging comedians from Ireland's comedy underground.
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Sun 18th December
Pop Up Record And CD Fair
10.30am-5pm FREE

Thousands of LP's, Singles, 7 inch, 12 inch records and CD's all in one place with several stalls from all over Ireland. Buy, sell, trade. Come along and browse the collections on show.
Sun 18th December
Traditional Session
Downstairs in the kitchen
Free - All welcome - 6-9pm

The session has been going for many years here now and is still going strong. This weekly get together of folk and traditional musicians is a wonderful way to spend your early Sunday evenings.
Mon 19th December
Monday Night Pub Quiz
Downstairs - 9pm sharp - €4 per team of 4

Carlsberg dont do quizzes, but if they did, they would have Bamber Goosecoigne as host. Every Monday night. Pints for prizes. You know it makes sense.
Wed 21st December
Sea Legs Open Mic Collective
Downstairs - FREE - 9pm

A special festive Sea Legs Open Mic this month. We have been blessed with fantastic perfomers all year from many different countries and nearer to home. So for the Christmas Sea Legs night we are asking for Christmas songs with an international flavour. Share a song from your home country or find maybe a less well-known one from here. We'd love to hear a broad selection. Or if you prefer to make a tribute to all the geat musicians who died this year, a Leonard Cohen or Bowie tune would be welcome too. As always the atmosphere is supportive.
Fri 23rd December
Bobby McCarthy (Full Band)
+ Martin McEnteggert + Ever Thus To Deadbeats
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13

Bobby returns to the Store for the ninth Christmas in a row for a night of song, laughter and festivities. Bobby, being backed by a 6 piece band, pays homage to musical greats from the last 50 years, putting his own twist on both classic and obscure gems. Expect tracks made famous by Bruce Springsteen, U2, David Bowie, Elton John, The Beatles as well as a few festive treats thrown in for good measure. Ho Ho Ho!!
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Mon 26th December
Third Smoke
+ Special Guests The Future West + Kelso
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

Third Smoke return to play their favourite stomping ground of The Spirit Store after a very busy year of playing gigs across the country and a summer of festival appearances (Longitude, Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Sea Sessions). The group of multi instrumentalists deliver a performance of raucous gang vocals and sweaty energy. Expect a live show built on controlled mayhem and precise vocal interplay in combo with the fluid swapping of instrument throughout.
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Tues 27th December
The 4 Of Us (Acoustic)
Doors 8pm - Tickets €20

Brendan & Declan Murphy will perform the highlights of their 20 year career, along with new material, on their upcoming Irish dates This show will be an chance to hear “Mary”, “Washington Down”, “Sunlight”, “She Hits Me”, and many more classics in an acoustic setting.
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Wed 28th December
Jack L
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22

With an all new, self-penned album “The King Of Soho” (And other stories) in the shops and selling like hot cakes! Jack promises to deliver a spectacular event with some great new characters to introduce you to, including The King Of Soho and many more intriguing creations from his vivid imagination! And none more vivid then himself! Last year he he scored some fantastic success on his USA Summer tour. At The Hollywood Fringe Festival, in California, he picked up the 2 top awards! “The Judges Pick Best Act” award and the Press award for Best Performance of the Festival. Quite a feat!!!
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Thu 29th December
These Charming Men
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

These Charming Men have been playing the music of The Smiths for over ten years now. With uncanny similarities and superb live performances the Dublin four piece have played sell-out gigs throughout Ireland and headlining The Smiths/Morrissey Convention in LA 6 years running. The band have headlined the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, playing to their biggest crowd to date, some 35,000 people. These Charming Men are a must for all Smiths / Morrissey fans.
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Thu 29th December
Video Blue + Trick Mist + Geometry
Downstairs - FREE - 9pm

Video Blue is a project by Dundalk native Jim O'Donoghue Martin. Embracing ambient electronica and guitar driven alt-pop; the music is a highly personal rolling document of his life. All of the music is recorded in his east London bedroom. Trick Mist is an Irish electronic songwriter based in Dundalk. His music positions the lyrical song within a wider experimental electronic context. An intriguing blend of lyrics, traditional Irish music odes and home-made samples form a sound which aims to move you inside and out.
Fri 30th December
Harvest - A Tribute To Neil Young
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12.50

