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George's Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth +353-42-9352697
JANUARY 2017
Sun 22nd January
Jason Byrne Is Propped Up
Doors 8pm (On stage 8:30pm) - 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.
Sun 22nd January
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 23rd January
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 25th January
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 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
Lisa Hannigan
Doors 8pm - Tickets €22.50

SOLD OUT
‘At Swim’, Lisa’s third -and arguably most bewitching- album, has received universal critical acclaim since its release . Produced by Aaron Dessner, the record follows the double-platinum, Mercury and Choice Music Prize -nominated debut “Sea Sew”, and 2011’s “Passenger” which charted #1 and earned Lisa a second Choice Music Prize nomination.
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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Sun 29th January
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 30th January
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.
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

SOLD OUT
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.
Thu 9th February
Keith Plunkett Single Launch
Doors 8pm - Tickets €10

Keith headlines as part of a small tour to launch his his brand new single '100 Cracks'. 100 Cracks is the first single from Keith's upcoming mini album due for release in May. His soulful lyrics, masterful storytelling and gorgeously weaving riffs and melodies make him a superb recording artist & his rousing, emotive live performances make Keith Plunkett an artist that you want to see again and again.
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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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Wed 15th 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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Wed 15th February
Sea Legs Open Mic Collective
8pm Downstairs FREE

“You've gotta make your own kind of music/sing your own special song” A microphone, a guitar, a piano and a room of ears. Here’s a call out to all who wish to try out their thing in front of a live audience. An opportunity to make that move, step into the discomfort zone and realise your potential as a singer, musician, performer. It’s the perfect place to try out new songs/compositions or just sing a song you love to sing. The ending sing-along is uptown top rankin'.
Thu 16th February
Des Bishop "One Day You'll Understand"
Doors 8pm - Tickets €25

SOLD OUT
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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Thu 23rd February
Svet Kant, Robot, Humanity Check
€7 Admission

Metal Night with three acts who have combined to put on a show to remember. Each of the acts bring something new to the genre and with single releases and potential deals between them it is a night to savour for all the hard rock/metal fans starved of live shows of this ilk.
Fri 24th February
Juicebox Comedy Club
Admission €5

Featuring the best comedians to be found on the club and touring scene, JuiceBox has introduced the finest up-and-coming comics to the north-east. Each month features at least one headliner supported by up to 5 other excellent acts. Previous headliners have been...Tommy Tiernan, Fred Cooke, Eric Lalor, Niamh Marron, Alison Spittle, Chris Kent and more. Always an excellent night enjoyed by performers and audience alike, JuiceBox Comedy has been named as one of the top comedy clubs in the country.
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 3rd March
Cúchulainn Singers Present
"Step Inside The 60's"
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

Featuring songs from Cilla, Lulu, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Beatles, Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, The Turtles, Cliff Richard and many more. Musical Accompanist will be Ronan Dennedy and M.C. will be Harry Lee. Doors at 8pm and show at 9pm SHARP.
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Sat 4th March
Cúchulainn Singers Present
"Step Inside The 60's"
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

Featuring songs from Cilla, Lulu, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Beatles, Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, The Turtles, Cliff Richard and many more. Musical Accompanist will be Ronan Dennedy and M.C. will be Harry Lee. Doors at 8pm and show at 9pm SHARP.
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Thu 9th March
Barry J Hughes + Greg Clifford + Ian N.Brennan
Downstairs - FREE - 9pm

February sees Barry Jay Hughes, Greg Clifford and Ian N. Brennan embark on a ‘3-act showcase’ tour of Ireland. The tour commences 17th Feb and concludes 11th March, during which the three songsters will perform over 14 shows across the country. The aesthetic of the tour is a returning to ‘basics’ with a DIY, independent approach adopted. In a world and industry steeped in clutter and superfluity, Brennan, Clifford and Hughes will opt for acoustic performances that focus on intimacy, honesty and purity.
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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Sat 11th March
The Year Grunge Broke
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12.50

Celebrating the last great mass movement in Rock.. The Year Grunge Broke is a starting point for everything you know and love about the face melting music scene that broke free of the US Pacific North West and beyond from the early 90's on..!!! Playing the music of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, TAD, Nirvana, Soundgarden, STP, Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age, Helmet, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney and much much more.
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Sun 12th March
Sir Jac's Bantamac's
Downstairs FREE 9pm

Sir Jac's Bantamacs are an outfit from Newcastle’s roots music scene, comprising of Rob Heron (Tea Pad Orchestra) on vocals and acoustic guitar, Tim Bloomer (The Mee Kats) on electric guitar, and Ted Harbot (Tea Pad Orchestra) on upright bass. Together they play early Rock & Roll classics, Rockabilly rarities, and Hillbilly boogies. Think..........Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Ral Donner, Johnny Burnette, Nat Couty, Dale Hawkins, Link Wray.
Thu 23rd March
Brian Mooney
Downstairs - FREE - 9pm

