December 8, 2023

Bank Holiday Friday

With so much happening this Hallowe’en weekend, we have to break our gig guide up into bite size parts for you to enjoy. Here is the rundown of what’s happening this Friday, October 28th in some of the city’s finest establishments. From comedy to live music, it’s set to be a bank holiday weekend to remember. Not only that, but this is just a snippet of what’s on in Galway this weekend. So, buckle up, grab that cuppa and don’t miss out with your Scene in Galway gig guide. 

The Kings Head:

12:30pm Bernard Casey: The Local Gossip and Nephew in the Ruby Room

Bernard Casey has amassed an online following of over 100,000 thanks to the courageous and wacky characters he creates. From the Polish/Irish barman to the Irish Listening Test, his style of comedy has captured the imagination of a generation. Among his most popular characters are the Local Gossip and Nephew. In line with this, he has over ten million online views and has sold out shows from Electric Picnic to the INEC, Cork Opera House, and Vicar Street. Now you can catch him in the intimate surroundings of the Ruby Room at Galway’s historic venue, The King’s Head.  

10:30pm: Red Tape:

After a feast of afternoon comedy, popular Galway band Red Tape will bring their classic rock and blues vibe to the King’s Head stage. Ultimately, this talented group will have you up and out on the dance floor as they take us through the best of stomping hits, chart-topping covers, and tribute beats. Set your weekend up in style with Red Tape at the King’s Head.

Monroe’s Tavern:

4:30pm: The West Sessions:

What can we say about The West Sessions? This lively trad session is fast gaining a reputation as the place to be on a Friday afternoon. As the music spills out into the streets, onlookers stop and are swept away by the melody of traditional Irish music and song. From the slow and lyrical to the lively and upbeat, expect the unexpected at the West Sessions.  You may come across world renowned trad musicians, such as Sharon Shannon, on their home turf performing with talented friends. It’s all happening this Friday afternoon at Monroe’s Tavern.

Monroe’s Live:

8pm: Paddy Dennehy:

Not many musicians can say they received their big break after being noticed by Glen Hansard. But for singer songwriter Paddy Dennehy, the support of the Oscar winning Hansard catapulted his career, after he was discovered playing ‘Hard Times’ on an old upright piano at the back of Benner’s Hotel in Dingle. This chance meeting ended in a personal invitation by The Frames lead singer to join him on-stage at the Everyman Theatre in Cork. Since then, Dennehy’s ability to captivate an audience with his lyrics and unique vocal sound has led him to supporting the likes of Imelda May, Mick Flannery, and Lisa Hannigan. Dennehy writes from the heart. Tales of love, loneliness and personal recollections are interwoven into his music.

Róisín Dubh:

8pm: Tigh He He Comedy Club featuring Jo Caulfield, Paul Marsh, Emmanuel Sonubi, Ross Browne

She’s Graham Norton’s head writer and has worked on headline shows in the UK. Now, comedian Jo Caulfield is right here in our very own Róisín Dubh. Not only has she scooped a BAFTA for her work with the famous chat show host, but she also appears on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Saturday Night Live, The Comedy Store, The Comedian’s Comedian, Dawn French’s Girls Who Do Comedy, The Stand-Up Show and World Stands Up. With such accolades, the Róisín’s Tigh-He-He will be transformed into a venue for world class stand up.

And yet for many, Paul Marsh’s Toilet Duck Award at the annual Tedfest is as prestigious as Jo Caulfield’s BAFTA.  Having made a key impact on the Irish comedy landscape, Paul is gaining a loyal following with his brand of witty observations. To this end, he is now one of the most in-demand acts in Ireland and the UK, performing regularly at comedy clubs over the last six years

Joining him is London based Emmanuel Sonubi. While he may not have won a Toilet Duck trophy, Emmanuel has appeared on the likes of Live at the Apollo, Comedy Central’s Stand-Up UK and ITV 2’s Stand-Up Sketch Show. As such, his reputation is growing from strength to strength, and he has been deemed one to watch on the international comedy circuit.

Last, but not least, for the Galway Comedy Festival’s takeover of the regular Tigh-He-He night is Ross Browne.  This comedic stalwart boasts over 50 million online views. And he has reached a new audience through his television work with The Young Offenders, Scorchio and The Fear. A familiar figure on Cork 96 FM, Browne is set to bring his comedic prowess to a west of Ireland crowd this Friday at the Róisín.

10:30pm: The Camembert Quartet, The Wild Geeze, Kevin Gildea, Bernard Casey

Best known as the house band for The Late Late Show, The Camembert Quartet have a vast repertoire. As such, this group of talented musicians can turn their hand from Glen Campbell to AC/DC, Thin Lizzy to Lizzo.  Led by comedian, historian and musician, Paddy Cullivan, you never know what antics will unfold.  

From Lizzo to striptease, dark humour and vagina puppets, The Wild Geeze are set to expose the agricultural patriarchy through comedy. This female led troupe are raucous and rowdy. And if that isn’t enough to tickle your funny bone, Kevin Gildea will perform his quirky ruminations on the trivial and the absurd. In essence, his mild manner conceals a fiery tongue, which has seen him perform as part of the sketch group, Mr Trellis, with Barry Murphy and Ardal O’Hanlon. And he has graced the world of Father Ted, playing the role of Father Cave. Finally, the talented Bernard Casey (above) will complete the stellar line up for this late-night event at the Róisín Dub


8pm: Dylan Moran, We Got This.

It’s a brand-new show and it’s right here with us at Leisureland in Salthill. Join BAFTA and Perrier award winner Dylan Moran for a hilarious feast of fun through frustration and folly. Known for the four stages of life, child, failure, old and dead, you can’t but laugh at the challenges of the modern world thanks to the stylings of this comedic giant.

Black Box Theatre:

8pm: Reginald D. Hunter, Glenn Wool, Andrew Maxwell, Allyson June Smith, Andrew Ryan.

He’s back in the west of Ireland as three times Perrier Award nominated Reginald D. Hunter joins a feast of comedy stars at the Black Box Theatre. Not only has Hunter graced the famous stage Live at the Apollo, he has also starred in Have I Got News for You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Furthermore, his ability to make ‘em laugh has led him to starring in his own series for the BBC, Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South and Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The Border.

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