Harvest play a selection of songs from Neil Young's classic albums "Harvest", "After The Gold Rush", "Harvest Moon" & "Freedom", to name but a few.Harvest play Neil Young’s greatest hits and more - songs such as “Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, “Rockin’ In The Free World”, “Cowgirl In The Sand”, “Down By The River” and "Helpless”.As one fan recently put it, "Harvest play the songs that Neil doesn't"..Fans can expect to hear songs from a career and back catalogue which spans over 40 years.
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Sat 31st December
Spirit Store Hootenanny In Association With Heineken
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12.50

A celebration of local artistic talent with 3 stages upstairs and downstairs to ring in the new year with..... Accidents In The Workplace, Sonnets And Sisters, The Periods, Sea Legs Open Mic Collective, The Swinehounds, Evil Presidentes, Shed, David Bellew, Just Mustard, Pierce Quinn and many more to be added.
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JANUARY 2017
Fri 6th January
The Rat Pack Live
Doors 8pm - Tickets €17.50

A Celebration of the greatest songs and music ever . Starring THE RAT PACK LIVE ,singing all the classic songs of Frank Sinatra , Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior. The Rat Pack Live – with a vocal and visual delivery that has to be seen and heard to be believed, Martin Joseph (Frank Sinatra), Dave Lee (Dean Martin) and Thomas Henry (Sammy Davis Jnr) effortlessly recreate the style,elegance and “pizzazz” of the las Vegas “Rat Pack” era.
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Sat 7th January
Mack Fleetwood
Doors pm - Tickets €13.50

Ireland’s premier tribute to the Supergroup Fleetwood Mac, bring you on a magical musical journey from the Peter Green blues era to the multi-platinum selling Anglo/American band that still tour today. MACK FLEETWOOD deliver a spellbinding show. Their love of the material and musical prowess shines through in each song.They will bewitch you with authentic renditions all your favourite Fleetwood Mac hits.
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Sun 8th January
A Night At The Opera with David Martin
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

With David Martin accompanied by a piano quintet and guest soprano. David has a 5 piece band/Orchestra lined up for the performance. ...Jillian Saunders on Piano, Eimear Heeney & Blaithin Gregg Cahill on Violin, Gerri Dunne on Cello and Derek Bolger on pexcursion.Special guest soprano for the evening is Niamh McCormack.
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Thu 12th January
Runabay
Downstairs FREE 9pm

Runabay are at the forefront of fresh, new music in Northern Ireland, a sound which has undeniably been shaped by the beautiful coastline which surrounds the Glens of Antrim and is felt through the swooping melodies and poignant lyrics. The band produce a mature sound that leaves the listener hanging on the intricate guitar riffs, mellow three part harmonies and haunting cello.
Sat 14th January
Rebel Rebel (David Bowie Tribute)
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

Rebel Rebel; experienced musicians who dont regard themselves as a covers band but as “Bowie fans playing music we love to Bowie fans”. Rebel Rebel play a costumed show of Bowie’s greatest hits and key album tracks from 'Space Oddity' to 'Where Are We Now' - no mean feat when you consider the range of musical styles and techniques that the legendary chameleon has deployed over 6 decades of enthralling music.
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Sun 15th January
Jason Byrne Is Propped Up
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22

SOLD OUT
Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ (The Times), plus Ducks, False Chins, Portable Igloos, Bewildered Owls and much, much more. The star of ‘Wild Things’ (Sky 1) and ‘The Snaptastic Show’ (TV3) has gone back to his comedy roots, probably so he can pull them up and use them as a prop as well.‘Watching a new Jason Byrne Show is like witnessing lightning in a bottle’ Edinburgh Evening News.‘Unmissable’Evening Standard.There is no support act Jason Byrne on stage 8.30pm sharp.
Thu 19th January
Kern
Downstairs Free 9pm