Brian Mooney has played and recorded with many bands on the Irish music scene such as The Idiots, David Kitt, Jape, Si Schroeder and Beautiful Unit. Brian founded the indie record label, Trust Me I’m A Thief, in 2004, which released a number of critically, acclaimed albums by the Redneck Manifesto, Somadrone and Jape to name just a few. Recently he has opened for Little Green Cars, Wallis Bird and August Wells.
Sat 25th March
Juicebox Comedy Club
Doors 8pm - Admission €5

Featuring the best comedians to be found on the club and touring scene, JuiceBox has introduced the finest up-and-coming comics to the north-east. Each month features at least one headliner supported by up to 5 other excellent acts. Previous headliners have been...Tommy Tiernan, Fred Cooke, Eric Lalor, Niamh Marron, Alison Spittle, Chris Kent and more. Always an excellent night enjoyed by performers and audience alike, JuiceBox Comedy has been named as one of the top comedy clubs in the country.
Thu 30th March
Participant
+ special Guests Sails
Downstairs - FREE - 9pm

Participant is Stephen Tiernan, a song writer and producer from Dublin, Ireland. At it's core Participant is fragile and emotionally direct songwriting, wrapped within a sonic armour of layered samples and textures.SAILS is the music of Irish Songwriter/Producer Darragh Cahill. Following a long hibernation, time spent reassembling and distorting the process that brought about two single releases in 2014, he is currently working on producing his debut album
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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APRIL 2017
Sat 1st April
Sonas-Nádúrtha-Productions Presents:
The 1st Annual Gypsy Symposium
Doors 8pm - Tickets €15

Featuring The Twisted Sisters, Grand, The Exiles. To whom it may concern of the fellow fairies, gypsies, soul mates and butterflyunicorns. You may have or have not heard yet that the Annual Gypsy Symposium Dundalk 2017, will be held in Dundalk in 2017. Apart from that, we even have a set date (01/April-) on which your apearance may be required and/or desired. Dresscode is CGB as usual (Casual-Gypsy-Business).
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Wed 5th April
Marlene Enright
Downstairs - FREE - 9pm

After a busy end to 2016, including an appearance at The Other Voices Festival, Marlene Enright is set to release her forthcoming debut solo album, Placemats and Second Cuts, on March 24th. The Cork based singer-songwriter, whose sound is that of roots music juxtaposed with contemporary indie pop, has announced an Irish tour in support of the album.
Thu 6th April
Native Oak
Downstairs - FREE - 9pm

Native Oak is a singer songwriter, surfer & explorer from the Emerald Isle with a warming finger picking style and a voice that has captivated many an audience. He is a solo folk musician currently touring with his debut album 'never too old'. Native Oak has a purity in his arrangements which he performs on a selection of guitars. From his smooth and warm finger picking style matched with his gravelly voice that kind of whispers his reflective lyrics.

Fri 7th 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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Thu 13th April
Malojian
+ guests
Doors 8pm - Tickets €12

For too long they’ve had this very special three-piece all to themselves: enjoying a cosy eighteen month cycle that involves being introduced to a collection of songs that initially charm, then slowly disarm, before ultimately revealing themselves to be friends for life. Which is great for established fans (like Gary Lightbody, Lauren Laverne and Cerys Matthews), but not so great for all those other music-lovers who, if they were only granted an introduction, could very easily fall for this band.
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Thu 27th April
Therapy? Wood And Wire Acoustic Tour
2017

Doors 8pm - Tickets €22.50
Therapy? are bringing their 'Wood & Wire' acoustic tour to Ireland in April 2017. Following on from extensive periods of touring for their most recent album, Disquiet, and for the anniversary of Infernal Love, the new dates offer a rare chance to see the band in a different context. The Wood & Wire tour has already taken in dates around Europe, and a special gig at Union Chapel. A special limited edition CD featuring 11 new acoustic recordings of tracks spanning their career will be available on the tour.
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Fri 28th April
Neil Delamere "Handstand"
Tickets €25 Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm
SOLD OUT

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.

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

SOLD OUT
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.

Sun 30th April
Live Forever (Oasis Tribute)
Doors 8pm - Tickets €13.50

They recreate songs from every era of Oasis from the timeless hits of the 90’s when brit pop was at it’s height, to the hits off their final album! Having toured Ireland extensively playing many of it’s major venues and festivals, live forever have a wealth of experience when it comes to stagecraft.The audience continues to sing their hearts out to the classic Oasis anthems that we all know and love.
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MAY 2017
Fri 26th May
David McSavage
Doors 8pm - Tickets €18

David McSavage is Ireland’s most divisive comedian – he’s funny too! A Sacred Cow, is another way at looking at all of the institutions and parts of life in Ireland that shape us. The Church, politicians, alcohol and celebrities, will come under scrutiny with a level of honesty & caustic wit. Not suitable for clergy, politicians, bankers and economists.Is suitable for people that want a good night out.
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