September 27, 2023

Well now, after a week of love we are hurtling towards the weekend here in the city of the tribes.  Here at the Scene, we’ve got that Friday feeling. Firstly, our guide is out on the streets from Galway to Shannon. Secondly, we are back with our regular weekend gig guide. Ultimately designed to give you just a flavour of what’s happening this Friday in Galway.  From art and cultural exhibitions to free live music and song, it’s all here in this one amazing post just for you. Enjoy. 

Image by Professor Chaosheng Zhang

Kennys Gallery

Gertrude Degenhardt – Flying Melodies exhibition:

A stunning display of images by artist Gertrude Degenhardt – Flying Melodies: An Exhibition of Paintings and Graphics takes place at Kenny’s Gallery in Liosbán until St Patrick’s Day. Here,you can witness beautiful paintings and graphics from the renowned artist in the surrounds of this famous space.  Formally launched by talented musician Frankie Gavin this week, this collection of 40 original artworks contains both new and retrospective pieces.

Images Courtesy of The Kenny Gallery Facebook Page

Monroe’s Tavern

4:30pm: The West Sessions

What can we say about The West Sessions? In esssence, words can’t capture this lively trad session. As the music spills out into the streets, onlookers stop and are swept away by the melody of traditional Irish music and song. Join the friendly team at Monroe’s Tavern on the corner of Dominick Street in Galway’s Westend for the rhythm in the corner. Not only that, but you never know who will pop in.  From award winning artists to the best of local talent, it’s all under one roof behind the black and white facade. And it’s absolutely free. For more see

Monroe’s Live:

11pm: Queens of the Sauce Age

Stepping on stage this Friday night at Monroe’s Live are Queens of The Sauce Age, Ireland’s leading Queens of the Stone Age tribute act.  This will be an electrifying set of cover songs. At the end of the day, you can dance late into the night with this incredible tribute. Additionally, on their backstage venue are resident DJ’s – DJ Matt and DJ Juan Aquino, with a memorable experience of Latino tunes.


8pm: Live music with Dónal Tuipéar

Enjoy live music with the talented Dónal Tuipéar in the modern surrounds of the Pálás cinema close to the Spanish Arch. Garnering a host of fans for his musicianship and creative flair, he’s back for his first official gig of 2023. Moreover, no ticket is required for this free musical treat. Discover what else is in store at the Pálás at: Home | Pálás Cinema Galway Ireland (

The Skeff:

10pm: Evoke

Eyre Square will be hopping tonight from 10pm with free live music from Evoke. In essence, this popular Galway band are gaining a strong following thanks to their high energy and dedication to musicianship.  A young band at the start of their  career, they are renowned for their powerful stage presence that can whip an audience into a frenzy with their rousing beats.  Afterwards, join  DJ Dave G until late.  


10:30pm: Mayfair presents Urban Friday at DNA in Ball Alley Lane.

It’s set to be the largest urban event on the west coast as DNA brings you Urban Friday. Hosted by DJ Ahmed, this plush club will be jumping. With DJs Dacosta and Jesse, and Mc Sika, the three level two dance floor club comes alive to sound of afrobeats, amapiono and hiphop. Think BurnaBoy, CardiB, Drake, Chris Brown, Nicki Minah and more and you are in the zone for this special night of thumping tunes. If that’s not enough, DJ Darren B will be on the decks downstairs this Friday night.

Galway City Museum:

Exhibition: War of Friends, 1922–23: The civil war story of Pádraic Ó Máille and Liam Mellows

Featuring rare photographs and several personal items belonging to both Ó Máille and Mellows, this exhibition is a unique insight into a key part of Ireland’s history.  These two figureheads became entangled in the civil war. Known in Irish as Cogadh na gCarad or ‘war of friends’, it began in the wake of the Anglo Irish treaty. 

As the Free State came into existence on December 6th 1922, a series of events had an immediate impact on Ó Máille and Mellows. In it’s wake, anti-treaty militants ambushed two pro-treaty deputies as they made their way to Dáil Éireann, killing Seán Hales and wounding Pádraic Ó Máille. 

In retaliation, the Free State executed four republican prisoners, including Liam Mellows, who had led the Galway Rising in 1916. 

Don’t miss your chance to catch this exhibition continuing until May 24th 2023. And it’s funded as part of Galway City Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme 2022.

The Cellar Bar:

Live music with Sum Craic

Known for free live music every weekend, The Cellar gastropub at 12 Eglington Street is the home of delicious dishes, fine cocktails, and the best of home-grown talent. As a result, The Cellar is the place to be for food, fun and festivities. With an extensive beer and wine list, this is the ideal venue to relax with friends. Or celebrate those big occasions with family and loved ones. In addition, this cosy pub is located just off Eyre Square, ensuring it is always bustling with locals and visitors alike. Offering a warm welcome every time, The Cellar continues to delight with high end service, cuisine, and craic. Now, this Friday, February 17th it’s time to be entertained by Sum Craic, a high energy band bringing the best tunes to you with their own style and flair.

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