False Deceiver is the debut album from Louth contemporary folk band Kern.The album is a true blend, in terms of its mood, its styles and its musicians. Thunderous sets of traditional tunes vie with lyrical, atmospheric songs, all underpinned by the production of legendary Lúnasa and Waterboys bassist Trevor Hutchinson.As a result,False Deceiver manages to be emotional without being sentimental, traditional yet contemporary.
Sat 21st January
Private Party
Upstairs
Sun 22nd January
Jason Byrne Is Propped Up
Doors 8pm (On stage 8:30pm) - Tickets €22

Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ (The Times), plus Ducks, False Chins, Portable Igloos, Bewildered Owls and much, much more. The star of ‘Wild Things’ (Sky 1) and ‘The Snaptastic Show’ (TV3) has gone back to his comedy roots, probably so he can pull them up and use them as a prop as well.‘Watching a new Jason Byrne Show is like witnessing lightning in a bottle’ Edinburgh Evening News.‘Unmissable’Evening Standard.
There is no support act Jason Byrne on stage 8.30pm sharp.
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Thu 26th January
Wallis Bird
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22.50

Home, which is going to be release on the 30th September 2016, is Bird’s fifth studio album, and she describes it as a ‘thank you letter’ to her muse and partner. Her short warm-up tour of Europe around the album’s release sold out fast, and the new tour sees Bird taking in not just Europe but Japan and Australia too. It’s unlikely that her shows will last 12 hours again, but of one thing you can be sure: few can enrapture an audience the way Wallis Bird can; and few can be unmoved by her energy, humour and sheer passion.
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Fri 27th January
Nix Moon
+ Guests
€8 Admission

Nix_Moon are returning from the laboratory with some interesting musical concoctions for your ears. They have spent the last year playing various venues and festivals around the country including Electric Picnic, Vantastival and The Park After Dark. According to www.festivalandgigguide.ie their Saturday night performance at Vantastival was "a bunch of hippy dippy madness and the crowd adored the sparks, vibes and happiness their music evoked in them.
Sat 28th January
Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute)
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12.50

Hear all the classic Bon Jovi hits like Living On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, Its My Life, Blaze Of Glory and many more as the musicians take you through the bands incredible 33 year career.
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FEBRUARY 2017
Wed 1st February
Blue Rose Coda
Downstairs FREE 9pm

Ross Wilson has seen the past few years produce his most exciting work including the album ‘THE BALLAD OF PECKHAM RYE’, which was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams. 'GRATEFUL', the first single from the new album, was released at the end of 2015 and was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland for a full five weeks. In unprecedented fashion, the following two BRC singles were playlisted by Radio Scotland, making three in a row.
Thu 2nd February
Frightened Rabbit
Doors 8pm - Tickets €17.50

Released in April 2016, hitting the Top 20 in the UK album charts and achieving the best critical reception of the band’s career to date, Frightened Rabbit’s fifth studio album Painting Of A Panic Attack saw the addition of The National’s Aaron Dessner on production duties. The album is much indebted lyrically to Los Angeles, following Scott’s move from Scotland to the States in 2014. Taking inspiration from what he saw, Painting is often a love/hate letter to LA.
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Fri 3rd February
Luka Bloom
Doors 8pm - Tickets €20

His ability as a performer has received phenomenal praise, which has resulted in sell-out shows worldwide. This is a testament to a real troubadour who has worked and developed over many years into a true master of live performance.The Brigid of Faughart Festival 2017 is delighted to announce Luka Bloom. Marking 10 Years of the Festival;A long time follower of Brigid, the Festival is delighted to take his show to her Birthplace – Faughart, Dundalk, Co.Louth.
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Sat 4th February
Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

The now 9 piece band Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers complete with brass section, are coming to you in association with Andiamo Scooter Club.Fronted by Dundalks own Sean McDonnell, The Naildrivers have shared the stage with such luminaries as The Undertones, Bad Manners and The Selecter,The Naildrivers energize audiences playing the ska and punk music of late seventies and early eighties (and a few of their own besdies). Bands like The Specials, Madness, The Jam, and The Clash come to life in the hands of The Naildrivers.
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Fri 10th February
The Swing Cats
Doors 8pm - Tickets €17.50

