Irish Gig Guide
Post Halloween Blues? Don’t fret, you’ll be just right after deciding which one of these gigs you’re going to attend. The life of Reily one might say!
Pleasing Features @ Workman’s Club, Monday November 3rd:
Celebrating its one year anniversary, Pleasing Features showcases an array of lesser known Irish acts in the Workman’s Club. Wallets will rejoice as entry is free, with acoustic acts playing upstairs while things get a bit louder downstairs. There’s a bit of something for everyone.
Thursday night sees another great range of acts play in The Grand Social. Patrick Kelleher is the main attraction of the night, especially for anyone looking for some post-Halloween spooks. Admittedly, and thankfully, his music isn’t frightening. The “ghost disco” he produces, however, using samples from RTÉ news broadcasts to toddlers’ farm animal toys, is groovy and strange, and a lot of fun.
Ana Gog @ Pepper Canister Church, Friday November 7th :
The Pepper Canister Church provides an ideal location for Ana Gog’s mathematic reverb guitar and vocal harmony-rich alternative-rock. In the last year the band have clearly been hard at work, resulting in intricate songs which would still ring out beautifully in such a setting if stripped down to a fully acoustic set. Ana Gog should look forward to a gig at the Pepper Canister Church that is as triumphant as the production of their EP, Resemblance.
Dear Desert with guests Carriages and Participant @ Workman’s Club, Friday November 7th:
In celebration of the launch of EP Gift Above, Dear Desert spoil us with an evening of fantastically varied and eclectic musical genres. Dear Desert seek to move with their swelling and emotive 80’s synth-pop, with a sound that lies somewhere between The XX and Wild Beasts. Support from Carriages and Participant will treat the ears to catchy, experimental folk electronica and moody, ambient indie-rock.
A Lazarus Soul @ The Grand Social, Friday November 7th:
If you’re feeling nostalgic and craving a pint and a cosy gig that’s a little bit Dubliners, a little bit U2, and wholeheartedly Irish, then this gig is for you. The cathartic ballads range in style from experimental Sean Nós to Morrisey-style 80’s rock, but the subject remains the same; it’s all about disappointment and disenfranchisement with modern Ireland for singer Brian Brannigan.
Words: Cara Spelman