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Dublin: 18 °C Friday 7 August, 2020

4 events for... live music fans looking for their next gig

From Damien Dempsey in a Dingle church to Wyvern Lingo at the Róisín Dubh.

SEPTEMBER IS STACKED with tremendous festivals taking place throughout the month. It’s always nice, however, to catch an artist perform a headline show, be it in an arena or the back room of a pub.

As ever, Ireland’s music scene is thriving with a slew of great debut albums coming from Hilary Woods and Wyvern Lingo, as well as numerous weekly sessions happening across the country.

Here are four live shows not to be missed this week featuring the best of Irish music…

1. Hilary Woods’ album launch at The Sugar Club

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Hilary Woods Friday 14th September Doors 8pm - 11pm An elegant piece of music which touches the edges of post rock and minimalist classical “With lead track “Inahler”, she casts a hypnotising spell that places her somewhere between Marissa Nadler and Jenny Hval” - DIY An elegant piece of music which touches the edges of post rock and minimalist classical” - The Line of Best Fit With debut album 'Colt' set for release June 8th via Sacred Bones, Dublin multi-disciplinary artist Hilary Woods is sharing a new single, "Black Rainbow", from the record. Woods is also set to play The Sugar Club, 14th September 2018. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am. Speaking about the new track, Woods said ""Black Rainbow" was so named because I loved that image, the idea that when that’s all one can see overhead / when a relationship is dying between two people that once loved each other very much - there is no choice but to believe that there is something better for you at the end of it all."

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When: Friday September 14, 8pm

Where: The Sugar Club, 8 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2

At the beginning of the summer, Dublin-based musician Hilary Woods released her wonderful debut solo album, Colt. Comprised of haunting electronic arrangements, Woods’ live performances are utterly captivating. 

Hilary Woods output, to date, has been truly unique and certainly to be experienced in a live setting, especially in the intimate surrounds of The Sugar Club. 

Tickets available here

2. The best of the blues by Jawbone in The Liberties

When: Sunday September 16, 9pm

Where: Arthur’s, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

Featuring Phil Christie of O Emperor, Phil O’Gorman and Jimmy Christie, Jawbone is an exceptional combination of musicians performing the finest selection of blues and folk music every Sunday night in Arthur’s.

Always an energetic night, the evening has developed a reputation as the unofficial gathering of Dublin’s finest amateur swing and bluegrass dancers.

This event is free. 

3. Wyvern Lingo at the Róisín Dubh, Galway

When: Friday September 14th, 9pm

Where: Róisín Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway 

Wyvern Lingo released their self-titled debut album in February to critical acclaim and supported legendary art-pop giant Grace Jones at the Trinity Summer Sessions, making 2018 a memorable year for the trio.

As festival season comes to a close, the Bray natives bring their R’n'B fused songs to Galway’s Róisín Dubh ahead of several nationwide dates. Enjoy their Choice Prize nominated single I Love You, Sadie, along with other infectious songs at this unmissable headline gig. 

Tickets available here

4. Damien Dempsey at St James’s Church, Dingle 

When: Thursday September 13, 7pm

Where: St James’s Church, Main Street, Dingle, Kerry

A stalwart figure in contemporary Irish music, Dubliner Damien Dempsey will play a special gig in the stunning setting of St James’s Church, familiar to fans of Other Voices in Dingle. All proceeds raised from ticket sales will be donated to The Capuchin Day Centre, so not only are you in for an evening of excellent music but you will be helping an organisation providing much needed care to those in need. 

Tickets available here.

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