December 1, 2023

Top Things to Do in Galway on March 31st: Events, Theatre and More:

Galway is renowned for its lively music and culture scene. Discover the best live music, theatre and more happening  this Friday, March 31 in this vibrant city of the tribes. With traditional Irish music this afternoon at Monroe’s Tavern, the Red Hot Copy Peppers at Monroe’s Live, Dominick street is alive to the beat of the west.  Meanwhile, Les SalAmandas and Agustina Taborda will perform their heartfelt indie-folk music at the Galway Mechanics Institute. Evoke, a rising folk band with a Motown twist, will play at The Skeff Late Bar, and Taylor Swift fans can dance the night away at Swiftogeddon: The Taylor Swift Club Night at Róisín Dubh. Additionally, An Taibhdhearc will host a fundraising night for Galway arts community member Peter Nelson.

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

11pm: The Red Hot Copy Peppers to Reignite Legendary Rockers Music at Monroe’s Live

Renowned Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band, the Red Hot Copy Peppers, will perform an impassioned recreation of their greatest hits and fan favourites at Monroe’s Live on Friday, March 31st.  From ‘By the Way,’ to ‘Can’t Stop,’ ‘Under the Bridge,’ to ‘Give it Away,’ the band will delve into the legendary rockers extensive catalogue with dynamism and flair in a unique performance that celebrates 40 years of the Californian funk, metal and alt rock giants. 

This talented group of musicians, united by their love for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, hail from Ireland, Brazil and Hungary.  With Martin McIntyre on vocals, Andre Carvalho on guitar, Darragh Malloy on bass and Gabriel Patrone on drums, they deliver an energetic and powerful set each time.

Returning to the Dominick Street venue once again following a stomping performance in September, this much-loved band are true fanatics. Together, they deliver the authentic live experience in a show that has been lauded by audiences across Ireland.

Galway Mechanics Institute

7:30pm: The Black Gate Presents Les SalAmandas and Agustina Taborda

Les SalAmandas and Agustina Taborda, will perform at Galway Mechanics Institute this Friday, March 31st. Les SalAmandas is a duo comprised of Colyne Laverriere and Julie O’Sullivan, who met in 2018 while working at a café in West Cork. The songs on their debut album, There’s a Sea Between Us, are unadorned indie-folk gems characterised by engaging melodies and watertight harmonies. Their music has earned them critical acclaim, including a nomination in the Best Emerging Artist category in the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2022.

Les SalAmandas’ music reflects the experiences of people in their 20s, as they struggle to navigate relationships and mental health. Their songs are emotional and compelling, providing a narrative of their lives and signposts to how they have grown as people.Tickets for Les SalAmandas and Agustina Taborda’s performance at Galway Mechanics Institute are priced at €15, and doors open at 7:30 pm, showcasing the talents of two musicians with unique perspectives and a passion for creating heartfelt and honest music.

The Skeff Late Bar

10pm: Evoke

Formed in 2019, Evoke comprises four talented musicians who bring a fresh and innovative approach to their music. The band’s fusion of sounds have won them a growing fan base and critical acclaim, earning them a reputation as one of Galway’s hottest emerging acts. As such, the Loughrea four-piece continue their rise to prominence. And it’s testament to their hard work, dedication, and undeniable talent. As the band continues to make waves in the Irish music scene, they’re poised to become one of the country’s most exciting new acts. Alongside their folk roots, they also incorporate Motown style rhythm and soul.  With a strong banjo lead layered with vocals and guitar, Evoke are set to entertain a Galway audience tonight at the Skeff in Eyre Square. Followed by DJ Dave G afterwards.

Róisín Dubh

9pm: Swiftogeddon: The Taylor Swift Club Night

Are you a Taylor Swift fan looking for a fun night out? Look no further than Swiftogeddon: The Taylor Swift Club Night! This night is dedicated to the pop icon, a non-stop Swifty experience featuring deep cuts, extended mixes, fan favourites, and all the hits that will keep you dancing all night long.

Join fellow fans in a celebration of Taylor Swift. This 18+ event promises to be a night to remember with like-minded fans who share your love for the pop sensation. With all her chart-topping hits played throughout the night, it’s set to be the ultimate experience for fans of all levels. Whether you’re a die-hard or just love to sing along to ‘Shake It Off’ you won’t want to miss this. 

An Taibhdhearc

8pm: Wáltsáil Abhaile: Fundraising Night for Peter Nelson.

The Galway arts community are coming together in a special fundraising evening at An Taibhdhearc for their colleague and friend Peter Nelson.  All ticket sales for Wáltsáil Abhaile This Friday, March 31st,  will go to support Pete Nelson, who has worked in the arts scene in Galway for over 30 years, as a set builder and designer.  Pete suffered a series of strokes and is now in need of an electric wheelchair to give him mobile independence. 

Wáltsáil Abhaile is a surreal play about the life of the great Irish actor, director and theatre impressario Micheál Mac Liammoir. Ticket link here: Fundraising Theatre Night for Pete Nelson at An Taibhdhearc

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

The Quays 

9pm: Fallen Empire in the Music Hall

With a collective experience of over fifty years in the music business, Fallen Empire have a solid reputation for high energy performances delivered with professionalism and flair.  Their talent is such that individual members have played with many acclaimed and popular artists including The Waterboys, Westlife, Bon Jovi, Damien Rice, Bobby Kimble of Toto, Delta Goodrem, Herbie Hancock, Nathan Carter, Lisa Hannigan, the National Concert Orchestra, Ronan Keating, Paddy Casey, Mundy, Mick Flannery and DC Tempest. From Motown to AC/DC; Springsteen to Take That, Fallen Empire are set to have you on your feet tonight at The Quays Music Hall.  And they have live music downstairs in the bar every evening from 6pm.  

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