Their set list is made up of the more uptempo hits from the swing dance era of the 1940’s and 1950’s While still immersed in the music of Luis Prima,The Ratpack, Luis Jordan and other such legends from the golden age of American big band swing music. The Swing Cats have drawn on these icons as their main influences but have put quite their own unique contemporary twist on this music which has given them a unique brand of high energy swing dance music that gets all ages on the dance floor from the beginning until the end of any occasion.
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Sat 11th February
Negative Creeps
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

Nirvana's music shaped a generation and still heavily influences bands to this day. February marks what would have been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday. Negative Creeps will play a special tribute show to Kurt Cobain in the Spirit Store on 11th February. Replicating the live experience of Nirvana as a three piece, expect an intense, raw show to experience the music of Nirvana as it should be. LIVE and LOUD!"
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Thu 16th February
Des Bishop "One Day You'll Understand"
Doors 8pm - Tickets €25

Des is old enough now to know that when his Mom used her favourite expression, “one day you will understand”, that she was often correct. However, sometimes she was just hiding from having to explain the complexities of life. What a great metaphor for the confusing world we live in; from Trump to Isis, Facebook feeds to conspiracy theories and the ever-confusing battle of the sexes. Through laughter, Des attempts to make sense of the world today and life in general.
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Thu 16th February
Will Whisson
Downstairs FREE 9pm

Despite only launching himself as a solo performer in May 2016, Will has introduced himself as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge recently thanks to the release of a successful debut EP (produced by Brett Shaw (Daughter, Florence and the Machine)) and a relentless touring schedule. His live show offers a wealth of acoustic guitar playing techniques led by a unique vocal, helping to deliver a sound that sits somewhere between artists like Ben Howard, Coldplay and Tom Petty.
Sat 18th February
Lock Up Presents Megacone + Yonen + DJ's
Doors 8pm - Tickets €10

The first Lock Up/Spirit Store event of 2017 brings you Ireland's two best instrumental rock bands and a special guest DJ to finish off the night. Formed after a powerful shared moment witnessing the legendary instrumental band Toe, Yonen apply a progressive approach to composing narrative-driven math music infused with a love of romantic era dynamics and motivic development.Megacone have played all over the country including Knockanstockan,Vantastival, Canalaphonic and two sets at Electric Picnic.
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Sat 25th February
The Classic Beatles
Doors 8pm - Tickets €17.50

“Twenty years ago today”... (And then some), The Classic Beatles began enthralling audiences with their “Fastidiously authentic”, note perfect renditions, of a choice cannon of The Beatles finest compositions. The band have enjoyed & endured a Helter Skelter ride of epic proportions since those early days. A journey that would see them perform at no fewer than six international Beatles festivals, making memorable television appearances along the way.
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MARCH 2017
Fri 31st March
Kevin McAleer “Saying Yes To Yes”
Doors 8pm - Tickets €18

Join spiritual guru Kevin McAleer for a life-changing evening of living fully in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, bee venom therapy, psychic flower arranging, singing with dolphins and digital photography. Universally acknowledged as Tyrone's leading Zen Buddhist saint, he trained for thirty three years under the legendary Deepjoy Chakra in Peru, before founding the Institute of Light™ in Strabane in 1972. McAleer will be signing copies of his bestselling 'How to Turn your Negative Voices into Imaginary Friends', which has been translated into more than 37,000 languages worldwide. Wear loose clothing.
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Fri 10th March
August Wells
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

The musical project of Ken Griffin (formerly of highly underrated cult Irish band Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver and Favourite Sons) and New York pianist John Rauchenberger. Griffin’s lyricism is something to be admired, he has stories to tell veiled in metaphor and eccentricity with Drowned In Sound describing Griffin as an ‘undiscovered genius’ in a recent feature, whilst Glen Hansard introducing August Wells as his guest at a show recently told the audience how in awe of Ken Griffin he is, describing him as “such a presence, such a power.
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APRIL 2017

Sat 29th April
Neil Delamere "Handstand"
Tickets €25 Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm

Following sold out shows last year, the master of mirth is back with his own unique brand of his irreverent humour. 2016 was another busy year for the perennially popular star of the Blame Game, which celebrates its 10th birthday on TV this year. With that, a science comedy series for RTE2 and his radio show on Today FM under his belt, now he is back to where it all started, talking to strangers in rooms for money.
"Simply put, Delamere is a master" The Scotsman.
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