June 3, 2023

That Friday Feeling

It’s hard to believe we were standing on the streets just one week ago for the vibrant and colourful St Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s harder again to believe that the rain stayed away for that glorious morning.  It bucketed down later of course, but it wouldn’t be St Patrick’s Day without a bit of stomping through puddles.

Now, we are looking forward to another epic Friday night in Galway city. Looking for ideas? You won’t be short of options. From Monroe’s Tavern’s West Sessions Trad Music, to the first ever Bollywood Night at Monroe’s Live with DJ Darshan, from The Junior B’s playing at The Cellar Bar, to an Indian language stand-up comedy show with Harsh Gujral’s at the Róisín Dubh, there is a feast of entertainment on offer. Not only that, but Mario Rosenstock’s Gift Grub is in town. Get ready for the weekend here with us at Scene in Galway.

Monroe’s Tavern

4:30pm: West Sessions Trad Music

This cosy venue on the corner of Dominick Street comes alive to the sound of traditional Irish music every Friday afternoon from 4:30pm.  As the music spills out on to the streets, the beat of the bodhran echoes the call of the fiddles and the strum of guitars as the West Sessions celebrates the very best of Irish culture and song.  And you never know who will take their seat at the session, from the world renowned Sharon Shannon to the venue’s very own Gary Monroe. 

Monroe’s Live

9pm: Bollywood Night

For the first time, Sam Batra presents Bollywood Night Galway by DJ Darshan at the IMRO award winning venue on Dominick Street.  It’s set to be a night of exciting world music with the charismatic and vibrant DJ Darshan at the decks.  Passionate about music in all its forms, he is driven by mixing music and moving people both emotionally and on the dance floor. This dedicated Bollywood night will unite cultures and celebrate the beats that have transcended boundaries.

The Cellar Bar

Live Music with The Junior B’s

They are the sister band of the legendary Rofi James and are playing this Friday night, March 24th at The Cellar Bar on Eglinton Street. This pop and rock band are guaranteed to have you on your feet as they deliver classic songs and anthems with their own inimitable flair. This is acoustic rock at its finest, bringing their own twist to well-known tunes with energy and dynamism. From the Aran Islands to Clifden and beyond, the Junior B’s are gaining a solid reputation on the music circuit for their talent and ability to entertain.  Don’t miss your chance to catch The Junior B’s at the Cellar Bar this Friday.


The Skeff Late Bar

10pm: The CEOs

East Galway band The CEOs will entertain the crowds at the Skeff Late Bar in the heart of Eyre Square. Renowned for their professionalism and musical talent, this high energy group will take you through chart hits with their own acoustic panache.  It’s set to be a night of music and song as The CEO’s delve into the best of classic anthems to the delight of fans. Hailing from Loughrea, this three-piece group are garnering a strong base with every gig and are certain to keep you on the dance floor this Friday night at the Skeff Late Bar. Afterwards, join DJ Dave G until late.

The Róisín Dubh

7pm: Harsh Gujral Live in Galway

This rising star of Indian stand-up comedy brings his unique brand of humour to the Róisín Dubh this Friday night, March 24th.  Known for his raw energy and observational wit, Gujral has been entertaining audiences across India for the past several years. He is now taking his talents to the Emerald Isle for a series of shows that are sure to leave audiences in stitches. Through this Indian language show, he relays tales of Indian culture and customs which will resonate with audiences of all backgrounds.

The former data engineer honed his skills through open mic nights. Eventually, he quit his job to pursue stand-up full-time, and it has paid off. He has released several popular videos on YouTube, with his most-watched video Shadi Ki Rasmein having over 16 million views. Doors 7pm/Show 8pm.

An Taibhdhearc

8pm: Wáltsáil Abhaile: a surreal play about the life of the great Irish actor, director and theatre impressario Micheál Mac Liammoir.

On a dark night, an aging Mac Liammoir stops for a ‘small pleasure.’ He is denied by a young Garda who safeguards him home… but there’s a storm coming. Presented as a theatrical multimedia fantasia, ‘Mac,’ in the autumn of his years, goes on a dreamlike journey that weaves in and out of time and place, reality and fantasy. Written by one of Ireland’s leading writers in the Irish language, this is an ode to theatre, and a heartfelt love song to one of Ireland’s theatre legends. This production is also a spiritual home-coming for Mac Liammoir; the first artistic director of An Taibhdhearc.

As Gaeilge:

Ar oíche dhorcha, stopann an seod aosta, Mac Liammóir, do phléisiúr beag. Diúltaíonn Garda óg é agus tugann sé abhaile é slán sábhailte… ach tá stoirm ag teacht. Is dráma osréalach é ‘Wáltsáil Abhaile’ faoi shaol Micheál Mac Liammóir; aisteoir, stiúrthóir, léirithóir amharclainne agus seod i stair na drámaíochta. Agus é anonn in aois, téann ‘Mac’ ar aistear dochreidte, ag coradh agus ag casadh tríd am ‘is áit, fírinne ‘is fantaisíocht. Scríofa ag ceann de mhórscríbhneoirí na Gaeilge, Antoine Ó Flathartha, in ómós don dhrámaíocht agus do laoch mór na Taibhdheirce. Níl bealach níos fearr le ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar shaol agus shaothar an chéad stiúrthóir ealaíne sa Taibhdhearc.

Tickets: Tickets Here

Leisureland, Salthill

8pm: Gift Grub with Mario Rosenstock

Ireland’s most successful impressionist and satirist Mario Rosenstock brings his acclaimed brand-spanking-new stage show, Gift Grub Live 2023 to Leisureland in Salthill. The tour has been playing to full houses across the country including sell-out shows in Limerick, Kilkenny, Castlebar, Drogheda, and Athlone, receiving standing ovations each night.

Audiences have been loving the new Gift Grub Live tour.  Mario comments “From the reaction I’m getting from people around Ireland this is the best show we’ve ever done. I am also very excited about bringing Gift Grub Live to Belfast for the first time ever.  We have some great stuff lined up for that show!”

Tickets: Gift Grub in Leisureland Tickets Here

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